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PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA

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Program #19867RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 16, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Independent Arrivals
Note: Inn is a 2-story building with NO elevator. Porterage is not included so be prepared to carry own luggage if assigned to room on second floor. Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs. Participant must be able to walk minimum of 2 blocks, over uneven farm roads and terrain with no provisions to sit for 45 minutes, be able to climb stairs, access oyster boat via ramp/floating dock and traverse a steep slope to wine caves.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Paso Robles Inn after 4:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Farm to Table Dinner on the patio at the historic Paso Robles Inn

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Family Farm/Oyster Farm in Morro Bay/Wine & Appet...
Family Farm/Oyster Farm in Morro Bay/Wine & Appetizer Pairing at Dinner

Note: In order to participate in the visit to the live oyster farm in Morro Bay, one must be able to access the oyster boat via a ramp and a floating dock and walk two blocks

Breakfast: Breakfast at Paso Robles Inn

Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

CLASS: Shopping Farmers Markets

Sandra Diamond, of North County Farmers Market, talks about the trend of small high quality farms catering to restaurants, farmers markets and specialty stores. Shopping farmers markets, farm stands and local grocers will be explored.



Lunch: Lunch on a family farm.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Begin your Central Coast Culinary exploration with a visit to a family farm utilizing organic farming techniques. Understand the challenges and rewards these practices have on farmer and family.

FIELD TRIP: Oyster Farm Tour in Morro Bay

Explore the Morro Bay and Oyster Farm during a tour through the estuary with a brief history and close look at many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon arrival at the Oyster Beds the unique 'Farming' process will be explained while you experience the first hand workings of a live oyster farm. During your tour learn how to prepare oysters and taste oysters. Giovanni DeGarimore, owner of Giovanni's Fish Market, will talk about local sustainable fishing practices and invite you to a wine and oyster tasting at Stax.

Dinner: Chef Andre joins a local Paso Robles wine producer with a wine & appetizer pairing at their downtown bistro restaurant. Dinner will follow at Paso Terra Restaurant with wine for sale to enjoy with dinner.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Steinbeck Vineyard, Eberle Winery and J. Lohr Win...
Note: Due to unpaved terrain on field trip destinations, comfortable closed toe shoes for walking are strongly recommended. Vineyard tour includes walking in fields; entrance to the wine caves where lunch is served involves walking up and down a steep ramp

Breakfast: Breakfast at Paso Robles Inn

Morning: CLASS: Winemaking on the Central Coast: The History, People and Geography

Review the diverse regions of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles and learn about the types of grapes that dominate the area. You will take away an understanding of California wine regions and what is in a bottle of California wine by reading the label.

FIELD TRIP AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Wine Grape Growing at Steinbeck Vineyards

Meet one of Paso Robles' pioneer wine grape-growing families. During your vineyard visit, learn about wine growing, vineyard practices, planting a vineyard, conservation efforts, organic vs. sustainable, soils, water, and the challenges of nature in wine growing. Wine tasting included.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the caves at Eberle Winery, a well known winery producing wines from a variety of regions on the Central Coast.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Wine Making at Eberle Winery

A brief tutorial on the art of wine making is supported with a winery tour and wine tasting.

J. Lohr Winery: Coast wine regions are explored at J.Lohr Winery during a presentation as you taste their renowned wines.

Dinner: Dinner and evening on your own. The Farmers Market in Downtown Paso Robles City Park is open until 6:00PM.

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Inn

Description: The historic Paso Robles Inn is located in downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast, the Inn has been a premier location for California getaways for over a century. Its central location is less than a five minute stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars and lounges, and boutique shops. Surrounded by over 200 local wineries in the Paso Robles wine region, the Paso Robles Inn is the perfect place to stay on your wine tour getaway.

Contact info:
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA
phone: 805-238-2660
web: www.pasoroblesinn.com/

Room amenities: Traditional guest rooms feature either one King bed or two Twin beds and overlook the Inn’s gardens or City park. In-room amenities include double vanity bathroom, microwave, compact refrigerator, wet bar, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee, pay-per-view movies, and high-speed Internet access (Ethernet cable). All Traditional Guest Rooms are non-smoking. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Facility amenities: Lush gardens featuring herbs and vegetables with live Koi ponds, running streams and majestic California Live Oak trees create a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. A full-service destination, the Paso Robles Inn features an outdoor heated pool and spa, premier Steakhouse and Lounge, and 1940's diner-style Coffee Shop. Wireless Internet connection is available in the lobby, Steakhouse and Executive Boardroom.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Request bottom floor hotel rooms and special needs in advance; note some rooms have higher bath tubs.

Additional nights before: Based on room availability
Call the hotel directly for additional-night rates which will be based upon hotel availability. Identify yourself as part of an Road Scholar group and mention your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Field Trips to Sheep and Goat Dairy Farm and Crea...
Note: Farm and ranch visits include walking on dirt paths and fields. Olive oil presentation could include standing for up to 45 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Paso Robles Inn

Morning: CLASS: Farmstead and Artisan Cheese Making

Danika Gordon, proprietor Vivant Fine Cheese talks about cheese making, artisan & farmstead cheeses.

FIELD TRIP: Rinconada Dairy

We will tour a sheep & goat dairy and cheese-making room, and explore the process of cheese making with award-winning cheese maker Christine McGuire. Founder of the second, licensed sheep cheese dairy in California, Christine produces farmstead sheep cheese. Inspired by Spanish Manchego, Christine's Pozo Tomme has won numerous awards and set her apart as a superior cheese maker across the globe.

Lunch: Lunch stop at Wind Rose Farms

Bill & Barbara Spencer invite you to their fields to share their passion for farming unique heirloom varieties for chefs, markets and people who love fresh farm flavors. Biodynamic philosophies of farming are explored and well as the daily challenges of farming on a small scale for high quality produce. A farm to table lunch is served under their oak tree.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olivas de Oro Olive Company

Olive oil production and tasting are explored on a beautiful olive ranch with trees over 100 years old.

Next we make a quick stop at August Ridge Winery, a small family owned micro winery featuring Italian varietals.

Dinner: Authentic regional Central Coast barbecue prepared by local experts

Lodging: Paso Robles Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Buying Fresh/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at Paso Robles Inn

Morning: CLASS: Embracing Buying Fresh and Local in Your Community

This wrap-up conversation will include adopting ways to enhance your life style by supporting your local producers and merchants. Websites and books will be shared with a look at future food trends by a local food and wine author and publicist.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Paso Robles Culinary program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Paso Robles CA
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce1225 Park Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Phone: (805) 238-0506

Website dedicated to Paso Robles with extensive information about wineries, lodging, restaurants, recreation and festivals and helpful information about the area, including a directory of local business, a detailed Destination Guide, and relocation information.
For additional information, visit: www.pasorobleschamber.com/

San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference811 El Capitan Way, #200

San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Order a free Visitors Guide to San Luis Obispo County on this website.
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com/visitors/

City of Paso Robles1000 Spring Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Toll Free: 888-988-PASO (7276)

Learn more about the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. This website is packed with gorgeous photos of the area and inside tips on where to go.
For additional information, visit: travelpaso.com

Paso Robles Main Street AssociationDowntown Paso Robles Information 835 "D" 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (Located on Norma's Way / Alley Side) 805-238-4103
For additional information, visit: www.pasoroblesdowntown.org
Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance530 10th Street

Paso Robles, CA 93446

805-239-8463

Learn more about the Paso Robles wine trail at this webiste.
For additional information, visit: www.pasowine.com


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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