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Best of Monterey/Carmel, Part 1: Cannery Row to Big Sur

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Itinerary for Apr 23 — Apr 28, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, April 23 - Check-in/Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: 2:00 - 5:00 PM: Check-in; 5:00 PM: Meet your fellow paticipants in a wine and cheese reception in the Fireside Room. Drink California wines or juices and savour brie and crackers.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner is served buffet-style and presents selections from the "salad bowl of the universe" as well as tastefully prepared entrees made in our own kitchen. All baked goods are also prepared here on campus.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Thursday, April 24 - Introduction to the natural history of the Monter...
Introduction to the natural history of the Monterey Peninsula. Field trip featuring some of the highlights of the Monterey area. An evening exploring the life and music of Scott Joplin.

Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Optional morning stretching class followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast. Every day begins with a very popular long, slow stretching and breathing class beore breakfast. No need for special clothing or shoes and no need for a shower afterwards. Breakfast is prepared fresh each day in our campus kitchen and served buffet style. Warm from the oven baked goods accompany the normal breakfast offerings of oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, etc.

Morning: 9:30 AM: The coastal biologist who introduces the fascinating Natural History of this extraordinary area arrives with gorgeous slides to prepare us for what we will see in person later in the week.

Lunch: 12:00 PM: Lunch time and an opportunity to enjoy wonderful soups, sandwich makings and, at least on one day, a marvelous Asian lunch . . . all prepared in our kitchen and served by the staff that's been with us for over 20 years.

Afternoon: 1:00 PM: You will understand why Robert Louis Stevenson called this the "most beautiful meeting of land and water on the face of the earth" after spending the afternoon on the bus with our teaching guide. From fabulous coastal scenes, to famous homes in Pebble Beach's 17-mile drive, to the historic Monterey Adobes that served as the capital of California when we were under Spanish rule, this area is a never to be forgotten treasure of beauty and interest.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner is served (often accompanied by California wines) and features a buffet with copious greens (many from our own organic gardens) along with the entree.

Evening: 7:00 PM: Talented pianist, teaching from the keyboard, introduces us to the music of Scott Joplin.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Friday, April 25 - Social-political history of Monterey, Free time, ...
Social-political history of Monterey, Free time, and Wine, Wonderful Wine

Breakfast: Morning 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing exercises followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.

Morning: 10:00 AM: Local historian gives us insight into the colorful socio-political history of Monterey

Lunch: Sack lunch.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Be a tourist on your own to explore the area. Public bus service available across from the campus driveway.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.

Evening: 7:00 PM: Local winemaker introduces wines. Tasting included if you wish.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Saturday, April 26 - Meet John Steinbeck. Tour the National Steinbeck ...
Meet John Steinbeck. Tour the National Steinbeck Museum & the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Explore the life and music of Chopin.

Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Resident faculty member leads optional long, slow stretching & breathing followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.

Morning: 9:30 AM: John Steinbeck teaches this class (never mind he passed away many years ago). He'll be in fine fettle talking about this area he loved so much.

Lunch: 12:00 PM: Talented chef presents Chinese lunch.

Afternoon: 1:00 PM: John Steinbeck joins us on the bus for a trip to the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas named after him. After a trip along the fields which are the locales of some of his novels and short stories, we wind up this full afternoon trip by visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.

Evening: 7:00 PM: Gifted pianist plays and explores the works of Chopin.

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Sunday, April 27 - Field trip to Big Sur: Explore the coast, enjoy a...
Field trip to Big Sur: Explore the coast, enjoy a picnic alfresco, learn about local art and artists, and tour a local winery.

Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing exercises followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.

Morning: 10:30 AM: Bus departs for field trip to Big Sur.

Morning: 9:30 AM: Naturalist continues discussion of the animals and marine life of Monterey.

Lunch: 12:00 PM: Picnic Lunch in Big Sur.

Afternoon: 1:30 PM: Art & Artists of Big Sur with local artists & galleries.

Afternoon: 3:30 PM: As the trip draws to a close, we will stop by a local winery and sip some samples while they show us their tasty work.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner

Lodging: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, April 28 - Meet Jack London and Departure
Breakfast: 7:00 AM: Continental breakfast.

Morning: 9:15 AM: Jack London, a frequent visitor to our area, stops by to share his recollections of "the old days" and talk about his works, a fitting farewell to the week in Magical Monterey.

Morning: Morning 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing class;

Brunch: 11:00 AM: Farewell Brunch & Graduation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Free Time Opportunities

Carmel Valley, CA
Allen Knight Maritime MuseumNear Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf
Art GalleriesOver 35 art galleries in Carmel.
Cannery RowThis street, once the home of the sardine canneries from JohnSteinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Carmel MissionVisit the historic Carmel Missionestablished by Father Junipero Serra.
Colton HallA Museum of History about the days when Monterey was theCalifornia capitol.
Fisherman's WharfStroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
Garland ParkHiking trails for every level of experience -- from easy, flat trails to ery challenging steep hikes.
Monterey Bay AquariumThe Monterey Bay Aquarium, on historic Cannery Row.
Monterey's Path of HistoryTake a self0guided walking tour and see the historic adobes along Monterey's Path of History.
ShoppingCarmel Rancho Carmel Barnyard Carmel Crossroads Ocean Avenue, Carmel Del Monte Center, Monterey
Walk on the beachStroll along beautiful Scenic Drive in Carmel. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the beaches of Carmel Bay from Pebble Beach to Point Lobos.

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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You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences


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