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Program #17660RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
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Itinerary for Jun 15 — Jun 20, 2014

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Contact info:
198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/

Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for rates
The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 15 - Independent Arrival/Registration/Orientation
Note: Biking 15-25 miles a day on scenic country roads with some hills. All participants should have intermediate riding ability or above.

Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Dry Creek Inn after 3:00PM.

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: 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.

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

Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to Dry Creek 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: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Contact info:
198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/

Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for rates
The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 16 - Bike fitting and prep/First warm-up ride along th...
Note: Leave from bike shop--ride circle route on Eastside & Westside roads. Ride is approx. 24 miles with 2 medium hills.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Meet our guide and discuss biking rules and safety. We van into Healdsburg to the bike shop to get our bikes and helmets before beginning our day's ride along the Russian River.

The river was originally known among the Southern Pomo as Ashokawna "east water place" or "water to the east", and as Bidapte, "big river". An 1843 Spanish land grant referred to it as Rio Grande. The river takes its current name from the Russian trappers who explored the river in the early 19th century, and established their Fort Ross trade colony 10 mi. northwest of its mouth. They called it the Slavyanka River. The redwoods that lined its banks drew loggers to the river in the late 19th century.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hop Kiln Winery; tasting on your own!

In 1880 Sol Walters purchased the land and began building the structures that eventually won historic landmark status for this outstanding property. The ranch's sheep barn became the largest structure on Westside Road. Hops had become a major crop in the area, and in 1905 rancher Walters decided to build a hops dryer to serve local farmers. The structure was to be functional, using barn-style architecture and pre-20th century technology. Construction was a race against time with many neighbors betting that it would not be finished for the ‘05 hops harvest. With massive redwood timbers and stone from nearby Felta Creek, the construction team hurried to complete the majestic, 3-story Hop Kiln in 35 days.

One hundred years later the landmark Hop Kiln anchors the neighborhood landscape with its three robust towers, handsome gabled roof and thick stone walls.

Afternoon: Continue bike ride back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn

Evening: A local historian gives us an overview of the history of the area.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Contact info:
198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/

Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for rates
The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 17 - Riding through the Dry Creek Valley/Sonoma County...
Note: Leave from hotel -- ride to and out Dry Creek Rd.-- and return via Dry Creek Rd. to hotel. Ride is approx. 18 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Ride to Dry Creek Valley.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many local wineries; tasting on your own!

Afternoon: We continue our ride with other stops as time allows and return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn

Evening: Wine instructor enhances your appreciation and enjoyment of wine.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Contact info:
198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/

Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for rates
The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 18 - Dry Creek Rd/Ferrari-Carano Winery
Note: Leave from hotel and ride to the end of Dry Creek Rd. Stop at Warm Springs Dam and Ferrari-Carano Winery. Ride is approx. 25 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our bike ride today begins along Dry Creek Road, one of the most scenic in the Russian River area.

Lunch: We enjoy our picnic lunch at Warm Springs Dam Recreational Area.

Afternoon: Stop and visit Ferrari-Carano Winery and Gardens located in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. Home to world-class wines, the Ferrari-Carano Winery has five acres of award-winning gardens and breathtaking vineyard views.

Our ride continues with other stops as time allows for a leisurely return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn

Lodging: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Contact info:
198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/

Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for rates
The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 19 - Final ride along the banks of the Russian River/T...
Note: Leave hotel and ride to Magnolia Rd loop, ride out Billache Rd. along the Russian River, and return to the Healdsburg Museum. Ride is approx 15 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We begin our ride along the banks of the Russian River, passing through scenic and historically significant countryside.

Lunch: Return to Healdsburg's historic square to have lunch on our own at one of the many fine cafes in the area.

Afternoon: Visit Healdsburg Museum and spend time enjoying the shops around the square.

Return bikes and helmets and take a van ride back to our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn

Lodging: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 20 - Independent departures
Breakfast: Share memories of your biking experiences at the farewell continental breakfast at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Healdsburg
Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce217 Healdsburg Avenue

Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone: (707) 433-6935 or 1-800-648-9922 (CA Only)

Chamber Hours: Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday- Sunday, Closed

Visit their website to get all kinds of information about visiting and living in Healdsburg including an Event Calendar.

Visitors Bureau Hours: Monday- Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturday- Sunday, 10am - 3pm

24-hour Walk-up Visitor Information Center

Email: info@healdsburg.com
For additional information, visit: http://www.healdsburg.com

Sonoma County Tourism3637 Westwind Blvd.

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: 800-576-6662 / 707-522-5800

E-mail: info@sonomacounty.com

Contact them to get a free Visitors Guide that covers the county-wide region.
For additional information, visit: http://www.sonomacounty.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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