Program Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (either in the lobby or the Compass Room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
You will also have an opportunity to select choices for several meals later in the program. As a special treat, there will be a complimentary wine reception each evening from 5:30-6:00 p.m.
During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: In the hotel’s Saha Restaurant on the main floor. Menus are designed to offer balanced, healthy choices. This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Dinner
We will rendezvous with the Group Leader at an appointed time at the dock to take the ferry back to San Francisco, then take public transportation to a nearby restaurant.Dinner: At a colorful restaurant in historic Ghiradelli Square with views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and Angel Island, enjoy a plated 3-course meal plus complimentary coffee and tea; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most, and refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities at the end of the daily schedule. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions, and will also lead an informal excursion or activity you are welcome to join at your cost (if any). Be sure to see The Bay Lights, a computerized light show on the Bay Bridge running nightly through March of 2015. The lights twinkle, dance, and dazzle beginning at dusk, ending at 2:00 a.m. Pick any spot along the waterfront where you can see the Bay Bridge and enjoy the show.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We proceed to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, Marin County, to see the awe-inspiring majesty of old-growth Redwoods. We will have 2 hours for independent exploration. Within the 6 miles of trails, you can choose to walk a 30-minute loop, a 60-minute loop or a 90-minute loop.
Many northern California coastal valleys were once covered in Redwood forests where Native peoples made their homes for thousands of years. As the Gold Rush attracted multitudes who needed housing, timber harvesting became the leading industry, depleting thousands of acres of Redwoods. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared only because it was hard to reach. To preserve and protect the Redwoods, Congressman William Kent and his wife purchased 611 acres in 1905 and donated more than half of the land to the Federal Government. President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908, and the Kents asked that it be named for conservationist John Muir.
Returning to the hotel via motorcoach, we plan to arrive by approximately 5:00 p.m. (depending on traffic).Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you likeEvening: At leisure. See and do more of what interests you most. If you like topical entertainment, try “Beach Blanket Babylon” -- the longest running musical revue in theater history. If you prefer another activity, the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions, and will also lead an informal excursion or activity you are welcome to join at your cost (if any).Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After class, we will walk two blocks and take public transportation to the Haas Lilienthal House (1886), the city’s only period era home open to the public with docent-led tours. Queen Anne styling and prominent architectural features beautifully exemplify upper-middle class life in the Victorian era. Thanks to its sturdy construction, the house withstood both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes with only minor damage and has never been significantly remodeled.Lunch: Our group lunch is in a local restaurant near City Hall. The sandwich you signed up for at Orientation comes with coffee, iced tea and cookies.Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Among the many options available for your personal independent exploration is a docent-led tour of San Francisco's majestic City Hall. This Beaux-Arts edifice from 1915 was in keeping with the American “City Beautiful” movement of the time. Its dome, inspired by Les Invalides in Paris, is the 5th-largest in the world (suggested donation $10).Dinner: We regroup at 6:00 p.m. and walk 4 blocks to our farewell dinner at one of San Francisco's signature Italian restaurants. The entrée you signed up for at orientation is accompanied by salad, bread, dessert, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.Evening: Spend a final evening with new Road Scholar friends, savoring the week you have spent together, or go out to enjoy one more night in this amazing city.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The class will end by 11:00 a.m. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast