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North of Napa: California Wine Country as It Used to Be

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Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 9, 2015

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 04 - Check-in, Registration, Orientatoin, Welcome Dinn...
Afternoon: Hotel check in starts at 3:00 PM and Program Registration begins at 4:00 PM. Check in and registration are followed by a champagne reception and program orientation in the hotel parlor at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dine at our lovely historic hotel with your fellow wine enthusiasts!

Evening: Just north of Napa lies California's Lake County. Our study of the intriguing story of wine from growth and production to corking and tasting begins this evening as we are joined by the author of the "Lake County Wine Guide", Gaye Allen, and hotel owner Bernie Butcher.

After dinner, Gaye will provide an introduction to the week and an overview of Lake County as a wine making region. The wines of Lake County were well known prior to Prohibition, outnumbering those of Napa. During Prohibition the abundant and fruitful vineyards were replaced with pear and walnut orchards. Learn how Lake County, with its unique climate, soils and elevation, combined with the spirit of passionate growers and winemakers, is re-emerging as a major wine growing region. One hundred acres of vineyards in 1965 have blossomed to 8,800 today, now boasting over 30 commercial wineries.



Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 05 - Wine Appreciation, Meet Winemakers, Brassfield Es...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A wine enthusiast’s adventure awaits you as we begin our studies today! Lake County in its pristine beauty takes you back to the roots of wine making! Lake County provides the clarity of experience of “California wine country as it used to be,” refreshingly free from the commercialism of other more well-known wine locales.

Although just geographically north of famous Napa, Lake County is a dramatic step back in time. Here you find the pristine natural beauty of mountainous terrain dotted with vineyards, the cleanest air in California, and the beauty of the largest lake within California state boundaries. Here you are captivated by the spirit of the vineyard owners and winemakers who delight to share their passion, their stories and their insights with you on a personal basis.

Focus today on wine appreciation and tasting and food pairing. Led by Pietro Buttitta, a Rosa d'Oro winemaker, learn how to taste and talk about wine. Unravel the mysteries of wine labels.

Lake County Wineries website: www.lakecountywineries.org/



Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Put into practice your learning experiences today as we travel to Brassfield Estate, which will soon have the largest wine cave in the United States. All their wines are crafted entirely from grapes grown on the winery's high elevation estate above the lake where they are produced and bottled on the premises to create the finest of wines.

Head back to Upper Lake to visit the Lake County Wine Studio, conveniently located across the street from the hotel. This charming studio features wines from area wineries that do not have their own wine tasting room. Discuss and sample!

Brassfield Estate website: www.brassfieldestate.com/

Lake County Wine Studio website: lakecountywinestudio.com/



Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel

Evening: Get to know your fellow enthusiasts relaxing over dinner. Then you can select your choice of two options to round out your evening. Option 1: Blue Wing Monday Night Blues band in the Blue Wing Restaurant. Option 2: History buffs may attend the monthly meeting of the local "Civil War Roundtable" in Riffe's. Roundtable topic is what happened in the Civil War 150 years ago this month.

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 06 - Hands On Grape Process, Sampling, Steele Winery, ...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we are joined by our study leader for the day and Educational Director of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Paul Zellman. Learn about the natural elements that create the best wine growing areas as we set the foundation for our upcoming experiences. Lake County is unique in its diversity, with wine grapes grown from lake level at 1400 feet to elevations over 3000 feet and from highly volcanic soils to the rich loam of the old lake bed. examines the different approaches to wine making and provides an orientation lecture this morning.

Head out then to Steele Winery where their winemaker will introduce us to their process and the individuality of their wines. Get your own hands right into it, as we process grapes using a punch press. Sample their wines and view the intricate bottling process.

Steele Wines website: www.steelewines.com/

Lunch: Box lunch at beautiful Steele Winery

Afternoon: Depart for the nearby town of Kelseyville, which features the tasting rooms for local wines from Wildhurst Vineyards and Rosa D'Oro. Stop by the artisan glass-blowing shop of Jay Buechier or Blue Flame Glass.

Following the Kelseyville visit, travel a short distance to Chacewater Wine and Olive Company for a taste of their wines and the wide variety of olive oils pressed on site.

p> Rosa D'Oro Wines website: www.rosadorowine.com

Wildhurst Wines website: www.wildhurst.com

Chacewater Wines and Olive Mill website: chacewaterwine.com



Dinner: On the veranda of the Blue Wing Saloon and Café next door to our hotel.

Evening: Later this evening, Bernie Butcher will give an overview of the history of this scenic area. As owner of the charming and historic Tallman Hotel, built in the 1890’s, he will discuss the restoration of this gem amongst country hotels.

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 07 - Viticulture of Lake County, Food Pairing with Gou...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: The making of wine is our focus today. Led by Matt Hughes, our study leader for the day and past president of the Lake County Winery Association, we begin with a study of “Elements of Wine Making.” Matt will walk us through all the seasons as we explore the process of wine making from start to finish.

Lunch: Blue Wing Chef Ruben Ramirez joins Matt Hughes to guide you through the fascinating intricacies of food and wine pairing. Using a variety of Lake County wines and local produce, observe how a master chef prepares and presents a gourmet lunch, and put into practice your new knowledge about food and wine pairing.

Afternoon: Free time after the mid-afternoon completion of our gourmet lunch. Relax and enjoy the beauty of this exquisitely restored historic hotel, sip award-winning wine or head out to one of the local wineries or antique stores to explore on your own.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: On your own to relax or explore.

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, California is a return to a simpler time. This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility between 2004 and 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards in 2007 from the California Heritage Council and, in July 2008, it was officially listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. The interiors of the hotel are inspired by the natural setting of Lake County. Antique and custom crafted furniture, hand painted murals and artwork depicting flora and fauna create simple yet sophisticated surroundings. Eastlake style furniture decorates the guestrooms. The authentic look and feel of the hotel transports patrons back in time -- but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels on the roof and modern facilities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The hotel is the first location in its county to feature an electric vehicle charging station.

Contact info:
9550 Main Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485 USA
phone: 707-275-2245
web: www.tallmanhotel.com

Room amenities: Program accommodations in this restored historic country hotel feature one bed per room. If you register double occupancy, you will be sharing one bed with your traveling companion. For this reason we will not be able to pair unacquainted roommates. Each room has a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Guests are invited to relax in the parlor or dining room of the historic hotel, to wander about the gardens, and to enjoy the pool and spa facilities. Complimentary hi-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property and wired internet connections are included in all guestrooms. Features include: Spacious guestrooms, high speed Internet, swimming pool & hot tub, and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The central feature of the property is the historic hotel. Downstairs is the parlor and reception area along with a beautifully decorated dining room. Upstairs are four guest rooms featuring fully restored period bathroom fixtures and private verandas. Facing a shady garden is the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant and a complex of eight Garden Rooms, all with verandas facing the garden. The four lower Garden rooms each feature a private back deck with outdoor shower and a teak Japanese "Ofuro" soaking tub. The complex also features the Caretakers unit consisting of three spacious suites and the Farmhouse building with an ADA accessible suite topped by a unique single garret room with private balcony. The Tallman Hotel does not have an elevator. A limited number of downstairs rooms are available. PLEASE REQUEST A DOWNSTAIRS ROOM ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH STAIRS.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly for rates
Additional nights must be booked directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are an Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 08 - Gregory Graham Vineyard, Six Sigma Ranch, Boatiqu...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Put into practice your learning experiences today as we travel to four outstanding vineyards to meet winemakers, owners and farmers. Depart first for Gregory Graham Vineyard in Lower Lake and meet with Greg Graham, who has been the master winemaker at Rombauer Estate in Napa for 20 years and is now the Dean of Lake County winemakers.

Travel next to Six Sigma Ranch and Vineyards, a 5,000 acre ranch, located in the picturesque rolling hills dotted with oak trees in the remote southern end of Lake County. Our study leader, and Six Sigma winemaker, will discuss how to blend wines. Get right into the action as you individually practice blending wine. Stop a minute though to savor their award-winning Spanish-style wine, Tempranillo.

Six Sigma website: www.sixsigmaranch.com/

Lunch: Box lunch at beautiful Six Sigma Ranch and Vineyards.

Afternoon: Then end your visit at the stunning Boatique Winery where we will see the two passions of owners Robert and Madi Mount combine, high quality wine and beautifully restored antique boats. We will learn about their decade long love for Lake County and how that translates into the wine they produce.

Boatique Wines website: www.boatiquewines.com/

Dinner: Enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner as we round out the program tonight at the hotel.

Evening: Share highlights of your adventure in this evening’s wrap up session.

Lodging: Tallman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, October 09 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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