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BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Itinerary for Dec 2 — Dec 7, 2012

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.

Contact info:
150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES

Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.

Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price.
Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 02 - Orientation
Afternoon: Program registration and room check-in. Orientation session follows in conference room at 4:30. Complimentary drinks available daily from 5:30-7:30.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.

Evening: 7pm: Viewing of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.

Contact info:
150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES

Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.

Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price.
Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 03 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.

Morning: 9:30-11:30: French Impressionism: A richly illustrated lecture tour of French Impressionism in its artistic, social and political contexts: from Monet's and Morisot's landscapes of light and atmosphere to Renoir's sparkling scenes of modernity. French Impressionism aimed to capture the atmosphere of an instantaneous moment in time.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: 2:30-4:30: Dazzling Dames of Broadway: Musical theater fans always have adored the great Broadway divas. We look at some of these leading ladies such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and Bernadette Peters to see what special magic launched them into super stardom.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.

Evening: 7-9:Comedy in Film: Seek out the not-so-obvious from Hollywood comedy history by asking: Is suicide funny? Watch The Odd Couple to find out. Can Hitler become a laughable buffoon? Watch Jack Benny in To Be Or Not To Be and sexy dancers in The Producers to find out. Even Casablanca has classic comedic twists. And don’t miss Tex Avery’s Symphony of Jazz, the funniest cartoon ever made.

Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.

Contact info:
150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES

Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.

Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price.
Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 04 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.

Morning: 9:30-11:30: French Impressionism

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: 2:30-4:30: Dazzling Dames of Broadway

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area.

Evening: Free Time

Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.

Contact info:
150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES

Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.

Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price.
Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 05 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.

Morning: 9:30-11:30: Golden Age of Television: A sweeping study of television in its infancy when complicated shows were performed live on sponsor controlled networks. We look at the "Colgate Comedy Hour," "I Love Lucy," and see the mysteries, horror and detective shows of those early days.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: 3-5: Big Band Jazz: Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business. This class will compare the styles of these leaders with live and recorded music. We’ll all learn the blues, too.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.

Evening: 7-9: Big Band Jazz

Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.

Contact info:
150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES

Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.

Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price.
Call the Embassy Suites at 650-292-7387 to make reservations. Price includes breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 06 - Closing ceremony
Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.

Morning: 9:30-11:30: Comedy in Film

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: Bus trip to Stanford University for visit to Cantor Arts Center, home of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment

Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 07 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in atrium.

Morning: 9:30-11:30: Golden Age of Television

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: Program over after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Burlingame, CA
Bay Front trailThere is the Bay Front trail, excellent for walking or jogging, along San Francisco Bay right in front of the hotel, with fabulous views of the Bay and four-acre park and lagoon. Trail features a small fishing pier at the far end of the hotel's parking lot, for scenic views or angling. Many bird-watching opportunities!
Coyote Point County Recreation AreaTwo miles from hotel. Coyote Point County Recreation Area (C.P.C.R.A), offers many activities, such as swimming in the Bay, picnicking, fishing, and bike riding. $5 park admission fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Coyote Point, a rocky outcropping of chert, was once an island; the first people to utilize it were the Ohlone Indians. Three shell mounds on the north side indicate activities such as fishing, eating, or possibly religious ceremonies. In 1845, Pio Pico, the Mexican governor, granted the island to Cayetano Arenas as payment for a debt. In 1850, it was sold again to the shipping firm of Mellus and Howard, who reclaimed the marsh and erected levees and drainage ditches for a dairy pasture, and later built a pier for loading lumber. In 1940, the Howard estate sold the 402 acres to the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Dept. Stroll (or fish) at the marina breakwater, the beach promenade (watch for windsurfers), or view the saltwater marsh with its shorebirds, just south of the yacht club. Chip a few balls at Poplar Creek Golf Course (see listing below), or visit Coyote Point Yacht Harbor and Club. Visit their website for more info on the features mentioned, or call 650-573-2592.
For additional information, visit: www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/smc/department/home/0,,5556687_12305989_12313345,00.html
Coyote Point Museum for Environmental EducationTwo miles from hotel. Located inside Coyote Point County Recreation Area, which has a $5 entry fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Newly refurbished 4,000 sq. ft. walk-through aviary houses over four-dozen native California birds. Landscaped trees and plants, along with pond and waterfall, give visitors an opportunity to view the birds up-close in a natural setting. River otter exhibit; live honybee/hive exhibit; Wildlife Habitat featuring live, rescued native California species; rotating science-related exhibits; rotating art exhibits relating to the natural world. Environmental Hall features six Bay Area/California ecosystems. Themed gardens encompass 1.3 acres including a Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Habitat and Nature's Marketplace, featuring native plants used by Native Californians. Wheelchair-accessible. See their website for driving directions and more information, or call (650) 342-7755. Closed Mondays.
For additional information, visit: www.coyoteptmuseum.org
Hiller Aviation MuseumSix miles from hotel. The museum’s 53,000 sq. ft. complex consists of a main exhibit hall, an entrance atrium, 35-seat theater, 50-seat conference center, and gift shop. The Restoration Shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits: Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Call for more info, and driving directions, at 650-654-0200, or visit their website. Open 7 days a week.
For additional information, visit: www.hiller.org
Poplar Creek Golf CourseTwo miles from hotel. Club house, Pro shop, restaurant/bar (specializing in Italian cuisine and seafood). Course has 18 holes. Make tee time reservations on their website or call 650-522-4653. See their website for fee rates.
For additional information, visit: www.poplarcreekgolf.com/index.html

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