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 Summit 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.
As a special treat, the hotel has a complimentary wine reception in the lobby 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
Then, take a walk on the wild side. Your local expert will give you an extensive walking exploration of Land's End, where San Francisco meets the Pacific Ocean. You will discover Sutro Heights, the Land's End Visitor's Center, Sutro Baths, the Camera Obscura, the Cliff House, a Dutch windmill in Golden Gate Park, and WPA murals.
Sutro Heights is an 18-acre park that was once the estate of Adolph Sutro, land developer and former mayor of San Francisco. Land's End essentially belonged to Adolph Sutro as he also built the Cliff House and Sutro Baths.
Opened in 1886, the Sutro Baths were much more than the largest indoor swimming pool. Beyond the six salt water and one fresh water pools, the facility also had a museum, an amphitheater, club rooms, hundreds of private dressing rooms, and an ice skating rink! All that remains today are the ruins.
The Cliff House is a restaurant that has gone through five incarnations and is now part of the National Park Service. Step into the Cliff House and learn about its history starting in 1863. Then step into the Camera Obscura and discover the technology that predates the modern photography of the 1800s.
Proceed down the hill and onto the Great Highway. Step into Golden Gate Park and marvel at the Dutch Windmill. Finally, walk through the WPA murals painted by Lucien Labaudt in 1935-37. Entitled "San Francisco Life," the murals feature four spots in San Francisco, forever popular with visitors: the beach, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf and the Marina.Lunch: Group lunch at a restaurant in Land's End which will include an entree, dessert, and choice of coffee, iced tea, and soda.Afternoon: Independent afternoon to continue exploring San Francisco. A suggestion for this afternoon is to explore the nearby Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum.Dinner: Independent dinner. Find one of San Francisco's many eateries and dig in!Evening: Free time to continue discovering "The Golden Gate City."
On one of your independent nights, be sure and check out the Bay Lights, a twinkling, dancing, joyous light sculpture on the west span of the Bay Bridge designed by world-renowned artist Leo Villareal. This stunning fine arts experience shines from dusk until 2am.Lodging: Hotel CarltonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Please note that hotel check-out is by 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