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WALNUT GROVE, CALIFORNIA

Birding and Ecology in the California Delta by Boat

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Program #16891RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Start of Program
Feb 3, 2013
3:00 p.m. hotel check in time. 4:00-5:00 p.m. meet in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration.
You will be staying at the Ryde Hotel that night.
Location: Walnut Grove, CA
Nearest city or town: Sacramento
Nearest highway: Hwy. 12, Interstate 5
Nearest airport: Sacramento International, SFO

End of Program
Feb 6, 2013
Program ends at 10:30 a.m. after optional bird walk. Room checkout time is 12:00 p.m.
You will be staying at the Ryde Hotel the night before.
Location: Walnut Grove, CA
Additional transportation information same as above.
Type: Hotel

Description: 1998 marked the advent of a Renaissance for this historical property. Under the direction of new owners, the Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone a major renovation. The renovation maintained the character of the original design while incorporating contemporary amenities, such as jacuzzi tubs, with glorious river views. What they have achieved is an ambience that is both unique and casually elegant. The Ryde Hotel was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. It's not difficult to imagine the type of nocturnal activities that secret passageway has seen! Speculation mixed with fact generated a good amount of notoriety that brought with it a certain cachet. The Ryde attracted celebrities of all types from President Herbert Hoover to local and state politicians to movie stars and mobsters. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners including the Lon Chaney, Jr. family. At one point the name was changed to the Grand Island Inn. During the 1980's it was even a rock'n'roll mecca!

Contact info:
14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 916-776-1318
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: No television or phone in the rooms

Facility amenities: Nine hole executive golf course, on-site restaurant, private dock, park-like grounds, swimming pool, Internet access

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

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Hotel is busy on weekends, check for availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM

Type: Hotel

Description: 1998 marked the advent of a Renaissance for this historical property. Under the direction of new owners, the Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone a major renovation. The renovation maintained the character of the original design while incorporating contemporary amenities, such as jacuzzi tubs, with glorious river views. What they have achieved is an ambience that is both unique and casually elegant. The Ryde Hotel was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. It's not difficult to imagine the type of nocturnal activities that secret passageway has seen! Speculation mixed with fact generated a good amount of notoriety that brought with it a certain cachet. The Ryde attracted celebrities of all types from President Herbert Hoover to local and state politicians to movie stars and mobsters. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners including the Lon Chaney, Jr. family. At one point the name was changed to the Grand Island Inn. During the 1980's it was even a rock'n'roll mecca!

Contact info:
14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 916-776-1318
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: No television or phone in the rooms

Facility amenities: Nine hole executive golf course, on-site restaurant, private dock, park-like grounds, swimming pool, Internet access

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

Additional nights after: Please call the hotel.
Hotel is busy on weekends, check for availability.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

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8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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