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Victorian Christmas

Program Number: 13350RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/10/2012 - 12/13/2012;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Nevada City, California
Price starting at: $499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Join in the celebrations of Nevada City’s colorful Victorian Christmas and experience firsthand the charm of an earlier era. Once a wild and woolly boomtown, Nevada City was home to gambling parlors, brothels, opium dens, saloons and more than 300 newcomers a day. With the town’s landmark historic district closed to motorized traffic, costumed characters such as Victorian singers, bagpipers and brass bands re-create the scenes of another time and place.




Highlights

• Enhance your journey into the past with authentic recreations and attend a Victorian Christmas celebration.
• Enjoy expert-led field trips to pioneer cemetery and narrow gauge railroad.
• Investigate the town’s lively history with tales of the common folk — soiled doves, gamblers, gunslingers, lawmen and lawless — as well as the now-famous prospectors who populated the area during California’s Gold Rush era.



Activity Particulars

Walking around Nevada City up to a mile on sidewalks with hilly terrain.




Date Specific Information

12-10-2012

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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Nevada City

In the Sierra Foothills east of Sacramento, Nevada City was once the most prosperous town in the state, and today still maintains a Victorian charm that would be recognizable to notables such as Twain and Hearst who walked the gas-lit streets.



Accommodations
National Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Rockies.
Meals and Lodgings
   National Hotel
  Nevada City, CA 3 nights
 National Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The National Hotel is a registered historical landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Rocky Mountains.
  Contact info: 211 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959 USA
phone: 530-265-4551
  Room amenities: Television. .When you arrive, you'll step back into the Victorian era. Many rooms are furnished with antiques from the Gold Rush Days and all rooms are not identical.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant on site. Veranda overlooking Nevada City's main street.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Please check with the hotel. Cannot guarantee additional nights will be available. Hotel is busy during Victorian Christmas celebration.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please check with the hotel. Cannot guarantee additional nights will be available. Hotel is busy during Victorian Christmas celebration.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in to hotel after 4:00 p.m. and meet in hotel lobby 4:00-5:00 p.m. for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at National Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:30 a.m. Room check out time is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at National Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel has ample free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nevada City, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Sacramento, CA or Reno, NV
  Nearest highway: Interstate 80
  Nearest airport:  Sacramento International
  From End of Program
  Location: Nevada City, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oakland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs. 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

177 miles

   

All major car rental agencies available at Oakland Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar,Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Thrifty

 

Reno

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

88.5 miles

   

Sacramento International Airport has most major car rental agencies-Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National

 

Sacramento

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 and 1/2 hrs. 

 

Distance:

 

143 miles

   

Most major car rental agencies available at Sacramento Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National

 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

161 miles

   

All major car rental agencies are available at SFO: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National Thrifty

 
Driving Directions
  Reno Hwy. 80 west to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 north to Nevada City.
  San Francisco Hwy. 80 east to Hwy. 49. Hwy 49 north to Nevada City.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive, check in to hotel, register for program, wine/cider social, orientation and get-acquainted
(Monday, December 10)
   
 Arrive To: Check in to hotel after 4 PM and register for program in the hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Wine social in meeting room and dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation, get-acquainted program in meeting room.
   
Accommodations: National Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gold Rush history, visit the Firehouse Museum, Banjo Band entertains
(Tuesday, December 11)

Note: Museum visit requires walking 2 blocks



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Classes on Nevada City history and colorful characters. Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, comfortable lodgings and a variety of fine shops, boutiques, galleries and museums, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Guided visit to Firehouse Museum ( a 2 block walk) with the Museum's curator. Completed in the Spring of 1861, this firehouse was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. During those nearly 80 years, horse -drawn fire wagons and handcarts and “modern ” motorized fire engines rolled out the doors. In 1947 the Nevada City City Council donated the use of the building to the Nevada County Historical Society to house its museum.
 Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.
 Evening: An evening of entertainment with a local banjo band playing music from an earlier era. Nevada County's hardest working band, Ragged But Right delivers a stimulating mix of old-time fiddle and americana songs, sure to please the most discriminating listener!
   
Accommodations: National Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gold Rush history, field trip to Empire Mine, Victorian Christmas celebration
(Wednesday, December 12)

Note: Field trip requires walking and standing during docent presentation, Victorian Christmas requires walking through the town



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: A local historian lectures on the Gold Rush history of Nevada City. It was first settled in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, under the name Nevada (meaning "snow-covered", a reference to the snow-topped mountains in the area). In 1850-51, it was the most important mining town in the state, Nevada County being the leading gold-mining county in the state. On a guided visit to the famous Empire Mine we learn more about the California gold strike.The Empire Mine is the site of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold.This 5.8 million ounces of gold would fill a box 7 feet on each side. It is estimated that this represented only 20% of the available gold...80% remains.
 Lunch: We are served a special "Miner's Lunch" at the Empire Mine. After lunch we continue our field trip with a guided visit to the Grass Valley Museum which depicts the rich history of the Gold Rush days to 1930 with displays of furniture, art, objects d’art, clothing, musical instruments and artifacts of the Victorian era. The Museum also features a Victorian bedroom, a lace making exhibit, Lola Montez’s bathtub, and a hall of photographs from the turn of the century.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time to enjoy the Victorian Christmas celebration.The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures.
   
Accommodations: National Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Final class, program wrap-up and special brunch
(Thursday, December 13)
   
 Depart From: Program ends. Check out of the hotel by noon.
 Breakfast: The hotel restaurant offers a simple buffet breakfast snack.
 Morning: Attend a final class on the history of the transcontinental railroad and its effects on the area.
 Brunch: The program closes with a farewell brunch and wrap up session in hotel dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Nevada City (CA) (Images of America) [Paperback]


Author: Maria Brower


Description: Vibrant and captivating Nevada City began as a gold-mining camp called Deer Creek Dry Diggins. The large gravel deposits alongside this creek reportedly delivered a pound of pay dirt a day by the fall of 1849, when A. B. Caldwell's general store opened to supply this haphazard collection of tents. By March 1850, somewhere between 6,000 and 16,000 boisterous souls called it home, and the new town was christened Nevada, meaning snow covered in Spanish. After 1861, townsfolk took to adding City to the name, to avoid confusion with the new state whose Comstock silver strike drained off many Nevada City residents. Seven fires burned early Nevada City to the ground, sparking a fashion for brick architecture that is evident in many of the 93 downtown structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Gold Rush Towns of Nevada County (CA) (Images of America) [Paperback]


Author: Maria Brower


Description: Nevada County is webbed with some of the richest veins of goldbearing quartz in the world. First discovered in 1849 as placer gold washed into creek beds, hydraulic miners later used massive jets of water to melt mountains and free the precious metal. Rich lodegold districts such as Grass Valley and Nevada City were the most productive in California, and innovations such as hydraulic mining began here and spread throughout the nation. Whimsical names like You Bet, Red Dog, Rough and Ready, French Corral, and Blue Tent hint at the colorful beginnings of dozens of camps that grew from wild and chaotic tent towns to bustling young communities, complete with schools, churches, and businesses. Boomtowns North San Juan, North Bloomfield, and Columbia propelled Nevada County to the head of the state's economy by 1900 and hundreds of miles of gold-bearing quartz veins continued to be tapped in underground tunnels for another 50 years or more.





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