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Historic Mendocino: A Colorful Coastal Village

Program Number: 6463RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mendocino, California
Price starting at: $855.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Bordered on three sides by grassy meadows and the breaking surf of the Pacific Ocean, free of billboards, traffic lights and box stores, Mendocino remains an unspoiled village closely tied to California’s colorful early history. Experience the area’s stunning beauty and Victorian past on streets lined with old wooden buildings, water towers and fragrant gardens. Delve into Mendocino’s human and natural history through lectures and expert-led field trips.




Highlights

• During an expert-led walk on the Mendocino Headlands and MacKerricher State Park, learn about the region’s often-dangerous logging history.
• Visit the beautifully restored and historically significant Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and the Mendocino Botanical Gardens with its remarkable diversity of plants.
• Explore the renowned Mendocino Art Center perched above the Pacific Ocean, and relish class sessions with the center’s resident artists.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile and standing up to a half-hour; some uneven terrain.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Mendocino

Perched on a scenic headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Mendocino is a thriving artist colony and a popular weekend getaway for residents of San Francisco, 200 miles south. Once the location of the TV series, “Murder, She Wrote,” the town has several parks and nature reserves that offer panoramic views and good birdwatching.



Accommodations
Beautifully renovated Victorian hotel on the National Historic Register.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
  Mendocino, CA 5 nights
 Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Mendocino Hotel, a restored Victorian building with beautiful antiques and two award-winning restaurants, is situated in the picturesque village of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. Located on the rugged North Coast of California, about 4 hours north of San Francisco, it is part of the highly scenic Andersen Valley, home of over three dozen boutique wineries. The hotel and town of only 1200 inhabitants is registered in the National Historic Trust.
  Contact info: 45080 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
phone: 800-548-0513
web: www.mendocinohotel.com
  Room amenities: The hotel's 51 guest rooms were renovated in 2006 and are equipped with hair dryers, phones, irons/ ironing boards, and cozy down comforters. Many have balconies and fireplaces.
  Facility amenities: This full-service hotel, located in the heart of the Mendocino Historic Preservation District, offers Concierge and 24-hour Front Desk service; bellman service from 8AM till 9PM; room service from 8AM till 9PM; free daily copy of the New York Times Digest; safe deposit boxes; on-site parking; and in-house massage and spa services situated on two acres of lush Victorian gardens. Guests will also enjoy the on-site Mendocino Creamery Ice Cream Parlor. The Mendocino Hotel features two award-winning restaurants and a bar which offer guests a choice of casual, bistro, or fine dining as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace. The Mendocino Hotel has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet access is available in the lobby area.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Please call hotel. The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call hotel. The hotel is usually fully booked on weekends. If participants choose to stay after the program, they must arrange their own return transportation to SFO.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 4:00-5:00PM in the hotel lobby. Wine reception precedes our 6:00PM dinner. Orientation and self introductions begin at 7:30PM. You will be staying at Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Please arrange your transportation so you can join us for the final activity which will end about 10:30AM. Hotel checkout time is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Participant Information Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking is available at the hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mendocino, CA
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 101
  Nearest airport:  SFO
  From End of Program
  Location: Mendocino, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco (SFO)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 from SFO to Sonoma County Airport, then $20 from Sonoma County Airport to Mendocino
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time approx. 8 hours 

 

Distance:

 

About 167 miles from SFO to Mendocino Hotel

   

This is a long and difficult trip as it involves taking the Airport Express bus from San Francisco Airport to Sonoma County Airport, then changing to Mendocino Transit to travel by bus to Mendocino. If arriving on the Sunday that the program begins, the available bus connections will not allow you to arrive in Mendocino until around 7:00pm. For further info, call Mendocino Transit at (800) 696-4682. HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Rent a car at SFO or OAK. Driving time is about 3 hours to Mendocino.

 

Oakland Airport (OAK)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 from OAK to Sonoma County Airport, then $20 from Sonoma County Airport to Mendocino
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time approx. 7 hours 

 

Distance:

 

About 168 miles from OAK to Mendocino Hotel

   

This is a long and difficult trip as it involves taking the Airport Express bus from Oakland Airport to Sonoma County Airport, then changing to Mendocino Transit to travel by bus to Mendocino. If arriving on the Sunday that the program begins, the available bus connections will not allow you to arrive in Mendocino until around 7:00pm. For further info, call Mendocino Transit at (800) 696-4682. HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Rent a car at SFO or OAK. Driving time is about 3 hours to Mendocino.

 
Driving Directions
  From the North to Mendocino Take Hwy 101 south to Willits. Exit on Hwy 20. Go west to Hwy 1. Go south on Hwy 1 to Mendocino. Hotel Mendocino is at 45080 Main St.
  From the South (OAK) to Mendocino From Oakland Airport, start out going southwest on Airport Dr toward Alan Shepard Way. Turn right onto Alan Shepard Way. Turn right onto John Glenn Dr. Turn left onto Airport Dr. Stay straight to go onto 98TH Ave. Turn left onto Airport Access Rd. Turn right onto Hegenberger R. Merge onto I-880 N toward downtown Oakland. Keep right to take I-980 E toward CA-24/ Walnut Creek. Merge onto I-580 W toward San Francisco (portions toll). Merge onto US-101 N. Take the CA-128 W exit toward Ft Bragg/ Mendocino. Turn sharp left onto CA-128/ N Cloverdale Blvd. Turn right onto CA-128. CA-128 becomes CA-1 N/ Shoreline Hwy. Turn left onto Main St. Hotel Mendocino is at 45080 Main St. Distance: 167 miles Drive Time: 3 hours
  From the South (SFO) to Mendocino From San Francisco Airport, start out going southeast on T-1 turnaround. Merge onto US-101 N via ramp on the left toward San Francisco. Merge onto I-380 W toward I-280/ San Bruno. Merge onto I-280 N toward San Francisco. Take CA-1 N toward 19th Avenue/ Golden Gate Bridge. Merge onto US-101 N via exit on the left toward Golden Gate BR. Take the CA-128 W exit toward Ft. Bragg/ Mendocino. Turn sharp left onto CA-128/ N Cloverdale Blvd. Turn right onto CA-128. CA-128 becomes CA-1 N/ Shoreline Hwy. Turn left onto Main St. Hotel Mendocino is at 45080 Main St. Distance: 168 miles Drive Time: 3 hrs 21 min
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: Independent Arrival
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: Mendocino is a walking town. Everything is accessible by foot, but visitors should be prepared for a little uneven terrain and walking on paved sidewalks as well as dirt paths. Walking distance to various destinations is 3-4 blocks one way. Walking during free time is based on interest level. Participants should be able to walk half a mile without stopping.



   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Mendocino Hotel after 4:00PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session.

Join us for a wine/cider reception in the hotel meeting room before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel

NOTE FOR ALL MEALS: Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

Since meals are served in a group setting, it is difficult to adjust to individual dietary requests. If you are unable to eat what is on the regular menu, a vegetarian alternative is available, if not already part of the menu. Since alternative meal arrangements have to be made in advance, please indicate your need for a vegetarian entree on the enclosed Participant Information Form. If you have other dietary concerns, you can order (at your own expense) from a different menu.

 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kelley House Museum/Walk on Mendocino Headlands/Introductory Lectures
(Monday, October 7)

Note: The walk on the Headlands is a trail and parts of it are uneven. If it has rained, trail can be muddy but we try to take the least muddy route. The walk is rich with history and the view is beautiful.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room
 Morning: CLASS: Mendocino's Coastal Habitats introduces us to the natural history of the area with the director of a local nature center.

WALKING FIELD TRIP: Kelley House Museum.

Located 1 block from hotel, Kelley House is a historic home built in 1861 which offers exhibits on the cultural heritage of the Mendocino Coast. Docents interpret Mendocino's logging and shipping industries and the unique Victorian architecture for which the town is recognized as a National Historic Preservation District.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Join a museum docent for a walk on the Mendocino Headlands, the grassy area that wraps around the town and offers walking trails and beautiful views of the ocean. During their migration, whales are often seen from the Headlands. The Headlands, now property of the State Parks system, is an area that has been protected from development since Mendocino was granted Historic Preservation status by the State of California.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Mendocino's Chinese History is presented by a local college instructor who talks about her family's history and the foundation of one of the original Chinese temples in California---the Temple of Kwan Tai.
   
Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ford House Museum/Woodland Wildlife Center/Kwan Tai Temple
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room
 Morning: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Walk to Ford House Museum & Visitor's Center across the street from the hotel for a presentation on local history and movies filmed in Mendocino.

Jerome B. Ford, superintendent of the town's first sawmill and one of the founders of Mendocino, had the Ford House built for his bride, Martha, in 1854.

CLASS: Movies of Mendocino

Your instructor is a local resident who has authored two books on movies made in Mendocino. His presentation includes showing a DVD of carefully selected movie clips of scenes that were made in and around the Village.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Woodlands Wildlife Center

Ronnie James joins us for a fascinating presentation about her work and the Woodlands Wildlife Center.

WALKING FIELD TRIP: Guided visit to the Temple of Kwan Tai.

Dedicated to the Chinese god of war, a Taoist symbol of integrity and loyalty, the Temple of Kwan Tai offers living evidence of Mendocino's 19th Century Chinese community. Four generations of its founders' descendents have preserved this original Taoist temple, a site now recognized as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 927.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Watch the 1956 American Comedy movie "The Russians Are Coming!" which was filmed in Mendocino. Based on the Nathaniel Benchley juvenile novel, "The Off-Islanders", it was adapted for the screen by William Rose. The movie tells the Cold War story of the comedic chaos which ensues when a Soviet submarine accidentally runs aground near a small New England town.
   
Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bus Field trip/Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse/Mendocino Botanical Gardens/MacKerricher State Park/Pygmy Forest
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room
 Morning: BUS FIELD TRIP: Board the motor coach for a field trip to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, Mendocino Botanical Gardens and Fort Bragg.

The Mendocino coast was home to hundreds of sawmills. The demand for lumber became even greater after the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. That same year Congress appropriated $50,000 for a lighthouse on Point Cabrillo. Construction on the station began in 1908.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, the only public garden to front directly on the Pacific Coast, was founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife, Betty. Ernest's keen eye spotted the ample supply of water augmented by the mild coastal climate and quality soil essential to acid-loving plants like Rhododendrons. The Grand Opening of the Garden was in 1966.

 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at MacKerricher State Park which offers a variety of habitats--beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals live on the rocks off the park’s Mendocino coast. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal tidal lagoon. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching.
 Afternoon: After lunch, walk along the park's boardwalk with a knowledgeable local instructor. Observe harbor seals, grey whales (depending on the season), and many species of shore and pellagic birds.

Board the motor coach and continue to the Pygmy Forest with our instructor. The Pygmy Forest in Van Damme State Park is truly Lilliputian. Sixty-year-old cypress trees are but a few feet tall and measure a half-inch in diameter. Our walk takes us along a nature trail, built upon an elevated wooden walkway, looping through the Pygmy Forest.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mendocino Art Center/Presbyterian Church/Mendocino Theatre.
(Thursday, October 10)

Note: Walk to the Mendocino Art Center which is 4 blocks one way from hotel and to the Mendocino Theater which is 3 blocks one way from hotel. Bring a flashlight for return walk to hotel after theater performance.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room
 Morning: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Mendocino Art Center

Following an introduction to the Art Center, we tour the artist studios where artists-in-residence tell us about their art.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: At the historic Presbyterian Church, 3 blocks from the hotel, a church docent tells us about the church, its role in films, and its interestng bell pull.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Attend a performance of "Time Stands Still" at the Mendocino Theater.

Written by Donald Margulies and directed by Betty Abramson

   
Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Pomo Indians/Farewell Brunch
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: A light breakfast snack is available at the hotel.
 Morning: CLASS: Pomo Indians

Explore the culture of the local Pomo Indians with examples of their crafts and customs. Some believe the word 'Pomo' is derived from Poma, the name of a particular village, and was given to these people by anthropologists at the turn of the century. Because of similarities in their basketry and culture, anthropologists saw them as one group. Actually, there are more than 70 different tribes within what is known as Pomo country as well as 7 different languages, of which only 3 are still spoken.

 Brunch: Farewell brunch is served at the hotel with a review of the program highlights.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Mendocino program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Mendocino, CA General Overview
Mendocino County is renowned for its rugged coastline, breathtaking beaches, picturesque villages, majestic redwood forests and America's Greenest Wine Region. The local culture beckons the visitor to sit by the fire, savor a delicious Mendocino vintage, stare up into a mighty redwood tree or watch migrating whales from the porch of one of its unique inns. There are many shops, art galleries and restaurants in the village, all easily accessible on foot. Visitors will enjoy several state parks encompassing miles of sandy beaches within a 15 mile radius of Mendocino.. For additional information, visit www.mendocino.com
  Visit Mendocino County, Inc.
345 North Franklin Street

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Toll Free: 1-866-466-3636, or phone 1-707-964-9010

Visit this website to learn more about the culture and beauty of Mendocino County. You can view their Visitor Guide online, download the guide, or have a copy sent to you. For additional information, visit www.visitmendocino.com

  Mendocino Visitors Guide
From the coastal villages and windswept cliffs of Highway 1, to the cozy inns and luxury spas sprinkled among towering redwoods and the wine country, a getaway like no other is waiting for you in Mendocino County, California. Visit the website to order your copy of the ultimate Mendocino County Insiders Visitors Guide and to see a complete, detailed listing of upcoming Events and Festivals as well as a local map. For additional information, visit www.mendocinovisitors.com
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


Beyond The Golden Gate: California's North Coast


Author: Larry Ulrich


Description: North of the Golden Gate Bridge, the legendary coastal route Highway 1 takes a left turn from growing population corridors to enter the unique world of California's North Coast. A landscape of dramatic headlands and rocky, jagged shorelines carved by surf and rivers, the coast is home to rolling woodlands, bucolic wine country, sleepy fishing villages, and artistic communities strong on preserving a slower pace of life. The North Coast's wet climate nurtures a great arboreal forest - notably the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens - that has served the timber industry for the last century and is now in the forefront of environmental concern in the region. The five coastal counties north of San Francisco - Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte - beckon both visitors and residents with spectacular scenery, backroad adventure, and the enveloping mystery of primeval forest.



The Pomo of Lake County (Images of America: California)


Author: K.C. Patrick


Description: Secure in their isolated valley until the arrival of the white man, the Native Americans of Lake County and their ancestors lived for more than 12,000 years in this temperate Eden of abundance. The anthropologist who labeled them all by one name was mistaken though; the Pomo were actually 72 independent villages, or tribelets, that spoke at least seven distinct and mutually unintelligible languages. Theirs was a culture without war, without tyranny, without greed until the Gold Rush. Like native plant seeds, they have blown and been carried and have taken root again and again. Though their history far predates the camera, the artifacts, stories, and historical images collected from this region and its inhabitants can portray, in part, their joy and pain and their powerful ability to change and endure.



Mendocino Mornings


Author: Arlene Moorehead, Jim Moorehead & David Regan


Description: In this eye-catching, warm and inviting book, the innkeepers of Mendocino's acclaimed Grindle Inn present six dozen scrumptious recipes, the favorites of guests and staff from years of gourmet hospitality. At the book's heart lie tales of Mendocino and what it's like to run a B&B, plus the delightful tale of Sybil, the cat who really runs the inn.





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