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Julia Child's Santa Barbara

Program Number: 12947RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 2/27/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Price starting at: $524.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

“People just seem friendly and happy here,” Julia Child wrote of Santa Barbara. “Who wouldn't be, when it’s so beautiful and the climate is so nice?” The California-born chef, author, media icon and embodiment of joyful living adopted the city as her home in her later years. Celebrate and learn about food, wine, culinary technique and Julia Child herself on this sumptuous journey.




Highlights

• A Santa Barbara County wine expert introduces you to the fantastic wines for which this region is known.
• A professional chef teaches you cooking techniques and tricks of the trade in a culinary demonstration featuring local produce.
• Discover the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a landmark of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, and absorb spectacular views from its 85-foot clock tower.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some stairs. Electric shuttles operate on the downtown section of State Street during daytime hours.




Date Specific Information

2-24-2013

Accommodations are in a basic but clean centrally located hotel.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Barbara

The “American Riviera” — so-called for its mild, Mediterranean climate — lies along a south-facing stretch of scenic coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains and was home for millennia to the ancestral Chumash people. Today Santa Barbara is a leading center for education adorned with the trappings of the Spanish Mission period.



Accommodations
Hotel Santa Barbara, a convenient downtown hotel with historic charm.
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn & Suites
  Santa Barbara, CA 3 nights
 Days Inn & Suites
Type: Inn
  Description: The modest yet comfortable Days Inn & Suites at 1601 State Street in Santa Barbara is conveniently located within walking distance of many main attractions of downtown Santa Barbara. Although it does not have a restaurant on the premises or some of the features of a full-service hotel, the Days Inn & Suites has been utilized by Road Scholar for several years because it affords our participants close proximity to the major cultural sites of Santa Barbara. You are only blocks away from the scenic beauty of Santa Barbara's beach and harbor area and moments away from seeing internationally renowned exhibits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Broadway-caliber stage productions at the historic Granada, Arlington and Lobero Theatres. You can also walk to many of the fine dining establishments for which Santa Barbara is renowned.
  Contact info: 1601 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
phone: 805-966-0807
web: www.sbdaysinn.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with cable TV, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, refrigerator, high-speed wireless Internet access, spacious workspace, and phone with voicemail.
  Facility amenities: The Days Inn provides its guests with 24-hour coffee and tea service; same day Valet dry cleaning; sparkling, outdoor heated pool; adjacent salon; business center services with printer and fax machine; and free parking for cars, buses and RVs. A laundromat is located a half-mile from the hotel. High-speed wireless Internet access is available throughout the property and in all guest rooms at no charge to guests. No password is required.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability. Please call hotel directly at 805-966-0807 for reservations and to inquire about rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability. Please call hotel directly at 805-966-0807 for reservations and to inquire about rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program registration is between 3:30-5:00PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Days Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us on an excursion to the Santa Barbara Courthouse for a guided walk. The program ends when the group returns to the hotel about 11:30AM. You will be staying at Days Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Health & Safety 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 Days Inn & Suites.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Barbara, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Ventura
  Nearest highway: Highway 101 passes through Santa Barbara
  Nearest airport:  Santa Barbara Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles/LAX to Santa Barbara

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Santa Barbara Airbus
phone: 800-423-1618

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$48 for one passenger, one-way (If 6 or more passengers, $28 one way)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 2 hours or more for one-way trip between LAX and Santa Barbara drop-off location 

 

Distance:

 

99 miles from LAX to SB hotel drop-off point

   

Advance reservations preferred but not required. Bus picks up at LAX terminals and departs LAX approx. every 2 hours from 9am to 10pm. Bus departs SB for LAX about every 2 hours from 4am to 6:20pm. Website: www.santabarbaraairbus.com (for schedule, exact fares & reservations) Bus drops off/picks up at Hotel MarMonte, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., SB 93103, about 2 miles from hotel. For taxi service to hotel, call Yellow Cab at 805-965-5111. Also consider the benefits of renting a car at LAX.

 

Santa Barbara/ Amtrak

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-965-5111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $15 one-way per ride from Amtrak station to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

About 1.4 miles from Amtrak Station to the hotel

   

Closest Amtrak station is at 209 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (via the Coast Starlight or Pacific Surfliner routes). For Amtrak information and reservations, call 800-872-7245. Amtrak website: www.amtrakcalifornia.com Taxis are available outside the Amtrak Station, or you may call a taxi service. Options: SB Checker Cab at 805-511-1110 // 805-964-6666, or Crown Cab at 805-966-5600.

 

LAX to Santa Barbara by Shuttle Van

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner
phone: 800-247-7919
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$96 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 2 hours or more for one-way trip between LAX and Santa Barbara 

 

Distance:

 

About 100 miles from LAX to SB hotel

   

Roadrunner Shuttle provides door-to-door passenger van service from LAX to the hotel in Santa Barbara, but at a higher price than Santa Barbara Airbus. Advance reservations are required. Prices are subject to change so call or visit their website for current rates and to book a reservation. Local Phone: (805) 389-8196.

 

From Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) to SB Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-965-5111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Estimated $35 per ride, one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 15 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

About 9 miles from Santa Barbara Airport to the hotel

   

Travel options from Santa Barbara Airport to the hotel in Santa Barbara consist of car rentals, taxi service or the MTD #11 public bus. Alternate taxi service: SB Airport Taxi (not affiliated with airport) 805-895-2422, or SB Checker Cab toll-free at 888-511-1110 or local 805-964-6666. MTD Bus information: 805-963-3366 or www.sbmtd.gov Also consider taking a short commuter air flight from LAX to SB Airport via United Express or American Eagle.

 
Driving Directions
  Northbound Highway 101 Driving northbound on CA Highway 101, exit at Arrellaga Street. Continue on Arrellaga to State Street. The hotel is located on the left hand corner of the block at 1601 State St.
  Southbound Highway 101 Driving southbound on CA Highway 101, exit at Mission Street and turn left. Continue to State Street and turn right. The hotel is located at 1601 State St. at the corner of Arrellaga St.
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/Introductions
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into the Days Inn & Suites after 3:00pm.

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.

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.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local Santa Barbara restaurant.

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

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

   
Accommodations: Days Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Julia Child Bio/Santa Barbara City College Culinary School/Wine Tasting
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the International House of Pancakes, one block from the hotel.
 Morning: CLASS: Julia Child: Passion, Perfection...and Paris

Learn how Julia McWilliams, carefree debutante, became Julia Child, American's most beloved cooking teacher, cookbook author, media icon and embodiment of joyous living. Follow the evolution of this remarkable woman who changed the way America cooks and thinks about dining, and who revolutionized the quality and availability of food from farms to restaurants and supermarkets, and onto tables across the USA.

FIELD TRIP: Board the bus for a short trip to the Santa Barbara City College Culinary School for lunch.

 Lunch: Julia Child-inspired lunch served at the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room at Santa Barbara City College School of Culinary Arts.
 Afternoon: HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Santa Barbara by the Glass

A friend of Julia Child's introduces several flavors of Santa Barbara Wine Country. We'll taste and compare, finding the wine you like best.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own--Enjoy an opportunity to savor the flavors of Santa Barbara at the restaurant of your choice.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Food Preparation Demonstration/Santa Barbara Farmers Market/Julia Child Inspired Dinner
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the International House of Pancakes, one block from the hotel.
 Morning: CLASS: Food Preparation Demonstration

Enjoy fresh local produce prepared by a professional chef while learning cooking techniques and secrets.

 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: CLASS: History of French Cuisine

"Why French Cuisine?" Learn the answer as we discuss the history of French cooking from the kitchens of Luis XIV to Julia Child's interpretations for an American audience.

FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a guided walk of Santa Barbara Farmers Market with the professional chef from the morning food preparation demonstration.

 Dinner: Julia Child inspired dinner menu is served at La Arcada Bistro.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Independent Departure/Santa Barbara Courthouse
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Julia Child inspired breakfast is served at La Arcada Bistro, conveniently located near the Santa Barbara Courthouse.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Enjoy a private one- hour guided walk of Santa Barbara Courthouse, the jewel in Santa Barbara's architectural crown. A bonus is the must-see view of Julia Child's Santa Barbara from the top of the 85 foot clock tower. The group walks back to the hotel, returning at about 11:30AM

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

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Barbara, CA A Santa Barbara Visitors Guide
Because Santa Barbara offers a wide range of activities, we suggest that you contact the Visitors Bureau for tourism information.

Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau

1 Garden St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

www.santabarbaraca.com

Phone 805-965-3021 or 1-800-676-1266 For additional information, visit www.santabarbaraca.com

  El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park
123 Canon Perdido St.

Phone 805-966-9719

Founded in 1782, Presidio was the last Spanish military outpost built in North America. Call the Presidio or check their website for current hours, admission fees and tour information. For additional information, visit www.parks.ca.gov

  Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna St.

Phone 805-682-4713

The "Queen of the Missions" was founded by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1786. The 10th of California's 21 missions, this is the only one to be continuously occupied and used since founding. Explore eight restored rooms, cloister gardens, chapel, historic cemetary and beautiful Moorish fountains and courtyard. Call the Mission or check theit website for current hours and admission fees. For additional information, visit www.sbmission.org

  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd.

Phone 805-682-4726

A "living museum" spanning 65 acres, the Botanic Garden consists of more than 5 miles of trails that wind through the garden's 1000 plus examples of native California plant life from habitats including the deserts, the Sierra Nevadas and the Channel Islands. Call the Garden or check their website for current hours and admission fees. For additional information, visit www.sbbg.org

  Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.

Phone 805-963-4364

The SB Art Museum is known for its American and Asian collections, and is also home to important works of photography, modern art, prints and drawings. Major touring exhibits are featured throughout the year. Call the Museum or check their website for current hours, admission fees, and exhibit information. For additional information, visit www.sbmuseart.org

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


Mastering the Art of French Cooking: The Essential Cooking Classics


Author: Julia Child With Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck


Description: Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. The techniques learned in this beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely usable.



My Life In France


Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme


Description: In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.’



Julia Child


Author: Laura Shapiro


Description: In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells the story of Child's unlikely career path, from California party girl to coolheaded chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bewildered amateur cook and finally to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, the school that inspired her calling. A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro's Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.





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