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Sonoma: Wine, Music, Art, History and More in Five Days

Program Number: 21070RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/13/2013 - 1/18/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sonoma, California
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Spend five days immersed in five courses covering a broad range of topics. To enhance your knowledge of wine, all programs include classes on wine tasting and Sonoma’s wine history. You will also discover great works of art with an expert, explore a musical genre and study a fifth topic of varying interest. See date-specific notes for course titles.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Take a bus excursion which includes a local Sonoma vineyard and historic Sonoma Plaza.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking, some standing on field trips.




Date Specific Information

1-13-2013

Additional courses are: The Glorious Music of Mozart, Age-Proof Your Brain and A Passion for Nature: French Landscape Art.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Sonoma

Northern California’s Sonoma Valley is synonymous with wine, as it should be — the state’s wine industry was born here and today a rolling patchwork of vineyards grows grapes from Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel. But the city of Sonoma offers even more: a historic Western town built around the northernmost of the California Franciscan missions.



Accommodations
Hotel located in the heart of Sonoma County.
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
  Rohnert Park 5 nights
 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Upon arrival at the DoubleTree in Rohnert Park, you will be greeted with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, the DoubleTree is near Santa Rosa and Petaluma and within an hour's drive from Napa and San Francisco. Experience Sonoma County’s world renowned wineries and picturesque countryside. Airport shuttle service is available to and from San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Oakland Airport (OAK). At the DoubleTree, you can relax in a tranquil courtyard filled with the scent of lavender and roses while you gaze at the beautiful Sonoma Mountains.
  Contact info: One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 USA
phone: 707-584-5466
web: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-sonoma-wine-country-RLSC-DT/index.html
  Room amenities: Guest rooms have 37 inch HD TVs, high speed wireless internet access, iron and ironing board, Wolfgang Puck coffeemaker and coffee, refrigerators and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: ATM ($3.00); Baggage Storage; Beauty Salon; Coin Laundry; Gift Shop; Lounge; Luggage Hold; On-Site Convenience Store; Snack Shop; Bicycle Rentals; Fitness Room; Golf course; Outdoor Heated Pool; Jacuzzi; Putting Green; Tennis Court; Walking Track. Guest rooms have 37 inch HD TVs, high speed wireless internet access, iron and ironing board, Wolfgang Puck coffeemaker and coffee, refrigerators, hairdryer.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for current rates. Call hotel for current rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for current rates. Call hotel for current rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3pm program registration You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country that night.
  End of Program:
1pm after lunch on closing day. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rohnert Park
  Nearest city or town:  Petaluma
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco/Oakland Airports
  From End of Program
  Location: Rohnert Park
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco and Oakland Airports

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Sonoma County Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Two hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From the highway From San Francisco - North on Hwy. 101 to Golf Course Drive. Left on Commerce and Right on Golf Course Drive. Left at 2nd Signal - Doubletree Drive, continue on drive to main hotel entrance. From Santa Rosa - South on Hwy 101 to Wilfred Avenue/Golf Course Drive. Right onto Redwood Drive, Right onto Commerce (under freeway overpass). Left on Golf Course Drive, Left at 2nd Signal on Doubletree Drive - Continue to end of Drive to Main Hotel Entrance. From SFO: Hwy 101 N to S.F. Exit Hwy 380 W. Exit Hwy 280 N, Left onto 19th Ave to Hwy 101 N, cross Golden Gate Bridge. Exit Golf Course Drive. Left on Commerce Blvd, Right on Golf Course Dr, Left onto Doubletree Dr at 2nd light,continue to end of drive. Oakland Airport: Right onto Hagenberger Rd. I-880 N, I-980 E, I-580 W, Cross Richmond/San Rafael Bridge (Toll). Hwy 101 N, Exit Golf Course Drive. Left on Commerce, Right on Golf Course Drive. Left on Doubletree Drive at 2nd light.
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:
(Sunday, January 13)
   
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration and hotel check in. 4:30 Orientation
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7pm: Introductions
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Sonoma's Wine History
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 3-5: Wine Tasting 101
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The Glorious Music of Mozart: Since he first charmed audiences at the age of six with performances in his home town of Salzburg, Mozart has captured the minds and hearts of every generation of concertgoers. Known early on as one of the greatest child prodigies the world has ever experienced, he matured into the finest pianist of his day and a master composer in every genre of music. By uncovering the truth behind the mysteries and complications that surround his life (and death), Mozart and his music will bring greater joy than ever.
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: A Passion for Nature: French Landscape Art: The mid-19th to the early 20th century was a golden age of landscape art in France. Artists painting en plein air (in the open air), gave landscape painting a directness it had never before possessed. You’ll trace the development of the landscape in French painting, including artists associated with Realism, Naturalism, the Barbizon School, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Fauvism.
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: The Glorious Music of Mozart
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Wine Tasting 101
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 3-5: Age-Proof Your Brain: Although you cannot live forever, studies have shown that you may be able to stay younger for longer as you move through the aging process. This class presents conclusions from research studies and outlines key factors related to retarding the onset of symptoms of aging. It provides strategies and practical applications that you can implement immediately to help age-proof your brain. The following will be covered: 1. Myths to Smithereens. Is it possible to stay younger longer? Yes! Studies estimate that depending on their lifestyle many people can add additional good years and slow down the symptoms of aging. This blows holes in many myths of aging. 2. More Bang for Your Buck. Should people concentrate on some strategies over others? Yes! Put your time, energy, money, and emphasis on what studies have shown can make a difference to your brain and immune system 3. Prevention Beats Cure. Does embracing prevention strategies really make any difference? Yes! Although medicine is finding more and more “cures,” prevention is usually the better option. Estimates are that more than half the factors that have been found to impact aging are within your partial or complete control. 4. Staying Younger With Laughter. Can laughter really have a positive impact? Yes! Research from the field of Gelotologyhas shown multiple benefits to both the brain and immune system from mirthful laughter. At the conclusion of the class, participants should be able to, list at least four myths of aging and the facts, state four specific and key things to avoid, name at least four preventions strategies and list four researched benefits of mirthful laughter.
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7-9: Age-Proof Your Brain
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, January 17)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Sonoma's Wine History
 Lunch: Noon
 Afternoon: 12:45-5: Bus trip through Sonoma which includes stop at local winery and the Sonoma Plaza site of the Bear Flag Revolt and California’s last mission. While at the plaza, you can taste wine or window shop through unique boutiques as you enjoy a leisurely visit.
 Dinner: 5:30
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live entertainment
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: A Passion for Nature: French Landscape Art
 Lunch: Noon; Program is over at 1pm. Check out from hotel is at noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.


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