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New Year in Magical Monterey

Program Number: 13042RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/29/2013 - 1/3/2014; 12/28/2014 - 1/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Price starting at: $875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

End one year and ring in another in exciting fashion in historic, charming Monterey. Monterey Bay, the legendary coast and sun-drenched Carmel Valley mark a convergence of currents, cultures and creators that make the area endlessly fascinating. Expert-led field trips explore such diverse attractions as Steinbeck Country, the magnificent coastline, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Immerse yourself in the history, the ecology, the arts, the wine, the music, the magic of Monterey.




Highlights

• Experience “Steinbeck Country,” as this part of California is called, including visits to the Steinbeck Museum and Cannery Row in Monterey.
• Gather with your fellow participants and instructors to celebrate the New Year with a splendid dinner, California champagne and an evening of music and dancing.
• A local winemaker introduces you to the technique and tastes of the wines made in this fertile region.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking on flat terrain. Site elevation of 5,300 feet.



Coordinated by Hidden Valley Institute.




Carmel Valley

Still charmingly rural, Carmel Valley today includes not only rustic ranches, but also modern wineries and art galleries. This inland region, most famously described in the writings of John Steinbeck, is neighbor to nearby Carmel and Monterey Bay.



Accommodations
Country inn adjacent to campus (Category 1); or simple residence on-campus with small, cheery rooms, two twin beds, private baths (Category 2).

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Taelen Thomas

Taelen Thomas is a teacher, orator, actor, poet and impersonator. He was a middleweight boxer in the mid-1960s before receiving degrees in philosophy from Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. A former instructor at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College, Thomas is the poet-in-residence for CSC Index (an International Fortune 500 CEO Network) and a founding member of the acclaimed Stone Circle of Oral Poets in Michigan.
 
David Shonman

Coastal biologist David Shonman has lived in the Monterey area since 1968. After graduate studies at California State University’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, he worked as a mariculture biologist, raising shellfish and other marine molluscs. During the late-1970s, David focused on protecting coastal ecosystems. He has directed numerous projects involving the protection of rare and endangered species, the restoration of coastal dunes, and the long-term management of the Carmel shoreline.
 
Lowell Webster

Lowell Webster holds a bachelor’s of music degree from the University of Redlands and a master’s from the California Institute of the Arts. He studied piano with Alexandra Pierce and Leonid Hambro, and at the Aspen Music Festival with Aube Tzerko. Lowell researched piano acoustics at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, and worked as a software engineer and manager before pursuing a career as a musician.
 
Marta Kraftzeck

Born and raised in Monterey, Marta Kraftzeck discovered her passion for winemaking while traveling through Europe. A winemaker for more than 20 years, she has worked at a number of vineyards and realized the industrial creativity involved in the process of growing grapes and making wine. Marta earned a bachelor’s in botany from the University of California, Santa Cruz and, later, a master’s in viniculture and enology from the University of California, Davis.
 
Rick Yramategui

Rick Yramategui first performed a Joplin rag at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Alamitos, California while in high school in the 70s. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Whitworth College. He serves as pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel, performs with the Carmel Piano Trio, and was the pianist for a revival of George Gershwin's musical, “Oh, Kay!” He is passionate about the connection between music and spirituality.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
  Carmel Valley, CA 5 nights
 Hidden Valley Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Charming Inn adjacent to Hidden Valley campus, all rooms non-smoking.
  Contact info: 102 West Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924 USA
phone: 800-367-3336
web: www.countrygardeninns.com/
  Room amenities: •Brandy-lacquered rattan furniture •French Country décor •Floral spreads •In-room coffeemaker •Hairdryer •Cable TV •Iron with board
  Facility amenities: Free Wireless Internet Access; In-room spa services; Outdoor pool; B’Que with picnic area; Walking distance to village & restaurants; Free parking
  Smoking allowed: No

 Wright Hall
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Contact info: Carmel Valley Road at Ford Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924 USA
phone: 831-659-3115
  Facility amenities: Hidden Valley, an Institute of the Performing Arts is nestled in the glorious, scenic Carmel Valley just ten miles from the internationally famous Monterey/Carmel area. Hidden Valley is an exciting arts training center providing young talents from around the world with performance and study opportunities of excellence. Wright Hall is our recently remodeled 20 room, single story, on-campus residence hall. Rooms are designed for double occupancy and each has a private bath. The charming, rustic 10-acre campus includes a 300-seat theatre, a fireside room, a dance studio, and numerous decks and patios.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 2:00-5:00 PM. You will be staying at Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after 11:00 AM Farewell Brunch & Graduation. You will be staying at Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Carmel Valley, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Carmel Valley
  Nearest highway: Highway 1, Highway 68, Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Monterey Peninsula Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Carmel Valley, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Carmel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 12 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service whichbrings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service.

 

Salinas

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

 

Salinas

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service which brings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service. Central Coast Taxi (831-636-3333) serves this area and can bring you to Hidden Valley.

 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 80 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

Monterey Peninsula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $55
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 10 miles

   

Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere Hidden Valley is located exactly 11.2 miles east of Hwy 1 on the Carmel Valley Road (G-16) in Carmel Valley, California. Traveling east on G-16, Hidden Valley is located on the right side just past Ford Road. The campus entrance is distinguished by a hand-carved sign denoting Hidden Valley, An Institute of the Arts. Traveling on Hwy 101 heading north (from the south), take the Monterey Peninsula exit in Salinas (called Sanborn Road) and follow it west (Sanborn Rd. becomes Blanco Road) to Hwy 68. Turn left onto Hwy 68 (west) and follow it about 9 miles until you see a sign for Laureles Grade (G-20) to Carmel Valley. Turn left onto G-20 and follow it until it ends (6 miles) at Carmel Valley Road. Turn left again and follow it to Hidden Valley (approx. 2 miles). Traveling on Hwy 101 heading south (from the north), Take the Monterey Peninsula/Hwy 156 exit and follow it west about 5 miles where it will automatically put you onto Hwy 1. Traveling on Hwy 1, simply come to the Carmel Valley Road (just south of Carmel) and once on the Carmel Valley Road, come out 11.2 miles.
Elevation Note: Sea level

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: Check-in and Orientation
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 Afternoon: 2:00 – 5:00 pm Check-In
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner & Orientation
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: John Steinbeck Discussion and Field Trip to Steinbeck Country
(Monday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Morning Stretching followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: 9:30 am John Steinbeck visits & chats with particpants.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 pm Field Trip to Steinbeck Country
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:00 pm Lecture: Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Jack London Discussion and Free Time
(Tuesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Morning Stretching followed by 8:00 am Breakfast
 Morning: 9:30 am A visit from Jack London
 Lunch: Sack Lunches available after class
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: New Year's Eve Celebration
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Scott Joplin Lecture and Performance and Field Trip to Monterey Peninsula
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Morning Stretching followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: 9:30 am Scott Joplin, taught through lecture & live performance
 Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 pm Field Trip: Monterey Peninsula Tour
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: Lecture: Wine, Wonderful Wine. Led by a local winemaker, wine tasting for those who wish to do so.
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula Lecture and Field Trip Including a Natural History Tour
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Morning Stretching followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: 9:30 am Lecture: Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula
 Lunch: 12:00 Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 pm Field Trip: Natural History Tour
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Stretch and Departure
(Friday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 am Continental Breakfast
 Morning: 7:30 am Morning Stretching
 Brunch: 11:00 am Farewell Brunch & Graduation
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Carmel Valley, CA Allen Knight Maritime Museum
Near Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.
  Art Galleries
Over 35 art galleries in Carmel.
  Cannery Row
This street, once the home of thesardine canneries from John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  Carmel Mission
Visit the historic Carmel Mission established by Father Junipero Serra.
  Colton Hall
A Museum of History about the days when Monterey was the California capitol.
  Fisherman's Wharf
Stroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
  Garland Park
Hiking trails for ever level of experience -- from easy flat trails to very challenging, steep hikes.
  Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, on historic Cannery Row.
  Monterey's Path of History
Take a self-guided walking tour and see the historic adobes along Monterey's Path of History.
  Shopping
Carmel Rancho Carmel Barnyard Carmel Crossroads Ocean Avenue, Carmel Del Monte Center, Monterey
  Walk on the beach
Stroll along beautiful Scenic Drive in Carmel. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the beaches of Carmel Bay from Pebble Beach to Point Lobos.
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


Cannery Row


Author: John Steinbeck


East of Eden


Author: John Steinbeck


Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide: With Special Notes on the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary


Author: Jerry Emory


The Pastures of Heaven


Author: John Steinbeck


The Red Pony


Author: John Steinbeck




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