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Scott Joplin, Steinbeck: His Home and His Work, and Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula

Program Number: 1200RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Price starting at: $733.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    


Date Specific Information

9-29-2013

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Coordinated by Hidden Valley Institute.



Scott Joplin: The Music And The Man

An American phenomenon – from ragtime to the opera, this exciting composer is a fascinating focus of study. The music of Scott Joplin is taught from the keyboard by live musical example, recordings, and lecture.



Steinbeck: His Home And His Work

Considered one of America's great social commentators, Steinbeck's popularity around the world continues to grow. Visit the locales of his most famous novels and study the great American writer's work in original, film, and musical forms.



Natural History Of The Monterey Peninsula

Monterey Peninsula is described as the most beautiful meeting of land and water on the face of the earth. From playful otters to migrating whales, the Big Sur Coast boasts a stunning range of land and marine life. Class and naturalist-led field trips help you explore this area.




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
Simple, single-story residence on-campus with small, cheery rooms, two twin beds and private baths or upgraded accommodations at country inn directly adjacent to campus.
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
  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:
After 10:30 am Farewell Brunch and 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
 

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

 

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 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.

 

Monterey Peninsula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
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).

 

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).

 
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, September 29)
   
 Afternoon: 2:00 – 5:00 pm Check-in at Hidden Valley office
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner & Orientation
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: John Steinbeck Discussion and Scott Joplin Class
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: Amazing as it may seem, John Steinbeck appears to talk about his work and his life in the Carmel/Monterey area.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm A talented pianist performs and discusses the work and life of Scott Joplin.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: Learn about the Natural History of the Monterey area, led by a coastal biologist.
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Scott Joplin Class and Free Time
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: 9:30 am Continue to learn about Scott Joplin through lecture and live performance.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the area. Sack lunches available after class
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:00 pm Film: Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Monterey Area Presentation and Coastal Field Trip
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by 8:30 am Breakfast
 Morning: Coastal biologist continues presentation on the Monterey area.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 pm Bus departs for Natural History field trip accompanied by coastal biologist.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:00 pm Pianist continues presentation on Scott Joplin.
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: John Steinbeck Class and Field Trip to National Steinbeck Museum
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities followed by 8:30 am Breakfast t
 Morning: 9:30 am Learn about John Steinbeck's life & works.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch
 Afternoon: Bus departs for field trip to the National Steinbeck Museum.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner
 Evening: 7:00 pm Wine, Wonderful Wine: Becoming a world wine center, Carmel Valley wines are discussed and sampled with the guidance of a local winemaker.
   
Accommodations: Hidden Valley Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jack London Presentation and Departure
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 am Continental Breakfast
 Morning: 7:30 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare particpants for the day's activities.
 Morning: 9:00 am Jack London drops in to tell participants about his time on the Monterey Peninsula.
 Brunch: 10:30 am Farewell Brunch and 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 the sardine canneries from JohnSteinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  Carmel Mission
Visit the historic Carmel Missionestablished by Father Junipero Serra.
  Colton Hall
A Museum of History about the days when Monterey was theCalifornia capitol.
  Fisherman's Wharf
Stroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
  Garland Park
Hiking trails for every level of experience -- from easy, flat trails to ery challenging steep hikes.
  Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, on historic Cannery Row.
  Monterey's Path of History
Take a self0guided 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


Dancing to a Black Man's Tune


Author: Susan Curtis


East of Eden


Author: John Steinbeck


King of Ragtime


Author: Edward Berlin


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


Author: Jerry Emory


The Grapes of Wrath


Author: John Steinbeck


The Pastures of Heaven


Author: John Steinbeck


The Red Pony


Author: John Steinbeck




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