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Tiburon: The Arts in Five Days

Program Number: 20310RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2014 - 1/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tiburon, California
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Art History/Criticism; Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the arts in five days. Explore beautiful art, be moved by stimulating music and revisit memorable movies and television shows. See date specific notes for course titles.


• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Docent-led visits to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and the China Cabin, a historic Tiburon landmark.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Date Specific Information


"Great Caesar`s Ghost: The History of Italy." "As American as Baseball." "Jazz & the Pop Song." "Architecture from the Pyramids to Wright." "Classic Cinema." Field trip to Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buck Institute designed by I.M. Pei.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


A charming town in Marin County, Tiburon affords stunning views of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge along a picturesque waterfront promenade. This idyllic town features a rich railroad and maritime history, and is also home to an eclectic, historic Main Street affectionately known as Ark Row.

Charming hotel located one block from the Tiburon waterfront. Spectacular views of San Francisco.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Lodge at Tiburon
  Tiburon 5 nights
 The Lodge at Tiburon
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available everywhere in the hotel. Nestled at the tip of the scenic Tiburon Peninsula on the San Francisco Bay, The Lodge at Tiburon, a three-story, 103-room California Craftsman-style upscale hotel near Sausalito is set among three beautiful acres, just off Main Street in a quaint Marin County sailing village. The Lodge at Tiburon offers a local sensory experience from its proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area to its unique architectural immersion in stone and wood. Guests will discover the Tiburon Tavern. Featuring an outdoor patio, the Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or to relax with a drink and appetizer. From the radiant fireplace of the SkyDeck to the poolside fire pit, The Lodge at Tiburon is an inviting retreat that was designed to complement the invigorating climate of Northern California.
  Contact info: 1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920 USA
phone: 415-435-3133
  Room amenities: In the newly renovated guest rooms you will find complimentary wireless Internet access, DVD player, Boston Acoustics radio with iPod plug-in, room service from Tiburon Tavern, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, air conditioning and complimentary newspaper. Retreat to the perfect home away from home at the Lodge at Tiburon, the ultimate bayside boutique hotel near San Francisco, California.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless Internet (includes meeting rooms and restaurant area), SkyDeck with fireplace, outdoor heated pool and hot tub with poolside fire pit, 24-hour complimentary business center, complimentary fitness center, complimentary DVD movie library, concierge services, pet friendly and the hotel restaurant, Tiburon Tavern.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $139 plus tax per night The reduced Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before and three days after the program dates, based on availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $139 plus tax per night The reduced Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before and three days after the program dates, based on availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:00-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at 1:00PM after lunch on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tiburon
  Nearest city or town:  Tiburon
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Tiburon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

San Francisco International Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes to an hour 




30 miles


SuperShuttle offers door-to-door van service. Call to make a reservation or go online to


Oakland International Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


One hour, 15 minutes 




37 miles


SuperShuttle offers door-to-door van service. Call to make a reservation or go online to

Driving Directions
  From San Francisco Take Highway 101 North. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make right on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind hotel.
  From the east Take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. $5 toll. When bridge ends, merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd which will merge onto Highway 101 going south. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make left on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind hotel.
  From the north Take Highway 101 South. Exit Tiburon Blvd. Make left on Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left next to Bank of America. Parking behind hotel.
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: Registration/Orientation/As American as Baseball
(Sunday, January 19)
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. 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 in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: CLASS: As American as Baseball

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." (Bart Giamatti, Former President of Yale University and Commissioner of Major League Baseball)

A baseball game is a complex interaction between observers and observed, perception and physical reality, hoped-for result and uncontrollable outcome. The game rests on an uneasy combination of rigid mathematical laws and wild, random chance. No wonder that the sport has fascinated us, and driven us crazy, since the late 1800’s. In this course we will examine the six basic components of a major league baseball game, and chart the evolution of these building blocks over the one hundred and twenty five year history of our National Pastime. Each week we will discuss the contribution of one of the game’s required elements: the fans, players, managers/general managers, owners, ballparks, and the media’s role in establishing our access to the game.

Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Architecture from the Pyramids to Wright/China Cabin/As American as Baseball
(Monday, January 20)

Note: Twenty minute flat paved walk from hotel to the China Cabin.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Architecture form the Pyramids to Wright

Architectural styles are determined by the philosophy and culture in which they were made. We will consider Egyptian pyramids, Classical structures, Romanesque and Gothic religious styles, Renaissance palaces and churches, Baroque and Rococo buildings, Neo-classical and Beaux Arts revival and finally modern with a focus on Frank Lloyd Wright.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Docent-led visit of the China Cabin

The China Cabin is the Social Saloon from the S.S. China, a side-wheeled steamer built in 1866 by the William H. Webb shipyard in New York. Commissioned by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, the China carried mail and passengers from its home port of San Francisco to Asia. The elegant room was salvaged when the ship became obsolete in 1879 and was burned for scrap metal in Tiburon Cove. The Landmarks Society has restored the interior with 22k gold leaf, walnut woodwork, cut-glass floral window panes, and brass chandeliers. The China Cabin was designated a National Maritime Monument in 1978. (Courtesy of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society)

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: As American as Baseball
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Architecture from the Pyramids to Wright/Swing/Big Band Jazz/Magic and Monsters: The History of Sicily
(Tuesday, January 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Architecture from the Pyramids to Wright
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz

Swing/Big Band Jazz: Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Magic and Monsters: The History of Sicily

Sicily was the most magical, mistreated, and misery-plagued place in the Mediterranean. Here lived, and continue to live, some of the greatest glories of ancient Greek myth and history. In following a chronology of her three thousand years, we’ll look at how Sicily created heroes from Ulysses and Æneas to Giovanni Falcone, and spawned monsters, from Cyclops to Mafiosi like Totò Riina. We will see why the great current of Western Civilization passed through Sicily. We’ll examine how Sicily was trampled by Romans and Byzantines, made the glory of Europe a second time by Muslims, Normans, Germans; then left to rot by the French and Spanish. We’ll conclude with the arrival of Garibaldi, Patton, and Francis Ford Coppola (not all at the same time). Sicily is an unexpectedly subtle, fascinating, and wounded place that is central to Western history.

Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Classic Cinema/Magic and Monsters: The History of Sicily
(Wednesday, January 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Classic Cinema

From Birth of a Nation to The Artist, going to the movies has been a treasured and shared experience for over a hundred years. We'll sample clips from some of the most famous films from then and now, and re-live those golden moments of the silver screen.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Classic Cinema
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Great Caesar’s Ghost! The History of Italy

Italy’s story is the most important chapter in Western Civilization’s story, one as ironic and convoluted as a Fellini movie. This class seeks to present an overview of the history of Italy, making sense of the Romans and Renaissance, the Bronze Age and the Age of Enlightenment. images of Italy’s great art tells much of the story.

Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Marin Civic Center/Buck Institute/Live Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, January 23)

Note: Field trip for the Marin Civic Center and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging for one-hour docent visits at each location.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP to two Marin County buildings designed by two architectural giants.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center is a national and state designated historic landmark. Wright's 770th commission, the Civic Center was also his last. The Marin County Civic Center dramatically illustrates the kinship of Wright's architecture to the surrounding landscape. The long horizontal buildings gracefully link the crowns of three separate hills. The circular theme is evident throughout the complex. (Courtesy Count of Marin)

World-renowned architect I.M. Pei was so interested in the mission of the Buck Institute that he unexpectedy responded to a request to submit a proposal to design the research facility. Following the founder's guidelines he designed an inspirational, meditative space that fosters creative interaction among scientists and harmonizes with the serene landscape. Visitors have an opportunity to appreciate Pei's trademark use of varied geometric elements and floating staircases, which are featured throughout both the administrative and research buildings. The Institute atrium is accentuated by a 75 foot-high skylight, similar to the Louvre Museum pyramid in Paris, which is another design of I.M. Pei's. Indoor non-fruiting olive trees, another Pei favorite, are also featured in the atrium. The structure of the building is concrete and steel-framed. About 50,000 blocks of imported travertine limestone were used to clad the exterior walls of the Institute, and line the atrium space. The travertine marble and terrazzo stone floors were chosen for their beauty, ease of maintenance and durability. Floor to ceiling windows in the atria of the two buildings offer sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside. The landscaping complements existing oaks, bay trees and grassland chaparral. The majority of the property is maintained as open space. The Institute shares its property with wild turkeys, deer and mountain lions. (Courtesy Buck Institute)

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: Time to explore historic Tiburon. Your program folder includes a brochure containing information about a self-guided walking exploration of Tiburon.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Live Musical Entertainment
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Swing/Big Band Jazz
(Friday, January 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel

The program is concluded after lunch; hotel checkout is by 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.

Suggested Reading List

Architecture: A World History

Author: Daniel Borden, Jerzy Elzanowski, Joni Taylor and Stephanie Tuerk

Description: Organized chronologically, the book travels from prehistory to the present, highlighting noteworthy examples of important architectural styles, and showcasing the work of significant architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower to the Glass House, Architecture: A World History takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the most spectacular examples of architecture from around the world and throughout time.

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog, Updated 3rd Edition

Author: William Allin Storrer

Description: This updated third edition revisits each of Wright’s extant structures, tracing the architect’s development from his Prairie works, such as the Frederick Robie house in Chicago, to the last building constructed to his specifications, the magnificent Aime and Norman Lykes residence in Arizona. Renowned expert William Storrer deftly incorporates a series of key revisions and brings each structure’s history up to the present day, as some buildings have been refurbished, some moved, and others sadly abandoned or destroyed by natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina—including the James Charnley bungalow in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography

Author: Frank Lloyd Wright

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright exerted perhaps the greatest influence on twentieth century design. In a volume that continues to resonate more than seventy years after its initial publication, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography contains the master architect's own account of his work, his philosophy, and his personal life, written with his signature wit and charm. Wright (1867-1959) went into seclusion in a Minnesota cabin to reflect and to record his life experiences. In 1932, the first edition of the Autobiography was published. It became a form of advertising, leading many readers to seek out the master architect--thirty apprentices came to live and learn at Taliesin, Wright's Wisconsin home/school/studio, under the master's tutelage. (By 1938, Taliesin West, in Arizona, was the winter location for Wright's school.) The volume is divided into five sections devoted to family, fellowship, work, freedom, and form. Wright recalls his childhood, his apprenticeship with Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the turmoil of his personal life, and the background to his greatest achievements, including Hollyhock House, the Prairie and the Usonian Houses, and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life (Penguin Lives)

Author: Ada Louise Huxtable

Description: Renowned Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable's biography of Frank Lloyd Wright looks at the architect and the man, from his tumultuous personal life to his long career as a master builder. Along the way she introduces Wright's masterpieces from the tranquil Fallingwater to Taliesin, rebuilt after tragedy and murder, not only exploring the mind of the man who drew the blueprints but also delving into the very heart of the medium, which he changed forever.

I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place and Purpose

Author: Jill Rubalcaba

Description: Jill Rubalcaba tells the conflict-ridden stories behind six of Pei’s most celebrated buildings, all turning points in Pei’s distinguished career: National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO), John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston, MA), National Gallery of Art, East Building (Washington, DC), Fragrant Hill Hotel (near Forbidden City, China), Louvre (Paris, France), and the Miho Museum (Japan). Each story, illustrated with drawings, architectural plans, and photographs, follows Pei on his journey-from his search for design inspiration, through the trials of construction, to the finished project. Although Pei claims that he does not have a stylistic signature, his buildings are identified by geometric form and minimalist beauty, an integral relationship with their natural surroundings, and a profound respect for the past while exceeding the needs of those who utilize them, His architectural sensibilities and achievements have made Pei one of the premier architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Pei once explained his approach as requiring "a full understanding of the three essential elements-time, place, purpose to arrive at an ideal balance."

Baseball as America : Seeing Ourselves Through Our National Game

Author: National Baseball Hall of Fame and National Geographic

Description: Baseball As America examines how the American landscape, our language, literature, entertainment, food, and summertime living all bear the mark of a 19th-century game that has become intertwined with our nation's values and aspirations. Baseball As America is the official companion volume to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's unprecedented national traveling exhibition. Features more than 200 original and archival photographs that bring the game to life on its pages. Perfect for every baseball fan, indeed every American, Baseball As America is a comprehensive panorama of the game America has grown up with.

The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

Author: David Gilmour

Description: A provocative, entertaining account of Italy’s diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and present Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question is asked and answered in a number of ways in this engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance—and weakness—of Italy today. David Gilmour’s wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled by the great figures of the Italian past—from Cicero and Virgil to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. His wise account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era. Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy’s inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy’s strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.

Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Author: John Keahey

Description: Sicily is the Mediterranean’s largest and most mysterious island. Its people, for three thousand years under the thumb of one invader after another, hold tightly onto a culture so unique that they remain emotionally and culturally distinct, viewing themselves first as Sicilians, not Italians. Many of these islanders, carrying considerable DNA from Arab and Muslim ancestors who ruled for 250 years and integrated vast numbers of settlers from the continent just ninety miles to the south, say proudly that Sicily is located north of Africa, not south of Italy. Seeking Sicily explores what lies behind the soul of the island’s inhabitants. It touches on history, archaeology, food, the Mafia, and politics and looks to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Sicilian authors to plumb the islanders’ so-called Sicilitudine. This “culture apart” is best exemplified by the writings of one of Sicily’s greatest writers, Leonardo Sciascia. Seeking Sicily also looks to contemporary Sicilians who have never shaken off the influences of their forbearers, who believed in the ancient gods and goddesses.

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