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Monterey for Connoisseurs: Off the Beaten Path on California’s Central Coast

Program Number: 15646RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/16/2014 - 2/21/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 12/7/2014 - 12/12/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/11/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Price starting at: $839.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Natural History
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Discover California’s central coast in a sequel to the popular “The Best of Monterey: From Big Sur to Cannery Row” program. Put aside the tourist’s guide and allow naturalists, artists and teachers to illuminate a variety of topics in this world-renowned destination. Discover local treasures, explore Point Lobos, and enjoy evenings filled with a variety of programs including live music.




Highlights

• Get a living-history welcome to the area from such notable visitors as John Steinbeck, Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson.
• As you move about the Monterey area, gain insight into its complex natural history and drop in for lunch at John Steinbeck’s house in nearby Salinas.
• Enjoy a naturalist guided walk along the breathtaking coastline of Point Lobos with a chance to spot sea otters or even a whale off-shore.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking on even terrain.



A companion to this program, The Best of Monterey: From Big Sur to Cannery Row (#1208), is also available. For details, visit www.roadscholar.org.




Date Specific Information

2-16-2014, 10-26-2014, 12-7-2014, 1-18-2015, 2-8-2015, 4-6-2015, 4-26-2015, 5-17-2015, 5-31-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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
Hotel lodgings at 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 Laboriories, 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
   Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
  Carmel Valley, CA 5 nights
 Country Garden 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 Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends between 10:30 and 11:30 AM You will be staying at Country Garden 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
 

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).

 

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).

 

Carmel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40
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 $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).

 

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.

 
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 Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 5:00 PM: Check-in; 5:00 PM: Wine, Juice, & Cheese Reception in the Fireside Room.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Welcome Dinner served buffet style followed by Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Discuss literature and the Monterey area with Jack London. Field Trip of the Monterey Peninsula. An evening of Ragtime music.
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Optional morning stretching class followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: Welcome to Monterey from Jack London. Discuss his works and the works of fellow writers, Henry Miller and Robert Louis Stevenson.
 Lunch: 12:00 PM: Fresh vegetables & sandwich makings served buffet style.
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM: Field Trip: Discover some of the treasures of the Monterey Peninsula including the Carmel Mission, Fisherman's Wharf, and Carmel Beach.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Explore the world of Ragtime Music beyond Scott Joplin, taught by a talented pianist.
   
Accommodations: Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn about Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Enjoy some time being a tourist.
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Morning 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing exercises followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: Learn about the natural and socio-economic history of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, a natural history jewel of the area, with resident coastal biologist.
 Lunch: Sack lunch.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Be a tourist on your own to explore the area. Public bus service available across from the campus driveway.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Famous Monterey Film. (To Be Announced)
   
Accommodations: Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip to Point Lobos. Wine, Wonderful Wine
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Resident faculty member leads optional long, slow stretching & breathing followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: We board the bus for an adventure at Point Lobos, the State Reserve that is a natural history jewel of the area. The Natural History instructor will guide us through the area on short walks and with much information about this stunningly beautiful and fascinating place.
 Lunch: 12:00 PM: Enjoy a picnic lunch alfresco then continue to explore Point Lobos.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Local winemaker introduces wines. Tasting included if you wish.
   
Accommodations: Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Join John Steinbeck on a tour of some of the locales of his novels & short stories. Enjoy lunch at his house, then travel to the Elkhorn Slough, the largest tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay.
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing exercises followed by 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: John Steinbeck leads a field trip to visit some of the locales of his novels and short stories.
 Lunch: 12:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at John Steinbeck's House.
 Afternoon: 1:30 PM: Travel to the Elkhorn Slough, an ecological treasure, home to hundreds of species of plants, animals, and birds.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: Gifted pianist presents the life & music of Mozart.
   
Accommodations: Country Garden Inn or Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell Brunch and Departure
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 AM: Continental breakfast.
 Morning: 9:00 AM: To Be Announced
 Morning: 7:30 AM: Optional long, slow stretching & breathing class
 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 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


Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch


Author: Henry Miller


Cannery Row


Author: John Steinbeck


Inside the Galloping Buffalo


Author: Taelen Thomas


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


Author: Jerry Emory


Robinson Jeffers


Author: Selected Poems


The Call of the Wild


Author: Jack London


The Old Pacific Capital


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson


The Valley of the Moon


Author: Jack London


The Wild God of the World


Author: Robinson Jeffers


Travels With Charley


Author: John Steinbeck


Treasure Island


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson




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