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Southern Oregon Golf Medley: Scenic Courses, Wine and Theatre

Program Number: 20715RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/8/2014 - 6/13/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Medford, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Golf; Theater; Food & Wine
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

What a combination — golf, wine and theatre in a region renowned for all three! Receive top-quality instruction on your golf game, wine appreciation and the finer points of the amazing performance you will attend at the internationally-acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In and around Medford and in charming downtown Ashland, enjoy delicious meals and delightful scenery among a myriad of other cultural highlights. Delight in unparalleled access to the area’s best teachers and the finest links, sips and drama that Southern Oregon has to offer.




Highlights

• Savor some of the region’s finest wines during expert-led tastings at local wineries.
• Hone your skills with the tutelage of PGA-certified pros.
• Spend time with a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival whose unique insight illuminates the intricacies of the performance you attend.



Activity Particulars

“Advanced beginner” golf skills required.




Date Specific Information

6-8-2014

Play: "A Wrinkle in Time" in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Medford (Oregon)

Medford lies on the Siskiyou Trail that provided pioneers with a practical route between settlements in California and Oregon. In the heart of southern Oregon’s natural splendor and numerous outdoor opportunities, the town is home to Alba Park, named for sister city Alba, Italy, and site of an all-day fair celebrating the annual Pear Blossom Run.



Accommodations
Comfortable local hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Horizon Inn
  Medford, Oregon 5 nights
 Best Western Horizon Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: This charming red brick hotel is located right off of Interstate 5, offering easy access to the countless recreational and entertainment opportunities of the Rogue Valley.
  Contact info: 1154 E. Barnett Road
Medford, OR 97504-8221 USA
phone: 541-779-5085
web: bestwesternoregon.com/hotels/best-western-horizon-inn/
  Room amenities: This hotel offers neat, spacious rooms with generous amenities, such as cable television, a coffeemaker, alarm clock, desk, hairdryer and in-room toiletries.
  Facility amenities: You can also relax, work and play at the hotel's outdoor heated pool (seasonal), hot tub, business center and exercise facility.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates Please contact the hotel directly to book additional nights before or after your program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates Please contact the hotel directly to book additional nights before or after your program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in and Road Scholar registration begins at 3:00 PM. Program begins with dinner at 6:00 PM in the Black Bear Diner next to the hotel. You will be staying at Best Western Horizon Inn that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 AM after a morning class. Hotel check out by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Best Western Horizon Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants are requested to complete a Golf Questionnaire. This survey asks that you indicate what specific skills you would like to improve during the program.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Medford, Oregon
  Nearest city or town:  Ashland, Talent & Grants Pass are all nearby.
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5 & Highway 62
  Nearest airport:  Rogue Valley International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Medford, Oregon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Medford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
TLC Yellow Taxi
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10-18
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

To receive a $10 flat rate, you must arrange through hotel. At your airport arrival time, contact the hotel at 541-779-5085. They will send a taxi to pick you up from the airport to the hotel. Medford is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon.

 

Medford

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
TLC Yellow Taxi
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

1.5 miles

   

Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares: www.greyhound.com or 1-800-231-2222. Contact TLC Yellow Cab for transportation from the station.

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western Horizon Inn (traveling north on I-5) Take exit 27 Turn right onto Highland Dr. Take the 1st left onto E. Barnett Rd The hotel will be on the left (you'll need to drive past the hotel and make a U-turn at the next signal.)
  Best Western Horizon Inn (traveling south on I-5) Take exit 27 Turn left (over the freeway) onto Highland Dr. Take the 1st left onto Barnett Rd The hotel will be on the left (you'll need to drive past the hotel and make a U-turn at the next signal.)
Elevation Note: Elevation in Medford is 1,382 feet. Elevation is Ashland is about 2,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: All golf equipment (clubs, carts, etc.) is provided, but you may bring your own clubs if you prefer.
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: Welcome/Check-in/Dinner/Program Orientation
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 Arrive To: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. in the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Meet the group at 5:45 PM to walk next door for dinner and orientation in the Black Bear Diner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner of good ol’ fashioned American dishes at the famous Black Bear Diner with your fellow golfers.
 Evening: After dinner, get to know what this exciting week has in store! Chat with the other Road Scholars and program staff during an informative overview of the program. Learn about the beautiful golf courses and vineyards you’ll be visiting this week as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance you’ll see.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Horizon Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golf Etiquette & Rules/Small Group Instruction with a Pro/Play Centennial Golf Course
(Monday, June 9)

Note: Day 2 and Day 3 schedule may be reversed due to local conditions. You will receive a final schedule when you arrive on the program.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast at the Black Bear Diner, before heading out for your first session with the golf pros.
 Morning: Enjoy a class with a local pro on "Golf Etiquette" and the "Rules of Golf." Then, depart for the well-known and beautiful Centennial Golf Course, where you'll spend time receiving instruction from the pros in small groups.
 Lunch: Regroup for lunch on the club’s patio and enjoy the view of the course, designed by two-time PGA tour winner and 1977 US Amateur Champion John Fought.
 Afternoon: After lunch, break into foursomes and enjoy playing the full par-72, 18-hole course at Centennial.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow participants at the diner near your hotel.
 Evening: After dinner, spend time with a local wine expert who will teach you about the Southern Oregon wine region, and the finer points of wine appreciation in preparation of this week’s tastings.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Horizon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Putting Instruction/Play Quail Point Golf Course/Relax or Replay/Wine Appreciation
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy another hearty breakfast at the diner, as you prepare for your second day of golf.
 Morning: Arrive at the beautiful Quail Point Golf course, where you'll spend the morning on the course's brand new 18-hole putting course, brushing up on your skills under the guidance of one of the course's professionals. Mid-morning you’ll break into foursomes and begin playing the 9-hole course.
 Lunch: Box lunch will be provided so you can choose your own best time for lunch as you golf.
 Afternoon: Afternoon activities are flexible. You are welcome to stay at the course and play a second round or return to the hotel to relax and refresh.
 Dinner: Relive the day's greatest shots and best putts over dinner with your fellow participants.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening is free time. Enjoy the hotel's amenities, or take a drive into downtown Medford or nearby Ashland.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Horizon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Theatre Class with OSF Actor, Experience Regional Wineries, Explore Ashland, and OSF Performance
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at our hotel. Get ready for a great day exploring some of the Rogue Valley's beautiful scenery and wineries.
 Morning: Settle in this morning for a stimulating presentation on “Inside the Rogue Valley Story,” by your group leader, Wayne Schumacher, setting the stage for our upcoming day traveling through this lush valley. Next, you'll be joined by a company member from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, who will discuss this evening's performance with you, as well as give you insights into the inner workings of the Festival, and what life is really like as a professional actor.


Experience Oregon’s oldest grape-growing wine region first hand with a fabulous tasting at a local winery. Learn about how the unique terroir of the Rogue Valley produces the conditions for a wide range of popular grape varietals.

 Lunch: Enjoy a catered lunch, amidst the beauty of the lush vineyards at Grizzly Peak.
 Afternoon: Off for a delightful trip to explore the charm of Ashland and its nationally-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You’ll get your bearings for our return trip here this evening to see one of the OSF productions.

Next, experience unique, quality chocolates from a local chocolatier! Since 2001, the nationally-renowned Dagoba has been making certified organic chocolates with unexpected ingredients. Try the delicious Chai chocolate bar, the Lemon Ginger or the Lavender Blueberry, all made with sustainably-sourced cacao creating an inimitable balance of flavors.

En route back to the hotel, stop at a local winery and relax in the winery’s stately tasting room as you sip the wines that make it such a popular and respected producer.

Return to the hotel to refresh in preparation for the evening’s performance.

 Dinner: Back in Ashland, enjoy dinner at Standing Stone Brewing Company. This local favorite takes pride in sustainability and their use of local ingredients. All of their beef, chicken, and eggs are sourced from their own organic, free-range farm one mile from the restaurant. Relax in the fun atmosphere of a working brewery and see the town as it buzzes with a charming mix of visitors and local residents. Enjoy the ambiance and prepare for a wonderful night of theatre!
 Evening: Named after the OSF founder Angus Bowmer, this theatre opened in 1970 to extend the OSF season by offering an indoor venue. By design, you’ll find there’s no bad seat in the house.

Tonight you will be seeing A WRINKLE IN TIME – A beloved children’s classic by Madeleine L’ Engle and adapted by Tracy Young in which a young misfit and her brother set out on an interplanetary adventure to find their missing father.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Horizon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Learn from the Pros/Play Another Round/Social/Dinner & Prizes!
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the diner with your fellow participants.
 Morning: Head back over to the course at Centennial and receive more quality instruction from the knowledgeable pros. Try to beat your score from yesterday as you play the full 18-hole course a second time.
 Lunch: Enjoy your box lunch on the course at your leisure during your full day of golfing.
 Afternoon: Continue late into the afternoon on the course honing your skills, while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the course and mountains surrounding you!
 Dinner: Join your group for a fun final dinner at the diner, complete with prizes, awards and a delightful and entertaining wine demo by our wine pro!
 Evening: The remainder of the evening is free time to enjoy socializing with your new friends, and relaxing in preparation for tomorrow’s travels home
   
Accommodations: Best Western Horizon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Theatre Class with OSF Actor, Program Conclusion
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your final class
 Morning: Meet with an instructor from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival who will lead you through a discussion of Wednesday evening's performance and wrap up the week’s themes.

Check-out of the hotel by 11:00 AM.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Medford, Oregon Camelot Theatre
This regional theatre in Talent produces plays and musicals by amateur and professional actors. Founded as Actors’ Theatre in 1982, the theatre changed names to Camelot in 2002 when Livia Genise became artistic director and grew the theatre’s reputation it enjoys today. It performs in the recently-completed James M. Collier theatre. For tickets call their box office at (541) 535-5250.
  Crater Lake National Park
Scenic Crater Lake is about a two hour drive from Medford. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. Most known for its dazzling blue color, the lake has two picturesque islands making it a destination for photographers. With an average snowfall of 44 feet, not all entrances are open year round. Roads can close from October to July. Rim Drive is typically open by the beginning of July. This 33 mile drive has spectacular viewpoints. For the latest road, weather, and trail information please call (541)594-3000. Current conditions at the park, including web cams, road and facility status can be found on the "Current Conditions" page of their website.
  Craterian Theatre
The Craterian Theatre in Medford puts on performances by local, regional, and national performance artists. Including musicals, ballets, and symphonies, you’ll find something for everyone here. For tickets call their box office at (541) 779-3000.
  Dagoba Chocolate
Dagoba founder Frederick Schilling started the company in 2001. The chocolate’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for “temple.” Sourcing its ingredients directly from cacao producers, Dagoba has become a nationally-recognized chocolate bar. Visit them in Ashland at 1105 Benson Way.
  Harry & David
Samuel Rosenberg bought Harry & David’s first 240 acres of pear trees in 1910. His sons, Harry and David, took over the family orchard in 1914 and developed the “Royal Riviera” pears the company would become known for. Today a national brand known for its “Moose Munch” snacks as well as its pears, Harry & David headquarters are in Medford, Oregon. Tours of the factory are offered M-F at 9:15AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM and 1:45PM. Ticket reservations required by calling 1-877-322-8000.
  Jacksonville
A 20 minute drive from Medford is Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark. Jacksonville has been known for its colorful history. Its foundation began during the Gold Rush flurry in the 1850’s. The buildings that line California St. were in large part built before 1900 when the town was referred to as Table Rock City. For decades Jacksonville, which had become the county seat, flourished as the commercial and cultural center of Southern Oregon. It wasn’t until 1884, when the railroad was routed through the neighboring town of Medford, did the prestige of Jacksonville begin to wane. As residents and businesses moved away to those communities along the rail lines, Jacksonville settled into a new role-that of an agricultural center. The combination of the County Seat being moved to Medford in 1927, the Great Depression and World War II had serious economic impact on Jacksonville. But never a community to give in, residents and business leaders sought to preserve the heritage of Southern Oregon’s first town. Although no longer a boom town, Jacksonville discovered a new way to lure those with the pioneer spirit, capturing it’s colorful past and inviting a new generation of explorers to experience it. The Britt Festival in Jacksonville is a must see when visiting this unique town. The festival began in 1963 with its first summer outdoor concert. Britt exclusively offered classical music until 1978 when they started to incorporate other world-class artists. With an array of performances, including the Classical Festival in the beginning of August, you won’t want to miss these wonderful outdoor concerts. In 1966, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark. Over 100 buildings in Jacksonville are on the National Register of Historic Places. The information provided above is from www.jacksonvilleor.us. Call 541-899-1231 or visit the website for additional information.
  Lithia Park
Lithia Park, which began with eight acres in 1892 has continued to grow and change along with the community that surrounds it. Its growth and development from a Chautauqua site (where the original Shakespeare theatre began in 1935) to a complete reflection of the public parks movement makes it of great historical as well as landscape interest. Today 42 of its 93 acres are listed in the National Register. The development of today's park began in 1914 with the hiring of John McLaren (also designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park) as landscape architect. Lithia Park embodies the distinctive characteristics of park design in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted. McLaren's landscape plan for Lithia Park was organic in layout, following the natural canyon of the water course. The plantings were naturalistic to the extent that native alders, oaks, conifers and madrones were incorporated, but other plants, such as willows, maples, sycamores, and numerous ornamental varieties were introduced and selected for hardiness, form and color. Once within the Park, the visitor can walk along the trail on the east side of Ashland Creek to the Park headquarters and obtain a map showing the location of both historic and more modern park features including a trail guide to the most significant trees throughout the Park. Lithia Park is located at 59 Winburn Way in downtown Ashland and is open to the public. Trail guides and other booklets about the park can be obtained from the park office of Ashland Parks and Rec. Dept., open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  Oregon Cabaret Theatre
The Cabaret theatre produces 5 shows from February through December in Ashland’s remodeled First Baptist Church. This popular theatre performs to regularly full houses. For tickets call their box office at (541) 488-2902.
  Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Box Office- (541) 482-4331 or Toll-Free: (800) 219-8161
  Rogue Valley Wineries
Surrounded by forested mountains and rivers, the Rogue Valley has the micro-climates necessary for a world-class viticulture district. The vineyards thrive on the laced hillsides of Ashland and the sun-soaked valleys of the Rogue. The Rogue Valley Region of Southern Oregon has three distinct subregions for grapes: the Rogue River subregion along Interstate 5 from Ashland to Grants Pass, the growing area of the state with the steepest elevation; the westernmost Illinois Valley, at a high elevation and more heavily influenced by the marine climate of the Pacific Ocean; the smaller Applegate Valley, locus for part of the Southern route of the Oregon Trail, further inland and sheltered from Pacific marine air. The Rogue Valley is the most elevated, warm and dry wine growing region in Oregon. Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris are grown in all parts of the Rogue. The inland subregions of the Rogue, including the Applegate Valley, have a dry and warm climate suitable for production of the best Bordelaise varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Cabernet franc. The Illinois subregion is noted for its high quality Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Chardonnay.
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


2014 Illuminations: A Guide to the 2014 Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Author: Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Description: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival publishes ILLUMINATIONS; a Guide to the 2014 Plays. It's the perfect step into the season with detailed plot synopses, notes from the directors, playwright biographies and commentaries for the plays to be presented throughout 2014. Whet your play-going appetite with these in-depth previews. Available online from the Tudor Guild Gift Shop. http://www.tudorguild.org/2014-illuminations-pr-2407.html



As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival


Author: Angus Bowmer


Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)


Author: Arcadia Publishing




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