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Intergenerational: Puppy Love — Share the World of Canines With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 18626RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/24/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Rohnert Park, California
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Discover the inspirational world of service and guide dogs with your grandchild. Visit the facilities and people who train these canines as well as those who become their teammates. At the Humane Society and Forget-Me-Not-Farm see how farm animals offer therapeutic healing to at-risk children. Learn emergency medical techniques for your pet.




Highlights

• Get an insider’s look at a dog-agility training center to see “four-leggers” learn their skills, including sheepherding.
• Relive the humor of the Peanuts comic strip at The Charles M. Schulz Museum.
• At the Bergin University of Canine Studies, experience how students are taught to train service dogs — then take home that knowledge to make an “A” student of your own pet.



Activity Particulars

Walking one-half mile; standing 30-45 minutes.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Rohnert Park

Rohnert Park is the gateway city to Sonoma County's wine country. The city itself is surrounded by farms and grazing land, where nationally sought-after organic and boutique vegetables, fruits and cheeses are grown and produced.



Accommodations
Hotel with outdoor pool, tennis courts and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
  Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa 4 nights
 DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Ideally located in the heart of Sonoma County, the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel is less than an hour’s drive from Napa and San Francisco. The hotel is situated in the midst of Sonoma County’s world-renowned wineries, exquisite dining, and picturesque countryside. Popular attractions like the Armstrong Redwoods and Safari West Wildlife Reserve are all within easy driving distance. Airport shuttle service is available to and from San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Oakland Airport (OAK).
  Contact info: One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 USA
phone: 707-586-9726
web: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-sonoma-wine-country-RLSC-DT/index.html
  Room amenities: All guest rooms are equipped with DoubleTree Sweet Dreams Beds, 37-inch flat panel HD TVs, sitting area with large desk, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker, mini-refrigerator, tile bathroom and curved shower rod, and hairdryer. All king rooms include sofa beds. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a fee of $9.95/day.
  Facility amenities: This non-smoking 245-room hotel features a large outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, two tennis courts and complimentary use of clubs at the adjacent Foxtail Golf Club. Other amenities include the on-site Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar, gift shop with Starbucks Coffee Bar, 24-hour front desk, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, room service, free parking, 24–hour business center, Concierge service, ATM machine, safe-deposit box at front desk, and laundry facilities/dry cleaning service. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the lobby. However, there is a fee of $9.95 per 24-hour period for in-room wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rate quote Call the hotel at (707) 584-5466 to inquire about reservations for additional nights before or after the program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rate quote Call the hotel at (707) 584-5466 to inquire about reservations for additional nights before or after the program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is after 3:00PM. Program registration is from 4:00-5:00PM in the hotel lobby, followed by orientation at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:00PM and self introductions at 7:00PM. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country that night.
  End of Program:
Please arrange your transportation to allow you to stay for the final class which will end at approximately 10:30AM. Hotel check-out time is 12:00PM. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Each grandparent and grandchild must complete a separate Participant Information Form (PIF). On the enclosed PIF, please indicate to us the name(s) of your grandchild(ren) and traveling companion, if any. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Parental Consent Form for grandchildren Intergenerational Rules and Regulations Children are asked to bring photos of their dogs to share with others. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Rosa, San Francisco
  Nearest highway: US-101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International (SFO)
  From End of Program
  Location: Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express – Sonoma County
phone: 800-327-2024
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32.00 for 62+ and students 13-18 with ID; Children 12 and under are free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 2 hours depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

63 miles from the airport to the hotel

   

Call (800) 327-2024 or (707) 837-8700 to make your reservation, or book it online at: www.airportexpressinc.com. Payment can be made in advance or same day (cash or check). Upon arrival at Airport, the bus picks up and disembarks passengers at the Ground Transportation Center platform marked "4D Scheduled Buses." The location is directly outside Baggage Claim across four lanes of traffic between the two terminals. Bus stops two places before arriving at Double Tree in Rohnert Park.

 

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 800-327-2024
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32.00 for 62+ and Students 13-18 with ID; children 12 and under free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 2 hours 15 mins depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

75 miles from the airport to the hotel

   

Call (800) 327-2024 or (707) 837-8700 to make your reservation, or book it online at: www.airportexpressinc.com. Can pay in advance or same day (cash or check). Upon arrival at the airport, bus picks up at San Francisco Airport on the Lower Level (outside Baggage Claim area) in the center island at the pillars marked "Airporters." Bus will stop two places before arriving at Double Tree Rohnert Park.

 
Driving Directions
  From Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Rohnert Park As you exit the Oakland Airport, turn right onto Hagenberger Rd. Take I-880 North to I-980 East to I-580 West. Cross the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge (Toll bridge). Take US-101 North to San Rafael/Santa Rosa for about 33 miles.. Exit at Golf Course Drive/Wilfred Ave. Turn left on Commerce Blvd. Turn right on Golf Course Drive. Turn left on Doubletree Drive at the 2nd light. Distance from Airport to Hotel: 54 mi. Drive Time: 75 min.
  From San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Rohnert Park On exiting the airport, take US-101 North to San Francisco. Exit at I-380 West. Exit at I-280 North. Exit at 19th Ave. then to US-101 North. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Exit at Golf Course Drive. Turn left on Commerce Blvd. Turn right on Golf Course Dr. Turn left onto Doubletree Dr. at 2nd light. Continue to end of the drive to main hotel entrance. Distance from Airport to Hotel: 62 mi. Drive Time: 1.2 hr.
  From Santa Rosa to Rohnert Park Go South on US-101 to Wilfred Avenue/Golf Course Drive. Turn right onto Redwood Drive. Turn right onto Commerce (under freeway overpass). Turn left on Golf Course Drive. Turn left at 2nd signal onto Doubletree Drive. Continue to end of the drive to main hotel entrance.
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: Independent Arrivals/Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country after 3:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: 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 at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. 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: CROSSING POINTS: Participants and grandchildren introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Guide Dogs for the Blind/Bergin University/Pet First Aid Class
(Monday, July 21)

Note: Be prepared to walk a half mile and stand up to an hour on guided walks at different venues.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel restaurant
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Field trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Introduction and guided walking tour of Guide Dogs for the Blind campus

 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Bergin University of Canine Studies to learn how people are taught to train dogs. Children have an opportunity to observe training techniques and learn how to apply them to their pets at home.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: CLASS: First Aid for your Pet

A local specialist talks about first aid for your pet.

   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Local Dog Agility Trainer/Canine Companions for Independence
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Be prepared to walk a half mile and stand up to an hour on guided walks at different venues. At AARF, walk one block on gravel path. Access to sheep herding demo field MAY involve walking down/up dirt ditch 8 ft across and 5 ft deep.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel restaurant
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit Agility Acres Recreation Facility (AARF), a local dog agility training center. Learn how the animals are trained and watch a sheep herding demonstration.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided walk of Canine Companions for Independence campus. CCI provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. They train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Meet service dog and companion
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sonoma Humane Society/Charles Schulz Museum
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: Be prepared to walk a half mile and stand up to an hour on guided walks at different venues. Walk one block between Charles Schulz Museum and gift shop/Warm Puppy Cafe. Walk one block on a paved terrain to restaurant for dinner



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel restaurant
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Sonoma Humane Society and learn about the operation. Spend time holding, petting and playing with animals. Donate toys for dogs and cats.

Visit the Charles Schulz Museum, home of Snoopy and the Peanuts cartoon gang.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Warm Puppy Cafe at the Charles Schulz Ice Arena
 Afternoon: Complete craft project at Charles Schulz Museum before returning to the hotel for pool time
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy the movie "Underdog"
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: K9 Unit Visit/Independent Departures
(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel restaurant
 Morning: CLASS: Visit with a K9 Unit

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our "Intergenerational: Puppy Love - Share the World of Canines With Your Grandchild" program and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa Rohnert Park
This tourism site offers information on hotels, restaurants and attractions in Rohnert Park, CA, one of the first planned communities in the United States, which is attractively designed for families, with charming neighborhoods and tree-lined boulevards. This children-oriented community is a sports and recreation destination boasting many recreational facilities and opportunities. For additional information, visit http://www.rohnertpark-ca.worldweb.com/
  Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
9 Fourth Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Toll Free: 800-404-7673

Local: 707-577-8674

Get the FREE Official Visitors Guide & Map of the Sonoma County area from this friendly and informative tourism site. For additional information, visit http://www.sonomacounty.com/chamberscvbs/santa-rosa-convention-visitors-bureau-california-welcome-center

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


The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century


Author: Denise Flaim


Description: The Holistic Dog Book addresses your whole dog and all the ways you can bring a more natural approach to your dog's care. Whether you're interested in essential oils, homeopathy, natural diets, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage or emotionally satisfying training, you'll find what you need to make well-informed decisions about what's right for the both of you.



Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero


Author: Michael Hingson


Description: This gripping, survival story about a man who survived the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is heightened by the fact that the man, Michael Hingson, is blind and is aided by his guide dog Roselle in descending 78 stories on foot to reach safety.



Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques


Author: Cesar Millan


Description: Both inspirational and practical, A Short Guide to a Happy Dog draws on thousands of training encounters around the world to present 98 essential lessons. Taken together, they will help any owner apply the key aspects of Cesars celebrated philosophy to create the most fulfilling life possible with their dogs.



Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives


Author: Jane Miller


Description: Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs are increasingly benefiting those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.





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