Carmel Valley
Magical Monterey
From iconic shorelines to the home of John Steinbeck, from world-renowned vineyards to the Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur, come see all that’s amazing in historic Monterey.
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Program No. 1208RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Called the most beautiful meeting of land and water on the face of the earth, Monterey Bay, the legendary Big Sur coast and sun-drenched Carmel Valley mark a convergence of currents, cultures and creators that make the area one of the country’s most fascinating places. Together we’ll visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, view stunning Point Lobos and travel the internationally heralded 17 Mile Drive. Lecturers will include at least one historical character, a coastal biologist, a winemaker and performers teaching or studying at the famed Hidden Valley Music Seminars. Join us for an immersion in the history, the ecology, the arts, the wine and the “magic” of Monterey.
Activity Level
Minimal walking along flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet John Steinbeck and visit iconic Cannery Row and the Steinbeck Museum as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Learn about winemaking from a local winemaker.
  • Experience the drama and beauty of Big Sur on a scenic ride along the Pacific Coast Highway.
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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.
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