New Year in Magical Monterey
Celebrate the season in historic Monterey as you visit the Steinbeck Museum, Cannery Row, coastal habitats and enjoy local champagne and cuisine while bringing in the New Year!
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Program No. 13042RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

End one year and ring in another in exciting fashion in historic, charming Monterey. Monterey Bay, the legendary coast and sun-drenched Carmel Valley mark a convergence of currents, cultures and creators that make the area endlessly fascinating. Expert-led field trips explore such diverse attractions as Steinbeck Country, the magnificent coastline and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Immerse yourself in the history, the ecology, the arts, the wine, the music, the magic of Monterey.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking on flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience “Steinbeck Country,” as this part of California is called, including visits to the Steinbeck Museum and Cannery Row in Monterey.
  • Gather with your fellow participants and instructors to celebrate the New Year with a splendid dinner, California champagne and an evening of music and dancing.
  • A local winemaker introduces you to the technique and tastes of the wines made in this fertile region.
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Taelen Thomas
Taelen Thomas, local Carmel Bay bard and master of the oral tradition, is known for his golden, resonant voice and powerful stage presence. He creates and performs biological dramas in which he "brings to life" literary personalities, including Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, John Steinbeck, Jack London, and Mark Twain, often performing with musicians. The most recent edition of Taelen's poetry is entitled "Inside of a Galloping Buffalo." He has recorded a powerful CD of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers, commissioned by the Tor House Foundation.
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Rick Yramategui
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Gael Gallagher
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Taelen Thomas
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David Shonman
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Marta Kraftzeck
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