Carmel Valley
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
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 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.
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Taelen Thomas
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