Try the Road Scholar Program

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Friday May 04, 2012 - 04:59:00 PM

I received the latest Road Scholar program this afternoon -- something that inevitably gets my juices flowing. What truly fabulous programs they offer -- and at remarkably reasonable prices. 

A program I've taken several times is right here in Burlingame -- "Fantastic Comedy: Loads of Laughs." I luxuriate in the elegant hotel looking out at the Bay, as well as enjoying the 5-night program, laughing at great comedians. 

And, of course, there are several programs in the Shakespeare Festival, which I've attended three or four times. This is a truly lovely town, offering the best in drama. If's a great pleasure simply walking around beautiful Lithia Park. 

If your patriotism is at low ebb, I recommend the 4-night program in Washington, D.C., exploring museums and historic sites on and off the National Mall. Witness the changing of the guard ceremony in Arlington Cemetery and visit the grave of President John F. Kennedy. 

If you dig Dixie-land jazz, you should certainly take in two programs -- one in New Orleans itself, the other in Lafayette, Louisiana. There you'll venture into the French Quarter, riding along historic St. Charles Avenue and walking in the Garden District. You'll even learn the Cajun waltz and two-step in an entertaining dance lesson. 

For dedicated music lovers, there's a three-night program at the Santa Fe Opera in July and August, where you'll also visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Lodging is in a hotel near the downtown historic plaza. I've attended this program three times. 

Movie fans will absolutely adore the 5-nights Fine Film Program in Seattle's International Film Festival -- a very hilly city, I might add. 

Capture the unique heritage and natural beauty of San Antonio in a 5-night program, especially the River Walk. Lodging will be in an architectural masterpiece with outdoor swimming pool. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the 39th Annual Music Festival, where hundreds of musicians perform amid historic Old Sacramento. You stay in charming, full-service hotel downtown. But you'll have to hurry -- the dates are May 23-29. 

For complete inform on these exciting programs, visit www.roadscholar.org.