Literary California

7 Days - Departs May 5


-New for 2019
-A Book Club on Wheels!
-Raymond Chandler's L.A.
-Sue Grafton's Santa Barbara
-Steinbeck's Monterey
-Robert Louis Stevenson Homestead
-John Muir Historic Site
-Eugene O'Neill Tao House
-Literary Discussions Each Night
-6 Books Included
-11 Meals


Day 1: Los Angeles
Join us for a new concept – a book club on wheels! Celebrate the literary heritage of California as you journey to sites that inspired our greatest authors. To start, motor over to Los Angeles for a welcome dinner at Cole’s Bar in the heart of downtown. The landmark saloon with a hidden speakeasy invented the French Dip sandwich, and will set the tone for Hollywood noir. Tonight, discuss Raymond Chandler’s iconic novel, The Big Sleep. (D)
Day 2: Raymond Chandler's L.A.
Enjoy a driving tour of Raymond Chandler’s L.A. The American-British novelist wrote some of his most iconic pieces – many of which later became films – here, including Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia, and Strangers on a Train, defining the feel of 1940s Hollywood. Lunch on your own at the popular Grand Central Market, before travelling up the coast to sunny Santa Barbara, home to popular author Sue Grafton. As you enjoy dinner by the water, you’ll take in the same million-dollar views that her “alphabet” crime novels bought her! Over dinner, you’ll share your thoughts on her fun book, A is for Alibi. (B, D)
Day 3: Steinbeck's Salinas
Travelling up the coast to Salinas, you’ll travel back in literary history to the boyhood home of author John Steinbeck, built in 1892. Enjoy lunch inside the gorgeous Victorian and talk about how Steinbeck’s surroundings may have inspired his novel, Cannery Row. Continue on to the Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial to the author in the heart of Old Town Salinas. Learn about his works and the history of the Salinas Valley farmers who inspired The Grapes of Wrath. Explore historic Old Town before returning to your hotel for the night. (B, L)
Day 4: Robert Louis Stevenson's Napa
Continue up the coast and even deeper in history as you venture to the one-time home of famous British author, Robert Louis Stevenson. He and his wife honeymooned there and it’s where he wrote the classic novel, Squatters in Saratoga. Drive by the Calistoga Railroad Depot, where he arrived in town, and stop at a vineyard where the couple toasted to their young love. End the afternoon at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, and then return to your hotel for a discussion of Squatters in Saratoga. (B)
Day 5: John Muir's California
Travel to the mansion estate of naturalist and writer John Muir. Stop in the “scribble den” to see where he wrote many of his greatest works, and gaze upon the redwoods that may have inspired him to found the Sierra Club. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the home and grounds before heading along to Danville, California, home to playwright Eugene O’Neill. Tonight, discuss Muir’s conservation works over dinner. (B, D)
Day 6: Eugene O'Neill's Tao House
Visit the 158-acre ranch that was playwright Eugene O’Neill’s idyllic escape from the world. With a clear view of the 3849-foot Mount Diablo, the home was build using a unique combination of Chinese and California ranch motifs. Explore the exhibits related to his life and work, and wander among the jasmine, hawthorne, redwood, walnut and almond trees. It was here that he wrote his last and perhaps best plays, The Iceman Cometh, and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Spend the afternoon on a relaxing drive through the lush San Ramon Valley, before dinner and a discussion of Long Day’s Journey Into Night tonight. (B, D)
Day 7: Home
Head home with a new appreciation of the literary heritage of California. (B)


Books Included
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Squatters in Saratoga, Robert Louis Stevenson
Essential Muir, John Muir
Long Day's Journey into Night, Eugene O'Neill


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