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July 01, 2008

Learn to Paint, Taste Cheese on Vacation

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Maybe you'd like to take up watercolors on your next vacation?
Photo: Cavallo Point

by Brook Wilkinson

Renaissance Man Mark Schatzker just got back from a month in Europe mastering the arts (or at least attempting to). It's a pity he hadn't heard about Cavallo Point's new learning vacations, for he could have accomplished much the same with a single trip to San Francisco, rather than an exhausting, expensive Grand Tour of Europe.

Cavallo Point, the new hotel at Fort Baker that I blogged about last week, will soon debut an extensive array of educational programs for overnight guests and day visitors, all led by some of the sharpest minds in their fields. Imagine getting running tips from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, cooking with chef Traci de Jardins of San Francisco's acclaimed Jardiniere restaurant, or discussing Buddhism with Robert Thurman, president of the Tibet House.

The programs fall into three categories: Adventure & Well-Being, Culinary Arts, and Creative Arts. You can find a full list of them here. (Personally, I'm dying to take cheese 101 with the owners of my favorite cheese purveyor, Cowgirl Creamery.) Most programs are 3 to 5 days long, range in price from $1,225 to $2,700--not including accommodations--and include meals with your "teacher," plus ample free time to explore the Bay Area. If you register for a program by August 1st, you'll also receive one free night at Cavallo Point. It's never too late to keep learning.

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