Presidents' Day 2018

Presidents' Day 2018

Santa Monica

Loews' panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica's vibrant cityscape invite both beach recreation and a sampling of the trendy town's cutting-edge culture.  Bold innovation is apparent everywhere.  



Renaissance Weekend is comprised of hundreds of programs and shared meals in which participants with in-depth knowledge reflect off-the-record on a wide variety of current issues. Lively discussion by all participants is encouraged, and the tone is decidedly relaxed.

Each afternoon is set aside for recreation, including sports, seaside activities, relaxation and exploring Santa Monica and the surrounding area. Two meals "on-your-own" — Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch — allow participants to sample local restaurants and dine with fellow participants and new friends, if they choose.



Participants' program assignments are based on information provided on the Participant Profiles page of their online registration, which should be completed as early as possible. Please email the Renaissance Weekend team if changes have been made to your Participant Profile after your registration is confirmed and before we distribute the Tentative Program. 

In early February, the Tentative Program and other materials will be sent to each registered party's lead participant, who is asked to share it with other members of his/her party.

Registration opens on Thursday, February 15 at 4:00 P.M. at the Loews Santa Monica where participants pick up their materials and the Final Program, and check in separately with the resort. Proctors and Moderators meet between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. The first program begins at 6:00 P.M. that evening at the Loews Santa Monica.

Early arrivals are invited to help with Registration and to notify the Renaissance Weekend staff of their availability.

The program ends by noon on Monday, February 19.



Conversation over meals is an important part of the Weekend, and all guests are expected to participate in the Common Meals. Only children under three are not charged for Common Meals. The "on-your-own" meals, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch, are designed to facilitate participants' enjoyment of Santa Monica and surroundings. Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for early departures or absences from meals.

Sports & Recreational Activities

Time will be set aside for afternoon recreation.  But participants are encouraged to arrive early or extend your stay to explore the area.  If you decide to do so, contact the Loews' Concierge for more information and reservations.  If extending your stay beyond the specific Renaissance program days, please check lodging availability with BOTH Renaissance Weekend and Loews and, as always, request "Renaissance Weekend Group Reservations" to secure special rates.

This relaxed California town is a place where treadmills and roller coasters are considered forms of mobility, and surfing is a prime mode of transportation.  Enjoy Santa Monica attractions in a sunny, laid-back atmosphere, where relaxation is the norm, and excitement is never far away.  Famous tourist attractions located right outside Loews' door include:

Route 66 (½ block)
Santa Monica Place Shopping Center (1 block)
Santa Monica Pier (2 blocks)
Main Street (3 blocks)
Third Street Promenade (3 blocks)
Muscle Beach (½ mile)
Beverly Hills (7 miles)
Century City (8 miles)
Downtown Los Angeles (13 miles)
Universal Studios (15 miles)
Hollywood (20 miles)
Rose Bowl (22 miles)
Disneyland (30 miles)
Knott's Berry Farm (35 miles)
Six Flags Magic Mountain (45 miles)                                                         
Malibu Paragliding - Malibu Paragliding school and store.  Tandem flights and lessons available year round. No experience necessary.
Pacific Resident Theatre - One of Los Angeles' Most Respected Theatre Companies - A recipient of multiple Los Angeles Times Critics' Choice Awards (310-822-8392).
Magicopolis - Witness one of the best magic shows in America.  Delight and amaze your family with tricks that you can do!

Southern California boasts a rich cultural history; and museums and theater always top the list of Los Angeles attractions.  Some of the most popular cultural attractions include:

Santa Monica Museum of Art
Museum of Television and Radio
Santa Monica Playhouse
West Coast Ensemble
Santa Monica Symphony
Getty Museum

The Fitness Facility at the Loews Santa Monica Resort is available to all registered guests of the Resort. 

The Ocean Spa at the Loews Santa Monica Resort offers a full range of services.  For additional information and spa reservations, please call the spa directly at 310-899-4040 or visit the Ocean Spa's website.


Transportation & Rental Cars

Transportation from LAX to your hotel may be arranged through Super Shuttlefor $15 per person.  Non-stop sedan service is also available for $74 (up to 4 passengers). Uber and taxis from LAX to the Loews Santa Monica Resort are approximately $40-45 depending on traffic. Airport Commuter & Limo Service(800-496-7945) provides sedan service for $58 (+15% mileage fees and 20% gratuity).  The Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network (800-922-0343) offers fares and services range from $125 - $205.  

A rental car is not necessary as all events will be held at the Loews Santa Monica Resort.   Uber and taxi service is available and pre-arranged tours include transportation.  However, if you choose to rent a car or will be driving to Santa Monica, the daily parking rate at the Loews Santa Monica Resort is $40 per day (+ tax) for Valet Parking for hotel guests; Day-time only parking for Renaissance Weekend participants not staying at the hotel is $15 per day (validation required).


All Registration and Meals & Meeting Services Fees will be refunded — less a $250/party processing fee — for cancellations received by Renaissance Weekend in writing via e-mail, fax, or mail, sixty days in advance of the first night of the Weekend. No refund is available for cancellations communicated less than fourteen days in advance. Cancellations received in the intervening period are eligible for 50% refunds. However, fees paid may be applied towards any of the three immediately following Renaissance Weekends, subject to a $100/party transfer fee, if space remains and such notice is received.

Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for absences from meals.

Lodging cancellations are handled directly by your hotel subject to its specific policies. Be sure also to advise Renaissance Weekend of cancellation.

Weather & Dress

 Santa Monica temperatures in February can range from the 60's to the mid 70's. Check weather reports shortly in advance of the Weekend.

Dress is informal, resort casual, during the Weekend. Jeans are acceptable for day-time programs. Men typically wear jackets for dinners.


Camp Renaissance®, Teens & College Students

Camp Renaissance® — an active program tailored for children ages 3-12 — typically includes presentations by fascinating adult participants, hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, and arts-&-crafts projects. These activities are supervised by the Camp Renaissance Counselors, with involvement from adult Renaissance participants whose experiences are of interest to young people. Camp Renaissance runs concurrently with the adult program and does not provide full-time child care.

Young people are welcome at all functions. Most teens and college students participate in the Weekend's scheduled program. In addition, they often have designated gathering places, assigned programs, and their own activities and discussions. Teens and college students are usually placed on panels related to their interests, as indicated on their Participant Profile.

College students integrate themselves into the scheduled program. Many form strong bonds and even lifetime friendships during evening social events and programs planned specifically for them.

Parents are expected to oversee their sons' and daughters’ comings and goings throughout the Weekend. Renaissance Institute and Renaissance Weekend, and its staff, assume no liability regarding children or teens.

There is no organized program or child care provided for children under the age of three. Younger children are welcome at Camp Renaissance programs when accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Participants should make arrangements for babysitters at least three weeks prior to arrival at the Weekend by phoning the Monterey Plaza Hotel Concierge for assistance. To maximize their enjoyment of the program, families with very young children are encouraged to bring a baby-sitter or au pair. Although there is no Registration Fee for babysitters/au pairs, they must register for meals at the children's rate, attend solely for child care, and, if practical, may assist periodically with Camp Renaissance. Baby-sitters/au pairs are free to attend programs and panel discussions designed specifically for Camp Renaissance participants.

Camp & Teens Programs are organized at all New Year's and most of the other Weekends.  On the rare occasions when there are few registrants in these age groups at the smaller Weekends, no such specific programs may be organized; and such young people, as always, are welcome at all sessions. Confirmation of Camp and Teens Programs, available six weeks before any Weekend, may be secured through


Camp Renaissance

Children ages 3-12 years can immerse themselves in hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, arts-&-crafts projects, and presentations by fascinating adult participants who are major authorities in their fields.

Presidents' Day 2018

Santa Monica, California