Presidents' Day 2023

Presidents' Day 2023

Santa Monica

Sun-drenched beach, winter warmth & panoramic Pacific views. The colorful town's iconic pier, famous ferris wheel & talented street performers. Vibrant, cutting-edge & upscale cityscape. A touch of Hollywood & feel for surf culture. Jogging, strolling or biking on the 26-mile beachfront, paved strand. Tour of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Briefings at RAND. Afternoon visits to The Getty, LACMA & The Broad. Adventures on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. Fun at Universal Studios. 

Activities

 

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.

Program

 

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 16 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 11 a.m. on Monday, February 20.

Meals

 

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
Santa Monica Symphony
Getty Museum

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

 

Transportation

Transportation & Rental Cars

Transportation from LAX to your hotel may be arranged through Super Shuttle for $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).  

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 varking for hotel guests; day-time only parking for Renaissance Weekend participants not staying at the hotel is $15 per day (validation required).

Cancellations

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.

Kids

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 info@RenWkd.org

Lodging

Stunning views, luxurious accommodations and stylish service are the hallmarks of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, located on the prime beach and only a short walk to all the town's excitement.  Renaissance has a limited amount of rooms secured at the Loews Santa Monica; we strongly encourage early registrations (Fall 2022) to secure a room  so please make your advanced reservations at the discounted group rate. 

Other nearby hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and airbnbs are available, but will also sell-out quickly. You may want to explore:

  • Hotel Shangri-La, located 0.5 miles away from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $250/night.
  • Le Méridien, located 0.5 miles away from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $325/night.
  • Viceroy, located 0.2 miles away from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $500/night.
  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, located 0.8 miles from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $500/night.
  • Hotel Casa Del Mar, located 0.2 miles from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $650/night.
  • Shutters, located 0.2 miles from Loews Santa Monica, with rooms starting at $800/night.
COVID-19

As Renaissance Weekends celebrates its 40th anniversary year – ensuring all participants' safety while fostering the gatherings' spirit is our foremost objective.   The Renaissance team, and our host venues, have sought authoritative counsel on infection precautions, required strict standards for the meeting-places, and adopted specific policies and protocols to address public-health concerns and ensure all participants' well-being.  

This plan reflects consultations with Renaissance Weekend attendees who are public health authorities, who will continue to advise us.  Closer to each Weekend’s start, such experts' recommendations, the virus' resurgence or mutations, local conditions, or legislation may prompt adjustment of the guidelines.

Vaccination will be required without exceptions. Boosters are strongly encouraged.  A PCR test is encouraged within 24-96 hours prior to departing your home for Santa Monica; if a PCR is not readily available, a pre-departure self-administered rapid test is required. A self-administered COVID-19 rapid test will be required on-site prior to your registration on the first day of the Weekend. Participants are encouraged to purchase well in advance of the weekend rapid antigen tests to bring with them to the Weekend; these tests are available online at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and in stores.  Each participant will sign a liability waiver at registration (it will be the same waiver you agreed to when you completed online registration for the Weekend). 

Fees

Registration Fee

Adults (22 and older) $1,400/person
Youths (ages 3 - 21) $400/person

(Youth Registration Fee applies only to children or guests, ages 3-21, of invited adults.)

Meeting Services, Meals & Special Events Fee

Adults (13 and older) $1500/person
Youths (ages 3 - 12) $450/person
Exploring Santa Monica
Santa Monica
Escape to LA's coolest neighborhood

Laid-back, upscale & cutting-edge: Like nowhere else, this iconic town is famed for energy, style, art & popular culture.  Loews' seaside playground & panoramic Pacific views invite recreation for all ages. Run, bike or stroll along "Muscle Beach"'s 26-mile paved strand. Engage with the vibrant cityscape; witness innovation all-around. Spot familiar faces from the movies, be entertained by street performers, and get a feel for surf culture. 

Santa Monica
The "Endless Summer" & a style all its own

Each morning is filled with mind-blowing lectures & provocative panels. Slip out occasionally for memorable conversations in Loews' palm-tree-lined atrium. Then join new friends to explore the town's kaleidoscopic Promenade.  Peruse art galleries and farmers markets; or grab some beachtime. Definitely sample historic Santa Monica Pier's games & treats. Try the famous ferris wheel? Make tough choices between trendy nightspots to check out after the evening program.

LA Phil
All that LA has to offer

Come early, stay a few days afterwards, or just make the most of the "free evening" to enjoy LA. Relish treasures at The Getty, LACMA, The Broad, The Huntington Library, or any of dozens of other celebrated museums. Have fun on a film studio tour, at a world-famous theme park, or at the Griffith Observatory.   Wander through Hollywood & Beverly Hills. Savor a performance at Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mark Taper Forum or Hollywood Bowl. Indulge at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Celebrate LA's Black, Latino & Asian heritage. Shop on Rodeo Drive or at The Grove.

Film
Especially worth noting

Rare opportunities will include briefings by RAND Corporation authorities at the world's oldest & largest public policy "think tank"'s headquarters. Also, a unique tour of the $462 million Museum of Motion Pictures, in-the-making for a century and established in 2021 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will address the history, art, technologies, personalities, and impact of movie-making. Local Renaissance participants will, as always, invite participants to become personally acquainted with their institutions & haunts. 

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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 2023

Santa Monica, California