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BAYFIELD (ONTARIO), ONTARIO

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Program #11625RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Located on the shores of Lake Huron elevation 189 meters above sea level.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.

Contact info:
PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com

Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities

Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $125.00
Call for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN: Arrivals to Bayfield in the afternoon. Check-in after 3:00 pm. ORIENTATION: Reception and information session in the Front Parlour at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Arctic Char Lox Tartlette, Gourmet Leaves, Saffron Mayo Pan Roasted Chicken Supreme, Spring Pea Polenta, Pan Jus Local Peach Tart Tatin, Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream

Lodging: Little Inn of Bayfield

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.

Contact info:
PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com

Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities

Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $125.00
Call for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Meet Your Instructor/Story of the Stratford Festi...
Meet Your Instructor/Story of the Stratford Festival/Bayfield Historic Walk

Breakfast: Breakfast consist of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish. Due to the elaborate lunches and dinners served, we will not be offering a hot breakfast.

Morning: LECTURE: The Roots of Theatre. Meet your Instructor: Jim Schaefer, Art Director Jim Schaefer has been conducting the academic portion of our program for the last 13 years. His possesses a unique understanding of the theatrical arts and shares his vast knowledge on the subjects of this program. Established in the frame work of an interactive learning activity, even the many participants who return every year do not get bored, nor do they feel that it is a repeat experience from previous programs. You will spend three hours every morning with our well versed theatrical art director where you will extensively explore each play from various points of view: from the writer, the director, the actors, theatre critics and class participants. In this our first session, we will look at the roots of theatre and how it evolved to its present form. We will trace the history of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival from its beginnings in 1953 when Stratford’s city council gave the nod to a local man, Tom Patterson, and his dream of starting something new and exhilarating down by the Avon River. We will see how that led to the famous Tyrone Guthrie and his desire to find a new way to stage Shakespearean plays. This led to Alec Guiness, star of stage and screen the world over, uttering the first lines of the first play, “Now is the winter of our discontent".

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Exeter Vine Tomato Tart, Local Goat Cheese, Crispy Ham Foraged Mushroom Risotto, Reggiano, Red Sorrel Chocolate Fudge Cake, Cherry Ice Cream, Cherries

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: History & Development of Bayfield. Explore Bayfield on a guided walk with Tyler Hessel - with a discussion of the history of the development of Bayfield and the famous four corners with and some historical gossip to spice it up. The Village of Bayfield, Ontario has a storied history starting with a wealthy Dutch Nobleman’s vision of a settlement with the perfect natural harbour. As a result of the natural harbour, the village expanded quickly however, the railroad bypassed Bayfield and the little village began to prosper as a getaway for cottagers, tourists and the adventurous. The same spirit remains today. Many visitors are daytrippers, Inn-to-Inn hoppers or boaters putting in for a visit when heading northward. Bayfield’s largest draw is its heritage main street which, along with Clan Gregor Square Park, was designated a Heritage Conservation District in 1982. It’s time travel at its most authentic.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Spring Pea Veloute, Metzgers Ham Hock, Creme Fraiche, Coleman Farm Black Angus Faux Filet, Heirloom Carrot, Sauce Perigueux, White Chocolate Creme Caramel

Evening: LECTURE: The Blyth Festival Theatre. Our guest speaker is Deb Sholdice, General Manager of Blyth Festival Theatre (www.blythfestival.com). The Blyth Festival Theatre was started by James Roy, playwright Anne Chislett and local newspaper editor Keith Roulston in 1975. Its primary mandate is to produce and develop local Canadian plays. In 1975, few scripts that fit the festival's mandate were being written so the team jumped into the creation of new work. At that time, the festival was the only summer theatre producing original Canadian plays, and one of the very few, if not the only "500-seat" theatre in Canada producing Canadian plays exclusively. In 36 years, the Blyth Festival Theatre has staged 120 original productions. Deb will then join the group for dinner for further discussion and to answer any questions in a more informal environment.

Lodging: Little Inn of Bayfield

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.

Contact info:
PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com

Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities

Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $125.00
Call for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Pre-Show Chat/Matinee Performance - Romeo and Jul...
Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish

Morning: LECTURE: Preview of Matinee Peformance. The group will get ready for today's presentation at the Stratford Festival.

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Heirloom Carrot Salad, Baby Cucumber, Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette Local Beef Goulash, Egg Noodles, Smoked Paprika Crème Fraiche Flight of Little Inn Ice Creams, Brown Sugar Cookie

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Depart from the Inn at 12:30 for a Matinee Performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival - curtain time is 2:00 p.m. Two young people fall headlong in love the moment they meet – but their families are bitter enemies, locked in a longstanding feud that has newly erupted into violence in the streets. Some of Shakespeare’s most gorgeous language suffuses this intensely romantic tale of stolen bliss, wrenching separation and tragic twists of fate.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Exeter Tomato Gazpacho, Ham Powder, EVOO Lake Huron Pickerel, Fregola Sarda, Asparagus, Red Wine Jus Berry Shortcake, Blueberry Sorbet, Orange Custard

Evening: LECTURE: Canadian Authors and Literature. Our guest speaker tonight is Mary Brown, owner of The Village Bookshop (www.thevillagebookshop.com) to discuss Canadian authors and literature. The Village Bookshop is truly one of the gems of Bayfield. Since 2001, over 92 authors have been hosted and shared their latest work – either at a “Books and Brunch” event at The Little Inn, at the Bookshop’s annual “Bayfield Writer’s Festival” or as part of their “Midsummer Night’s Reading Series”. Mary will then join the group for dinner for further discussion and to answer any questions in a more informal environment.

Lodging: Little Inn of Bayfield

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.

Contact info:
PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com

Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities

Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $125.00
Call for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Performance Review/Pre-Show Chat/Backstage at the...
Performance Review/Pre-Show Chat/Backstage at the Festival/Matinee Performance - Fiddler on the Roof

Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish. Due to the elaborate lunches and dinners served we will not be offering hot breakfast.

Morning: LECTURE: Performance Review/Theatre Styles. We will share our reactions to yesterday's production and get ready for today's presentation. Examine the plot and characters and discuss the theatre styles and methods. FIELD TRIP: Costume & Props Warehouse. We depart for Stratford for an exploration of the Costume and Props Warehouse. Thousands of costumes and hundreds of props are catalogued and stored at one of the largest costume warehouses in North America. These one-hour tours deliver a close-up look at the work of the Festival's world-class designers, wardrobe staff and prop-makers. Don't forget your camera!

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the Avon River in Stratford. Each participant will be given cards to make their menu selections a few days prior to the picnic. Each lunch will be individually packed by The Little Inn Chef and his team. Lunches will include a salad entrée, gourmet sandwich and dessert. Coffee/tea, water, soft drinks will be provided on site.

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Curtain time is 2:00 p.m for our second matinee performance at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival - Fiddler on the Roof. This affectionately humorous portrait of life in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia centres on Tevye, a milkman-philosopher who finds his values challenged by his daughters’ insistence on following their hearts rather than the dictates of tradition. Meanwhile, more sinister changes are on the horizon – ones that threaten the community’s very existence.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room.Ramp Veloute, Air Dried Bacon, Goat Cheese Cloud, Charred Diver Scallops, Mushy Peas, Sauce Gribiche, Flourless Chocolate Cake

Lodging: Little Inn of Bayfield

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.

Contact info:
PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com

Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities

Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $125.00
Call for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Post-Show Discussion/Free Afternoon/Five Course W...
Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish

Morning: LECTURE: Performance Review/Critique. We will compare and contrast our views of the two productions we have seen. We will look at the story and characters and examine the available press clippings.

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Soiled Reputations Gourmet Leaves, Green Apple, Maple Vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken Garganelli, Ramps, Truffle Sauce, Egg Custard Tartlettes

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore on your own.

Dinner: Five-course wine tasting dinner with our Innkeeper, featuring his current favourite wine selections, paired with a menu created by Chef using fresh, local and seasonal produce.

Lodging: Little Inn of Bayfield

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Wrap-Up Class with Jim Schaefer/Independent Depar...
Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish.

Morning: LECTURE: Acting Exercises/Directing. We will try some acting exercises to experience how actors learn to create characters and distinguish them one from the other when performing in a repertory setting like the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. We will look at directing and discover how much influence the artistic team has on the productions we have seen. We will share our personal artistic journeys with each other as we answer the question, “What is your next artistic experience?”

Lunch: Farewell Lunch. Grilled Asparagus, Wild Arugula, Wasabi Bearnaise Local BBQ Pork Confit Sandwich, Chef’s Slaw, Blue Cheese Aioli, Flight of House-made Sorbets

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Independent Departures after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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