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Program #15204RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for May 28 — May 31, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: When the Inn of Cape May began life in 1894, it boasted what were then state-of-the-art amenities: steam heat, gas lights, an electric system, and a wonderful wrap-around verandah to catch ocean breezes. Today, the Inn’s original Otis elevator from 1900 is still in service, operated by hotel staff as available. Guest rooms are basic and modestly sized, featuring retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C and cable TV. Rooms are furnished as they would have been a century ago with wicker and vintage furniture, and may either have two full-size beds or one queen or king-size bed. The Inn of Cape May also offers a restaurant, bar and in-ground pool, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main pedestrian area.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. Since this is an historic hotel, room configurations differ. Some rooms have city-view; some have ocean-view. Room assignments are made randomly.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, antiques shop in lobby, WIFI access throughout hotel. All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath; heat; air-conditioning; television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made randomly and will not be changed from one view to another.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, May 28 - Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow parti...
Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow participants and instructors. Orientation to the program and to the town.

Note: All activities occur in hotel

Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration in hotel lobby. 4:00 PM: Registration for guest rooms begins. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception and inatroductions in dining room.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Three menu choices available, including vegetarian option.

Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions of faculty, review of week's programs, logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: When the Inn of Cape May began life in 1894, it boasted what were then state-of-the-art amenities: steam heat, gas lights, an electric system, and a wonderful wrap-around verandah to catch ocean breezes. Today, the Inn’s original Otis elevator from 1900 is still in service, operated by hotel staff as available. Guest rooms are basic and modestly sized, featuring retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C and cable TV. Rooms are furnished as they would have been a century ago with wicker and vintage furniture, and may either have two full-size beds or one queen or king-size bed. The Inn of Cape May also offers a restaurant, bar and in-ground pool, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main pedestrian area.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. Since this is an historic hotel, room configurations differ. Some rooms have city-view; some have ocean-view. Room assignments are made randomly.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, antiques shop in lobby, WIFI access throughout hotel. All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath; heat; air-conditioning; television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made randomly and will not be changed from one view to another.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 29 - A morning visit to the restored Cape May Lighthou...
A morning visit to the restored Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park. An afternoon visit to the Cape May Harbor and Coast Guard Base

Note: All meal included. Trolley shuttles provided for field trips.

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request.

Morning: 9:30am: The Beacon- Cape May Lighthouse lecture. A Keeper from the Cape May Lighthouse presents a richly illustrated program on lighthouse legend and lore. 10:45 AM: The lecture is followed by a field trip to Cape May Point State Park where participants may climb the 199 steps to the tower's lantern. The group also visits Sunset Beach, famous for its Cape May diamonds.

Lunch: 12;30PM: Lunch at hotel. Choice of two menu items.

Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture- "From Captain Mey to Today": Richly illustrated lecture gives an overview of Cape May's maritime history. 3:30 PM: Followed by a field trip to Fishermans Wharf and the US Coast Guard Base: A trolley shuttles the group to Fisherman's Wharf for a guided tour of the harbor and fishery. Cape May's harbor is the third largest port on the East Coast and there's always activity going on. A visit to the Coast Guard Base, the nation's only recruit training program follows.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items.

Evening: 7:30pm: Lecture- The Wildwoods, a 1950s Resort. This richly illustrated lecture shows the Doo Wop architecture of the Wildwoods which in many ways parallels Cape May's Victorian treasures.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: When the Inn of Cape May began life in 1894, it boasted what were then state-of-the-art amenities: steam heat, gas lights, an electric system, and a wonderful wrap-around verandah to catch ocean breezes. Today, the Inn’s original Otis elevator from 1900 is still in service, operated by hotel staff as available. Guest rooms are basic and modestly sized, featuring retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C and cable TV. Rooms are furnished as they would have been a century ago with wicker and vintage furniture, and may either have two full-size beds or one queen or king-size bed. The Inn of Cape May also offers a restaurant, bar and in-ground pool, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main pedestrian area.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. Since this is an historic hotel, room configurations differ. Some rooms have city-view; some have ocean-view. Room assignments are made randomly.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, antiques shop in lobby, WIFI access throughout hotel. All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath; heat; air-conditioning; television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made randomly and will not be changed from one view to another.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 30 - A tour to experience Cape May's World War II inst...
A tour to experience Cape May's World War II installations followed by an excursion to the Cape May Winery

Note: 3 meals included 2 lectures 1 performances 1 field trip 1 excursion

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request.

Morning: 10:45am: Cape May in WWII - Cape May, located at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, played an important role in the nation's homeland defenses during WWII. Learn about Fort Miles, enemy shipping, fighter training and more in this presentation.

Lunch: 12:30PM: Lunch at hotel. Choice of two menu items.

Afternoon: 1:45pm: World War II Trolley Tour: The Cape May area played a role in the nation's homeland defense during WWII, defending the ocean and Delaware Bay from enemy attack. The trolley tour takes the group to various locations including Fire Control Tower #23 and the gun emplacement at Cape May Point State Park, both part of Fort Miles, an installation that spanned three states. Also included is a visit to Naval Air Station Wildwood, a World War II flight-training center which is now an aviation museum. 4:15pm: Field Trip to Cape May Winery: Tour the vineyard to learn how Cape May's coastal location affects the grapes and then visit the winery to see the wine-making process. Sample several of the local wines.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner at the Merion Inn. Choice of three menu items.

Evening: 8pm: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival- Listen to classic country music with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, May 31 - Panel Discussion with several area WWII Veterans
Note: 2 meals 1 panel discussion Group remains in hotel until departure

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request. Servers will take orders for box lunches for early departures.

Morning: 9:30am: Cape May's World War II Veterans: Join several members of Cape May's "greatest generation" to learn about their military experiences. 11:30 AM: Final meeting with coordinator; final exams will be reviewed, evaluations collected tions and diplomas distributed.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535 The Museum contains extensive and varied exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries.
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871 Leaming's Run Gardens is the largest annual garden in the USA - featuring acres of beautiful flowers, ferns, lawns and ponds.
For additional information, visit: www.leamingsrungardens.com/
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecker’s ball. Today, MAC operates the Physick Estate as Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. MAC has also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. A multi-faceted, non-profit cultural organization, MAC promotes the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s Victorian heritage and the performing arts with a year-round schedule of special events and tours.
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Naval Air Station WildwoodNaval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May County Airport, Lower Township, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the 41 Naval airmen who perished while training there during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places September, 1997. PHONE (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.3
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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