Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

BEGINS IN: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

New England Culinary Delights: Coast to Mountains

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

VT

Interest

On the Road

Price Range

over $1500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


Road Scholar
Program #21159RJ
8 Days | 7 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Elevation Note
None

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 14, 2014

Expand all
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This hotel is located on the beach in Newport overlooking the water. Just a short distance of less than a mile from downtown and a 1/2 mile from the Cliff Walk.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
One Wave Ave
Newport, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: www.newportbeachhotelandsuites.com

Room amenities: •Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. •37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. •MP3 player with iPod docking station. •Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. •Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. •Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. •In-room gourmet coffee and teas. •Complimentary wireless Internet. •Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.

Facility amenities: •Our indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. •A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. •The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. If you're a vacationer who doesn't like to sit still, there's plenty to keep you active at the Newport Beach Hotel & Suites: •Steps away from Newport's Easton's Beach, we offer VIP Cabana Rentals. Click here for details. •New Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with individual LCD panel televisions, strength training, core training, and flexibility equipment. •Private trainers and personalized yoga & Pilates instructors available. •Spa treatment area with a variety of spa services. •Adjacent oceanfront park for picnics, volleyball, and other seaside activities. •Bike and surf shops just steps from the hotel. •Like all hotels in Newport, Rhode Island there are numerous recreation opportunities including a skateboard park, aquarium, and carousel. •Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. •Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. •Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. The Suites Addition has a washer/dryer in each unit. •Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $189 - $259
Yes additional nights but rates tend to be very high at this property over the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 07 - Arrivals, Check-In, Program Registration, Orienta...
Arrive To: Check-in and registration, followed by meeting your Group Leader and program registration.

Dinner: A delicious three course dinner featuring local foods is served this evening.

Evening: Program Orientation and Introductions. Review your week and meet your fellow participants.

Lodging: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This hotel is located on the beach in Newport overlooking the water. Just a short distance of less than a mile from downtown and a 1/2 mile from the Cliff Walk.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
One Wave Ave
Newport, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: www.newportbeachhotelandsuites.com

Room amenities: •Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. •37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. •MP3 player with iPod docking station. •Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. •Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. •Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. •In-room gourmet coffee and teas. •Complimentary wireless Internet. •Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.

Facility amenities: •Our indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. •A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. •The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. If you're a vacationer who doesn't like to sit still, there's plenty to keep you active at the Newport Beach Hotel & Suites: •Steps away from Newport's Easton's Beach, we offer VIP Cabana Rentals. Click here for details. •New Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with individual LCD panel televisions, strength training, core training, and flexibility equipment. •Private trainers and personalized yoga & Pilates instructors available. •Spa treatment area with a variety of spa services. •Adjacent oceanfront park for picnics, volleyball, and other seaside activities. •Bike and surf shops just steps from the hotel. •Like all hotels in Newport, Rhode Island there are numerous recreation opportunities including a skateboard park, aquarium, and carousel. •Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. •Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. •Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. The Suites Addition has a washer/dryer in each unit. •Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $189 - $259
Yes additional nights but rates tend to be very high at this property over the weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 08 - Mantunuck Oyster Experience, Tewie Rum Distillery...
Mantunuck Oyster Experience, Tewie Rum Distillery, Guilded Age Cocktail Reception

Breakfast: This monring breakfast is included at the hotel featuring both cold and hot entree's.

Morning: LECTURE: When exploring the aquaculture shellfish farm behind the Matunuck Oyster Bar restaurant, you not only learn about where your food comes from, but you also walk through its breeding grounds here on the southern coast - and if you’re lucky, you harvest a few oysters to eat later. On a program led by Perry Raso, 32, owner of those two enterprises, he showed a dozen or so adventurous customers who had slogged to the aquaculture site in nearby saltwater Potter Pond the spot where he also grows gracilaria, a tannish, tasty seaweed served in his restaurant. Aquaculture, “is the fastest-growing food-producing trade in the country.’’ He uses about 30 percent of what he grows in Potter Pond at his restaurant, and also sells to retailers, in addition to buying oysters from some of the other 35 or so aquaculture businesses in the state. We will walk through the farm, sample oysters, and wine.

Lunch: A light lunch is served at the Oyster Bar featuring coastal offerings.

Afternoon: LECTURE/FIELD TRIP: In 2007, Newport Distilling Company received the first license to distill in the state since the closeure of the John Dyer distillery in 1872, which marked the end of a rich rum producing history in the state. Naturally, the goal is to recreate the rum that had been world famous 250 years ago during the boom years of the sugar trade. Using the same blackstrap molasses, local water, and pot still techniques, this rum has been resurrected and is now called Thomas Tew. We'll gain an understanding of the production process and uncover the history as we tour the facilty.

Afternoon: LECTURE: We conclude our day with a visit to the Viking Hotel where we will experience a Gilded Age Cocktail Seminar. This afternoon we learn about the cocktails served during the Gilded Age in Newport with a roof top reception at the historic Hotel Viking.

Dinner: Feel free to explore the wonderful city of Newport, RI. Dine on the water or in one of the many historic restaurants like the White Horse Tavern where it is said that George Washington once visited.

Lodging: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Freeport, ME just a short walk from many fabulous restaurants, LL Bean, Outlets and much more.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032 USA
phone: 120-786-5143 x3
web: www.hilton.com

Room amenities: The room is warm and inviting, yet equipped for convenience while on the road. There's a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker to help you feel at home, along with a king size bed and comfortable sitting area and ottoman. And for conducting business, our rooms ensure your productivity thanks to the spacious work desk with a comfortable, ergonomic chair, two telephones, with data port and voicemail. Our electrical outlets and complimentary high-speed internet access are all at desk-height, and task lighting allows you to get the job done.

Facility amenities: 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market • Automated Teller (ATM) • Baggage Storage • Bar Area • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Lounge • Luggage Hold • On-Site Convenience Store • Pavilion Lounge • Room Service • Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room • Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, September 09 - Boston North End Culinary Program/Stonewall Kitch...
Breakfast: Breakfast is included today with a selection of cold and hot entree's. We head North to Boston today, before traveling onward to Southern Maine

Morning: LECTURE/FIELD TRIP: This morning we'll join Michele Topor’s on her award-winning North End Market Tour of America’s oldest Italian neighborhood. passion for all things Italian. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted on Italian food since 1979. We'll discover the pasticerias that offer the best biscotti, amaretti, sfogliatelle, cassata, taralli, cannoli and other confections. Visit an authentic salumeria in search of the best olive oil, balsamic vinegar, olives, salami, cheese, prosciutto and pasta. Savor the scents of a 70-year-old coffee and spice shop and an Old World candy store. Visit an enoteca to learn how to select aperitivi to begin, wine to complement, and digestivi to conclude your meal. Learn and be inspired by how the Mediterranean diet has influenced people’s health since antiquity. Understand how the Italians adapted their dishes to their new country and created the familiar Italian-American cuisine.

Lunch: A traditional Italian lunch is served at one of Boston's famed North End restaurants.After lunch we'll continue to Freeport, Maine.

Afternoon: LECTURE: The Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School located in York, Maine offers great food and clear, concise instruction in an atmosphere that is relaxed, comfortable and friendly. You’ll go home with a clear understanding of how to recreate these recipes in your own kitchen and have the opportunity to learn about the finest tools, appliances and utensils. Our class today will feature Maine products and could include baking or appetizers.

Dinner: Tonight enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Freeport where you can choose from many restaurants that include fine to casual dining.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Freeport, ME just a short walk from many fabulous restaurants, LL Bean, Outlets and much more.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032 USA
phone: 120-786-5143 x3
web: www.hilton.com

Room amenities: The room is warm and inviting, yet equipped for convenience while on the road. There's a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker to help you feel at home, along with a king size bed and comfortable sitting area and ottoman. And for conducting business, our rooms ensure your productivity thanks to the spacious work desk with a comfortable, ergonomic chair, two telephones, with data port and voicemail. Our electrical outlets and complimentary high-speed internet access are all at desk-height, and task lighting allows you to get the job done.

Facility amenities: 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market • Automated Teller (ATM) • Baggage Storage • Bar Area • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Lounge • Luggage Hold • On-Site Convenience Store • Pavilion Lounge • Room Service • Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room • Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 10 - Portland Maine Culinary Walking Program, Fishery ...
Portland Maine Culinary Walking Program, Fishery Talk, Rising Tide Brewery

Breakfast: A full breakfast is included today featuring both hot and cold selections.

Morning: LECTURE/FIELD TRIP: This morning we meet with a local historian/fishing expert who will talk about the Maine fishing industry, fish varieties, aqua farming, - and rules and regulations that impact the industry. Carve a path through the streets of the charming Old Port on a leisurely-paced walking program. This area was once home to fish houses, canneries, industrial factories and textile mills. Today the air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and scents of coffee houses, bakeries, and award-winning restaurants, with a surprise around every corner as we wind our way through the scenic narrow streets. Our friendly and engaging food experts will take you to several Old Port venues where you will have an opportunity to sample delectable, Maine-inspired foods and obtain a behind-the-scenes look at the artisans who craft these culinary delights. Along the way, you will learn the colorful local history of the "Port City."

Lunch: Lunch featuring Maine products is served at one of the Old Port's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: This afternoon you will have free time to explore the wonderful city of Portland. Enjoy the many shops, galleries and museums the city has to offer. Enjoy a cruise in Casco Bay or relax overlooking the ships coming in and out of the of port.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening in either Portland or Freeport. We will decide on our options during our trip.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Freeport, ME just a short walk from many fabulous restaurants, LL Bean, Outlets and much more.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032 USA
phone: 120-786-5143 x3
web: www.hilton.com

Room amenities: The room is warm and inviting, yet equipped for convenience while on the road. There's a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker to help you feel at home, along with a king size bed and comfortable sitting area and ottoman. And for conducting business, our rooms ensure your productivity thanks to the spacious work desk with a comfortable, ergonomic chair, two telephones, with data port and voicemail. Our electrical outlets and complimentary high-speed internet access are all at desk-height, and task lighting allows you to get the job done.

Facility amenities: 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market • Automated Teller (ATM) • Baggage Storage • Bar Area • Beverage Area, Complimentary • Coin Laundry • Elevators • Laundry/Valet Service • Lounge • Luggage Hold • On-Site Convenience Store • Pavilion Lounge • Room Service • Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room • Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 11 - Wolfe Neck Farm, Wilburs Chocolate of Maine
Breakfast: A full breakfast is served this morning with a selection of entree's.

Morning: FREE TIME: Enjoy free time to relax and enjoy the city of Freeport, famously home to LL Bean and a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own today in Freeport.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Wilbur's Chocolate of Maine. Learn their story of their chocolate covered bluberries, candy making techniques and sample many of their delicious candies. FIELD TRIP/LECTURE: Wolfe's Neck Farm is a 626-acre saltwater farm, scenically located a couple of miles outside Freeport. Wolfe's Neck Farm is committed to continuing its longstanding tradition of natural farming practices and of being good farmers and good stewards of the land. Today, Wolfe's Neck Farm partners with area farmers to pasture beef cattle, and we are hoping to develop more relationships with farmers who want to work the land at Wolfe's Neck Farm. Wolfe's Neck Farm is a leading demonstration farm and educational resource center for innovative and sustainable practices in agriculture and natural resources. The emphasis of our educational program will vary with the seasons.

Dinner: DINNER/LECTURE: This evening we enjoy a traditional Maine Lobsterbake on the farm. Learn about the lobsters, cooking and eating techniques.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the Green Mountain Forest just minutes from the Okemo Ski Resort. This is a full service resort and spa.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
Route 103 & Route 100
Proctorsville, VT 05149 USA
phone: 802-226-7688
web: www.castlehillresortvt.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, flat screen cable television, coffee makers, wifi, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Fireplaced lobby, indoor pool, hot tub. Full service restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
None as we return to Newport.

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Six: Friday, September 12 - Canterbury Shaker Village, Historical Drive
Breakfast: A full breakfast is included this morning with selections of cold and hot entree's. Before boarding the bus and heading for Vermont.

Morning: FIELD TRIP/LECTURE: Learn the history of the Shaker's in New England. Also learn about the Shaker Foodway's. Speak with the chef at Canterbury and enjoy Shaker inspired cuisine for lunch. The village provides educational and entertaining experiences every day, as visitors are welcome to watch and talk to traditional artisans as they work their craft. Demonstrations vary from broom making to letterpress printing to working with wood, and they change daily. We will enjoy a hand pie making class with everyone receiving a pie.

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Shaker inspired lunch at the Village Restaurant.

Afternoon: Check into our Vermont resort for the next two evenings EXCURSION: This afternoon we visit the Vermont Country Store where we will sample many fine foods including cheese, syrup, sausage and more that are made in Vermont.

Dinner: A delicous three course dinner featuring locally raised and grown products. This evening we meet with Chef Alfonz as he discussed the preperation of the dinner and products.

Lodging: The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the Green Mountain Forest just minutes from the Okemo Ski Resort. This is a full service resort and spa.

Ship Information: None

Contact info:
Route 103 & Route 100
Proctorsville, VT 05149 USA
phone: 802-226-7688
web: www.castlehillresortvt.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, flat screen cable television, coffee makers, wifi, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Fireplaced lobby, indoor pool, hot tub. Full service restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
None as we return to Newport.

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, September 13 - Lake Champlain Orchard, Crowley Cheese
Breakfast: A delicious breakfast buffet breakfast including hot and cold selections is served at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP/LECTURE: Each program will be tailored for our group. The program will be led by Andrea Scott, a Vermont state certified educator. It will include the following topics: Overview of a working orchard; information on apple varieties; development, etc.; how an apple gets from the tree to the package; what it takes to be an orchardist; how to run an orchard effectively. Visit the bakery and hard cider making facility and sample many of their fine products.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the historic Waybury Inn (Home of the Bob Newhart Show) where we will enjoy a light lunch and a piece of their famous Gingerbread Cake along with the recipe.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP/LECTURES: Crowley Cheese Factory: Award-winning Crowley Cheese has been made in the Green Mountains of Vermont from the same recipe, in the same manner, since 1824. Hand-made the old-fashioned way, it's cheese the way it used to be -- all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Pure, simple, delicious: cheese that everyone will love. All-natural Crowley Cheese is made by hand from fresh, whole, unpasteurized milk without additives or preservatives. With a distinctively smooth, creamy texture, Crowley Cheese is often compared to a cheddar "without the bite."

Dinner: A fabulous farewell dinner is served this evening at the resort or a top local restaurant with choice of entree's.

Lodging: The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 14 - Travel - Return to TF Green and Newport Hotel
Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served at the hotel this morning before departure.

Morning: Today we journey to the TF Green Airport and our Newport Hotel. We should arrive at the TF Green Airport by 12:00 PM and the hotel by 1:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Newport, RI
Newport MansionsArrive early stay late and you will have some free time to explore the fabulous mansions of Newport.
For additional information, visit: www.newportmansions.org
DiningWhile in Newport you will have the opportunity to dine on your own. Newport offers fantastic restaurants from seafood to historic taverns. This site will help you choose a wonderful restaurant for the evening.
For additional information, visit: www.newportsrestaurants.com
Destination InsiderThis guide will help you get around Newport using the trolley, walking or shuttles.
For additional information, visit: www.destinationinsider.com/newport/travelplanner.php?type=htga
Freeport, ME
Historical SocietySociety Public Exhibit Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment to conduct research, call 865-3170.
For additional information, visit: www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org
Freeport DiningThis site offers information on Freeport and Freeport Restaurants
For additional information, visit: www.freeportusa.com
ShoppingFreeport is the home of LL Bean Flagship Store which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Along with LL Bean the town has many other premier outlets, shops, galleries and more.
For additional information, visit: www.freeportmaine.com
Portland, METhis site offers information on the downtown of Portland, ME. Great resource for dining, shopping, museums and attractions.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandmaine.com
Lobster Cruises1 1/2 hour lobstering excursions from Memorial Day thru Columbus Day. Pull traps near lighthouse & seals.
For additional information, visit: www.luckycatch.com
Longfellow HouseChildhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, built in 1786. Open May-Oct. Holiday hours in Dec
For additional information, visit: www.mainehistory.org
Ludlow, VT
MiddleburyEnjoy some free time in the quaint town of Middlebury featuring many galleries and shops as well as the Sheldon Museum in the heart of the town.
For additional information, visit: www.henrysheldonmuseum.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.
Currently selected:Prices Starting At:

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Back to Back Adventures

Choose a nearby learning adventure to add before or after this program:

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768