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CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Intergenerational: Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague Island

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Program #18685RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 Aug 10 — Aug 15, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.

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

Additional nights before: Determined by time of year.
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 10 - Registration; Orientation; Local History; Ice cre...
Afternoon: Please plan on arriving at the motel between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. for registration.

Dinner: Dinner will be at 5:30 at a local venue. For your dining pleasure this program includes "A Taste of the Island." We will be dining each evening at a different venue each known for its local cuisine and friendly service.

Evening: This evening's activities include a schedule review, a colorful history of our local area as well as an ice cream social at the Island Creamery featuring local homemade ice cream.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.

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

Additional nights before: Determined by time of year.
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 11 - Museum; beach; NASA; Beebe Ranch
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Rodeway Inn.

Morning: A 5 minute drive takes you to Assateague National Seashore, at 37 miles the longest stretch of wild undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. Have a suit on hand as there will be plenty of opportunity to go in the water. As you take a walk on the sandy shore, listen to your group leader discuss dune ecology. For your next stop, our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top 5 attractions on Chincoteague. Explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st Order Fresnel lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past and much more.

Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch

Afternoon: We will visit the NASA Base Visitor's Center, which is rapidly expanding and taking on a new commercial role with the space station. Learn about the Antares rocket which delivered supplies to the space station. Try on a space suit. Travel from there to the Beebe Ranch, home of Misty. Explore the stable where she lived. Tour the island by bus.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. dinner.

Evening: Tonight you will learn about the famous Chincoteague pony herd, from when they first landed on our shores to their current existence on Assateague. Your Group Leader, Cindy Oehm will regale you with their fascinating history. She will enlighten you as to the care they receive from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the mutual benefit reaped by the town and the herd.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.

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

Additional nights before: Determined by time of year.
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 12 - Chincoteague Wildlife Trip; Bateman Center Visit ...
Chincoteague Wildlife Trip; Bateman Center Visit andLecture; Lighthouse; Free Evening

Breakfast: 7:45 leave for breakfast. at Mr. Paul's Kitchen

Morning: Explore the interior of the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel and other wildlife. A local wildlife expert with over 30 years experience, will be our instructor. We will be going into an area normally closed to the public, so be sure to bring your camera for this trip. Also carry along your binoculars if you have them. Take a trip to our newly renovated lighthouse. Your group leader will help you understand the role of this facility in in the Civil War, and it's dramatic "change in location" with the shifting sands.

Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch.

Afternoon: Travel to the Bateman Center in the Chincoteague National Refuge. Learn about wildlife in this area and local and Federal conservation efforts.

Evening: Tonight you are on your own to explore and take advantage of a variety of experiences such as a boat cruise, a trolley trip around the island and/or shopping. We will point you to a variety of restaurants that meet your special tastes.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.

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

Additional nights before: Determined by time of year.
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 13 - Mud Mucking; Crafts; Carriage House and Pony Show
Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Breakfast

Morning: Put on your old shoes and get ready to get down and dirty! This morning we go mud mucking in Tom's Cove looking for marsh creatures. National Park Service rangers will lead you on an exploration of the mud looking for clams, oysters, crabs and other assorted crustaceans.

Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch.

Afternoon: Practice your observation skills by seeing if you can complete the infamous museum scavenger hunt. Learn about horseshoe crabs, living fossils over 150 million years old, and their role in modern medicine. Try your hand at crabbing and use antique tools from the Museum's collection.

Dinner: Kids will enjoy crafts and pizza at Ledo's while the adults have crab cakes at the Village Restaurant.

Evening: After looking through the Pony Center's collection of pony memorabilia, including Misty- related items, enjoy a show produced by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team led by Kendy Allen. The Center features veterans of the pony swim and a number of Misty descendants.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.

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

Additional nights before: Determined by time of year.
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 14 - Misty movie; Crab feast;
Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Breakfast

Morning: Relax and enjoy watch the original movie of Misty of Chincoteague at the Island Theater where it premiered. See Misty's hoof prints in the sidewalk outside the newly restored theater.

Lunch: 11:45 Al-fresco lunch at Reed Park.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon to explore your special interests on the island. Our staff will be ready to help you arrange activities such as horse riding lessons, boat tours, shopping, miniature golf, and even an old fashioned English high tea.

Dinner: At 5:00. this evening's special treat is a crab feast at Mr. Paul's Kitchen. Experienced "eaters" will be available to help if this is your first crab feast.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 15 - Saltwater Cowboy
Breakfast: 8:00 breakfast.

Morning: Today's guest speaker is a local "saltwater" cowboy and Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman. He will entertain you with stories of the local fire company volunteers who care for the Chincoteague pony herd. He has a special video of the ponies and will explain how the firemen keep the herd healthy and free.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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