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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 10 — Aug 15, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 10 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Din...
Arrive To: Travel to Rowleys Bay on your own -- OR -- join the Covenant Harbor van shuttle departing from the Green Bay airport at 2:30 pm. Advance Reservations Required. Claim your luggage and meet in baggage claim at 2:15 pm. You will arrive in Rowleys Bay at 4:30 pm in time for check-in, dinner and orientation.

Afternoon: WELCOME TO DOOR COUNTY! Plan to arrive in Rowleys Bay in the afternoon. Resort check-in available from 3:30 pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room for ORIENTATION at 7:00 pm. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and answer any questions you might have. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies. Tonight you'll make your lunch selections for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 11 - History Walk with Resort Owner / Meet a Watercolo...
History Walk with Resort Owner / Meet a Watercolor Artist / Bakery Behind the Scenes / Fish Boil / Evening Activity

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. The hotel owners are Swedish so you'll find Swedish pancakes almost every morning on the buffet.

Morning: Gather in the lobby at 9:00 am for a HISTORY WALK WITH THE RESORT OWNER. What once was a run down fishing camp has been re-imagined as a vintage resort along the water. Join Jewel Peterson to learn the history of the area and resort. Her father started the resort over 30 years ago. Walk down to the bay to talk about the Mink River Estuary and Newport State Park. Savor the fresh lake breezes before returning to the resort. Gather in the meeting room at 10:00 am for a two-hour session on WATERCOLOR JOURNALS with local watercolor artist Ed Fenendael. By now you'll have noticed how incredibly beautiful Door County is and understand why so many artists have settled here over the years. You'll meet one of them this morning. He has been painting with watercolors for many years and is eager to share his love of the art with you. He'll explain his process and do a quick demonstration; then it will be your turn to give it a try. Don't think, just do! You'll be surprised with the results and you'll have a great memento to take home.

Lunch: Select menu for lunch the resort restaurant.

Afternoon: Gather in the bakery at 3:30 pm for a BAKERY BEHIND THE SCENES with Jewel as she explains how they make their famous caramel pecan rolls and Swedish skorpa. If that wasn't enough you'll want to join the resident storyteller by the firepit at 4:30 pm to learn about the HISTORY OF THE DOOR COUNTY FISH BOIL. There are many versions of this story but Charlie's got one of the best and you can't beat the view! Bring your camera for the spectacular "boil over" at 5:00 pm. When the fish is done we eat.

Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant. Tonight the buffet features the traditional Door County Fish Boil with potatoes, onions, coleslaw rye bread and cherry dessert. If you're not a fan of fish there will be lots of other delicious choices.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:00 pm for an evening session on THE SURPRISING ART OF TAXIDERMY with award-winning taxidermist Mike Orthober. Don't shy away from this surprise hit!

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 12 - Geology of Door County / Hunt for Fossils / Niarg...
Geology of Door County / Hunt for Fossils / Niargara Escarpment / Eagle Bluff Lighthouse / Ephraim Village

Note: Some walking over a rocky beach, along forest trails and grass lawns.

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. Be sure to try the half-pound caramel pecan rolls.

Morning: Gather at 9:00 am in the meeting room for a sixty-minute lecture on the GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF DOOR COUNTY with local naturalist Terrie Cooper. Learn how the Niagara Escarpment formed and the unique geologic features of the peninsula. Then board our motor coach for a FIELD TRIP to hunt for fossils on a rocky beach and see the NIAGARA ESCARPMENT in person at Ellison Bluff County Park. The peninsula is on a tilt so there are steep bluffs on the Green Bay side and sandy beaches on the Lake Michigan side. Take a quick walk through the park on a trail to look for seasonal wildflowers before boarding the coach for our next stop.

Lunch: Head South to Fish Creek for a plated lunch at 12:00 pm at Julie's Cafe in Fish Creek. You'll have a choice of sandwich, side and a slice of homemade pie - cherry is always a popular choice! You might want to get your picture taken in the giant chair out front.

Afternoon: Enter Peninsula State Park for an hour visit at EAGLE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE. This beautifully restored lighthouse sits atop a bluff above the Bay of Green Bay. With a docent, visit the living quarters of the lighthouse keepers and their families. Hear stories of shipwrecks and life "keeping the light." Continue our FIELD TRIP traveling north to the HISTORIC VILLAGE OF EPHRAIM - settled by Moravian immigrants. With a docent, learn more about life in the peninsula by visiting the Anderson Dock, Anderson Store and Pioneer Schoolhouse.

Dinner: Buffet at 5:00 pm in the resort restaurant.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:00 pm for an evening session with local orchard owners Mark and Mary Pat Carlson who will share stories of CHERRY PICKERS, POW'S AND ORCHARD MEMORIES. Local Door County-made products like dried cherries, cherry juice and jams will be available for purchase.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 13 - The Boreal Forest / Free Afternoon / Free Evening
Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant.

Morning: Gather in the meeting room at 9:00 am for a lecture on the BOREAL FORESTS OF DOOR COUNTY with local naturalist Paul Regnier. Learn about the unique features found in Door County and examine several trees samples.

Lunch: Box lunch ready for pick up at 11:00 am in the bakery. Enjoy your lunch down at the water's edge, take it along during your free afternoon or stay in the bakery.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON. There are lots of options in Door County. Stay at the resort and rent a kayak or join a Segway tour. Visit an artists' studio or gallery and look for original art. Buy a ticket for the ferry to Washington Island and explore the Stave Church and ostrich farm. Information on special events and options will be provided.

Dinner: On your own to discover one of the fantastic restaurants in Door County. Need a suggestion? We have lots. Of course the resort restaurant is always an option.

Evening: FREE EVENING. Perhaps you'd like to buy a ticket for a theater performance, attend a community music concert, or simply relax along the water's edge.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: You will be staying at Rowleys Bay Resort in beautiful northern Door County. This family-run vintage resort brings to mind classic resorts of the 50s and 60s but with modern conveniences like wi-fi. The resort is located on Rowleys Bay and affords guests a beautiful view of the bay, the Mink River Estuary, Newport State Park and Lake Michigan. Rowleys Bay Resort is the largest northern Door County resort on 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 100 acres of wooded property. Enjoy sunrise over the bay and try to spot song birds and migratory waterfowl. Award-winning Grandma's Swedish Bakery known all over the peninsula for its caramel pecan rolls and cardamon coffeecake. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Resort is completely non-smoking. For an authentic Door County experience, Rowelys Bay Resort can't be beat.

Contact info:
1041 County Road ZZ
Ellison Bay, WI 54210 USA
phone: 800-999-2466
web: www.rowleysbayresort.com

Room amenities: Comfortable guest rooms with two queen beds, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail and flat panel LCD television. UPGRADES: Guests can upgrade their Woodside Room to a Lakeside Room or Balcony Room for an additional fee. Please contact the resort in advance for upgrade cost options at 800-999-2466.

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, marina with kayak tours and charter fishing services. Meals served in the on-site restaurant with views of the bay featuring buffet style meals and Monday-Wednesday-Saturday fish boils. Rowleys Pub open late afternoon for before dinner drinks and light snacks. Free wi-fi available throughout the resort. Award-winning bakery featuring made-from scratch breads, cookies, desserts and pies. Door County's only all-you-care-to-eat fish boil buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call resort for details.
Absolutely! Participants should call the resort directly for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 14 - Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Muse...
Fruit Orchard / Historical Museum / Maritime Museum / Musical Performance

Note: Walking over level ground at the museums.

Breakfast: Buffet at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant.

Morning: Board the motor coach at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP to one of the area's largest cherry and apple orchards, SEAQUIST ORCHARDS. This family operation is typical of the orchards found in Door County. Take a trip through the test orchard and learn more about the fruit industry. Afterward enjoy a cup of apple cider and explore the farm market with dozens of local products for tasting. Be sure to try the cherry salsa. Then we'll head south to Sturgeon Bay and the DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. The highlight of this museum is the wildlife exhibit created by local taxidermist Mike Orthober. Mike is a true artist and will explain how the exhibit was created from the bird and animal mounts to the painted mural to the realists rocks and leaves. You will be amazed at the amount of detail.

Lunch: We've had so many choices at the resort so far this week that today's lunch will be a bit lighter. Enjoy the soup and salad buffet at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, located along the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. If we're lucky we'll see the Michigan Street steel bridge open for a sailboat to pass through.

Afternoon: Continue FIELD TRIP to the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM. Enjoy a ninety-minute docent-led visit and explore Door County's lighthouses and shipbuilding. There is so much to see and everyone finds an exhibit of interest.

Dinner: Buffet at 5:15 pm in the resort restaurant. Tonight the restaurant features prime rib.

Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:00 pm for a MUSICAL PERFORMANCE to close out our final evening together.

Lodging: Rowleys Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 15 - Program Concludes after Breakfast
Depart From: For those returning to the Green Bay airport with the Covenant Harbor van shuttle, please be in the lobby with your luggage by 8:15 am. The shuttle will depart at 8:30 am and arrive at the airport at approximately 10:30 am. IMPORTANT: Do not many any flight plans earlier than 12:30 pm.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 7:30 am in the resort restaurant. Program concludes with breakfast. Check-out by 11:00 am. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM IN DOOR COUNTY. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Rowleys Bay, WI
American Folklore TheatreAmerican Folklore Theatre (AFT) is a critically acclaimed professional theatre company that presents original musical theatre under a canopy of stars at the Peninsula State Park Amphitheater mid-June through August. AFT moves indoors at the Door Community Auditorium September through mid-October for its fall season. Phone: (920) 854-6117.
For additional information, visit: www.folkloretheatre.com
Cherry TrainEnjoy a tour of Washington Island, up to 2 hours in length with three selected stops along the way. Learn island history and living folklore and legends, accompanied by your expert tour guide. Combo ticket available for Washington Island Ferry & Cherry Train. Phone: 800-223-2094.
For additional information, visit: www.cherrytrain.com
Door Community AuditoriumDoor Community Auditorium is a year-round center for the arts presenting the best in music, dance and theatre. Phone: 920-868-2728.
For additional information, visit: www.dcauditorium.org
Edgewood Orchard GalleriesKnown since 1969 for exhibitions exploring ideas in a wide range of media, Edgewood Orchard Galleries has become one of the Midwest's most respected art galleries. Housed in a restored fruit barn built in 1918, the gallery presents monthly changing feature shows, along with general exhibits of work by over 150 artists. Paintings, sculpture, glass, clay, wood and jewelry are all represented. The serene setting features a bricked courtyard, arbor and glassed portico with bistro tables and chairs. A tranquil sculpture garden guides visitors through the woods and gardens surrounding the gallery. Phone: 920-868-3579.
For additional information, visit: www.edgewoodorchard.com
Golf Course OptionsVisit the Door County.com website for course information under the DO section.
For additional information, visit: www.doorcounty.com
Peninsula PlayersThe Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theatre. The season runs mid-June to mid-October with performances Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Experience the theatre-in-a-garden and find out why more than 35,000 people were thrilled by last season's shows. Phone: 920-868-3287.
For additional information, visit: www.peninsulaplayers.com
Washington Island FerryAt the tip of the Door County peninsula, you’ll find Northport Pier and the Washington Island Ferry Line to Washington Island. The island is a 35-square mile, year-round home to 700 people and a destination for thousands of visitors annually. The Washington Island Ferry Line is a vital, year round transportation link, crossing Death’s Door passage on the way to the island. Phone: 800-223-2094.
For additional information, visit: www.wisferry.com

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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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