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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 10, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.

Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.

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

Additional nights before:
Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 05 - Arrival/Check-In/Registration Opening Dinner & P...
Note: Arrival/Check-In/Registration/Dinner and Orientation

Afternoon: Check-in and Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge - Office. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. Coffee and snacks, 3:30-5:00 p.m

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option, plus coffee, tea and dessert.

Evening: Orientation, 7:15 p.m. We begin with introductions, then review the schedule, covers responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Close the day with a light snack, conversation, board games, TV in the dining and fireside room.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.

Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.

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

Additional nights before:
Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 06 - History lecture about the Monadnock region and co...
History lecture about the Monadnock region and covered bridges of Cheshire County. Opportunities for Boat rides and hiking

Note: Boat rides, canoeing, on Swanzey Lake and an expert led hike will be available. Other options will include golf, tennis, reading

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice..

Morning: Morning class will begin at 9:00 am with a lecture by the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. on the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a power point presentation on the covered bridges of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free or special vegetarian is available upon request.

Afternoon: The afternoon will begin with a half hour lecture about Swanzey Lake and the terrain by a neighbor who will then lead a hike either to the Beaver Pond or to the vista on top of the hill for great pictures - weather permitting, Boat rides on Swanzey Lake will be offered as well as opportunities to enjoy canoeing, golf, tennis or hanging out.

Dinner: Dinner, will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary needs are available upon request.

Evening: After dinner, professional musicians, will lead us in an evening of good music for the soul.

Evening: The day will close with a light snack, conversation, board games, making a puzzle, reading, watching TV to close the day.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Tuesday, October 07 - History of the region, Covered bridge tour, Two F...
Note: Classes on history and music followed by a maxi-van tour of the covered bridges followed by music and dance of NH

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Our first class of the day at 9:00 am will continue presenting the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a second session on covered bridges

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative menu requests.

Afternoon: Our expert instructor will lead a tour using maxi-vans to the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County In the late afternoon, Dudley & Jacqueline Laufman, "Two Fiddles" will join us for their first session on music and dance of New Hampshire.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Gluten free menu is available upon request.

Evening: After dinner "Two Fiddles" will lead us in a evening of music and dance. A light snack, conversation, board games, building a puzzle, TV, will be available to close the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.

Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.

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

Additional nights before:
Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 08 - "Leaf Peeping" by Tour bus. Served lunch will be...
"Leaf Peeping" by Tour bus. Served lunch will be at a restaurant and place to be determined by autumn tapestry.

Note: Tour by bus today for "leaf peeping" and picture taking. Day will include lunch in a restaurant and limited walking.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: You are invited to board a tour bus for a full day of 'leaf peeping" and picture taking. Our destination for the day will be determined by the leaf season. The day will include a served lunch at a restaurant, a visit to a special sight, i.e., St Gauden's Gardens, Covered Bridge Museum, etc. and some information about people and places. .

Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm at a nice restaurant on tour

Afternoon: Our "leaf peeping" Tour continues for the afternoon, returning to Pilgrim Pines in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Tonight will feature a lighter fare since our bigger meal was at noon. Tonight, soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert will help us conclude this incredible day of beauty.

Evening: At the close of a fun day, enjoy music and laughter from one of our local folk artists. A light snack, conversation, and activities of your choice will be available to close this day.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.

Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.

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

Additional nights before:
Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 09 - Field trip to historic towns of Nelson and Harris...
Field trip to historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville and opportunities to visit Cathedral of the Pines or Keene, NH

Note: Field trip to Nelson and Harrisville featuring a guided tour of these historic towns.

Breakfast: A fantastic full buffet breakfast awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 8:00-8:45 am. .

Morning: Our morning will begin with music for the soul presented by our professional musicians. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. After the break we will board maxi-vans for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. When we arrive at Nelson, a guided tour will be given along with the history of the town by Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Box Lunches will be served at 12:30 pm in the historic dance hall of Nelson, NH.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the maxi-vans for a short trip to the historic mill town of Harrisville. Once again, Alan Rumrill will lead a guided tour. The afternoon will conclude with opportunity to visit Cathedral of the Pines, or to Keene, NH or return to the campus.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. It will feature a full buffet menu and salad bar.

Evening: To celebrate our week, we will close our day with the making of ice cream sundaes.

Evening: 7:30 pm Participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 10 - Music for the soul/check-out of rooms/wrap-up ses...
Music for the soul/check-out of rooms/wrap-up session and farewell luncheon

Note: Check-out of rooms and opportunity to say thank you and farewell at luncheon

Breakfast: A full buffet breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. The buffet will feature omelette's and the specialty of the house, baked oatmeal. We save the best for the last morning.

Morning: We will begin our morning with power point presentation of covered bridges around the USA/World. In the middle of the morning you will be asked to check-out of your room to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. Our week will conclude with wrap-up session to review our week together..

Lunch: Our Farewell Luncheon will be served buffet style at 12:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Box lunches will be available upon request for anyone who needs to leave at an earlier time. We hope you have enjoyed our celebration of the autumn tapestry and history of southwestern New Hampshire and hope you will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys and we encourage you to keep on Road Scholaring, wherever it may take you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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West Swanzey
New Hampshire Division of Travel and TourismState of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665
For additional information, visit: www.visitnh.gov/

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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4 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
3 Performances

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