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SARASOTA, FLORIDA

Baseball America's Favorite Pastime: Spring Training with Phillies, Pirates & Orioles

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Program #18452RJ
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.
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 Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for costs.
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 16 - Registration/Orientation
Arrive To: Registration with Road Scholar is between 3:30PM to 4:45PM. Hotel check-in is at 3:00PM, room may be ready earlier.

Afternoon: At 4:45PM Orientation of the week starts.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered at the hotel in our private meeting/dining room.

Evening: After dinner there is a getting to know you session for participants to become better acquainted.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for costs.
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, March 17 - One or two morning lectures (depending on travel ...
One or two morning lectures (depending on travel time to game) Phillies' fans leave in the morning to see Tampa Bay Rays play the Philadelphia Phillies. Orioles and all other baseball fans see the Minnesota Twins play the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: Bus departs to Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater for Phillies' fans.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture.<> Break <> Baseball lecture.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the ballpark or restaurant close to the stadium. This meal is not included.

Afternoon: SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL GAME #1: Apply your new knowledge from morning lecture as you watch a baseball game. Phillies' fans see spring training baseball game Tampa Bay Rays @Philadelphia Phillies for a 1:05pm game. After game is over bus departs for hotel.

Game #1 Orioles fans and all other participants see a spring training baseball game in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium, the Minnesota Twins play the Baltimore Orioles at a 1:05 game.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel catered by the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a baseball DVD or one night this week a Pittsburgh Pirate's minor league player will speak to the group. (All depends on the player's schedule, when this will happen this week?)

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for costs.
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, March 18 - Lecture from noted Phillies author, Rich Westcoff...
Lecture from noted Phillies author, Rich Westcoff. Another baseball presentation. See Detroit Tigers play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05pm.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A breakfast with two hot items, plus the typical continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Phillies author Rich Westcott will share his extensive knowledge with you.

PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture.

Lunch: Dine at an area restaurant or at the hotel, this meal is not included.

Afternoon: Free afternoon, rest up for the night game at McKechnie Field.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner is not included, you may purchase at the game.

Evening: Game #2 Detroit Tigers play the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field for a 6:05pm spring training game.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for costs.
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, March 19 - Presentations by baseball experts, then attend a ...
Presentations by baseball experts, then attend a spring training game Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture. PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the game or area restaurant by the stadium.

Afternoon: Game #3 at a 1:05pm game see the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

Dinner: DINNER: Will be on your own in the Lakewood Ranch area. Bus will drop you off directly after the game.

Evening: FREE EVENING

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the nationally renowned planned community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for costs.
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, March 20 - View a spring training practice session at Pirate...
View a spring training practice session at Pirate City training grounds if available? Then baseball lecture if schedule permits. See a 1:05pm game Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A breakfast with two hot items, plus the typical continental breakfast is available.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: View spring training practice session at Pirate City training grounds if available?

Then baseball presentation if time permits?

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the stadium.

Afternoon: GAME #4: See the Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel in our private room.

Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Test your baseball trivia with a fun game among participants conducted by the group leader

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Saturday, March 21 - Retired Baseball Scout shares his experiences or ...
Retired Baseball Scout shares his experiences or learn more about the Negro League, depending on instructor's availability?

Note: Program ends today after one lecture.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Retired baseball scout will share his wealth of experiences over the years. This is your opportunity to ask questions you have always wanted to ask.

Or learn about the Negro League.

Morning: Program ends. Have a safe trip home or to your next destination!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Sarasota, FL
Sarasota activitiesSarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. Sarasota Polo grounds are close to hotel.
For additional information, visit: www.visitsarasota.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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5 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 5 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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