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Program #20744RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
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Itinerary for Dec 13 — Dec 18, 2012

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Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.

Contact info:
839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, December 13 - Hotel Check-In/Registration/Orientation/Footsteps...
Hotel Check-In/Registration/Orientation/Footsteps of Lincoln Presentation

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel between 3:00 and 5:00pm. Then, go to the second floor to register with the Group Leader and pick up your Welcome Packets.

Dinner: Orientation at 5:00pm, followed by Dinner in the Lafayette Room on the second floor.

Evening: Hear historian/author Anthony Pitch recount the events leading up to Lincoln's assissination. Trace the footsteps of America's most beloved President and most reviled assassin and co-conspirators.

Lodging: Club Quarters Washington DC

Meals Included: Dinner
Type:

Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.

Contact info:
839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, December 14 - National Portrait Gallery/Smithosnian Art Musuem/...
National Portrait Gallery/Smithosnian Art Musuem/Free Afternoon/Craft of Espionage Presentation

Note: Metro Use and periodic standing at museums

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: As of 2006, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Musuem share a newly renovated historic landmark building in downtown DC. Visit both museums and hear from an expert discuss current exhibtions. This fall, numerous exhibitions will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Your welcome materials will provide a list of current exhibititons showing during your program.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Aftewards, free time to continue exploring the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, or visit nearby sites such as the International Spy Museum. Meet back at the Portrait Gallery and head to Dupont Circle via the Metro for a walking fieldrip down Embassy Row.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Presentation:Discuss the "Craft of Espionage" with retired career inteligence officer, Jon Wiant. Learn how the United States uses human intelligence sources (HUMINT) to protect our national security.

Lodging: Club Quarters Washington DC

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type:

Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.

Contact info:
839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, December 15 - Masonic D.C./U.S Capitol/FREE AFTERNOON & EVENING
Note: Metro Use-The Capitol entrance is approximately 4 blocks slighltly uphill from the Metro Stop. Entrance to the Capitol requires going through a Metal Detector.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Lafayette Room at the hotel

Morning: Discuss DC's Masonic roots with a 33rd degree Mason. Explore the influence Masonic teachings had on our nation's founding fathers, and examine the masonic symbolism imbedded in the city planning by George Washington-commisioned architect, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Take the Metro to the United States Capitol for a guided visit through the Rotunda. Afterwards, the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Club Quarters Washington DC

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type:

Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.

Contact info:
839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, December 16 - Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre/"U Street Ren...
Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre/"U Street Renaissance"/ Fords Theatre Christmas Carol

Note: The U Street Heritage Trail is composed of 14 illustrated historical markers that will take approximately 90 minutes to explore.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Free Morning

Lunch: Take the Metro to the Howard Theatre for a Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch. 2012 marks the Grand reopening of one of America's most preeminent Arts Halls for African American's. From Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to Lena Horn and Sammy Davis Jr, the reopening of the "theater of the people", is symbolic of DC's urban restoration over the past decade. In addition to hosting prominent national acts such as Bill Cosby and Aretha Franklin, the theatre's on site kitchen will boast a flavorful menu thanks to the contributions of chef Marcus Samuelsson (Top Chef Masters) whos hospitality group is consulting on the menu for the supper club.

Afternoon: Explore the city on your own, or go with your Group Leader for an optional excursion on the U Street Heritage Trail. Known as "Black Broadway" during the first half of the 20th century, the U Street Corridor was the center of African American business and culture. After decades of decline, the U Street neighborhood has experienced an urban renaissance. Visit sites such as the first African American YMCA, Ben's Chili Bowl, and the recently restored Lincoln Theatre where Jazz icons such as Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Sarah Vaughn called home.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Experience a classic Christmas tradition at the historic Ford's Theatre. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as musically high-spirited and infectiously jolly.

Lodging: Club Quarters Washington DC

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

Description: This is a small, modern, well-located city hotel with small, attractive rooms but without all traditional hotel services. All rooms have attached baths with showers rather than bathtubs. Located just off Farragut Square (with a statue of Admiral Farragut in the center); the hotel lies at the foot of Connecticut Avenue, an important commercial thoroughfare; just off K Street, known as Ground Zero for lobbyists; and just 3 blocks from the White House. In the vicinity and worth a look are — -The White House (Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, NW) -The Renwick Gallery, which is the crafts museum of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (open daily 10:00am-5:30pm; free) -Decatur House, the 1818 home of Commodore Stephen Decatur, designed by Benjamin Latrobe (corner of H Street and Jackson Place, NW, admission $5.00) -Blair House, the official guest house for visiting dignitaries (1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – not open to the public) -St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, the church of the presidents, is usually open during the day for visits. -Lafayette Park, designed by Pierre L’Enfant and across from the White House. On many days, you will find demonstrators in Lafayette Park.

Contact info:
839 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006 USA
phone: 202-463-6400
Facility amenities: Club Quarters Washington has a private Club Room with complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers, as well as a fitness room and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have complimentary wired Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, December 17 - National Cathederal/ Hisorical Homes in Georgetow...
National Cathederal/ Hisorical Homes in Georgetown/Monuments&Memorials Coach Fieldtrip

Note: Periodic standing at the Cathedral, Tudor Place and House of the Temple

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Fieldtrip to the Washington National Cathederal. See Woodrow Wilson's Tomb, marvel at the ironwork, and learn the history behind the country's "National House of Prayer".

Lunch: Lunch and tea at Tudor Place in Georgetown. Overlooking the Potomac river, the former residence of Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, dates back to 1816. Tour the gardens, and then relax in the homes' historic rooms and enjoy a variety of tea blends accompanying tea sandwiches, scones, and petite deserts.

Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the House of the Temple Designed by noted architect John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives) and modeled after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus-one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the House of the Temple stands as one of the most remarkable landmarks in DC, and premiere examples of American neoclassicism. Afterwards, round out the program with a guided coach excursion to the National Mall. Discover the nations' most iconic monuments and memorials!

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Club Quarters Washington DC

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, December 18 - Program Wrap Up/Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Program Wrap Up/ followed by Check out by 12:00pm

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Washington, DC
Arlington National CemeteryArlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free.
For additional information, visit: www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Corcoran Gallery of ArtWashington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture
For additional information, visit: www.corcoran.org
Ford's TheatreAs a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life.
For additional information, visit: www.fordstheatre.org
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and GardensExplore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day!
For additional information, visit: www.mountvernon.org
National MallA splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens.
For additional information, visit: nps.gov/nama
Smithsonian MuseumsExplore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more.
For additional information, visit: www.si.edu/
Washington Visitor's BureauVisit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer.
For additional information, visit: www.washington.org

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12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
2 Performances

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