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CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates

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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 Oct 6 — Oct 11, 2013

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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, October 06 - Registration at the Rodeway Inn/Evening meeting
Afternoon: Please plan on arriving at the motel between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm for registration.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm at Maria's Restaurant. For your dining pleasure, this program includes 'A Taste Of The Island.' We will be dining each evening at a different island restaurant, each known for its fine cuisine and friendly service. Restaurants are about 1/2 mile from the motel.

Evening: Introductions, schedule review, and orientation are included in the evening activities.

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, October 07 - Local History / Ponies / Birds/Visit to the host ...
Local History / Ponies / Birds/Visit to the host institution - Museum of Chincoteague Island / Assateague National Seashore / Lighthouses

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: We'll start the morning with a trip to the Museum of Chincoteague Island to view and learn about a first order Fresnel Lens. The museum is the home of local history, and sits at the gateway to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Then we will get back on the bus for a short drive to Assateague National Seashore to talk about barrier island migration and just enjoy some time on the beach.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will talk about bird identification with a local birding expert, who will help you to recognize some of the birds that you will see while here. More than 300 species of birds migrate through this area each year, using Assateague Island as a resting place. This area of the east coast is known for its abundance and variety of birds. After a coffee break, your coordinator will fascinate you with "The Rest of the Story." This is the local history that you won't find in any history book.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: "Lights In The Night" - The focus of the evening lecture will be lighthouses. This talk will be given by a very knowledgeable speaker, and may change some of your ideas of what a lighthouse really is.

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, October 08 - Wildlife Safari / "Geology of The Eastern Shore"...
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: Field trip into the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We will be traveling into a section of the Refuge that is closed to the public to look for some of the more than 300 species of migrating birds that travel through this area. This area is also the home of numerous other animals, including the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies. Our guide for this excursion is known for her knowledge of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: "Geology of The Eastern Shore." Is it global warming or something else? This afternoon we will look into climate change, and the many different effects it has on our earth. This expert led lecture will have you thinking outside the box.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: "Pirates of the Colonies" " Yo-Ho-Ho And A Bottle Of Rum" Tonight we'll take a look at pirates, and separate fact from fiction.

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 Four: Wednesday, October 09 - Field trip to the Assateague Lighthouse/Wildlife ...
Field trip to the Assateague Lighthouse/Wildlife Art/ "Creatures and Features of the Barrier Islands"

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: Included in the morning activities will be a trip to the Assateague Lighthouse, followed by a Fish & Wildlife Service lecture.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: A nationally known artist will join us for the afternoon. She will share with you some of the work that goes into a painting long before the brush ever touches the canvas. This will be a lecture and demonstration.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: "Creatures and Features of the Barrier Islands" Life, where the ocean meets the shore, is forever changing. While the ocean and shoreline create one ecosystem, the marsh lands on the back side of the barrier islands create another. The marshes around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are among the most productive in the world, and are home to a countless number of creatures. Today we will examine one or more of these mollusks or crustaceans, and find out how sea life has had an effect on all of us.

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, October 10 - Bird Carving/Afternoon Island Exploration
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy the company of an award winning decoy carver. He will share some of the tricks of the trade, while he carves a bird from a block of wood. The chips will fly. Front row seats are recommended.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: This time slot is left open so that participants may choose their own afternoon activity. There are many attractions in the area that are not included in the program, due to a lack of time. Participants may choose the one that they are most interested in, or spend some time at the beach or on the Refuge.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: Wrap-up for the week. We have saved this evening for some special activities that we will all enjoy.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 11 - meal/"Chincoteague Ponies"
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 am at a local restaurant

Morning: Meet a Saltwater Cowboy ! This program would not be complete without talking to one of the Saltwater Cowboys. The famous Chincoteague Ponies are owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Through their year round efforts, these wonderful animals are able to remain free, and at the same time help to support the fire company. Our program will end after the morning talk at about 11:00am.

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.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Performances

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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