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Program #7235RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Apr 22 — Apr 27, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 22 - Arrival and Check-In
Afternoon: 4:00 pm Arrival/Check-in. Program registration Class: "The Garden Club of Virginia: Restoring and Celebrating Virginia's Gardening Heritage", An introduction to the seven decades of effort on the part of the GCV to restore or recreate the historic gardens of Virginia at more than 40 historical properties. Learn about specific projects and how the Club has applied the funds raised during Garden Week to preserve an often overlooked aspect of our history.

Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.

Evening: Introductions and Announcements Program Overview Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks for "America's Largest Open House." This statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 23 - Colonial Williamsburg Homes and Gardens; Private ...
Colonial Williamsburg Homes and Gardens; Private Homes in Kingsmill on the James

Note: This day includes extensive walking on brick, pebble, and grass paths. To fully participate in the day, walking of up to two miles will be involved. Every effort will be made to break the walks into shorter segments, but the day is designed for active participants.

Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg", An introduction to the colonial town and its restoration, undertaken through the vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Field Trip: "Escorted Walk" This excursion will take participants through a variety of gardens in the historic area, from historic colonial revival gardens to contemporary ornamental gardens. Participants will learn about landscape details, plant selection, color themes and succession planting.

Lunch: A delicious box lunch will be available at the Historic Kingsmill Plantation Site in the picnic area.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg Featured Homes" Visit several historic homes and dependencies in the Historic Area to learn about the furnishings, architecture, life styles, and gardens of the colonial period. Past homes highlighted have included the Lightfoot House and Edinburgh Castle Tavern. Field Trip: "Private Homes in Kingsmill on the James" Visit several homes in this beautiful gated community on the banks of the James River. Explore a variety of gardens, some designed to optimize the enjoyment of fragrance, others to flourish in a deer rich environment. Architectural styles include Prairie School and Georgian. One of the homes was featured in "The House and Home" magazine last year.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "A Lady of the Seventeenth Century" What better way to experience the 1600's than to meet someone who "lived" long ago? Enjoy a conversation with a delightful interpreter who will make you feel that you are truly speaking to an early colonist. She will share tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily existence as she works in her home and garden.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, April 24 - Historic and Private Homes of Virginia Beach
Note: Most of the homes on this day will be private residences with little or no accomodation for those with mobility issues. In some cases, only the first floors and outdoor gardens will be accessible to those who cannot handle long flights of stairs. Participants will be on and off the bus numerous times.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "A Brief History of Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach" Learn about the settlement of this area where the English colonists first set foot in North America before moving on to their permanent site at Jamestown. Investigate the growth of the county and city through nearly four hundred years of development and receive an overview of the architectural history that will be highlighted during the field trip. Field Trip: "Virginia Beach Historic and Private Homes" Travel across Hampton Roads to visit 19th century and modern homes in this vibrant city by the sea. The excursion will include a visit to Ferry Plantation where you will explore a wonderful herb garden, then have tea while hearing the tale of Virginia's only convicted witch. Also visit more recent homes of horticultural interest in the city's North End. Each site will feature fascinating architectural features, beautiful antiques and a variety of plantings and gardens that will be interpreted by knowledgeable docents.

Lunch: Luncheon buffet provided by local Garden Club at the luxurious Princess Anne Country Club.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Virginia Beach Historic Homes" Continue the excursion to the homes of this area as described in the morning field trip.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, April 25 - Norfolk Historic and Private Homes and Gardens
Note: Although the sites will be similar in accessibility to those of Day Three, this day's activities will take only part of the day, allowing time to rest and recuperate.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Free Morning. No transportation provided to or from the various sites you may want to visit.

Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Norfolk Homes and Gardens" Journey again to the Southside to explore historic and modern homes and gardens in this bustling city. The modern homes are located in the delightful Ghent neighborhood dating from the late 19th century. Sites will include a church decorated with a wedding theme, Greek and Colonial Revival architecture, and a winding path through a tranquil and authentic Japanese garden. Time permitting, the visit may also include the magnificently restored Hunter House Victorian Museum.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "Colonial Music" Enjoy the talents of an accomplished musician who will demonstrate and explain the music and instruments that would have been popular in many of the historic homes that have been visited.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, April 26 - James River Plantations
Note: Today involves many historic houses with limited access for those with mobility issues. The homes do have extensive gardens, however, that can be enjoyed by all participants.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Field Trip: "Bacon's Castle" This unusual Jacobean home is a National Historical Landmark, one of the oldest brick houses still standing in English North America. It exhibits many unique architectural features and a marvelously restored garden that reflects information gleaned from historical records and archaeological evidence. Field Trip: "Smith's Fort Plantation" Nestled on the south side of the James River, Smith's Fort Plantation was built sometime between 1751 and 1765. The story-and-a-half brick house is laid in Flemish bond. Its architectural significance lies in the interior where much of the original woodwork still exists. The grounds are a project of the Garden Clubs of Virginia and include a period herb garden.

Lunch: Pause for lunch at a delightful local restaurant that feature cuisine popular in Tidewater Virginia.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Virginia By-Way Plantations" These magnificent homes with colorful histories have been occupied over several centuries by some of the First Families of Virginia and their descendants . Visits will include exploration of both the grounds bursting with spring growth and interpretations of the mansions and their furnishings, showing the great James River manor homes at their height. Visits are planned to Shirley, currently occupied by the 11th generation of the founding family, and Westover, home of colonial leader William Byrd II and rarely open to the public.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, April 27 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.

Morning: Demonstration: "Flower Arranging Basics" Investigate some of the techniques used to create the lovely flower arrangements that graced a number of the homes that were visited during the week's field trips. Pick up tips on flower choices, useful materials, and unusual containers that you can use to create your own floral masterpieces. Class: "Back to Nature" Learn about ways to make your own garden space attractive to birds and butterflies through careful selection of plant species, including native plants that will thrive in their natural habitats.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch at departure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownOur Road Scholar programs are filled with fascinating and informative classes, field trips, excursions and extracurricular activities. The day-by-day itinerary details what you will see and do. The schedule includes a free afternoon during the week to pursue your own interests; otherwise, there will be only a few hours of unstructured time per day. Because the Road Scholar schedule is so full, there will be little opportunity for independent exploration of other sites in the Tidewater area. We suggest you consider taking time before or after the program to enjoy local attractions. The Colonial Williamsburg website, www.history.org, includes a detailed calendar of events that you might want to investigate. Websites for other area attractions such as Jamestown and Yorktown will have additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/Road Scholar

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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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