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Program #20163RJ
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.
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Itinerary for May 5 — May 10, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Waterside Hotel located in Norfolk. Within walking distance to the Waterside Marketplace and to the areas harbor cruises and Nauticus Museum.

Contact info:
7777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: •In-Room Movies •Free Daily Newspaper (Local) •26" Flat Panel Television with Remote Control •Free National Newspaper on Weekdays •In-Room Video Games Bed Features •The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed Bathroom •Hairdryer Office/Telecom •Data Port Line •Radio/Alarm Clock •Voicemail •Dual-Line Telephone •TDD Dining •Room Service •Coffee/Tea Maker Room Features •Oversized Desk •Sofa Bed •Ergonomic Desk Chair •Non-Smoking Rooms Available •Air-Conditioned Room •Rollaway Beds Available

Facility amenities: •Safe Deposit Boxes, •Cash Machine (ATM) •Beaches Nearby •Dry Cleaning Service •Express Check-Out •24-Hour Security •Laundry/Valet Service •Concierge Service •Luggage Storage •Historic Hotel, Fresh Appeal, seasonal outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 - $139
Call the hotel for up to date rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 05 - Check In - Program Registration - Dinner - Orient...
Arrive To: Individual arrivals and check in, Program Registration with your Road Scholar Representative.

Dinner: Dinner: Evening dinner and get together as you meet the other participants.

Evening: ORIENTATION: This evening we will go over the details of your program and instructions for the next week.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Waterside Hotel located in Norfolk. Within walking distance to the Waterside Marketplace and to the areas harbor cruises and Nauticus Museum.

Contact info:
7777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: •In-Room Movies •Free Daily Newspaper (Local) •26" Flat Panel Television with Remote Control •Free National Newspaper on Weekdays •In-Room Video Games Bed Features •The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed Bathroom •Hairdryer Office/Telecom •Data Port Line •Radio/Alarm Clock •Voicemail •Dual-Line Telephone •TDD Dining •Room Service •Coffee/Tea Maker Room Features •Oversized Desk •Sofa Bed •Ergonomic Desk Chair •Non-Smoking Rooms Available •Air-Conditioned Room •Rollaway Beds Available

Facility amenities: •Safe Deposit Boxes, •Cash Machine (ATM) •Beaches Nearby •Dry Cleaning Service •Express Check-Out •24-Hour Security •Laundry/Valet Service •Concierge Service •Luggage Storage •Historic Hotel, Fresh Appeal, seasonal outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 - $139
Call the hotel for up to date rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Darden's Country Store & Farm, Historic Smithfiel...
Darden's Country Store & Farm, Historic Smithfield, Williamsburg Tavern

Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning at the hotel overlooking the harbor.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Darden's General Store & Smokehouse where we meet with the owner for a presentation on the smoking process and the area of Smithfield. The Darden Family are also peanut and cotton growers and will include a talk on peanut farming.

Lunch: LUNCH: Today we enjoy a delicious lunch featuring Smithfield Virginia Hams along with a talk on preperation by the inn's chef.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Following lunch we meet with a long time employee of Smithfield Ham who will give us a history of the company, the area and the famouse Smith Field Hams.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the Isle of Wight Museum. The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of county history. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and displays regarding the ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Williamsburg Winery was established in 1985 by the Duffeler family. The first wine produced, Governor’s White, was released in 1988 and won a Gold Medal within two weeks. Today, Governor’s White is the most popular wine made at the winery. Wines produced here are appealing to a broad range of wine lovers, from the occasional wine drinker to the wine enthusiast. The 33 acres of vineyards which surround the winery offer a beautiful backdrop to the Old World-style village where the winery is located. Most of the wines have historical references listed on the back of each bottle. For example, Governor’s White was named after Governor Berkeley, Virginia’s first governor. Tours of the facility and wine tastings are held daily by our professionally trained staff members. Join with visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy our international award-winning wines!

Dinner: DINNER: This evening we dine in a Williamsburg area restaurant which will include Virginia's famous peanut soup.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Waterside Hotel located in Norfolk. Within walking distance to the Waterside Marketplace and to the areas harbor cruises and Nauticus Museum.

Contact info:
7777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
phone: 757-622-6664
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: •In-Room Movies •Free Daily Newspaper (Local) •26" Flat Panel Television with Remote Control •Free National Newspaper on Weekdays •In-Room Video Games Bed Features •The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed Bathroom •Hairdryer Office/Telecom •Data Port Line •Radio/Alarm Clock •Voicemail •Dual-Line Telephone •TDD Dining •Room Service •Coffee/Tea Maker Room Features •Oversized Desk •Sofa Bed •Ergonomic Desk Chair •Non-Smoking Rooms Available •Air-Conditioned Room •Rollaway Beds Available

Facility amenities: •Safe Deposit Boxes, •Cash Machine (ATM) •Beaches Nearby •Dry Cleaning Service •Express Check-Out •24-Hour Security •Laundry/Valet Service •Concierge Service •Luggage Storage •Historic Hotel, Fresh Appeal, seasonal outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 - $139
Call the hotel for up to date rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Virginia Beach Farmlands, Farmers Market & Doumar...
Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the area with a local expert as we will learn about the diverse farming in the Virginia Beach area. Visits will include many local farms where we will sample products both grown and made on the farm.

Lunch: We visit the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, an ever growing staple to the city, and a beacon for local, sustainable cuisine. The proud vendors supply the area with fresh produce, meats, dairy, vegetables and baked goods throughout the year. Our in-depth look at the Farmers Market will take you to a few of the vendor stalls to meet and mingle with the proprietors. We will get a chance to learn about the different items being sold, and to taste many of them along the way.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Even before Captain John Smith and the Jamestown settlers landed here at Cape Henry in 1607, Native Americans farmed this area. Our agricultural heritage began with corn, squash, potatoes and other vegetables, and lives on through the working farms of Virginia beach. Afternoon visits may include additional visits of area farms and into the fields to pick your own produce. Savor tastes such as the sweet, juicy Pungo strawberry (In Season) and hear the stories of living life on the land by the sea.. We return to Norfolk where we travel to the world famous Doumar's Ice Cream, Inventor of the ice cream cone where we will learn and see production and enjoy a delicious cone to conclude our day.

Dinner: Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel which will highlight the area's seafood.

Evening: LECTURE: This evening during dinner we meet with the hotel's executive chef, Robert Cillizza, who served 28 years as a Marine, received his culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America, recipient of a Bronze Star, Silver Star and two Purple Hearts.

Lodging: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located near the center of historic Chapel Hill

Contact info:
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA
phone: 919-489-7555
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: With guest rooms that feature free high-speed, wireless Internet access, a 32-inch HDTV, microwave, fridge and our signature triple-sheeted bedding, it's easy to see that your comfort and convenience are our focus. King and 2 Queen room options are available, so you can customize your stay.

Facility amenities: Business Center •Business Center Staffed Between null and null Copying Courier Service E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Printer Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Wireless Data Connection •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Health and Fitness Center (On-site) Our ftiness center includes a 32" HD TV that can be veiwed from either one of the two treadmills, bicycle or elliptical. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2/1/10 The Fitness Center Times: 24 hours

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $109.00
May stay in NC if you decide to depart from the program at this point.

Check out time: 8:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Peanut Processing - Carrborro, NC Dining Experien...
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel prior to departure.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel just across the Virginia Border along the Dismal Swamp where we will visit a peanut processing company in Martin County. We visit Mackie's Peanuts where we will learn about their processing. We will visit their store following the exploration of the processing.

Lunch: Lunch is included along our journey to North Carolina.

Afternoon: CHECK IN: We check into our North Carolina hotel for the next two evenings. Enjoy a little time to relax before our evening event.

Dinner: FIELD TRIP: Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants where traditional and modern 'farm-to-table' cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom & pop shops, sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, authentic barbecue, house-made chocolates, local meats and cheeses, organic wine, local beer, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat!

Evening: Relax this evening following our full day.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located near the center of historic Chapel Hill

Contact info:
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA
phone: 919-489-7555
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: With guest rooms that feature free high-speed, wireless Internet access, a 32-inch HDTV, microwave, fridge and our signature triple-sheeted bedding, it's easy to see that your comfort and convenience are our focus. King and 2 Queen room options are available, so you can customize your stay.

Facility amenities: Business Center •Business Center Staffed Between null and null Copying Courier Service E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Printer Unstaffed Business Center High-speed Internet Access •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Wireless Data Connection •Initial Charge: $0.00 USD •Service Provider: Clearview Health and Fitness Center (On-site) Our ftiness center includes a 32" HD TV that can be veiwed from either one of the two treadmills, bicycle or elliptical. Health/Fitness Center On-Site Fitness Center Type: LIMITED Year Last Renovation Of Equipment: 2/1/10 The Fitness Center Times: 24 hours

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $109.00
May stay in NC if you decide to depart from the program at this point.

Check out time: 8:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, May 09 - The Whole Hog & Local Farms
Breakfast: Breakfast is a deluxe continental with a couple of hot items, cereals, yogurts and juices.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Experience the best that North Carolina has to offer. You’ll learn about authentic wood smoked barbecue and the growing farm to table movement. We'll stop at the best and most authentic barbecue restaurant in the Triangle, where you'll get to taste some of the finest 'cue you've ever had and chat with the Pit Master himself. Next, visit an organic style, small farm, raising everything from chicken and pork to a wide array of produce. Later you’ll visit a restaurant that the farm owners have opened in downtown Durham. End the afternoon with a relaxing, beautiful, farm view with a homemade ice cream cone at a Hillsborough Dairy Farm.

Lunch: Today we enjoy some delicious North Carolina BBQ for lunch.

Afternoon: Continuation of the morning program ending in the early afternoon. Enjoy a little free time in either Chapel Hill or Durham, NC.

Dinner: FIELD TRIP: Explore a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. From crostini topped with local produce and house-smoked meats to gourmet popsicles to renowned pimento cheese written up in Bon Appétit Magazine, you will discover all of Durham's flavors.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 - Travel to Virginia
Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we board the coach for our journey back to Norfolk. Our first stop will be the Norfolk Airport which should be around 11:30 AM and then to the hotel at around 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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