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MOBILE, ALABAMA

America’s First Mardi Gras: Three Centuries of Pageantry in Mobile

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Program #7877RJ
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.
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Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel with a charge of $7 a day. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the best rate.
It is recommended to make reservations if you plan to arrive early or depart late especially around Mardi Gras.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Check-in and Orientation/Dinner served in the hot...
Afternoon: Check in begins at 3 PM and registration is 4-5:30 PM. at the Admiral Semmes Hotel. Orientation for the program week will be in the conference room of the hotel. University history and all handout materials (schedule, bios, menus, field trips, etc.) will be discussed. Any questions about the schedule or the program will be answered at this time. **Please note that schedule is subject to change due to instructor availability.

Dinner: Dinner served in the dining area of the hotel.

Evening: Each person will introduce themselves and tell something that might connect them to someone else in the group. There will also be time at the end to answer any new questions that may arise.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel with a charge of $7 a day. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the best rate.
It is recommended to make reservations if you plan to arrive early or depart late especially around Mardi Gras.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Breakfast in the hotel/Morning class includes wha...
Breakfast in the hotel/Morning class includes what to expect during a parade and history of Mardi Gras/lunch in the hotel/Field trip to Carnival Museum/Dinner in hotel/evening Mardi Gras Parade.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Get your first taste of Mardi Gras during today’s morning classes: Mardi Gras in Mobile. You will learn about the history and traditions of this extravagant carnival celebration, an annual event highlighted by lavish balls, ornate floats, and brightly colored costumes.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy the sights and sounds of King Felix and Knights and the Floral Parade. This parade debuted in 1928 and features themes of storybook and comic strip scenes chosen to appeal to children. This charming procession, with beautiful floats, is a must-see Mobile tradition.Take a field trip to Mobile's newest attraction, the Mobile Carnival Museum. Celebrate the city's Mardi Gras history and learn how this frivolous celebration began. The gallery houses the largest Mobile carnival collection under one roof, including rare Mardi Gras memorabilia, gowns, trains and crowns of coronation royalty dating from 1921. Explore a Mardi Gras float barn. You will get upclose with the floats and learn about how the organization works.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Following dinner get ready for an evening parade. The Infant Mystic Society will be parading this evening. Be ready for moon pies and beads galore.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel with a charge of $7 a day. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the best rate.
It is recommended to make reservations if you plan to arrive early or depart late especially around Mardi Gras.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Continental breakfast in the hotel/Mardi Gras fun...
Continental breakfast in the hotel/Mardi Gras fun/Lunch in hotel ballroom/More Mardi Gras fun/Dinner in the hotel ballroom/Evening Mardi Gras Parade

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Enjoy Mobile’s largest Mardi Gras celebration – Fat Tuesday! Revel in the excitement as you watch two morning parades: Order of Athena and Knights of Revelry. The group’s central location in a historic downtown hotel. During the parades, walk out to the street or watch from a balcony as moon pies fly and beads scatter through the air. Take a break from the festivities in the air-conditioned banquet room or relax in the hotel lounge.

Lunch: Buffet lunch served in the ballroom of the hotel.

Afternoon: Add some laughter to your afternoon as the Comic Cowboys parade rolls through the streets. This fun group is known for theme floats that poke fun of trends and gossip in today’s society. Next, make way for the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association Parade. This organization will delight you with up-tempo bands and great music as they shower you with treats and trinkets.

Dinner: Buffet dinner served in the ballroom of the hotel.

Evening: After dinner enjoy the final parade of the Mardi Gras season, the Order of Myths. This men’s organization, formed in 1867, is Mobile’s oldest carnival society. This organization is known for its mule-drawn theme float that is lighted by lanterns. Throw your hands up and yell, “Throw Me Something Mister!” These experienced maskers will make sure no one goes home empty handed.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel with a charge of $7 a day. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the best rate.
It is recommended to make reservations if you plan to arrive early or depart late especially around Mardi Gras.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - All meals served in the hotel/Morning class on th...
All meals served in the hotel/Morning class on the history of Mobile/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/Evening class

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Sleep in a little later this morning. Then, dive into Mobile history! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: Take this free afternoon to explore the local hot spots as you explore Mobile on your own. Discover downtown Mobile as you can walk around the historic district or venture out into the city. Make a trip to the causeway to sample the area’s finest cuisine – fresh gulf seafood. While you’re there, don’t miss the USS Alabama Battleship.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Evening class on Storytelling. You will delight in the stories that will bring strong emotions from laughter to tears as you think about stories you could tell about your life.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel with a charge of $7 a day. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for the best rate.
It is recommended to make reservations if you plan to arrive early or depart late especially around Mardi Gras.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Breakfast served in the hotel/ Morning class with...
Breakfast served in the hotel/ Morning class with an architectural historian also a field trip to History Museum/Lunch on your own/Field Trip to Historic Districts/Dinner at the hotel/Evening session

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Enjoy a class with an architectural historian. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate. Topics may include churches, homes, and commercial buildings. Discover how details followed individual tastes and trends of the time. Field trip to the City Museum, home to 21st century innovative exhibits that come alive. Explore Mobile as the first Americans saw it. Relive the journey of African-American, and see their influence in art, sports and leadership. Listen to stories of Civil War soldiers. Sense the devastation of powerful natural disasters.

Lunch: From seafood to sandwiches and salads, you can find many wonderful restaurants to enjoy. Don't miss "Three Georges" candy store for your home made candy dessert.

Afternoon: Next, enjoy a guided tour of one of Mobile's Historic Districts, with an architectural historian. Discover architectural details discussed in class as you walk along the streets of some of Mobiles most beautiful historic buildings. Explore the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the first Catholic Parish on the Gulf coast. Relocated to its present location in 1711, this beautiful structure is rich with history and intricate detail. From twelve towering stained glass windows to the stunning gold leafing around the columns and ceilings, you will marvel at this edifice of structural integrity.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Enjoy the Azalea Trail Maids this evening. These high school senior girls are ambassadors for our city. You may have seen them in the Macy's Day parade or Disney World's Easter Parade. Bring your camera this evening!

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Breakfast in the hotel/Check-out and class on the...
Breakfast in the hotel/Check-out and class on the history of Mobile/Box lunch

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Check-out of hotel. Dive into Mobile history! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II.

Lunch: Farewell lunch served in the hotel dining area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Mobile, AL
Battleship USS Alabama and the US DrumHistory meets heroism... from World War II to Iraqi Freedom, at one of America's finest military parks. Here at the Battleship Memorial Park you will walk the decks of a mighty battleship. Go below in a World War II submarine. View cockpits of combat aircraft. You will also see tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. It is all here, all waiting to be discovered by you.
For additional information, visit: www.ussalabama.com
Bellingrath Gardens and HomeReaders of "Southern Living" recently chose Bellingrath Gardens as one of the top three gardens in its annual Readers Choice Survey. In bloom every day of the year, Bellingrath Gardens offers visitors 65 acres of landscaped beauty among towering live-oaks draped in Spanish moss. The Bellingrath Home has been chosen as the first in Alabama to appear on A&E's popular "America's Castles" series. Enjoy a relaxing sight-seeing cruise aboard the Southern Bell River Cruiser on the Fowl River. View surrounding estates and wildlife from climate controlled comfort.
For additional information, visit: www.bellingrath.org/gardens/
Bragg-Mitchell MansionCanopied by century-old live oak trees, "The Bragg" is a grand antebellum mansion. This beautiful example of southern elegance is furnished with fine antiques and exquisite draperies. The circular staircase, double parlors and lavish rooms with crystal chandeliers remind one of a time when hospitality was a way of life. Free parking.
For additional information, visit: www.braggmitchellmansion.com
Conde Charlotte Museum HouseMobile's first official jail, this circa 1822 Federal-style home has period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate, and American furnishings and decor.
For additional information, visit: www.condecharlottemuseum.com

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