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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.
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Itinerary for Apr 7 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD/VCR capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70.00/night
Based on availability. Please contact Herbert Loadholt, resident director, at 843-886-4630 to make reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 07 - Registration, Dinner, Orientation
Arrive To: Arrival at Coastal Retreat Center. Registration begins at 4pm, but our first scheduled activity is not until Dinner at 6pm.

Dinner: A delicious prime rib dinner welcomes you to your new home away from home in the charming South Carolina Lowcountry.

Evening: Introductions and Orientations. This session will give you an overview of your week of learning ahead and give you a chance to meet your fellow explorers! After orientation you are invited to watch an optional hour long video about Charleston and the Lowcountry.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD/VCR capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70.00/night
Based on availability. Please contact Herbert Loadholt, resident director, at 843-886-4630 to make reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 08 - Charleston Architecture, Narrated Excursion in Hi...
Charleston Architecture, Narrated Excursion in Historic Charleston, Historic Plantation, Slave Community on a Lowcountry Plantation

Breakfast: Morning Coffee available at 6am. Several copies of the "Post and Courier" and "USA Today" are available each morning. Personal copies of paper may be ordered.

Morning: Interactive Lecture series on Charleston Architecture begins. Presenter is an architectural historian who previously worked for the Historic Charleston Foundation and directed the Charleston Museum Homes. Next, we'll leave the center and receive a comprehensive overview of historic Charleston by a licensed guide. During this narrated bus trip, you'll learn about the history behind the stately homes found on the downtown penisula. Group will disembark the bus to explore the Charleston Visitors Ceneter. This excursion will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.

Lunch: Enjoy a light picnic lunch when we arrive at the plantation.

Afternoon: Excursion to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. You'll experience the beauty of its gardens along with its rich history with a guided plantation house tour, a narrated nature tram of the Audubon Swamp, guided tour of the gardens, slave cabins, and other outlying areas.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner when you return to the retreat center. Participants are given the option of a seafood or non-seafood entrée. Delicious meals are catered by a local restaurant known for their superb seafood selection.

Evening: Interactive lecture series begin on Slave Community on a Lowcountry Plantation. Local historian will guide you through the work and home life of the slave population in SC. These lectures reveal a behind the scenes look at the work and labor intensity needed to create the luxurious lifestyles in which plantations are known for.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD/VCR capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70.00/night
Based on availability. Please contact Herbert Loadholt, resident director, at 843-886-4630 to make reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 09 - Charleston Architecture, Slave Community on Lowco...
Charleston Architecture, Slave Community on Lowcountry Plantation, Tour of Drayton Hall, Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration

Breakfast: You can choose hot or cold breakfast, along with fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea.

Morning: Architectural historian will help you "see" colonial and antebellum homes with "new eyes" with your morning lecture. Slave Community on Lowcounty Plantation series continues. Learn about the unique experience slaves had in this part of the country due to climate conditions and complex crop harvesting.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch at the Coastal Retreat Center catered by a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Drayton Hall Plantation. This 18th century Plantation is the oldest original Plantation home along the Ashley River. A property of the National Trust, Drayton Hall is shown unfurnished in a state of preservation, highlighting its magnificent architectural details. Included will be an extended guided house tour, plantation exploration and slavery presentation. A fantastic experience that brings plantation culture to life.

Dinner: Return to the Coastal Retreat Center for dinner. After an adventurous day, you'll be ready for a tasty meal.

Evening: Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration. Learn about the Gullah tradition of making sweetgrass baskets, a practice brought directly from the west coast of Africa by enslaved people.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD/VCR capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70.00/night
Based on availability. Please contact Herbert Loadholt, resident director, at 843-886-4630 to make reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 10 - Charleston Architecture, Angel Oak Tree, Charlest...
Charleston Architecture, Angel Oak Tree, Charleston Tea Plantation, Irvin House Vineyards and Wine Tasting, H L Hunley Video

Breakfast: Start your day out right with a complete breakfast with a variety of offerings.

Morning: Architectural historian discusses historic and cultural influences on architecture in Charleston. This guy is brilliant, and uses appropriate humor, so his topic is not dry but very interesting and enjoyable. Next, we will depart for a day full of adventure! Our first stop will be the famous Angel Oak Tree, the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is believed to be over 1,500 years old and stands 65 ft high with a canopy providing 17,000 sq feet of shade. Second, we will explore the Charleston Tea Plantation! This modern day plantation is thriving in the lowcountry and is America’s only tea garden. Plantation tour and tea tasting included.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking a picturesque setting at the Charleston Tea Plantation.

Afternoon: Our last stop of our trip will be Irvin House Vineyards. This modern day vineyard produces SC Muscadine Wine and also Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. Plantation tour, wine and liquor tasting and souvenir wine glass included.

Dinner: Return to Coastal Retreat Center and our chef will have your meal prepared!

Evening: After dinner, view a video on the recovery of the HL Hunley, the first submarine to sink an opposing vessel in wartime. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley sank the USS Houssatonic off the Carolina Coast just a few miles out from the Isle of Palms. After its rediscovery in the 1990's, the Friends of the Hunley raised the craft and are working on its conservation in North Charleston. This video documents the recovery efforts through National Geographic.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD/VCR capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70.00/night
Based on availability. Please contact Herbert Loadholt, resident director, at 843-886-4630 to make reservations.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 11 - Downtown Architectural Walking Lecture, Nathanial...
Downtown Architectural Walking Lecture, Nathanial Russel House, Aiken-Rhett House, free time in historic Charleston, Graduation Celebration and ice cream social

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 7:45am to get you ready for your day of adventure!

Morning: Travel downtown for a guided walk of Charleston’s Historic Battery viewing the exteriors of stately homes built before, during, and after the Civil War. 45 minute architectural walking lecture brings together all the knowledge learned in classroom lectures, and reveals greater details about the families who built and lived in these homes. Next, explore the historic Nathanial Russell House. This beautifully restored 19th century Charleston House illustrates the grandeur of Charleston at the height of its wealth. Furnishings and the beautiful interiors speak to the elegant nature of 19th century Charleston Homes. Also, this property exhibits beautiful gardens.

Lunch: Experience a picnic lunch overlooking the Cooper River at Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant.

Afternoon: Aiken Rhett House. Though begun circa 1818, this house reflects the changing tastes of the mid-nineteenth century through a series of spectacular remodelings. The home of one family from 1825 until the 1970's, the house is kept in a state of preservation with many of its original furnishings in place. With its dependencies, slave quarters and stables intact, the house offers a unique view of life in Charleston. After the tour, enjoy some free time in downtown Charleston. We'll drop you off near the market area in the heart of the historic district.

Dinner: Enjoy another great meal at the Retreat Center.

Evening: "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun and fellowship. Enjoy some special entertainment and an ice cream social complete with all the toppings!

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 12 - Charleston Architecture, Pack up time, God's Gonn...
Charleston Architecture, Pack up time, God's Gonna Trouble the Water DVD, Lunch and Farewell

Breakfast: A full breakfast bar offered up with lots of variety.

Morning: A final hour long installment of the Charleston Architecture series. Next, you will have an hour to pack up your rooms, remove used linens, and gather your belongings for departure. At 10:30am there will be a showing of "God's Gonna Trouble the Water," a documentary released by South Carolina Educational Television about the Gullah/Geechee people, decendants of the enslaved West Africans. Learn about how these descendants carry on the culture today through their daily lives and special demonstrations to educate the public.

Lunch: Program concludes with Lunch served at 11:30am. Safe Travels everyone!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Isle of Palms/Charleston, SC
Historic Charleston SCCharleston charms about three million visitors a year, and is one of the top travel destinations in North America. You will have opportunity to pick up brochures, tourist information at Charleston Visitors Bureau when our tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. Also, tourist brochures available at retreat center. You may check out numerous web sites, but a good one is by SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism agency at www.scprt.com.
For additional information, visit: www.charlestoncvb.com

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
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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