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A Dickens Christmas in Victorian Cape May

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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.
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Itinerary for Dec 8 — Dec 13, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath with shower; heat; air-conditioning; cable television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made based on the needs of the group and cannot be changed from one view to another. There are no alarm clocks or phones in rooms. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar on first floor, antiques shop in lobby. Wifi in public areas of first floor. Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Outdoor pool in season. Convenient free parking for guests. Directly across the street from the beachfront and a short walk to the main pedestrain mall and gourmet restaurants.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some have stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Rates vary by season. Availability may be limited in June, August and September.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 08 - Welcome to Cape May/Orientation
Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: Introduction of coordinator, participants. Orientation to hotel and city, review of week's programs, logistics and menu.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath with shower; heat; air-conditioning; cable television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made based on the needs of the group and cannot be changed from one view to another. There are no alarm clocks or phones in rooms. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar on first floor, antiques shop in lobby. Wifi in public areas of first floor. Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Outdoor pool in season. Convenient free parking for guests. Directly across the street from the beachfront and a short walk to the main pedestrain mall and gourmet restaurants.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some have stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Rates vary by season. Availability may be limited in June, August and September.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 09 - Dickens Lecture & Seasonal Readings Victorian So...
Dickens Lecture & Seasonal Readings Victorian Social History and Architecture Lectures Architectural Walking Tour Living History Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt or cold cereal. Toast basket available on request.

Morning: Lecture on on how Dickens' Life and Times inspired the author in creating his works. The lecture will also include how the "Dickensian Way"of chronicaling the human experience through his storytelling influenced other writers. Holiday Readings from American literature presented by a living history character from the East Lynne Theater Company. Interactive program.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Introductory lecture giving overview of Cape May history by local historian/educator. Richly illustrated lecture on Cape May's unique and unparalleled collection of Victorian architectural gems. Field trip through the historic district to see examples of architectural styles.

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: Holly Trolley Ride. Board the MAC trolley for a guided experience through the charming gaslit streets of Cape May.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath with shower; heat; air-conditioning; cable television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made based on the needs of the group and cannot be changed from one view to another. There are no alarm clocks or phones in rooms. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar on first floor, antiques shop in lobby. Wifi in public areas of first floor. Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Outdoor pool in season. Convenient free parking for guests. Directly across the street from the beachfront and a short walk to the main pedestrain mall and gourmet restaurants.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some have stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Rates vary by season. Availability may be limited in June, August and September.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 10 - Dickens History and Victorian Social History Lect...
Dickens History and Victorian Social History Lectures/Free afternoon/Performance/staged reading

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt or cold cereal. Toast basket available on request.

Morning: A Morning of Holiday Music. A professional musician presents a program on beloved holiday music. Victorian Social History. During this lecture, people will find out just what made the Victorian's tick.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Victorian Consuming Passions: The development of improvemts on our dining habits and preparations, Find out just what Mrs. Crachit feed Bob and why. (And just what Mrs. Dickens feed Charles for that matter.) Followed by a free afternoon to explore on your own. (And have a little nosh maybe)

Dinner: A four-course Dickensian feast will be served at the Washington Inn. Dine in the spirit of Charles Dickens.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath with shower; heat; air-conditioning; cable television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made based on the needs of the group and cannot be changed from one view to another. There are no alarm clocks or phones in rooms. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar on first floor, antiques shop in lobby. Wifi in public areas of first floor. Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Outdoor pool in season. Convenient free parking for guests. Directly across the street from the beachfront and a short walk to the main pedestrain mall and gourmet restaurants.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some have stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Rates vary by season. Availability may be limited in June, August and September.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 11 - Lecture/Field Trip to Emlen Physick Estate/Lunch ...
Lecture/Field Trip to Emlen Physick Estate/Lunch with Living History Program/Free Time/Living history performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt or cold cereal. Toast basket available on request.

Morning: Brush up on your etiquette and manners during this presentation in the hotel to prepare you for a visit to Dr. Physick's home. Then enjoy by a guided field trip by trolley through Cape May's Historic District to see the Victorian homes dressed for the holidays, followed by a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum, for a guided visit through the interior. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Cape May's famous restaurants. After lunch, a small lecture / performance will be presented by a professional playwright and actor on how the literary works of the season, such as O'Henry's "Gift of the Magi" and Moore's "A Visit from Saint Nicolas" influenced generations on just what the holiday truly means to us all.

Afternoon: The Physick Family - Dr. Emlen Physick, his mother Mrs. Frances Ralston and Aunt Emilie Parmetier, come to play a call on you at the hotel. They are prepared to share with you the news of what's happening in the Cape May of the Victorian era, including choice bits of gossip. They welcome questions about their world

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: A professional actor will present "Sincerely Ebenezer" a one man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath with shower; heat; air-conditioning; cable television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made based on the needs of the group and cannot be changed from one view to another. There are no alarm clocks or phones in rooms. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar on first floor, antiques shop in lobby. Wifi in public areas of first floor. Wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. Outdoor pool in season. Convenient free parking for guests. Directly across the street from the beachfront and a short walk to the main pedestrain mall and gourmet restaurants.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some have stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by season
Rates vary by season. Availability may be limited in June, August and September.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 12 - Origin of Holiday Traditions Lecture & Workshop/W...
Origin of Holiday Traditions Lecture & Workshop/Winery Field Trip, Holiday film and discussion/Holiday Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt or cold cereal. Toast basket available on request.

Morning: Most of the of the holiday traditions followed today got their start in the Victorian era. This richly illustrated slide lecture shows the origins of holiday traditions. The lecture is folowed by a hands-on workshop where you'll create your own Victorian-style ornaments. Includes all supplies and instruction booklet of Victorian holiday crafts.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Visit the Cape May Winery to learn about the winemaker's craft, from growing the vines, to harvesting, to blending the grapes. Followed by a tasting of these locally made wines. Trolley shutte transportation supplied to and from the Winery.

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: Victorian views of Dickens "A Christmas Carol." Enjoy a screening of a vintage version of Dickens' famous work and discuss the reflections of life during his times.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 13 - Final Class Meeting
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt or cold cereal. Toast basket available on request. Servers will take final count for box lunches.

Morning: Final class meeting to review final exam. A visit from America's March King and Cape May favorite, John Phillip Sousa. Diplomas will be distributed and evaluation forms collected. Opportunity for feedback with instructor/coordinator.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available at 10am for early departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535, Museum and center of local geneological history
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Cape May LighthouseMuseum of maritime history located in Cape May Point State Park
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871. Largest blooming garden in US.
For additional information, visit: www.leamingsrungardens.com
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Nature Center ofr Cape MayThe Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages.
For additional information, visit: www.njaudubon.org/Centers/NCCM/
Naval Air Station WildwoodAviation Museum PHONE (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

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