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4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 23, 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: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. The room assignments are made based on needs of the group and can't be changed from one view to another.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine 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 only stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Welcome Reception and Orientation
Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration in hotel lobby. 4PM: Registration for guest rooms. 5pm: Wine and cheese reception in dining room.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions, review of week's programs, orientation to hotel and area.

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: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. The room assignments are made based on needs of the group and can't be changed from one view to another.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine 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 only stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Field Trip to Cape May Point State Park Birding S...
Note: Field trip is rain or shine

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

Morning: Pre-breakfast field trip on beachfront in vicinity of hotel. Birding field trip to Cape May Point State Park, site of the world-famous Cape May Hawk Watch, where habitats include beach, dune, freshwater pond, marsh, field and coastal forest. Also includes a visit to the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Building Better Birding Skills: classroom session with naturalist Mark Garland to develop observation and identification techniques and use of optics. Birds and Birding at Cape May: a powerpoint presentation by leading experts on the ecology and history of birding of Cape May.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Hawks in Flight: a powerpoint program presented by Pat & Clay Sutton on techinques to improve your identification skills with raptors.

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: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. The room assignments are made based on needs of the group and can't be changed from one view to another.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine 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 only stall showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Field Trip to Cape May Point State Park Building ...
Field Trip to Cape May Point State Park Building Better Birding Skills Workshops

Note: Field trip is rain or shine

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

Morning: Field trip to Cape May Point State Park. Sights visited include the Hawk Watch platform and the nature trails in the park.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Field trip to various other Cape May birding hotspots including the South Cape May Meadows and the Beanery. Exact itinerary will be decided by naturalist Mark Garland based on where the best birding can be found.

Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu options including a vegetarian option.

Evening: Building Better Birding Skills Workshop: program focuses on using field guides and other techniques to identify various birds from photographs. Participants will work in small groups with instructor. This is an elaboration on Monday afternoon's workshop.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Magic & Mystique of Cape May lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Fruit, yogurt, toast basket available on request.

Morning: "Magic and Mystique of Cape May:" Powerpoint presentaiton highlighting the birding and ecology of Cape May and why so many birds come to Cape May each year. Graduation and evaluation.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871
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
Naval Air Station WildwoodAviation Museum PHONE (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

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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