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Program #9482RJ
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.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Elevation Note
The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet in the Appalachian Mountains.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys.

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 19, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, ...
Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, join for a wine and cheese mixer to meet fellow Road Scholars. Enjoy dinner in Harvest Restaurant, and a brief orientation to prepare you for the week's adventure!

Afternoon: 4:00 pm - Check-in at lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Wine & cheese social to meet and greet fellow participants.

Dinner: 6:15 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.

Evening: 7:45 pm - Orientation.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - Start the week out with Oral Traditions, Storytel...
Start the week out with Oral Traditions, Storytelling and Ballads with Alice Kinder. Relax for the evening film showing of "Song Catcher".

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - breakfast available in hotel dining room.

Morning: 9:00 -11:30 am - "Oral Tradition" with Alice Kinder.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in HARVEST Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session is continued with Alice Kinder, "Storytelling and Ballads of the Appalachians".

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Showing of the film "Song Catcher".

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Join in a naturalist hike along the Lower Jungle ...
Join in a naturalist hike along the Lower Jungle Trail to explore flora and fauna of the mountain. Enjoy a free afternoon, and then an evening porch jam with local musicians featuring traditional Appalachian music.

Note: The naturalist hike is along a wide, gravel path along relatively flat terrain. Approximately 1.5 miles in distance.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast available in HARVEST Restaurant.

Morning: Introduction to Appalachian Poetry with Virginia Tech professor, Jeff Mann.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in HARVEST Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session continues, Appalachian Poetry with Jeff Mann.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Depart for a sunset hike along the Appalachian Trail at Wind Rock.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Spend the day discussing Appalachian poetry with ...
Spend the day discussing Appalachian poetry with Jeff Mann of Virginia Tech University. Enjoy a sunset hike to Wind Rock along the Appalachian trail during the evening.

Note: The sunset hike to Wind Rock is short, approximately 1/3 mile up to the overlook, and somewhat rocky.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast available in HARVEST Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Naturalist Hike

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 1:30 pm - Optional field trip to the Pearisburg Historical Society Museum Complex and tour. 25 minute drive from Mountain Lake.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in the dining room

Evening: 7:30 pm - Enjoy a "porch jam" session with local musicians featurning traditional Appalachian music and song.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Spend the morning on a driving tour of Giles Coun...
Spend the morning on a driving tour of Giles County, visiting three historic covered bridges in the area. An afternoon presentation on the area's local history and then Appalachian folktales in the evening.

Note: Transportation is provided for the morning driving tour.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast available in the dining room.

Morning: 9:00 am - 11:30 am - "Folk are Talking" and "Across the Pond: Links between Celtic & Appalachian Music" with the Matthews. v

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Local history and music with the Martin family.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Enjoy a traditional Appalachian meal at Mountain Lake. Help prepare your very own apple butter to take home with you!

Evening: 7:30 pm - Appalachian Folktales with Charles Lytton.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Experience the history and geology of Mountain La...
Experience the history and geology of Mountain Lake during a morning presentation and program wrap-up. Join for lunch in the restaurant before you departure.

Note: Lodge check-out is 11:00 am.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast in the dining room.

Morning: 9:00 am - Slideshow presentation: "The History of Mountain Lake and the Springs of Virginia". Followed by program wrap-up.

Lunch: 11:00 am - Check out of the Mountain Lake Hotel and departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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