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WEST SWANZEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

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Program #10551RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Arrival/Check-In/Registration Opening Dinner & P...
Note: Arrival/Check-In/Registration/Dinner and Orientation

Afternoon: Check-in and Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge - Office. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. Coffee and snacks, 3:30-5:00 p.m

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option, plus coffee, tea and dessert.

Evening: Orientation, 7:15 p.m. We begin with introductions, then review the schedule, covers responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Close the day with a light snack, conversation, board games, TV in the dining and fireside room.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - History lecture about the Monadnock region and co...
History lecture about the Monadnock region and covered bridges of Cheshire County. Opportunities for Boat rides and hiking

Note: Boat rides, canoeing, on Swanzey Lake and an expert led hike will be available. Other options will include golf, tennis, reading

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice..

Morning: Morning class will begin at 9:00 am with a lecture by the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. on the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a power point presentation on the covered bridges of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free or special vegetarian is available upon request.

Afternoon: The afternoon will begin with a half hour lecture about Swanzey Lake and the terrain by a neighbor who will then lead a hike either to the Beaver Pond or to the vista on top of the hill for great pictures - weather permitting. Boat rides on Swanzey Lake will be offered as well as opportunities to enjoy canoeing, golf, tennis or hanging out

Dinner: Dinner, will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary needs are available upon request.

Evening: An outstanding baritone will present an evening of music for the soul featuring a the great baritones of the ages along with his own life story.

Evening: The day will close with a light snack, conversation, board games, making a puzzle, reading, watching TV to close the day.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines

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

Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - History of the region, Music for the soul, Covere...
History of the region, Music for the soul, Covered bridge tour, Two Fiddles

Note: Classes on history and music followed by a maxi-van tour of the covered bridges followed by music and dance of NH

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread to toast, scramble eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Our first class of the day at 9:00 am will continue presenting the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a second presentation on outstanding baritones through the ages.

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, chicken sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks. Our professional chefs are always available to prepare alternative menu requests.

Afternoon: Our expert instructor will lead a tour using maxi-vans to the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County In the late afternoon, Music and Dance of NH will be led by Two Fiddles, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman of Canterbury, NH. Dudley received the National Folk award for being a keeper of the stories, music and dance of Monadnock region.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Gluten free menu is available upon request.

Evening: After dinner,Music and Dance of NH will continue led by the Two Fiddles. A light snack, conversation, board games, building a puzzle, TV, will be available to close the day.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines

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

Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - "Leaf Peeping" by Tour bus. Served lunch will be...
"Leaf Peeping" by Tour bus. Served lunch will be at a restaurant and place to be determined by autumn tapestry.

Note: Tour by bus today for "leaf peeping" and picture taking. Day will include lunch in a restaurant and limited walking.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit, yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: You are invited to board a tour bus for a full day of 'leaf peeping" and picture taking. Our destination for the day will be determined by the leaf season. The day will include a served lunch at a restaurant, a visit to the special site of St Gauden's Gardens, and enjoy the beautiful tapestry along the journey.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm at a nice restaurant on tour

Afternoon: Our "leaf peeping" Tour continues for the afternoon, returning to Pilgrim Pines in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Tonight will feature a lighter fare since our bigger meal was at noon. Tonight, soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert will help us conclude this incredible day of beauty.

Evening: After dinner, Music for the Soul will feature a genre of musical styles presented by professional musicians. A light snack, conversation, and activities of your choice will be available to close this day.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines

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

Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere

Contact info:
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Field trip to historic towns of Nelson and Harris...
Field trip to historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville and opportunities to visit Cathedral of the Pines or Keene, NH

Note: Field trip to Nelson and Harrisville featuring a guided tour of these historic towns.

Breakfast: A fantastic full buffet breakfast awaits you in the Mayflower Dining Room. Served from 8:00-8:45 am. .

Morning: Our morning will begin with a third lecture about the history of the Monadnock region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. After the break we will board maxi-vans for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. When we arrive at Nelson, a guided tour will be given along with the history of the town by Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Box Lunches will be served at 12:30 pm in the historic dance hall of Nelson, NH.

Afternoon: After lunch we will board the maxi-vans for a short trip to the historic mill town of Harrisville. Once again, Alan Rumrill will lead a guided tour. The afternoon will conclude with opportunity to visit Cathedral of the Pines, or to Keene, NH or return to the campus.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. It will feature a full buffet menu and salad bar.

Evening: To close our week together, participants will be invited to participate in a Homespun event where they will have the opportunity to share their story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.

Evening: 7:30 pm Participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.

Lodging: Pilgrim Pines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Music for the soul/check-out of rooms/wrap-up ses...
Music for the soul/check-out of rooms/wrap-up session and farewell luncheon

Note: Check-out of rooms and opportunity to say thank you and farewell at luncheon

Breakfast: A full buffet breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:30 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. The buffet will feature omelette's and the specialty of the house, baked oatmeal. We save the best for the last morning.

Morning: We will begin our morning with power point presentation of covered bridges around the USA/World. In the middle of the morning you will be asked to check-out of your room to give our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group. Gathering informally around a cup of coffee we will unwrap the week, sharing stories/pictures and what we have learned.

Lunch: Our Farewell Luncheon will be served buffet style at 12:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. Box lunches will be available upon request for anyone who needs to leave at an earlier time. We hope you have enjoyed our celebration of the autumn tapestry and history of southwestern New Hampshire and hope you will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys and we encourage you to keep on Road Scholaring, wherever it may take you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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West Swanzey
New Hampshire Division of Travel and TourismState of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665
For additional information, visit: www.visitnh.gov/

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
7 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
4 Performances

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4.5
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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