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A Cultural Christmas Feast in Historic Charleston

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Program #14327RJ
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.
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 Dec 15 — Dec 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The Coastal Retreat Center is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is a two-story brick building on the Isle of Palms, and is about 150 yards from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Bedrooms, dining room and classroom are all in the same building. The retreat center is just 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature and a popular beach destination. The island does not currently have a pharmacy or grocery store, but major shopping areas are located approximately five miles away on the mainland in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 has climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Clock radio, writing table, comfortable chairs, private shower bath. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas on first and second floors. One television with cable channels/DVD components available on each level in the lounge areas. Wireless internet connection available in first floor lounge and dining areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 15 - Registration/Official Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Registration begins at 4 p.m. in lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, and snacks are provided upon your arrival at the Coastal Retreat Center.

Dinner: Participants may choose from two entrees after the first day. Our catered meals receive rave reviews. Seafood is a specialty. Kindly let us know of dietary restrictions at time of your registration.

Evening: A warm Southern welcome awaits you at 7 p.m. when we will have orientation to our facility, the program schedule, and enjoy fellowship with other participants.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms/Charleston

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The Coastal Retreat Center is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is a two-story brick building on the Isle of Palms, and is about 150 yards from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Bedrooms, dining room and classroom are all in the same building. The retreat center is just 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature and a popular beach destination. The island does not currently have a pharmacy or grocery store, but major shopping areas are located approximately five miles away on the mainland in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 has climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Clock radio, writing table, comfortable chairs, private shower bath. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas on first and second floors. One television with cable channels/DVD components available on each level in the lounge areas. Wireless internet connection available in first floor lounge and dining areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 16 - Bus tour of Historic Charleston/ Architecure/ Mus...
Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast. Several copies of the local "Post and Courier," "USA Today," are available each morning. You may order a personal copy of a paper.

Morning: Two morning classes. At 8:30 a.m. Presentation on Charleston Architecture with an engaging architectural historian. At 10:30 a.m. we begin our program of History of Christmas Carols with a husband and wife duo providing an educational look at music as well as live performances! Half an hour break between classes.

Lunch: The lunch menu usually consists of soup, sandwiches, and salads, with fresh fruit always available.

Afternoon: A professional bus tour of the historic Charleston area departs at 1 p.m. from our center. There are stops at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, Charleston's oldest church building St. Michael's Epsicopal Church, and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Rest stops are included at these two locations. Enroute, licensed tour guides will give a comprehensive overview of historic Charleston and surrounding areas. This tour will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.

Dinner: All meals are eaten in the dining room of the Coastal Retreat Center.

Evening: We invite everyone down to the dining hall for a complimentary Wine Social. White and Red wine will be served along with non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice. Enjoy the company of your fellow travelers while you unwind from the day with a relaxing glass of wine.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms/Charleston

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

Description: The Coastal Retreat Center is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is a two-story brick building on the Isle of Palms, and is about 150 yards from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Bedrooms, dining room and classroom are all in the same building. The retreat center is just 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature and a popular beach destination. The island does not currently have a pharmacy or grocery store, but major shopping areas are located approximately five miles away on the mainland in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 has climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Clock radio, writing table, comfortable chairs, private shower bath. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas on first and second floors. One television with cable channels/DVD components available on each level in the lounge areas. Wireless internet connection available in first floor lounge and dining areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 17 - Explore Charleston!/Festival of Lights on James I...
Breakfast: Hot or cold breakfasts available, with fresh fruits, juices, hot coffee, tea, available.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. Historic Charleston Architecture, a preservation gem. 10:30 a.m. History of Christmas Carols, with professional musicians. Half hour break between classes.

Lunch: A light lunch is served.

Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore the Charleston area from 1-6 p.m. Take advantage of the many cultural offerings of Charleston, nearby plantations, or the beach across the street from the Retreat Center. The internet site "www.charlestoncvb.com" will preview many unique places to visit and things to do during your free time. At the visitors bureau on Monday afternoon you will find many brochures and booklets with a huge amount of helpful tourist information. Wireless internet connection is available in our dining and downstairs lounge areas.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Evening: Find the holiday magic in the millions of sparkling lights and hundreds of displays at the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island. The Festival includes an enchanted 3-mile driving tour, and there are exciting opportunities available including marshmallow roasts, two dazzling gift shops, carols, lakeside lights, walking trails, carousel rides, gingerbread houses, life-size greeting card display, and more! We will be departing from the retreat center for the Festival of Lights promptly following dinner.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms/Charleston

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

Description: The Coastal Retreat Center is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is a two-story brick building on the Isle of Palms, and is about 150 yards from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Bedrooms, dining room and classroom are all in the same building. The retreat center is just 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature and a popular beach destination. The island does not currently have a pharmacy or grocery store, but major shopping areas are located approximately five miles away on the mainland in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 has climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Clock radio, writing table, comfortable chairs, private shower bath. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas on first and second floors. One television with cable channels/DVD components available on each level in the lounge areas. Wireless internet connection available in first floor lounge and dining areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 18 - Architectural Walking Lecture of Historic Downtow...
Architectural Walking Lecture of Historic Downtown Homes/Dining on Sullivan's Island/Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. Continue your journey through Charleston Architecture with this morning presentation. At 10:30 a.m., musicians delight with their skill and knowledge of Christmas music through the ages.

Lunch: Lunch is served at 12 noon.

Afternoon: Guided by an expert architectural historian, participants will walk for approximately an hour in the lower peninsula of Charleston viewing the exteriors of elegant colonial and antebellum homes that draw visitors from around the world.

Dinner: Tonight we will travel to "Sullivan's" resturant on the neighboring island, Sullivan's Island. Here you will enjoy a variety of fresh seafood, poultry, steak, and lowcountry favorites.

Evening: Sweetgrass baskets are a major part of the history of the lowcountry. This craft came to the SC Lowcountry from the enslaved West Africans who used the baskets as tools for working in the rice fields. Today the baskets are elaborate works of art that have been deemed the SC "state craft". See a demonstration and narrative about these baskets. Baskets will be available for purchase.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms/Charleston

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

Description: The Coastal Retreat Center is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is a two-story brick building on the Isle of Palms, and is about 150 yards from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Bedrooms, dining room and classroom are all in the same building. The retreat center is just 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston, SC. Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature and a popular beach destination. The island does not currently have a pharmacy or grocery store, but major shopping areas are located approximately five miles away on the mainland in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 has climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Clock radio, writing table, comfortable chairs, private shower bath. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas on first and second floors. One television with cable channels/DVD components available on each level in the lounge areas. Wireless internet connection available in first floor lounge and dining areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 19 - Boone Hall Plantation/An evening of Charleston Th...
Breakfast: Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Musicians for one hour. Leave at 9:45 a.m. for holiday tour of Boone Hall Plantation. Boone Hall Plantation is one of America's Oldest working Plantations. You'll experience the holiday decorated plantation home, slave cabins, and exploring the grounds.

Lunch: 12 Noon lunch is served.

Afternoon: Free time will be provided this afternoon. You can choose to stay at the Boone Hall Plantation or explore Charleston on your own!

Dinner: Dinner is early today, at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: We will attend a 'Charleston Stage production' in a downtown Charleston theatre. Exact performance schedules are to be announced. Participants will be notified by mail about the title and content of the Theatrical production.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms/Charleston

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 20 - Presentation and Closing Concert/Lunch and Farewe...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. Morning presentations including an hour long Closing Music Concert by your Christmas Music instructors. You'll be sure to leave this program with a song in your heart! Check out of rooms per instructions of resident director.

Lunch: Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. "To Go" boxes available after 11:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Isle of Palms/Charleston
Historic CharlestonCheck the web site for the Charleston Area Convention and Vistors Bureau. There are many links from this web site that will give you a wealth of information about Historic Charleston, historic sites and recreation for your scheduled free time periods. If you plan to be in the area before and/or after the Road Scholar program week of your choice, the internet is a valuable resource for finding interesting things to do around Charleston.
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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