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Blooming Mobile: Festival of Flowers, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Historic Houses

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Program #7426RJ
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 Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms..

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, amid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent tot he hotel (Parking fee $10 per day). Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar rate.
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Registration and Orientation/Dinner in the hotel/...
Afternoon: Registration and check-in to lodging at Admiral Semmes Hotel is from 4-5:30 PM. Orientation for the program week will be in the conference room in the hotel. University history and all handout materials (schedule, menus, field trips, etc.) will be discussed. Any questions about the schedule or the program will be answered at this time.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Each person will introduce themselves and tell something that might connect them to someone else in the group. There will also be time at the end to answer any new questions that may arise. (**Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather, instructor and class availability.)

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms..

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, amid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent tot he hotel (Parking fee $10 per day). Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar rate.
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - All meals served in the hotel/Morning classes in...
All meals served in the hotel/Morning classes include Bellingrath Gardens and Mobile History/Afternoon class on Bellingrath Gardens and Home/Evening class with an architectural historian.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Explore Bellingrath Gardens and Home in a class conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath. Dive into Mobile History! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: Continue your discussion on Bellingrath Gardens and Home in a class conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Enjoy a class with an architectural historian. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate. Topics may include churches, homes, and commercial buildings. Discover how details followed individual tastes and trends of the time.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms..

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, amid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent tot he hotel (Parking fee $10 per day). Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar rate.
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Breakfast and Dinner served in the hotel/Begin th...
Breakfast and Dinner served in the hotel/Begin the day with a class on Mobile History then take a field trip to explore the city of Mobile/Lunch at a local seafood restaurant/Field trip to Bellingrath Gardens/Evening class with architectural historian.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Dive into Mobile history! During a class with a local expert, discover the influence and contributions of Native Americans, Africans, Spanish, French, and British on our city. Learn about Mobile’s role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War II. Continue your classroom history discussion with the instructor as you roll through the streets for a guided bus tour of the Mobile area. View historic landmarks, beautiful 18th and 19th century homes, and majestic live oaks. Then, drive past the city’s port area where you will learn about the Mobile economy.

Lunch: Lunch served at a unique local seafood restaurant that has been serving seafood dishes to the Gulf Coast for over 70 years. Known far and wide for it's "Oysters- fried, stewed, or nude" Wintzell's Oyster House was founded in 1938 by Oliver Wintzell. You will enjoy the atmosphere and of course the food.

Afternoon: Tour one of A&E’s “American Castles” – Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Step back in time for a journey through the magnificent 15-room mansion. The home showcases its original collection of treasured antiques, furniture, silver, china, crystal, and cut glass. The exterior features handmade brick and ironwork from a landmark 19th century Mobile hotel. Nestled among beautiful live oaks, Spanish moss, and scenic Fowl River, the 65-acre gardens boast blooms every day of the year. During spring, enjoy azaleas, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, camellias, Japanese magnolias, ornamental kale and cabbage, foxglove, delphinium, violas and poppies.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Enjoy a class with an architectural historian. Learn about Mobile’s architecture in discussions surrounding 18th and 19th century styles including bungalow, Creole, Antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms..

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, amid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent tot he hotel (Parking fee $10 per day). Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar rate.
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Breakfast and dinner served in the hotel/Field Tr...
Breakfast and dinner served in the hotel/Field Trip to museum home and walking tour of historic district/Lunch on your own in downtown Mobile/Field trip to Museum home/Evening Class on Trees in Home Landscaping.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Take a field trip to explore one of Mobile’s antebellum museum homes. Delight in exhibits of beautiful period furniture, portraits, silver, china, jewelery, and much more. After your historic home adventure, meet a guide at Washington Square to begin your walking tour of the Oakleigh Garden District. This area became a fashionable residential neighborhood in 19th century Mobile. The Oakleigh Garden District is characterized by architectural details that followed individual tastes, including a mix of mansions set among modest cottages and simple houses. During your tour, identify architectural styles including bungalow, Creole, antebellum, Victorian, and Italianate.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Mobile. Choose from many delicious restaurants from pizza to Mediterranean, seafood to sushi. You might try down home southern style or fine dinning. Just make sure to stop by Three Georges candy shop or the Peanut shop for dessert.

Afternoon: Visit the Richards DAR house, furnished and administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Period House- Museum. Built in 1860, this handsome historic home, a Town House of the Italianate style, tells in superb architectural detail of fashionable life during Mobile's affluent antebellum days. The House is famous for its iron lace that lavishly decorates the front facade. While you're there, enjoy tea and cookies as you experience Mobile's true Southern hospitality.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: This evening bring your questions about trees in your own back yard. You will have an expert discuss what kinds of trees are great for you to plant and what will grow well in your climate.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balconied lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms..

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, amid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent tot he hotel (Parking fee $10 per day). Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask for Road Scholar rate.
Please make reservations in advance as the hotel may fill up before or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - All meals served in the hotel/Field trip to Festi...
All meals served in the hotel/Field trip to Festival of Flowers/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/Evening session

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Take a field trip to Mobile’s Festival of Flowers on the Providence Hospital campus. Arrayed under tent and sky with over 300,000 square feet of exhibits, this festival will enchant, entertain, and educate visitors. Come see why this event has been recognized in noted publications such as Mobile Bay Monthly, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Bank Travel Management, and even the British tourism magazine Essentially America. View beautiful displays of cut flowers, houseplants, landscapes, fountains, art, and much more. Other areas of interest include lawn equipment, garden decorations, and professional gardening seminars. This 8-acre celebration of southern beauty is a true feast for the senses!

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own. Take this afternoon to explore the local hot spots. Visit picturesque downtown Fairhope where you'll find shops, boutiques, cafés, art galleries and gift shops galore. The beaches, a short drive south, provide opportunities for souvenir shopping, beach combing, and relaxation! Make a trip to the causeway to sample the area’s finest cuisine – fresh gulf seafood. While you’re there, don’t miss the USS Alabama Battleship.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.

Evening: Enjoy a special presentation on Mobile’s famous Azalea Trail Maids. These fifty young women, selected from area high schools, wear traditional hooped antebellum dresses with pantaloons, gloves, and dainty umbrellas. The Azalea Trail Maids are true ambassadors of the city and exemplify Mobile’s southern charm. This class will definitely remain on your list of favorites for years to come! Bring your camera this evening.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Breakfast in the hotel/Check out and class on Her...
Breakfast in the hotel/Check out and class on Herb Gardening/Boxed lunch to go

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.

Morning: Check out of hotel. Spend time with a herb gardener. Learn about different herbs that you would enjoy growing at home. Instructor will explain how to preserve herbs to get the best flavor when you need to use them.

Lunch: Boxed lunch to take with you following class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Mobile, AL
Battleship USS Albama and the US DrumHistory meets heroism .. from World War II to Iraqui Freedom, at one of America's finest military parks, Here at the Battleship Memorial Park you will walk the decks of a mighty battleship. Go below in a World War II submarine. View cockpits of combat aircraft. You will also see tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. It is all here, all waiting to be discovered by you.
For additional information, visit: www.ussalabama.com
Bragg-Mitchell MansionCanopied by century-old live oak trees, "The Bragg" is a grand antebellum mansion. This beautiful example of southern elegance is furnished with fine antiques and exquisite draperies. The circular staircase, double parlors and lavish rooms with crystal chandeliers remind one of a time when hospitality was a way of life. Free parking.
For additional information, visit: www.braggmitchellmansion.com
Conde Charlotte Museum HouseMobile's first official jail, this circa 1822 Federal-style home has period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate, and American furnishings and decor.
For additional information, visit: www.condecharlottemuseum.com
Ft. Conde Museum and Welcome CenterCostumed guides lead tours, fire muskets and cannons, and take you back to the early days of Mobile's beginnings. The Welcome Center has interactive displays, videos and friendly people to help you get the most enjoyment out of your visit. Free Parking. This site is undergoing renovations and may not be available to visit, but the information center is open.

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