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Pennsylvania's Gardens: From Amish Charm to Longwood Sophistication

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for May 4 — May 9, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.

Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70 per person
Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Registrations and Orientation
Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.

Dinner: Retreat center dining room. Meet in lobby for instructions.

Evening: Black Rock information session and get acquainted time.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.

Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70 per person
Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Lecture about Amish and Mennonite History/ Amish ...
Lecture about Amish and Mennonite History/ Amish gardens/traditional Amish dinner hosted by Old Order Amish family

Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Professor Brinton will join us for a lecture detailing the history of the Amish and Mennonite culture.

Lunch: Delicious buffett lunch provided in our retreat center dining room.

Afternoon: Lancaster County guided excursion including stops at an Amish-Mennonite farm and bake shop and popular Kitchen Kettle Village.

Dinner: Traditional Amish meal hosted by Old Order Amish family.

Evening: Visit with Amish family and travel on beautiful country roads back to Black Rock Retreat.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

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

Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.

Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70 per person
Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur Museum and...
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Brandywine River Museum which features many Wyeth paintings

Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at lovely Winterthur Cafeteria.

Afternoon: Afternoon spent at Winterthur including free time to wander the gardens and woods and Winterthur Introductory tour

Dinner: Retreat Center Dining Room

Evening: PBS film - Amish: People of Preservation

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.

Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70 per person
Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - Lancaster County lecturers
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Amish/Mennonite lecture

Lunch: Retreat center dining room.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Retreat center dining room.

Evening: Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

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

Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.

Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $70 per person
Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 08 - Longwood Gardens - one of "must see gardens of th...
Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Longwood Gardens with guided tour

Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at Longwood Gardens The Terrace featuring a Cafe' or 1906 Fine Dining Room.

Afternoon: Free time to meander through the gardens.

Dinner: Retreat center dining room.

Evening: Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 09 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall.

Morning: Check out and wrap up session.

Lunch: Boxed lunch available at 10AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Quarryville, PA
General OverviewVarious attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre.
For additional information, visit: www.padutchcountry.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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