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Program #13779RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
50 feet above sea level

Equipment Requirements
It is expected that most participants will bring their own bicycles and helmets. If not, a limited number of bicycles and helmets are available for rent. Participants can rent either hybrid or road bikes for $100 for the week. Contact Mr. Harris at Bike New England to reserve a bike for rental, (978) 979-6598 or bikenewengland@yahoo.com.

Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: There are two bed and breakfasts used for this program. The Robert Jordan House Circa 1863 (aka the Ipswich Bed and Breakfast) is an extraordinary Victorian home with fine Italianate detail. It sits on nearly an acre of terraced perennial gardens with walkways through the property designed to create a tranquil atmosphere. All bedrooms have a private bath, TV., queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Contact the Ipswich B&B at (978) 356-2431, or visit their website at www.ipswichbedbreakfast.com. The Kaede B&B at Town Hill was built in 1850 and formerly known as the Coburn House, the Kaede B&B is located in a nationally registered historic district overlooking Ipswich center. They are steps from the Choate Bridge, considered one of the oldest stone arch bridges in the country, and minutes from Crane Beach. Contact the Kaede B&B at Town Hill at (978) 356-8000, or visit their website at www.kaedebb.com.

Contact info:
2 East St or 16 North Main St
Ipswich, MA 01938 USA
phone: 978-356-2431 xor9783568000
Room amenities: Ipswich B&B- All rooms have a private bath, TV, queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Kaede B&B- All rooms feature brass beds and comfortable mattresses, private baths, 5 have fireplaces (decorative only).

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

Additional nights before: Call B&B for pricing/booking.
Please contact Ipswich Inn or Kaede B&B to book additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Welcome and registration/Orientation/ Optional ri...
Note: Optional Ride (10 miles)

Arrive To: Arrive on Sunday afternoon and check in at your designated Inn. You will receive a call from the Road Scholar Boston Coordinator prior to the program, letting you know which Inn you have been assigned to. Everyone is to meet at the Ipswich Inn by 4:00 pm. Get bikes fitted and checked. We'll take a short optional ride to Jeffrey's Neck. Crossing the Great Salt Marsh, enjoy a spectacular view of Plum Island, Cape Ann and the Atlantic.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner together

Evening: Orientation will include introductions and an informal talk about the Ipswich area and the upcoming week's program.

Lodging: Ipswich B&B or Kaede B&B at Town Hill

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: There are two bed and breakfasts used for this program. The Robert Jordan House Circa 1863 (aka the Ipswich Bed and Breakfast) is an extraordinary Victorian home with fine Italianate detail. It sits on nearly an acre of terraced perennial gardens with walkways through the property designed to create a tranquil atmosphere. All bedrooms have a private bath, TV., queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Contact the Ipswich B&B at (978) 356-2431, or visit their website at www.ipswichbedbreakfast.com. The Kaede B&B at Town Hill was built in 1850 and formerly known as the Coburn House, the Kaede B&B is located in a nationally registered historic district overlooking Ipswich center. They are steps from the Choate Bridge, considered one of the oldest stone arch bridges in the country, and minutes from Crane Beach. Contact the Kaede B&B at Town Hill at (978) 356-8000, or visit their website at www.kaedebb.com.

Contact info:
2 East St or 16 North Main St
Ipswich, MA 01938 USA
phone: 978-356-2431 xor9783568000
Room amenities: Ipswich B&B- All rooms have a private bath, TV, queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Kaede B&B- All rooms feature brass beds and comfortable mattresses, private baths, 5 have fireplaces (decorative only).

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

Additional nights before: Call B&B for pricing/booking.
Please contact Ipswich Inn or Kaede B&B to book additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Historic Salem
Note: Today's ride is 32 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy homemade breakfast at the B&B.

Morning: After breakfast at the inns, we head out past scenic meadows on an easy ride through neighboring Hamilton. Crossing the harbor to historic Salem, we stop for a break at the Salem Visitors Center, run by the National Park Service.

Lunch: Lunch in Salem

Afternoon: After lunch, we spend a couple of hours in town so that you have the chance to visit the Salem Witch Museum, the House of Seven Gables or the Salem Maritime National Historic Site! Our return takes us through historic downtown Beverly and Hamilton and past scenic Appleton Farm.

Dinner: Dinner in Ipswich.

Evening: This evening enjoy an interpretive visit to the Ipswich Riverwalk Mural by artist Alan Pearsall. Learn more about the history of Ipswich during this beautiful and relaxing walk.

Lodging: Ipswich B&B or Kaede B&B at Town Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: There are two bed and breakfasts used for this program. The Robert Jordan House Circa 1863 (aka the Ipswich Bed and Breakfast) is an extraordinary Victorian home with fine Italianate detail. It sits on nearly an acre of terraced perennial gardens with walkways through the property designed to create a tranquil atmosphere. All bedrooms have a private bath, TV., queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Contact the Ipswich B&B at (978) 356-2431, or visit their website at www.ipswichbedbreakfast.com. The Kaede B&B at Town Hill was built in 1850 and formerly known as the Coburn House, the Kaede B&B is located in a nationally registered historic district overlooking Ipswich center. They are steps from the Choate Bridge, considered one of the oldest stone arch bridges in the country, and minutes from Crane Beach. Contact the Kaede B&B at Town Hill at (978) 356-8000, or visit their website at www.kaedebb.com.

Contact info:
2 East St or 16 North Main St
Ipswich, MA 01938 USA
phone: 978-356-2431 xor9783568000
Room amenities: Ipswich B&B- All rooms have a private bath, TV, queen beds and air conditioning. All are recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Kaede B&B- All rooms feature brass beds and comfortable mattresses, private baths, 5 have fireplaces (decorative only).

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

Additional nights before: Call B&B for pricing/booking.
Please contact Ipswich Inn or Kaede B&B to book additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Manchester by the Sea/Cape Ann
Note: Today's ride is 35 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy homemade breakfast at the B&B.

Morning: Today's 35 mile ride takes us along the wooded back roads until we reach Manchester by the Sea on Cape Ann. After a short break, we'll continue along the rocky Atlantic shoreline in tiny Magnolia.

Lunch: Lunch at Lobsta Land in West Gloucester.

Afternoon: Long distance cyclists may wish to continue to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester to view the Fisherman's memorial statues along the waterfront. After lunch, our route circles back past glacial erratics and through the salt marsh to historic Essex, one of colonial America's first ship-building towns. Essex has over thirty antique shops within a mile of each other, all housed in antique buildings.

Dinner: Dinner in Essex

Evening: Enjoy a presentation and slide show by Bill Sargent, naturalist.

Lodging: Ipswich B&B or Kaede B&B at Town Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Essex Street Inn and Suites is a charming, historic Inn nestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Contact info:
7 Essex St
Newburyport, MA USA
phone: 978-465-3148
web: http://www.essexstreetinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: For the comfort and convenience of each guest, all rooms and suites feature private baths, high speed internet/wi-fi, air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryers, coffee pots, as well as other personal amenities that make each room truly your “home away from home”.

Facility amenities: The Essex Street Inn and Suites also has a cozy breakfast room, complete with fresh-brewed coffees and teas, homemade muffins and pastries, jams, and the morning paper!

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

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call the Road Scholar Boston Office for more details, 617-521-5373.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Ipswich River Ride Through Essex National Heritag...
Ipswich River Ride Through Essex National Heritage Area/Topsfield/Crane Beach/ Transfer to Newburyport

Note: Today's ride is 20-25 miles with a free late afternoon in Newburyport.

Breakfast: Enjoy homemade breakfast at the B&B.

Morning: Once we check out of the inn, we'll ride some of our favorite scenic roads in the Essex Natural Heritage Area, passing through beautiful preserved lands owned by the Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts Audubon, and the Massachusetts park system. After turning on to stone-walled Waldingfield Road, we'll enjoy an easy ride on the paved path through Bradley Palmer State Park.

Lunch: Lunch is not included but your Program Leader will make some excellent recommendations for lunch restaurants in Ipswich.

Afternoon: After lunch participants may wish to cycle 5 miles out to Crane Beach. Then we will depart 15 miles to our second accommodation in Newburyport, a gorgeous, small city on the Merrimack River. Once you are settled, you will have the chance to explore this on your own!

Dinner: Dinner on own

Evening: Free evening to rest or go to the optional basic bicycle tune up and repair workshop with your tour guide.

Lodging: The Essex St Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Inn

Description: The Essex Street Inn and Suites is a charming, historic Inn nestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Contact info:
7 Essex St
Newburyport, MA USA
phone: 978-465-3148
web: http://www.essexstreetinn.com/index.html

Room amenities: For the comfort and convenience of each guest, all rooms and suites feature private baths, high speed internet/wi-fi, air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryers, coffee pots, as well as other personal amenities that make each room truly your “home away from home”.

Facility amenities: The Essex Street Inn and Suites also has a cozy breakfast room, complete with fresh-brewed coffees and teas, homemade muffins and pastries, jams, and the morning paper!

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

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call the Road Scholar Boston Office for more details, 617-521-5373.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - The Merrimack River/The Great Salt Marsh/ Free Ev...
Note: Morning ride: 23 miles. Afternoon ride: 10 miles

Breakfast: Enjoy homemade breakfast at the B&B.

Morning: This morning's 23 mile ride takes us on the Clipper City Rail Trail, past the Artichoke Reservoirs and along the Merrimack River to West Newbury. We cross the historic Rocks Village Bridge and return along the north side of the river in Amesbury. Crossing the river again at the Chain Bridge, we ride past elegant Federal era homes on High Street back to downtown Newburyport for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at downtown Newburyport

Afternoon: This 10 mile ride takes us through historic neighborhoods to the South Green in Newbury. Along the way we pass the Sweet-Ilsley House circa 1670 and the Spencer-Little Farm, built in the late 17th Century. We continue past Old Town Hill into the heart of the Great Salt Marsh before returning to town. The 24 mile route goes to West Newbury and includes a few miles along the river. The 15 mile route skips West Newbury and the river ride.

Dinner: Dinner in Newburyport with a free evening and/or leisurely walk through historic neighborhoods of Newburyport!

Lodging: The Essex St Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Plum Island/Parker River Wildlife Refuge
Note: Today's ride is 16 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy homemade breakfast at the B&B.

Morning: We'll head out a little earlier this morning for a scenic 16 mile ride that takes us out to America's first national seashore. We make a brief stop at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center on our return to the inn, in time for 11:00 am checkout and departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ipswich, MA
Free afternoonOn day 4 there is a free afternoon, when there are many, many options. Right in Ipswich is beautiful 4 1/2 mile long Crane Beach, several hundred acres of walking trails through the properties owned by the Trustees of Reservations (Appleton Farms, the Crane Estate, Greenwood Farm), hiking and biking trails along the Bay Circuit Trail, Willowdale State Forest, Bradley Palmer State Park, Strawberry Hill, and a number of trails in the Essex County Greenbelt; three historic houses to visit; the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary; canoeing on the Ipswich River. Very close to Ipswich are all the beautiful and interesting towns of Boston's North Shore: Gloucester, Salem, Rockport, Newburyport, Beverly, Danvers, etc. Boston is just a 53 minute train ride away. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a 35 minute drive and Maine is just an hour away.

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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