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Program #21402RJ
8 Days | 7 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 Jun 8 — Jun 15, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features business and fitness centers

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable Television and telephone.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Program Registration and Welcome Dinner.
Afternoon: 3:30 - 5 p.m.: Hotel Rooms are available for check-in after 3:30 p.m. After checking in at the hotel front desk, check in at the Road Scholar program desk to receive your Welcome Packet.

Dinner: 5:45 p.m. Walk to Welcome Dinner near the hotel. Meet your fellow Road Scholars during dinner at "Uncle Nick's." Enjoy a taste of traditional Greek cuisine at a typical neighborhood eatery.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion is one of the most famous of New England’s historic inns, situated in the heart of charming Stockbridge village. Featuring state-of-the-industry amenities amid fine antiques and art, The Red Lion Inn offers outstanding cuisine by a James Beard House-featured chef who supports local farms, an award-winning wine list and four distinct dining experiences. The Red Lion is central to the Berkshires’ many arts attractions and outdoor recreation, and is just a few minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood.

Contact info:
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
phone: 413-298-5545
web: www.redlioninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, iron and ironing board, room service, bathrobe, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a pub with nightly entertainment; free Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop featuring local artisans, library, nightly turn-down service, laundry service, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services (limited). The Red Lion is a smoke-free facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - The Historic and Scenic Housatonic River Valley
Note: Porterage out of the New Yorker hotel to the motorcoach is not available. Please plan to bring your own luggage to the coach. Porterage into the Red Lion Inn is included. Travel by motorcoach, 130 miles with several stops en route to final destination; ascending and descending motorcoach steps. Short walks of less than 1 mile.

Breakfast: A voucher is provided for a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner, located just next to the hotel lobby. Choose from eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.

Morning: Depart NYC to Stockbridge, MA via the scenic Housatonic River Valley. En route, program orientation and participant introductions.

Lunch: At a pub in the heart of the charming Litchfield Hills.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: View the wooden lattice truss covered bridge in West Cornwall, then continue up the river valley to visit the oldest house still standing in the Berkshires, Ashley House in Sheffield, Massachusetts, a former center of political, economic, social life. The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. On a docent-led visit of the house, discuss slavery in the North, Revolutionary ideas and rhetoric as experienced by different members of household based on race, gender, age. Discuss the life and legacy of Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman, enslaved member of the household whose 1781 stand for freedom changed history. Continue to Stockbridge and check in at the historic Red Lion Inn on Stockbridge’s picturesque Main Street.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Relax in the rocking chairs on the inn’s front porch or stroll this quaint New England village.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion is one of the most famous of New England’s historic inns, situated in the heart of charming Stockbridge village. Featuring state-of-the-industry amenities amid fine antiques and art, The Red Lion Inn offers outstanding cuisine by a James Beard House-featured chef who supports local farms, an award-winning wine list and four distinct dining experiences. The Red Lion is central to the Berkshires’ many arts attractions and outdoor recreation, and is just a few minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood.

Contact info:
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
phone: 413-298-5545
web: www.redlioninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, iron and ironing board, room service, bathrobe, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a pub with nightly entertainment; free Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop featuring local artisans, library, nightly turn-down service, laundry service, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services (limited). The Red Lion is a smoke-free facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Settlement in the Berkshires and Famous Residents...
Note: Walking up to 1 mile during the course of each visit. Walking and standing in museums for up to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Missionaries and Mohicans and the settlement of Stockbridge: Begin your understanding of the Berkshires at Mission House to learn about the attempts between Mohicans and the English Missionaries to work together. FIELD TRIP: To the Norman Rockwell Museum complex. During an exclusive Road Scholar program, step behind the scenes with curators to discover the art and creative process of this influential visual communicator of the American 20th century. Explore the original paintings and enjoy a private look at Rockwell’s personal archive, from carefully directed photographic references to rarely-seen props, art supplies, and correspondence which will offer fresh insights into the world of this renowned artist. This interactive program will explore the deep links between imagery, culture, and history, inspiring consideration of the unique power of the artist as a commentator in his or her time.

Lunch: Box lunch at the museum.

Afternoon: Enjoy some time to examine the galleries at leisure. FIELD TRIP: Examine the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton at her home, The Mount. Designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, the house embodies her interests in the literary arts, interior design and decoration, garden and landscape design and the art of living outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). Explore the house and its beautiful formal gardens. One of America’s greatest writers. Wharton, (1862-1937) is the author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth. She wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and an honorary Doctorate from Yale University. Return to Stockbridge.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion is one of the most famous of New England’s historic inns, situated in the heart of charming Stockbridge village. Featuring state-of-the-industry amenities amid fine antiques and art, The Red Lion Inn offers outstanding cuisine by a James Beard House-featured chef who supports local farms, an award-winning wine list and four distinct dining experiences. The Red Lion is central to the Berkshires’ many arts attractions and outdoor recreation, and is just a few minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood.

Contact info:
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
phone: 413-298-5545
web: www.redlioninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, iron and ironing board, room service, bathrobe, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a pub with nightly entertainment; free Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop featuring local artisans, library, nightly turn-down service, laundry service, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services (limited). The Red Lion is a smoke-free facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Hancock Shaker Village
Note: Walking and standing for up to one mile / one hour over the course of the guided visit.

Breakfast:

Morning: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: At Hancock Shaker Village, explore the 1830 Brick Dwelling, the 1826 Round Stone Barn and other highlights with a docent, prior to its public opening hours. A LECTURE with an expert explains how Shaker communities “gathered”, their unique social structure and architecture, and how they differ from traditional New England settlements and villages.

Lunch: At leisure in the museum café, with included voucher.

Afternoon: After some time to explore more of the Hancock Shaker village at leisure, return to Stockbridge for some free time to stroll the historic Main Street or relax on the inn’s front porch.

Dinner: In the Red Lion Inn Main Dining Room, enjoy contemporary cuisine rooted in region’s history.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

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


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - From the Berkshires to the Hudson Valley
Note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles / 2 hours over the course of each visit. Travel by motorcoach, 100 miles over the course of the day with multiple stops en route; ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: In the same manner of the early settlers, turn westward to journey along Hudson River, the route that played a major role in the history of the nation and the trade empire that is New York today. FIELD TRIP: Discover Olana, the Moorish-style home Frederic Church, a landscape artist of major importance to the Hudson River School movement. The villa offers commanding views of the Hudson Valley, inspiration for the work of one of America’s foremost painters.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: Explore the early colonial history of the Hudson Valley on Historic Huguenot Street. Discover seven original stone houses dating to 1705, the colonial-era burial ground and a reconstructed 1705 French church, on a docent-led visit. Continue to Poughkeepsie.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: TBD Mid Hudson Valley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

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


Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Franklin D Roosevelt Home & Presidential Library ...
Franklin D Roosevelt Home & Presidential Library and Art at Vassar College

Note: Walking and standing for up to 2 miles / 2 hours over the course of the visits.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: On a docent-led exploration of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, experience the home where the 32nd president lived for the majority of his life. Walk the grounds were he was laid to rest, visit the Presidential Library and Museum.

Lunch: At the FDR Museum cafe.

Afternoon: At Vassar College’s art gallery, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, examine Hudson River School paintings, Old Master prints and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: TBD Mid Hudson Valley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hilton Pearl River, known as ‘The Chateau in The Country near The City,’ is reminiscent of a French chateau and surrounded by countryside, despite being only 20 minutes from New York City.

Contact info:
500 Veterans Memorial Drive
Pearl River, NY 10965-3209 USA
phone: 845-735-9000
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hilton-pearl-river-PRLBHHF/index.html

Room amenities: 150 rooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift , laundry service, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, whirlpool spa, sauna, ATM

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, June 14 - The Lower Hudson Valley’s Great Houses
Note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles over the course of the visits. Travel by motorcoach, ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart Poughkeepsie and travel to the Lower Hudson Valley. FIELD TRIP: Situated on a bluff overlooking the Hudson Valley sits the grand riverfront mansion of Boscobel. Explore the sumptuous interior, one of the finest collections of elegant Federal-period furnishings. Learn its history and how it came to its present location, history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and of the lives of the Dyckman family on a docent-led visit.

Lunch: Enjoy some free time for lunch on your own in the pretty village of Cold Spring, situated on the banks of the Hudson River. The historic Main Street preserves much of its 19th century character.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At the Union Church of Pontico Hills, marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. The design for the window was his last work of art before his death in 1954. Nine windows by Marc Chagall memorialize members of the Rockefeller family. Continue to Kykuit, the hilltop home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. FIELD TRIP: A docent-led visit explores the main house and a the lovely Inner Garden and West Terrace, with its splendid Hudson River views. Continue to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Pearl River

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, June 15 - Return to New York City for Departures
Note: Motorcoach transfer approximately 45-60 minutes from the hotel to New York City.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart on return transfer to New York City, with drop-off at Penn Station and the program start hotel, arriving at approximately 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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