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The Siege of Charleston, Charleston Architecture, Lowcountry Traditions and Culture

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Program #15641RJ
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 Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is a large Harris Teeter grocery store within walking distance of the Retreat Center.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastalretreat.html

Room amenities: Each room has its own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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, September 21 - Registration and Greetings/Welcome and Orientatio...
Afternoon: Registration begins in retreat center lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival.

Dinner: Start your week of fine dining off with a delcious dinner. Participants may choose from two entrées for evening meals after the first day. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions!

Evening: Road Scholar host and resident manager offer you a warm Southern welcome, along with orientation to the retreat center and program schedule. Enjoy fellowship with other participants.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is a large Harris Teeter grocery store within walking distance of the Retreat Center.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastalretreat.html

Room amenities: Each room has its own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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, September 22 - Civil War and Architecture/Excursion to Historic ...
Civil War and Architecture/Excursion to Historic Charleston/The Gullah Experience

Breakfast: Hot and cold breakfast is available with fresh fruit, juices, hot tea and coffee.

Morning: Gain new insights from a Civil War historian and re-enactor wearing a different period uniform each day. Architectural historian will help you "see" colonial and antebellum homes with "new eyes."

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

Afternoon: Receive a comprehensive overview of historic Charleston by a licensed guide. Learn about The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and the Charleston Visitors Center, with rest stops at each of these sites. Group will also tour historic St. Michael's Episcopal Church at the famous "Four Corners of Law" in downtown Charleston. This excursion will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. All meals are eaten at the Coastal Retreat Center.

Evening: Discover the culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people, former enslaved West Africans who reside in the low country islands. Learn of the fascinating connection between the culture and rituals of West Africans and the Gullah people and how these connections still thrive today. You will also learn about the rice and indigo production in South Carolina and the significant role the slaves played in making SC one of the richest states before the Civil War. Also, you'll hear and discover the Gullah spoken language and how this Creole of English came into being.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

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

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is a large Harris Teeter grocery store within walking distance of the Retreat Center.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastalretreat.html

Room amenities: Each room has its own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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, September 23 - Civil War and Architecture/Free Afternoon/Gullah ...
Breakfast: Breakfast is available beginning at 8:00 with hot and cold items, hot coffee and tea and juices

Morning: You will find our Civil War historian passionate and knowledgeable. Next, continue your journey through Charleston Architecture with our humorous and engaging architectural historian.

Lunch: Our light lunches include soups, salads, sandwiches. Fruit available.

Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore the Charleston area. 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: Tonight we'll travel to nearby Sullivan's Restaurant on Sullivan's Island for dinner. Sullivan's is known for its exceptional seafood selection!

Evening: After dinner we usually show the film "God's Gonna Trouble the Water", a documentary by SC Educational Television that tells the story of the Gullah. The enslaved West Africans and their descendants, the Gullah people, inhabit the Sea Islands and the Lowcountry of SC and Georgia. Learn about the work to preserve the music and culture of this unique group of people.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

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

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is a large Harris Teeter grocery store within walking distance of the Retreat Center.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastalretreat.html

Room amenities: Each room has its own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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, September 24 - Civil War and Architecture/Architectural Walking ...
Civil War and Architecture/Architectural Walking Lecture/Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration/Dining at Sullivan's/Gullah Culture and Storytelling

Breakfast: 8:00 am. Breakfast. You can choose hot or cold breakfast, along with fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea.

Morning: Learn of the Civil War battles in South Carolina and their effect in the outcome of this war. Architectural historian discusses historic and cultural influences on architecture in Charleston. This guy is brilliant, and uses appropriate humor, so his topic is not dry but very interesting and enjoyable.

Lunch: Enjoy seasonal fruits along with delicious "deli" type sandwiches, salads.

Afternoon: Guided by an expert architectural historian, participants will walk for approximately an hour in the lower peninsula of Charleston viewing exteriors of elegant colonial and antebellum homes that attract visitors world-wide! See a Sweetgrass basket demonstration when you return to the retreat center. 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". Learn the history of sweetgrass baskets and See a basketmaker demonstrate this unique craft that was handed down from her parents. Baskets will be available for purchase.

Dinner: Enjoy another delicious meal upon your return to Coastal Retreat.

Evening: Hear the entertaining folklore of the Gullah/Geechee people from our animated and engaging Gullah Storyteller! You'll hear and participate in the tales passed down through Gullah generations with props and the Gullah Language. This storytelling presentation is sure to be both educational and entertaining!

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

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

Description: Coastal Retreat is operated by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. The center is situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean with public beach access. Enjoy the sea breeze on our outdoor covered deck, peruse the daily newspaper or play cards in our comfortable lounging areas. Indoors or out, you'll savor the unique escape that comes from this lowcountry beach retreat. Free parking provided for guests. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. The Isle of Palms is considered as prime real estate along the East Coast. There is a large Harris Teeter grocery store within walking distance of the Retreat Center.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastalretreat.html

Room amenities: Each room has its own private shower bath, along with individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There are also table top mini fridges in each room perfect for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided. Participants kindly make their beds upon arrival and strip them at departure. Fresh linens are available upon request throughout the week.

Facility amenities: Lounge areas are located on first and second floors. One television located in the lounge on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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, September 25 - Siege and Architecture/Visitation of the CSS Hunl...
Siege and Architecture/Visitation of the CSS Hunley/ "Graduation Celebration" with Entertainment and Ice Cream Bar

Breakfast: Breakfast, hot or cold, is always a great way to start your day!

Morning: Civil War presenter shares the fascinating story of the first successful submarine in history, the CSS Hunley. The Hunley's voyage was successful but the sub and crew never returned. Learn of the men, the mission, and the mission 136 years later to bring the vessel home. Architectural historian continues the story of Charleston's unique architecture.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch. Cookies always available.

Afternoon: The Confederate Submarine the CSS Hunley was raised August 8, 2000. It is currently being conserved at a Lab in North Charleston. We will be visiting the submarine and all the stories and artifacts that were found inside. Truly an amazing experience!

Dinner: Leave the cooking to us as we serve you up a delicious dinner!

Evening: A "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun and fellowship.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Civil War/Island Turtle Team/Lunch/Program Conclu...
Breakfast: The smell of fresh coffee gets most "sleepy heads" into the dining room.

Morning: Final presentation by Civil War expert. Then check out of rooms between 9:30 and 10:30 AM.. Return room keys and evaluations. All participants check out of rooms by 10:00 AM. For those using public transportation, a secure area is provided for luggage until your departure. The 10:30 AM class is a presentation by the Island Turtle Team who help protect the nests of the endangered loggerhead turtles. The Isle of Palms is one of the barrier islands of the SC Lowcountry. On these barrier islands the Loggerhead Turtles, one of five species of endangered Atlantic Sea Turtles, make their nests. Due to human development of the coastline, nesting areas are becoming more and more dangerous. The Island Turtle Team is a preservation team focused on protecting these endangered and adorable sea turtles. Enjoy this touching presentation and learn about the team's mission and experiences with adult and baby Loggerhead turtles!

Lunch: You may enjoy lunch in the dining room, or prepare a "To Go" box for your journey. "To Go" boxes not available until 11:30 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Historic Charleston SCCharleston charms about three million visitors a year, and is one of the top travel destinations in North America. Charleston is a world-class tourist destination, filled with elegant colonial and antebellum mansions. Significant Revolutionary and Civil War battles were won and lost here. Art, history, famous gardens, beaches, historic sites too numerous to mention, along with fabulous recreation opportunities, will draw your attention and capture your heart. You will have opportunity to pick up brochures at the retreat center or at tourist information at Charleston Visitors Bureau when our tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. You may also wish to explore the web for various free time suggestions. A good place to start is the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism agency at: www.scprt.com.
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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