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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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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.
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Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 10, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Close to downtown Newport and other area attractions

Contact info:
855 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-848-7128
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, phones, micro wave ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, high speed internet, newspaper

Facility amenities: exercise room features cardiovascular and weight training equipment, Whirlpool, Daily Housekeeping On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, indoor pool, high speed internet

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - $229
Please call Hotel Reservations at 800-333-4121. Refer to the Road Scholar group for a 20% to 30% discount off of their rack rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 04 - Sunday, May 10 – Check-in and Registration / Welc...
Sunday, May 10 – Check-in and Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation

Afternoon: Check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: A delicious get acquainted buffet dinner is served at the hotel featuring three entrees, soup, salad, dessert and beverage.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to downtown Newport and other area attractions

Contact info:
855 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-848-7128
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, phones, micro wave ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, high speed internet, newspaper

Facility amenities: exercise room features cardiovascular and weight training equipment, Whirlpool, Daily Housekeeping On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, indoor pool, high speed internet

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - $229
Please call Hotel Reservations at 800-333-4121. Refer to the Road Scholar group for a 20% to 30% discount off of their rack rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 05 - Field trip to Kenyon’s Grist Mill OR Prescott Far...
Field trip to Kenyon’s Grist Mill OR Prescott Farms / Field Trip to Newport Vineyard / Ocean Drive

Note: Some walking at Newport Vineyard, standing up to an hour for presentations.

Breakfast: At the hotel. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee.

Morning: This morning we’ll visit Kenyon’s Grist Mill, a traditional family-run mill that processes locally grown grain, for a presentation on Johnny Cakes and a program on grist mills in Rhode Island. Try a Johnny Cake –a traditional cornmeal pancake – made from the Mill’s own authentic stone-ground cornmeal, and enjoy a guided exploration of the oldest manufacturing business in the state. OR This morning we will visit historic Prescott Farm. Enjoy a Johnny cake cooking demonstration, and try a Johnny cake yourself. NOTE: In May, June, and July we will visit the Kenyon Grist Mill, and in September and October we will visit Prescott Farm.

Lunch: Today we enjoy lunch overlooking the water. You will have a choice of delicious fish and chips or a grilled chicken sandwich served with a cup of Rhode Island Clam Chowder.

Afternoon: We will hop on the bus to explore Newport and head down Ocean Drive with a local historian. Ocean Drive is a ten mile long route along the coast featuring beautiful vistas of the ocean and historic mansions, and is also known as Ten Mile Drive or simply, the Drive. Please note: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT OFFER A VISIT TO A MANSION. Next, we will head to Newport Vineyards for a guided exploration of the vineyards followed by a wine tasting. Newport Vineyards was established in 1977, and takes advantage of a micro-climate ideal for producing complex flavors in wine.

Dinner: A three course dinner with a choice of entree is served this evening at the Atlantic Beach Club Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located overlooking Atlantic Marshes

Contact info:
Route One
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9611
Room amenities: Air conditioned, iron/iron board, cable television, refrigerators, phones

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, lawn croquet

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 06 - Transfer to Maine via Massachusetts / Green Meado...
Transfer to Maine via Massachusetts / Green Meadows Organic Farm / Maine Lobster Cruise / Maine Foods Lecture

Note: Walking up to a half mile on dirt and uneven surfaces at Green Meadows Organic Farm.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and board the bus to head north into the rest of New England. We’ll stop at Green Meadows Organic Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts, where we will enjoy a presentation on organic and CSA farming. Green Meadows raises organic produce as well as organic meats, poultry, and eggs, and is a family-run business owned by the family of WWII General George S. Patton.

Lunch: After learning about the farm, enjoy a choice of sandwiches made with Green Meadow’s own produce and other locally sourced products.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will re-board the bus and continue driving north to Maine. We will check into our hotel to rest and freshen up, then head to Kennebunkport for an afternoon lobster cruise with a local expert. Hop aboard an educational lobster pulling boat and learn about the industry as you watch the captain pull up the traps revealing the day's catch. Please note that this cruise occurs weather permitting; and if we are unable to board the boat the captain will still give us a presentation.

Dinner: At the historic Colony Hotel. You will have a choice of entree served with salad and dessert while enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Evening: Enjoy a discussion with a local food expert on Maine-made foods.

Lodging: Ogunquit River Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located overlooking Atlantic Marshes

Contact info:
Route One
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9611
Room amenities: Air conditioned, iron/iron board, cable television, refrigerators, phones

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, lawn croquet

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 07 - Exploration of Portland, Maine / Lobster Dinner
Breakfast: A limited breakfast buffet is included this morning at the hotel. Breakfast includes waffles, sausage, pastries, toast, cereal, yogurt, toast, juice and coffee.

Morning: This morning we meet with two local experts on the city of Portland. Our guide will take us on an exploration of this port city to learn about its history and its connection with the fishing industry. Our second presenter will speak more on the history of fishing and Casco Bay.

Lunch: At a Portland restaurant. Lunch features a cup of New England clam chowder and a traditional Maine lobster roll. This delicious classic consists of cold lobster salad served on a toasted hot dog bun.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit a local Maine gourmet food store for a talk and tasting of a variety of Maine food products.

Following the presentation you will have free time to explore Portland. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The city offers excellent cultural attractions, boat rides, train rides, and fantastic shops and restaurants. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Enjoy a fabulous traditional lobster dinner overlooking the ocean at the Sun and Surf Restaurant in York, Maine. Dinner includes New England clam chowder, mussels or clams, steamed lobster, baked potato, corn on the cob and dessert.

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: Ogunquit River Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Brandon Inn flanks the village green and is the center-piece of the charming, New England town of Brandon, Vermont.

Contact info:
Route 7
Brandon, VT 05733 USA
phone: 802-247-5766
web: www.brandoninn.com/

Room amenities: Bedrooms are large and elegant, individually decorated with period furniture and colonial wall-papers. All rooms have telephones, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning in season.

Facility amenities: A Queen Anne-style brick inn that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn has been here since 1786. The huge Victorian parlors on the main floor are accented with carved moldings and ornate pillars. There are two gilded floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a circular love seat, as well as comfortable seating for reading.

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

Bathroom: All rooms have private bathrooms. Some claw foot tubs, tub/showers, standard stand up showers

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, October 08 - Transfer to Vermont via New Hampshire / Flag Hill...
Transfer to Vermont via New Hampshire / Flag Hill Winery and Distillery / Goat Demonstration

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and board the bus for our first stop in Lee, New Hampshire. There, we will visit the Flag Hill Winery and Distillery for a presentation and tasting. Flag Hill is the largest winery in New Hampshire, and also produces high quality, locally sourced spirits. It’s five o’clock somewhere –enjoy samples of Flag Hill’s wine and spirits.

Lunch: We travel to the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, where we will enjoy a lunch of cheddar ale soup, sandwich, and a choice of beer at Vermont's oldest micro brewery.

Afternoon: Arrive and check in to the inn. After settling in, we’ll meet a local goat farmer and one of her goats at the inn for a milking demonstration and presentation on various goat-milk products. Enjoy delicious samples of cheese, yogurt, and milk. You may even get to try your hand at milking!

Dinner: In the main dining room of the inn. Enjoy a delicious three course dinner with a choice of entree.

Evening: Get ready to play Bingo with your favorite New England food products as prizes.

Lodging: Brandon Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The historic Brandon Inn flanks the village green and is the center-piece of the charming, New England town of Brandon, Vermont.

Contact info:
Route 7
Brandon, VT 05733 USA
phone: 802-247-5766
web: www.brandoninn.com/

Room amenities: Bedrooms are large and elegant, individually decorated with period furniture and colonial wall-papers. All rooms have telephones, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning in season.

Facility amenities: A Queen Anne-style brick inn that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn has been here since 1786. The huge Victorian parlors on the main floor are accented with carved moldings and ornate pillars. There are two gilded floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a circular love seat, as well as comfortable seating for reading.

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

Bathroom: All rooms have private bathrooms. Some claw foot tubs, tub/showers, standard stand up showers

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, October 09 - Cold Hollow Cider Mill / Ben & Jerry's / Morse Su...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the inn. Enjoy a buffet breakfast including hot entrees, pastries, bagels, yogurt, homemade granola, juice and coffee.

Morning: We travel to Waterbury, Vermont for a presentation at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn how apples are pressed into cider, and see the behind the scenes process “from tree to bottle” in action.

Lunch: At the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Enjoy a choice of sandwiches or a salad, cider doughnuts, and fresh apple cider.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will travel to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, where we will enjoy a tour of the factory ending with a delicious sampling of their ice cream. Then, we will travel to Morse Sugar Farm. Here we will learn about the maple sugaring process, and you will get to try traditional sugar-on-snow –no New England winter required.

Dinner: A fabulous farewell dinner is served in the main dining room. You will have a choice of entree, served with salad and dessert.

Evening: Enjoy light entertainment in the living room of the inn.

Lodging: Brandon Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 10 - Transfer to TF Green Airport and Holiday Inn Expr...
Transfer to TF Green Airport and Holiday Inn Express Middletown / Vermont Country Store / Farewells and Departures

Breakfast: At the inn.

Morning: Check out of the inn and board the bus to start our journey south. We’ll visit the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham where you will enjoy samples of many of Vermont's fine foods, and can purchase your favorites to bring home with you. We will then continue on to Rhode Island for drop off at the TF Green Airport in Providence and independent departures from Newport hotel.

Lunch: A picnic lunch prepared by the Brandon Inn will be served along our journey to Rhode Island.

Afternoon: We will drop off at the TF Green Airport in Providence at around 1:30 PM and then at the Holiday Inn Express at 2:30 PM for departures. Please do not make plane reservations before 3:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Middletown/Newport, RI
Discover New EnglandAn excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state.
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org
Ogunquit, ME
Discover New EnglandAn excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state.
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org
Brandon, VT
Discover New EnglandAn excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state.
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org

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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6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
1 Performances

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