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Program #9113RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Apr 13 — Apr 16, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning. Cable TV with HBO, Telephone with voice mail and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-8:00pm, but reservations are needed. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the area fitness center, ACAC, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily newspaper provided. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 13 - Arrival, Introductions, Overview
Afternoon: Registration and hotel check in Introductions and overview

Dinner: Dinner is served in the spacious Windsor Room, presented by Simply Delicious Catering, featuring the freshest ingredients available. The remaining dinners for the week will be served in this same venue.

Evening: Class: "Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe", an introduction to the three presidents, their friendship, and the world of the early American republic.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning. Cable TV with HBO, Telephone with voice mail and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-8:00pm, but reservations are needed. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the area fitness center, ACAC, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily newspaper provided. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 14 - University of Virginia, Monticello
Note: The field trip to UVA includes an extended walk on the Grounds which are terraced with steps between levels. Participants who do not want to negotiate the steps can enjoy the small museum in the Rotunda until the walk concludes. Monticello is on the top of a steep hill, reached by a trolley ride. The house is accessible, but parts of the grounds are steep and/or reached only by long stairs. Participants can select those areas where they will be comfortable during the independent time.

Breakfast: Start you day with a generous buffet breakfast provided by the English Inn in the Windsor Room.

Morning: Class: "A Society to Our Taste", An investigation of the culture of the Virginia landed gentry, based on breeding and education, and how the three presidential neighbors represented that society which dominated life in both the colonial and early federal periods. Field Trip: The University of Virginia---Enjoy a guided excursion of Jefferson's "Academical Village" as you walk through the Grounds, visiting the Rotunda and the Lawn, both designed by Jefferson. Learn how the layout of the buildings reflected and supported Jefferson's view of education in the new republic.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch with sandwich, water, fresh fruit salad, choice of potato or pasta salad and a brownie at the Café. You can choose indoor seating or outdoor seating on the Café Terrace and Woodland Terrace, a wooden deck offering views of the surrounding forest.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. The afternoon begins at the new visitor center followed by a guided walk through the magnificent mansion where you will glimpse the genius of Jefferson through the architecture he employed and the many innovative gadgets that he devised. There will also be free time to explore the extensive ornamental and kitchen gardens and the Jefferson family cemetery.

Dinner: Dinner is again served by Simply Delicious in the Windsor Room.

Evening: Class: "James Monroe: Insights", an intimate look at our fifth president, last of the early Virginia presidents and perhaps the least well-known.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning. Cable TV with HBO, Telephone with voice mail and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-8:00pm, but reservations are needed. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the area fitness center, ACAC, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily newspaper provided. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 15 - Montpelier, Ashlawn-Highland
Note: This day is jam-packed with activities and requires stamina. Both historic houses are located in hilly terrain, but participants can easily adjust the amount of walking they do around the grounds. The second floor of Montpelier is optional and those finding the grounds too tiring can enjoy the Education Center instead. At Ashlawn Highland there is a short staircase that can be avoided by going outside and coming in another door.

Breakfast: Breakfast will again be buffet style in the Windsor Room

Morning: Class: "Madison, Montpelier, and Constitution-Making", Often referred to as the Father of the Constitution, Madison was a small man with huge ideas. The history of his impressive home adds to the appeal of this president. Field Trip: Montpelier, home of James and Dolly Madison. Witness firsthand the painstaking restoration recently completed in this historic home on a guided exploration, then investigate on your own the gardens, Education Center, and new Visitor Center.

Lunch: Eat a delicious box lunch, including sandwich, water, fruit, chips, and cookie, in the Visitor Center’s Courtyard Café adjacent to the DuPont Gallery.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Monroe, Discover how the house has evolved through the centuries, reflecting the needs and tastes of its different owners. Stroll the grounds to see the gardens and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Dinner: Dinner is again served by Simply Delicious in the Windsor Room.

Evening: Evening Entertainment: "An Evening of Music", authentic music of the early years of the American republic, played on period style instruments

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, April 16 - Historical Visitor
Breakfast: Breakfast will again be buffet style in the Windsor Room

Morning: Class: "Silent Voices: Women, Slaves, and Free People of Color" Discover the large part of the early American population rarely referred to in the history books. This revealing discussion gives voice to the women who stood beside the men and the African Americans, slave and free, whose labors supported the landed gentry of the late colonial and early republican United States. Performance: A special visit with President James Monroe, Meet the Virginia gentleman himself and hear him describe his life and offer his opinions. Conclusion and Farewells: Program ends in mid-morning with time to check out and make individual arrangements for lunch before starting home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Charlottesville
Historic CharlottesvilleYour program will be filled with lectures, field trips, and other activities, so free time will be very limited, especially in this "Snapshot" Road Scholar. Consider staying an extra day or two before or after the program to explore all that the Charlottesville area has to offer, including vineyards, museums, downtown historic district, nearby historical sites, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Historical sites often have special programs on the weekends that you could enjoy by arriving early. Check their websites for calendars of events. Visit our web site for ideas and links.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/elderhostel

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances

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