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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

Deck the Halls: Christmas Traditions from Colonial Williamsburg to the James River Plantations

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Program #7045RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Dec 2 — Dec 7, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, December 02 - Welcome and Class/Program Overview
Afternoon: Check In and Welcome, Program Overview, and Participant Introductions.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Class: "Christmas at Jamestown" Discover the simple customs and observances of the very first Englishmen to celebrate this holy season in the New World.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, December 03 - Colonial Williamsburg/College of William & Mary, ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class: "Decking the Halls: Colonial Days and Ways" Learn about the materials and techniques that are used to create the incredible holiday decorations that you will observe in your walk later today. Class: "Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg", An introduction to the colonial town and its restoration, undertaken through the vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Excursion: "Visitor Center, Colonial Williamsburg and College of William and Mary Wren Building" First view one of the films highlighting the restoration or colonial life, then enjoy a guided walk down Duke of Gloucester Street to view the decorations, shops, homes, and public buildings. Finish with a visit to the 300 year old Wren Building of the College of William and Mary. Performance: "Christmas Caroling" A delightful performance of traditional holiday songs by the Christopher Wren Singers of the College of William and Mary

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Free Evening: Information will be given about activities that you can choose from to enjoy on your own.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, December 04 - Colonial Architecture/John D. Rockefeller's Willi...
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Class: "Plantation Architecture" An overview of the evolution of the manor houses and their dependent buildings from humble beginnings to the great mansions that graced the river banks in colonial times. Excursion: "Bassett Hall" Visit the beautifully restored home used by the Rockefellers on their visits to Williamsburg after they became involved in its restoration.

Lunch: Tavern lunch: Enjoy the ambiance of a reconstructed colonial tavern as you are entertained by strolling musicians and other engaging personalities from the past.

Afternoon: Free time to return to the Restored Area on your own to take a more in-depth look at your favorite sites or to visit some of the other historical sites in the area.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel

Evening: Free Evening. Information will be provided about activities that you can choose from to enjoy on your own.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, December 05 - 18th Century Religious & Secular Customs/Christma...
18th Century Religious & Secular Customs/Christmas through the Centuries/Antebellum Homes

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Class: "Eighteenth Century Religious and Secular Customs" An introduction to the traditions of the holiday season that would have been typical in towns and on the plantations of the colonial period. Observances across the social classes will be described. Class: "Eye Witness Perspective of Christmas in Williamsburg: 18th-21st Centuries" A continuation of the exploration of Christmas customs through the centuries to modern times through the eyes of the people living then.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Excursion: "Antebellum Plantations" First visit Endview Plantation, built before the Revolution, but interpreted during its pre-Civil War years. Then move on to the 1850's Lee Hall Mansion, with its unusual Italianate architecture. Both houses will be decorated for the Antebellum holidays.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Class: "Civil War Era Christmas Customs" In the midst of a terrible war, families continued to honor family traditions as best they could. Learn about the efforts that were made to maintain some measure of holiday normalcy despite shortages and missing family members.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, December 06 - Rare Colonial Instruments/James River Plantations
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Performance: "Colonial Instruments and Music" Enjoy the talents of a costumed musician as he plays and describes instruments of the period, both typical and delightfully unusual. Class: "James River Plantations: Urban vs. Rural" A comparison of the societies that existed in the towns and plantations of colonial Virginia. Consideration will be given to the lifestyles of the various classes of people found in the two situations.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Excursion: Participate in guided visits of Shirley Plantation, "Virginia's oldest James River plantation" and Berkeley, "the Most Historic", both decorated in anticipation of the holiday season. Time will be given at both sites for individual exploration. Holiday snacks & cookies will be served.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Performance: "African American Stories and Songs" Enjoy the wonderful tales and music of a talented entertainer as she provides the perspective of the slave families who combined their ancient African traditions with the customs of their masters.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, December 07 - Colonial Foodways/Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure in the hotel

Morning: Class: "Plantation Foodways" Learn about the foods, tools, and techniques of colonial cooks as you participate in the concoction of a simple but delicious dessert of the time. Final Farewells

Lunch: Box lunch available after class for trip home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownOur Road Scholar programs are filled with fascinating and informative classes, field trips, excursions and extracurricular activities. The day-by-day itinerary details what you will see and do. The schedule includes a free afternoon during the week to pursue your own interests; otherwise, there will be only a few hours of unstructured time per day. Because the Road Scholar schedule is so full, there will be little opportunity for independent exploration of other sites in the Williamsburg area. We suggest you consider taking time after the program concludes to enjoy local attractions. Visit our web page with links, sample schedules, hotels, web pages, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
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.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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