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Coastal Christmas Splendor: Bellingrath Gardens and Historic Homes

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Program #13587RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 Dec 9 — Dec 12, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since its opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-423-8000
web: www.admrialsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please call in advance for before and after nights, as hotel does fill up.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, December 09 - Registration and Check-in/Dinner in the hotel/Int...
Afternoon: Check-in at the Admiral Semmes Hotel is at 3 PM. From 4-5:30 PM you can register with Road Scholar. From 5:30-6:00 PM orientation for the program week will be in the ballroom. University history and all handout materials (schedule, bios, menus, field trips, etc.) will be discussed. Any questions about the schedule or the program will be answered at this time. (Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather and instructor availability.)

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Introductions and questions answered in the classroom. Evening ends by 8:30 PM. (Schedule subject to change depending on weather and instructor availability.)

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since its opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-423-8000
web: www.admrialsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please call in advance for before and after nights, as hotel does fill up.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, December 10 - All meals served in the hotel/Morning classes on ...
All meals served in the hotel/Morning classes on Bellingrath and Architecture / Afternoon field trips to Richards DAR, Oakleigh, and Cox Deasy Museum Homes/Evening session with the Azalea Trail Maids

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two morning classes: Explore the lives of the Bellingraths and the development of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Discover little known facts about the Bellingraths and their home on Fowl River. Discuss, with the Bellingrath curator, the antiques, silver, china and other unique features of the home. The second class will explore Mobile's distinctive architecture with an Architectural historian. Discuss the various periods of architectural history in Mobile with examples of each.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel.

Afternoon: Take a Field trip to Richards DAR, Oakleigh, and Cox Deasy Museum Homes. Get a glimpse of gracious living in Mobile's Official Period House Museum, Oakleigh, circa 1833. This unique T-shaped Greek Revival mansion is furnished with fine period antiques, exquisite portraits, porcelains and silver. Oakleigh reflects opulent Mobile living when "Cotton was King." Other facilities that operate as part of Oakleigh Historic Complex are the Cook’s House, an 1850’s slave cabin located behind the main house, and the Cox-Deasy Cottage, an 1850s raised plantation house that interprets the middle-class lifestyle in 19th century Mobile. The second stop on this field trip is the Richards DAR House . This historic Italianate style Town House tells, in superb architectural detail, of fashionable life during Mobile's affluent ante-bellum days. The house is famous for its iron lace that lavishly decorates the front facade. Interior adornments of this spacious dwelling speak of the cultivated tastes of the time: magnificently carved Carrara marble mantels; in double parlors and reception hall, massive brass and bronze chandeliers, etched panes of bohemian glass frame the doorway. One of the largest crystal chandeliers in the city reflects in a French mirror over the mantel in the dining room. Furnishings are prior to 1870. Gracious southern hostesses serve tea and cookies during your visit to the Richards DAR Home.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel.

Evening: Spend the evening with Mobile's Ambassadors, the Azalea Trail Maids.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since its opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair cases, a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. An entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.

Contact info:
251 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-423-8000
web: www.admrialsemmeshotel.com

Room amenities: All accommodations feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.

Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.

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

Additional nights before: Ask for the Road Scholar rate
Please call in advance for before and after nights, as hotel does fill up.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, December 11 - Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Two morning cl...
Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Two morning classes on Hanukkah and Bellingrath/Lunch in the hotel/Field trip to Bellingrath Gardens/Dinner at Bellingrath Gardens/Lights of Bellingrath

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Two morning classes: In the first class you will explore, with a Rabbi, the customs and rituals involved with Hanukkah. The second class will continue your exploration of Bellingrath Gardens and Home before your visit to Bellingrath this afternoon.

Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time this afternoon before boarding the bus for the field trip to Bellingrath Gardens. Readers of "Southern Living" recently chose Bellingrath Gardens as one of the top three gardens in its annual Readers Choice Survey. Bellingrath Gardens offers visitors 65 acres of landscaped beauty among towering live-oaks draped in Spanish moss. The Bellingrath Home is the first in Alabama to appear on A&E's America's Castles.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the Garden Cafe at Bellingrath.

Evening: See Bellingrath Gardens and Home transformed into a winter wonderland with giant swans, charming toy soldiers, and millions of twinkling holiday lights. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this holiday display of glittering lights, Poinsettias and Mums. From the towering Poinsettia Tree in the Cafe to the 15 rooms of the Bellingrath Home every angle provides holiday beauty.

Lodging: Admiral Semmes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, December 12 - Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check out and ...
Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check out and Morning class on Holiday treats/Farewell lunch

Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Check out of hotel and Class on Holiday Treats! During a class with a local expert, discover some wonderful holiday treats that you can make at home. Come ready to sample these tasty treats.

Lunch: Farewell lunch served in the hotel or box lunch to go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Mobile, Alabama
Bellingrath Gardens and HomeReaders of "Southern Living" recently chose Bellingrath Gardens as one of the top three gardens in its annual Readers Choice Survey. In bloom every day of the year, Bellingrath Gardens offers visitors 65 acres of landscaped beauty among towering live-oaks draped in Spanish moss, The Bellingrath Home has been chosen as the first in Alabama to appear on A&E's popular "America's Castles" series. Enjoy a relaxing sight-seeing cruise aboard the Sourthern Bell River Cruiser on Fowl River. View surrounding estates and wildlife from climate controlled comfort.
For additional information, visit: www.bellingrathgardens.com
Bragg-Mitchell MansionCanopied by century-old live oak trees, "The Bragg" is a grand antebellum mansion. This beautiful example of southern elegance is furnished with fine antiques and exquisite draperies. The circular staircase, double parlors and lavish rooms with crystal chandeliers remind one of a time when hospitality was a way of life. Free Parking.
For additional information, visit: braggmitchellmansion.com
Conde Charlotte Museum HouseMobile's first official jail, this circa 1822 Federal-style home has period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate and American furnishings and decor.
For additional information, visit: www.condecharlottemuseum.com
Exploreum Science MuseumGulf Coast Exploreum, in downtown Mobile, features an IMAX theater. Exhibits offered in the past at the Exploreum include, The Dead Sea Scrolls, Mummy: The Inside Story, Pompei, The Dinosaurs, China. Call the exploreum for information about exhibits at 251-208-6873 or 877-625-4386
For additional information, visit: www.exploreum.net
Museum of MobileWalk through the historical Museum of Mobile and travel back into the history of the Gulf Coast's oldest city, once the third busiest port in the United States. Learn of the cultures long past but still contributing to Mobile's rich heritage. Discover artifacts from Native Americans, French, British and Spanish eras in Mobile and learn of the important contributions of Mobile's African-Americans. Discover the American origins of Mardi Gras, begun in Mobile.
For additional information, visit: www.museumofmobile.com
USS Alabama BattleshipBattleship park features the WWII USS Alabama Battleship. Also at the park are planes used in WWII and Vietnam, other aircraft and tanks, armored vehicles and much more.
For additional information, visit: www.ussalabama.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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