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Walking Massachusetts’ Coast: Nature and Colonial History

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a short walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Arrival at hotel and Road Scholar Registration, W...
Afternoon: 3-5 pm hotel and Road Scholar registration. Welcome and general motel information and an introduction to tour leaders. Dinner to immediately follow.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: A closer look at the week's program and an opportunity for the group to make introductions

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a short walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - Explore Historic Salem during a walking tour and ...
Explore Historic Salem during a walking tour and visit to the old Custom House.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a walk along historic streets with a Salem historian. We’ll walk along the most beautiful street in Salem, High Street, with its elegant sea captains’ mansions. We’ll walk by the memorial to the 1692 Witchcraft Trails victims and hear the true story of this sad chapter in American history.

Lunch: Lunch in Salem

Afternoon: This afternoon, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Nathaniel Hawthorne, visiting the old Custom House where he used to work. And we’ll walk by Pickering Wharf, hearing tales of old Salem and its colorful maritime history. There has been a Custom House in Salem since 1649, collecting taxes on imported cargos first for the British Government during the Colonial period, then for the American Government after the establishment of the U. S. Customs Service in 1789. This Custom House was built in 1819 and housed offices for the officers of the U.S. Customs Service, as well as an attached warehouse, the Public Stores, used for the storage of bonded and impounded cargo. The Custom House symbolized the Federal Government's presence in Salem, requiring the architects to design an impressive building. High ceilings, a sweeping staircase, and beautifully carved woodwork all contribute to a feeling of strength and stability. The Salem Custom House was used by the U. S. Customs Service into the 1930s, and the furnishings reflect the long use of the building. Today, the U.S. Custom House in Salem contains exhibits on the tools of the Custom Service, the work of the Customs inspectors, and the office of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the famous American author whose three-year-long stint in the Salem Custom House inspired his classic novel, The Scarlet Letter.

Dinner: Dinner in Rockport

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax or explore Rockport.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a short walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Visit Halibut Point State Park and take a Walking...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Join an expert guide this morning for a walking tour around the beautiful historic quarry of Halibut Point State Park, located on the tip of Cape Ann. Here we learn about the quarrying industry that supplied much of New England with its granite for centuries. "The Atlantic Path" then leads us along beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean. Halibut Point is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

Lunch: Lunch in Rockport

Afternoon: For over 160 years people have been attracted to Rockport for the miles of lovely beaches, boulder-strewn paths through woods and glades, and that uncommonly magical light that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer. In the afternoon we will take a scenic walk through Rockport, seeing for ourselves what drew so many artists to this part of New England.

Dinner: Dinners in Rockport

Evening: Tonight's evening program is a history lesson on Cape Ann and the surrounding area.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a short walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Visit Machester-by-the-Sea and a free afternoon.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a walk in the quaint seaside village of Manchester-by-the-Sea. First settled in 1629, the community thrived as a fishing community until 1845, when Richard Dana, a Boston based poet, built his summer house in the community. The town was founded as "Jeffery's Creek." However, in the mid-1800s, there were enough other Manchesters in New England that locals began following the lead of railroad conductors and referring to the town as "Manchester-by-the-Sea". Your walking tour will include a visit to Singing Beach, so named because the sand comprising the beach squeaks when walked upon.

Lunch: Lunch in Manchester-by-the-Sea

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Dinner is not included this evening, but your Program Leader can make some wonderful recommendations in the area.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a short walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - Enjoy a walking tour of Ipswich, a tour of the Wh...
Enjoy a walking tour of Ipswich, a tour of the Whipple & Heard Houses. In the afternoon, visit Ipswich's Crane Estate and Crane Beach.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Today we enter the world of 17th century colonial America. We take a guided walking tour of the historic center of Ipswich, which boasts more 17th century houses than any town in the U.S. Ipswich has 58 houses from the First Period -- built prior to 1725.. On our walk we learn why Ipswich considers itself the "Birthplace of American Independence" and how Puritan Ipswich contributed significantly to the founding of our nation. After your morning walk, you will enjoy enjoy guided tour of two historic houses, the Whipple House and the Heard House. The Whipple House was built by Puritan John Whipple in 1677 and is considered today to be one of the most important examples of First Period American architecture. Our guide brings to life what life in the 17th century was really like. The Heard House is a stately Georgian mansion, built around 1800, and is a good example of a wealthy sea captain’s home during the lucrative China Trade period. The house contains an outstanding collection of items brought home by the Heards on their many voyages to Asia. It also has the largest collection in existence of works of art by Arthur Wesley Dow, Ipswich’s famous American Impressionist and teacher of George O’Keefe.

Lunch: Lunch in Ipswich

Afternoon: This afternoon, we take a nature walk with an ecologist on Ipswich’s beautiful Crane Beach, a four and a half mile stretch of sandy barrier beach with dunes and beach animal and plant life. High on a hill looking out over Ipswich Bay stands the majestic 59 room Crane mansion, built in the 1920s as the summer home of Chicago plumbing magnate Richard Crane. We end the day with a lovely house tour of the mansion.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Evening: Tonight’s final evening program is an entertaining talk on Tales of Shipwrecks.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - Tour of Gloucester/Cape Ann Historical Museum/Lun...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an invigorating walk along the ocean boulevard, stopping to see the Fisherman’s Wives statue and the most famous statue in the country, The Man at the Wheel. Walk along the busy harbor while learning about the history of the New England fishing industry and today’s crisis in declining fish stocks. See the setting for the movie The Perfect Storm and the boat that was used to represent the Andrea Gail. Arrive at a true hidden gem of local art culture, the Cape Ann Historical Museum. We’ll take a guided tour through the museum to see its excellent collections of fisheries and maritime, paintings, and decorative arts. Take the train back to Rockport for lunch and the end of the program.

Lunch: Farewell lunch followed by departure at 1:00 p.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Rockport
Essex OnlineThe town of Essex Massachusetts, located on Cape Ann, just 30 miles north of Boston has historically been known as the oldest continuously operating shipbuilding area of the United States, boasting over 4,000 two-masted vessels. For nearly 100 years, Essex was recognized world-wide as North America's center for fishing schooner construction. You can relive that time in Essex today through the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. But the Essex of today has much to offer besides its shipbuilding hertitage. Come explore our over 30 antique or gift shops like Sea Meadow or sample fresh Essex steamer clams at our many fresh seafood restaurants like Essex Seafood. Included in Essex of course is world famous Woodmans, home of the first fried clam. Take an Essex River Cruise or pilot your own kayak on the Essex River. Play a round of golf or hike a country trail. There is plenty to see and enjoy in this small but vibrant New England town. This ever-expanding site will attempt to point you in the right direction so that you can experience all Essex has to offer.
For additional information, visit: www.essexma.com
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & IndustryA beautiful city on the ocean. Fun shops and good food. Historic 18th century buildings, movie theater, antique shops, Plum Island beaches and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry 38R Merrimac Street Newburyport, MA 01950 978-462-6680
For additional information, visit: www.newburyportchamber.org

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