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A Victorian Primer In Cape May, the Nation's First Seashore Resort

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Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and cable TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated. Refrigerators available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientati...
Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: Introduction of faculty and participants, review of week's programs and menu, orientation to hotel and area.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and cable TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated. Refrigerators available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - Lectures/Cape May Historic District Walking Tour
Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:45am: Lectures on the history of Cape May and general Victorian social history. Cape May has been a seashore resort attracting visitors for more than 200 years. Learn how and why the resort developed and about its founding families and famous visitors. Once you know about Victorian Cape May, learn about Victorian society. Informative hand-outs accompany each lecture.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert

Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture and Field Trip. Richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation about the elements of Victorian architecture, focusing on Cape May's rich collection of Victorian era buildings. The lecture is followed by 45 minute guided walk through Cape May's primary Historic District to see examples of the various styles..

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: 7:30pm: Victorian Social History- an illustrated powerpoint presentation on what made the Victorians tick- including their views on medicine, sexuality, politics and more.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and cable TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated. Refrigerators available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Caf...
Lecture/Field Trip/Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe/Living History Presentation

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:45am: Lecture and Field Trip. Victorian Etiquette & Manners: Learn the Ps and Qs about etiquette and manners before traveling to the Emlen Physick Estate so you know how to comport yourself with the Physick Family. Then enjoy a guided field trip through Cape May's Historic District and to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon at Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate. Lunch includes homemade tea breads, salad, sandwiches and dessert. Following lunch, take part in the temperance debate raging in Cape May in 1899. Listen to Women's Christian Temperance advocate Jennie Wales as she battles with saloonkeeper Patrick Collins and then exercise your right to vote. This living history presentations features costumed characters from the past who welcome you into their world.

Afternoon: 3:00pm: The Physick Family - Dr. Emlen Physick, his mother Mrs. Frances Ralston and Aunt Emilie Parmetier - come to play a call on you at the hotel. They are prepared to share with you the news of what's happening in the Cape May of the Victorian era, including choice bits of gossip. They welcome questions about their world.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: 7:30pm: An Evening of Victorian Music: Learn about Victorian music from an expert in this richly illustrated lecture. The program includes audio of the music discussed as well as historys of the most influential musicians of the day.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and cable TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated. Refrigerators available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Cape May Lighthouse/Lunch at hotel/Performance/Le...
Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:45am: What were Victorian women like? Find out if they were frail, fragile hothouse creatures swaddled in the cocoon of their society, their home and their clothing or independent thinkers ready to fly the cocoon in this afternoon seminar on Victorian women. Richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation, supplemented by artifacts and objects from the past.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Choice of two lunch options, typically soup or salad and sandwich, beverage and dessert.

Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture and Field Trip. The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse shares his knowledge and love of the structure in a richly illustrated lecture about lighthouse history, legend and lore. The lecture is followed by guided field trip to Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park, where you may climb the 199 steps to the watchroom. If you choose not to climb, a fully accessible visitors center is available. You will also explore Cape May Point State Park and Sunset Beach, where you can look for "Cape May Diamonds." Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: 7:30pm: Meet the Royals- enjoy a visit from the 19th century royals- Victoria and Albert, who share their life and times with the group.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and cable TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated. Refrigerators available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar (open seasonally), antiques shop in lobby, in ground pool on lawn, wifi in first floor public areas. Elevator is vintage 1900 and must be operated by hotel staff. Convenient to beachfront, pedestrian shopping mall.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - Seminar on Victorian Women/Living History Perform...
Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:45am: Free time to explore Cape May on our own.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Choice of two lunch options, typically soup or salad and sandwich, beverage and dessert.

Afternoon: 1:45pm: 1:45 PM: Victorian Spiritualism – The Victorian Era was a golden age for monsters, ghosts, spirits, séances and belief in the paranormal. This program shows the many aspects of Victorian Spiritualism and why the Victorians were so willing to believe in the other side. (powerpoint used) 3:00 PM: The Ghosts of Cape May – Cape May has a history of psychic activity. It has attracted physics and ghost hunters and generated volumes on the spirits who inhabit the town. This illustrated lecture discusses that activity and the methods used to detect ghostly presence. (powerpoint used) 4:00 PM: Tales of Olde Cape May – Specially trained costumed storytellers relate brief and unusual tales of incidents from history of the Cape May area. Some of them deal with: pic-nics, pirates and buried treasure, Sousa, the great fire, etc.

Dinner: 6:00pm: Three-course dinner at Merion Inn. Choice of four or five menu options, including seafood, meat and vegetarian.

Evening: 7:45pm: Victorian Recreations: participants will enjoy a richly illustrated lecture about how the Victorians re-created themselves in their leisure time. Using artifacts from the era, the presenters will demonstrate some of the past-times enjoyed by our ancestors.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Performance/Graduation
Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:30am: John Philip Sousa is the graduation speaker and will talk about his fascinating life and his times. The presentation is richly illustrated and full of interesting information about America's March King. John Philip Sousa is a living history reenactor and life long musician, who even plays the helicon, the forerunner of the Sousaphone and today's tuba. Afterwards, review final exam questions, collect evaluations and distribute diplomas. Open forum with participants to discuss program, review additional offerings.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert. Box lunch available for early departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871
For additional information, visit: www.leamingsrungardens.com/
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Naval Air Station WildwoodAviation Museum Phone (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
6 Performances

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