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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

The Revolutionary War, Charleston Architecture, Lowcountry Traditions and Culture

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Program #9580RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Registration and Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration begins in retreat center lobby. Coffee, tea, water, fruit, snacks provided upon arrival.

Dinner: Participants may choose from two entrées for evening meals after the first day. Catered meals receive rave reviews, especially the seafood fare. Dietary restrictions accommodated.

Evening: Road Scholar Coordinator and Host and Resident Manager offer you a warm Southern welcome, along with orientation to the retreat center and program schedule. Enjoy fellowship with other participants.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Revolutionary War and Architecture/Excursion to H...
Revolutionary War and Architecture/Excursion to Historic Charleston/Gullah Culture

Breakfast: Several copies of the "Post and Courier" and "USA Today" are available each morning. Personal copies of paper may be ordered.

Morning: Revolutionary War historian and re-enactor tells story from the British side. Architectural historian will help you "see" colonial and antebellum homes with "new eyes."

Lunch: The lunch menu usually consists of soups, sandwiches, and salads, with fresh fruits always available.

Afternoon: Receive a comprehensive overview of historic Charleston by a licensed guide. Learn about The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and the Charleston Visitors Center, with rest stops at each of these sites. Group will also tour historic St. Michael's Episcopal Church at the famous "Four Corners of Law" in downtown Charleston. This excursion will whet your appetite for sights to see during free periods.

Dinner: A delicious meal is served especially for you! Our chef knows how to please.

Evening: Discover the culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people, former enslaved West Africans who reside in the low country islands. Learn of the fascinating connection between the culture and rituals of West Africans and the Gullah people and how these connections still thrive today.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Charlest...
Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Charleston Architecture/Free Time/Gullah Experience

Breakfast: "Early Bird" coffee and newspapers available after 6:15 a.m.

Morning: Revolutionary War historian wears different British uniform each day, and describes the functions that each part of the uniform serve. You will find him charming and knowledgeable. Architectural historian previously worked for the Historic Charleston Foundation and directed the Charleston Museum Homes. You will enjoy his wit and charm while he takes you on an adventure through centuries of inspiring Charleston architecture!

Lunch: Our light lunches include soups, salads, sandwiches. Fruit available.

Afternoon: On this day you are free to explore and enjoy world-class Historic Charleston and surrounds. Staff can assist with information and directions. A shuttle to "The Market" in Downtown Charleston will be available to participants for this afternoon on a 'first come first serve' sign up (limited seating). The shuttle allows participants approx 3 hours to explore downtown Charleston by foot. Check out the web site: "www.charlestoncvb.com" for local sights, tours, gardens. You may enjoy walks on the beach, which is about 150 yards from the retreat center.

Dinner: Meals are served promptly. After an adventurous day, you'll be ready for a tasty meal.

Evening: The Gullah Experience continues as you learn about the rice and indigo production in South Carolina and the significant role the slaves played in making SC one of the richest states before the Civil War. Also, you'll hear and discover the Gullah spoken language and how this Creole of English came into being.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architec...
Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architecture/Architectural Walking Lecture/ Sweetgrass Baskets/Gullah Culture and Storytelling

Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast. You can choose hot or cold breakfast, along with fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea.

Morning: Learn of the Revolutionary War battles in South Carolina and their importance in the outcome of this war. Architectural historian discusses historic and cultural influences on architecture in Charleston. This guy is brilliant, and uses appropriate humor, so his topic is not dry but very interesting and enjoyable.

Lunch: Enjoy seasonal fruits along with delicious "deli" type sandwiches, salads.

Afternoon: Take a walk on the historical side, as architectural historian gives narration on an hour's walk, discussing exterior features of colonial and antebellum period homes that lure visitors to Charleston from all over the world. When you return to the retreat center, you will see a basket maker demonstrate this sweetgrass basket 'sewing', unique craft that was handed down from her parents. You'll learn about how the sweetgrass baskets were used by the slaves and Gullah people as tools for rice cultivation and then how these baskets developed into the art form held as South Carolina's state craft.

Dinner: The chef has a delicious meal waiting for you.

Evening: Hear the entertaining folklore of the Gullah/Geechee people from our animated and engaging Gullah Storyteller! You'll hear and participate in the tales passed down through Gullah generations with props and the Gullah Language. This storytelling presentation is sure to be both educational and entertaining!

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A two-story retreat center situated about 150 yards from the Atlantic Ocean/beach. The Isle of Palms is a barrier island, residential in nature, about 15 miles north of downtown historic Charleston SC. There is currently no pharmacy or grocery store on the island, but there are major shopping areas about five miles away in Mount Pleasant.

Contact info:
2101 Palm Blvd
PO Box 224
Isle of Palms, SC 29451 USA
phone: 843-886-4630
web: www.sclrc.com/coastal

Room amenities: Each room with private shower bath, individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. There is also a table top mini fridge in each room good for storing small snacks and medicines. Bed and bath linens, soap, provided.

Facility amenities: One television located on each level, with cable access and DVD capabilities. Free long distance telephone and Wireless Internet access available in lounge on the first level.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architec...
Morning Classes on Revolutionary War and Architecture/ Trip to Fort Moultrie / "Graduation Celebration" with Entertainment

Breakfast: Breakfast, hot or cold, is always good, especially when prepared by our resident director.

Morning: Revolutionary War re-enactor continues his intriguing story of the American Revolution in South Carolina. Architectural historian continues the story of Charleston's architectural history.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch. Cookies always available.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will explore Fort Moultrie, an important military establishment during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars on nearby Sullivan's Island. Fort Moultrie assisted in defense of Charleston Harbor and overlooks Fort Sumter.

Dinner: Enjoy another fine meal at the Coastal Retreat Center.

Evening: A "Graduation Celebration" brings us together for fun and fellowship. Entertainment is followed by scrumptious ice cream desserts.

Lodging: Coastal Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Program Conclusion/Lunch and Departure
Breakfast: The smell of fresh coffee gets most "sleepy heads" into the dining room.

Morning: Final presentation by Revolutionary War expert. Then check out of rooms between 9:30 and 10:30 AM.. Return keys, evaluations, strip beds and place linens in hallway for pick up. All participants must be out of rooms by 10:00 a.m. For those using public transportation, a secure area is provided for luggage until your departure from the retreat center. The 10:30 AM class is a presentation by the Island Turtle Team who help protect the nests of the endangered loggerhead turtles.

Lunch: You may enjoy lunch in the dining room, or prepare a "To Go" box for your journey. "To Go" boxes will not be available until 11:30am. Good Luck and safe travels to all of our participants!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Isle of Palms/Charleston, SC
Charleston SCCharleston charms about three million visitors a year, and is one of the top travel destinations in North America. You will have opportunity to pick up brochures, tourist information at Charleston Visitors Bureau when our tour bus stops there on Monday afternoon. Also, tourist brochures available at retreat center.
For additional information, visit: www.charlestoncvb.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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