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Program #9482RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Elevation Note
The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet in the Appalachian Mountains.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys.

Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 18, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, ...
Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, join for a wine and cheese mixer to meet fellow Road Scholars. Enjoy dinner in Harvest Restaurant, and a brief orientation to prepare you for the week's learning adventure!

Afternoon: 4:00-5:00 pm - Program registration in the lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet with fellow participants on the lodge veranda.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Buffet dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Orientation session in the meeting room.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Start the week's program off with Appalachian Poe...
Start the week's program off with Appalachian Poetry with Jeff Mann of Virginia Tech University. Enjoy an evening presentation on the geological history of the Appalachian mountain range.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am A hearty buffet breakfast is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 -11:30 am - Introduction to Appalachian Poetry with Virginia Tech professor, Jeff Mann.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session is continued, Appalachian Poetry with Jeff Mann followed with music played on the dulcimer.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Learn about the geological history of the formation of the Appalachian mountain range with a presentation by Phillip Prince.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Join in a naturalist hike along the Lower Jungle ...
Join in a naturalist hike along the Lower Jungle Trail to explore flora and fauna of the mountains. Afternoon session discusses Oral Tradition with Virginia Tech professor Alice Kinder. Relax for the evening movie: "Song Catcher".

Note: The naturalist hike is along a wide, gravel path along relatively flat terrain. Approximately 1.5 miles in distance.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Learn about Appalachian ecology on a nature hike along the Lower Jungle Trail. Approximately 1.5 miles round-trip in length on flat dirt road through hardwood forest.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Oral Tradition with Virginia Tech professor, Alice Kinder.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Showing of the movie "Songcatcher".

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Ballads of the Appalachians and Storytelling with...
Ballads of the Appalachians and Storytelling with Alice Kinder. Relax during the free afternoon of the program. Evening porch jam session with local musicians featuring traditional Appalachian music.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - 11:30 am - Storytelling and Appalachian Ballads with Alice Kinder.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon mid-week in the program.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Enjoy a "porch jam" session with local musicians featurning traditional Appalachian music and song.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

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

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Head to Pearisburg for a tour of the Giles County...
Head to Pearisburg for a tour of the Giles County Historical Museum and Andrew Johnston House. Afternoon session on local history and ecology with the Martins, a long-time family of the county. Enjoy evening folktales with author Charles Lytton.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - A hearty buffet breakfast is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 8:30 am - Depart for the Giles County Historical Museum in Pearisburg.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Local history and music with the Martin family.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Appalachian Folktales with Charles Lytton.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Morning presentation by local historian Jim Walke...
Morning presentation by local historian Jim Walker, program wrap-up and departure.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - A hearty breakfast buffet is available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Slideshow presentation: "The History of Mountain Lake and the Springs of Virginia". Followed by program wrap-up.

Afternoon: 11:00 am - Check out of Mountain Lake Lodge and departure. Safe travels!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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