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Program #20031RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Oct 5 — Oct 15, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, October 05 - Arrivals: Welcome and Program Overview
Afternoon: 3:00-4:30 p.m.: Hotel check-in and then please go to the 4th of hotel for program registration. 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Meet in a private room for program welcome and orientation.

Dinner: Take a short walk around the neighborhood and continue to the Welcome Dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, October 06 - Boston: City on a Hill
Note: The Boston field trip is by motorcoach, with a walk (approximately 45-minutes) through the North End, where streets are inaccessible to buses. Return from the JFK Library and Museum is via public transportation on the MBTA subway system. A free shuttle bus transfers passengers from in front of the JFK Library to the MBTA Red Line JFK stop.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Explore historic highlights of Boston as well as city landmarks that played a role in John F. Kennedy’s political path to the Whitehouse on a guided field trip. Continue to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Lunch: Bag lunch in the JFK Library & Museum.

Afternoon: Visit the museum at your own pace on a self-guided visit. Exhibits portray the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, convey his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Return to the hotel by public transportation at your leisure.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Anchorage by the Sea is located directly on the Marginal Way overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and can be accessed conveniently from the property. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1 ¼ miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England. The Anchorage is conveniently located within walking distance to beautiful sandy beaches, Ogunquit Village, Perkins Cove, museums, art galleries, specialty shops, and fine restaurants.

Contact info:
125 Shore Road
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9384
web: www.anchoragebythesea.com

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, refrigerators, hairdryers, flat-screen television, in-room safes, alarm clock, radio, private bathroom with bathtub and shower. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, spa services. The hotel is a regular stop on Ogunquit trolley route.

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


Day Three: Monday, October 07 - New England’s Maritime History
Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 115 miles. Walking and standing outdoors and in historic buildings for two hours on a guided walking tour of Salem’s waterfront.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart Boston to Salem, Massachusetts for an exploration of the National Maritime Historic Site. Continue up the rocky coast, through scenic North Shore towns to Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port, founded in 1623.

Lunch: Enjoy typical New England fish and chowder (or vegetarian pasta) on the Gloucester waterfront

Afternoon: Learn the history of fishing on the Grand Banks then continue to Ogunquit Maine.

Dinner: Enjoy a specialty of New England’s Atlantic waters at a traditional lobster dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Anchorage by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Anchorage by the Sea is located directly on the Marginal Way overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and can be accessed conveniently from the property. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1 ¼ miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England. The Anchorage is conveniently located within walking distance to beautiful sandy beaches, Ogunquit Village, Perkins Cove, museums, art galleries, specialty shops, and fine restaurants.

Contact info:
125 Shore Road
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9384
web: www.anchoragebythesea.com

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, refrigerators, hairdryers, flat-screen television, in-room safes, alarm clock, radio, private bathroom with bathtub and shower. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, spa services. The hotel is a regular stop on Ogunquit trolley route.

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


Day Four: Tuesday, October 08 - Ogunquit Outdoors and in Art
Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour in the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Motorcoach access to Perkins Cove is limited. The walk from Shore Road into Perkins Cove is .2 miles, about a 6 minute walk. Embarking and disembarking the lobster boat requires stepping onto the boat and 3 steps.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, which houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. Included in the collection is an extensive selection of works by artists associated with Ogunquit’s famous art colony of the early 20th century. Then, head out on a one-hour boat cruise to learn first-hand about lobster fishing as well as to appreciate the scenic coastal views from a different perspective. (Weather dependent.)

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. You may wish to take in the spectacular scenery on a walk along the Marginal Way. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1.25 miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Anchorage by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The North Conway Grand Hotel is a modern hotel situated in the Settlers' Green Outlet Village complex, in the heart of North Conway, surrounded by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Contact info:
Rte. 16 at Settler's Green
North Conway, NH 03860 USA
phone: 603-356-9300
web: www.northconwaygrand.com

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, dvd player, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom with bathtub and shower with grab bar and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, laundry service, indoor swimming pool, outdoor heated swimming pool, fire pit, fitness center, Jacuzzi and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, October 09 - From the Rocky Coast to the Granite Mountains
Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 120 non-highway miles. The Taste of Portland is a combination of riding on the motorcoach and limited walking on cobblestone streets, approximately 1 mile with frequent stops and opportunities to sit, over 3 hours.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart Ogunquit and head up the coast to Portland Head Light, one of the iconic lighthouses that has served as a beacon to ships since 1791. Explore Portland on an exclusive “Taste of Maine” as you walk through the historic cobblestone streets of the Old Port, in the "foodiest small town" in America! Sample locally-produced Maine cheese, honey wine, a mini Lobster roll, a whoopie pie and more as local producers and restaurateurs explain what makes Portland, Maine so special.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Depart Portland and leave the rocky coast of New England behind for the White Mountains of North Conway, New Hampshire. A lecture on the ecology of the autumn in the North Woods discusses native wildlife and the northern environment.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: North Conway Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The North Conway Grand Hotel is a modern hotel situated in the Settlers' Green Outlet Village complex, in the heart of North Conway, surrounded by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Contact info:
Rte. 16 at Settler's Green
North Conway, NH 03860 USA
phone: 603-356-9300
web: www.northconwaygrand.com

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, dvd player, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom with bathtub and shower with grab bar and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, laundry service, indoor swimming pool, outdoor heated swimming pool, fire pit, fitness center, Jacuzzi and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, October 10 - Meteorology, Nature and Wildlife of the White Mou...
Note: Please note that the Mount Washington Observatory Museum is located in the center of North Conway and is a different location than actual observatory itself. Mt. Washington is often inaccessible due to weather conditions and is therefore not scheduled in the program. The one-hour walk through estate is on maintained, unpaved trails.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: At the Mount Washington Observatory Museum in North Conway, “meet” with observatory meteorology staff via a private video conference for a discussion on their research and what life is like at one of the earth’s most extreme weather locations. Then, drive scenic Route 302 through Crawford Notch.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn how maple syrup is produced and how conservation fits into maple sugaring at the Rocks Estate and North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Then take a one-hour walk through the estate's forest trails, discussing wildlife habitat improvement and sustainable forestry practices while enjoying mountain vistas. Late afternoon return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: North Conway Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
45 Blush Hill Road
Waterbury, VT 05676 USA
phone: 802-244-7822
Room amenities: •Cable satellite television •AM/FM alarm clock •Coffee/tea maker •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Free local calls up to 30 minutes •Desk/work area •Additional in-room toiletries •Wake-up calls

Facility amenities: •100% smoke-free hotel •Indoor pool •Hot tub •Exercise facility, Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Truck/RV parking •Weight lifting equipment •Rowing machine •Stair stepper •Stationary bike •Treadmill •Locker room •24-hour front desk •Laundromat •Cable or satellite television •Business center, 24 hours •Photocopy, nominal fee •High-speed Internet access in all guest rooms

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


Day Seven: Friday, October 11 - The Scenic Kancamagus Highway
Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 130 miles, mostly non-highway.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart North Conway to travel the scenic Kancamagus Highway, stopping en route for short walks to scenic overlooks, along forest paths and to a covered bridge.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Cross into Vermont and head to the mountains of the Mad River Valley. Along the way learn about what makes Vermont such a special place

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bestwestern Plus Waterbury-Stowe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
45 Blush Hill Road
Waterbury, VT 05676 USA
phone: 802-244-7822
Room amenities: •Cable satellite television •AM/FM alarm clock •Coffee/tea maker •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Free local calls up to 30 minutes •Desk/work area •Additional in-room toiletries •Wake-up calls

Facility amenities: •100% smoke-free hotel •Indoor pool •Hot tub •Exercise facility, Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. •Safe deposit box •Ice/vending machines •Truck/RV parking •Weight lifting equipment •Rowing machine •Stair stepper •Stationary bike •Treadmill •Locker room •24-hour front desk •Laundromat •Cable or satellite television •Business center, 24 hours •Photocopy, nominal fee •High-speed Internet access in all guest rooms

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


Day Eight: Saturday, October 12 - America’s History Through Folk Art: The Shelburne...
Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is approximately 100 miles. The Shelburne Museum encompasses 45 acres and there is a shuttle bus that circles the property.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Investigate three centuries of life in America through the collections of the Shelburne Museum; homecrafts, folk arts, trade tools, transportation, fine arts and furnishings and architecture are displayed in the museum’s 35 historic buildings.

Lunch: Vouchers are provided for the museum cafeteria, to use at your leisure.

Afternoon: Continue visiting the museum, then return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bestwestern Plus Waterbury-Stowe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Deeded in 1752 by England’s King George as the area’s first land grant, the Putney Inn was the homestead of English Captain John Kathan. The farmhouse’s original two-sided central hearth has continued to greet guests, unchanged through the centuries. Hand hewn beams, lush plants and antiques create the warmth of this New England landmark property’s dining rooms and public areas. All lodging is located in an adjacent, 2-storey, modern structure.

Contact info:
57 Putney Landing Road
Putney, VT 05346 USA
phone: 802-387-5517
web: www.putneyinn.com

Room amenities: 25 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, room service, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. Please note on your Health and Safety Questionnaire if you prefer a ground-floor room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and Tavern; Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Sunday, October 13 - Back Roads and Villages of Vermont
Note: The total mileage traveled today is approximately 110 non-highway miles.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Travel south through the center of Vermont, taking in the rural landscapes and tiny villages along Route 100.

Lunch: In the Bryant House restaurant. Stroll historic Weston, Vermont with its iconic white houses and town green.

Afternoon: Continue to Putney, Vermont.

Dinner: In the inn

Evening: A discussion with a town local who provides insight on life in this quintessential New England town

Lodging: The Putney Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Deeded in 1752 by England’s King George as the area’s first land grant, the Putney Inn was the homestead of English Captain John Kathan. The farmhouse’s original two-sided central hearth has continued to greet guests, unchanged through the centuries. Hand hewn beams, lush plants and antiques create the warmth of this New England landmark property’s dining rooms and public areas. All lodging is located in an adjacent, 2-storey, modern structure.

Contact info:
57 Putney Landing Road
Putney, VT 05346 USA
phone: 802-387-5517
web: www.putneyinn.com

Room amenities: 25 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, room service, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. Please note on your Health and Safety Questionnaire if you prefer a ground-floor room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and Tavern; Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Monday, October 14 - This is Vermont
Breakfast: In the inn.

Morning: Learn how cheese, one of Vermont's prize artisanal products is made, then learn - as you taste - about heirloom apple varieties at an organic farm.

Lunch: Soup and sandwiches at the farm, with apple pie for dessert!

Afternoon: New England roads are lined with stone walls. Learn about the art and craft of dry stone walling during a demonstration by the Stone Trust.

Dinner: A special Farewell Dinner to celebrate your journey through New England.

Lodging: The Putney Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 15 - Departures
Note: The drive from Putney, Vermont to Boston's Logan International Airport is 2.5 hours non-stop.

Breakfast: In the inn.

Morning: End of program. Transfer provided to Boston's Logan Airport with drop off at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please do not schedule flight departures earlier than 1:30 p.m. The coach will make drop-offs at South Station and the Park Plaza if needed after the airport, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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10 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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