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ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!

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Program #6642RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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James from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
St. Augustine, with Susan Brody as group leader and particularly outstanding presenters, is a Road Scholar program my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. We came as part of a group of military friends from 50 years ago who enjoy the structure and education that the Road Scholar programs offer as a venue for our annual reunions. We enjoy renewing our friendships but just as much enjoy bonding with the very interesting people who attend Road Scholar. Our St. Augustine experience was superb on all counts -- and the participants, setting, accommodations, HEALTHY food selections and group leadership all were A+.

Robert from Annandale, VA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
What a wonderful experience this was! The program was great, the location is great, and Susan Brody (the Program Manager) is wonderful! I was one of 13 participants who met in the army 50 years ago, and get together every year (usually at a Road Scholar Program) for a reunion and chance to learn about something new. The instructors were great, the city incredibly beautiful and reeking with history, and the other participants were a boat-load of fun. I recommend this program highly, and want to thank Eckerd College for making it possible!

La Meice from Westlake Village, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
An excellent way to learn and have a wonderful time!

Rebecca from Genoa, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
My mom and I had THE BEST TIME in St. Augustine. Not only is the city beautiful, the people who hosted us were caring and hard working. We learned so much and had a great time with the "Army guys and gals" What a hoot. If you visit St. Augustine, make sure you sign up for a class lead by Susan Brody. She is a wonderful teacher, filled with passion and grace. She'll go out of her way to ensure you leave with a love of her city!

Isabella from Ridge, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
Beautiful city, interesting lectures and impersonations of famous people. Food good. Accommodations good. Service great.

Betty from Fredonia, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
This program had a lot of great reviews which led us to choose it. The reviews were right. It was wonderful. St. Augustine is a wonderful place to see. The hotel right on the beach was really clean, well kept up, and had a great staff. The food was tops. We loved everything about the program. The many different presenters were the best we have ever had. Jackie our coordinator really made the week a lot of fun. TIP: Come a day or two early or stay a day or two at the end to enjoy the beach. The location can't be beat.

Norma from Sun City Center, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
If you've not been to St. Augustine, Florida, I urge you to sign up for the program 450 years of history. It's fantastic! And if you've been there, go back again. You won't regret it!

Alma from Bay Shore, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. All the presenters were excellent and had a vast knowledge in their fields. They were personable and held our interest throughout the program. The accommodations were also comfortable. It was a great beginning and I think I will sign up again for another program.

Diana from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
Great mix of historical presentations;learned much about area! HOTEL LOCATION RIGHT ON BEACH!! Easy access to local restaurants and a little shopping! No car necessary!!

Kathleen from Latrobe, PA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
What an immersion in history and a culture! I had never heard of Henry Flagler and his contributions to transportation and tourism prior to this trip and my prior one to Key West. The experiences in both rounded out my understanding of the region. Gerald Brody is a jewel. As he reminded us participants, the presentations are not repetitive but are reinforcements. Jackie Dews and the staff of Holiday Isle went out of their way to make our experience memorably pleasant.

Annie from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
I highly recommend this program. Not only is St Augustine a beautiful old city but the coordinators managed to enhance the experience with outstanding speakers and performances.

Dorothy from Ridgefield, CT Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Just returned from this wonderful program in St. Augustine and listening to a CD by orchestral pianist Gerry Brody, whose presentation on the importance of music throughout all cultures, and in particular, in Florida was a highlight. Each presenter was unique and engaging, and one comes away with an in-depth understanding of the history of St. Augustine. This is an experience not to be missed--and the beach is right outside your door!

Maggie from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
I found the presenters well prepared and intensely engaged with their subject matter and the result was a very attentive and enthusiastic audience. This was my first experience with Road Scholars but I'm sure it will not be my last. I especially enjoyed interacting with the other scholars who were most kind and welcoming to me. I hope to renew many of these friendships in future programs. Maggie Adair

Sheral from Pleasant Hill, TN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
The history of Old St. Augustine is well presented, and provides and unusual week of exploration of the past 450 years.

Robert from Battle Creek, MI Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
The subject matter covered in this program was most interesting and our Group Leader was excellent. Our group worked well together and it made for a very pleasant experience. I will recommend this program highly to my friends.

Ruth Ann from Wilton, CT Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 11/17/13 - 11/22/13
The Eckerd College “St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive” program was so excellent, that I fell in love with the area and booked a second program the same year. To my absolute delight, the second program was just as fresh and bright and interesting as the first program. Both leaders were excellent communicators, knowledgeable, accommodating and fun to be with!!! I have never been a history buff, but this particular program made the history of the area vibrant and fascinating! I came away both times with an appreciation and a new value for those dedicated people who share their knowledge of the history of the area, through their own expertise. Included among those people who enhanced our experience were artists, musicians, actors portraying different historical characters of the area, a Professor of Photography, and a narrated tour of the waters by the Captain of the Victory. Their love of the area inspired me. It is truly my favorite program of all, and I would return for a third time with pleasure and without hesitation!!

Arthur from Burke, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
My third Road Scholar program in St. Augustine was fabulous. Susan was outstanding, attentive, funny, and inspirational. She made us all feel quite at home. Art

Diane from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
The St. Augustine program was a terrific experience, and I can't speak highly enough of two people in particular: our tour coordinator, Susan Brody, and her exceptionally talented husband, pianist and opera buff Gerald Brody. Susan's easy manner, personal warmth and organizational skills kept everything humming along and everyone on the tour happy, while Gerald's encyclopedic knowledge of music and engaging stories about the musical history of St. Augustine made his presentation a standout among a generally excellent group of instructors. All in all, this tour was a delightful experience, and St. Augustine is a gem among American locations to visit. I highly recommend this program to anyone contemplating a Road Scholar trip.

Florence from Henderson Harbor, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
You will learn surprising things about this small city of Florida that is like no other city in the USA!

Susan from Saratoga Springs, NY Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
If you're looking for top notch presenters and leaders and have an interest in history this program is for you. A bonus is that The location is directly on St. Augustine Beach: a lovely wide mass of sand and dunes beautiful place

Mary Anne from Lewes, DE Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
It was wonderful. Highly informative- well designed to provide information- tours and free time by the ocean

Robert from Providence, RI Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
Highly recommend

Rita from Indian Harbour Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
This was my first RS program and I loved it. It was good value for the money, very well coordinated, the group leader, Jill, was awesome, the programs and presenters were knowledgeable and interesting. I learned so much about St. Augustine, its history, culture, and people. The Holiday Isles Oceanfront was not in the historic district, but this was not a negative to me. The transportation was included to the historic district. The resort itself was older, but clean and well kept The staff was great, friendly, warm and willing to do anything to accommodate guests. The food was fine, not gourmet but well prepared and presented buffet style. The banquet host, Gary, was highly visible and very concerned that everyone be satisfied with their meals. The food service staff were all pleasant and friendly. Overall it was an A+ trip. I would do it again.

Gary from Dufur, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
Never, never, stay at the Holiday Isle Oceanfront resort - it is out of the way and the food needs much improvement.

Kerry from Concord, NH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
The history of St. Augustine comes alive! Meet Henry Flagler, Theda Bara and Marjorie Rawlings. See the greatest little city in the USA.

Elaine from Franklin, WI Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
Loved learning new things. Meals excellent. Jill so kind, happy. I know more about St Augustine and it feels good.

Christine from Guelph, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/17/13 - 11/22/13
This has been a marvelous introduction to Road Scholar, and one we will be hard pressed to top. Miss Jackie and her curriculum leaders have entertained and educated us about all things St. Augustine. A wonderful programme!

Barbara from Greenville, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
This was a fun and fascinating program led by a wonderful, talented, friendly lady named Susan Brody.

Raymond from Woodbury, NJ Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
A well organized and comprehensive program on a quaint, historical old Florida town.

Ruth from Elkton, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
An excellent program with wonderful accommodations. Really learned about the history and culture of St. Augustine!

Vicki from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
This was my best Road Scholar trip to date. I loved St. Augustine. The accomodations were great, the hotel staff went above and beyond to make us feel really appreciated. Our leader, Jill, was just amazing.

Jacqueline from Summerfield, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
My trip to St. Augustine was wonderful:great instructors,friendly hotel staff. It is a fascinating place. Very diverse.Rich culturally & historically. I would do it again in a heart beat.Hope they have one for the 500th anniversary.

Irene from Hendersonvlle, TN Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
THE ST AUGUSTINE FLORIDA PROGRAM WAS JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. HOTEL SAFE, CLEAN AND WELCOMING. FOOD WAS GOOD. ACCESS TO A BEAUTIFUL BEACH, FREE TIME TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN. TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE, ENTERTAINMENT SUCH AS BOAT RIDES, MUSICAL SKITS AND INTERESTING LECTURES. IRENE WELCH

Ace from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
Great Time in St. Ausgustine. Good program, good presenters, good participants, good leader and good food!

Patsy from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
This was one of two RS programs I attended lasst month iin FL! The idea was to go somewhere warmer - that didn't work out, but the programs were huge successes with me! This program is very well organized and managed from beginning to end. Our leader, Sarah Brody, and her very musically talented husband brought their love of St. Augustine to share with us. We had two reinactors -one representing Henry Flagler who was so charming and personable that he almost made me like the old scoundral - and one representing Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings who reawakened my love of "native" Floridian literature. The motel was delightfully located right on the beach, and the food was very well planned and executed. I would highly recommend this program as one which captures the heart and soul of a city!

Myron from Oak Park, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
We were immersed in St. Augustine - its history, music, architecture, and charm. The coordinator and presenters were passionate about St. Augustine. The field trips and afternoon cruise rounded out a delightful week.

Laurie from Dover, DE Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 03/24/13 - 03/29/13
Excellent Program

Len from Mishawaka, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/10/13 - 02/15/13
St. Augustine—the city and the program—was a delight. The coordinator, instructors, and presenters obviously enjoyed sharing their experiences and information about the area and its history. It was also a pleasure to meet and share the five days of the program with so many fellow "scholars."

Joyce from Pittsboro, NC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
The program was very worthwhile and a good value. If the weather had been warmer we would have wished for more free time since the site is on the beach and the swimming pool is outdoors.

Don from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/10/13 - 02/15/13
This was our first RS program. I felt as though I could actually envision the evolution of the city from its inception. Flagler's St. Aug came alive. The former hotel is regal, as it was at the turn of the past century. As a native North Carolinian, I was able to bring the Flagler-Kenan connection into today's context with Kenan's connection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school of business there is named The Kenan-Flagler School of Business. The football stadium is Kenan Stadium. As a graduate of a rival school, I'm reluctant to mention this, but it is still very contextual. This is a very good program.

Linda from Livonia, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
It seems like every Road Scholar trip we take is our "favorite", but this one was truly special. We learned so much and had so much fun that I would recommend it to everyone! Don't miss it!

Patricia from Lemont, IL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
The program in St. Augustine was wonderful. You'll enjoy learning about the history and seeing the architecture! Being at a hotel on the beach was a plus.

Carlton from Amherst, MA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
This was an indepth look at the History of St Augustine and through actors, lecture, guided tours, music, and charm we were thoroughly turned into walking promoters of the virtues of your town. Most appreciated were the impersonators, the lively tours and for me the short boat trip which was not so much a tour as a time to absorb it all. There were lots of other pluses like the food and the ambience of the group as well as the superb organization that kept it all moving.

Judy from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/10/13 - 02/15/13
I think the variety of programs offered by Road Scholar is a plus over other vacation packages.

Alice from New Haven, CT Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/13/13 - 01/18/13
The St. Augustine Program is a very worthwhile and interesting program.

Edmund from Brighton, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
St Augustine is a well kept secret that is revealed during this program.If a person has any interest in history, this program is for you

Dianne from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/06/13 - 01/11/13
What a wonderful time we had on our first Road Scholar program. The expertise of the speakers kept us thoroughly engaged, followed by trips into St Augustine, complementing the lecture topics. What pulled it all together was the great program leader we had. Jackie so engaged us with her intelligence, her wonderful sense of humor and her sense of fun. Thank you Jackie! Now we can't wait until our next one!

Suzy from Longview, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/06/13 - 01/11/13
I would highly recommend program #6642 (St. Augustine, FL) to anyone. The entire experience was most enjoyable.
Suzy B. - Texas


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