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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Sarmita from Columbia, MO Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/22/15 - 03/27/15
Prepare to be enchanted! I experienced a new sense of gratitude towards all.. who had the vision of developing St. Augustine and now towards those who preserve this charming, full of history at every turn, "jewel by the ocean." YOU will want to stay long after the program is over or return and again..and again..

Gil from Easthampton, MA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
A very enjoyable program. Excellent coordinator.

Evelyn from Easthampton, MA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
This was our 26th Elderhostel/Road Scholar, and I would rate it among the best, both in terms of content, presenters and leadership!

Dennis from Clayton, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
Den and Jan from Clayton, CA Number of programs attended: 1 Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15 This was our first Road Scholar program and we picked a great one! It presented 450 years of St. Augustine history from a variety of angles. We knew going in that St. Augustine was the oldest city in the US, but did not realize the breadth of the history and culture.......who knew that the city played a part in the silent film age. Our favorite part was a visit from "Henry Flagler", who described his multiple business accomplishments, but also tenderly revealed his human side. Walking the narrow streets, observing the archeological digs and visiting the old Ponce de Leon Hotel were more meaningful because of the presentations by our experts. Our tour director was knowledgable, humorous and gently urged us to stay on schedule. Because of our wonderful experience with Road Scholar we feel we have a personal connection to this fascinating city.

Mary from Glen Rock, PA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
This program was interesting, informative and very very enjoyable. We enjoyed the program, the presenters, and especially the Group Leader Gill. We highly recommend this program. This is St. Augustine's 450th anniversary year, and we are pleased to say that we enjoyed Road Scholar's assistance with helping us to enjoy it. Come visit and see for yourself.

Bill from Glen Rock, PA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
This program was both enjoyable and informative about St.Augustine, FL. Recommend anyone who is interested in exploring the oldest colony during its 450th anniversary year to attend this program.

Linda from Bedford, PA Number of programs attended: 55
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
We enjoyed this program and really saw nothing wrong with the hotel. The food was good and our room was quite comfortable. Personnel were very friendly and helpful. There was a lot of history and it was taught in an entertaining manner. Our only suggestion would have been to include the Fountain of Youth and the Oldest House on one of the field trips. There was some miscommunication with the bus company on the first day ending up with all of us having to ride back in an open trolley. This was uncomfortable for some folks. Personally, we thought it was a hoot. That situation was the bus company and not the Road Scholar folks. Having attended more than 50 Road Scholar programs, we can say very few are absolutely perfect but they come quite close.

Gus from Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
The quality of this program was a real disappointment after the wonderful previous experience we had in Savannah. The hotel was in need of updating. Many details of the planning and execution of the program were second rate. Could not recommend this one to others.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry this program did not meet your expectations. Please know that the hotel used on this program will be starting a renovation in 2015.
Vibeke from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
Having lived in North Central Florida for over 40 years, I though I knew enough about the area to safely guide visitors around the area and educate foreigners about the culture. I am totally convinced that We have lived in blissful oblivion. What we learned about the history and culture as it developed since the 16th century far exceeds the knowledge of the common Floridian. The tapestry of cultural influences will continue to emerge as we further delve into details about our heritage. This program is invaluable and highly recommended to native Floridians as well as out of state visitors. Even overseas visitors will be surprisingly impressed with the mixture of European cultures mingled with native American influences that have influenced the St Augustine area.This will forever change the view of United States as being an British colony. It was much more than that and the lingering legacy of the many peoples who who put their mark on the tableau of North Florida will inspire generations to come. We wish we had been able to take this course a long time ago. Thanks you road Scholar for an unforgettable adventure.

Martin from Poughkeepsie, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
This program exceeded my expectations and taught me a great deal about the history and multiple cultures that contributed to the growth of this oldest continuously occupied city in North America. While the Fountain of Youth may be a myth, Henry Flagler, the visionary who promoted Florida and put St. Augustine back on the tourist map, came alive in ways I would not have imagined. Martin Charwat

Eleanor from Poughkeepsie, NY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
Learn the history of this fascinating city while enjoying beautiful beaches, a comfortable hotel and a stimulating program.

Jay from Bedford, PA Number of programs attended: 56
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
Very interesting program on the history of the St. Augustine area. There is a lot of talent involved.

Linda from Dunedin, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
This was my first Road Scholar program - I loved it all! I learned so much and enjoyed having all the details of where to stay, where to eat and what to see layed out expertly. And the people I met were exceptional. I will definitely be on the road with Road Scholar again soon!

Adrienne from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
My husband and I loved this program, our vivacious group leader Jill, and the varied speakers who enlightened us about St. Augustine's history and culture. The activities were first-rate, including lectures, musical and dramatic performances, and tours, with the program geared to layering our knowledge so that one activity logically followed and built upon another. It was one of the best-planned of all the Road Scholar trips we've attended. The hotel shows its age, but we followed the sage advice to reserve an ocean-view room in the newer section. It cost a premium to do this, but it was well worth it.

Syd from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
If you are interested in history, take this course. We had lectures, first-person speakers in costumes, a singer/storyteller, a musical historian, field trips, DVDs and a final dinner with food from all the different groups that inhabited St. Augustine. We looked at St Augustine from many different directions, and its history came alive.

Anthony from Annapolis, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
I would definitely check reviews of the hotel before registering for this class. The Holiday Isle Hotel was unacceptable. The course and content were handled well though.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for your comments. This hotel will be renovated this summer and will be under new management starting in the fall of 2015.
Vita from Columbia, MO Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 01/11/15 - 01/16/15
dont take trip in January as weather is very very uncertain. beware of hotel location as it is away from St Augustine and you need a taxi for any indepenfdant touring.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for your comments. The weather is indeed unpredictable in January. The hotel on this program is located at the beach, rather than in the downtown. If you wish to pursue a downtown St Augustine experience, please see program #21668 Celebrate St. Augustine at the Historic Casa Monica.
Alice from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/30/14 - 12/05/14
Alice from Georgetown, TX. Date attended: 11/30/14-12/5/14 This was a great program. I loved learning the history of the area and visiting all the wonderful historical places and getting out on the beach for sunrises. Wonderful place.

Tom from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
What a wonderful time learning about St Augustine history and touring the local sites. The group leader was great and made the experience delightful.

Gail from Greenport, NY Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
I loved this program and Susan and her husband so much that I brought two of my grammar school pals to enjoy with me four years later. The second time around was wonderful too. New things had been added and the content varied and interesting. The program real earns its 5 star rating. Gail from Greenport, NY

Joe from Palm City, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
Learned a lot. Good instructors. Good program.

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

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.

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