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A Dickens Christmas in Victorian Cape May

Program Number: 10487RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/6/2009 - 12/11/2009;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $618.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Where better to get into the spirit of a Victorian Christmas than Victorian Cape May, the nation’s first seashore resort? The city becomes a true Christmas village, with garlands, trees and twinkling lights. The customs and traditions we celebrate today all originated during this era, as local experts and educators will tell you as they bring a Victorian Christmas to life.




Highlights

• Learn about Charles Dickens and his beloved “Christmas Carol,” plus meet Victorian-era living history actors and enjoy a workshop on Victorian ornaments.
• Take an expert-led walk on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, designed by Frank Furness and authentically decorated for the season.
• Take a holiday trolley ride to enjoy the holiday lights and attend an elegant tea lunch at the Twinings Tearoom.



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks per day. Some stairs in historic homes.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




Cape May

More than 600 authentically restored Victorian structures make up this National Historic Landmark City on New Jersey's southern shore. Dubbed the nation's "First Seashore Resort," Cape May has been welcoming visitors to its white-sand beaches since the 1800s. Also a birding "hotspot," Cape May attracts more than 400 species of birds a year.



Accommodations
A basic Victorian-era hotel with modestly sized bedrooms. Loaded with character and clean, and for people who value the experience of an authentic turn-of-the century hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Inn of Cape May
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Historic oceanfront hotel with wrap-around veranda for catching ocean breezes.
  Contact info: 7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. All rooms have the same basic amenities but differ in location and size. Assigned upon arrival, advanced requests for specific rooms and room change requests cannot be accommodated.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, antiques shop in lobby. All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath; heat; air-conditioning; television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made randomly and will not be changed from one view to another.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies by season Rates vary by season.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies by season Rates vary by season.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration in hotel lobby 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel at lunchtime. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
Parking is free in hotel lot for guests. Participants will get a permit for their car at check-in. Free street parking is also available in the vicinity of the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape May, NJ
  Nearest city or town:  Atlantic City, NJ
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport; Atlantic City Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape May, NJ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlantic City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Royal Airport Limo
phone: 609-748-9777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

250 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rapid Rover
phone: 856-428-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$185
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 
Driving Directions
  Baltimore, Washington DC I 95 to Delaware Memorial Bridge, to Rte 40 East, to Rte 55 South, to Rte 47 South, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, exit the terminal onto Rte 9, to Rte 109 South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hours from Baltimore and 4 hours from Washington.)
  New York Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hour drive.)
  Pennsylvania Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge to Rte. 42 South, to Atlantic City Expressway, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 2 hour drive)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to Cape May/Orientation
(Sunday, December 6)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Introduction of coordinator, participants. Review of week's programs, logistics and menu, orientation to the hotel and city.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Dickens Lecture & Seasonal Readings/Victorian Social History and Architecture Lectures/Living History Performance
(Monday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Discussion of Dickens' work by a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Dickens Fellowship. Holiday Readings from Victorian authors by living history character from the East Lynne Theater Company
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Richly illustrated lecture giving overview of Cape May history by local historian/educator. Richly illustrated lecture on Cape May's unique and unparalleled collection of Victorian architectural gems.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom
 Evening: Meet John Philip Sousa in this Living History Performance and learn about the holiday music played in Victorian parlors and music halls.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Dickens History and Victorian Social History Lectures/Free afternoon/Performance/staged reading
(Tuesday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Lectures: Information on Dickens' life and times by a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Dickens Fellowship, followed by a richly illustrated lecture on aspects of Victorian social history.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Time to explore Cape May, visit shops and other attractions.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom
 Evening: Members of a local Equity theater company present a performance geared toward the holiday.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture/Field Trip to Emlen Physick Estate/Lunch with Living History Program/Free Time/Living history performance
(Wednesday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot or cold breakfast.
 Morning: Brush up on your etiquette and manners during this presentation in the hotel to prepare you for a visit to Dr. Physick's home. Then enjoy by a guided field trip by trolley through Cape May's Historic District to see the Victorian homes dressed for the holidays, followed by a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian House Museum, for a guided visit through the interior. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon at Twinings Tearoom on the grounds of Emlen Physick Estate. Lunch includes homemade tea breads, salad, sandwiches and dessert. Following lunch, take part in the temperance debate raging in Cape May in 1899. Listen to Women's Christian Temperance advocate Jennie Wales as she battles with saloonkeeper Patrick Collins and then exercise your right to vote. This living history presentations features costumed characters from the past who welcome you into their world.
 Afternoon: Explore Cape May on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom
 Evening: The Physick Family - Dr. Emlen Physick, his mother Mrs. Frances Ralston and Aunt Emilie Parmetier - come to play a call on you at the hotel. They are prepared to share with you the news of what's happening in the Cape May of the Victorian era, including choice bits of gossip. They welcome questions about their world.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Origin of Holiday Traditions Lecture & Workshop/Winery Field Trip, Holiday film and discussion/Holiday Performance
(Thursday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Most of the of the holiday traditions followed today got their start in the Victorian era. This richly illustrated slide lecture shows the origins of holiday traditions. The lecture is folowed by a hands-on workshop where you'll create your own Victorian-style ornaments. Includes all supplies and instruction booklet of Victorian holiday crafts.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Visit the Cape May Winery to learn about the winemaker's craft, from growing the vines, to harvesting, to blending the grapes. Followed by a tasting of these locally made wines. Trolley shutte transportation supplied to and from the Winery. When you return to the hotel, learn about the Victorian point of view of Dickens "Christmas Carol." Includes a screening of a vintage version of the work and group discussion.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Enjoy a holiday performance at Cape May Stage, an Actors Equity Theater Company.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final Class Meeting
(Friday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Choice of either a hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Servers will take final count for box lunches.
 Morning: Final class meeting to review final exam. Diplomas will be distributed and evaluation forms collected. Opportunity for feedback with instructor/coordinator.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available at 10am for early departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cape May, NJ Cape May County Historical Museum
(609) 465-3535, Museum and center of local geneological history For additional information, visit www.cmcmuseum.org
  Cape May Lighthouse
Museum of maritime history located in Cape May Point State Park For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Leaming's Run Gardens
(609) 465-5871. Largest blooming garden in US. For additional information, visit www.leamingsrungardens.com
  Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Nature Center ofr Cape May
The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages. For additional information, visit www.njaudubon.org/Centers/NCCM/
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
Aviation Museum PHONE (609) 886-8787 For additional information, visit www.usnasw.org
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