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Spend Christmas on Historic Jekyll Island

Program Number: 13410RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/9/2012 - 12/14/2012; 12/21/2014 - 12/26/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $797.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the splendor and history of Jekyll Island during the Holiday season! More than a century ago, many of the nation's richest families, such as the Rockefellers and the Pulitzers, discovered the serenity and beauty of the jewel of Georgia's east coast. It became the winter retreat for many wealthy families. Imagine Christmas through the ages as you venture inside the cottages in the National Historic District with some curators in period dress. Compliment the program with High Tea and dinner at the nationally renowned Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Other highlights include presentations of the Gullah-Geechee culture, a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and gingerbread making by a famous Jekyll chef.




Highlights

• Enjoy unforgettable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners in the Grand Dining Room of the renowned Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
• Visit the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center to learn about sea turtle conservation and this animal’s amazing journey from egg to adulthood.
• Spend an afternoon on the largest of the “Golden Isles,” St. Simon’s Island.



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks per day and getting on & off a bus during the St Simon's field trip.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands, Jekyll Island has a storied past. At the turn of the century, it hosted an exclusive club that attracted the likes of the Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Much of that world is preserved in a historic district near the riverfront. Today, the island is popular for golfing, fishing and kayaking.



Accommodations
Historic resort hotel within historic district of millionaire’s village; overlooks Intracoastal Waterway; half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean; two double beds, private bath, swimming pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tricia Buie

Tricia Buie makes history come alive through her work with Civil War reenactments and as a living history presenter throughout the Southeast, specializing in the lives of 19th-century women. She is a Coastal Georgia Historian and is a volunteer docent for the Coastal Georgia Historic Lighthouse and Hofwyl Plantation. Tricia and her husband have personally researched and restored 6 historic homes, and they presently reside in a 108 year-old farmhouse.
 
Abigail Hutchinson

As the executive chef at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Abigail Hutchinson loves to share her passion for the culinary arts. Originally from Rhode Island, Abigail grew up in Texas and later moved to North Carolina, where she earned her culinary degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2000. While a student, she completed a culinary externship at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, N.C. Following graduation, Abigail began her career at the Country Club of Asheville as a line cook. Abigail has also held positions at the Biltmore Estate, Country Club of Asheville, and Ocean Club at Amelia Island, Florida.
 
Tim Akins

Tim Akins was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia, where he started performing at a very young age and taking piano lessons. Today, he is an exceptional singer, bagpiper and pianist who has thrilled audiences for years with his dynamic performances, soulful vocals, and musical versatility. His vast repertoire of songs and his unique style make his performances exciting to see and hear.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  Jekyll Island, GA 5 nights
 Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.
  Contact info: 371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com
  Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker
  Facility amenities: Concierge Services, Common/Public Areas, Accessible to Wheelchairs, Fax (For Guests), Complementary Coffee, Gift Shop, Room Service, Restaurant in Hotel, Pool (Heated Outdoor), Tennis (Indoor), Tennis (Outdoor), Fishing, Hot Tub, Bicycling sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $100 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100 - $150 approximately Call the for current price rate-912-635-2600
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at hotel. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Participants must pay a $5 per day automobile parking fee as they enter Jekyll Island State Park.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jekyll Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. Highway 17.
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Jekyll Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $35.00 for one and $5.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $35.00 for one and $5.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jacksonville, FL/Jekyll Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-233-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90 for one way and $5 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 
Driving Directions
  I-95 to Jekyll By Land On I-95 take Exit 29 onto Highway 17/82 North for 6 miles to the Jekyll Island Causeway (State Road 520). Proceed on the Causeway East 6 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($5 park entry fee). Make the first left (U-turn) and move to the far right lane. This is Riverview Drive and takes you directly to the front of the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

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: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, December 9)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive, meet and greet, and pick up packets.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Welcome, orientation and get acquainted.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jekyll Island History/Holiday Historic District tour; the cottages are decorated for the season/Dinner at Jekyll Island Club Courtyard at Crane Cottage
(Monday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Our lecture on the history of Jekyll's Millionaires will begin around 9:00 am. You will hear fascinating tales of the very wealthy northerners who made Jekyll Island their winter playground in the late 1800's and early 1900's. This lecture will precede the visit to the hotel and its outlying buildings, now an Historical Landmark, these wealthy people called their "Club".
 Lunch: Victoria Tea at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Enjoy tea sandwiches, savory, warm scones, petite pastries and compliment with the perfect cup of tea.
 Afternoon: Tour and venture through Jekyll Island Historic District the 240 acre Landmark. The tour will begin at the Museum on Stable Road, with a guide leading the group by tram through the past centuries of Christmas decor. Guest will encounter costumed interpreters performing re-enactments of how the holidays use to be celebrated. You will hear holiday tunes of the past in celebration of the eras from Victorian times through the Jazz age.
 Dinner: The Jekyll Island Club Courtyard at Crane Cottage, an alfresco restaurant, is the enchanting setting for a casual, sophisticated dining experience. Located in the center courtyard and loggia of the historic Crane Cottage, the setting suggests an Italian Renaissance villa.
 Evening: TBA
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tour the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center and make a holiday ornament. Gullah culture.
(Tuesday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Tour the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center and explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. Outreach presentations and special events will highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles. Enjoy making a Christmas ornament during your tour.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Discuss the history and culture of the Gullahs. Also, referred to as Geechee in some parts of the south. Descendants of African slaves brought to the United States by European planters during the 18th and 19th centuries. Many still live on or near islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Christmas Caroling sing along.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jekyll Ecology & Beach walk/Free afternoon and evening.
(Wednesday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Jekyll Ecology and Beach walk.
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: This afternoon will be your free time for exploring on your own. You may want to return to the Historic District to see additional areas not visited on Monday. You could also visit neighboring places such as Brunswick, Darien, or St. Simons Island to see other areas of Georgia's Golden Isles. If you're a golfer Jekyll Island offers 63 holes of golf to challenge you. Bicyclists will also enjoy the 25 miles of bike paths Jekyll offers.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own.
 Evening: Enjoy your free evening.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Gingerbread demonstration, lunch and dinner at the Jekyll Island Club hotel.
(Thursday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: A famous pastry chef at the Jekyll Island Club will demonstrate making a gingerbread house for the holidays.
 Lunch: Lunch served at the Jekyll Island Club hotel. Enjoy holiday music.
 Afternoon: Learn about Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany glass fame and his contribution to Jekyll Island.
 Dinner: Fine Dining, Southern Style, enjoy the Sunset Dinner at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The food, service and ambiance you have come to expect in this graceful and elegant 19th Century setting.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jekyll trivia and review.
(Friday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Jekyll trivia and review.
 Morning: Check out 11:00 AM
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island, GA General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Island include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.


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