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Signature City Newport: From Maritime to Mansions

Program Number: 19549RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/21/2012 - 10/26/2012;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From mansions and their wealthy inhabitants to a diverse religious landscape to the tennis and yachting that are part of the local culture, get a profoundly intimate view of the seaside city of Newport. Through lectures by local scholars and expert-led field trips, discover more than 300 years of history in this quintessential harbor town.




Highlights

• Go inside Newport’s famed summer “cottages” and uncover the unique culture of the Gilded Age.
• Explore some of the oldest places of worship in the country and explore the waterfront for an in-depth look into life before the mansions.
• Discover the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Yacht Restoration School.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day, standing 60-90 minutes on field trips; stairs in historic sites.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Newport (Rhode Island)

Lavish mansions, billowing sails, and a plethora of culinary and scenic delights characterize this world-famous seaport, beloved by the East Coast elite during the 19th century. The Gilded Age lives on in Newport, as does the earlier Colonial period, as dozens of historic homes and buildings recall bygone eras of seafaring and socializing.



Accommodations
Recently restored Historic Hotel of America, the Hotel Viking is located on Bellevue Avenue, in the heart of the Newport Historic District.
Meals and Lodgings
   Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
  Newport, RI 5 nights
 Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the world famous Cliff Walk and just one mile from downtown Newport.
  Contact info: One Wave Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-846-0310
web: newportbeachhotelandsuites.com/index.cfm
  Room amenities: The original Historic Building recently reopened following a multi-million dollar restoration which incorporates carefully restored interiors with luxurious furnishings and amenities. Completely redesigned guest rooms in these elegant Newport accommodations feature luxurious bedding, and a variety of room configurations. The new décor features beige and blue tones popular within contemporary New England beachside interiors. The same craftsmen who have designed furniture for Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Wynn Hotel, and other luxury hotels designed custom furniture for our rooms with wood inlays and granite tops. Custom furniture with wood inlays and granite tops. 37-inch LCD TV with HD cable, DVD player and complimentary use of our in-house DVD library. MP3 player with iPod docking station. Luxurious bedding with imported linens, duvets and featherbeds, with your choice of plush down or fiberfill pillows. Bathrooms finished in imported Carrera marble, granite vanities with custom cabinetry, and luxury bath amenities. Refrigerator, microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, and electronic safe. In-room gourmet coffee and teas. Complimentary wireless Internet. Proud member of Historic Hotels of America, an exclusive collection of uniquely restored hotels and resorts.
  Facility amenities: An indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond provide soothing water views from walls of windows and Juliet balconies. A cascading water wall, nautical artwork, and inlayed glass block mosaic tiles contribute to the relaxing ambiance of the indoor pool environment. The rooftop deck with hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooks Newport Pond arguably the best views of any of the hotels in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionaly the hotel offers: Free wireless Internet access available in all guest rooms and public areas. Complimentary business center with Internet terminals and printers. Guest laundry in the historic section of the hotel. Complimentary gourmet coffee and teas throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Depending on Availibilty Please contact the hotel directly for additional nights before or following the program no earlier than 2 months before the program begins. Depending on availibilty a special rate maybe available for Road Scholar Participants.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Depending on Availibilty Please contact the hotel directly for additional nights before or following the program no earlier than 2 months before the program begins. Depending on availibilty a special rate maybe available for Road Scholar Participants.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 pm at the hotel You will be staying at Newport Beach Hotel and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
12 noon at the hotel You will be staying at Newport Beach Hotel and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available: November 1 – March 31 - $12 daily April 1 – October 31 - $25 daily
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Newport, RI
  From End of Program
  Location: Newport, RI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

TF Green International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cozy Cab
phone: 401-846-2500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25.00
Prices are subject to change.

   

Call Cozy Cab to make a reservation. They will take you from the airport to the Hotel Viking in Newport. From the Hotel Viking, it is a short $10-12 taxi ride to the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites. The number for Rainbow Cab service in Newport is (401) 849-1333.

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston and Points North Travel Rt 128 south to Rt 24 South through Fall River, following signs for Newport over the Sakonnet River Bridge. From Rt 24 South take Rt 138 South for six miles. Turn left at the sign to Newport Beaches (just after Dunkin donuts on right). You are now on Rt 138A. Travel two miles and at the end of the road bear left at the light. Our hotel in Newport, RI is ½ mile down on your right.
  From New York and Points West Travel Interstate 95 North to RI exit 3A, Rt 138 East. Follow signs over the Jamestown Bridge (no toll) and over the Newport Bridge (toll). Continue one mile to end of highway. Turn left at light at Newport Grand Slots. Travel two miles, turn right at third light onto Valley Rd (Rt 214). Bear right at the first light. The hotel is ½ mile down on your right.
  From Providence Travel Rt 195 East through Fall River to Rt 24 South. From Rt 24 South take Rt 138 South for six miles. Turn left at the sign to Newport Beaches (just after Dunkin donuts on right). You are now on Rt 138A. Travel two miles and at the end of the road bear left at the light. Our hotel in Newport, RI is ½ mile down on your right.
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/Welcome Dinner/ Overview Lecture
(Sunday, October 21)
   
 Arrive To: Registration at the hotel between 3::00- 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Orientation and dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Historical Newport lecture.
   
Accommodations: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Newport Mansions/Guided Age Lecture
(Monday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of Chateau Sur Mer, followed by a self-guided audio tour of the Elms Mansion where you will explore the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Breakers Mansion where you learn about the Vanderbilt family and their summer cottage with a self-guided audio tour, followed by free time to explore Newport.
 Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restataurant.
 Evening: This evening we will enjoy a lecture on Newport in the Gilded Age.
   
Accommodations: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Whitehorne House/Redwood Library/Religious Heritage Walking Tour
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy tours of the Whitehorne House followed by the Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in America.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Religious heritage tour of Newport featuring a guided tour of the Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the United States, and the Great Friends Quaker Meeting House, which was built in 1699 and is the oldest surviving house of worship in Rhode Island. Following the tour you will have free time.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Audio tours of the Rosecliff and Marblehouse mansions/Free Time to explore Newport
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Trollet tour of Ocean Drive, followed by a guided tour of Rosecliff, the mansion that became the setting for many of Newport's most lavish parties and was the location of many films including, The Great Gatsby, True Lies and Amistad.
 Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we visit Marble House, the mansion that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces.
 Dinner: Enjoy local dinner on your own.
 Evening: Free time to the explore the area on your own.
   
Accommodations: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: International Tennis Hall of Fame/Guided exploration of the International Yacht Restoration School
(Thursday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Delve into Newport's sporting culture on a field trip to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hall of Fame
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the International Yacht Restoration School. Focoused on preparing students to enter and excel in all aspects of modern boatbuilding, the IYRS is home to important restoration projects and accompanying exhibitions that draw visitors from around the world.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Return to the hotel
   
Accommodations: Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Free Morning/Program Departures
(Friday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Free Morning
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to go.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Suggested Reading List


Wicked Newport: Sordid Stories from the City By the Sea


Author: Larry Stanford and J. Bailey


Description: Exploring 350 years of Newport history, Local scholar Larry Stanford traces the story of the city from its colonial beginnings through the Gilded age and to the present day, uncovering scandals and controversies of some of America’s most famous and infamous families.





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