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Improve Your Bridge Judgment and Experience Nature

Program Number: 2711RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/17/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Windermere, Ontario
Price starting at: $898.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bridge & Other Games
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat    

Improve your bridge game in a relaxed, hands-on instructional workshop. Master bidding, playing and defending hands as you learn new skills and develop your bridge logic. Tailored to the skill levels in the group, the sessions are laid-back and informative. When away from the card table, enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s Muskoka District, a Victorian-era lakeside cottage region, with various short walks organized to experience the natural wonders of the woods, lakes, waterfalls, country lanes and the nearby 300-acre wildlife sanctuary.




Highlights

• Strategize your bridge playing with specially tailored classes designed to strengthen skills and confidence.
• Enjoy the full amenities of the resort location and the natural beauty of Muskoka’s woodlands.
• Enjoy music, hors d’ouevres, and conversation after improving your bridge skills and before dinner.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking; basic game knowledge required.




Date Specific Information

5-12-2013

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Windermere

Located approximately 100 miles north of Toronto, this resort on Lake Rosseau in south-central Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes region is representative of the many small lakeside communities that formed in the region during the Victorian era.



Accommodations
Resort accommodations in scenic, lake country; pool, hot tub, and sauna.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Baldwins Of Muskoka
  Windermere, ON 5 nights
 The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Type: Resort
  Description: Indoor pool, hot tub & sauna. Small sandy beach on Lake Rosseau & Muskoka dock with paddleboats, canoes & kayaks for use (no charge). Mini-putt, shuffleboard, bicycles & walking/ hiking trails close by. Next door to The Windermere Golf & Country Club (www.windermeregolf.ca) one of Canada's oldest golf courses and Muskoka's finest. You can walk to the 1st tee! Special resort rates available for our guests.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 61
1024 Golf Avenue Raod
Windermere, ON P0B 1P0 Canada
phone: 800-461-1728 xor17057693
web: www.baldwinsresort.com
  Room amenities: The resort is somewhat unique and retains a special atmosphere; you will find accommodations of varying size and shape. There are radios in all rooms but no TV or telephone in the rooms. The majority of accommodations have a small bar-sized fridge and fireplace. Where there may be 3 or 4 people travelling together, they may be accommodated in a two bedroom cottage with living room and deck. Fireplaces in all accommodations outside of the Main Lodge. All accommodations have full private bathroom. Limited two bedroom units with shared bathroom available for 2 persons/double occupancy & two bedroom cottages (two bathrooms) available to be shared by 4 persons (need to request after registration and site package is mailed out).
  Facility amenities: Wi-FI throughout the property. Ramps available to selected rooms for wheelchair and walker accessibility. If you have special dietary requirements, such as diabetes, or if you are a vegetarian, or have allergies, please let us know in advance and be sure to include this information on the Health & Safety Form. However, we do not supply specialty products (i.e. lactose free milk or gluten-free bread). If you have medication that must be refrigerated and there is not a fridge in your room we will look after it for you (most rooms have a fridge).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Not available for this program.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Not available for this program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Windermere, ON. Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the resort. You will be staying at The Baldwins Of Muskoka that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Check out by 11 a.m. You will be staying at The Baldwins Of Muskoka the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid passport is required for all travel to/from Canada - by land, sea or air. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date information on border crossing requirements.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Windermere, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Windermere
  Nearest highway: Highway 11
  Nearest airport:  Toronto, Ontario
  From End of Program
  Location: Windermere, ON
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Toronto Airport to The Baldwins

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Northern Airport Service
phone: 800-461-4219

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$80 - $85 (discount for 55+)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

   

The Northern Airport Service shuttle bus is available to pick you up directly at the Toronto Pearson International Airport and drive you to within 20 minutes of the resort (Port Sydney). We will then meet you and drive you to the resort. Contact Northern Airport Shuttle at 800-461-4219. Reservations are required. You will be asked for departure date, arrival destination, airline, flight #, flight arrival time and the number of passengers. Enquire about their senior rates.

 

Toronto

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Ontario Northland
phone: 800-461-8558
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 - $40 (discount for 60+)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

   

There is bus service from Toronto to Bracebridge (approximately 2 hours north of Toronto) . The local site coordinator will arrange a pick-up from Bracebridge to the resort (no cost). The bus arriving to Bracebridge around 12:00 noon is the only bus they are able to meet. For current fare & schedule information contact Ontario Northland at 800-461-8558 or visit www.ontarionorthland.ca

 

Toronto

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Ontario Northland
phone: 800-461-8558
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 - $50 ($10 taxi from train station to bus; $30 - $40 coach to Bracebridge.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 - 3 hours 

   

The train arrives into Toronto’s Union Station between Bay and York Streets. 1. Taxi from Union Station to the main bus terminal located downtown at Bay & Dundas Street (approximately $10.00). 2. Coach service from Toronto to Bracebridge. The local coordinator will arrange a pick-up from Bracebridge to the resort (no cost). The bus arriving to Bracebridge around 12:00 noon is the only bus they are able to meet. Contact Ontario Northland at 800-461-8558 or visit www.ontarionorthland.ca

 
Driving Directions
  Toronto From Toronto: Take Highway 400 North. Just past Barrie, continue on Highway #11 North. By-pass Orillia, Gravenhurst & Bracebridge. About 15 minutes after last Bracebridge exit, take Exit 207. Turn left/west onto 141 (direction of Parry Sound/Rosseau). Follow to Deebank Road (Muskoka Road #24), turn left to end. Right turn onto Windermere Road (#4) into the village of Windermere. Follow signs to The Baldwins Resort.
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: Reception & Orientation/Bridge Play
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Arrive To: Reception at 5:00 p.m. with h'ors d'oeurves and punch. Introductions to programme, facilities and other participants.
 Dinner: Dinner (Full-course, full service dining room).
 Evening: After a brief introduction by the Bridge Instructor, we will relax and play some bridge!
   
Accommodations: The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Bridge Class/Free Afternoon/Evening Bridge Class
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining room (Full-course, full service dining).
 Morning: First Bridge Lesson. Note: Complimentary coffee & tea available all morning.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room (Full-coure, full service dining).
 Afternoon: Free afternoon and/or organized walk/hike in the area.
 Dinner: Social Hour before dinner, h'ors d'oeurves, friendly conversation & music, followed by full service dinner in the Dining Room.
 Evening: Bridge lessons continue after dinner.
   
Accommodations: The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Bridge Class/Wildlife Sanctuary/Nature Program/Evening Bridge Class
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Full-serve breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: Bridge class continues.
 Lunch: Full-serve lunch in dining room.
 Afternoon: Apsen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Outing. Visit to a local 300 acre animal sanctuary devoted to the rehabilitation and rescue of various wild animals. Listen to their special stories and witness the on-going struggle between man and animal to share this land.
 Dinner: Social Hour before dinner, H'ors d'Oeurves, friendly conversation & music, followed by full service dinner in the Dining Room.
 Evening: Bridge class continues after dinner.
   
Accommodations: The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Bridge Class/Free Afternoon/OptionalWalk/Evening Bridge Class
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Full-serve breakfast in Dining Room.
 Morning: Bridge class continues
 Lunch: Full-service lunch in Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon and/or organized walk available.
 Dinner: Social Hour before dinner, H'ors d'Oeurves, friendly conversation & music, followed by full service dinner in the Dining Room.
 Evening: Bridge class continues.
   
Accommodations: The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Bridge Class/Afternoon Final Bridge Session
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Full-serve breakfast in Dining Room.
 Morning: Bridge Class continues.
 Lunch: Full-serve lunch in Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Special final Bridge session.
 Dinner: Social Hour before dinner, H'ors d'Oeurves, friendly conversation & music, followed by full service dinner in the Dining Room.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy!
   
Accommodations: The Baldwins Of Muskoka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent departures following breakfast.
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Full-serve breakfast in Dining Room.
 Morning: Check-out from accommodations by 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


25 Ways to Win 2 Over 1


Author: Paul Thurston


Description: Your instructor is the author of the award-winning book, “25 Ways to Win 2 Over 1,” and offers his expertise with students who share his enthusiasm for the game.



Canadians, A Portrait of the Country and Its People


Author: Roy MacGregor


Description: CULTURAL PORTRAIT, 2008, PAPERBACK, 320 PAGES A journalist and popular author, MacGregor takes the full measure of Canadian life in this irreverent, entertaining portrait of a people. (CND320, $18.00)



Michelin Green Guide Ontario


Author: Michelin


Description: With the same focus on driving tours, detailed maps and the Michelin star system, the venerable Green Guides are even better -- organized regionally, in color and with an overview of history, art and culture. (CND384, $19.95)



Ontario Wildlife


Author: James Kavanagh


Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife in Ontario. (CND284, $8.95)





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