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Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival

Program Number: 7864RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/17/2013 - 3/22/2013; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Macon, Georgia
Price starting at: $729.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Celebrate the arrival of spring by exploring Macon, the small city known as “The Heart of Georgia,” during the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. Festival events commemorate the flowering of Macon’s 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees, the largest array outside of Japan. Journey to Jarrell Plantation, have lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette (famed for its role in “Fried Green Tomatoes”) and visit the restored Old Governor’s Mansion and Old Capitol Building in historic Milledgeville.




Highlights

• Experience the U.S.’s most expansive Cherry Blossom Festival, a month-long celebration.
• Discover and tour the interiors of Macon’s lovely antebellum mansions including the Woodruff House, Hay House, Cannonball House and Sidney Lanier Cottage.
• Visit Ocmulgee National Monument to find evidence of this area’s 17,000 years of continuous human habitation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a half mile per day. Some stairs.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Macon

Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon boasts cultural resources from an excellent symphony orchestra to museums of art and African-American history. The thriving downtown features antique shops and art galleries, and numerous recreation areas around the city offer opportunities for hiking, golf, swimming and other outdoor pastimes.



Accommodations
Modern, well-equipped, comfortable hotel.

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

As a Beaufort, S.C., resident, popular storyteller, actress, and novelist, Kim Poovey brings local history to life through her characters from the past. Whether telling a ghost story in downtown Beaufort or appearing to as the inimitable Miss Emma Victoria Brown, she transports her listeners to the past and wraps them up in the stories she tells. After each of her programs, Kim steps out of character to answer questions and elaborate on some of the historical events that shaped her stories.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Riverside
  Macon, GA 5 nights
 Best Western Riverside
Type: Hotel
  Description: Outdoor pool (seasonal), Lounge, convenient access off I-75, close to downtown Macon.
  Contact info: 2400 Riverside Drive
Macon, GA 31204 USA
phone: 478-743-6311
  Room amenities: Hair Dryers, Coffer Maker, Refrigerator, Iron and Ironing Board, HBO TV, Direct Dial Tone Phones, and high speed personal computer access, and alarm clocks.
  Facility amenities: Exercise room, Coin Laundry. Computer Access with AOL Internet service and all day Coffee in Lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $50.00- $60.00 Based on availability. Participant must call in for additional nights and must mention they are with Road Scholar Program for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50.00- $60.00 Based on availability. Participant must call in for additional nights and must mention they are with Road Scholar Program for the Road Scholar rate.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm Sunday in the Lobby of Best Western Riverside Inn You will be staying at Best Western Riverside that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 11 a.m. Friday. You will be staying at Best Western Riverside the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No charge for parking at motel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Macon, GA
  Nearest highway: Interstate 75
  Nearest airport:  Macon and Atlanta
  From End of Program
  Location: Macon, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlanta International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 478-471-1616
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$32 + 5 to go directly to a hotel and not to their transportation parking lot.(subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Open 24 hours a day 

 

Distance:

 

85 miles

   

Shuttle from Atlanta Airport with Grooms Transportation to Macon is $32.00 or round trip is $59.00. (subject to change) Grooms Transportation # is:(478) 471-1616

 
Driving Directions
  North, South, East and West Macon is located about 80 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. Take Exit 167 (Pierce Ave), turn left on Riverside Dr. and it will be on your right hand side, within one mile.
Elevation Note: At 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: Arrival/Orientation and Dinner at Local Restaurant
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Macon, Georgia! Check in between 3-4:30 p.m. Road Scholar registration will take place in the lobby. If you are early you could check with the front desk to see if your room is available before 3 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 5:00 p.m.
 Evening: At 6:30 p.m. we will be going over the week's schedule and having orientation - get to know your facilitator and fellow Road Scholar participants. A local author will be our guest to introduce the week's events and local culture.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Riverside
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hay House, Sidney Lanier Cottage, Cannon Ball House and More/Movie Night
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Light Continental Breakfast at the hotel is available beginning at 6:00 a.m. and lasting through 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Begin your Cherry Blossom adventure with Field Trips to the Hay House, Sidney Lanier Cottage, Cannon Ball House, and enjoy taking in the view of Historic Macon as well as the Cherry Blossom Trail.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch at the Neel Reid House, followed by a tour of this Federated Garden Center exhibit home.
 Afternoon: Have an adventure visiting Central City Park - the hub of the Festival - as they celebrate 10 Days of Festival Fun in the park!
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal plus great entertainment through this double treat - Dinner Theatre!!
 Evening: Sit back, relax and enjoy the show - once you finish your meal you can relish the theatre performance.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ocmulgee National Monument/ Indian Mounds, "The Big House": Home of the famous Allman Brothers, Beautiful St. Joseph's Catholic Church with its stained glass windows. Military Band Concert
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Light Continental Breakfast in the comfort of your hotel.
 Morning: Journey to the past and witness 10,000 years of Native American Indian heritage at the Ocmulgee National Monument mounds and lodge.
 Lunch: Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Grand Opera House, including an exclusive lunch and backstage tour!
 Afternoon: Tour the beautiful St. Joseph's Cathedral.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening entertainment provided by the Armed Forces Military Band Concert.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit Old Govenor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA Entertainment in the evening.
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Light Continential Breakfast is served at the hotel.
 Morning: We will have a guided exploration of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA exclusively for Road Scholar participants. The Mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
 Lunch: Enjoy a wide variety of choices from the MAX at Georgia College. During lunch, your choices include a traditional family style menu with plenty of options to choose from. You will also have unlimited access to all of the dining stations, including the made-to-order deli. The MAX proudly features several vegan/vegetarian dining options. In the mood for something different? Wander over to the international line which boasts a constantly changing menu from the world’s best cuisine!
 Afternoon: Take the city excursion! Led by an expert tour-guide, you will visit historic sites in Milledgeville - the Antebellum Capital of the South. Learn about the Old Capital Building, St. Stephen's Church and the Sallie Ellis Davis House.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Prepare yourself for a visit later in the week to the Whistle Stop Cafe by viewing "Fried Green Tomatoes," filmed in Juliette, GA.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Juliette, GA
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Light Continetal Breakfast is served at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Historic Jarrell Plantation. Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” typhoid fever, Reconstruction, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry. In 1974, family descendants donated the grounds to establish Jarrell Plantation as a State Historic Site.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the iconic Whistle Stop Cafe.
 Afternoon: Browse around all that charming Juliette has to offer, where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Take in an evening at the Theatre by watching the producation at the Grand Opera House.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Riverside
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture by Local Author
(Friday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Light Continental Breakfast will be available from 6:30-9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Participants have the option to take part in a summary of the week and feedback session. The program concludes with this session. We hope you have enjoyed this special new learning experience and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys!
 Morning: Individual departures from the hotel with check out no later than 11 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Macon, GA Overview
Taxi service is available or can use your own car.
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


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe


Author: Fannie Flagg


Description: Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s: of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.



Never Put a Ten-Dollar Tree in a Ten-Cent Hole


Author: Ed Grisamore


Description: Telegraph columnist Ed Grisamores latest book Never Put a 10-Dollar Tree in a 10-Cent Hole is a collection of his newspaper columns and essays. Grisamore, winner of the 2010 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, pays tribute to everything from fatherhood to faith, food, music, children, veterans, everyday heroes, universal truths and the wisdom of the generations. He also shares his thoughts about his personal journey and the delights of the writing life.





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