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Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Dauphin Island and Marine Life on the Gulf Coast

Program Number: 17045RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    


Date Specific Information

3-10-2013

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Coordinated by University of South Alabama.



Dauphin Island: Indian Mounds and Marine Life

Discover a scenic barrier island rich in history and marine life. Field trips take you to the Indian Mounds, Estuarium and Civil War Fort, sight of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Learn of the Spanish, British and French influences on this uniquely historical island.



Bellingrath Gardens and Home: An American Castle

Marvel at the splendor of this stately home with its world-renowned gardens. A field trip reveals the lives of the founders and history of the estate's gardens. Don’t miss the incomparable collections of 19th-century furnishings and Boehm porcelain.



Marine Life on the Gulf Coast

Look beneath the surface at the Gulf Coast's abundant fish, oysters, shrimp and more. Take a pontoon study cruise and hear from a local expert about what really happened in the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, its effects and what the future holds.




Mobile

Mobile, home of the nation’s oldest Mardi Gras celebration, was founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana territory. Its rich heritage is evident in the city’s elegant, historic homes. The bay area is renowned for its lush beauty, bountiful azaleas (in season) and fabulous seafood.



Accommodations
One of Mobile’s favorite hotels with heated indoor pool and free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   Admiral Semmes Hotel
  Mobile, Alabama 5 nights
 Admiral Semmes Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Admiral Semmes Hotel has been one of the south's finest historic landmark hotels since it's opening in 1940, when it was acclaimed Mobile's only luxury hotel. Some of the hotel's architectural features include expansive marble floors, stair case a unique oval balcony lobby, highlighted by a large central chandelier, and the original Art Deco elevator doors. an entire floor of conference space on the mezzanine level is located on the second floor near some of the rooms.
  Contact info: 251 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602 USA
phone: 251-432-8000
web: www.admiralsemmeshotel.com
  Room amenities: All accommodations; feature a comfortable lounge chair with ottoman, an elegant armoire with separate vanity, a mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, maid service and room service until 10 PM.
  Facility amenities: There is a spacious outdoor pool deck with hot tub, and there is a covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel. Oliver's restaurant and bar is also located inside the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Ask hotel for the best rate Please make reservations prior to your arrival if you intend to stay before or after the program.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Ask hotel for the best rate Please make reservations prior to your arrival if you intend to stay before or after the program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-In at 3:00 PM, Registration is from 4:00-5:30 PM You will be staying at Admiral Semmes Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel Check-Out at 11:00 AM You will be staying at Admiral Semmes Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Road Scholar Health form required for each participant.
  Parking availability:
Parking is adjacent to the hotel. There is a $7 a day fee for parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mobile, Alabama
  Nearest city or town:  Mobile
  Nearest highway: Interstate 65 connecting to Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Mobile Regional Airport (airport code MOB)
  From End of Program
  Location: Mobile, Alabama
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Mobile Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Yellow Cab/Mobile Bay Transportation
phone: 251-476-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 miles

   

You must register at least 24 hours in advance. Ask for Mobile Bay Transportation when you call. You can register on line by e-mailing dispatch@mobilebaytransportation.com or you can call 251-476-7711. Confirm your reservation before your flight lands to ensure pick up.

 
Driving Directions
  From Mobile Regional Airport to Admiral Semmes When leaving the airport, travel east on Airport Blvd for 10 miles. Airport Blvd will end at Old Government St where you will yield to the right onto Old Governement St. You will then turn left onto Government St still traveling east. Travel for 2.5 miles and the hotel will be on your right. To get to the parking garage, take a right on Joachim St. After one block, take a right on Church St (the back of the hotel) then the next right on S Jackson St, where the parking garage is on the west side of the hotel to your right.
  I-10 east to Admiral Semmes Traveling east on I-10 take exit 26B Water St. to your right toward downtown Mobile. Merge to the far left lane to turn left at the first light to Government St. The hotel will be on your left on the corner of Joachim and Government. To get to the parking garage, take a left on Joachim St. After one block, take a right on Church St (the back of the hotel) then the next right on S Jackson St, where the parking garage is on the west side of the hotel to your right.
  I-10 west to Admiral Semmes Hotel Traveling west on I-10, take exit 27 onto US-90/US-98 to merge onto Government Blvd. You will go through the Wallace Bankhead tunnel and the hotel will be on your right. To get to the parking garage, take a left on Joachim St. After one block, take a right on Church St (the back of the hotel) then the next right on S Jackson St, where the parking garage is on the west side of the hotel to your right.
  I-65 to Admiral Semmes Hotel Heading south on I-65, merge to the left toward Florida where I-65 forks to travel I-10 East. Travel for 6 miles on I-10 then take exit 26B Water St. to your right toward downtown Mobile. Merge to the far left lane to turn left at the first light to Government St. The hotel will be on your left on the corner of Joachim and Government. To get to the parking garage, take a left on Joachim St. After one block, take a right on Church St (the back of the hotel) then the next right on S Jackson St, where the parking garage is on the west side of the hotel to 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 and Check-in/Dinner in the Cafeteria/Introductions
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Afternoon: Registration and check-in to lodging at hotel from 4-5:30 PM. From 5:30-6:00 PM Orientation for the program week in the conference room. University history and all handout materials will be discussed. Any questions will be answered at this time. (**Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather, instructor, and class availability.)
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: Introductions and questions answered in the classroom. Evening ends by 8:30 PM.
   
Accommodations: Admiral Semmes Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes include Bellingrath Gardens and History of Dauphin Island/Afternoon class on Battle of Mobile Bay/All meals in the hotel/Evening Class
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.
 Morning: Explore Bellingrath Gardens and Home in a class conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath. Local historian tells the interesting story of Dauphin Island. Learn of Indian mounds, fort and the influences of Spanish, British and French on this uniquely historical island.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War. Discover the roll Fort Gaines played in the Battle.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: This evening, enjoy a special presentation on Mobile’s famous Azalea Trail Maids. These fifty young women, selected from area high schools, wear traditional hooped antebellum dresses with pantaloons, gloves, and dainty umbrellas. The Azalea Trail Maids are true ambassadors to the city and exemplify Mobile’s southern charm. This class will definitely remain on your list of favorites for years to come!
   
Accommodations: Admiral Semmes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Classes on Dauphin Island and Marine Life/Afternoon Pontoon boat ride/All meals in the hotel/Evening Class
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.
 Morning: Local historian tells the interesting story of Dauphin Island. Learn of Indian mounds, fort and the influences of Spanish, British and French on this uniquely historical island. Discover impressive marine life surrounding Dauphin Island from a Marine Resources staff member. Learn of the research currently going on in the waters surrounding this area, and what changes have been occurring in these waters.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Field trip to 5 Rivers Delta this afternoon. Enjoy the museum filled with the Delta’s rich array of natural and cultural resources. Then take a ride into the Delta on a pontoon boat. Look out for alligators, pelicans, osprey and many other Delta creatures.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: Learn about the animals and flora and fauna surrounding Dauphin Island. Learn the ecology of this beautiful island.
   
Accommodations: Admiral Semmes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Classes on Bellingrath Gardens and the Oil Spill/Field Trip to Bellingrath Gardens/All meals in the hotel/Evening Class
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining area.
 Morning: Explore Bellingrath Gardens and Home in a class conducted by the property’s curator. Discover how this local attraction was chosen as the only Alabama property featured on the A&E series, America’s Castles. Learn about the 65-acre garden estate, its opening to the public in 1932, and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bellingrath. Understand the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill with a Geologist. With this expert you will talk about the spill, the ways they tried to contain the spill and what they finally did to cap the well. You will also talk about the effects and what we learned from this spill.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Tour one of A&E’s “American Castles” – Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Step back in time for a journey through the magnificent 15-room mansion. The home showcases its original collection of treasured antiques, furniture, silver, china, crystal, and cut glass. The exterior features handmade brick and ironwork from a landmark 19th century Mobile hotel. Nestled among beautiful live oaks, Spanish moss, and scenic Fowl River, the 65-acre gardens boast blooms every day of the year. During Spring, enjoy azaleas, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, camellias, Japanese magnolias, ornamental kale and cabbage, foxglove, delphinium, violas and poppies.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: Sit back and relax as you finish your day with an entertaining evening class. From comedy to music or local flair, you will always look forward to what this session offers.
   
Accommodations: Admiral Semmes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast in the hotel/Field trip to Dauphin Island/Lunch at the pavilion/Free Afternoon/Dinner in the hotel/Evening Class
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Take a tour of beautiful Dauphin Island, the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast. Begin with the Indian Shell mounds, discover this wonderfully preserved landmark. Next, visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Estuarium. This educational facility highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall and Living Marsh Boardwalk. Finally, discover Historic Fort Gaines. Learn of the forts roll in the history of Dauphin Island and its importance to the Battle of Mobile Bay.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the in the park on Dauphin Island.
 Afternoon: Take this free afternoon to explore the local hot spots. Visit picturesque downtown Fairhope where you'll find shops, boutiques, cafés, art galleries and gift shops galore. The beaches, a short drive south, provide opportunities for souvenir shopping, beach combing, and relaxation! Make a trip to the causeway to sample the area’s finest cuisine – fresh gulf seafood. While you’re there, don’t miss the USS Alabama Battleship.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: Enjoy the last class of the program with an entertaining class. From comedy to music to local flair, you will always look forward to what this session offers.
   
Accommodations: Admiral Semmes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast in the dining room/Check out and Morning Class on The Oil Spill and its Effect on Animals/Box lunch to go
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Check out of rooms. Talk with a local expert about how the oil spill effected the animals on the Gulf Coast. What work was done to help them and how we can continue to help.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to go after morning class
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Mobile, Alabama Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Readers of "Southern Living" recently chose Bellingrath Gardens as one of the top three gardens in its annual Readers Choice Survey. In bloom every day of the year, Bellingrath Gardens offers visitors 65 acres of landscaped beauty among towering live-oaks draped in Spanish moss, The Bellingrath Home has been chosen as the first in Alabama to appear on A&E's popular "America's Castles" series. Enjoy a relaxing sight-seeing cruise aboard the Sourthern Bell River Cruiser on Fowl River. View surrounding estates and wildlife from climate controlled comfort. For additional information, visit ww.bellingrath.org/gardens
  Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Canopied by century-old live oak trees, "The Bragg" is a grand antebellum mansion. This beautiful example of southern elegance is furnished with fine antiques and exquisite draperies. The circular staircase, double parlors and lavish rooms with crystal chandeliers remind one of a time when hospitality was a way of life. Free Parking. For additional information, visit www.braggmitchellmansions.com
  Conde Charlotte Museum House
Mobile's first official jail, this circa 1822 Federal-style home has period rooms containing French, British, Spanish, Confederate and American furnishings and decor. For additional information, visit www.condecharlottemuseum.com
  Fort Conde Museum and Welcome Center
Costumed guides lead tours, fire muskets and cannons, and take you back to the early days of Mobile's beginnings. The Welcome Center has interactive displays, videos and friendly people to help you get the most enjoyment out of your visit. Free Parking. This Fort is being renovated, it may not be open during your visit, but the welcome center will be available.
  USS Alabama and the USS Drum
Courage comes alive at Battleship Memorial Park, one of America's finest military parks. Here, along the shores of Mobile Bay, you'll experience heroism spanning more than seven decades from World War II to Desert Storm. Park includes the USS Alabama, the USS Drum submarine, various airplanes and military equipment. For additional information, visit http://www.ussalabama.com/
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


Historic Photos of Mobile


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Mobile: The History of Alabama's First City


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