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Pennsylvania's Gardens: From Amish Charm to Longwood Sophistication

Program Number: 11116RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/5/2013 - 5/10/2013; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $638.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Celebrate spring in Lancaster County and be inspired by our vast array of blooming flowers and lush green plants. The gardens of Lancaster County and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful in the country and have a unique style all their own. We will be visiting the world-famous Longwood Gardens as well as meandering through gardens owned by Amish and Mennonites.




Highlights

• With local Master Gardeners and a Mennonite historian, enjoy the charming gardens of Lancaster County.
• Explore Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, one of America's “10 great places of historical proportions.”
• Embrace the beauty of 1,077 acres of Longwood Gardens and the grand Conservatory with an expert, and enjoy plenty of time to enjoy at your own leisure.



Activity Particulars

Walking on grass, some steps into Amish home. Climbing on/off bus.



Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.




Lancaster

Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.



Accommodations
Modern retreat center in peaceful woodland setting in Lancaster County. In observance of the guidelines of this institution, only married couples or people of the same sex may share rooms. No alcohol or smoking permitted on grounds.

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

Brinton Rutherford grew up in northern Lancaster County. He currently works as a resource staff person for Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. His prior work includes five years as the director the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. With an earned doctorate in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, he also teaches theology and church history at the Lancaster campus of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University, and at Messiah College.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville, PA 5 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by a vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers quiet, comfortable accommodations for many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to walk the trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Room amenities: Comfortable motel-style rooms.
  Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat Center welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area serving buffet style meals and hotel-style rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $50.00 - $70.00/night Depends on availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50.00 - $70.00/night Depends on availability.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in the retreat center lobby from 4PM - 5:30PM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with boxed lunch at 10:00 AM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Retreat Center is along Rt. 472.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA
phone: 215-580-7800

 

Distance:

 

47 miles

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is available from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat.

 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore via I-95 and US Route 1 Exit I-95 in Maryland at Route 272 (Exit 100). Travel north on Route 272, until the intersection of US Route 1. Travel north on US Route 1. Get off at Route 472 (Oxford, PA exit). Turn left onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Harrisburg via the PA Turnpike East Exit the turnpike at exit #247 (Harrisburg). From toll booth take right hand ramp. Take Route 283 east to Lancaster, PA. Exit Route 283 at Route 72 (Manheim Pike). Travel on Route 72 south until it merges with Route 222 south (Prince Street). Travel on Route 222 through the town of Lancaster and continue on Route 222 south all the way to the town of Quarryville. (Watch the left turn that Route 222 south makes after the Willow Valley Resort, south of Lancaster). When in Quarryville, make a left at the first light (there will be a Sunoco station on your right) onto Route 372 east (State Street) and travel approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Route 472 south. Travel approximately 4.5 miles, and Black Rock Retreat will be on your left. (Do not try to find us on Black Rock Road. We do not have an entrance on this road).
  From Philadelphia via I-95 and US Route 11 Exit I-95 in Pennsylvania after Chester, PA at Route 322 West. Travel north until you reach the intersection of US Route 1. Travel south on US Route 1 until you reach the exit for Route 472 (Oxford exit). Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Philadelphia via the PA Turnpike West Exit the turnpike at exit #326 (Valley Forge/King of Prussia). Almost immediately get on Route 202 south. Travel on this road until you reach US Route 1 south. Travel approximately 26 miles on Route 1 south until you reach the exit for Route 472. Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Wilmington, Delaware Take Route 141 or Route 48 to Route 41 North. Continue on Route 41 North until it intersects with Route 1. Take Route 1 South and get off at the fifth exit (Route 472). Turn right and go north on Route 472 for approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood.
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:
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room. Meet in lobby for instructions.
 Evening: Black Rock information session and get acquainted time.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hans Herr House/ Amish gardens/traditional Amish dinner hosted by Old Order Amish family
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to include historic Hans Herr House and Amish Quilt Shop and farm
 Lunch: Boxed lunch
 Afternoon: Lancaster County guided excursion including stops at an Amish-Mennonite farm and bake shop and popular Kitchen Kettle Village.
 Dinner: Traditional Amish meal hosted by Old Order Amish family.
 Evening: Visit with Amish family and travel on beautiful country roads back to Black Rock Retreat.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Brandywine River Museum which features many Wyeth paintings
 Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at lovely Winterthur Cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Afternoon spent at Winterthur including free time to wander the gardens and woods and Winterthur Introductory tour
 Dinner: Retreat Center Dining Room
 Evening: PBS film - Amish: People of Preservation
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Lancaster County lecturers
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Amish/Mennonite lecture
 Lunch: Retreat center dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Longwood Gardens - one of "must see gardens of the world"
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Longwood Gardens with guided tour
 Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at Longwood Gardens The Terrace featuring a Cafe' or 1906 Fine Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Free time to meander through the gardens.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Herb Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall.
 Morning: Check out and wrap up session.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch available at 10AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Quarryville, PA General Overview
Various attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre. For additional information, visit www.padutchcountry.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


Amish Country


Author: Ruth Hoover Seitz


Description: Amish ways and reasons behind them.





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