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Exploring The Historic Hudson River Valley: A Landscape That Defined America

Program Number: 20509RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/26/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Hudson Valley, New York
Price starting at: $641.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Theater Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

The Hudson River Valley has been called the landscape that defined America. Join us to explore its nationally significant cultural and historic heritage with expert background presentations and field trips to iconic sites such as Washington's final Revolutionary Headquarters in Newburgh. Enjoy an afternoon cruise on the majestic Hudson to appreciate the splendid scenery.




Highlights

• It's been 45 years! Discover the Museum at Bethel Woods and celebrate The Story of the 60's at the site of the Woodstock Festival.
• Attend a performance of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival with its amazing background view of the Hudson River.
• Explore New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street, one of the nation’s oldest, featuring seven unique stone houses dating to the early 1700s, a burial ground and a reconstructed 1717 stone church.



Activity Particulars

Program gets you on your feet and includes activities such as walking up to a mile in a day and standing during field trips.




Date Specific Information

7-21-2013

Visit the Boscobel Restoration and enjoy a production of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.



Coordinated by Mount Saint Mary College.




Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Valley north of New York City harbors a mix of quaint villages and marvelous mansions, as well as historic sites like the Roosevelt homes in Hyde Park and Val-Kill. The area also boasts numerous art museums and concert venues, and its hamlets and towns are ideal starting points for discoveries of the Catskills and Shawangunk Ridge.



Accommodations
College campus suites with private baths, air-conditioning and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mount Saint Mary College
  Mount Saint Mary College 6 nights
 Mount Saint Mary College
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Our lovely campus has a beautiful view of the Hudson River. We are located in historic Newburgh, home to Washington's Revolutionary War Headquarters and closeby to West Point, Hyde Park, and many other attractions. The campus features a modern library and a gym/recreation complex which is shared with other programs.
  Contact info: 330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550 USA
phone: 845-926-9000
web: www.msmc.edu/roadscholar
  Room amenities: The dorm rooms will be clean and comfortable. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave. However, participant may want to bring their own alarm clock, radio, reading lamp, hair dryer, extra pillow .... for their comfort.
  Facility amenities: Our secure dormitory facilities are seven years old with air conditioning, private baths and amazing views of the Hudson River! Anyone who has said they were hesitant about staying in a dorm has encouraged us to tell people that the facility is terrific and the views can't be beat!
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Sakac Hall rooms are a typical suite set-up. Each bedroom has its own bath but the bathroom door is 3' adjacent to the bedroom door and one must step into shared area (not hallway) to go into the bathroom.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $40 sngl; $60 dbl. per night. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate extra night stayovers unless it is a bridge between two programs.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $40 sngl; $60 dbl. per night. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate extra night stayovers unless it is a bridge between two programs.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2:00 check in time You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College that night.
  End of Program:
1 p.m. You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please carry photo id.
  Parking availability:
The closest airport is Stewart - a cab ride away. Metro North out of Grand Central to Beacon. Shortline out of Port Authority to Newburgh. For airports - there are several within 1.5 hours, call for further information or help with transportation needs
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mount Saint Mary College
  Nearest city or town:  Newburgh
  Nearest highway: NYS Thruway (Rte. 87) and Rte. 84
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Mount Saint Mary College
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Newburgh / NYC

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Metro North Railroad
phone: 800-638-7646

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior Fare: approx. $12
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours + 10 minute cab ride 

   

The campus is also accessible by air (Stewart International Airport in Newburgh (10 minutes from campus) or Albany International, Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark - (all approx. 1.5 - 2 hrs. away) and bus - Shortline from Port Authority in NYC. Please call our office and we will be happy to help you with any needed information about transportation from the different airports: 845 565 2076

 
Driving Directions
  East, West, North/South From points East Take I-84 west to second Newburgh exit, 10S. Bear sharply right on exit ramp and go 1/4 mile to traffic light at intersection of Rt. 9W and Rt. 32. Turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At second light (Sunoco gas station is on the left), turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left. From points North or South Take the New York State Thruway to Newburgh exit 17. Go through tollbooth, bear right and follow signs for I-84. Take I-84 east to Newburgh exit 10. At the bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left. From points West Take I-84 east to Newburgh Exit 10. At bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left.
  Newburgh A car rental is suggested as best to fulfill sightseeing needs during free time.
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: Welcome to the Mount!
(Sunday, July 21)

Note: a tour of campus and a welcome dinner and orientation for the week



   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Mount Saint Mary College! Following check-in we will tour the lovely Mount campus.
 Dinner: The tour will end at Aquinas Hall where you will enjoy a welcome dinner. After dinner there will be an orientation where we will go over the schedule for the upcoming week.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: We will begin the day with a special lecture and then tour the beautiful Huguenot Street.
(Monday, July 22)

Note: We are v. fortunate to be visiting Huguenot Street at the time of completion of a major restoration of the interior of the Abraham Hasbrouck House, c. 1721. Please see: www.huguenotstreet.org for a preview of what is in store for you!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dormitory.
 Morning: We will travel to America's oldest street, the beautiful Huguenot Street in New Paltz for a lecture and a tour. The seven stone houses and several accompanying structures in the district were built in the early 18th century by Huguenot settlers fleeing discrimination in France and Belgium. The house museums are in their original village setting.
 Lunch: We will have lunch.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will visit Washington's final Revolutionary Headquarters.
 Dinner: Dinner is included and served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: After dinner there will be a class or a film shown.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: There will be free time today with information of places to tour in the Hudson Valley provided.
(Tuesday, July 23)

Note: Please see our website at www.msmc.edu/roadscholar for a list of suggestions of places to visit. We will also be v. happy to help you and give directions once you are here.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dorm.
 Morning: This morning there will be a class or some entertainment.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: You will have an afternoon of free time to enjoy the area. Please ask for suggestions of where to visit! (Prior to your arrival you can check the Mount website - www.msmc.edu/roadscholar- and view a sightseeing list. Any ?'s, please call! 845 565 2076.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served.
 Evening: Tonight there will be a class or some entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A tour of the beautiful Boscobel mansion. A performance of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
(Wednesday, July 24)

Note: Boscobel is an elegant Federal period house museum with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and one of the nation's leading collections of furniture and decorative arts. The performance of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is always an unforgettable experience!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dorm.
 Morning: There will be a class this morning.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will tour Boscobel, an absolutely beautiful home, once slated for demolition but moved to its present location. Wait till you see the view! Boscobel was originally built from 1804-08. Currently Boscobel is home of one of the nation's leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period.
 Dinner: We will have box dinners on the grounds of Boscobel following the tour.
 Evening: Tonight we will see a performance of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Be ready for a unique and splendid experience! The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987. Over 25 years later, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a critically-acclaimed regional theater, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and beyond.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: We will visit Gomez Mill House, Washington's Headquarters, and cruise the beautiful Hudson River.
(Thursday, July 25)

Note: Gomez Mill House is the oldest Jewish residence in the United States with a very interesting history. We will also tour Washington's final Revolutionary War Headquarters in Newburgh.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dorm.
 Morning: We will tour Gomez Mill House, the oldest continuously occupied Jewish dwelling in North America, and learn its amazing history. Built in 1714 by Luis Moses Gomez, a Sephardic Jew, for his trading operations along the nearby Hudson River. The house's interior has been restored to reflect all its residents over the years.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will cruise the beautiful Hudson River. The Hudson is a 315-mile watercourse that flows from north to south through eastern New York State. The highest official source is Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains. The river flows southward past the state capital at Albany and then eventually forms the boundary between New York City and the state of New Jersey. The Hudson's current changes direction four times every day as ocean tides pulse upriver to the Troy dam. It is called the 'river that flows both ways.'
 Dinner: Dinner will be served.
 Evening: Following dinner we will have a farewell party!
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A visit with actors from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
(Friday, July 26)

Note: To visit with one or two actors from the performance that we have seen is a unique and special experience for everyone!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dorm.
 Morning: Be prepared for a very special experience when we meet an actor or two from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival! This is a unique and fun experience!
 Lunch: Following checking out and lunch the program is officially over for this week. We appreciate you coming to Mount Saint Mary College Road Scholar Program!
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Mount Saint Mary College Mount Saint MaryCollege
There is a morning or afternoon of free time scheduled during the week. Directions to local points of interest such as West Point or Washington's Headquarters are provided. For those without a car there are local taxi companies and the rates are reasonable. For additional information, visit www.msmc.edu/Road Scholar/
  Newburgh Mount Saint Mary College
The Mount campus is accessible by car, train (Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Station / Beacon station), and bus (Newburgh Shortline Station). A car rental is suggested as the best way to fulfill sightseeing needs during free time.
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 Hudson Valley: A Photographic Tour


Author: de Flon, Nancy and Anton


Description: With passion and expertise, Nancy de Flon and Anton de Flon expose the history, infrastructure, architecture, and natural beauty of their beloved Hudson Valley.



Hudson Valley Harvest


Author: Greenberg, Jan


Description: The only comprehensive guide to the foods, farms and restaurants of the Hudson Valley: a food lover's guide to the farms, local foods, open air markets, restaurants and regional cuisine of New York's historic and bountiful Hudson River Valley.



River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers


Author: Shengold, Nina


Description: For centuries, writers have drawn inspiration from the Hudson River and its surroundings. John Burroughs, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edith Wharton all lived and worked in the region immortalized by the Hudson River School of Painters.



The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geological History & Tour


Author: Titus, Robert and Johanna


Description: Tour the Hudson River Valley and see this region through the eyes of geologists who see a half mile thick sheet of ice grinding its way down the valley and overtopping even the highest mountains.




What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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