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From Dock to Dish and Grape to Glass in Cape May

Program Number: 14655RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/21/2013 - 4/26/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $845.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Mouth-watering delicacies await you in the gourmand's paradise of Cape May, named “the restaurant capital of New Jersey” by The New York Times. Learn about food production with expert-led field trips to the docks to meet the charter fleet captain. At a local winery, the vintner takes you to the vineyard and cellar and conducts a wine tasting. And at area restaurants, learn the secrets and techniques from the chefs.




Highlights

• Enjoy a trolley ride to Fisherman's Wharf for an exploration of the fishery and the third-largest commercial harbor in the country.
• Cultivate your culinary skills through demonstrations on food preparation, presentation, nutrition and pairing wines with foods.
• Experience a living-history evening of music by John Philip Sousa — a frequent visitor to Cape May — and a debate on the dangers of “demon rum” by a saloon keeper and temperance advocate. Vote on the debate winner.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile.




Date Specific Information

4-21-2013

Since this is a program designed to highlight Cape May`s well-known restaurants and chefs, it is impossible to offer special menus and/or substitutions at meals.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




Cape May

More than 600 authentically restored Victorian structures make up this National Historic Landmark City on New Jersey's southern shore. Dubbed the nation's "First Seashore Resort," Cape May has been welcoming visitors to its white-sand beaches since the 1800s. Also a birding "hotspot," Cape May attracts more than 400 species of birds a year.



Accommodations
A basic Victorian-era hotel with modestly sized bedrooms. Loaded with character and clean, and for people who value the experience of an authentic turn-of-the century hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 5 nights
 Inn of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: When the Inn of Cape May began life in 1894, it boasted what were then state-of-the-art amenities: steam heat, gas lights, an electric system, and a wonderful wrap-around verandah to catch ocean breezes. Today, the Inn’s original Otis elevator from 1900 is still in service, operated by hotel staff as available. Guest rooms are basic and modestly sized, featuring retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C and cable TV. Rooms are furnished as they would have been a century ago with wicker and vintage furniture, and may either have two full-size beds or one queen or king-size bed. The Inn of Cape May also offers a restaurant, bar and in-ground pool, and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main pedestrian area.
  Contact info: 7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com
  Room amenities: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. The room assignments are made based on needs of the group and can't be changed from one view to another.
  Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs with showers; some only stall showers.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rate. Rates vary by season.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rate. Rates vary by season.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel with lunch at 12:30pm. Box lunch available for early departures. You will be staying at Inn of Cape May the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for hotel guests. Participants will get a permit for their car at check-in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape May, NJ
  Nearest city or town:  Atlantic City, NJ
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport; Atlantic City Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape May, NJ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlantic City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Royal Airport Limo
phone: 609-748-9777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

250 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rapid Rover
phone: 856-428-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$185
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car, even though you don't need one in Cape May.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 
Driving Directions
  Altantic City Airport Take Atlantic City Expressway South to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate driving time 1 hour
  Baltimore, Washington DC I 95 to Delaware Memorial Bridge, to Rte 40 East, to Rte 55 South, to Rte 47 South, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, exit the terminal onto Rte 9, to Rte 109 South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hours from Baltimore and 4 hours from Washington.)
  New York Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hour drive.)
  Pennsylvania Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge to Rte. 42 South, to Atlantic City Expressway, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 2 hour drive.)
  Philadelphia International Airport Exit airport to I95 N. Take Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take Rte 42 to Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn right. Hotel is on your right. Approximate time 2hours.
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: 3:00 PM: Registration. 5:00 PM: wine and cheese reception. 7:30 PM: Orientation
(Sunday, April 21)
   
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration in hotel lobby. 4pm: Registration for guest rooms. 5pm: Wine and cheese reception in dining room.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items available.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions of coordinator and participants, review of week's programs and logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May, including activities for free time.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cooking Class/Field Trip/Performance
(Monday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: 9:45am: Overview of MAC 10:45am: Cheese demo/tasting at Seaside Cheese, Cape May's artisenal cheese shop where owner Steve White will explain how cheese is made and aged and how to pair it.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: The class will travel to The Mad Batter, Cape May's first gourmet restaurant, for a three course lunch. During dessert, pastry chef Linda Pendrak will demonstrate the recipe for the dessert being served.
 Afternoon: 2:30pm: A trolley will shuttle the group to Hawk Haven Winery for a tasting of several of the wines produced.
 Dinner: 6:00pm: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Three menu choices available.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Lecture- Victorian Social History. This illustrated lecture shows what made the Victorians tick socially, religiously, medically and more.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cooking Class/Field Trip
(Tuesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: 10am: Lecture- nutrition with a registered dietician from a local hospital. 11am: The class walks to Martini Beach, a beachfront restaurant for a cooking demonstration from chef John Siuta.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: The class will have lunch at Martini Beach
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture- Consumin Passions: back at the hotel, the group will learn how foodways, preservation, preparation and service changed during the Victorian era. 3:00pm: The group will shuttle to the Cape May Winery for a vineyard tour and tasting of several of the winery's wines.
 Dinner: 6pm: Diner at hotel. Choice of three menu options.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Movie Night- Watch a screening of Julie and Julia, accompanied by popcorn.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cooking Class/Lectures/Performance
(Wednesday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: 9:45am: Lecture- Victorian Etiquette and Manners. Learn the dos and don'ts of proper behavior prior to your visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. 10:45am: Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Cape May's historic district followed by a guided tour of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's Victorian House Museum.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Three course lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate followed by a Tea & Temperance Debate, living history performance set in Cape May of 1899 between saloon keeper Patrick Collins and WCTU Member Jennie Wales.
 Afternoon: 3pm: An Afternoon with the Physick Family- meet Dr. Physick, his mother Mrs. Ralston and his maiden Aunt Emilie Parmentier. Learn about life in both a Victorian household and small seashore resort. Enjoy the news and gossip of the day.
 Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu options.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Tales of Olde Cape May- an evening of storytelling, featuring stories of characters from Cape May's Victorian heyday.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip/cooking demos
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: 9:45am: Cooking demo and lecture about organic foods by hotel's chef followed by a shuttle to the Harbor View for a cooking demo by their chef.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Three course lunch at the Harbor View, overlooking the Cape May Harbor, fishing fleet and Coast Guard Base
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: A trolley will shuttle the group to Cape May's Fisherman's Wharf for a guided tour of the harbor and fishery. Cape May is the third largest commercial harbor in the United States and there is always something happening in this active port. 3:15 PM: Sweets & Savories Demo.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three course dinner served at the Merion Inn, one of Cape May's oldest and most esteemed restaurants. Choice of three menu items available.
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Graduation speaker John Philip Sousa
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30pm: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request. Servers will take orders for box lunch for early departures.
 Morning: 9:45am: Living history program: Join John Philip Sousa for a morning of music and history. Sousa was a frequent visitor to Cape May in his day. This living history performance takes you back to the Cape May of 19th century.11:00 AM: Final meeting with coordinator. Final exam will be reviewed; evaluations collected and diplomas distributed.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch served in hotel diningroom. Two options available. Box lunch available for early departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cape May, NJ Cape May County Historical Museum
(609) 465-3535 The Museum contains extensive and varied exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries. For additional information, visit www.cmcmuseum.org
  Leaming's Run Gardens
(609) 465-5871 The nation's largest blooming gardens For additional information, visit www.leamingsrungardens.com
  Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecker’s ball. Today, MAC operates the Physick Estate as Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. MAC has also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. A multi-faceted, non-profit cultural organization, MAC promotes the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s Victorian heritage and the performing arts with a year-round schedule of special events and tours. For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
PHONE (609) 886-8787 Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May County Airport, Lower Township, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the 41 Naval airmen who perished while training there during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places September, 1997. For additional information, visit www.usnasw.org
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


Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts


Author: George Thomas and Carl Doebley


Description: This is a wonderful reference and souvenir of your stay in Cape May with an introductory historical essay and an extensive section of photographs of the most historic buildings of Cape May. This fine book is available at the Museum Shop of the Emlen Physick Estate and can be ordered online from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts or call 609-884-5404 ext. 117 for mail order.



Summer City by the Sea


Author: Emil Salvini


Description: This is the story of the rise and the fall and rise again of the country's first seaside resort - a fantasy city created by whalers, river pilots and speculators and molded by fires and storms. Its two-hundred year roller coaster ride resulted in Cape May regaining the title of Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Available through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



The First Resort


Author: Ben Miller


Description: Coffee table book with great, rare archival photos and articles about Cape May's past.





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