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From Dock to Dish and Grape to Glass in Cape May

Program Number: 14655RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013;
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

9-15-2013

Program occurs during Cape May`s Food & Wine Celebration. Participants may take part in special themed programs offered to the public. 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: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.
  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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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: Registration, wine and cheese reception/Orientation
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.
 Dinner: Three-course dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items available.
 Evening: 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, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: Each morning there will be two cooking demonstrates and/or lectures by local chefs and professionals. Lorraine Kiefer, owner of Triple Oaks Nursery will begin her series on growing and using herbs. Chef Joseph Poon will do the first of his demonstrations.
 Lunch: The class will travel to one of Cape May's gourmet restaurants for lunch and a visit with the chef.
 Afternoon: Chef Joseph Poon will present the second of his two food demonstrations.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel diningroom. Choice of three menu items.
 Evening: Victorian Social History: a richly illustrated powerpoint program about what made the Victorians tick.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cooking Class/Field Trip
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: Lorraine Kiefer will return with additional information on herbs, how to brew herbal teas, infusions, etc The second lecture looks at how food preservation, preparation and comsumption has changed over the course of recent history.
 Lunch: The class will travel to the harborfront to one of Cape May's gourmet restaurants for lunch and a visit with the chef.
 Afternoon: A trolley will shuttle the group to nearby 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. Afterwards the group will have some free time to explore Victorian Cape May.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Enjoy a four course beer tasting/pairing dinner with commentary by a beer expert.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cooking Class/Lectures/Performance
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: Master gardener Loraine Kiefer presents the third lecture in her series in growing and using herbs. Following the lecture, the group will visit Beach Plum Farm for a tour with the farm manager.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Pig Restaurant where the chef will prepare a farm to table luncheon with products from Beach Plum Farm.
 Afternoon: A trolley will shuttle the group to the award-winning Cape May Winery where the winemaker will conduct a tour of the vineyard followed by a visit to the winery where you'll see how the wine is made. The afternoon includes a tasting of locally made wine.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel diningroom. Choice of three menu items.
 Evening: Victorian Etiquette and Manners: If you've ever been baffled by which fork to use, this lecture will prepare you for any dining situation.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal.Yogurt, fruit and toast basket available on request.
 Morning: Lecture on growing and using herbs followed by a guided field trip through Cape May's Historic District to see the architecture that has made this seaside town a destination for two centuries. Following the trolley tour, you'll visit the Physick Estate, built in 1879 and designed by noted architect Frank Furness. This is Cape May's only Victoiran House Museum and interpreters will guide you through its 18 rooms. In the kitchen, servants' hall and diningroom, you learn about Victorian food ways including the labor saving devices that made life easier for the servants. Trolley shuttle transportation provided to and from hotel.
 Lunch: Elegant Lunch at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at Emlen Physick Estate. Enjoy your lunch under the tent on the Garden Patio. The chef's choice lunch includes home-baked breads and scones, salad, a selection of tea sandwiches and dessert. After lunch, be part of a debate about the dangers of demon rum. Living history characters from Cape May's past - saloon keeper Patrick Collins and temperance advocate Jennie Wales - argue the pros and cons of alcohol. After the debate, you can vote for the most persuasive debater.
 Afternoon: A trolley will shuttle the group to the award-winning Hawk Haven where the winemaker will conduct a tour of the vineyard followed by a visit to the winery where you'll see how the wine is made. The afternoon includes a tasting of locally made wine.
 Dinner: Three course dinner served at the Merion Inn, one of Cape May's oldest and most esteemed restaurants. Choice of several menu items available.
 Evening: Living history performance: Visit with a family from the Cape May of the 1890s. Learn what life was like and pick up some juicy tidbits about the neighbors.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: 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: 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. Final meeting with coordinator. Final exam will be reviewed; evaluations collected and diplomas distributed.
 Lunch: 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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