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Cape May Maritime Sampler

Program Number: 15204RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/28/2013 - 5/31/2013; 9/2/2014 - 9/5/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/22/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The nation’s first seaside resort exudes Victorian charm where the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about Cape May's history from explorer Henry Hudson's time to its role in the nation's homeland defenses during WWII, to the present day. Get out on the water and explore Fisherman's Wharf to learn the area's natural and human coastal history. Study Cape May’s development and human character to see why it endures as a destination for today’s visitors.




Highlights

• See World War II era Cape May come alive at various historic sites.
• Explore Fisherman's Wharf and see what was once the third-largest harbor on the East Coast.
• Attend a performance at Cape May Stage.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; some uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

5-28-2013

This program occurs during Cape May`s 24th annual Music Festival. Participants may attend concerts during the series.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



9-2-2014

Cape May Stage performance of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit."
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



10-19-2014

Cape May Stage performance of "Other Desert Cities."



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
This oceanfront hotel is dedicated to recreating the grandeur of a by-gone era while providing all modern comforts and conveniences for a most enjoyable stay.

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

A former college professor, Dr. Robert Heinly is the Museum Education Director for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. During his career as an educator, Robert served as a curriculum supervisor, administrator and mentor to student teachers. He is also an experienced living history re-enactor, having played roles at Independence Hall National Park. In Cape May, he has become Dr. Emlen Physick, the eccentric doctor who built the Physick Estate and was a civic gadfly in his era.
 
Rich Chiemingo

Rich Chiemingo is a museum educator for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as a lighthouse keeper at the Cape May Lighthouse and an observer at the World War II Lookout Tower. As a living history interpreter, he shares his perspective on American composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. Prior to retiring to the Cape May area, Rich has also held a career in the music industry, including a stint as a military bandsman.
 
Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan is an interpreter for the Cape May Historic District, WWII in Cape May and the Physick Estate. Dan has 40-plus years of experience as a Project Manager Systems Engineering at NASA and AT&T Bell Labs. Dan’s unique range of interests has also seen him as a computer science professor, a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg and a guide on Boston’s Heritage Trail. He earned a master’s in history at Kean University and an MBA at Penn’s Wharton School of Business.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 3 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: All rooms have private bath, heat, air-conditioning and TV. Since this is an historic hotel, room configurations differ. Some rooms have city-view; some have ocean-view. Room assignments are made randomly.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, antiques shop in lobby, WIFI access throughout hotel. All rooms have the same basic amenities: private bath; heat; air-conditioning; television. However, this is an historic inn, so room configurations and outside views differ. Some rooms have a Cape May city-view; while others have an Atlantic Ocean-view. The room assignments are made randomly and will not be changed from one view to another.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only 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 after lunch approximately 1:30pm). 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:

 

$100
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.

 

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.

 
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: Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow participants and instructors. Orientation to the program and to the town.
(Tuesday, May 28)

Note: All activities occur in hotel



   
 Afternoon: 3pm: Program registration in hotel lobby. 4:00 PM: Registration for guest rooms begins. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception and inatroductions in dining room.
 Dinner: 6pm: Dinner served in hotel dining room. Three menu choices available, including vegetarian option.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions of faculty, review of week's programs, logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: A morning visit to the restored Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park. An afternoon visit to the Cape May Harbor and Coast Guard Base
(Wednesday, May 29)

Note: All meal included. Trolley shuttles provided for field trips.



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request.
 Morning: 9:30am: The Beacon- Cape May Lighthouse lecture. A Keeper from the Cape May Lighthouse presents a richly illustrated program on lighthouse legend and lore. 10:45 AM: The lecture is followed by a field trip to Cape May Point State Park where participants may climb the 199 steps to the tower's lantern. The group also visits Sunset Beach, famous for its Cape May diamonds.
 Lunch: 12;30PM: Lunch at hotel. Choice of two menu items.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: Lecture- "From Captain Mey to Today": Richly illustrated lecture gives an overview of Cape May's maritime history. 3:30 PM: Followed by a field trip to Fishermans Wharf and the US Coast Guard Base: A trolley shuttles the group to Fisherman's Wharf for a guided tour of the harbor and fishery. Cape May's harbor is the third largest port on the East Coast and there's always activity going on. A visit to the Coast Guard Base, the nation's only recruit training program follows.
 Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Lecture- The Wildwoods, a 1950s Resort. This richly illustrated lecture shows the Doo Wop architecture of the Wildwoods which in many ways parallels Cape May's Victorian treasures.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A tour to experience Cape May's World War II installations followed by an excursion to the Cape May Winery
(Thursday, May 30)

Note: 3 meals included 2 lectures 1 performances 1 field trip 1 excursion



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request.
 Morning: 10:45am: Cape May in WWII - Cape May, located at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, played an important role in the nation's homeland defenses during WWII. Learn about Fort Miles, enemy shipping, fighter training and more in this presentation.
 Lunch: 12:30PM: Lunch at hotel. Choice of two menu items.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: World War II Trolley Tour: The Cape May area played a role in the nation's homeland defense during WWII, defending the ocean and Delaware Bay from enemy attack. The trolley tour takes the group to various locations including Fire Control Tower #23 and the gun emplacement at Cape May Point State Park, both part of Fort Miles, an installation that spanned three states. Also included is a visit to Naval Air Station Wildwood, a World War II flight-training center which is now an aviation museum. 4:15pm: Field Trip to Cape May Winery: Tour the vineyard to learn how Cape May's coastal location affects the grapes and then visit the winery to see the wine-making process. Sample several of the local wines.
 Dinner: 6pm: Dinner at the Merion Inn. Choice of three menu items.
 Evening: 8pm: An Evening at the Cape May Music Festival- Listen to classic country music with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Panel Discussion with several area WWII Veterans
(Friday, May 31)

Note: 2 meals 1 panel discussion Group remains in hotel until departure



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast at hotel: choice of hot breakfast, oatmeal or cold cereal. Yogurt, toast basket and fruit available upon request. Servers will take orders for box lunches for early departures.
 Morning: 9:30am: Cape May's World War II Veterans: Join several members of Cape May's "greatest generation" to learn about their military experiences. 11:30 AM: Final meeting with coordinator; final exams will be reviewed, evaluations collected tions and diplomas distributed.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch at hotel. 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 Leaming's Run Gardens is the largest annual garden in the USA - featuring acres of beautiful flowers, ferns, lawns and ponds. 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
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. PHONE (609) 886-8787 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.



Sentinel of the Jersey Cape


Author: John Bailey


Description: John Bailey's best selling book tells the complete story of the 141-year old Cape May lighthouse. A remarkable mix of technical exposition, historical observation and personal sentiment. Available from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



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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