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The Best of Cape May

Program Number: 15204RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2013 - 9/6/2013; 5/24/2015 - 5/29/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/12/2015;
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    

Come to experience one of America’s special places. Cape May is the country’s oldest seaside resort, situated at the tip of Cape May Peninsula where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic. During World War II, it played an important role thanks to this strategic position. Today, the entire city is a designated National Historic District for its wealth of Victorian architecture that provides a wonderful backdrop for a modern arts community. Gain expert knowledge and insider perspectives as you breathe in the sea air and feel the energy of a preservationist renaissance.




Highlights

• Learn about nature and history on a narrated harbor cruise and the fishing industry’s impact on an expert led walk along Fisherman’s Wharf.
• At Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, learn about the World War II dive-bomber squadron training facility in Hangar #1 that now displays vintage aircraft and special exhibits.
• Attend a performance at one of three Equity theater companies that call Cape May home.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 5 miles per day over very uneven pavement on gaslit streets.




Date Specific Information

9-3-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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
Oceanfront Grand Hotel, 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.
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn of Cape May
  Cape May, NJ 3 nights
 Inn of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint”ť 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. Small refrigerators are available for guest rooms by advance request.
  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; 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 at lunchtime. 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.

 

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: Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow participants and instructors. Orientation to the program and to the town.
(Tuesday, September 3)

Note: All activities occur in hotel



   
 Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins at 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions of faculty, review of program schedule, logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visits to the restored Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park and WWII sites
(Wednesday, September 4)

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



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 9:45am: "From Captain Mey to Today": Richly illustrated lecture gives an overview of Cape May's maritime history from 1609 and Henry Hudson's first sighting of our shores to when our port is the third busiest on the East Coast. The Beacon- Cape May Lighthouse lecture. A Keeper from the Cape May Lighthouse presents a richly illustrated program on lighthouse legend and lore.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: 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. 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, and view the WWII gun emplacement. The group then shuttles to the WWII Tower and on to Sunset Beach. Final stop is Naval Air Station Wildwood, a WWII bomber training base.
 Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.
 Evening: Down Memory Lane: An Evening of Music from the 40s and 50s. Join a local retired musician for a trip down memory lane and listen to the music that informed a generation. Using music clips, vintage images and live music, the presenters recreate the sounds and sights of an era. The presenter is a seasoned musician with years of band experience, including a stint as a military bandsman.
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A cruise on Cape May Harbor, followed by lunch on the harbor, follwoed by a visit to the USCG Base, the only recruit training center in the US. Dinner in town.
(Thursday, September 5)

Note: 3 meals included 2 field trips



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 Morning: 10:00am: Harbor History Cruise aboard the OPSPREY. Get up close views of nesting sea bird colonies, and a hands-on introduction to the wonders of the salt marsh as you learn the hisotry of Cape May's harbor. The OSPREY has both an open and enclosed viewing deck with sliding glass panoramic windows, and is very comfortable even on a cool breezy day. A restroom is aboard. Binoculars including ZEISS demo optics are available for passengers. Cruise lasts about two hours and will take participants directly to the Harbor View Marina for lunch.
 Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch on the harbor at Harbor View restaurant, overlooking the US Coast Guard Base and commercial fishing area. Choice of two menu items, with dessert and beverage.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm: Field Trip to Fishermans Wharf and the US Coast Guard Base: A trolley shuttles the group from the restaurant 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: Three-course, individually plated dinner at the Merion Inn . Choice of four or five menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian options.
 Evening: Free night
   
Accommodations: Inn of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Panel Discussion with several area WWII Veterans
(Friday, September 6)

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



   
 Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.
 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. Final meeting with coordinator; diplomas distributed.
 Lunch: 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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