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Passport to Palm Beach

Program Number: 20929RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/25/2013 - 3/2/2013; 1/12/2015 - 1/17/2015; 2/23/2015 - 2/28/2015; 3/16/2015 - 3/21/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Palm Beach evokes images of wealth and glamour in the tropics. Experience this storied gem for yourself, investigating its legends and the origins of its tropical charms. Spend five days exploring Palm Beach County and glean a new understanding of this historic destination. Experience Boca Raton, a Mediterranean dream city envisioned by an eccentric and talented architect, and benefit from the wisdom of captivating speakers and historians.




Highlights

• Learn about the Japanese farming colony whose legacy gave Palm Beach County the beautiful Morikami Japanese Gardens, which you explore on a field trip.
• Check out the art scene on Atlantic Avenue, the lively street running through the heart of quaint Delray Beach.
• Visit railroad baron Henry Flagler’s opulent classical grand mansion, then stroll down Worth Avenue, one of America’s toniest shopping districts.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, getting on/off bus.




Date Specific Information

2-25-2013, 1-12-2015, 2-23-2015, 3-16-2015, 4-6-2015

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a barrier island town on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It is one of America’s oldest resorts, established in 1894 by Henry Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil. The country’s Gilded Age elite flocked to Flagler’s hotels, the Royal Poinciana and the famous Breakers Hotel. Today Palm Beach’s population triples during the “winter season.”



Accommodations
Hotel in the heart of downtown Palm Beach Gardens.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens is located in the heart of Downtown at the Gardens. A multitude of shopping and dining options are adjacent to the hotel and along the PGA Corridor. The hotel sits on Lake Victoria in downtown Palm Beach Gardens and offers footbridges crossing the lake to dining and shopping. Easy access to many of the local business and PGA Blvd is one block away. The beautiful Gardens Mall is also next to the hotel and offers the ultimate in shopping experiences. Located just 4 miles from the hotel is Singer Island and the soft white sand and crystal blue water for which Palm Beach is famous. Our county offers golfers 147 courses--imagine the possibilities!!!
  Contact info: 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 USA
phone: 561-694-5833
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=TPAFMGI
  Room amenities: GSS Adjustable Sleep System with upgraded bedding, Complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet, Spacious Work Desk with ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra Chair, 37" Hi Def TV, MP3 Clock radio, Hospitality Center with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Discount Based on Availability Call Hilton Garden Inn directly (561)694-5833 . Ask for Ellie Wyatt for reservations. Mention Road Scholar for better rates. Based on Availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Discount Based on Availability Call Hilton Garden Inn directly (561)694-5833 . Ask for Ellie Wyatt for reservations. Mention Road Scholar for better rates. Based on Availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM in the hotel lobby You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary self parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  From End of Program
  Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx. $49.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 mins 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

approx. $49.00

 

From Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 954-561-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$43.00 shared vehicle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 mins 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach North on I-95 to PGA Blvd East exit 79A. Follow PGA Blvd to Fairchilds Gardens Drive and turn left (north); Hotel sits one block on the left at 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive Distance approx. 14 miles, travel time approx. 30 minutes depending on traffic
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: Check-in, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boca Raton – The City an Architect Dreamed
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: Architecture in Palm Beach County
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Boca Raton Addison Mizner dreamed of a Mediterranean-themed resort town and in the year of its incorporation 1925, he launched Boca Raton on its path to the prosperous and stylishly inspired city that it is today. Allow us to transport you back to the earliest days of Boca Raton’s settlement by recounting the tales of Thomas Rickard’s pioneer homestead and the colorful story of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese pineapple commune under the leadership of Joseph Sakai.

Taking to the road, we will visit the beautiful historic residential neighborhood of Old Floresta, the 1927 Old Town Hall, now home to the Boca Raton Historical Society, the 1930 Train Station, and the historic African-American neighborhood of Pearl City.

Celebrating the present day achievements of Boca Raton, we will pass through Mizner Park and see how a worn-out shopping mall with an ocean-sized parking lot became the catalyst for a downtown renaissance. Our final stop will bring us to an exploration of the community-celebrated Boca Raton Museum of Art. After you have completed this tour, we would like your opinion on whether Addison Mizner would have liked where his dreams have led.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and after dinner you are free to rest or explore more of the area on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Influences and the Art Scene
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The memory of the small Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community that was established in 1905 in Palm Beach County lives on with the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. It is named after the last settler of the colony, who graciously donated the land to Palm Beach County to repay a debt that he felt he owed to his adopted country. Today this museum and gardens are the center of Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. We will explore its six unique gardens inspired by a different period and style of Japanese gardening. The museum retraces the history of the Yamato Colony, offers a Bonsai display and has other world class exhibits.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Delray’s Atlantic Ave - Gallery Walk

The re-awakened main street of “All-America” city Delray Beach is bustling Atlantic Avenue. The renaissance of this classic Florida beach town has generated a lively vernacular art scene that is best seen on foot under the canopy of subtropical vegetation and in the shadow of historic buildings that spill sidewalk cafes and comfortable street benches from their entryways. As you stroll through the water-inspired gallery of Joe Davis, formerly known as the ‘Artist of Times Square,’ your introduction to local artistry will begin in earnest. You will have a well-balanced experience of both contemporary and traditional pieces in many diverse mediums.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: LECTURE: The History of Palm Beach
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Historic Palm Beach
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Henry Flagler’s Whitehall

We will Explore the grandeur of “Whitehall,” railroad baron Henry Flagler’s love-inspired, 55-room, 60,000 square foot wedding gift to his wife. This opulent landmark was singularly responsible for establishing the “Palm Beach Season” for the wealthy of the Gilded Era and every era since.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A Stroll on the Avenue. Worth Avenue, that is.

Summon Henry Flagler, conjure up Addison Mizner and channel other colorful characters as you stroll through Old Palm Beach on expert led historical walking tour.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: LECTURE: South Florida - Turtles and Ecology
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Jupiter and Hobe Sound
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Jupiter and Hobe Sound Tour

We will be visit the Jupiter Inlet and its tributary waterways up to Hobe Sound. Our first stop will be the Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve, a great example of rare fully restored coastal strand noted for its performing geyser-like rocks that send plumes of water streaming upwards at high tide.
 Lunch: We will dine at the eclectic and ever popular Harry and the Natives restaurant.
 Afternoon: Then, visit the 108-foot-tall Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Those who can, will be allowed to climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse. This beautiful, bright red sentinel already rests upon an ancient Indian mound making the breathtaking view from the top the most stunning in all of Palm Beach County.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Florida’s Napoleon and Departures
(Saturday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: From Deckhand to Governor

Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was one of the most interesting leaders in Florida’s history. Get a “first person” account of Florida’s 19th Governor from historian Michael Kennedy in full character. You will learn about his rise to power from working on the St. Johns River, to becoming the sheriff of Duval County, and even being a Filibuster running arms to Cuban Revolutionaries. He was a very controversial Governor, whose decision (and campaign pledge) of draining the Everglades has shaped Florida’s current history.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean


Author: Les Standiford


Description: Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler’s dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935’s deadly “Storm of the Century” and its sweeping destruction of “the railroad that crossed an ocean” to terrifying life. Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.



Konnichiwa Florida Moon: The Story of George Morikami, Pineapple Pioneer


Author: Virginia Aronson


Description: This is the story of one of the earliest Japanese Americans to settle in Florida. How did a poor Japanese immigrant transform himself into one of south Florida’s most generous millionaires? He bowed to the earth, gave thanks to the Florida moon, and grew pineapples! Here for the first time in book form is the inspirational story of George Morikami, a true Florida pioneer. In the early 1900s, young Sukeji "George" Morikami lived happily with his family in a quiet Japanese fishing hamlet. But when his true love’s parents refused to let him marry her, he was crushed. He left to find his fortune in America, never to see the Japanese moon again. Penniless and unable to speak English, George arrived at Yamato, an upstart farming colony in what is now Boca Raton. George’s dreams of earning enough money to return home, buy his own land, and claim his beloved would never be realized. Destiny had other dreams—American dreams—in store for George Morikami. Today, his legacy lives on at the beautiful and unique Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.



Boca Rococo: How Addison Mizner Invented Florida's Gold Coast


Author: Caroline Seebohm


Description: The rollicking tale of the artist, adventurer, and visionary whose innovative architecture transformed Palm Beach and whose dramatic rise and fall mirrors the larger-than-life excesses of the 1920s. Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean-style mansions—with their stucco walls, tiled roofs, and Moorish accents—are much-admired Florida icons. In Boca Rococo, renowned author and biographer Caroline Seebohm introduces the flamboyant genius behind these pastel palaces.



A Light In The Wilderness: The Story of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the Southeast Florida Frontier


Author: James D. Snyder


Description: Although nearly 7 million people live along the southeast Florida coast, scarcely three generations ago it was a wild, lawless frontier ruled by bears, snakes and alligators. But when a lighthouse was built at Jupiter Inlet in 1860, it became the hub for hunters, surveyors, Civil War blockade runners, Union gunboats and pioneer farmers. A Light in the Wilderness, with over seventy rare photos, maps and letters, tells how southeast Florida survived the catharsis of the Civil War, how the lighthouse at Jupiter drew the first families into its orbit, and how it became a key link in the steamboat-railroad path that led people to the “Garden of Eden.”



The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise


Author: Michael Grunwald


Description: The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. The Swamp is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends. Michael Grunwald, a prize-winning national reporter for The Washington Post, takes readers on a riveting journey from the Ice Ages to the present, illuminating the natural, social and political history of one of America's most beguiling but least understood patches of land. The Everglades was America's last frontier, a wild country long after the West was won. Grunwald chronicles how a series of visionaries tried to drain and "reclaim" it, and how Mother Nature refused to bend to their will; in the most harrowing tale, a 1928 hurricane drowned 2,500 people in the Everglades. But the Army Corps of Engineers finally tamed the beast with levees and canals, converting half the Everglades into sprawling suburbs and sugar plantations. And though the southern Everglades was preserved as a national park, it soon deteriorated into an ecological mess. The River of Grass stopped flowing, and 90 percent of its wading birds vanished. Now America wants its swamp back. Grunwald shows how a new breed of visionaries transformed Everglades politics, producing the $8 billion rescue plan. That plan is already the blueprint for a new worldwide era of ecosystem restoration. And this book is a cautionary tale for that era. Through gripping narrative and dogged reporting, Grunwald shows how the Everglades is still threatened by the same hubris, greed and well-intentioned folly that led to its decline.





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