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Greenbrier Valley Adventure

Program Number: 9504RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Join us as we explore Greenbrier County and the surrounding area, beginning with historic Lewisburg. Named one of National Geographic's "Best Small Town Escapes," Lewisburg is surrounded by rolling hills, mountain forests and picturesque farmlands. Venture onto the grounds of the exclusive Greenbrier resort for an expert-led field trip of the Cold War Bunker, experience the traditional music, stories, arts and crafts of the Appalachians, and learn about the cultural heritage of this unique region.




Highlights

• Learn about the lives and work of coal miners during a field trip to the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and Coal Camp.
• Visit the beautiful Greenbrier Resort and take a step back in time to the Cold War as we explore the Cold War bunker there.
• Study the history, customs and daily life of Native Americans during a presentation by a member of the Cherokee tribe.



Activity Particulars

Standing for up to an hour and a half and walking up to a half-mile on field trips.



There may be slight changes in sites you explore on specific dates. For details, please view the Date Notes below.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2013

Includes lunch at the Greenbrier Hotel and an interior visit to the historic hotel, but does not include a trip to Cass Scenic Railroad or the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.



7-26-2015

This program date will include a visit to the Green Bank National Radio Observatory and the Cass Railroad.




Lewisburg

Situated atop a bluegrass plateau in the Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg is more than 200 years old, a heritage celebrated in the city's central historic district and the surrounding county, which includes the Greenbrier, a well-known resort dating to 1778, as well as the scenic Alleghany Mountains, once favored by Native Americans for hunting game.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with fitness center and outdoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Quality Inn
  Lewisburg 5 nights
 Quality Inn
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 540 N. Jefferson Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901 USA
phone: 304-645-7722
  Room amenities: Include digital cable, remote controlled color TV, in-room coffee maker, clock radio, free local calls, free wireless internet, iron/ironing board and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Brier Patch Lounge offers the ideal combination of congeniality and genteel pleasures. Patrons may view 45-inch television and enjoy the ultimate in satellite sports station choices, while relaxing with their favorite beverage; play various computerized games, play a game of billiards or just enjoy an uncontrived atmosphere. Our out door swimming pool is a pure delight. You will enjoy embellishing yourself in our sparkling temperate waters after a busy day. The YMCA Weight Room & Nautilus Center (Located in The Brier Inn Complex) features state-of-the-art equipment. It is equipped to work every major muscle group in your body. The friendly staff and trainers are always willing advise you in the right direction. The Brier Inn Complex also features SubWay, Shoney's, Jim's Theraputic Massage, Hair Design, and Stop IN Convenient Store
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies $70 - $80 Nights before and after are available. Participant must call Quality Inn to make those reservations.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies $70 - $80 Nights before and after are available. Participant must call Quality Inn to make those reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Room check-in with the hotel begins at 3 p.m. We will meet in for dinner at 6:00 p.m to begin the program. You will be staying at Quality Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Check out is 11:00AM. Program concludes after lunch. You will be staying at Quality Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available at Quality Inn at no cost for the week.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lewisburg
  Nearest city or town:  Beckley, WV
  Nearest highway: US 219 / Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg WV 24957. Airport Code - LWB. This airport is 3 miles N of LEWISBURG, WV and 5 miles from hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lewisburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lewisburg

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 304-645-7722
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  East Take Exit 169 (Lewisburg/Ronceverte) on Interstate 64 East. Turn Right at the end of the ramp, immediately go to the left turning lane at the first traffic light. Turn Left on Coleman Drive. Turn right at the 3rd lane which will be the parking lot for Quality Inn.
  West Take Exit 169 (Lewisburg/Ronceverte) on Interstate 64 West. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, turn left going under the interstate bridge. At the first traffic light after going under the bridge, turn left onto Coleman Drive. Turn right at the 3rd lane which will be the parking lot for Quality Inn.
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: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Quality Inn in Lewisburg, WV. (Phone: 304-645-7722) You may begin checking in at 3 p.m. We will not have a formal check-in for Road Scholar, but will meet in the dining room of the Quality Inn at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, introductions and an overview of the week.
 Dinner: We will meet for dinner in the dining room at 6 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lecture and Afternoon Vistit to Lewisburg
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture at New River Community & Technical College.
 Lunch: Lunch will be included.
 Afternoon: Learn more about the city of Lewisburg. A former mayor was fond of saying, "Only two kinds of people ever leave Lewisburg - those who will return and those who wish they could." In 1978, a 236-acre area in the heart of Lewisburg was designated a National Register Historic District. This 221-year-old town with many 18th- and 19th-century buildings is set amid the Allegheny Mountains and is where the steeple clock still tolls the hour and the church bells ring out on Sunday mornings. Old structures, converted to new purposes, are still in use, and antebellum homes (often remaining in the same families for generations) are still occupied. We will have a guided walk to some of the historical sites. Tea and Snack.
 Dinner: Dinner will be included.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trip to Beckley for the Play "Coal Camp Memories" and Visit the Whipple Company Store and Tamarack
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: This day will be a rather long, but enjoyable day. Due to traveling out of town, we will not be able to return to the hotel until we finish our day around 8 p.m. that evening.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Beckley WV for Karen Vuranch's presentation of "Coal Camp Memories" that will give a history of coal camps and life in a coal camp. Karen will then join us as we travel to the Canyon Rim Visitor Center to view a portion of the New River Gorge and visit the New River Gorge Bridge. The New River is a rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway. This unit of the National Park System encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
 Lunch: Lunch is included.
 Afternoon: We will visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and Coal Camp to learn of the everyday experiences and lifestyle of coal miners of the past as well as the present day. We will visit the historical Whipple Company Store, which served as the general store for a coal camp in the early 1900s. Visit Tamarack - Tamarack is the nation's first and only statewide collection of handmade craft, art and cuisine showcasing "The Best of West Virginia", from hand-carved furniture to glass and pottery to Appalachian quilts. You will also find an array of regional specialty foods and products.
 Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at Tamarack.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn about the Cold War Bunker located at the Greenbrier Resort and the history of the Greenbrier Resort.
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Tour the Greenbrier Cold War Bunker....code name "Greek Island." This was to be a relocation facility for the Congress of the United States in the event of a nuclear attack.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the Greenbrier Resort.
 Afternoon: We will go back in time as we learn of the special history of the Greenbrier Resort Hotel. We will enjoy an interior tour and time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner is included.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit a 300-year-old Grist Mill in Monroe County and the Greenbier Valley Theater
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Monroe County to visit a Grist mill that has been in operation since the 1700s.
 Lunch: Lunch will be included.
 Afternoon: We will visit an orchard that specialized in various fruits and berries. We will enjoy a lecture at this site.
 Dinner: Dinner will be included.
 Evening: At Greenbrier Valley Theater - Lewisburg, WV. The Greenbrier Valley Theater, a performance venue that used to be a downtown department store.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Learn about Cherokee History and Culture, Lunch and Departures
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Study the history, customs, and way of life of the Native Americans as presented by a Native American from the Cherokee tribe.
 Lunch: Lunch will be included.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


A History of Greenbrier County


Author: Otis K. Rice


The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives: The Greenbrier Ghost and the famous Murder Mystery of 1897


Author: Katie Letcher Lyle


Way out in West Virginia : a Must-have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain State


Author: Jeanne Mozier



What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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