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Best of the Chesapeake Bay

Program Number: 8271RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/3/2013; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Crisfield, Maryland
Price starting at: $699.00 - 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    

Discover the colorful Chesapeake Bay and its isolated islands while learning about its cultural heritage, fascinating history and coastal maritime traditions. Learn firsthand about the bay’s active seafood industry, visit seafood processing sites, and experience daily life in the small working waterfront fishing town of Crisfield. Savor local meals in a variety of restaurants featuring a variety of seafood, including crab and fish. Classes are held at the museum overlooking one of Chesapeake’s largest public marinas.




Highlights

• Learn about the harvest of the bay and how seafood such as oysters and crabs are processed and shipped worldwide.
• Enjoy seafood cooking demonstrations and hear historians and watermen describe the cultural heritage of Chesapeake Bay.
• Enjoy exciting boat excursions to distant Tangier Island and Smith Island.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on paved terrain; some stairs.



Coordinated by Crisfield Heritage Foundation.




Crisfield

Once considered the “Seafood Capital of the World” for its abundant fisheries, historic Crisfield is one of the last working waterfront towns on the Chesapeake Bay. Wildlife abounds in the nearby Pocomoke River.



Accommodations
Centrally located, family-owned motel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Captain Tyler's Motel
  Crisfield, Maryland 5 nights
 Captain Tyler's Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: Centrally located, locally owned motel. Within walking distance of marina, restaurants, museum and shops.
  Contact info: 701 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817 USA
phone: 410-968-2220
  Facility amenities: Color television w/cable. Telephones. Ice Machines. Not handicapped accessible. Complimentary parking. Coffee pots and refrigerators are not standard to rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for rates Please call and tell the motel that you are with Road Scholar, and ask for its rates.
  Check in time: 11:00 AM
  Additional nights after: Call for rates Please call and tell the motel that you are with Road Scholar, and ask for its rates.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at the motel anytime after 11 AM, Crisfield, MD. You will be staying at Captain Tyler's Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch around 11 AM, Crisfield, MD. You will be staying at Captain Tyler's Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of parking at motel and meeting site. No charge for parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Crisfield, Maryland
  Nearest city or town:  Salisbury, Maryland
  Nearest highway: Routes 50, 13, 413 & 667
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Crisfield, Maryland
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Salisbury, Md

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

contact Billie 443-783-2486
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Salisbury is a Regional Airport. Cars can be rented there.

 

Baltimore/Washington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bay Runner
phone: 410-912-6000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

contact Bay Runner
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 & 1/2 Hours to Salisbury from Baltimore. Then another 40 minutes to Crisfield. 

   

Additional transportation would be required to get from Salisbury to Crisfield. Taxi service is available from both BWI and Salisbury Airports directly to the Captain Tyler Motel. Please call Billie at 443-783-2486 to make arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  North or South Take US 13 to Crisfield Exit (413). 413 goes straight into Crisfield. The Captain Tyler Motel is located on the corner of Main and 7th Street on your left as you enter town.
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/Registration/Dinner/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at Captain Tyler's Motel anytime after 11 a.m.
 Dinner: Registration & Dinner 6 p.m. at local restaurant. Chris Tyler, Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation will greet you.
 Evening: The first evening activity is an overview of the week's schedule, reviewing local amenities and then followed by an informal introduction of the Road Scholar participants themselves
   
Accommodations: Captain Tyler's Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Educational Program/Tangier/Program-Museum
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style in a local restaurant.
 Morning: The morning session entails a lively discussion of the history, heritage and ecology of the Eastern Shore. Topics include natural history of the Chesapeake, colonial expansion, the Civil War, and regional maritime culture and traditions.
 Lunch: Lunch is served on the Island of Tangier. An all-you-can eat seafood affair of traditional Island recipes served family-style
 Afternoon: The boat for Tangier leaves promptly at 12:30 PM from the dock. Charlie will direct you. The trip takes about 60 minutes. Upon your arrival on Tangier, you will be treated to an Island-style family lunch. You will have time to explore the Island with a guided walk and visit the local Museum before your departure.
 Dinner: Dinner is scheduled for 6:00 PM in a local restuarant within walking distance.
 Evening: The evening presentaion covers the history and socio-economic development of Crisfield and includes visual presentations of historic photographs.
   
Accommodations: Captain Tyler's Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Walking Tour, Shanty Tour, Museum Tour
(Tuesday, April 30)

Note: Walking Tour - 1 Hour on paved surfaces less than one mile.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at a local restaurant.
 Morning: Walking tour of the town begins from the Museum. The tour includes a visit to two seafood processing operations, discussions on seafood packing and shipping and a stop down at the working waterfront. There is also a stop at the county tourism office.
 Lunch: Lunch provided at the Museum.
 Afternoon: The afternoon program is split with groups visiting both the museum and the outside crab "shanty" exhibit area. The museum tour is a guided, behind the scenes visit while the shanty tour includes close encounters of the fun kind with live crabs, bivalves, and fish,
 Dinner: Local Fare at a restaurant within walking distance.
 Evening: The evening program is a lecture/discussion focusing on the development and history of the seafood and fisheries industry as well as the challenges faced by consumers.
   
Accommodations: Captain Tyler's Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Educational Program/Smith Island/Educational Program
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at a local restaurant.
 Morning: The day begins with an entertaining presentation by a local storyteller singing and sharing stories about living and growing up on Smith Island. A seafood cooking demonstration, tasting and stories by a trained chef from a local restaurant follows.
 Lunch: A family-style lunch will be served on the Island.
 Afternoon: The afternoon program is highlighted by a boat trip to Smith Island. A family-style lunch is followed by a visit to the maritime museum, local church and a short guided walking tour of the village by a local waterman.
 Dinner: Lighter fare served at a local restaurant.
 Evening: The evening program is a discussion on the two islands visited and their socio-economic connection to Crisfield followed by a film and more discussion. The coordinator will discuss your options and provide information and suggestions for the Thursday afternoon free time. Information
   
Accommodations: Captain Tyler's Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Decoy Carving/Governor Tawes Library
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at a local restaurant.
 Morning: The day begins early with a guided bus tour of Crisfield and its back road environs. Tour stops include a beautiful church and the decoy carving workshop of the world famous Ward Brothers.
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. Sugested itineraries will be provided.
 Dinner: A bus will pick up at the motel and transport you to the boyhood home of former Governor J. Millard Tawes for a catered dinner and lively evening.
 Evening: After dinner, program highlights will be discussed and the home will open for your inspection. Your coordinator will give you departure instructions for Friday. Your bus will return you to the motel.
   
Accommodations: Captain Tyler's Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: US Coast Guard
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at a local restaurant.
 Morning: The morning session includes a short ride over to US Coast Guard Station for a behind the scenes tour of this important search and rescue operation. Led by young guardsmen and women, the tour includes the inside facilities and boats used in operations.
 Lunch: Box lunch provided.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Crisfield, Maryland Free Time
On Thursday afternoon you will have a free afternoon. The tourism kiosk is located in the lobby of the museum and depending on your interests, maps and brochures and suggestions for your time off will be availabe from your coordinator. For additional information, visit http://www.visitsomerset.com/
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


Beautiful Swimmers


Author: William Warner


Description: A Pulitzer Prize winning study of watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.



Chesapeake


Author: James Michner


Description: A four-hundred year saga taken from the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.



Crab's Hole: A family story of Tangier Island


Author: Anne Hughes Jander


Description: A family memoir of starting a new life on Virginia's only inhabited island in the Chesapeake. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.



Island Out of Time


Author: Tom Horton


Description: An inside glimpse of life on Smith Island, Maryland. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.



The Chesapeake: An enviromental biography


Author: John R. Wennersten


Description: A comprehensive history of the brackish water and cultures of the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.



The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay


Author: John R. Wennersten


Description: In the post-bellum era a war between the states of Maryland and Virginia continues over the harvesting of the "gold" at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the museum gift shop.




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.

Specifically, this program includes:


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