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The Roosevelts on Campobello Island: Life at the Glorious Edge

Program Number: 1485RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience life as the Roosevelts and other “rusticators” lived it during their summers on Campobello Island. Explore Passamaquoddy Bay as seals and porpoises play beside your boat and lighthouses tower overhead. See for yourself what brought the Roosevelts back year after year as you encounter the people and places they held dear. Picnic at a favorite spot of Franklin and Eleanor, meet offspring of people they knew and relish the exclusive opportunity to lodge in the cottages of their beloved summer retreat.




Highlights

• Stay in cottages on the grounds of the exclusive Roosevelt retreat in Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.
• Learn about island life for Franklin and Eleanor through expert lectures, walks along beaches they loved, tea time and more in the places they once occupied.
• Visit the Library and Museum that Eleanor helped support, dine at the church hall where Franklin was a warden, feast on lobster and take a study cruise on Passamaquoddy Bay where Franklin learned to sail.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-quarter mile on varied terrain; ramp to dock can be steep.



The closest airport is in Maine, so our Canada Air Transfer Special Offer is not available for this program.



Coordinated by Atlantic Leadership Center.




Campobello Island

Located on the border between the United States and Canada, this historic island was the beloved summer home of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. The international park named after the family features an inspiring array of peaceful, natural areas.



Accommodations
Beautiful Victorian-era cottages on the grounds of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Sleeping rooms are in four houses, all on the second floor and accessible by stairs only. Traditional meals include some of Franklin and Eleanor’s favorites.

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

Linda Cross Godfrey is the creator and owner of The Atlantic Leadership Center, and has welcomed Road Scholar participants to the Downeast, Maine and Maritime, New Brunswick areas for more than 16 years. Known as "one of Maine's most inspiring speakers," Linda leads classes on Native American lore, seaside flora and fauna, and offers inspiring stories of the area. She also serves as the facilitator for the Washington County Leadership Institute for the Sunrise County Economic Council.
 
Robert Godfrey

Robert Godfrey is owner of Old Sow Publishing in Eastport, Maine, which promotes the international Passamaquoddy Bay area and local Old Sow Whirlpool. He has been a long-time student of the Bay of Fundy and local tides, tidal phenomena and Old Sow Whirlpool lore. Godfrey is the president-for-life of Old Sow Whirlpool Survivors Association, and can be seen in the 2009 History Channel video production, "Underwater Universe: The Seven Deadly Seas."
 
Colin Windhorst,

Dr. Colin Windhorst is a historian with a long established interest in New England and a special love for the people and history of Eastern Maine. He is a frequent speaker for Road Scholar on the history of Campobello Island and its connections to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. Windhorst earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in 1996, and since then he has lectured and written extensively on the history of Maine, with particular interests the Passamaquoddy Bay area.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Roosevelt Campobello International Park
  Campobello Island 5 nights
 Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Type: Other
  Description: Accessible by bridge from Lubec, Maine, this International Park offers 2,800 acres of natural charm, with beaches, hiking trails, bogs, several lighthouses. "Beloved Island" to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt where they spent their summers in their famous red cottage.
  Contact info: 459 Route 774
Welshpool, NB E5E1A4 Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net/home
  Room amenities: Comfortable, clean, cozy rooms, some with stunning water views, most have ensuite baths.
  Facility amenities: Four vintage cottages, built at the turn of the century with beautifully furnished living rooms, dining rooms and sitting rooms. All except Hubbard Cottage have TV. Meals served in dining room of Prince Cottage.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: One room has a claw-foot tub with no shower.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2:00 p.m. You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 a.m. You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all air travel to/from Canada. On June 1, 2009, a new US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require those traveling to/from the United States by land and sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure document (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
  Parking availability:
Free at site
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Campobello Island
  Nearest city or town:  Lubec, ME
  Nearest highway: U.S. Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Campobello Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bangor, ME

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Various Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

On-site car rentals at Bangor International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Alamo.

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston, Massachusetts Take I-95 north to Bangor, Maine. At Bangor, merge onto I-395 E via EXIT 182A toward US-1A/ME-9/BANGOR-BREWER. Merge onto US-1A E via EXIT 6A toward COASTAL ROUTE/US-1/ELLSWORTH/BAR HARBOR. Drive about 5.4 miles. Turn LEFT onto KIDDER HILL RD/ME-46, until it ends at MAIN RD/ME-9/R LEON WILLIAMS HWY. Turn right. Continue to follow ME-9 @ 54 miles until JR WILLIAMS RD/ME-192 In Wesley. Turn right, continue to follow ME-192 into Machias (20 miles) .Turn LEFT onto COURT ST/US-1A then take the 1st RIGHT onto FREE ST. ( If you reach COOPER ST you've gone a little too far.) Turn LEFT onto COLONIAL WAY/ME-192. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST/US-1. Continue to follow US-1 for about 16 miles. Turn RIGHT onto LUBEC RD/ME-189. Continue to follow ME-189 for about 11 miles, into Lubec. In Lubec, cross the FDR Memorial Bridge to Campobello Island. Pass through Canadian Customs. Drive approximately 1.5 miles north on Highway 774. The entrance to Roosevelt Campobello International Park will be on your left. Follow the driveway past the Visitor Center, and turn right into the service road leading to Prince Cottage, where you will check in. There will be a Road Scholar sign at the service road.
  From Saint John, New Brunswick Take Highway 1 west to St. Stephen. Cross the international border to Calais, Maine. Drive south from Calais along U.S. Route 1 to Whiting Village. In Whiting, take Route 189 east to the FDR Memorial Bridge. In Lubec, cross FDR Memorial Bridge to Campobello Island. Pass through Canadian Customs. Drive approximately 1.5 miles north on Highway 774.
Elevation Note: All times are Atlantic Time

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: Registration/Welcome, orientation
(Sunday, July 14)

Note: Check-in from 2 - 5 p.m., Atlantic time.



   
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 5:00 pm Atlantic time, registration and check in to room 5:00 - 6:30 pm Atlantic time, welcome and orientation
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room at Prince Cottage at 7:00 p.m., Atlantic time.
 Evening: Settle in and rest up from day's journey.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit historic Library and Museum, followed by afternoon excursion to points of interest on Campobello Island.
(Monday, July 15)

Note: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the afternoon island excursion.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room at Prince Cottage
 Morning: Lectures in Prince Cottage great room.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room at Prince Cottage, 12 noon.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Campobello Library and Museum, for afternoon lecture, followed by group tour of Campobello Island with stops at various locations of interest.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room at Prince Cottage, 6 p.m.
 Evening: Lecture/program in great room, Prince Cottage.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Beach and/or bog walk, tour of Visitor Center and Roosevelt summer home.
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in dining room at Prince Cottage, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Lecture, guided exploration of nearby shore or bog.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room of Prince Cottage, 12 noon.
 Afternoon: Group walk to Visitor Center, short film screening, followed by docent-led tour of Red Cottage (the Roosevelt's summer home) and gardens. Late afternoon "Tea with Eleanor" in Historic Hubbard Cottage. Learn a bit more about Eleanor Roosevelt from Park Staff while enjoying refreshments.
 Dinner: Trip to historic Anglican Church where the Roosevelts worshipped, hear short history of church, dinner in nearby parish hall hosted by oldest quilting circle in North America.
 Evening: Lecture/program in Prince Cottage.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Design your own "Great Day." Explore Campobello, or nearby Eastport or Lubec in Maine. Lunch and dinner on your own. Optional evening film.
(Wednesday, July 17)

Note: The evening film will be shown in the Great Room in Prince Cottage at Roosevelt Park. In nearby Lubec, there will also be a free Summerkeys concert, featuring performances by the teaching staff. This is an optional event which you can attend in lieu of the evening film.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in dining room at Prince Cottage, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Free morning to enjoy and explore area on your own. Information and suggestions provided.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy and explore area on your own. Information and suggestions provided
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy and explore area on your own. Information and suggestions provided. Evening film screening - "Sunrise at Campobello", 7 p.m., Prince Cottage great room. Attendance optional. Attend a free concert of classical music in nearby Lubec, 8:30 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Bay of Fundy Whale Watch. Traditional Maine Lobster meal.
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in dining room at Prince Cottage, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Lectures in great room, Prince Cottage.
 Lunch: "Eleanor Roosevelt" picnic-style lunch, 11:30 a.m., dining room in Prince Cottage.
 Afternoon: Whale watch in Passamaquoddy Bay and Bay of Fundy.
 Dinner: Traditional Maine Lobster Feast, Prince Cottage dining room, 6 p.m.
 Evening: 7:15 gathering, Prince Cottage great room.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in dining room at Prince Cottage, 7:30 - 8:30.
 Morning: 8:45 - Final program, Prince Cottage 10:00 - Program end. Au revoir!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Campobello Island Discover New England
An excellent web site for everything about New England
  Maine Office of Tourism
Maine Office of Tourism #59 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0059 You may request a free full-color guidebook with 260 pages of Maine vacation opportunities, on the web site. For Maine travel information, please call 1-888-624-6345. For additional information, visit www.visitmaine.com
  Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Roosevelt Campobello International Park P.O. Box 129 Lubec, Maine 04652 (506)-752-2922 info@fdr.net For additional information, visit www.fdr.net/englishii
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


Tomorrow is Now


Author: Eleanor Roosevelt


Description: As relevant and influential now as it was when first published in 1963, Tomorrow Is Now is Eleanor Roosevelt's manifesto and her final effort to move America toward the community she hoped it would become. In bold, blunt prose, one of the greatest First Ladies of American history traces her country's struggle to embrace democracy and presents her declaration against fear, timidity, complacency, and national arrogance. An open, unrestrained look into her mind and heart as well as a clarion call to action, Tomorrow Is Now is the work Eleanor Roosevelt willed herself to stay alive to finish writing. For this edition, former U.S. President Bill Clinton contributes a new foreword and Roosevelt historian Allida Black provides an authoritative introduction focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt's diplomatic career.



Eleanor and Franklin: the Story of Their Relationship based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers.


Author: Joseph P. Lash


Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 - and - A First-Class Temperament: the Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt.


Author: Geoffrey C. Ward


Description: Together, these two books are subtitled: "An intimate portrait of the uncommon family, early years and private work of the man who became FDR."



The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt


Author: Eleanor Roosevelt


Description: (Also published in paperback by Da Capo Press, 1992) Eleanor wrote: "I dedicate this book to all those who will be spared reading the three volumes of my autobiography and who may find this easier and pleasanter to read."



Remember Me - Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt


Author: Donald Soctomah and Jean Flavie


Description: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who would become the thirty-second president of the United States, joyfully spent his boyhood summers on Campobello Island. There he me Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy elder and former chier who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basketmaker. Authors Soctomah and Flahive imagine the relationship that developed between these two as Tomah Joseph taught young Franklin how to canoe and shared some of the stories and culture of his tribe. A beautifully decorated birchbark canoe that he made for Franklin remains at Campobello Island, a tangible reminder of this special friendship.



Beloved Island: Franklin and Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello.


Author: Jonas Klein


Campobello: The outer island.


Author: Alden Nowlan


Eleanor


Author: Barbara Cooney


Description: Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney paints a meticulously researched, lushly detailed picture of Eleanor's childhood world--but most importantly, she captures the essence of the little girl whose indomitable spirit would make her one of the greatest and most beloved first ladies of all time. "There are many biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one is special...Cooney is at her artistic best."



Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day


Author: Eleanor Roosevelt


Description: A collection of Eleanor Roosevelt's syndicated columns "My Day", spanning the years 1936 - 1945. Introduction by Martha Gellhorn





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