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Lives, Lore and Lessons of the Great Lakes

Program Number: 18729RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/22/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Situated on the south side of a superb natural harbor at the west end of Lake Superior, the town of Superior developed economically primarily because of its great port. This historic town is your base to discover a wealth of local shipping and mining history along Lake Superior. Learn about mining in the region, rail and ship transportation, how the Coast Guard keeps this busy port safe, and a local ship yard’s role in building and repairing vessels around Lake Superior for 120 years.




Highlights

• Speak to the director of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Center about the importance — past and present — of rail and ships in the city.
• Learn about mining in the region on an excursion to a onetime iron ore mine, and get a glimpse into the life of an iron magnate at Fairlawn Mansion.
• Explore some of the world’s largest facilities for shipping grains and ore, including how the ore vessel Edmund Fitzgerald sailed from Superior to meet its destruction in a 1975 storm.



Activity Particulars

Moderate standing and walking, getting on/off bus.



Coordinated by University of Wisconsin-Superior.




Superior

Nestled on the western tip of Lake Superior, this international port city offers an inside view of a bustling shipping center, as well as a unique ecosystem and gorgeous lakeside scenery.



Accommodations
Resort hotel with indoor pool and marina view.
Meals and Lodgings
   Barker's Island Inn
  Superior, Wisconsin 5 nights
 Barker's Island Inn
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Waterfront hotel overlooking a marina and Lake Superior.
  Contact info: 300 Marina Drive
Superior, WI 54880 USA
phone: 715-392-7152
web: www.barkersislandinn.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, hairdryer, phone with dataport.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant, indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Around $100.00. Please contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Around $100.00. Please contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at hotel in Superior, WI. You will be staying at Barker's Island Inn that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at hotel in Superior, WI. You will be staying at Barker's Island Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Superior, Wisconsin
  Nearest city or town:  Duluth, MN
  Nearest highway: US 53
  Nearest airport:  Duluth International Airport (DLH)
  From End of Program
  Location: Superior, Wisconsin
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Duluth, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Courtesy Cab
phone: 218-590-9222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From the Southeast (Eau Claire, WI) Take 53 north into Superior. Turn right at Bong Heritage Center and sign for Barker's Island Inn. Follow road to hotel.
  From the Southwest (Minneapolis, MN) North on interstate 35. Merge onto US 2 east via exit number 253A toward Wisconsin, this is also the Bong Bridge. Turn right at stop lights on Belknap Street. Follow road to the hotel.
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: Arrive and check into beautiful Barker's Island Inn. Be greeted by the Road Scholar Coordinator and receive your packet and schedule. Take some time to settle into your lovely room until dinner.
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive and check into beautiful Barker's Island Inn. Be greeted by the Road Scholar Coordinator and receive your packet and schedule. Take some time to settle into your lovely room until dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a sit down dinner and afterwards the program, coordinator will officially greet everyone, review the schedule for the week and answer any questions that the group may have.
 Evening: We will take some time after dinner to get to know one another and break the ice a little in anticipation of a great few days together.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today we will be treated to several facinating lectures about our areas of study and field trips (within walking distance) to the SS Meteor and Fairlawn Mansion.
(Monday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in The Galley restaurant - a full service restaurant overlooking the largest marina on Lake Superior. You will be treated to a sit down meal.
 Morning: The director of the UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Center will introduce us to the importance of rail and ships in our harbour city.
 Lunch: A delicious lunch will be served in the Galley Restaurant in the hotel. Again, this will be a plated, sit down meal.
 Afternoon: A lecture from the Port Authority and/or Coast Guard on our harbor traffic, some of the intricacies and challenges. Then a short trip to Fairlawn Mansion where we will get a tour and dine inside the mansion.
 Dinner: Will be served at Fairlawn Mansion after tour.
 Evening: A short trip to the SS Meteor for tour.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A day long field trip to Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Burlington Northern Taconite Facility.
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the Galley Restaurant
 Morning: Coach bus trip to the Soudan Underground Mine. Run by the Minnesota Historical Society, this mine was once a real working mine.
 Lunch: Dine on boxed lunches during a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Re board the bus and travel back to Superior and visit the Burlington Northern Taconite Facility.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Take a short trip to the Bong Veteran's Heritage Center and get a brief introduction from the Director and enjoy a self guided tour.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trips to Midwest Energy Resources Co. (operator of the largest coal terminal on the Great Lakes) and the Maritime Museum.
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: In the Galley Restaurant.
 Morning: Field trips to Greymont and a Vista Fleet sightseeing tour.
 Lunch: You will be served a delicious lunch.
 Afternoon: Field trip and tour of Midwest Energy Coal Terminal.
 Dinner: Our last dinner together, in the banquet room of our hotel.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program wrap up with a morning lecture.
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Galley Restaurant.
 Morning: A presentation from Dr. Mary Balcer of UW-Superior on the Great Lakes Exotic Species.
 Lunch: A boxed lunch will be provided for you today.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Superior, Wisconsin Fairlawn Mansion
One of "America's Castles", this 42 room Victorian mansion, built in 1889, was the private residence of Matrin and Grace Pattison and family. Fairlawn recalls the elegance and prosperity of Superior's early boomtown days. For additional information, visit www.superiorpublicmuseums.org
  Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center
Interactive exhibits, fully restored P-38 Lightening, and Pacific-European Theater displays will let you experience history through the eyes of those who lived it. For additional information, visit www.bongheritagecenter.org
  S.S. Meteor Maritime Museum
Launched from Superior in 1896, she is the world's only remaining innovative "whaleback" ship. Hear the ship's whistle and see the original 1896 steam engine as you tour from pilothouse to cargo holds. For additional information, visit www.superiorpublicmuseums.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.

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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