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Biking Exploration on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands

Program Number: 2181RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $839.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Set amid coastal marshlands of swaying cordgrass and studded with lighthouses, former plantations and Gilded Age mansions, the Golden Isles of Georgia mark not only the meeting of the coast and the Atlantic, but also of the native peoples, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and wealthy vacationers who have all played parts in coastal Georgia’s history. From the Tiffany window in Faith Chapel to the historic Jekyll Island Club to the lush maritime forest, take in St. Simons and Jekyll islands by bike.




Highlights

• See a 200-year-old working lighthouse, lovely Christ Church, Fort Frederica and slave cabins by bike.
• Bike to the marshes and learn about Georgia's expansive estuarine and coastal ecosystems.
• Explore more than 20 miles of winding bike trails on Jekyll Island, former playground of the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds.



Activity Particulars

Bicycling 10-15 miles, moderate pace, concrete bike paths, flat terrain. One-speed, land cruiser bikes provided.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




St. Simons Island

Pristine waters and white sandy beaches make St. Simons Island a popular destination. Part of the Golden Isles, the landscape’s moss-draped oaks, shady lanes and creek-fed pockets of marsh create a thriving habitat for birds, turtles, armadillos and deer.



Accommodations
Coastal retreat center on Frederica River.

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

Jenny Strauss graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s in English, and minors in home furnishing and organ performance. On moving to the culturally rich Golden Isles of Georgia, she quickly developed a passion for knowledge of the area’s history, leading to a twenty year career as an instructor, presenter and storyteller. Jenny is the owner of History, Mystery, & More, Inc., and is a member of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.
 
Tricia Buie

Tricia Buie makes history come alive through her work with Civil War reenactments and as a living history presenter throughout the Southeast, specializing in the lives of 19th-century women. She is a Coastal Georgia Historian for the Center for Educational Adventure, and is a volunteer docent for the Coastal Georgia Historic Lighthouse and Hofwyl Plantation. Tricia and her husband have personally researched and restored 6 historic homes, and they presently reside in a 108 year-old farmhouse.
 
Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor and her husband moved to the Golden Isles nine years ago. As a health and fitness educator, she was drawn to the area for its beauty, history and wealth of outdoor sports. Sara has instructed biking excursions on St. Simons for six years, and delights participants with her spirit and enthusiasm. Sara is a member of the Cassina Garden Club, The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, and the Land Trust.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Epworth by the Sea
  St. Simons Island, GA 5 nights
 Epworth by the Sea
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Epworth is located on 43 acres covered with moss-draped live oak trees and situated along the banks of the Frederica River. Motel rooms and meeting spaces are short distances apart. Beautifully landscaped walkways line the grounds, as well as a fishing pier, gazebo, and tennis courts.
  Contact info: 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading lamps, telephones with voicemail, cable TV, and daily maid service.
  Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicious, freshly prepared buffet meals. A swimming pool is open during the summer season.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Prices vary. Please call. Early arrivals and stayover reservations may be made by calling Annabelle Salter, individual reservationist at Epworth by the Sea, 912-638-8688. She will make every effort to book participant in the same room used during the Road Scholar program week.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Prices vary. Please call. Early arrivals and stayover reservations may be made by calling Annabelle Salter, individual reservationist at Epworth by the Sea, 912-638-8688. She will make every effort to book participant in the same room used during the Road Scholar program week.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in begins at 4:00 pm. Road Scholar check-in and orientation at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Epworth by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out is 11:00 am. Program concludes by 10:30 am. You will be staying at Epworth by the Sea the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A waiver of liability is included in this mailing and must be signed by each participant and returned to the Center for Educational Adventure in order for a person to participate in the bicycle program. If you have a Senior Pass, Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Simons Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Glynn County Airport at Brunswick, GA
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Simons Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$120.00 for up to two people. This includes sales tax but not gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

77 miles

   

They require advanced reservations and accept all major credit cards.

 

Jacksonville, FL to St. Simons Island, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Seaside Transportation
phone: 912-638-2638
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 for 1-2 person, $10.00 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

77 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From I-95 to Epworth by the Sea Approaching St. Simons from the South: I-95N from Jacksonville, FL take Exit 29 (says to Brunswick and Waycross), turn right at end of exit ramp, pass Jekyll Island entrance on right, go over Sidney Lanier Bridge, continue North and turn right onto St. Simons Causeway. Get in the left lane at end of causeway, go straight through the stoplight onto Sea Island Road, turn left into 2nd Epworth entrance marked "Booth Gate," proceed to 4-way stop sign, turn left. Registration Building is first building on right (pillared porch with rocking chairs.) Approaching St. Simons from the North: From I-95S take Exit 38 (to Brunswick and Golden Isles), turn left at end of ramp onto Spur 25, go 4 1/2 miles through 6 traffic lights. Spur dead ends into US 17, turn right onto 17 South, go 1 1/2 miles to 3rd traffic light easing into left turn lane, turn left onto St. Simons Torras Causeway, get in left lane at end of causeway, go straight through the stoplight onto Sea Island Road, turn left into 2nd Epworth Entrance marked "Booth Gate," proceed to 4-way stop sign, turn left. Registration Building is first building on right (pillared porch with rocking chairs.)
Equipment Requirements: Participants may bring their own bicycles. The bikes we provide are either male or unisex beach cruisers with large tires for easy riding and a large comfortable seat. They have foot brakes and no gears. We also provide a bike lock and key, a handlebar basket, and a helmet for all riders. Please notify program provider if you decide to bring your own bike. Helmets are required. Feel free to bring your own if you wish.
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/Orientation/St. Simons Island History
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 4:00 pm. Road Scholar orientation is at 5:00 pm in the conference room of the hotel.
 Dinner: A buffet style dinner is served in the Epworth Dining Room. A soup and salad bar plus hot entrees and desserts are included at every lunch and dinner. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: Overview of St. Simons Island history.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bike Safety/Bike Touring/Presentation
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, juices, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Y
 Morning: Overview of daily route. Followed by bike safety orientation. Day begins around 10:30 AM for biking. Biking is approximately 10-15 miles with historian. Stops and entrances into key historical points along the way will include Fort Frederica, Christ Church, the village, and other points of interest.
 Lunch: Sack lunch for biking trip.
 Afternoon: Biking continues throughout the afternoon. St. Simons south end biking.
 Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Presentation on coastal ecology.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture/Marsh Trip/Free afternoon/Dinner at Popular island Restaurant/Presentation
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, juices, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Y
 Morning: Your coastal naturalist will lead the bike trip to the marshes. Expect to see birds as well as other marsh creatures along the journey. Participants will learn about Georgia's expansive estuarine and coastal ecosystems, as well as the plants and animals that depend on them. Participants will take a marsh walk to better see and understand the salt marsh ecology. It is a fun and interesting morning that allows you a different look at the island from the salt marshes.
 Lunch: Lunch at conference center.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in the village, biking on your own or visit the beach. It's your choice and there is plenty to do and see. Enjoy! Coordinator will be glad to help you with places to go and things to see. If you go off the island, you will need a car.
 Dinner: Board the trolley for a late afternoon visit to Christ Church then onto dinner at an island tradition - Bennie's Red Barn.
 Evening: Presentation on "What Creeps Here?"
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jekyll Island History/Bike Touring St. Simons/Presentation
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, juices, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Y
 Morning: PRESENTATION: An historian will give you the history of Jekyll Island in preparation for the next days trip. FIELD TRIP:Your biking adventure will continue as you explore more of St. Simons Island and its history. Biking is approx. 10-15 miles around areas of St. Simons Island.
 Lunch: Box lunch is included on your picnic on St. Simons.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore St. Simons Island.
 Dinner: A buffet style dinner is served in the Epworth Dining Room. A soup and salad bar plus hot entrees and desserts are included at every lunch and dinner. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: "Georgia's Secret Seashore" video will be presented.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Jekyll Island Bike Tour/Lunch at Jekyll Island Club Hotel/Last Evening Wrap-Up
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, juices, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Y
 Morning: Explore over 20 miles of winding trails perfect for biking. These paved paths are a great way to explore Jekyll Islands historic sites, beaches, marshes and maritime forests. You will park your bikes for a tram tour of the historic district of Jekyll to include the millionaire cottages, Faith Chapel with an original Tiffany stained glass, and the famous Jekyll Island Hotel. Biking will continue after lunch on Jekyll Island. Trails wind along the ocean and the interior maritime forest....breathtaking!
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel with views of the intracoastal waterway.
 Afternoon: Biking on Jekyll Island continues.
 Dinner: A buffet style dinner is served in the Epworth Dining Room. A soup and salad bar plus hot entrees and desserts are included at every lunch and dinner. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: Final evening together: share stories of the week, contact information and say farewell to new found friends.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hamilton Slave Cabins/Check-Out
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, juices, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Y
 Morning: Field Trip/Presentation: Hamilton Slave Cabins on the beautiful grounds of Epworth. Learn the plantation's history and how its people/resources helped shape our nation's navy and economy.
 Lunch: Check-out is by 11:00 am.
   
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


Dr. Bullie's Notes


Author: James Holmes


Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies among the Georgia Coastal Negroes


Author: Georgia Writers' Project


Freedom's Shore: Tunis Campbell and the Georgia Freedmen


Author: Russell Duncan


Georgia Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man


Author: Cornelia Walker Bailey


Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839


Author: Frances Anne Kemble


Major Butler's Legacy


Author: Malcolm Bell


Rice Gold: James Hamilton Couper and Plantation Life on the Georgia Coast


Author: James E. Bagwell


Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman


Author: Charles East


St. Simons Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War


Author: Frances Butler Leigh


The John Couper Family at Cannon's Point


Author: T. Reed Ferguson


The story of the Page-King Family of Retreat Plantation, St. Simons Island and of the Golden Isles of Georgia


Author: Florence Marye




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