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Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival

Program Number: 7864RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/21/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Macon, Georgia
Price starting at: $747.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Celebrate the arrival of spring by exploring Macon, the small city known as “The Heart of Georgia,” during the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. Festival events commemorate the flowering of Macon’s 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees, the largest array outside of Japan. Journey to Jarrell Plantation, have lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette (famed for its role in “Fried Green Tomatoes”) and visit the restored Old Governor’s Mansion and Old Capitol Building in historic Milledgeville.




Highlights

• Experience the U.S.’s most expansive Cherry Blossom Festival, a month-long celebration.
• Discover and tour the interiors of Macon’s lovely antebellum mansions including the Woodruff House, Hay House, Cannonball House and Sidney Lanier Cottage.
• Visit Ocmulgee National Monument to find evidence of this area’s 17,000 years of continuous human habitation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a half mile per day. Some stairs.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Macon

Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon boasts cultural resources from an excellent symphony orchestra to museums of art and African-American history. The thriving downtown features antique shops and art galleries, and numerous recreation areas around the city offer opportunities for hiking, golf, swimming and other outdoor pastimes.



Accommodations
Modern, well-equipped, comfortable hotel.

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

As a Beaufort, S.C., resident, popular storyteller, actress, and novelist, Kim Poovey brings local history to life through her characters from the past. Whether telling a ghost story in downtown Beaufort or appearing to as the inimitable Miss Emma Victoria Brown, she transports her listeners to the past and wraps them up in the stories she tells. After each of her programs, Kim steps out of character to answer questions and elaborate on some of the historical events that shaped her stories.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Marriott Macon City Center
  Macon, GA 5 nights
 Marriott Macon City Center
Type: Hotel
  Description: Our downtown Macon lodging is connected to the Macon Centreplex convention center which offers 120,000 sq ft of event space. Relax and unwind at the indoor pool, whirlpool or fitness center, on-site at this Macon, Georgia.
  Contact info: 240 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217 USA
phone: 478-621-5300
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcnfs-macon-marriott-city-center/
  Room amenities: Beds and Bedding Maximum Occupancy: 4 1 King or 2 Queen Rollaway beds permitted: 1 at 20.00 USD per night Cribs permitted: 1 Maximum cribs/rollaway beds permitted: 1 Pillowtop mattress, and Duvet Bath and Bathroom Features Shower/Tub combination Shower Bathroom amenities (Bath and Body Works) Hair dryer Robe Slippers Furniture and Furnishings Chair, oversized Alarm Clock Outlet with dual voltage adaptors Desk, moveable, with ergonomic chair, and electrical outlet Iron and ironing board Food & Beverages Room service Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker / tea service Instant hot water Kitchen features Pantry area
  Facility amenities: High-Speed Internet Access Guest rooms: Wireless, Wired for 9.95USD/day Lobby and public areas: Complimentary Wireless, Wired Meeting rooms: Wireless, Wired Parking Complimentary on-site parking Off-site parking, fee: 8 USD daily Driving Directions Property Details 8 floors , 217 rooms , 3 suites 9 meeting rooms, 5,000 sq ft of total meeting space 2 concierge levels New Lobby Smoke-free Policy This hotel has a smoke-free policy Accessibility For more information call the general manager of the hotel Accessible guest rooms have a 32 inch wide opening Fitness center entrance is accessible Main entrance is accessible Pathway to registration desk is accessible Registration desk is accessible Route to accessible guest rooms is accessible Business center entrance is accessible Hotel has on site accessible self-parking Meeting spaces are all accessible Pool entrances are all accessible Restaurants and lounges are all accessible Service animals allowed for persons with disabilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar Rate One additional night before &/or after is guaranteed at the Road Scholar rate if desired - please request through your Road Scholar Program Coordinator - call Cassie Napier at 478-445-5281.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar Rate One additional night before &/or after is guaranteed at the Road Scholar rate if desired - please request through your Road Scholar Program Coordinator - call Cassie Napier at 478-445-5281.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Sunday at the Marriott Macon City Center You will be staying at Marriott Macon City Center that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 11 a.m. Friday. You will be staying at Marriott Macon City Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No charge for parking at motel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Macon, GA
  Nearest highway: Interstate 75
  Nearest airport:  Macon and Atlanta
  From End of Program
  Location: Macon, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlanta International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Grooms Transportation
phone: 478-471-1616
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$36 + 10 to go directly to a hotel and not to their transportation parking lot.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Open 24 hours a day 

 

Distance:

 

85 miles

   

Shuttle from Atlanta Airport with Grooms Transportation to the Macon Marriott is $36.00 + 10 each way. Grooms Transportation # is:(478) 471-1616; Pick up from the Hotel needs to be prearranged at least one day prior and take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 
Driving Directions
  North, South, East and West Macon is located about 80 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. Take Exit 167 (Pierce Ave), turn left on Riverside Dr. and it will be on your right hand side, within one mile.
Elevation Note: At Sea Level

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/Orientation and Dinner with Local Author Lecture
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Macon, Georgia! Check-in begins at 4 p.m. Road Scholar registration will take place in the lobby. If you are early you could check with the front desk to see if your room is available before 4 p.m. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a comfortable setting at the Marriott Macon City Center.
 Evening: After dinner, we will be going over the week's schedule and having orientation - get to know your facilitator and fellow Road Scholar participants. A local author will be our guest to introduce the week's events and local culture. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Get to know your fellow participants and build new friendships by taking advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Macon City Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ocmulgee National Monument/ Indian Mounds, Beautiful St. Joseph's Cathedral with its stained glass windows and St. Patrick's Day with Pink & Green.
(Monday, March 17)

Note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around Ocmulgee National Monument; entering and exiting historic buildings



   
 Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy access to the Concierge Lounge with privileges including a hot buffet breakfast and in-room WIFI access.
 Morning: Start your adventure in Macon with a journey to the ancient past and witness the 17,000 years of Native American Indian heritage at the Ocmulgee National Monument mounds and lodge.
 Lunch: Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Grand Opera House, including an exclusive lunch and backstage tour!
 Afternoon: Have an adventure continuing your tour of Historic Macon visiting the Beautiful St. Joseph's Cathedral, Cannon Ball House and more!
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal before our great entertainment.
 Evening: Sit back, relax and enjoy the show - celebrate Cherry Blossoms and St. Patrick's Day with Pink & Green: A Saint Patrick's Day Concert at the Cox Capital Theatre. After the show, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Macon City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Juliette, Historic Jarrell Plantation with Peter Bonner and the Whistle Stop café.
(Tuesday, March 18)

Note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around Jarrell Plantation



   
 Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy access to the Concierge Lounge with privileges including a hot buffet breakfast and in-room WIFI access.
 Morning: Browse around all that charming Juliette has to offer, where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the iconic Whistle Stop Café.
 Afternoon: Visit the Historic Jarrell Plantation. Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” typhoid fever, Reconstruction, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry. In 1974, family descendants donated the grounds to establish Jarrell Plantation as a State Historic Site. Plus - as a special treat - relive an historical & hysterical presentation by Peter Bonner as he shares with us "history that won't wash off!"
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a comfortable setting at the Marriott Macon City Center.
 Evening: Round off your day by going full circle from your visit to the Whistle Stop Café by viewing "Fried Green Tomatoes," filmed in Juliette, GA. After the film, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Macon City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit the Old Govenor's Mansion, Georgia's Antebellum Capital and the Women of Ireland!
(Wednesday, March 19)

Note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around campus



   
 Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy access to the Concierge Lounge with privileges including a hot buffet breakfast and in-room WIFI access.
 Morning: We will have a guided exploration of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA exclusively for Road Scholar participants. The Mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
 Lunch: Enjoy a wide variety of choices from the MAX at Georgia College. During lunch, your choices include a traditional family style menu with plenty of options to choose from. You will also have unlimited access to all of the dining stations, including the made-to-order deli. The MAX proudly features several vegan/vegetarian dining options. In the mood for something different? Wander over to the international line which boasts a constantly changing menu from the world’s best cuisine!
 Afternoon: Take the city excursion! Led by an expert tour-guide, you will visit historic sites in Milledgeville - the Antebellum Capital of the South. Learn about the Old Capital Building, St. Stephen's Church and the Sallie Ellis Davis House.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Be entranced by a command performance of the Women of Ireland at the Grand Opera House. After the performance, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Macon City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Exclusive tour of the Hay House with Kim Poovey and special visit to the Sidney Lanier Cottage; plus lunch in a historic home and farm-to-table dinner!
(Thursday, March 20)

Note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around the Hay House grounds; entering and exiting historic buildings



   
 Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy access to the Concierge Lounge with privileges including a hot buffet breakfast and in-room WIFI access.
 Morning: Step back in time with a guided tour of Historic Macon’s 1840 Victorian cottage, renowned as the birthplace of poet and musician, Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881), who penned “The Marshes of Glynn” and “Song of the Chattahoochee”.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch hosted in one of Macon's historic homes.
 Afternoon: Get the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Hay House, which covers all levels of the home including a special trip to the cupola and widow walk. In addition, tour the grounds and gardens surrounding the house. Plus - enjoy a special guest speaker who will visit with us in the music room of the Hay House! Kim Poovey is an author and actress who has regaled Road Scholar participants - and audiences throughout the southeast - with her historic reenactments.
 Dinner: Wrap-up the week and deeply enjoy your final evening with truly local cuisine from the unique farm to table dinner experience served in the beautiful dining room of the Hay House!
 Evening: An evening of interactive entertainment at the Hay House will allow everyone to spend time with their new found friends. Once we return to the hotel, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Macon City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cherry Blossom Ceremony
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy access to the Concierge Lounge with privileges including a hot buffet breakfast and in-room WIFI access.
 Morning: Participants have the option to tour the Master Gardeners of Central Georgia Spring Plant Preview hosted by the Macon State Farmer's Market. Afterwards, we will visit the Cherry Blossom Ceremony in Central City Park at noon. We hope you have enjoyed this special new learning experience and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar adventures in the future. Individual departures from the hotel with check out no later than 11 a.m. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all of your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Macon, GA Overview
Taxi service is available or can use your own car.
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


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe


Author: Fannie Flagg


Description: Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s: of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.



Never Put a Ten-Dollar Tree in a Ten-Cent Hole


Author: Ed Grisamore


Description: Telegraph columnist Ed Grisamores latest book Never Put a 10-Dollar Tree in a 10-Cent Hole is a collection of his newspaper columns and essays. Grisamore, winner of the 2010 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, pays tribute to everything from fatherhood to faith, food, music, children, veterans, everyday heroes, universal truths and the wisdom of the generations. He also shares his thoughts about his personal journey and the delights of the writing life.





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