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The Best of Cape May

Program Number: 15204RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/2/2014 - 9/5/2014; 5/24/2015 - 5/29/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/12/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Price starting at: $519.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Come to experience one of America’s special places. Cape May is the country’s oldest seaside resort, situated at the tip of Cape May Peninsula where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic. During World War II, it played an important role thanks to this strategic position. Today, the entire city is a designated National Historic District for its wealth of Victorian architecture that provides a wonderful backdrop for a modern arts community. Gain expert knowledge and insider perspectives as you breathe in the sea air and feel the energy of a preservationist renaissance.




Highlights

• Learn about nature and history on a narrated harbor cruise and the fishing industry’s impact on an expert led walk along Fisherman’s Wharf.
• At Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, learn about the World War II dive-bomber squadron training facility in Hangar #1 that now displays vintage aircraft and special exhibits.
• Explore the Cape May Brewing Company, a craft beer microbrewery, and attend a performance at Cape May Stage.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 5 miles per day over very uneven pavement on gaslit streets.




Date Specific Information

9-2-2014

Cape May Stage performance of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit."
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




Cape May

More than 600 authentically restored Victorian structures make up this National Historic Landmark City on New Jersey's southern shore. Dubbed the nation's "First Seashore Resort," Cape May has been welcoming visitors to its white-sand beaches since the 1800s. Also a birding "hotspot," Cape May attracts more than 400 species of birds a year.



Accommodations
Oceanfront Grand Hotel, dedicated to recreating the grandeur of a by-gone era while providing all modern comforts and conveniences for a most enjoyable stay.

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

Rich Chiemingo is a museum educator for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as a lighthouse keeper at the Cape May Lighthouse and an observer at the World War II Lookout Tower. As a living history interpreter, he shares his perspective on American composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. Prior to retiring to the Cape May area, Rich has also held a career in the music industry, including a stint as a military bandsman.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hotel
  Cape May, NJ 3 nights
 Grand Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel has two giant sun decks overlooking the sea.
  Contact info: 1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5611
web: www.grandhotelcapemay.com
  Room amenities: Full Bath, Vanity Area with Hair Dryer, Serta Pillow Top Mattress, Electronic Safe, 3 cubic ft. compact Beverage Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, Coffee Maker(bring your favorite coffee!), Iron & Ironing Board.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, indoor whirlpool, indoor and outdoor heated pools
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: market rate call hotel to arrange extra nights
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: market rate call hotel to arrange extra nights
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration begins at 4pm. Rooms are guaranteed available by 4pm. Welcome reception at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm. Orientation at 7:30pm You will be staying at Grand Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel by 10:30. Hotel check-out is 11:00am You will be staying at Grand Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for hotel guests.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cape May, NJ
  Nearest city or town:  Atlantic City, NJ
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport; Atlantic City Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cape May, NJ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

The hotel is about a mile from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rapid Rover
phone: 856-428-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$185
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car. If driving, take I95 North to Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take 42 South to Atlantic City Express to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn left onto Beach. Hotel is on your left.

 

New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit
phone: 973-491-9400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

250 miles

   

The hotel is about a mile from the Cape May bus terminal. Local cab service is available: AArt's Taxi (609-898-7433) and AA Plus Cab, 609-889-9595.

 

Atlantic City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Royal Airport Limo
phone: 609-748-9777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If two people are traveling together, it is usually more economical to rent a car. If driving, take I95 North to Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take 42 South to Atlantic City Express to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn left onto Beach. Hotel is on your left.

 
Driving Directions
  Altantic City Airport Take Atlantic City Expressway South to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn left. Hotel is on your leftt. Approximate driving time 1 hour
  Baltimore, Washington DC I 95 to Delaware Memorial Bridge, to Rte 40 East, to Rte 55 South, to Rte 47 South, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, exit the terminal onto Rte 9, to Rte 109 South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn right. The hotel is directly ahead on your right. (Approximately 3 hours from Baltimore and 4 hours from Washington.)
  New York Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. (Approximately 3 hour drive.)
  Pennsylvania Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge to Rte. 42 South, to Atlantic City Expressway, to Garden State Parkway South into Cape May. Follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave.(first traffic light), turn left. Follow Madison Ave. to Beach Dr., turn left. The hotel is directly ahead on your left. (Approximately 2 hour drive.)
  Philadelphia International Airport Exit airport to I95 N. Take Walt Whitman Bridge to NJ. Take Rte 42 to Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 (Garden State Parkway). Take Garden State Parkway to its end. Take Rte. 109 into Cape May (through marina district). Stay in right lane and follow Lafayette St. to Madison Ave. (first traffic light). Turn left. Take Madison to Beach Ave., turn right. Take Beach to Ocean St. Turn left. Hotel is on your left. Approximate time 2hours.
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: Meet and Greet/Orientation/Introductions
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 PM: Hotel check-in. 4:00-5:00 PM: pick up materials from Road Scholar in hotel meeting room. 5:00 PM: Orientation, review the program schedule and introductions in hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: 6pm: Dinner in the hotel
 Evening: 7:15pm Take an evening stroll on the Promenade.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Learn about Cape May. Trolley Tour, Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May Brewery
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: 9:45am: "From Captain Mey to Today" and "Cape May in WWII" Richly illustrated lectures gives an overview of Cape May's maritime history from 1609 and Henry Hudson's first sighting of our shores to when our port is the third busiest on the East Coast and then focus is given to the WWII era.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Climb the WWII Tower. Visit the Wildwood Aviation Museum and Cape May Brewery
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel
 Evening: Down Memory Lane: An Evening of Music from the 40s and 50s. Join a local retired musician for a trip down memory lane and listen to the music that informed a generation. Using music clips, vintage images and live music, the presenters recreate the sounds and sights of an era. The presenter is a seasoned musician with years of band experience, including a stint as a military bandsman.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A cruise around Cape May Harbor with history narration. Lunch on the harbor, followed by a walking tour of Fisherman's Warf
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: 10:00am: Harbor History Cruise aboard the OPSPREY. Get up close views of nesting sea bird colonies, and a hands-on introduction to the wonders of the salt marsh as you learn the hisotry of Cape May's harbor. The OSPREY has both an open and enclosed viewing deck with sliding glass panoramic windows, and is very comfortable even on a cool breezy day. A restroom is aboard. Binoculars including ZEISS demo optics are available for passengers. Cruise lasts about two hours.
 Lunch: Lunch in a restaurant by the harbor
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a walking tour of Fishermans Wharf
 Dinner: Dinner at the Washington Inn
 Evening: Enjoy a theater performance of "Blithe Spirit" at the Cape May Stage
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Panel Discussion of Cape May today and tomorrow
(Friday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Panel: Learn the latest on Cape May today and what the future has in store.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cape May, NJ Cape May County Historical Museum
(609) 465-3535 The Museum contains extensive and varied exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries. For additional information, visit www.cmcmuseum.org
  Leaming's Run Gardens
(609) 465-5871 Leaming's Run Gardens is the largest annual garden in the USA - featuring acres of beautiful flowers, ferns, lawns and ponds. For additional information, visit www.leamingsrungardens.com/
  Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecker’s ball. Today, MAC operates the Physick Estate as Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. MAC has also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. A multi-faceted, non-profit cultural organization, MAC promotes the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s Victorian heritage and the performing arts with a year-round schedule of special events and tours. For additional information, visit www.capemaymac.org
  Naval Air Station Wildwood
Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May County Airport, Lower Township, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the 41 Naval airmen who perished while training there during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places September, 1997. PHONE (609) 886-8787 For additional information, visit www.usnasw.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.

Suggested Reading List


Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts


Author: George Thomas and Carl Doebley


Description: This is a wonderful reference and souvenir of your stay in Cape May with an introductory historical essay and an extensive section of photographs of the most historic buildings of Cape May. This fine book is available at the Museum Shop of the Emlen Physick Estate and can be ordered online from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts or call 609-884-5404 ext. 117 for mail order.



Sentinel of the Jersey Cape


Author: John Bailey


Description: John Bailey's best selling book tells the complete story of the 141-year old Cape May lighthouse. A remarkable mix of technical exposition, historical observation and personal sentiment. Available from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



Summer City by the Sea


Author: Emil Salvini


Description: This is the story of the rise and the fall and rise again of the country's first seaside resort - a fantasy city created by whalers, river pilots and speculators and molded by fires and storms. Its two-hundred year roller coaster ride resulted in Cape May regaining the title of Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Available through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142



The First Resort


Author: Ben Miller


Description: Coffee table book with great, rare archival photos and articles about Cape May's past.





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