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Pennsylvania's Gardens: From Amish Charm to Longwood Sophistication

Program Number: 11116RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $648.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Celebrate spring in Lancaster County and be inspired by our vast array of blooming flowers and lush green plants. The gardens of Lancaster County and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful in the country and have a unique style all their own. We will be visiting the world-famous Longwood Gardens as well as meandering through gardens owned by Amish and Mennonites.




Highlights

• With local Master Gardeners and a Mennonite historian, enjoy the charming gardens of Lancaster County.
• Explore Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, one of America's “10 great places of historical proportions.”
• Embrace the beauty of 1,077 acres of Longwood Gardens and the grand Conservatory with an expert, and enjoy plenty of time to enjoy at your own leisure.



Activity Particulars

Walking on grass, some steps into Amish home. Climbing on/off bus.




Date Specific Information

5-4-2014

At Winterthur on Day Three, you will be able to explore the brand new original exhibition, "Costumes of Downton Abbey," showcasing 40 exquisite and historically inspired costumes directly from the set of the award-winning television series. This is the only exhibition in the U.S. to feature costumes from this renowned series. The costumes will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.



Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.




Lancaster

Known worldwide as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” Lancaster and the surrounding countryside is home to the nation’s oldest Amish community. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in the country attracts those seeking fresh produce and baked goods.



Accommodations
Modern retreat center in peaceful woodland setting in Lancaster County. In observance of the guidelines of this institution, only married couples or people of the same sex may share rooms. No alcohol or smoking permitted on grounds.

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

Brinton Rutherford grew up in northern Lancaster County. He currently works as a resource staff person for Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. His prior work includes five years as the director the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. With an earned doctorate in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, he also teaches theology and church history at the Lancaster campus of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University, and at Messiah College.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville, PA 5 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center located in tranquil Lancaster County Pennsylvania providing Retreat Facilities for use by churches and other organizations. Black Rock Retreat offers comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Room amenities: Our comfortable rooms each have one queen size bed, two single beds and a private bath. There are several handicapped accessible rooms available, each with two queen size beds and a private handicapped accessible bathroom. Other equipment such as shower benches and raised toilet seats can be provided on a limited basis and you should call if you have specific concerns. Rooms are air conditioned/heated with in-room thermostats. Linens, towels and a small bar of soap are provided. Iron, ironing boards, and laundry facilities available for guest use. Please plan to bring all or your personal toiletries. There are no hair dryers in rooms, but there is one available at the front desk if needed. There are no TV's or Wi Fi access in the guest rooms. The rooms do not have refrigerators, but refrigerators are located throughout the building for guest use. We do not offer daily maid services, but fresh towels and linens are always available upon request. At the middle of the week, you will be able to request some housekeeping services for your room.
  Facility amenities: Nestled in the heart of 100 acres of woods, all of the Road Scholar guest accommodations, meeting room and dining are located under one roof in our comfortable Maranatha Retreat Center. Abundant and delicious food is served buffet style and local PA Dutch specialties are included on the menu. Black Rock Retreat has many outside recreational opportunities including numerous hiking trails and a large outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. Inside, we offer a disc (frisbee) golf course, full size gymnasium suitable for walking, playing basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball and a small game room with a ping pong table and a Foosball table. The beautiful lobby has two fire places to allow you to enjoy a favorite book or relax with friends. There is a game cabinet in the lobby with common table games, cards and puzzles. Wi Fi is only available in the retreat center lobby as well as in the meeting rooms. Several newspapers are delivered to Lobby daily. Please visit our web site at www.BlackRockRetreat.com to see pictures of the guest rooms and other facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $70 per person Additional nights stay either before or after the program are sometimes available, please call for information. Prices are charged per person. Meals can sometimes be purchased depending upon availability.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in the retreat center lobby from 4PM - 5:30PM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with boxed lunch at 10:00 AM. You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Retreat Center is along Rt. 472.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA
phone: 215-580-7800

 

Distance:

 

47 miles

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is available from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat.

 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore via I-95 and US Route 1 Exit I-95 in Maryland at Route 272 (Exit 100). Travel north on Route 272, until the intersection of US Route 1. Travel north on US Route 1. Get off at Route 472 (Oxford, PA exit). Turn left onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Harrisburg via the PA Turnpike East Exit the turnpike at exit #247 (Harrisburg). From toll booth take right hand ramp. Take Route 283 east to Lancaster, PA. Exit Route 283 at Route 72 (Manheim Pike). Travel on Route 72 south until it merges with Route 222 south (Prince Street). Travel on Route 222 through the town of Lancaster and continue on Route 222 south all the way to the town of Quarryville. (Watch the left turn that Route 222 south makes after the Willow Valley Resort, south of Lancaster). When in Quarryville, make a left at the first light (there will be a Sunoco station on your right) onto Route 372 east (State Street) and travel approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Route 472 south. Travel approximately 4.5 miles, and Black Rock Retreat will be on your left. (Do not try to find us on Black Rock Road. We do not have an entrance on this road).
  From Philadelphia via I-95 and US Route 11 Exit I-95 in Pennsylvania after Chester, PA at Route 322 West. Travel north until you reach the intersection of US Route 1. Travel south on US Route 1 until you reach the exit for Route 472 (Oxford exit). Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Philadelphia via the PA Turnpike West Exit the turnpike at exit #326 (Valley Forge/King of Prussia). Almost immediately get on Route 202 south. Travel on this road until you reach US Route 1 south. Travel approximately 26 miles on Route 1 south until you reach the exit for Route 472. Turn right onto Route 472 and travel north approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood, PA.
  From Wilmington, Delaware Take Route 141 or Route 48 to Route 41 North. Continue on Route 41 North until it intersects with Route 1. Take Route 1 South and get off at the fifth exit (Route 472). Turn right and go north on Route 472 for approximately 8.5 miles. Black Rock Retreat is located on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles after the small town of Kirkwood.
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: Registrations and Orientation
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room. Meet in lobby for instructions.
 Evening: Black Rock information session and get acquainted time.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture about Amish and Mennonite History/ Amish gardens/traditional Amish dinner hosted by Old Order Amish family
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Professor Brinton will join us for a lecture detailing the history of the Amish and Mennonite culture.
 Lunch: Delicious buffett lunch provided in our retreat center dining room.
 Afternoon: Lancaster County guided excursion including stops at an Amish-Mennonite farm and bake shop and popular Kitchen Kettle Village.
 Dinner: Traditional Amish meal hosted by Old Order Amish family.
 Evening: Visit with Amish family and travel on beautiful country roads back to Black Rock Retreat.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Brandywine River Museum which features many Wyeth paintings
 Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at lovely Winterthur Cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Afternoon spent at Winterthur including free time to wander the gardens and woods and Winterthur Introductory tour
 Dinner: Retreat Center Dining Room
 Evening: PBS film - Amish: People of Preservation
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Lancaster County lecturers
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Amish/Mennonite lecture
 Lunch: Retreat center dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Longwood Gardens - one of "must see gardens of the world"
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Retreat center dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Longwood Gardens with guided tour
 Lunch: Lunch on your own - purchase lunch at Longwood Gardens The Terrace featuring a Cafe' or 1906 Fine Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Free time to meander through the gardens.
 Dinner: Retreat center dining room.
 Evening: Gardening lecture by local Master Gardener
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall.
 Morning: Check out and wrap up session.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch available at 10AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Quarryville, PA General Overview
Various attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre. For additional information, visit www.padutchcountry.com/
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


Amish Country


Author: Ruth Hoover Seitz


Description: Amish ways and reasons behind them.





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