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Welcome to the Magical Land of Narnia

Program Number: 8996RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Literature
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 16 years of age.

In the magical land of Narnia, children from our world become the heroes and heroines, kings and queens of another, one filled with dragons, sea monsters and talking beasts, where good battles evil and magic happens every day. In this mysterious domain revealed to us through author C. S. Lewis and his “The Chronicles of Narnia,” you and your grandchild become sea-faring adventurers aboard the worthy ship The Dawn Treader, following the quest of the lost lords of Narnia and meeting magicians, slave traders and other friends and foes along the way. Use the Chronicles as inspiration for your own adventures in story-writing and make new, meaningful connections in wondrous Narnia. Hail Aslan!




Highlights

• Read chapters from “The Chronicles of Narnia” each day and use related creative-writing prompts to extend your imaginations with written adventures of your own.
• Sing songs, create art projects, tell stories and perform skits that parallel the adventures in the “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
• Participate in Montreat Clubs and Recreation activities including hiking, swimming, boating and big-group games like capture the flag, dodge ball and others.



Activity Particulars

Minimal required walking and standing for adults.



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.




Montreat

Originally founded as a spiritual retreat center, Montreat, nestled on Lake Susan at the foot of Graybeard Mountain, continues to be a peaceful destination for those seeking respite. Footpaths weave through the 4,000 acres of surrounding woodlands and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer other recreational opportunities.



Accommodations
Beautiful conference center overlooking small lake in the center of Montreat. Spacious lounges, classrooms, fireplace and dining facilities in same building. Cozy rooms and an inviting lobby where guests can share fellowship and fun times, including puzzles and bridge.
Meals and Lodgings
   Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
  Montreat, NC 5 nights
 Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
  Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, tennis courts, and youth center on the grounds
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: If more than 3 in a family unit, we may assign rooms with a connecting bathroom, between the two rooms. If 5 in a group, we will assign rooms with private baths and a connecting door.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:30 PM, Montreat, NC. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30pm. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM, Montreat, NC. We will have a mid morning break to facilitate check out of the hotel (checkout required by 11 a.m.) You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Children will need to be registered for the Clubs program, including medical information and signature to give Conference Center staff permission to obtain medical care, if necessary.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the Assembly Inn in Montreat
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreat, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Asheville, NC
  Nearest highway: Route 9 to Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreat, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Knoxville, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

arrange for transport with Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat; she will coordinate times with other participants.

 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies, avg price is $60 per person, one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Road Scholar coordinator suggests/recommends to you Grandyco Car Service 828-273-3214 and is happy to coordinate transportation for guests coming in to the Asheville airport, so price is less Other options (visit www.flyavl.com for more) Marvels Transport 828-280-1698 A Red Cab 828-232-1112 Areawide Transportation 828-713-4710 Beaver Lake Cab 828-252-1913 Checker Cab 828-254-1155

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points - to Interstate 40 Come to Western North Carolina via Interstate 40; use exit 64 for Black Mountain/Montreat/Route 9 (15 miles east of Asheville, NC). At the exit, turn north on Route 9 (go through one traffic light, across a railroad track and another traffic light, and up the hill to the traffic light). Go straight across where Route 9 becomes Montreat Road, and travel approximately two miles to the Montreat entrance (stone gate). From the gate, continue approximatley 1 1/2 miles to the middle of the conference center. The Assembly Inn is on the hill on the left, across from Lake Susan. Pull up to the front door of the Inn to unload, and then park your car in one of the marked spaces along the lake or the Inn. Please note: do not trust a map or GPS that tries to bring you in on Route 9 (except for the last few miles) instead of Interstate 40 (unless you desire to travel along very sharp curves, up and down mountains). Also, do not take Flat Creek Road... come up Montreat Road (Route 9 North).
Elevation Note: Participants may hike (on their own) in surrounding mountains, which peak elevations exceed 5,400

Equipment Requirements: Anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor activities (walking, hiking) should be hiking boots or shoes with tread on bottom
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 and Check-In/Opening Program/Orientation
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3 - 5:30 p.m. Pull up to the Assembly Inn porch to unload, then park your vehicle in any designated spot close by the Inn or the lake. Registration for our program will begin at 4 p.m., in the lower lobby. Relax and meet other participants in the main lobby, or enjoy a walk around the beautiful campus.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. A relaxing break after your travel day! All our meals are served buffet style (with lots of good options for the kids), so grab your plate and utensils and settle in for some comfort foods. A choice of two entrées (or have both), good for you vegetables (don't tell the kids that part), a complete salad bar, bread, and of course, some yummy desserts. Tea (sweet and unsweetened), coffee, milk, and water available.
 Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Assembly #1 (lower level of Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time learning a little about Montreat, meeting your instructor, going over the schedule, and answering questions. Our clubs counselors will take the children for some separate time (close by) to begin to get to know each other, and we will do the same. We know you're tired from your travels, so we'll wrap up around 8 p.m. Refreshments and fellowship follow in the lobby, (or retire to your room for rest).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Activities, Afternoon Clubs for Grandchildren and Free Time for Grandparents
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: (early morning coffee available around 6:30 a.m.) Our buffet breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn dining room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? If so, you're in for a treat! Breakfast options change each day, but will incorporate lots of your favorites. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, oatmeal (not the packaged kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
 Morning: Today we begin our adventure! To follow our heroes in this magical tale, we will create our personal sailing characters through making felt masks and sailor profiles of strengths/weaknesses. We will begin our own travel logs (to be continued each day) where our imaginations will know no boundaries. Today, we are caught be slavers and compelled to find an escape! READINGS: Chap. 1-3.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. "Deli Day" is typically the menu for Monday.... freshly sliced deli meat... turkey, ham, etc., cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and a variety of breads. A full salad bar, as well as some salad-type options on the regular bar (chicken or tuna salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, etc.) Don't forget a little something for your sweet tooth!
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 children go to Clubs (age based recreation with adult counselors) Typical activities include swimming, boating, and big group games (like capture the flag). Wear athletic shoes and bring some water! Grandparents may enjoy free time or optional activiities (Walk Around Montreat or activities at the Currie Craft Center)
 Dinner: Another great dinner buffet awaits us in the Assembly Inn dining room, served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Evening program 7 - 8 PM (Fun in the Mountains) recreation with grandparents and grandchildren together
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Activities, Afternoon Clubs for Grandchildren and Free Time for Grandparents
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Another yummy breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn dining room. Get your morning off to a good start! It's the most imporant meal of the day!
 Morning: Storytelling and songs abound as rainy day activities when we weather a fierce storm, encounter a dragon, and create inspiring sea shanties to help us on our voyage. Games like “Smaug’s Jewels” test agility and clever strategies within each team. READINGS: Chap. 4-6.
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch will be served in the dining room. Ready for something different? Today's menu is "Taco Tuesday." Build your own taco, taco salad, burritos or whatever creative combination of Mexican fare you choose. Chips, melted cheese, and salsa (along with jalapeños if you so desire), top it all off. A complete salad bar is available as well. Don't forget to leave room for some cobbler and ice cream!
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 children to Clubs grandparents enjoy free time or a hike in the mountains
 Dinner: Dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Usually our holiday dinner, with ham, turkey, dressing and all the trimmings... and of course, pumpkin pie! And the best part... no dishes to wash!
 Evening: Evening program 7 - 8 PM (probably a concert)
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Activities, Afternoon Clubs for Grandchildren and Free Time for Grandparents
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. our breakfast buffet is served. Have you tried Ronnie's biscuits and gravy yet? If not, you're missing out!
 Morning: Today we focus on magical creatures. Learn the legends and lore surrounding beasts encountered along the waves then make up one of your own! Artwork and creative writing opportunities allow for wonderful explorations into new islands, new realms. READINGS: Chap. 7-9.
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served.
 Afternoon: 2:00 children to Clubs (rock hopping / hike / stream ecology Grandparents enjoy free time OR Grandparents may choose to keep children out of clubs and take them somewhere locally for fun!
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., dinner is served in the Assembly Inn dining room.
 Evening: Evening program from 7 - 8 p.m. incorporates a concert or recreational activity.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Activities, Afternoon Clubs for Grandchildren and Free Time for Grandparents
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn dining room.
 Morning: We land upon the mysterious island of the Dufflepuds, those lovable one-footed beings with a masterful wizard as their guardian. We investigate spells for invisibility and protection, create some new ones to aid us against enemies, and play games to strengthen our teamwork skills. READINGS: Chap. 10-12.
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Children go to Clubs program Grandparents enjoy free time
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner is served. Italian Night! Enjoy spaghetti, veg or meat sauce, meatballs, or perhaps some vegetarian lasagna. Cesar salad with all the goodies, garlic bread, and of course, a great dessert.
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. Evening program (probably a storyteller)
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Activities, Lunch and Departures
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. it's your last chance to try Ronnie's biscuits and gravy! You'll wish you'd had some every morning....
 Morning: As we recover the last of the missing lords and begin sailing towards the Utter East, we see new night skies, begging for us to name and create Narnian constellations. Pairing our drawing abilities with storytelling, we will leave our imprint upon the Narnian sky. As we say good-bye to Reepicheep, as sailors we will choose our final destinations. READINGS: Chap. 13-16. (break for check out from 10:30 - 11:30) 11:30 - 12:15 wrapping up and sharing our stories 12:15 closing program and then lunch and goodbyes :(
 Lunch: lunch in the dining room and saying goodbye....
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Author: C.S. Lewis


Description: grandparents and grandchildren are asked, if possible, to read this book prior to attendance at event. If time or access is not available to do so, there will be time in the evening to read assigned chapters.





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