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On the Road in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley

Program Number: 21402RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/14/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/28/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Meet in New York City to embark on a journey of discovery through the Berkshire Hills and the Hudson River Valley. Meander up the Housatonic River past covered bridges and idyllic villages to Stockbridge, one of the oldest settlements in the Berkshires. Experience natural beauty that inspired Melville, Wharton and Rockwell, and examine how the utopian ideals of the Shakers shaped the community. Then, like the early settlers, turn westward along the Hudson River to learn this route’s role in the history of the nation and New York City. Absorb the mood of the river valley that inspired the first regional art movement in America and examine the historic and cultural treasures that line its banks.




Highlights

• Go behind the scenes with curators from the Norman Rockwell Museum.
• A lecture on Shaker settlements explains what sets them apart from traditional New England settlements.
• Enjoy expert-led visits to President Franklin Roosevelt’s home, the Rockefeller estate Kykuit and artist Frederic Church’s home.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, standing up to two hours at a time on walking explorations and in museums.




Date Specific Information

9-7-2014, 9-21-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival New York, N.Y., 1 night; coach to Stockbridge, Mass., 3 nights; coach to Central Hudson Valley, N.Y., 2 nights; coach to Lower Hudson Valley, 1 night; coach to New York, departure.



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New York City

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Accommodations
Historic inn and centrally located hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York City 1 night
   Red Lion Inn
  Stockbridge, MA 3 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh
  Mid Hudson Valley, NY 2 nights
   Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown
  Lower Hudson Valley, NY 1 night
 New Yorker Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features business and fitness centers
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable Television and telephone.
  Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Red Lion Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Red Lion is one of the most famous of New England’s historic inns, situated in the heart of charming Stockbridge village. Featuring state-of-the-industry amenities amid fine antiques and art, The Red Lion Inn offers outstanding cuisine by a James Beard House-featured chef who supports local farms, an award-winning wine list and four distinct dining experiences. The Red Lion is central to the Berkshires’ many arts attractions and outdoor recreation, and is just a few minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood.
  Contact info: 30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
phone: 413-298-5545
web: www.redlioninn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, iron and ironing board, room service, bathrobe, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and a pub with nightly entertainment; free Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop featuring local artisans, library, nightly turn-down service, laundry service, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services (limited). The Red Lion is a smoke-free facility.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh
Type: Hotel
  Description: For your comfort and convenience, Hilton Garden Inn guests have access to a 24-hour coin laundry and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at the hotel. Exercise in the fully equipped fitness center and pool, or borrow a Stay Fit Kit® from Reception and exercise in the privacy of your guest room.
  Contact info: 15 Crossroads Ct.
Newburgh, NY 12550 USA
phone: 845-567-9500
  Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen LCD TV with cable and complimentary movie channel Large work desk and lamp are in all rooms. All rooms have a refrigerator, microwave, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, cable TV, high-speed internet access including wireless access
  Facility amenities: Complimentary internet access in every guest room Fitness room and indoor pool. 24-hour Business Center and color printing and copying services. Garden Grille & Bar on site
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 200 West Main Street
Elmsford, NY 10523 USA
phone: 914-592-5680
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-white-plains-tarrytown-ELMNYHX/index.html
  Room amenities: Cozy Hampton Bed, Curved Shower Rod, Duvet Covers, Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, In-Room Movie Channel, On-Demand Movies, TV - 37 Inch Flat Panel HD, Waterpik(R) Showerhead, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Lap Desk,Purity BasicsTM Bath Amenities
  Facility amenities: 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Breakfast Area, Coin Laundry, Electric Service, Elevators, Gift Shop, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Multi-Lingual Staff, Safety Deposit Box, fitness room, pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 - 5 p.m. Program Registration and Check In in the hotel lobby. 5:45 p.m. Walk to Welcome Dinner near the hotel. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 8: Transfer back to New York City with drop off at Penn Station and the program start hotel., arriving 10 - 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel Valet parking STARTS at $35 per 24 hours. Long Term Parking at Newark Airport is as low as $15 per day. Take AirTrain as described above.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City
  Nearest airport:  LaGuardia International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark International Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Lower Hudson Valley, NY
Travel Details
 

JFK/LaGuardia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
NYC Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately one hour. 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles

   

Rates JFK: from airport flat rate $52 plus toll and tip LaGuardia: to/from airport, metered fare, $35 and up plus toll and tip. Metered fares are based on distance AND travel time, which varies according to traffic.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airlink
phone: 877-599-8200

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1.5 hours 

   

JFK & Newark: $19 from, $20 to airport LaGuardia: $15 from, $18 to airport Note: tax, toll and tip are additional.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Carmel
phone: 800-922-7635
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately one hour. 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles .

   

Rates begin at $40 day-rate $45 night-rate for JFK, $43 day-rate $50 night-rate for Newark, $28 day-rate $35 night-rate for LaGuardia. Night rate begins 8 PM. RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

New Jersey-Newark (EWR)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 adults, $11.25 seniors
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately one hour. 

 

Distance:

 

16.25 miles

   

From Newark Airport Follow signs from baggage claim area to monorail direct to Newark Penn Station Take NJ Transit to New York Penn Station (across the street from the Hotel)

 

New York-LaGuardia (LGA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

9.75 miles

   

Take Q33 bus to Roosevelt Avenue station ($1.00 for seniors 65 and over; $2.00 adults Need EXACT CHANGE IN COINS. Take the “E” Subway train DOWNTOWN to “34th Street/Penn Station.” $2.00.

 
Driving Directions
  From New Jersey Take the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan. Follow the signs to 34th Street. Turn left on 34th Street. Turn left on Eighth Avenue.
  From the East I-495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  From the Northeast I-95 to I-278 West Exit 6B toward Triboro Bridge Exit toward "Randalls-Wards Islands/Manhattan/FDR Drive" Merge onto Triboro Bridge Merge onto FDR Drive Exit #8 toward I495/Midtown tunnel/East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
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: Program Registration and Welcome Dinner.
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: 3:30 - 5 p.m.: Hotel Rooms are available for check-in after 3:30 p.m. After checking in at the hotel front desk, check in at the Road Scholar program desk to receive your Welcome Packet.
 Dinner: 5:45 p.m. Walk to Welcome Dinner near the hotel. Meet your fellow Road Scholars during dinner at "Uncle Nick's." Enjoy a taste of traditional Greek cuisine at a typical neighborhood eatery.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Historic and Scenic Housatonic River Valley
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Porterage out of the New Yorker hotel to the motorcoach is not available. Please plan to bring your own luggage to the coach. Porterage into the Red Lion Inn is included. Travel by motorcoach, 130 miles with several stops en route to final destination; ascending and descending motorcoach steps. Short walks of less than 1 mile.



   
 Breakfast: A voucher is provided for a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner, located just next to the hotel lobby. Choose from eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.
 Morning: Depart NYC to Stockbridge, MA via the scenic Housatonic River Valley. En route, program orientation and participant introductions.
 Lunch: At a pub in the heart of the charming Litchfield Hills.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: View the wooden lattice truss covered bridge in West Cornwall, then continue up the river valley to visit the oldest house still standing in the Berkshires, Ashley House in Sheffield, Massachusetts, a former center of political, economic, social life. The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. On a docent-led visit of the house, discuss slavery in the North, Revolutionary ideas and rhetoric as experienced by different members of household based on race, gender, age. Discuss the life and legacy of Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman, enslaved member of the household whose 1781 stand for freedom changed history. Continue to Stockbridge and check in at the historic Red Lion Inn on Stockbridge’s picturesque Main Street.
 Dinner: In a local restaurant.
 Evening: Relax in the rocking chairs on the inn’s front porch or stroll this quaint New England village.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Settlement in the Berkshires and Famous Residents Inspired
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Walking up to 1 mile during the course of each visit. Walking and standing in museums for up to 2 hours at a time.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip: Missionaries and Mohicans and the settlement of Stockbridge: Begin your understanding of the Berkshires at Mission House to learn about the attempts between Mohicans and the English Missionaries to work together. FIELD TRIP: To the Norman Rockwell Museum complex. During an exclusive Road Scholar program, step behind the scenes with curators to discover the art and creative process of this influential visual communicator of the American 20th century. Explore the original paintings and enjoy a private look at Rockwell’s personal archive, from carefully directed photographic references to rarely-seen props, art supplies, and correspondence which will offer fresh insights into the world of this renowned artist. This interactive program will explore the deep links between imagery, culture, and history, inspiring consideration of the unique power of the artist as a commentator in his or her time.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the museum.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time to examine the galleries at leisure. FIELD TRIP: Examine the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton at her home, The Mount. Designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, the house embodies her interests in the literary arts, interior design and decoration, garden and landscape design and the art of living outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). Explore the house and its beautiful formal gardens. One of America’s greatest writers. Wharton, (1862-1937) is the author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth. She wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and an honorary Doctorate from Yale University. Return to Stockbridge.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Hancock Shaker Village
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: Walking and standing for up to one mile / one hour over the course of the guided visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: At Hancock Shaker Village, explore the 1830 Brick Dwelling, the 1826 Round Stone Barn and other highlights with a docent, prior to its public opening hours. A LECTURE with an expert explains how Shaker communities “gathered”, their unique social structure and architecture, and how they differ from traditional New England settlements and villages.
 Lunch: At leisure in the museum café, with included voucher.
 Afternoon: After some time to explore more of the Hancock Shaker village at leisure, return to Stockbridge for some free time to stroll the historic Main Street or relax on the inn’s front porch.
 Dinner: In the Red Lion Inn Main Dining Room, enjoy contemporary cuisine rooted in region’s history.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: From the Berkshires to the Hudson Valley
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles / 2 hours over the course of each visit. Travel by motorcoach, 100 miles over the course of the day with multiple stops en route; ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: In the same manner of the early settlers, turn westward to journey along Hudson River, the route that played a major role in the history of the nation and the trade empire that is New York today. FIELD TRIP: Discover Olana, the Moorish-style home Frederic Church, a landscape artist of major importance to the Hudson River School movement. The villa offers commanding views of the Hudson Valley, inspiration for the work of one of America’s foremost painters.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: Explore the early colonial history of the Hudson Valley on Historic Huguenot Street. Discover seven original stone houses dating to 1705, the colonial-era burial ground and a reconstructed 1705 French church, on a docent-led visit. Continue to Poughkeepsie.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Franklin D Roosevelt Home & Presidential Library and Art at Vassar College
(Friday, September 12)

Note: Walking and standing for up to 2 miles / 2 hours over the course of the visits.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: On a docent-led exploration of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, experience the home where the 32nd president lived for the majority of his life. Walk the grounds were he was laid to rest, visit the Presidential Library and Museum.
 Lunch: At the FDR Museum cafe.
 Afternoon: At Vassar College’s art gallery, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, examine Hudson River School paintings, Old Master prints and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: The Lower Hudson Valley’s Great Houses
(Saturday, September 13)

Note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles over the course of the visits. Travel by motorcoach, ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Poughkeepsie and travel to the Lower Hudson Valley. FIELD TRIP: Situated on a bluff overlooking the Hudson Valley sits the grand riverfront mansion of Boscobel. Explore the sumptuous interior, one of the finest collections of elegant Federal-period furnishings. Learn its history and how it came to its present location, history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and of the lives of the Dyckman family on a docent-led visit.
 Lunch: Enjoy some free time for lunch on your own in the pretty village of Cold Spring, situated on the banks of the Hudson River. The historic Main Street preserves much of its 19th century character.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At the Union Church of Pontico Hills, marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. The design for the window was his last work of art before his death in 1954. Nine windows by Marc Chagall memorialize members of the Rockefeller family. Continue to Kykuit, the hilltop home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. FIELD TRIP: A docent-led visit explores the main house and a the lovely Inner Garden and West Terrace, with its splendid Hudson River views. Continue to the hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Return to New York City for Departures
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: Motorcoach transfer approximately 45-60 minutes from the hotel to New York City.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart on return transfer to New York City, with drop-off at Penn Station and the program start hotel, arriving at approximately 10 - 10:30 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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