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Autumn in the Historic Hudson River Valley

Program Number: 21068RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Highland, New York
Price starting at: $859.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The Hudson River Valley in autumn is rich in vibrant color and nation-changing history. An exceptional learning adventure brings the valley to life as you walk down America’s oldest street, explore Gen. George Washington’s final military headquarters, FDR’s home and Eleanor's Val-Kill, and discover the important role of the Hudson River at the Maritime Museum. Cap off a memorable week with a study cruise on the spectacular waters of the Hudson, taking in views of the valley and West Point Military Academy.




Highlights

• Explore New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street, one of the nation’s oldest, featuring seven unique stone houses dating to the early 1700s, a burial ground and a reconstructed 1717 stone church.
• Experience Springwood, the beloved home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as Val-Kill, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady.
• Cruise the Hudson River past quaint sleepy villages, historic lighthouses and sumptuous estates.



Check out the summer version of this program, #20509, staying on Mount Saint Mary's College campus with gorgeous views of the Hudson.



Coordinated by Mount Saint Mary College.




Highland

Highland is a hamlet within Ulster County in southeastern New York State, on the western bank of the Hudson River. Nestled among the Catskills and the Shawangunk Ridge, the small town is a great jumping-off point for exploring these incredible natural resources and for taking in the beautiful Hudson River Valley and its marvelous, opulent homes.



Accommodations
Ranch resort with indoor pool, lake and nature trails nestled on 500 acres in the glorious Shawangunk Mountains.
Meals and Lodgings
   Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
  Highland, NY 5 nights
 Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is a truly unique place to vacation! It is on 500 acres nestled in the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains. The atmosphere is casual but the comforts are of a complete resort. It is surrounded by apple orchards, has a sparkling lake, and has the largest stable of saddle horses in the East. In addition to the Road Scholar Program, the ranch also offers a schedule of activities to partake in! Besides horseback riding there is fishing, paddleboating, nature trails, nearby golf, miniature golf, horseshoes, ping pong, handball, shuffleboard, bocci, fitness rooms, saunas, a whirlpool hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools. There is also a great food-choice menu, a huge breakfast buffet, a 24 hour coffee/cake, a nightclub with nightly entertainment, and a very friendly atmosphere.
  Contact info: Pancake Hollow Road
Highland, NY 12528 USA
phone: 800-647-2624
web: www.rhranch.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are carpeted with private bath, individual temperature control, TV, direct dial telephone, and daily maid service.
  Facility amenities: Anything that is offered by the resort is available to Participants. The resort is a AAA 3 diamond rated resort. All rooms include TV, telephone and daily maid service. The grounds are beautiful and include a lake for fishing and paddleboats, nature trails, horseback riding, ping pong, handball, shuffleboard, bocci, fitness rooms, saunas, a whirlpool hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools and more!
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies. These need to be arranged directly with Rocking Horse Ranch and can only be accommodated depending on availability. The phone number is 1-800-647-2624.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. These need to be arranged directly with Rocking Horse Ranch and can only be accommodated depending on availability. The phone number is 1-800-647-2624.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is between 4 and 5:30 p.m. You will be staying at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Check out is between 11:15 and 12:30 followed by lunch. You will be staying at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please carry a photo id.
  Parking availability:
parking is available
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Highland, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Highland
  Nearest highway: New York State Thruway
  Nearest airport:  Stewart, Newburgh, NY International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Highland, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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Public Transportation

   

Because there are many airports to take into account (Stewart in Newburgh is the closest) as well as train and bus, please phone 845 565 2076 and we will be happy to supply any needed information or research it for you. Rocking Horse Ranch could be helpful when you are driving in. Their number is 845 691-2927.

 
Driving Directions
  New York State Thruway to Rocking Horse Ranch At New York State Thruway (I-87) Exit 18 (New Paltz) turn right (Rt. 299) 2.5 miles to New Paltz Road, right again for 3/4 mile to Pancake Hollow Road, right again for 3.5 miles to ranch. Our address is 600 Route 44/55, Highland, NY 12528 but if you are using a GPS to locate us, use 13 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland, NY 12528
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
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to the wonderful Rocking Horse Ranch Resort!! The resort recently won near top recognition from the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards! As a family resort it ranked second in the United States and third in the world!

Check-in is between 4 and 5:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served.
 Evening: Following an orientation you may enjoy the facility, socialize in the lounge, or enjoy evening entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trip to Huguenot Street
(Monday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: This morning we will travel to the beautiful Huguenot Street in New Paltz. The seven stone houses and several accompanying structures were built in the 18th century by Huguenot settlers fleeing discrimination and religious persecution in France and Belgium. There we will enjoy an onsite lecture from one of their experts. We are very fortunate to be visiting Huguenot Street at the time of completion of a major restoration of the interior of the Abraham Hasbrouck House, c. 1721. Please see: www.huguenotstreet.org for a preview of what is in store for you!
 Lunch: After lunch we will be given a tour of Huguenot Street.
 Dinner: Dinner at the ranch is served at 6 p.m. and followed by entertainment provided by the ranch. You may also enjoy the indoor pool, the beautiful grounds or socializing with others in the lounge rooms.
   
Accommodations: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trips to the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park and Val-Kill
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Following breakfast we will depart for a tour of Val-Kill and the Roosevelt's home, Springwood. We will be gone most of the day.
 Morning: "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." -- (FDR)

After breakfast we'll depart for the Roosevelt's home, Springwood in Hyde Park before visiting Val-Kill, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady.

FDR encouraged Eleanor to develop Val-Kill as a place that she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers and women. Val-Kill, loosely translated as waterfall-stream.
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our exploration at Val-Kill before returning to the Rocking Horse in time for dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the ranch.
 Evening: Enjoy the entertainment offered by the ranch following dinner!
   
Accommodations: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field Trip to Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh / Cruise on the beautiful Hudson River.
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the ranch.
 Morning: After breakfast we'll stop at the Walkway over the Hudson and walk halfway across, weather permitting. We will then venture to the Hasbrouck House, which served as Washington's Headquarters during the last years of the Revolutionary War.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll embark on a cruise of the Hudson that will take us south of Newburgh and past West Point. The Hudson is a 315 mile watercourse that flows from north to south. The highest source is at Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains. It flows southward past the state capital at Albany and eventually forms the boundary between NYC and New Jersey.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the ranch.
   
Accommodations: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip to the Maritime Museum / Rondout area, Kingston.
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the ranch.
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll leave for Kingston, New York state's first capital. While there, we'll take a walking tour of the Rondount and visit the Maritime Museum to learn about the Hudson River - the river that flows both ways.

The Maritime Museum was founded in 1980 by steamboat and tugboat men, as well as local citizens who wanted to preserve the shipping history of the Hudson River. We will also take a walking tour of the Rondout area alongside the river.
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: This afternoon will be a class on the History of the Hudson Valley.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the ranch.
 Evening: Following dinner enjoy the entertainment provided by the ranch!
   
Accommodations: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Enjoy the amazing RHR Facility before you leave!
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served.
 Morning: Following breakfast we invite you to relax after a busy week and enjoy the Rocking Horse Ranch facility with all that it has to offer!
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Thank you for joining Mount Saint Mary College's Road Scholar Program at Rocking Horse Ranch!
   
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 Hudson River Valley Reader


Author: Edward C. Goodman, editor


Description: This anthology celebrates the extensive historical and literary heritage of NY's Hudson River Valley, discover and explored over 400 years ago by its namesake, the English navigator Henry Hudson while aboard the Dutch ship Half Moon.



Before the Trumpet


Author: Geoffrey C. Ward


Description: The young Franklin Roosevelt with family and personal life stories of the Roosevelts.



No Ordinary Time


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


Description: No Ordinary Time is a chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin weaves together a number of story lines--Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. This is an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.





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