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Spend Christmas on Historic Jekyll Island

Program Number: 13410RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/21/2014 - 12/26/2014; 12/21/2015 - 12/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $1,325.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the splendor and history of Jekyll Island during the Holiday season! More than a century ago, many of the nation's richest families, such as the Rockefellers and the Pulitzers, discovered the serenity and beauty of the jewel of Georgia's east coast. It became the winter retreat for many wealthy families. Imagine Christmas through the ages as you venture inside the cottages in the National Historic District with some curators in period dress. Compliment the program with High Tea and dinner at the nationally renowned Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Other highlights include presentations of the Gullah-Geechee culture, a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and gingerbread making by a famous Jekyll chef.




Highlights

• Enjoy unforgettable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners in the Grand Dining Room of the renowned Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
• Visit the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center to learn about sea turtle conservation and this animal’s amazing journey from egg to adulthood.
• Spend an afternoon on the largest of the “Golden Isles,” St. Simon’s Island.



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks per day and getting on & off a bus during the St Simon's field trip.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands, Jekyll Island has a storied past. At the turn of the century, it hosted an exclusive club that attracted the likes of the Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Much of that world is preserved in a historic district near the riverfront. Today, the island is popular for golfing, fishing and kayaking.



Accommodations
Historic resort hotel within historic district of millionaire’s village; overlooks Intracoastal Waterway; half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean; two double beds, private bath, swimming pool.

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

Tim Akins was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia, where he started performing at a very young age and taking piano lessons. Today, he is an exceptional singer, bagpiper and pianist who has thrilled audiences for years with his dynamic performances, soulful vocals, and musical versatility. His vast repertoire of songs and his unique style make his performances exciting to see and hear.
 
Lewis Mashburn

Executive Sous Chef Lewis Mashburn — affectionately known to his associates as Chef Lewie — joined the culinary staff of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in 2005. Reporting directly to the executive chef, Chef Lewie has endeared himself to many guests with his specialty dishes and to fellow employees with his good humor. He discovered his love for cooking at an early age, and while in high school, worked in the kitchen of a local naval station. During his four-year Navy career, he took the opportunity to taste and study foods as he traveled to France, Spain, Greece, Cuba and other locations. After the Navy, Chef Lewie attended the Educational Institutes of America and began an apprenticeship with the Sea Island Company. He continued to work there for two decades and later worked as executive chef for three years at Zion Farms of Rome, Georgia, where he developed techniques for preparing wild game.
 
Carl Sears

Pastry Chef Carl Sears started his training in the kitchen at a young age learning from the best, his mother. He earned his culinary degree from Savannah Tech before accepting an internship at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Upon completion of his internship, Chef Carl was hired full time where he has worked nearly two decades. His days are busy with many sweet tasks from creating desserts for all dining outlets to bringing a brides idea to life with extravagant wedding cakes. His philosophy is taste first, with presentation running a close second. When speaking to guests he says “Baking is science; presentation is art.”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  Jekyll Island, GA 5 nights
 Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.
  Contact info: 371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 800-535-9547 xor9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com
  Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker.
  Facility amenities: Concierge Services, Common/Public Areas, Accessible to Wheelchairs, Fax (For Guests), Complementary Coffee, Gift Shop, Room Service, Restaurant in Hotel, Pool (Heated Outdoor), Tennis (Indoor), Tennis (Outdoor), Fishing, Hot Tub, Bicycling sweeping verandas and Victorian architecture
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $159- $200 approximately  $159-$200 approximately Call the hotel for current price rate-912-635-2600.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $159- $200 approximately  $159-$200 approximately Call the hotel for current price rate-912-635-2600.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Participants only pay the $6 automobile parking fee as you enter Jekyll Island State Park. If you leave the Island during the week you will have to pay again to enter the Island.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jekyll Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. Highway 17.
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Jekyll Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 866-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jacksonville, FL/Jekyll Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 
Driving Directions
  I-95 to Jekyll By Land On I-95 take Exit 29 onto Highway 17/82 North for 6 miles to the Jekyll Island Causeway (State Road 520). Proceed on the Causeway East 6 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($6 park entry fee). Make the first left (U-turn) and move to the far right lane. This is Riverview Drive and takes you directly to the front of the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: 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.
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: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, December 21)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive on Jekyll Island, GA and check into the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Afternoon: Once again we welcome you to one of our favorite Yuletide traditions! A Scottish bagpiper heralds the season at the Club and then down by the Jekyll River. He begins near Crane and Cherokee Cottages, and as he advances the crowd grows a bit at each stop.
 Dinner: A fabulous dinner will be served in a banquet room.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gingerbread House Creations/ Holiday High Tea/ Historic District Excursion/ Bagpiper performance
(Monday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty and healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room with: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, assorted juices, sausage, oatmeal, whole, 2% or skim milk, home fries, grits and a special daily breakfast entrée. Homemade Danish, muffins and biscuits come fresh from the Club Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare you toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee or a selection of hot teas.
 Morning: The hotel's famous pastry chefs have all the parts ready ahead of time for this Gingerbread House workshop. A place is set for each participant to put them together, ice, decorate, and make gingerbread trees and flowers. Your creations are perfect photo opportunities - so make sure to have the camera ready!
 Lunch: Holiday High Tea at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Enjoy tea sandwiches, savor warm scones and petite pastries all complimented by the perfect cup of tea.
 Afternoon: A local historian will lead you through Jekyll History and the History of the Club. At the turn of the century, tycoons, politicians, and socialites flocked to Jekyll Island to revel in their own luxury and America's burgeoning wealth. Their exclusive club was described in the February 1904 issue of Munsey's Magazine as "the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world." Its members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Other names on the roster included Macy, Goodyear, and Gould.
 Afternoon: Step into their past and experience the legends first-hand with our guided Passport to the Century excursion. In 1886, 53 prominent American tycoons founded the Jekyll Island Club, and members created an exclusive gilded era island retreat on Georgia’s coast for their family and friends. These empire builders shaped our nation and likewise laid the foundation for Jekyll Island’s rich future. The tram ride takes participants through the 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, and include entry into two restored cottages.
 Afternoon: It's one of our favorite Yuletide traditions! A Scottish bagpiper heralds the season at the Club and then down by the Jekyll River. He begins near Crane and Cherokee Cottages, and as he advances the crowd grows a bit at each stop. You will have a private demonstration followed by questions and answers. Enjoy this special holiday treat each afternoon of Christmas week.
 Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room.
 Evening: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is reported to have more than one ghost haunting the hotel. You will enjoy eerie ghost stories about the legends of our past. Rumor has it that some of our historic sites are haunted and might provide an experience you will never forget.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip to St. Simon's
(Tuesday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Depart for a field trip to St. Simons Island and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Again, enjoy the Scottish bagpiper heralding the season.
 Evening: Dinner and Dance with a 3 piece band. Classy, Cool and Sophisticated Standards, Classics and Jazz, Background and Foreground Music for your listening or dancing pleasure.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Explore Jekyll Island by trolley/ Holiday Chef demo/Christmas Eve dinner in the Grand Dining Room
(Wednesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Explore Jekyll Island by trolley. Jekyll is a state park where only 35% of the island was allowed to be developed and the balance of 65% is kept in conservation preservation. It is surrounded by 3 different ecosystems. Enjoy a brief beach walk. You will step off the trolley to walk on the pristine beach.
 Lunch: Holiday Chef's demo and lunch. As the chef shows how to prepare two courses and the accompaniments, questions and comments are welcomed from the audience. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. The chef provides a very generous tasting of each course and printed, easy-to-follow recipes. “Come with an appetite!”
 Afternoon: Enjoy a Bagpipper demo in our private classroom.
 Afternoon: It's time for the Scottish bagpiper to heralds the season again!
 Dinner: Christmas Eve Dinner will be in the Grand Dining Room. Beautifully restored in the Victorian mode, the Grand Dining Room features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces add cheer on a Winter's day, while in Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees. The glow of candlelight and piano music create an atmosphere of romance and anticipation of the meal to come. (Jackets or collared shirts, slacks requested for gentlemen.)
 Evening: Christmas Caroling sing along.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Christmas Day Brunch in Crane Cottage and Christmas Dinner in the Grand Dining Room
(Thursday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.
 Brunch: Christmas Brunch will be served in Crane Cottage.
 Afternoon: Christmas present swap. Everyone please bring a gift to swap during our present game. Gift limit $20.
 Afternoon: An expert will lead you through the public spaces of the hotel, hearing stories about the various rooms, the woodwork, leaded glass, the people and their pastimes and if available, the Presidential Suite. The stories are interesting and special to this National Historic Landmark. Enjoy a game of croquet with your new friends on your own. Croquet is a lawn game, played both as a recreational pastime and as a competitive sport, which involves hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through hoops embedded into the grass playing court. The lawn of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be your playing area.
 Dinner: A Christmas feast will be served in the Grand Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy a Christmas movie in your private conference room with cider and popcorn.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 6: Georgia Sea Turtle Excursion/Jekyll trivia and review.
(Friday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.
 Morning: Excursion to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. This unique hospital is one of a kind in the state of Georgia. The Center offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of viewable sea turtle patients.
 Morning: Refresh your memory on all you've learned this week through our wrap up! The program concludes with this wrap up session. Check-out from the hotel is at noon. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! We hope you continue to have very Happy Holidays throughout this joyous season!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island, GA General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Island include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.
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 Jekyll Island Colony


Author: June Hall McCash


Description: During the Gilded Age, Jekyll Island, Georgia, was one of the most exclusive resort destinations in the United States. Owned by the most elite and inaccessible social club in America, a group whose members included Rockefellers, Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Goulds, and Morgans, this quiet refuge in the Golden Isles was the perfect winter getaway for the wealthy new industrial class of the snowbound North. In this delightful book, a companion volume to The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires, June Hall McCash focuses on the social club's members and the "cottages" they built near the clubhouse between 1888 and 1928. Illustrated with hundreds of never-before-published photographs from private family collections, The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony tells the stories of each home, the owners' connections with the island, and their interactions with one another.



Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionaires Club 1888-1942


Author: Pamela Bauer Mueller


Description: AN HISTORICAL NOVEL Untamed, and virtually unchanged since its discovery in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe, Jekyll Island s history unfolds with the excitement and suspense of a fairy tale. Because so many of the world s greatest minds and bank accounts gathered together in virtual isolation for three months each year, history was made on Jekyll Island. A group of tycoons with surnames such as Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, Baker and others formed their exclusive Millionaires Club on this island hideaway the richest and most inaccessible club of that time. Between 1888 and 1942, Jekyll Island was open only to Club members families and their guests for hunting, relaxing and playing in luxurious ease. In this sweeping historical saga, you will discover the Millionaires joys, tribulations, and deeply guarded secrets told through the unique voices of four Club employees. In this true story of the island getaway that offered them sovereignty, discover how the decisions of these powerful men changed the face of world finances, business and politics as they built modern America.





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