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Passport to Palm Beach

Program Number: 20929RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/12/2015 - 1/17/2015; 2/23/2015 - 2/28/2015; 3/16/2015 - 3/21/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Palm Beach evokes images of wealth and glamour in the tropics. Experience this storied gem for yourself, investigating its legends and the origins of its tropical charms. Spend five days exploring Palm Beach County and glean a new understanding of this historic destination. Experience Boca Raton, a Mediterranean dream city envisioned by an eccentric and talented architect, and benefit from the wisdom of captivating speakers and historians.




Highlights

• Learn about the Japanese farming colony whose legacy gave Palm Beach County the beautiful Morikami Japanese Gardens, which you explore on a field trip.
• Check out the art scene on Atlantic Avenue, the lively street running through the heart of quaint Delray Beach.
• Visit railroad baron Henry Flagler’s opulent classical grand mansion, then stroll down Worth Avenue, one of America’s toniest shopping districts.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, getting on/off bus.




Date Specific Information

1-12-2015, 2-23-2015, 3-16-2015, 4-6-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a barrier island town on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It is one of America’s oldest resorts, established in 1894 by Henry Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil. The country’s Gilded Age elite flocked to Flagler’s hotels, the Royal Poinciana and the famous Breakers Hotel. Today Palm Beach’s population triples during the “winter season.”



Accommodations
Hotel in the heart of downtown Palm Beach Gardens.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens is located in the heart of Downtown at the Gardens. A multitude of shopping and dining options are adjacent to the hotel and along the PGA Corridor. The hotel sits on Lake Victoria in downtown Palm Beach Gardens and offers footbridges crossing the lake to dining and shopping. Easy access to many of the local business and PGA Blvd is one block away. The beautiful Gardens Mall is also next to the hotel and offers the ultimate in shopping experiences. Located just 4 miles from the hotel is Singer Island and the soft white sand and crystal blue water for which Palm Beach is famous. Our county offers golfers 147 courses--imagine the possibilities!!!
  Contact info: 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 USA
phone: 561-694-5833
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-garden-inn-palm-beach-gardens-PBIGDGI/index.html
  Room amenities: GSS Adjustable Sleep System with upgraded bedding, Complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet, Spacious Work Desk with ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra Chair, 37" Hi Def TV, MP3 Clock radio, Hospitality Center with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker
  Facility amenities: Self parking is complimentary. Valet parking is not available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Discount Based on Availability Call Hilton Garden Inn directly (561)694-5833 . Dial ex. 1 for reservations. Mention Road Scholar for better rates. Based on Availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Discount Based on Availability Call Hilton Garden Inn directly (561)694-5833 . Dial ex. 1 for reservations. Mention Road Scholar for better rates. Based on Availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM in the hotel lobby You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary self parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  From End of Program
  Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

from Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

approx. $49.00, prices subject to change

 

from Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 954-561-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$43.00 shared vehicle, prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From Palm Beach International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach North on I-95 to PGA Blvd East exit 79A. Follow PGA Blvd to Fairchilds Gardens Drive and turn left (north); Hotel sits one block on the left at 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive Distance approx. 11 miles, travel time approx. 11 minutes depending on traffic
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, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
(Monday, March 16)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. 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.

 Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel with salad, entrée, and dessert.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boca History, Museum of Art, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Evening at Leisure
(Tuesday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a selection of hot and cold items including fresh fruit plus coffee and tea.
 Morning: Boca Raton History. We transfer to the old town hall via motorcoach to hear a guest speaker from the Boca Raton Historical Society.

Then it's off to the Boca Museum of Art. Enjoy a self-guided exploration of the permanent collection that contains works by Picasso, Degas, Matisse, Klee, Modigliani, and Warhol, as well as notable African and pre-Colombian art.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant, choose from a select menu of sandwiches and dessert.
 Afternoon: Boca Raton Resort & Club. Addison Mizner -- at one time the most famous architect in America -- dreamed of a Mediterranean-themed resort town "as perfect as study and ideals can make it." His efforts launched Boca Raton on its path to the prosperous and stylishly inspired city it became. A docent leads us through the historic hotel built by Mizner. Learn about his architectural inspiration, and the hotel's evolution since the 1920s.
 Dinner: At Grimaldi’s renowned coal brick-oven pizzeria, enjoy a selection of pizza and salads.
 Evening: At leisure. You are free to explore more of the area on your own or return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Evening at Leisure
(Wednesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The memory of the small Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community that was established in 1905 in Palm Beach County, lives on with the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. It is named after the last settler of the colony, who graciously donated the land to Palm Beach County to repay a debt that he felt he owed to his adopted country. Today the museum and gardens are the center of Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. We will explore its six unique gardens inspired by different periods and styles of Japanese gardening. The museum retraces the history of the Yamato Colony, presents a Bonsai display, and has other world class exhibits.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we will hop aboard the motorcoach and drive a few miles to Atlantic Avenue for lunch.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant, choose from a select sandwich menu.
 Afternoon: Delray Beach. Leaving the restaurant, we begin a walk along bustling Atlantic Avenue, the re-awakened “main street" of All-American city Delray Beach. The renaissance of this classic Florida beach town has generated a lively vernacular art scene, best appreciated on foot under the canopy of subtropical vegetation and in the shadow of historic buildings.
 Dinner: On your own. Suggestions will be provided.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Historic Palm Beach
(Thursday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Palm Beach. Aboard our motorcoach, learn about some of the history and architecture you are about to encounter. We will explore the grandeur of Henry Flagler’s Whitehall, the railroad baron’s love-inspired, 55-room, 60,000 square foot wedding gift to his wife. This opulent landmark was singularly responsible for establishing the “Palm Beach Season” for the wealthy of the Gilded Era and every era since.
 Lunch: Choose from a select menu in the Leopard Lounge of the historic Chesterfield Hotel.
 Afternoon: Summon the memory of Henry Flagler, conjure up Addison Mizner, and channel other colorful characters as you stroll through Old Palm Beach on expert led historical walk.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Turtles and Ecology. This evening we will hear from a local expert about the world of nature.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Walk along the shoreline on an environmental preserve in Hobe Sound, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
(Friday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Walk along the shoreline on an environmental preserve in the Hobe Sound and search for the rare sealife that lives in this natural habitat. Learn about the porous limestone which makes up the Florida Peninsula and see breaking waves spray plumes of water through erosion holes which can reach up to 50 feet in height.
 Lunch: Harry and the Natives restaurant, featuring down-home cooking and eclectic “Old Florida” atmosphere.
 Afternoon: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. The landmark 1860 Jupiter Light and exhibits in the waterfront History Museum are part of the first designated Outstanding Natural Area in the National Landscape Conservation System. The museum occupies a restored WWII Navy building and presents exhibits telling diverse stories of over 5,000 years of human habitation. The handsome red sentinel lighthouse sits upon an ancient Indian mound, making the breathtaking view from the top the most stunning in all of Palm Beach County. Those who would like an extra challenge can climb the stairs to the top of the 108-foot tall lighthouse.
 Dinner: Enjoy good company and good food for our farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Florida Lecture
(Saturday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Learn more about fascinating Palm Beach. The program concludes with this final presentation on Paradise in Peril: Palm Beach's contribution to World War II

Please remember that check-out is by 11:00am.

We hope you have enjoyed “Passport to Palm Beach” and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean


Author: Les Standiford


Description: Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler’s dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935’s deadly “Storm of the Century” and its sweeping destruction of “the railroad that crossed an ocean” to terrifying life. Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.



Konnichiwa Florida Moon: The Story of George Morikami, Pineapple Pioneer


Author: Virginia Aronson


Description: This is the story of one of the earliest Japanese Americans to settle in Florida. How did a poor Japanese immigrant transform himself into one of south Florida’s most generous millionaires? He bowed to the earth, gave thanks to the Florida moon, and grew pineapples! Here for the first time in book form is the inspirational story of George Morikami, a true Florida pioneer. In the early 1900s, young Sukeji "George" Morikami lived happily with his family in a quiet Japanese fishing hamlet. But when his true love’s parents refused to let him marry her, he was crushed. He left to find his fortune in America, never to see the Japanese moon again. Penniless and unable to speak English, George arrived at Yamato, an upstart farming colony in what is now Boca Raton. George’s dreams of earning enough money to return home, buy his own land, and claim his beloved would never be realized. Destiny had other dreams—American dreams—in store for George Morikami. Today, his legacy lives on at the beautiful and unique Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.



Boca Rococo: How Addison Mizner Invented Florida's Gold Coast


Author: Caroline Seebohm


Description: The rollicking tale of the artist, adventurer, and visionary whose innovative architecture transformed Palm Beach and whose dramatic rise and fall mirrors the larger-than-life excesses of the 1920s. Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean-style mansions—with their stucco walls, tiled roofs, and Moorish accents—are much-admired Florida icons. In Boca Rococo, renowned author and biographer Caroline Seebohm introduces the flamboyant genius behind these pastel palaces.



A Light In The Wilderness: The Story of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the Southeast Florida Frontier


Author: James D. Snyder


Description: Although nearly 7 million people live along the southeast Florida coast, scarcely three generations ago it was a wild, lawless frontier ruled by bears, snakes and alligators. But when a lighthouse was built at Jupiter Inlet in 1860, it became the hub for hunters, surveyors, Civil War blockade runners, Union gunboats and pioneer farmers. A Light in the Wilderness, with over seventy rare photos, maps and letters, tells how southeast Florida survived the catharsis of the Civil War, how the lighthouse at Jupiter drew the first families into its orbit, and how it became a key link in the steamboat-railroad path that led people to the “Garden of Eden.”





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