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Adventure in the Monadnock Region By Cross-Country Skis and Snowshoes

Program Number: 8235RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $625.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

The forests in the shadow of Mount Monadnock — the most climbed mountain in the world — offer some of the finest opportunities in New Hampshire for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whether you’re a beginner skier or intermediate snowshoer, embrace the New England winter and improve your skills with the help of expert activity leaders. Enjoy an opportunity to discover the Monadnock region, and get a glimpse into its local history, community, traditions, natural wonders and more.




Highlights

• Delve into the history of Harrisville during a field trip to its downtown region and mills — named a National Historic Landmark.
• Get insight into animal tracking during a presentation by a local naturalist.
• Learn about maple sugaring, a local tradition and New England favorite.



Activity Particulars

Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing for 1-4 hours daily on easy and intermediate terrains. All activities are paced to match ability levels.



Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Comfortable retreat and conference center with cabins and condos on the shore of Swanzey Lake. Alcohol free site. Single rooms available at no extra cost.

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

When he’s not utilizing his maple sugaring skills or working to preserve local bee colonies, Steve Weber works an educational resource consultant and is an active environmentalist. With his wife, Alison, Steve has shared his enthusiasm for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for 12 years on Road Scholar adventures.
 
Alison Weber

Alison Weber is an educational consultant and historian. An avid skier, she coaches high school racing teams in cross-country skiing. With her husband, Steve, Alison has shared her enthusiasm for skiing and snowshoeing with Road scholar participants for more than 12 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Tranquil and beautiful, Pilgrim Pines Conference Center is nestled on the scenic shores of Swanzey Lake and it is surrounded by tree laden hills. In this setting, you are invited to relax and be renewed in mind, body and spirit.

Pilgrim Pines is owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church of the East Coast Conference and has been a provided for Road Scholar since 1988. It has been our policy not to allow alcoholic beverages on campus. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the out-of-doors. Most Road Scholar classes are presented in our beautiful open-space Meetinghouse while the Undercroft (lower level of our Chapel) and Chapel are used as needed.
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths, new beds and walk-in showers with liquid soap. Each room has a table, a chair or chairs, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closet and lamps, along with its own heating unit and fans for the summer season.

Since we do not have daily housekeeping services our guests are asked to make their own beds (linens and towels and bath mats provided), and at the end of their stay strip the beds, put the linens and towels in a pillow case and bring to designated location. Replacement linens and towels/washcloths are available upon request during the week.

There are no TVs or phones in any of the rooms. A TV set with full cable access is available in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room. A courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of the Mayflower Lodge along with Wi-Fi access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel.
  Facility amenities: Our main class area at Pilgrim Pines is in the Meetinghouse, a beautiful structure with nature views through the windows and capable of holding up to 60 people. Our onsite Chapel which houses a grand piano, pipe organ and video projector is also occasionally used for classroom activities, while the Undercroft is used for our hands-on craft programs.

Meals are served buffet style in our Mayflower Dining Room by full-time professional chefs who not only provide excellent meals with many choices, but also work to create alternate menus for special dietary needs indicated on Participant Information Forms returned prior to the start of the program. The superb quality and consistency of our food service has been a trademark of our Conference Center.

Before or after meals, relax in the fireside room adjoining the Mayflower Dining Room and browse through our small library, enjoy conversation and/or view a favorite program on our one TV set with full cable access. While there are no phones in each room, a courtesy phone is available 24 hours a day on the porch of Mayflower Lodge along with wireless internet access in the Meetinghouse or Chapel. Snacks including fruit are provided each evening in the dining room and juices, soda, coffee and tea are available at any time. Morning coffee and snack is served in the classroom. Additionally Pilgrim Pines features the opportunity to enjoy (weather permitting) the sandy beach, waterfront activities, golf on our 9 hole course, tennis or a hike around the lake all at no additional cost.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after:  Sometimes there are rooms available before or after programs. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in Mayflower Lodge - Office You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstare Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportaton
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$152
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

95 miles

   

$20 for each additional person. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 

Boston / Manchester / Hartford / Springfield

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

75 - 95 miles

   

There are various car rental options available from the nearby airports. Avis and Enterprise have drop-sites in Keene. (Logan - 95 mi.; Bradley - 85 mi.; Manchester - 75 mi.)

 

Bradley Int'l Airport (Windsor Locks, CT)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$128
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

75 miles

   

$20 for each additional passenger. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 

Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$137
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-2.5 

 

Distance:

 

85

   

$20 for each additional passenger. Please call Chuck Anderson, Coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about the possibility of coordinating schedules with other participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA From Boston, take Highway 2 West to 140 N toward Wincendon, MA. 140N will merge into 12 N in Wincendon. Continue to follow 12 North through Troy, NH. Approximately 2 miles north of Troy you will see a sign for Pilgrim Pines. Continue on 12 North and turn left onto Flat Roof Mill Rd. (If you go by a Honda dealership on your left you missed the turn.) Follow Flat Mill Rd for approximately 4 miles to route 32 (T intersection). At the intersection, turn right onto Route 32 and then take an immediate left onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Rd for 2.2 miles and you will come to the dam on Swanzey Lake. Just after the dam, the first road you will see on your right will be East Shore Road. Continue driving 100 yards more to your second right, which will be West Shore Rd (there should be a sign for Pilgrim Pines). Turn right and follow West Shore Road one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign. Continue 1/4 mile past the sign to the Conference Center. The Mayflower Lodge will be on your left and that is where we will meet and eat.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA From Hartford, CT or Springfield, MA, take Route 91 N to Exit 28A (just N of Greenfield, MA) toward Route 10 North. Follow 10 North through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester, look for Pilgrim Pines sign. Just before the Ashuelot River, turn right onto Westport Village Road. Continue straight on Westport Village Road for approximately half a mile and then bear right at the fork onto Homestead Ave. Continue for another half mile before taking a right onto Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow Swanzey Lake Road for approximately 1.5 miles, before turning left onto West Shore Rd. Continue one mile to the Pilgrim Pines sign and the Mayflower Lodge - Office will be on your left.
Equipment Requirements: Rental ski and snowshoe equipment will be provided. If you have your own skis or snowshoes we encourage you to bring them.
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: Afternoon Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, February 8)

Note: Orientation



   
 Afternoon: 3:30-5:30 pm Registration in the office with coffee, tea, and cold drinks available in the Dining Room
 Dinner: 6:00 pm in the Dining Room
 Evening: 7:30 pm Orientation in the Meetinghouse
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Windblown
(Monday, February 9)

Note: Good beginner/teaching area and excellent for intermediate and advanced skiiers.



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m in the Dining Room
 Morning: 9 am Leave by vans for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Windblown Ski Lessons for beginners on site Coaching for intermediate and advanced skiers.
 Lunch: 12:30 p.m. Bag Lunch in Lodge at Windblown
 Afternoon: Individual instruction and opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing on your own.
 Dinner: 5:30 p.m in the Dining Room
 Evening: Videos on Cross-Country Skiing
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing at Timber Creek depending upon weather.
(Tuesday, February 10)

Note: Opportunities for individual instruction and full day of skiing.



   
 Breakfast: In the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I-Skiing & Snowshoeing- Timber Creek, Mt Snow, VT Weather driven... Alternate site may be chosen
 Lunch: Lunch-Brown Bag on-site
 Afternoon: Skiing & Snowshoeing with individual instruction.
 Dinner: 5;30 p.m. in the Dining Room
 Evening: Entertainment - TBA
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Harris Center for class and animal tracking Skiing and Snowshoeing
(Wednesday, February 11)

Note: Guided animal tracking experience



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Learn about animal tracking and then go on a guided tracking experience. at the Harris Center located near Peterborough, NH
 Lunch: 12:30 p.m. Bag Lunch on site.
 Afternoon: Opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing at Windblown
 Dinner: 5:30 pm in the Dining Room
 Evening: Open evening - Options - TBA
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Place to be determined by interest of the group and weather.
(Thursday, February 12)

Note: Active day skiing and snowshoeing



   
 Breakfast: 8:00 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Today we plan to ski and snowshoe with the place to be determined by the interest of the group and weather. .
 Lunch: Bag Lunch on site
 Afternoon: Opportunities for Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing continue. On Site Instruction.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm - Dinner in the Dining Room
 Evening: Homespun is an opportunity for Road Scholars to present a favorite poem, song, story, special talent in an informal setting.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Maple sugaring
(Friday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 am in the Dining Room
 Morning: Class I-Winter Ecology Break-Check out of rooms Class II-Maple Sugaring
 Lunch: Farewell luncheon, 12:00 pm noon in the Dining Room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  West Swanzey New Hampshire Devision of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development 172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856 Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1856 Fax: 603-271-6870 or travel@dred.state.nh.us To order your vacation kit please call: 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) To speak with one of our Division office staff please call: 603-271-2665 For additional information, visit www.visitnh.gov/
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.


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