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The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (3 nights)

Program Number: 20363RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/27/2015 - 3/2/2015; 3/3/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/6/2015 - 3/9/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 6; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

The fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show, an internationally renowned treasure, is America’s oldest and grandest indoor horticultural display. Explore breathtaking exhibits presenting the talents of designers and landscapers who “force” perennials, shrubs, and trees into bloom to create full-scale gardens and floral displays.




Highlights

• Attend the Flower Show with limited free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent new Philadelphia campus.
• Go behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens to see what it takes to maintain its indoor and outdoor gardens, then enter another time at Winterthur, with its priceless art, antiques and 60-acre garden.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on busy city streets.



The 2015 Flower Show theme is Magic of the Movies. An extended five-night version of this program which gives you early morning access to The Flower Show is also available: #20362. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/20362 or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.




Date Specific Information

2-27-2015, 3-3-2015, 3-6-2015

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



Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.




Philadelphia

An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.



Accommodations
Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit www.roadscholar.org/20363 for more info.

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

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1965 until her retirement in 2005, and during that time, presented numerous lecture series on art history, as well as gallery talks on specific objects in the museum’s collections. In addition to her activities at the museum, Elizabeth taught at LaSalle University, Drexel University, Rosemont College and St. Joseph’s University. She continues to be a guest lecturer at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton University. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia; a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. She is currently a trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
  Philadelphia, PA 3 nights
 The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Visitors are inevitably stunned by the architectural splendor found both inside and out of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. With an ideal location right in Center City, its guest rooms and suites dominate a thirty-story tower that overlooks Independence Hall, adjoined to a rotunda that houses two exceptional restaurants. While the hotel's spa and fitness center are a treat, and you're certain to sleep soundly on feather bedding in the lovely surroundings of your guest room. The hotel lounge offers cocktails and dinner.
  Contact info: Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
phone: 215-523-8000
web: www.ritzcarlton.com
  Room amenities: In-Room Features • Twice-daily housekeeping attention • Complimentary overnight shoeshine • Evening turndown • Complimentary morning newspaper • High-speed internet access Please note that Road Scholar includes all taxes and tips except for the chambermaid. A $3 per day tip is suggested.
  Facility amenities: Spectacular historic landmark building, the award winning Grill restaurant , spa and fitness facility, located in the heart of the downtown business district, within walking distance fo the city's premier retail, dining, and cultural attractions, steps away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $219.00 plus 15.5% tax Pre/post stays must be booked through the provider at Landmarks (215) 205 4480 ask for Margaret Biddle. At this time, we are holding a few rooms for arrival December 28. However, the hotel is sold out on January 2nd due to large city wide convention. If you wish to stay over that night, please contact Margaret Biddle and she will put in a request to the Ritz for January 2 (the room cost will be higher) or she will request space at Club Quarters Hotel which is two blocks way (the rate is $116)
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $219.00 plus 15.5% tax Pre/post stays must be booked through the provider at Landmarks (215) 205 4480 ask for Margaret Biddle. At this time, we are holding a few rooms for arrival December 28. However, the hotel is sold out on January 2nd due to large city wide convention. If you wish to stay over that night, please contact Margaret Biddle and she will put in a request to the Ritz for January 2 (the room cost will be higher) or she will request space at Club Quarters Hotel which is two blocks way (the rate is $116)
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm at hotel. You will be staying at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 pm at hotel. You will be staying at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking Broad St entrance $48.00 24 hrs Midtown Garage 215 -751-9727 Sansom St between Broad & 15th $35 24 hrs- 2 blocks to hotel. Latimer 215 545 9274 24 hrs $18 cash only -4 blocks to hotel 15th to Chestnut go right left on Broad
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and PA 76.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location: Philadelphia, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 

   

Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes if direct. 40 minutes depending on number of hotel drop-offs. 

   

Lady Liberty Transportation is a Philadelphia-based company that provides airport transfer service between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City/University hotels and residences. They also offer charter services to the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA Rail

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1 for Seniors, $5 per adult (seniors must show medicare card)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

   

Rail service from the airport to Suburban Station at 17th & JFK Blvd is operated by SEPTA transit company at www.septa.org. Suburban Rail Station is 2 blocks from the hotel.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 approx from 30th Street to 16th Street
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxi fare is based on the cab and not per person. 30th Street Train Station is the AMTRAK rail station.

 
Driving Directions
  Airport and points South Take I-95 North—follow signs for I-76W. Proceed (approx. 3 miles) on I-76W to 676 E. Follow 676 E. approx. ˝ mile to Broad Street/Central Philadelphia exit. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp onto 15th Street (heading South). Follow 15th Street for five traffic lights. You will see a tall white building with a clock tower on your left (this is City Hall). Get in the left hand lane. Bear left around City Hall. Turn right onto South Broad Street (also known as the Avenue of the Arts). The hotel is the first building on the right as you make the turn.
  East and NJ Turnpike I-95 South becomes NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE SOUTH Take the RT-73 exit - EXIT 4 - toward CAMDEN/PHILADELPHIA- 0.6-miles. Merge onto NJ-73 North - 0.4-miles. Merge onto I-295 South - 2.0-miles. Merge onto NJ-70 West/MARLTON PIKE EAST via EXIT 34B toward CHERRY HILL/CAMDEN - 5.3-miles. Merge onto KAIGHN AVE/NJ-38 West - 0.1-miles. Merge onto US-30 West toward CAMDEN/BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE - 4.2-miles. Take the I-676 West/US-30 West ramp - less than 0.1-miles. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ramp - less than 0.1-miles Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp - less than 0.1-miles Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ramp - 0.1-miles Merge onto VINE ST EXPY/I-676 WEST/US-30 WEST - 0.4-miles. Take the exit toward PA-611/BROAD STREET/CENTRAL PHILA. - 0.2-miles. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto N 15th STREET - 0.4-miles. Turn LEFT onto S PENN SQ. - less than 0.1-miles Turn RIGHT onto S. BROAD ST/AVENUE OF THE ARTS/PA-611 - less than 0.1-miles. End at 10 Avenue of the Arts.
  North I-476 South toward PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH/EAST-WEST TURNPIKE. Merge onto I-76 East via EXIT 16 toward PHILADELPHIA - 13 - miles. Merge onto VINE ST EXPY/I-676 EAST/US-30 EAST via EXIT 344 on the LEFT toward CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA - 0.7-miles. Take the exit toward BROAD STREET/CENTRAL PHILA - 0.1-miles. Take the 15TH STREET ramp toward CENTRAL PHILA - less than 0.1-miles Turn LEFT onto S PENN SQ. - less than 0.1-miles Turn RIGHT onto S BROAD ST/AVENUE OF THE ARTS/PA - 611 - less than 0.1-miles. End at 10 AVENUE OF THE ARTS I-476 South toward PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH/EAST-WEST TURNPIKE. End at 10 AVENUE OF THE ARTS
  West I-76 East toward PHILADELPHIA Merge onto VINE ST EXPY/I-676 EAST/US-30 EAST via EXIT 344 on the LEFT toward CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA Take the exit toward BROAD STREET/CENTRAL PHILA - 0.1-miles. Take the 15TH STREET ramp toward CENTRAL PHILA - less than 0.1-miles Turn LEFT onto S PENN SQ. - less than 0.1-miles Turn RIGHT onto S BROAD ST/AVENUE OF THE ARTS/PA - 611 - less than 0.1-miles. End at 10 AVENUE OF THE ARTS I-476 South toward PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH/EAST-WEST TURNPIKE.
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 & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner/Philadelphia Orientation
(Tuesday, March 3)

Note: Minimal walking 3 short blocks



   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATON: After you have your room assignment, go over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the Philadelphia Landmarks program staff and pick up your welcome packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information which we will review during orientation.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant provides an opportunity to begin getting to know your fellow participants and to savor a bit of local flavor.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will review the schedule of events, answer questions, and have an opportunity to get to know one another.
   
Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Winterthur Estate, Longwood Gardens
(Wednesday, March 4)

Note: Winterthur-small group slow walking. Lots of leisurely walking at your own pace. Longwood wheelchairs are free and motorscootors rent for $20.



   
 Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts Bistro located on the Hotel Lobby floor presents contemporary regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. Offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls, juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro.
 Morning: En route to Delaware in our private motorcoach, our educator will point out local landmarks along the way. FIELD TRIP: Winterthur. Designed in the spirit of 18th and 19th century European country estates, Winterthur (pronounced winter-tour) was the childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont and is now one of the most extraordinary museums in the country — a premier showcase of American decorative arts — with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room mansion, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

During our private exploration for our "Introduction to Winterthur " you will visit a cross selection of period rooms from 18th C.to Victorian through the 20th C. Depending on weather, you may also meander through a re-created woodland path offering vistas of the lovely Winterthur Garden, the bush Witch Hazel should be in bloom in March.

 Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur offers a selection of choices to satisfy almost any palate. Mushroom soup is a specialty of the Brandywine Valley as the adjacent town, Kennett Square, is known as the “mushroom capital of the world.”
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enroute to Longwood Gardens. The legacy of Pierre S. DuPont is one of the great gardens of the world, with a 4-acre Conservatory and outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres. Our horticultural educator will take us through the conservatory and then you will have time to explore on your own. Following our visit, we will enjoy a brief stop at the Brandywine River Museum, home of The Wyeths Family paintings and then continue onto dinner at a Chadds Ford restaurant.
 Dinner: Dinner is included at Hank's Place in Chadds Ford, a favorite of Andrew Wyeth. We will return to the hotel at 7:30 PM.
   
Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: VIP Entry to Flower Show/Performance
(Thursday, March 5)

Note: Use of bus to sites. Walk back from Kimmel Center 3 blocks



   
 Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts Bistro 7:00 AM presents contemporary regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. Offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls, juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: At 7:45 AM we depart for the convention center for early morning entry at 8:00 AM to The Philadelphia Flower Show's 2015 "Movie Magic" of "Lights, Camera, BLOOM!" Experience the magic of movies and horticulture as the 186th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the silver screen. Lights, Camera, BLOOM! will be unveiled. Following the VIP tour with a horticulturist you will then have all day access to the members lounge and the free time to enjoy other activities at the show such as: Complimentary Wine Tastings, Horticultural Demonstrations, Culinary Presentations, and Shopping in the Marketplace.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own. Options would be The Reading Terminal, Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant or the lite fare available at the show.
 Afternoon: FLOWER SHOW: This is an all day event for garden lovers so we will leave you to explore on your own. Your free afternoon is a part of this day followed by a free evening.
 Dinner: FREE EVENING; Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy other Philadelphia outstand restaurant offereings
   
Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Barnes Foundation/Program ends
(Friday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: RITZ HOTEL BREAKFAST: 10 Arts Bistro 7:00 AM presents contemporary regional American cuisine with emphasis on organic and utilization of local products. Offers scrambled eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals plus breads/rolls, juices and coffee. Breakfast coupons will be issued for breakfast dining at 10 Arts Bistro. Y
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We depart at 9:30AM to visit The Barnes Foundation for our private introduction to the galleries with our Barnes educator. The city’s newest cultural landmark is the new home of the world renowned Barnes Foundation museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, housing the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern Art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania-German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The new campus which opened to much fanfare in May 2012 boasts the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris including masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
 Lunch: LUNCH: Our Farewell Lunch is included on this day at The Barnes Foundation restaurant known for its excellent menu and ambiance.
 Afternoon: The program ends upon our return to the Ritz Carlton at 1:30PM. As hotel check out is NOON, we suggest that you check out prior to our departure and leave your luggage with the Concierge. We trust you have enjoyed this very special Flower show experience and the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra plus The Brandywine Valley. Please join us again for other fascinating Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Philadelphia, PA Independence Hall
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. During the summer of 1776, 56 men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution. The guided tour, led by National Park rangers, begins in the courtroom. The Assembly Room which is arranged as it was during the Constitutional Convention. In the adjacent West Wing, the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution are displayed. If you are planning a tour of Independence Hall you will need free timed ticket to see the Hall. A timed and dated ticket system has been developed to save valuable vacation time. Here’s how it works: Free tickets will be available on the morning of your visit: Pick up tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia Advance tickets are available through the National Park Service (NPS) nationwide reservation system. Visitors planning their trip can reserve tickets up to twelve months in advance of their trip by calling 1-800-967-2283 for reservations from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily (Eastern Time). Reserved tickets can be picked up the day of the tour at the Independence Visitor Center "will call" window. Using the advanced ticket system, there is a $1.50 per ticket service charge for the otherwise free tickets, which must be picked up at least 45 minutes before the tour begins. For additional information, visit www.gophila.com/
  Independence Visitors Center
The, centrally located Independence Visitor Center is a one-stop destination for everyone. The Center provides information on restaurants and shopping; you can also learn about new exhibits at museums and attractions anywhere in the region. The Visitors Center includes the National Park Service's revolving park exhibits as well as five permanent exhibits focusing on themes central to Philadelphia and the birth of America. Visitor amenities include: Knowledgeable concierge services, restaurant reservation service, ticketing for tours, cultural, sporting, and special events, informational displays showcasing the region’s attractionns, gift shop offering merchandise and souvenirs, coffee bar, public restrooms, accessible by public transit. The Independence Visitor Center is located at 6th and Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. People can also call (800) 537-7676 or (215) 965-7676. For additional information, visit www.gophila.com/
  Liberty Bell Center
The new Liberty Bell Center opened on October 9, 2003. The Liberty Bell was ordered from England in 1751 by the Pennsylvania Legislature. It cracked shortly after arriving and was melt down and recast. It was melted it down and recasted it a second time in 1753 in an attempt to improve the bell's sound. On June 11, 1753 the Liberty Bell was hoisted into the belfry of Independence Hall (known then as the State House), where it hung and rang to mark special occasions until 1828. On July 8, 1776 the Liberty Bell rang to call Philadelphia's citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. In 1846, when being rung to commemorate George Washington's birthday, the bell obtained its infamous crack that rendered it unringable thenceforth. You will enter the screening facility on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets and will directed through the Liberty Bell Center. Once finished you will cross to Independence Square, once on the square you will be able to visit the buildings at your own pace. You will not be able to return to the Liberty Bell once you cross Chestnut Street Independence Hall tours will continue by timed tickets only. Tickets can be picked up at the Independence Visitors Center; it is suggested that you arrive 45 minutes to one hour before your tour. The fewer personal items you bring (bags and such) the faster you will move through security If you have any questions about the new procedures please contact Independence National Historical Park or call the Independence Visitor Center at 1-800-537-7676 Independence Mall 6th and Chestnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106 Tickets and Information (215) 965-2305 Call or go on-line for information. www.nps.gov/inde For additional information, visit www.gophila.com/
  Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. The collection of Asian art, with objects dating from the third millenium B.C. to the present, includes ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and decorative objects as well as a Japanese ceremonial teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a celebrated collection of Oriental carpets. The European collections include medieval sculpture, stained glass, and a 13th-century French cloister; masterpieces of Renaissance painting; a suite of 18th-century French interiors; and superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The American collections include extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art; refined furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen; and the most important collection in the world of works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. The art of the 20th century can be traced from the early innovations of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Duchamp to great works of abstract expressionism, pop art, color field painting, and contemporary work in many media. Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays and legal holidays General Admission* Adults $10 Seniors (62+) $7 Sundays: Pay what you wish all day Philadelphia Museum of Art Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19130 Main Museum Number: (215) 763-8100 | TTY: (215) 684-7600 For additional information, visit www.philamuseum.org/
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


Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Author: Brownlee, David B.


Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City


Author: Wolf, Edwin 2nd


The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy


Author: Neil L. Rudenstine


Description: The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy provides the first scholarly study on the historical, art history, and political context during which Dr. Barnes purchased masterpieces and attempted to redefine aesthetics with groundbreaking new terminology.





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