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Keepers of the Light: Great Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay

Program Number: 1504RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2015 - 6/6/2015; 6/22/2015 - 6/27/2015; 8/17/2015 - 8/22/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/12/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Solomons, Maryland
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The beautiful coast of the Chesapeake Bay is home to more than 30 lighthouses that tell the stories of the region’s rich maritime heritage. This adventure takes you by land and by sea to get a first-hand look at 10 of the Chesapeake’s historic lighthouses. Learn about the different styles of lighthouses typical of the region, hear their intriguing histories, and the stories of the men and the women who kept them lit. Explore Smith Island — a place that time forgot — and have lunch at the island’s famous Bayside Inn. Enjoy talks by local lighthouse experts, entertainment by maritime musicians, and special behind-the-scenes explorations of local museums.




Highlights

• Go on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Calvert Marine Museum with its famous director.
• Savor local fare as you dine at some of the region’s favorite seafood restaurants.
• Get a behind-the-scenes look at the state archaeology laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half of a mile on flat terrain; stairs; getting on/off boats.



Coordinated by the Calvert Marine Museum.




Solomons

One hour and 20 minutes south of Washington, D.C., this historic waterfront community with the Patuxent River on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other continues to honor its maritime tradition, as noted by the local marine museum.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel located on the marina and waterfront.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Select Solomons
  Solomons, MD 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Marina, waterfront, walking distance to Museum and town
  Contact info: 155 Holiday Drive
Solomons, MD 20688 USA
phone: 410-326-6311
web: www.solomonsmd.hiselect.com
  Facility amenities: Hotel offers an outdoor junior Olympic-size swimming pool, outdoor tennis and volleyball and a fully equipped Health Center, along with full service restaurant. Laundry service is available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $115. You must contact on your own. Nights must be consecutive to program. Identify yourself as Road Scholar participant.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $115. You must contact on your own. Nights must be consecutive to program. Identify yourself as Road Scholar participant.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
1:00 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Select Solomons that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Select Solomons the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample parking is available at both hotel and museum.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Solomons, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Washington, D.C.
  Nearest highway: MD. Rt. 2/4
  Nearest airport:  Baltimore Washington International or Regan
  From End of Program
  Location: Solomons, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore - BWI

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

73.33 miles

   

While it would be possible to get a taxi to transport you, the cost would be prohibitive. It would be more advisable to rent a car at the airport.

 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Regan National

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

63.85 miles

   

The best way to get here from the airport is to rent a car. To take a taxi would be cost prohibitive.

 
Driving Directions
  From BWI Airport Take I-97 South to 3/301 South Continue on 301 South until RT4 South Take Route 4 south to Solomons to get to museum, stay in the far right hand lane, go under the bridge make a left at the stop sign and at the next stop sign the museum will be straight ahead. To get to Holiday Inn make a left at the stop sign, go through flashing red light, Holiday Inn is the next right.
  From Baltimore Take Route 695 to Route I-97 South Take I-97 South to 3/301 South Continue on 301 South until RT4 South Take Route 4 south to Solomons. To get to museum, stay in the far right hand lane, go under the bridge make a left at the stop sign and at the next stop sign the museum will be straight ahead. To get to Holiday Inn make a left at the stop sign, go through flashing red light, Holiday Inn is the next right.
  From Northern Virginia and Washington Capital Take I-95 South towards Richmond to Exit 11A (Pennsylvania Avenue / Route 4) Continue on Route 2 / 4 to Solomons. To get to museum, stay in the far right hand lane, go under the bridge make a left at the stop sign and at the next stop sign the museum will be straight ahead. To get to Holiday Inn make a left at the stop sign, go through flashing red light, Holiday Inn is the next right.
  From Richmond Take I-95 North to US 301 North Continue on 301 until RT4 South Take Route 4 south to Solomons. To get to museum, stay in the far right hand lane, go under the bridge make a left at the stop sign and at the next stop sign the museum will be straight ahead. To get to Holiday Inn make a left at the stop sign, go through flashing red light, Holiday Inn is the next right.
Elevation Note: Sea level

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 orientation/Welcome to Southern Maryland/Tour of Drum Pt. Lighthouse
(Monday, June 22)

Note: This program opens with the director's famous behind the scenes tour at the museum.



   
 Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. Meet Diane in Calvert Marine Museum lobby. 1:45 See the Calvert Marine Museum. 3:00 pm. Check in at Holiday Inn Solomons. 5:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese in Drum Point Lighthouse. 6:00 p.m. Dinner under the Drum Point Lighthouse. 7:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour of Museum.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be held under the Drum Point Lighthouse which is on the premises of the Calvert Marine Museum.
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour of Calvert Marine Museum with the Director of the museum Doug Alves.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Enjoy a day long tour of Northern Lighthouses by boat, including lunch at the locally reknowned Kentmorr Restuarant on Kent Island.
(Tuesday, June 23)

Note: After a full day of seeing lighthouse from the water, sit back and enjoy a talk by Dr. Ralph Eshelman.



   
 Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.
 Morning: 8:00 a.m. board charter boat under Drum Pt. Lighthouse for tour of Cove Point, Thomas Point, and Sandy Point Lighthouses.
 Lunch: Lunch at Kentmorr Restaurant.
 Afternoon: See Bloody Point and Sharps Island Lighthouses, return to museum.
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in CMM Lounge.
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. Lecture of history of Lighthouses.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Van tour of other Southern Maryland lighthouses: Point Lookout and Piney Point lighthouses.
(Wednesday, June 24)

Note: Tucked in between lighthouses is lunch Spinnaker's Restaurant in Ridge.



   
 Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.
 Morning: 10:00a.m. depart Holiday Inn by van for a tour of Piney Point Lighthouse
 Lunch: Noon lunch at Spinnaker's Restaurant in Ridge, MD.
 Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Tour of Point Lookout Lighthouse. 3:00 p.m. Depart for Holiday Inn.
 Evening: Free Evening to expore beautiful Solomons Island. Dinner on your own. Select from a wide array of local eateries and fine dining restaurants. Walk along the boardwalk and see the Patuxent River sunset.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Tour by boat of lighthouses in the southern Chesapeake Bay. Lunch on historic Smith Island.
(Thursday, June 25)

Note: This action-packed day ends with dinner in the museum lounge with local fare and local musicians.



   
 Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.
 Morning: 8:00 a.m. board charter boat for tour of Point No Point, Point Lookout, and Smith Point Lighthouses
 Lunch: 12 noon Lunch at Bayside Inn on Smith Island
 Afternoon: Visit Bayside History Museum. 2:00 p.m. depart Smith Island for Solomon's Lump and Hooper Island Lighthouses
 Dinner: 6:00 p.m. dinner in museum lounge
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. Musical entertainment by local musicians.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit state archaeology lab at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Patuxent River. Sail on the skipjack Dee of St. Mary's.
(Friday, June 26)

Note: Another exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to see the archaeological evidence of Maryland's past.



   
 Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.
 Morning: Travel by van to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the state archaeological lab.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at JPPM overnlooking the Patuxent River.
 Afternoon: Visit JPPM Visitor Center and exhibits. At 3:00 return to the Holiday Inn. Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Learn how to pick blue crabs then enjoy dinner Al Fresco under the Corbin Pavilion followed by an evening sail on the skipjack Dee of St. Mary's
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Select Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program closing with a special catered breakfast by a local chef from Lotus Kitchen.
(Saturday, June 27)

Note: Parting company over the excellent cuisine from Lotus Kitchen will make parting sweeter. You are free to depart after breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the museum member's lounge catered by local chef. Closing program.
   
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


Women Who Kept the Lights


Author: Mary Louise Clifford


Description: An illustrated history of female lighthouse keepers.



Maryland lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay


Author: Ross Holland


Description: The definitive study of bay lighthouses, with data and photos.



Forgotten beacons: the lost lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay


Author: Patrick Hornberger


The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake


Author: Robert De Gast


Description: This text features a sequence of 32 photographic essays, documenting in 170 haunting images each of the lighthouses still standing along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay. For each lighthouse there is a photograph of the structure in its setting, a view looking out from the lighthouse, and a close-up of some singular detail of the building. The text discusses how and why the lighthouses were built, important events in their history, and in some cases the lives of their keepers. The sequence of lighthouses follows an imaginary journey around the Bay, starting at Cape Henry, site of the oldest existing light.





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