11077
Massachusetts

New England Maritime Sampler

Voyage along Cape Ann’s beautifully rugged coast, exploring unique wildlife, classic New England charm, traditional cuisine and the region’s famed history of shipbuilding.
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Program No. 11077RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Rockport
D
Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Please notes that due to the amount of boat activities included in this program, time and dates of activities are subject to change depending on tides and weather. Some activities may be substituted for others in the situation of inclement weather or ocean/river conditions. Depending on tides, ramps for embarking and disembarking vessels may be steep. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, buffet provided by a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Optional video screening on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon.

DAY
2
Schooner Sail, Rocky Neck Artist Colony, Journey Cape Ann
Rockport
B,L,D
Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile at a time on pavement and some uneven surfaces. Walk 50 yards on pavement from motorcoach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk 5 steps up and 2 steps down over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so using the restroom on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach for an educational journey around Cape Ann. This charming 2 hour drive will encompass some of the region's most stunning vistas, including Gloucester's "back shore", the winding wooded roads of Lanesville and Annisquam, the cluttered, colorful Gloucester waterfront, the famous Rocky Neck and Rockport art colonies, and the famed Gloucester Fisherman Statue. A local expert will enhance our experience with tales of early settlers and fishermen, famous artists, the inventors Clarence Birdseye and John Hays Hammond, and weird goings-on in Dogtown. We will expand our knowledge of Cape Ann artists on a historical art walk with a local expert through the Rocky Neck artist colony. We will walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, to see first hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Rocky Neck, plated and served.

Afternoon: We will set sail aboard the Thomas E. Lannon, a ship modeled after schooners built in Essex, MA over a hundred years ago. The length of her deck is approximately 65 feet, and she drafts 9 feet. Thomas E. Lannon sails out of Gloucester harbor and offers an authentic opportunity to learn from an expert about the Gloucester fishing industry history and the role schooners played in supporting the sea side economy.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in the historic seaside town of Rockport.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Whale Watch, Lecture on Maritime Life
Rockport
B,L,D
Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Embark and disembark vessel using ramps and/or stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will listen to a lecture by a local fisherman on maritime life. Next we will depart for the Gloucester harbor. On a whale watch, we'll learn about large aquatic baleen and toothed whales from a qualified naturalists. We will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with researchers working as trained crew members onboard the vessel. We will see real whale artifacts, and even have a chance to participate in plankton tows, water visibility analysis, and temperature measurements.

Lunch: Aboard the whale watch, boxed lunches will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: Continue our exploration at sea.

Dinner: At the hotel, buffet provide by a local restaurant.

Evening: Entertaining talk by local historian and storyteller.

DAY
4
Historic Salem Harbor, Free Time
Rockport
B,L
Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motorcoach to dock. Walk on a gangplank with hand rails to dock (depending on tide the gangplank may be level or downhill). Walk 25 yards on a wooden dock to the boat, then step over gap to board boat.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will leave Rockport and head to historic Salem, which dates back to 1626. Here, we will enjoy a narrated cruise that brings Salem Sound to life. We will see the lovely shorelines of Salem, Marblehead, Beverly, Manchester-By-The-Sea and the Misery Islands. We’ll learn about town history, the boom and bust of the local maritime industry, ocean life, historic landmarks and the latest on the multi-million dollar estates lining the sound.

Lunch: In Salem, MA at a local restaurant, plated and served.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might dine in Salem, Gloucester, Rockport or one of Cape Ann's other beautiful towns. All are accessible by the MBTA rail system.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Cruise on the Essex River, Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Rockport
B,L,D
Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walk along a paved ramp to a floating dock, step over a gap to board the boat. There are padded seats on the boat.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Cruise on the Essex River, located in the village of Essex, Massachusetts. Essex is one of the four communities that comprise Cape Ann, along with Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester by the Sea.

Lunch: In Essex at a classic New England restaurant who's legacy dates back to July 3, 1916 when Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman, decided to fry up a few clams at his roadside stand in Essex, creating the original fried clams.

Afternoon: We will discover the history of Essex's shipbuilding industry at the Essex Shipbuilding museum. This museum was established in 1976 as part of the town's observation of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial. It provides Essex families a local repository for their ancestors' shipbuilding artifacts, keeping them from being acquired by other museums, being sold to private collectors, or degrading in private homes. Its collections include over 7,000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder's half-models and rigged ship models

Dinner: At the hotel, farewell buffet provided by a local restaurant.

Evening: We will learn more about seafaring life and maritime stories of New England.

DAY
6
Gloucester Harbor Cruise, Program Concludes
Rockport
B,L

Activity note: Need to be able to climb 2-3 stairs to embark and disembark vessel. Check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will find out how lobsters are harvested on a cruise aboard the Lady Jillian. On this 1-1/4 hour exploration and demonstration, we'll learn all about lobsters and lobstering.

Lunch: We will provide boxed lunches to take away with you. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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