11077
Rockport
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
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Rockport
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Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Due to the amount of boat activities included in this program, time and dates of activities and 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.

Afternoon: REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff, pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. 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 program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Catered Buffet Dinner at the hotel from a local family-owned restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Schooner Cruise, Rocky Neck Artist Colony, Journey Cape Ann
Rockport
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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 motor coach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk five steps up and two steps down over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so use on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Cruise on the Thomas E. Lannon, a classic schooner. Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. Enjoy a two hour sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester's coastline. After your journey on the water, enjoy a guided historical art walk through the Rocky Neck artist colony. Walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, and see first hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on Rocky Neck.

Afternoon: This afternoon board your motor coach for a 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. Enhancing the tour experience are tales of early settlers and fishermen, famous artists, the inventors Clarence Birdseye and John Hays Hammond, and weird goings-on in Dogtown.

Dinner: Enjoy a lobster dinner in the historic seaside town of Rockport.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Cruise on the Essex River
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: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the history of Essex's shipbuilding industry. The museum was established in 1976 as part of the town's observation of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial. Its primary purpose was to provide Essex families a local repository for their ancestors' shipbuilding artifacts and to stem the tide of artifacts that were going to other museums, being sold to private collectors, or simply being destroyed. Its collections include over 7,000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder's half-models and rigged ship models. Many of these items have come from attics, basements and barns in Essex.

Lunch: Ninety-nine years ago on July 3rd, 1916, Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman, at the humorous suggestion of a friend, fried up a few clams at his roadside stand in Essex, Massachusetts and the original fried clams were born. Try this delicious New England classic at lunch today at Woodman's. (other options available)

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

Dinner: Catered Buffet Dinner at the hotel from a local family-owned restaurant.

Evening: Tonight’s evening program is the entertaining talk by local historian and storyteller, Jim McAllister.

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

Activity note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motor coach 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: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart Rockport for historic Salem, established in 1626. Enjoy a narrated cruise that brings Salem Sound to life through an informative yet laid-back narration. This is not a recording so feel free to ask questions whenever. As we cruise by the beautiful shorelines of Salem, Marblehead, Beverly, Manchester-By-The-Sea and the Misery Islands you’ll learn of town history, the boom and bust of the local maritime industry, ocean life, historic landmarks and of course today’s latest gossip on all those multi-million dollar estates.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the waterfront in Salem

Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is your own to enjoy what you - 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
Whale Watch, Life of a Gloucester Fisherman
Rockport
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Rockport Inn & Suites

Activity note: Must be able to embark and disembark vessels using ramps and/or stairs.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: While on a three hour whale watch, you'll learn about whales from our qualified naturalists, and have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with researchers working as trained crew members onboard the vessel. See real whale artifacts, and even participate in plankton tows, water visibility analysis, and temperature measurements.

Lunch: Boxed Lunches aboard the whale watch to enjoy at your leisure

Afternoon: Meet a local fisherman, hear about his life and learn about this local industry from his perspective.

Dinner: Farewell buffet dinner at the hotel. Catered by a local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner delve into the maritime stories of New England with Jim McAllister.

DAY
6
Take a Gloucester Harbor Cruise, Lunch, and Departure
Rockport
B,L

Activity note: Need to be able to climb 2-3 stairs to embark and disembark vessel.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Have you ever wondered how lobsters are harvested? On this 1-1/4 hour tour and demonstration, you'll learn all about lobsters and lobstering.

Lunch: Boxed Lunches available to enjoy on your journey home.