13410
Georgia
Spend Christmas on Historic Jekyll Island
Celebrate Christmas on Jekyll Island, where you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, explore the festively decorated National Historic District and learn the grand story of this “Golden Isle.”
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Program No. 13410RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 1BR 3 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jekyll Island, GA
D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Afternoon: A Scottish bagpiper heralds the season at the Club and then down by the Jekyll River. He begins near Crane and Cherokee Cottages, and as he advances the crowd grows a bit at each stop.

Dinner: A fabulous dinner will be served in a banquet room.

Evening: 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, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules 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. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available to recommend free time information excursions. You are welcome to take advantage of these recommendations if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

DAY
2
Sea Turtle Center, Chefs Demo, Historic Dist., Bagpipers
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Breakfast: Wake up to a tasty and healthy “Good Morning” Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room with: seasonal fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, assorted flavors of yogurt, bacon, dried fruits, assorted juices, sausage, oatmeal, whole, 2% or skim milk, home fries, grits and a special daily breakfast entrée. Homemade Danish, muffins and biscuits come fresh from the Club Bakery. Your server will be happy to prepare you toast, bagel or English muffin. The Club Buffet includes freshly ground coffee or a selection of hot teas.

Morning: Excursion to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promotes responsibility for ecosystem health and empowers individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. This unique hospital is one of a kind in the state of Georgia. The Center offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of viewable sea turtle patients

Lunch: Holiday Chef's demo and lunch. As the chef shows how to prepare two courses and the accompaniments, questions and comments are welcomed from the audience. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. The chef provides a very generous tasting of each course and printed, easy-to-follow recipes. “Come with an appetite!”

Afternoon: A local historian will lead you through Jekyll History and the History of the Club. At the turn of the century, tycoons, politicians, and socialites flocked to Jekyll Island to revel in their own luxury and America's burgeoning wealth. Their exclusive club was described in the February 1904 issue of Munsey's Magazine as "the richest, and the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world." Its members included such luminaries as J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Vincent Astor, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt. Other names on the roster included Macy, Goodyear, and Gould. Step into their past and experience the legends first-hand with our guided Passport to the Century excursion. In 1886, 53 prominent American tycoons founded the Jekyll Island Club, and members created an exclusive gilded era island retreat on Georgia’s coast for their family and friends. These empire builders shaped our nation and likewise laid the foundation for Jekyll Island’s rich future. The tram ride takes participants through the 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, and includes entry into two restored cottages. Once again we welcome you to one of our favorite Yuletide traditions. A Scottish bagpiper heralds the season at the Club and then down by the Jekyll River. He begins near Crane and Cherokee Cottages, and as he advances the crowd grows a bit at each stop. You will have a private demonstration followed by questions and answers. Enjoy this special holiday treat each afternoon of Christmas week.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room.

Evening: Gullah-Geechee is the traditional African culture brought to America by African slaves who worked the fields and plantations along the coasts of Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. The ring shout is a traditional slave-day expression of spirituality and community. The Shouters have traced their ancestral roots before slavery to Africa.

DAY
3
St. Simons Island Field Trip
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.

Morning: Depart for a field trip to St. Simons Island and enjoy lunch on this field trip.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on St. Simons field trip during your field trip.

Afternoon: Again, enjoy the Scottish bagpiper heralding the season.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be served in a banquet room.

Evening: Entertainment: Music for your listening or dancing pleasure.

DAY
4
Cookie Decorating, Christmas Eve Dinner
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.

Morning: The hotel's famous pastry chefs have all the parts ready ahead of time for this cookie decorating workshop. Celebrate as you decorate! Our pastry chefs roll out the dough and fun of Christmas. Each guest receives a dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colorful icings and traditional cookie sprinkles provided. Your creations are perfect photo opportunities - so make sure to have the camera ready! Then you will explore Jekyll Island by trolley. Jekyll is a state park where only 35% of the island was allowed to be developed and the balance of 65% is kept in conservation preservation. It is surrounded by 3 different ecosystems. Enjoy a brief beach walk. You will step off the trolley to walk on the pristine beach.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in a banquet room.

Afternoon: It's time for the Scottish bagpiper to heralds the season again!

Dinner: Christmas Eve Dinner will be in the Grand Dining Room. Beautifully restored in the Victorian mode, the Grand Dining Room features Ionic columns and gleaming white woodwork. Three handsome fireplaces add cheer on a winter's day, while in Spring, the lawns and the river seen through expansive windows frame the first blossoms of crepe myrtle and magnolia trees. The glow of candlelight and piano music create an atmosphere of romance and anticipation for the meal to come. (Jackets or collared shirts, slacks requested for gentlemen.)

Evening: Christmas Caroling sing along.

DAY
5
Christmas Day Brunch & Grand Dining Room Christmas Dinner
Jekyll Island, GA
B,BR,D
Jekyll Island Club Resort

Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.

Brunch: Christmas Brunch will be served in Crane Cottage.

Afternoon: Christmas present swap. Everyone please bring a gift to swap during our present game. Gift limit $20. Enjoy a game of croquet with your new friends on your own. Croquet is a lawn game, played both as a recreational pastime and as a competitive sport, which involves hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through hoops embedded into the grass playing court. The lawn of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be your playing area.

Dinner: A Christmas feast will be served in the Grand Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends and discuss future Road Scholar plans, and prepare for departure after our final session in the morning.

DAY
6
Behind the Scenes, Jekyll Review, Program Concludes
Jekyll Island, GA
B

Breakfast: In the Club’s Grand Dining Room.

Morning: An expert will lead you through the public spaces of the hotel, hearing stories about the various rooms, the woodwork, leaded glass, the people and their pastimes and if available, the Presidential Suite. The stories are interesting and special to this National Historic Landmark.






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