It was such a wonderful experience! I highly recommend!
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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the Registration Office to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Everyone will be responsible for their own luggage, with some assistance available. Transportation will be provided by a variety of vehicles including (but not limited to) ferries, private and taxi vans, motorcoaches, and “safari” style trucks. Free time is reserved 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. On the Road programs are journeys that take participants to multiple study sites in a region with a number of overnight stays. Lectures, talks, discussions, field trips, and on-board commentary amplify the program theme. Some journeys involve great distances and may take hours, others are much shorter. Long or short, On the Road journeys are learning experiences that make the most of our time together.
Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated and served welcome dinner, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead, including morning check out.
Activity note: Climbing up and down stairs between ferry walk on level and passenger level. Walk with luggage from the ferry port to the hotel, about 1/3 of a mile on a flat, paved sidewalks. A taxi will carry luggage for any participants who have difficulty carrying their suitcase. Walk through the Camp Meeting Association grounds is up to 1 mile; standing for about 1 hour; flat pavement.
Breakfast: In the hotel, breakfast choices include: oatmeal, cereal, fruit, eggs, toast and pastries, plus coffee, tea, water.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board a motorcoach and drive to Woods Hole in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, on the far southwest corner of Cape Cod. There we will board the ferry to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. The ferry crosses the 7 miles between the mainland and the island in approximately 45 minutes. The vessels of the Steamship Authority — a lifeline to the Islands — are functional with basic amenities.
Lunch: On the ferry we’ll have boxed lunches.
Afternoon: Arriving at the Oak Bluffs ferry terminal, as a group we will walk to our hotel before our field trip. The hotel will provide transport for our luggage. We’ll then be off on a walk with the Group Leader to the Oak Bluffs Camp Meeting Association and the historic Tabernacle at its center. Led by a resident docent, we’ll walk through the campground to learn about the “gingerbread” cottages and the residents who carefully maintain and decorate them. What we see today grew out of Methodist camp meetings that began in 1835.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, plated and served with coffee, tea, and water.
Evening: At leisure. You might like to set off on your own and walk back through the campground, relax on the green of one of Oak Bluffs many parks, or just watch boats in the marina set out to sea.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour; getting on/off Chappy Ferry; riding in open “safari” type vehicles for 1.5 hours. Bring water bottle, hat, sunscreen. Field trips operate rain or shine except during thunderstorms and extreme wind conditions.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, includes coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Weather dependent, we’ll transfer via taxi vans from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and take the Chappaquiddick Ferry across the 527 feet of water over to the island that is technically a peninsula. There, we’ll hop aboard “safari” trucks for an exploration of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, with its beautiful views of ocean, sound, and harbor. We’ll learn the history of the Cape Poge lighthouse, originally built in 1801, only the second on the Vineyard, and stroll through the Japanese style Mytoi garden that surrounds a verdant inland freshwater pond. Returning to Edgartown via the Chappy Ferry, the remainder of the early afternoon is free for independent exploration.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: We’ll regroup and stroll Edgartown’s narrow brick paths with a local resident to learn about the history and evolution of the town, from colonial settlement to busy whaling port.
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 and give directions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting in/out of vans; walking up to 1.5 mile; standing for about 1 hour.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Accompanied by resident experts, we’ll set out in vans to explore the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Take in the scenic up-Island country-side, passing through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark. Catch glimpses of centuries old stone walls, views to the Atlantic shoreline, grazing livestock, rolling hills and historic homesteads in Chilmark and the picturesque secluded fishing village of Menemsha. Stop at the multi-colored clay cliffs at Aquinnah. We’ll end the morning in the busy harbor town of Vineyard Haven, main port of entry for the island's residents.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, plated and served with coffee, tea, and water.
Afternoon: After lunch we will depart on foot for the Martha's Vineyard Museum which houses a collection of exhibits related to the islands history. Back in Vineyard Haven there will be time for independent exploration to stroll through the old wharf, shipyard, historic district, art galleries, and quiet lanes.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. You are welcome to remain in Vineyard Haven or return to Oaks Bluff.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Total walking distance for the day is up to 2 miles. Each person is responsible for his/her own luggage getting on and off the ferry; 45 minute ferry crossing; total drive distance is 40 miles.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Say goodbye to Martha's Vineyard as we depart by taxi for the ferry terminal at Vineyard Haven. The ferry crosses back to Woods Hole on the mainland. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Cape from Woods Hole to our final destination of Hyannis, MA. Although just one of seven villages in the town of Barnstable, Hyannis is the hub of commercialization on Cape Cod and referred to by some as the "Capital of the Cape". En route we will stop to experience a few of the gems of Upper and Mid Cape Cod.
Lunch: At a local seafood shack in Sandwich, MA, with many options available.
Afternoon: Settled in 1637 and incorporated as a town just two years later, Sandwich boasts its status as the oldest town on Cape Cod. First, we will visit the Sandwich Glass Museum for a glass blowing demonstration and see how the museum has promoted a broad understanding and appreciation of Sandwich town history, with particular emphasis on the unique contribution of the glass industry to the local community. Afterwards, we will take a short walk to visit the Dexter Grist Mill and explore the grounds around Shawme Pond with commentary from a local expert. Thomas Dexter built the first grist mill on this site in 1654 so that the inhabitants of the village of Sandwich would not have to grind their own corn for cornmeal, their staple food. Finally, we will drive the rest of the way to Hyannis and check into the hotel before enjoying a lecture by a local expert on the history of Cape Cod.
Dinner: A short walk from the hotel, we will enjoy a plated meal at a nearby restaurant with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: The Ferry to Nantucket is located a few walkable blocks from the hotel. Activities on the island require walking up to 2 miles (about 1.5 hours).
Breakfast: Buffet at the Bluewater Grill Hotel Restaurant at the hotel.
Morning: Walk to the nearby dock and board the ferry to Nantucket. Upon disembarking, meet a local expert from the Nantucket Historical Association for a narrated walk through the town center. See the architecture and hear the stories of the houses and the families that lived in them to illustrate the island’s history.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, plated and served, includes coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: Enjoy a self-guided field trip to the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Housed in a restored 1847 candle factory, a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton floats suspended from the ceiling above many other attractions. Enjoy the views Nantucket harbor from the rooftop observation deck. Put the information you learned on the morning walk and at the Museum to use as you delve deeper into locales of your choosing. Take some time on your own to go “laning” (walking the lanes of the historic district of Nantucket) and explore independently before returning on the ferry to Hyannis.
Dinner: On your own to explore local fare. Hyannis, like the rest of New England, is known for delicious seafood and clam "chowdah", but still offers various other dining options that cater to most preferences.
Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity to walk along Main Street Hyannis. Look for free time activities in your welcome packets or ask Group Leader for more suggestions.
Activity note: This is a full day of motorcoach exploration with frequent stops; one way distance 50 miles— 75-90 minutes drive time; 4-wheel driving on soft but bumpy sand dunes.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Departing from the hotel via motorcoach we will have a full day exploration of Cape Cod, all the way to the tip of the cape in Provincetown. Take in the changing landscape through small towns, historic lighthouses and coastal harbors. On the way, stop and explore the Salt Pond Visitor Center, which is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. On this self-led walk, venture through the walking trails while learning about the different wildlife that inhabits the area as well as the detrimental risks facing this land in the future.
Lunch: At a local seafood restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: Following lunch we will visit the Highland Lighthouse to celebrate Cape Cod's first lighthouse and Highland House Museum, a former hotel built on the Highlands in 1907 transformed into a museum. Learn about the fascinating people who settled in Truro dating back to early European settlers and the Native Americans that preceded them. If you're feeling ambitious, climb the 69 steps to the top of the Highland Lighthouse. Later,we will go off-roading with local experts through the sand dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore in specially-authorized four-wheel-drive Jeeps. You will begin this adventure in Provincetown or “P-town,” as the locals call it. Sitting on the outermost part of the cape, P-town has some interesting history— Did you know that the Pilgrims, before settling in Plymouth, first landed in Provincetown? Today it has become known for its lively art scene that enhances the culture of the rest of Cape Cod, while highlighting the unique ambiance that is P-Town.
Dinner: At a favorite local restaurant that highlights the unique atmosphere of Provincetown, plated and served with coffee, tea, and water.
Evening: Return to Hyannis and prepare for departure in the morning.
Activity note: Transfer departs Hyannis Harbor Hotel at 8:30 a.m. to Boston Logan International Airport. Please do not schedule flights before 12:30 p.m. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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!
It was such a wonderful experience! I highly recommend!
Good evaluation form.
Well informed, engaging leader. Organized and well planned out program.
Beautiful areas of the country and interesting history. Wonderful leader and fellow participants!
Great itinerary and guide. This covered some wonderful places and each day was packed with enjoyable and interesting things to see.
I highly recommend this program for anyone who wants an in-depth experience of Cape Cod & the 'islands.' The area is beautiful, historic and varied. The program is so well planned that not a moment is wasted.
Always wanted to visit Cape Cod. Can’t imagine a better way to have done than with Road Scholar and Ruth Bennett
5-Star Program on ALL fronts: DESTINATION & VISITED SITES: An ideal way to package a tour of 3 different segments of a relatively remote, very historic & exotically beautiful part of our country-- Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket & the Cape itself. Besides getting a good sense of the "urban centers" of each, we experienced (or had the option of) well-planned/small group motorized excursions into more outlying/natural areas in all three destinations. So, virtually all Program venues were very well chosen to be both captivating & informative, while also providing us with intimate access to most of them. And, even though we covered a lot of territory, it was most convenient to be able to limit our hotel-stops to just two. LEADER: Moreover, we had the advantage of being a relatively small group (19) with a wonderful Leader in Gayle Felix, who was VERY PARTICIPANT-CENTERED and went the "extra mile" to have our program be as successful as possible. Gayle managed to effectively blend being well-organized, knowledgeable & conscientious with active energy; having a good balance of firm direction, yet flexibility when called for; and doing just the right amount of narration during our trip. In sum, this Program joins our previous 5 successful RS program experiences, and managed to exceed our already high expectations of it! And experiencing it during almost perfect Fall weather was an added bonus. BTW, I'm willing to share a number of fine images of many aspects of this trip, for anyone interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cape Cod is a unique area of our country full of history and natural wonders.
I so enjoyed this informative and entertaining program. I’d never been to this area and was amazed how much I learned in a week. The activities were varied and well balanced. My favorite program thus far!
This tour fulfilled a life-time dream to visit Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The itinerary was ideal and included everything I had expected and hoped to learn, do and see. Excellent tour and value.
Dorrit was terrific and we were lucky to have her as our leader. The entire trip was wonderful. I would recommend it highly. You did a great job putting it together! We learned so much more than we ever expected.
This is a wonderful program with so many interesting activities included. Although I live in Mass and had visited the Cape in my younger years, this program offered the opportunity to experience many things I had never done before. Very well organized to make the best use of your time too.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket adventure with Road Scholar. Have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!
Road Scholar has never disappointed me. The trip to the Cape, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket was pleasing in every way. Leader Ruth Bennett was so well organized, we had no worries about anything. I was especially pleased to hear local docents talk about their favorite sites and history. You could really "feel" the areas after touring and walking. The hotels were interesting and had all one needed. Eating where the locals do was excellent. Please don't change that. No need for fast food or chain restaurants. The tours themselves opened my eyes to history I never knew. The combination of lectures, videos and museums was extensive and all encompassing. Every day was better than the day before. The only sort of disappointing part was the tour of the African-American heritage area. Was interesting to see, but wanted more detail about their lives. What I enjoy about Road Scholar trips is the meaty combination of history, meeting wonderful, new people, the exercise as you move about, the wonderful food and architecture. This is all done with an eye for every detail. Looking forward to our next trip!