21797
Florida
Key West at a Slower Pace: Living on Island Time
Find out what makes Key West such a unique city as you stroll its vibrant streets, discovering its heritage, culture, world-class museums and the true spirit of island life.
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Program No. 21797RJ
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5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Harry Truman
Key West Old Town
D
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Activity note: Check in available from 3:00 pm

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: This evening’s dinner at the hotel is a plated, 3-course meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.

Evening: Lecture: Bob Wolz, our Truman expert, will tell you all about the President’s days in Key West and what came to be known as The Little White House. Florida’s only Presidential site, the Harry S. Truman Little White House was constructed in 1890 as housing for naval officers. Its most important usage was as President Truman’s winter White House from 1946-1952.

DAY
2
Stories of the Deep, Boat Cruise, Little White House
Key West Old Town
B,L,D
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Activity note: Walk a total of 1 mile today on side walks, standing and walking for up to 1 hr at various stops.

Breakfast: Our well-balanced breakfast buffet in the hotel offers a variety of tasty foods to start your day with hot and cold items, fresh fruit, juices, and coffee/decaf, tea, water.

Morning: Lecture: Treasures and Stories of the Deep. Meet and hear from our favorite deep sea diver who will delight you with tales of his many years of fishing and diving in these waters. Field Trip: Enjoy seeing Key West by boat, learning about its shorelines and history on this late morning to early afternoon cruise.

Lunch: Return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Little White House. President Truman’s first 19 months were grueling and left him physically exhausted. His doctor ordered a warm vacation and Key West was chosen. The President and Mrs. Truman arrived in November 1946 for a week of relaxation. He fell in love with the climate and small town charm, returning to what became known as the Little White House for 11 presidential working vacations and five post-Presidential trips after leaving office. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth -- surpassed only by his hometown, Independence MO.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Evening: Experience Key West's rich cultural offerings with an evening performance or film screening.

DAY
3
Tennessee Williams, Walking Excursion, Hemingway House
Key West Old Town
B,L,D
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Activity note: Walk up to 1 mile today on paved sidewalks. We will use a trolley to visit the Hemingway House

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about playwright and author Tennessee Williams from a local expert. Field Trip: After the lecture we will set out on a guided excursion walking Key West's streets, taking in its intricate architecture and vast array of colors. Hear from local experts about the Key West's rich history of the US Navy presence as well as the heyday of the wrecking, sponging and cigar industries.

Lunch: Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: We will take the trolley to the Hemingway House. A docent will lead us through former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was a colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. Learn about the lives and times Hemingway and his wife Pauline in Key West of, and about the house itself. Personal touches are still visible everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including “To Have And Have Not” set in Key West. Descendants of his six-toed cat still thrive here. The trolley will bring us back to the hotel afterwards.

Dinner: Dinner at Kelly's Caribbean Bar and Grill in Mallory Square.

Evening: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock. Here in Key West, watching the sun go down is a daily ritual, and also a festival with arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, vendors, and a crowd of thousands of locals and visitors alike. People begin gathering about two hours before sunset for this multi-cultural “happening” that embodies the spirit of Key West.

DAY
4
Audubon Lecture & House, Free Time
Key West Old Town
B
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Activity note: Walk up to 1 mile today on paved sidewalks. Walking, standing up to 1hr and climb a flight of stairs at the Audubon House.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: John James Audubon. America's greatest wildlife artist and early naturalist began exploring Florida in 1831 and visited the Keys and Dry Tortugas the next year. He left having seen 22 different bird species, and created drawings of each for his "Birds of America" folio. Field Trip: Audubon House. Visit the famous house that you learned about the night before. Audubon's painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the appropriately-dubbed Audubon House where he stayed in Key West.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to sample the daytime local fare.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Key West on your own. Your group leader will provide suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to explore and sample the town's numerous dining options. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Free Evening. Enjoy a stroll to view the passing parade. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, wet your whistle in one of Hemingway's favorite hang-outs. Hint: Two local bars lay claim to being his "real" favorite.

DAY
5
Architecture, Butterfly, Mel Fisher, Farewell Dinner
Key West Old Town
B,L,D
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Activity note: Walk up to 1 mile today and stand at sites on docent-led trips.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Start the morning with a lecture from a local expert about the intricate architecture of Key West that you have been seeing the past few days. Learn about the significance of iconic buildings on the island. Field Trip: The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. You'll see and learn about exotic butterflies, plants and birds in this beautiful, glass-enclosed habitat.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum where you will learn about marine archaeology and see treasures including gold and silver bars retrieved from beneath the sea. Dedicated to educating the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and preserving maritime culture resources, the museum celebrates 500 years of history. As a special highlight, we will go behind the scenes to see the conservation lab. We will return to the hotel following the field trip.

Dinner: Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Custom House Museum, Program Concludes
Key West Old Town
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: On your last morning with the group, visit the Custom House Museum. This living link to Key West’s historic past was built in 1891 to house the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. “Old 91” is now the headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society, which maintains a collection of artifacts and art significant to the Florida Keys. A docent will lead us through this amazing space. Check out of the hotel at 11:00 am.

Afternoon: We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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