7864
Macon
Macon Georgia: Home of the Cherry Blossom Festival
Discover Macon, known for its world-renowned cherry trees, and explore antebellum mansions, historic landmarks and the ancient earthworks of Ocmulgee National Monument.
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Program No. 7864RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival/Orientation and Dinner
Macon, GA
D
Marriott Macon City Center

Afternoon: Welcome to Macon, Georgia! Check-in begins at 4 p.m. Road Scholar registration will take place in the lobby. If you are early you could check with the front desk to see if your room is available before 4 p.m. Also, check in with the Road Scholar facilitator and you'll receive a program packet containing your name tag, most up-to-date schedule, and other helpful information.

Dinner: A buffet dinner featuring Southern favorites will be served in our private room at the Marriott Macon City Center.

Evening: After dinner, we will be going over the week's schedule, having orientation, and introduce the guest speaker Ed Grisamore. This will be an opportune time to get to know your facilitator and fellow Road Scholar participants. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Get to know your fellow participants and build new friendships by taking advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

DAY
2
Ocmulgee National Monument/ Indian Mounds, Exclusive tour of the Hay House with Dinner & Dancing!
Macon, GA
B,L,D
Marriott Macon City Center

Activity note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around Ocmulgee National Monument; entering and exiting historic buildings; this day may have the most walking and opportunities to climb steps of the entire week. Options for sitting and resting will be made available.

Breakfast: Road Scholar participants will enjoy the breakfast buffet in the Private Dining Room of the Vintage Restaurant within the Macon Marriott.

Morning: Start your adventure in Macon with a journey to the ancient past and witness the 17,000 years of Native American Indian heritage at the Ocmulgee National Monument mounds and lodge.

Lunch: Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Grand Opera House, including an exclusive lunch and backstage tour!

Afternoon: Get the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Hay House, which covers all levels of the home including a special trip to the cupola and widow walk. In addition, tour the grounds and gardens surrounding the house.

Dinner: Enjoy truly local cuisine with this unique dinner experience served in the beautiful dining room of the Hay House!

Evening: An evening of interactive entertainment at the Hay House will allow everyone to spend time with their new found friends. Once we return to the hotel, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

DAY
3
Master Gardener / Tubman Museum / Rock Candy
Macon, GA
B,L,D
Marriott Macon City Center

Activity note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transportation by motor coach will be available for all the day’s travels. First, we’ll stop by the Macon Visitor’s Center for additional background on Macon: Where Soul Lives! Next, an exclusive experience at the Neel Reid House, home of the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon where we will take in a guided excursion throughout the home, then enjoy a Master Gardener’s presentation and finally wrap up with lunch served at the house.

Lunch: Enjoy an exclusive catered lunch in the Neel Reid House

Afternoon: After lunch, the motor coach will take us to the Tubman Museum of African American Art, History and Culture. A guided excursion throughout the facility touches on past, present and predictions for the future. Later, we’ll load back onto the motor coach for a Rock Candy tour of Macon to learn more about Macon’s legendary & notorious music history.

Dinner: A plated dinner will be served in our private room at the Marriott Macon City Center.

Evening: Top off your day by viewing "Fried Green Tomatoes," filmed in Juliette, GA in preparation of your visit to the Whistle Stop Café the next day! After the film, take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

DAY
4
Juliette, Historic Jarrell Plantation and the Whistle Stop café.
Macon, GA
B,L,D
Marriott Macon City Center

Activity note: Step onto and off of the bus; active walking available at Jarrell Plantation including some areas of incline

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Start off the morning by boarding the motor coach and visiting the Woodruff House. Afterwards, take the scenic route to Juliette, GA – home of the famous Whistle Stop Café and Fried Green Tomatoes!

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Afternoon: Browse around all that charming Juliette has to offer, where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed. Next, visit the Historic Jarrell Plantation. Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” typhoid fever, Reconstruction, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry. In 1974, family descendants donated the grounds to establish Jarrell Plantation as a State Historic Site.

Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel.

Evening: The Macon Symphony and Youth Choir will be performing at the Grand Opera House.

DAY
5
Visit to the Sidney Lanier Cottage and other historic homes
Macon, GA
B,L,D
Marriott Macon City Center

Activity note: Step onto and off of the bus; moderate walking available around the homes and grounds; entering and exiting historic buildings

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Step back in time with a guided tour of Historic Macon’s 1840 Victorian cottage, renowned as the birthplace of poet and musician, Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881), who penned “The Marshes of Glynn” and “Song of the Chattahoochee”. Next, visit the Cannonball House – famous not only for being Macon’s sole casualty of the War Between the States, but also housing the Founder’s parlors of the Adelphean and Philomathean societies

Lunch: Eat like a local and enjoy lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Downtown Macon.

Afternoon: Venture down the Cherry Blossom Trail with a step-on guide on our motor coach as we drive through lanes displaying some of the over 300,000 Cherry Blossom trees planted within Macon-Bibb County. *Please note: as mentioned during orientation, weather is definitely a determining factor in our plans (as well as in the having a huge effect on the cherry blossoms!); for these reasons, the order of the itinerary is subject to change. Following the Cherry Blossom Trail, spook up your appetite with a Spirit Stroll at the Riverside Cemetery where our costumed guide will bring to life Notable and Notorious Maconites through selected stories.

Dinner: Take a field trip to a unique local restaurant for your choice of seasonal cuisine!

Evening: After dinner, return to the hotel to take advantage of the Concierge Lounge with evening hors d'oeuvres, dessert, late night snack and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

DAY
6
Wrap-up and Review / Individual Departures
Macon, GA
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Participants share their favorite parts of the week through a wrap-up and review over breakfast. Individual departures from the hotel with check out no later than 11 a.m. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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