Signature City St. Augustine

Sun, Jan 12 2025, 12pm


An Exclusive Learning Adventure for AROHE Members

Monday, January 12, 2025 to Friday, January 17, 2025

UMRA is a member of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE). AROHE formed a Travel Institute and this year partnered with Road Scholar to offer an opportunity to travel together on educational tours. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet other retirees with similar interests and a great way to make new friends.

Bright and bold living history awaits you in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida — the oldest city in America. What began as a Spanish fortress has transformed over the centuries into a charming seaside town brimming with Spanish, British, and Venetian Renaissance architecture. Local experts spin gripping tales and present a dramatic overview of the city's remarkable history. Walk the sacred grounds of the Timucuan Indians with an archaeologist, understand the importance of the Civil Rights movement at the Lincolnville Museum, and immerse yourself in the city's unique Old World charm. Viva San Augustin!

Program Highlights:

  • Discover a unique tapestry of history through the shared passions of park rangers, scholars, authors, storytellers, and historians.
  • Learn about the Timucuan Indians who had a thriving civilization centuries before the Spanish and enjoy expert-led explorations of Spanish and British architecture.
  • See the Victorian era come alive at the Lightner Museum and understand the legacy of Henry Flagler and his grand hotels, admiring Gilded Age works of Tiffany glass in historic buildings.

Program Prices:

  • Double Occupancy: $1,999
  • Single Occupancy: $2,599

Activity Level: On Your Feet – Walking up to 2 miles each day over varied terrain including stairs, narrow sidewalks and cobblestone streets; standing while on field trips.

See the PDF for more details.

To reserve a spot, please contact Cheri Hamilton at [email protected].

Space is limited to 18 to 24 participants
Deadline to express an interest is Friday, June 30, 2024

Upcoming Events

Event Date: June 24, 2024, at 8am

Healthy aging, mindfulness, fighting ageism, and more will be the focus of the third annual Age-Friendly University Day to be held on the U of M Twin Cities campus.

Event Date: June 28, 2024, at 2pm

Edith Wharton is best known for her stories about upper-class New York society into which she was born. Age of Innocence is her eighth novel, published in 1920 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

Event Date: August 28, 2024, at 5:30pm

Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

Event Date: August 31, 2024, at 11:59pm

August 31 is the due date for annual reports and updates.  Annual Reports, Toolkits, web page updates, operating document updates and archives collections are all due each year on this date.

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 10:30am

Autumn is a wonderful season in Minnesota so plan to join UMRA at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kristen Mastel, head librarian and curator, will reveal its treasure trove of publications and artifacts relating to plant history, horticulture, and natural history. After the tour, those who are interested may stay to eat lunch together, sitting outside if the weather is nice. Later, you are invited to a one-hour tram tour of the entire Arboretum that includes natural areas of flowering shrubs, bogs, and forests, family garden and landscaping showpieces, and the red barn farm

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 12:30pm

After a summer break the UMRA Photo Club will next meet September 10, 2024 in the meeting room of the Hennepin County St. Anthony Branch Library. For those interested in lunch, meet at the Great Dragon at 11:30 am. For September the THEME will be Curves