Tour & Talk


Experience something new. Your life can change in a day.

Brookdale’s Tour & Talk day trips and overnight adventures offer yearlong opportunities for discovering places of cultural and historical interest. Get on board a luxury motor coach for a unique experience within a community of like-minded, learning enthusiasts. Leave the planning and the driving to us – sit back and enjoy the ride. Buses depart from Parking Lot #1 at the Lincroft campus.

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”
F. Herbert

Live Music & Brunch At The Hotel DuPont; Between The Rivers Walking Tour Of Wilmington’s Historic District, DE

From the beginning, Hotel Du Pont was intended to establish a prestigious hotel in Wilmington, one that would rank among the finest European hotels. Indulge in a bountiful brunch complimented by live music amidst the vibrant and lavish atmosphere of the Green Room. Design elements like fumed oak paneling, a coffered oak-beamed ceiling, gold chandeliers, richly textured draperies, Italian mosaics and original oil paintings, bring the elegance and grandeur of the Gilded Age into the 21st century. Following brunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Wilmington’s historic Market Street on a guided, Between the Rivers walking tour.

Sun, Sep 22, 8:30 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 301

Landmarks & Legends Of Broadway Historical Walking Tour: Lunch At Sardi’s

Get a glimpse behind the curtain of the Broadway scene as an insider guide walks you through Broadway’s late 19th and 20th century histories. Explore landmark theaters where celebrated shows and performers have played, theatrical haunts like, Sardi’s, Shubert Alley and Duffy Square. Hear colorful stories of Broadway’s legendary stars, producers, and shows. You’ll even meet thespians who returned to the limelight from beyond the grave! Discover the history of the Broadway industry and learn about the rise, fall, and renaissance of the Great White Way. Lunch at Sardi’s – the toast of Broadway for 90 years.

Sat, Oct 12, 9:15 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $169, XTRVY 302

Wharton Esherick Museum; American Treasures Tour: Lunch At The General Warren Historic Inn, PA

Experience a guided studio tour through the home/studio of Wharton Esherick, an internationally significant figure in the landscape of art history and American modern design. Preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there, it is recognized as one of the most unique buildings in the United States. Esherick’s highly individual, handbuilt Studio was constructed over a 40-year period beginning in 1926. His motto, “If it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” is evident in the joyful expression of his work. Following a tasty lunch at the historic General Warren Inn you’ll find plenty to smile about on a docent led trolley tour of a world-class collection of Americana on the American Treasures Tour. The exhibit showcases thousands of items you’ll remember from childhood and thousands more you never imagined. Don’t miss this fun and intriguing day exploring the unique

Wed, Oct 16, 8:30 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 303

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze; Washington Irving’s Sunnyside: Early Dinner Fratelli’s Trattoria, NY

Washington Irving created a romantic, picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank. His characters, from the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle, are global icons, and Irving’s legacy lives on at his whimsical estate. Tour both floors of Irving’s fascinating home, Sunnyside and hear stories about what inspired him to write his most famous short story and see works of art inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour also features a display of previously unseen objects from HHV’s collection. End the evening in awe at the more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’lanterns that create an elaborate walk-through experience at Van Cortlandt Manor. Complete with sound effects, synchronized lighting, and atmospheric music, this is a not-to-be-missed seasonal spectacle. Enjoy an early dinner at Fratteli’s Trattoria. (bagels will be provided on bus ride to Sunnyside)

Tues, Oct 22, 11:15 am-10 pm
Fee and Code: $165, XTRVY 304

Lakota Wolf Preserve: Lunch At Stone Water 3 Peaks Marina, NJ

Join the pack! Explore and learn about the social structure, eating habits, and relationship to humans of some of the most amazing and beautiful animals on an educational wolf watch tour. Be surrounded by 4 different packs of wolves in the safety of an observation area in the center of the Lakota Wolf preserve. Watch the wolves play, interact with each other, and hear them howl. Also, see and learn about the fox and bobcats living on the preserve. Enjoy a delicious lunch and breathtaking views of Lake Hopatcong lunching at Stone Water 3 Peaks Marina. (Great opportunity for photography enthusiasts).

Tues, Oct 29, 7:45 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 305

Kykuit – The Rockefeller Estate, NY

Experience a docent-led tour of the grand home built by John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and in his day, the richest man in America. A majestic paradise with sweeping river views, Kykuit boasts elegant rooms showcasing marvelous collections of Chinese and European ceramics, fine furnishing and exquisite artwork throughout the house and splayed in galleries. The coach barn houses a collection of carriages and classic autos. iscover the stories of four generations of Rockefellers who called this hilltop estate home. Enjoy a delicious hot buffet in the museum shop café on the grounds.

Thurs, Nov 7, 8 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 306

La Boheme At The Metropolitan Opera House: Brunch At Marseille

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things – a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor – that make up our everyday lives. Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull. Its melodic structure perfectly captures the “small people” (as Puccini called them) of the drama and the details of everyday life. Start the day on a high note brunching at Marseille.

Sun, Nov 17, 10:30 am-7:30 pm
Fee and Code: $245, XTRVY 307

Once – The Tony-Winning Musical Romance At the Bucks County Playhouse: Dinner At The Lambertville Station

Performed by a talented cast of actor-musicians, the Tony-winning best musical, Once, tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and part-time vacuum repair-man, Guy. He is about to give up on his musical dream when a beautiful young Czech immigrant, Girl, takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, Guy’s music soars to powerful new heights. When an opportunity arises in America for Guy, will Girl let him know how she truly feels? Extend that feel-good feeling with a post theater dinner at Lambertville Station restaurant.

Thurs, Nov 21, noon-7 pm
Fee and Code: $165, XTRVY 308

An Adaptation Of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol At The Old Dutch Church; Tour Of Lyndhurst Mansion: Lunch At MP Taverna

Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like you never have before. Nestle in to the historic Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Experience Lyndhurst mansion transformed into an extravagant wonderland of holiday splendor. Described as one of the “Ten Best Historic Holiday Tours” by USA Today, Lyndhurst goes all-out during the holiday season, filling the mansion with elaborate tableaus of décor, which change every year. Dozens of Christmas trees are expertly decorated and designed to complement the elegant period furnishings within the rooms of the house. During this month only, our curators bring out rarely seen items that belonged to Lyndhurst’s former owners, the Goulds. Enjoy a delightful lunch at MP Taverna, Chef Michael Psilakis’s (you may have seen him beat Bobby Flay) modern interpretation of a
traditional Greek tavern. Opa!

Sat, Dec 7, 8 am-6:15 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 309

New York Philharmonic – Holiday Brass At Lincoln Center: Brunch At The Liberty House

Get into the spirit of the holidays with this fun Philharmonic tradition featuring the powerful virtuosity and brilliance of the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion. Beloved former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith – one of the undisputed top trumpet virtuosos of all time – hosts, conducts, and performs in this afternoon of joyful music. Program to include traditional Christmas and Chanukah favorites. Start the day with a delicious brunch at the Liberty House – decked for the holidays and offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline!

Sun, Dec 15, 10:45 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $199, XTRVY 310

New York Philharmonic – Ring In The New Year At Lincoln Center; Early dinner at Marseille.

Start spreading the news… Nothing compares to the energy and excitment of New York City on New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year with the New York Philharmonic, which has been known to “enchant” and offer “good spirits aplenty” (The New York Times) each New Year’s Eve. Guest artists and program to be announced. A pre-performance dinner at Marseille’s offers the perfect start to an evening to remember.

Tues, Dec 31, 2:30 pm-11:30 pm
Fee and Code: $269, XTRVY 311

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