DAVETREK ADVENTURES

Simchat Torah & Chol Hamoed Shabbat

Fall Foliage Weekend @ Isabella Freedman

 

 

Sunday, September 22 - Sunday, September 29, 2013

 

Early Bird Deadline                    Midnight Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2013

Final RSVP Deadline                  Midnight Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

 

“wow! best vacation I can ever remember because of how peaceful and lovely it was for us in a really hectic world and time”

Gail M.  -  July 4th at Isabella Freedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center  

116 Johnson Road   Falls Village, CT 06031 Google map

 

“I had a great time and relaxed like never before enjoying all the activites and lectures… Please email me of all your other trips, which I will be going on to get away from the stress of the city!”

 

Betty L., July 4th at Isabella Freedman

 

 

Davetrek Contact Info

(email is the best method)

 

 

davetrekadventures@gmail.com         Phone: (805) DAVETREK (328-3873)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND 

 

Davetrek Adventures is pleased to announce our 6th Simchat Torah and Fall Foliage Weekend,  and our 4th annual Simchat Torah at the beautiful Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center,  situated near the beautiful Berkshires in Connecticut near the MA border, which is located 2 hours from New York City and 2.5 hrs from Boston. The event occurs during the beginning of the peak of Fall Foliage in northern CT!

 

RETREAT CENTER DETAILS & ACTIVITIES

 

Isabella Freedman is a high quality kosher catered retreat center set on 450 acres, with wonderful grounds, and its secluded, with  a private lake, sporting (basketball, volleyball, tennis) and workout facilities, a swimming pool and hundreds of acres for onsite hikes and walks, as well as offsite hikes on the nearby Appalachian Trail. This is truly a gem of a place, with privacy, nature, good people and kosher food. What more could you ask for?

 

There are also museums, such as Norman Rockwell, The Clark and Hancock Shaker Village in the Berkshires and the Timexpo Timex Watch Museum in CT. There is also some cultural offerings in the area that weekend, such as Made in the Berkshires, a festival that features cutting-edge theatrical works, live music, film, short stories and dance.

 

Stays from 1 to 6 nights + Shabbat Chol Hamoed & Succahfest

You can come for as little as 1 night or as many as 6 nights, at your option. Note that people coming for Simchat Torah have a full Sunday included, with activities until the afternoon and two full meals, both breakfast and lunch.

 

We also hope to have various activities during Chol Hamoed (Sept 23—25). You may also combine your Chol Hamoed/Simchat Torah Stay with Succahfest, Isabella Freedman’s Succot Festival for the 1st days of the holiday. You need to RSVP for Succahfest directly with Isabella Freedman and let us know that you want this option when you fill out the RSVP form so we can house you in the same room for your entire stay.

 

We also intend to offer the following onsite and offsite activities, based on interest:

 

Fall Foliage hiking, biking and driving tours:

Farm Tours, Pickling/Cheese & Harvesting at Isabella Freedman’s Adamah Organic farm

Biking option - Fall Foliage River Ride

Boating - a canoe and kayaking option nearby on the Housatonic River.

Fall Foliage Driving Tours in the area, including arranging rides for those without transport.

Cultural Events & Museums — Clybourne Park in Pittsfield ( 9/29—Sun at 3pm), Arlo Guthrie at the Mahaiwe (Sat. 9/28 at 8),  Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair ( 9/29—10 to 5pm)

 

Singles, Families and Couples are welcome and encouraged to come.

 

Simchat Torah , Yomtov Walks & Davening Services

 

We intend to have full minyanim from Simchat Torah (Wednesday night, September 25) until the end, Sunday Sept 29. This will include all laining and aliyot for all men on Simchat Torah and lots of dancing with the torah for men and women. We also intend to have social games, lectures during the ‘3 day yomtov’ and nature walks each day, including tours of the local farms that Isabella Freedman uses to grow some of the vegetables they use for the meals. Stay tuned for more details! We will attempt minyanim during chol hamoed, depending on how many people attend those days...

DETAILS, FAQ, ROOMING, ETC

 

Since this is a large event with many details, we have links below to all of the key items, to make it easier to find the information you need.  I have some of the highlights below, as well as pricing at the bottom of this page.  Also, there are 3 levels of rooms, with private vs shared bathrooms, so keep that in mind when RSVP’ing. Please RSVP quickly, as  we need to gauge interest given the timing.

 

Rates as low as $399 for  the 5 day/4 night Simchat Torah if you RSVP by the Early Bird Deadline

 

If you ever wanted to visit Isabella Freedman, this is the weekend to do so!

 

We will never have rates this low again for a 4 day stay at Isabella Freedman!!

 

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

David Brotsky  - Davetrek Adventures

Text Box:  ACTIVITY & EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS
The Retreat is located on a secluded 450 acre property, with a lake and a pond, 
and has the following amenities:
Field and playground with sporting equipment
Basketball court—1/2 court only
Volleyball 
2 public computers with Internet available for use in the main building, and WiFi (Wireless Internet) available in the MAIN BUILDING. 
Game room in main building - Pool  & Ping Pong Tables and Board Games
Miles of hiking trails with paths that range from gentle to strenuous, and very close to the Appalachian Trail, where there will be hikes on Sunday
Tennis court
Theatre Space
A private lake for using free boats, fishing, and swimming—Canoes, pedal boats and paddle boats 

Events on the Weekend
Onsite—included in the weekend price, weather permitting
Kumzitz—With Jewish Music          (Thursday Night October 4 & Motzei Shabbat - October 6)
Hiking (on the Appalachian Trail)	(Friday and Sunday)*
Boating	(Thu, Fri, Sun & Wed)*
Volleyball	(Throughout)*
Jewish Lectures 	(Throughout Simchat Torah & Shabbat)*
Yoga in the Yurt	(Throughout the event)*
Adamah Organic Farm Tour, Harvesting work & Pickling/ Cheesemaking Class       (Sunday)*

* depending on interest and weather

Off Site  & Onsite- additional cost, weather permitting, depending on interest
Fall Foliage - Biking, Hiking, Boating & Driving Tours
Boating on the Housatonic River - Canoeing and Kayaking 
Museums, such as Norman Rockwell, Hancock Shaker Village, 
	The  Timexpo Timex Watch Museum (Wednesday only)
Modern Art (Mass MOCA) and Impressionist Art (The Clark) 
Cultural Events such as Clybourne Park,  Arlo Guthrie at the 
Mahaiwe (Sat. 9/28 at 8),  Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair ( 9/29)pm)

All Off site events ( except hiking) & Onsite arts and craft events depend on interest and are in addition to the fees for the weekend. Click Here to visit a site with all the local Berkshires possible attractions that we have created. As we get closer, we will organize groups for some of these events, based on interest.

Rates & Policies: room & board and onsite activities; off site activities (except local hiking) & any onsite craft  farm tours and onsite adamah classes will have additional fees.

 

Times listed are for room access - as specified on the website for this event, you will access to  continue to use the facilities at Isabella Freedman on the day you leave until 3PM. Rates are subject to change until you pay the deposit.

 

Rates  & Succahfest - You may come up for as many as 6 nights or as few as 1 night.

 

If you come for Simchat Torah starting Wednesday 9/26  you can stay over until Sunday Sept 29 and the rate includes breakfast, lunch and use of the facilities until 2:30 PM.

 

Also, you may combine these rates with Succahfest , please let me know on the RSVP form and via email. You will need to RSVP separately for Succahfest with Isabella Freedman and we will endeavor to keep you in the same rooms throughout your stay.

 

Check– IN & Check Out

 

You may come to Isabella Freedman as early as 1pm on the day of your arrival and check-in to your rooms by 4 PM. Check out the day that you leave is 9:00 AM - we will need to charge $50 per room for anyone who needs to check out later than 9:00 AM, so plan accordingly.  You may stay onsite until 4 PM on the day that you leave, except on Sunday  Sept 29, when you may stay until 2:30 PM.

 

To see all other details of pricing,  go to Rates, Deposits & Payments

Pricing is  at the bottom

RSVP  ASAP To ensure your spot!

Standard Rates

Valid for RSVPs from 9/18 - 9/22/13



Rates, Per Person/Child or Couple

Chol Hamoed Rates
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Night  9/22 - 24

Simchat Torah Rates
(4 night/ 5 Day Minimum
9-25 - 9/29)

Room Type

 

1 Night Rate
per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

2 Night Rate
per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

4 Night Rate
(9/25 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

5 Night Rate
(9/24 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

6 Night Rate
(9/23 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

Camping
you must bring your own tent, bedding and supplies, other than food

95

180



325


395

485

Basic Room (dormitory style,  shared bathrooms) per person  2 to 3 per room (Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)

150

275

425

525

615

Standard Room (cottages, semi-private bathroom) per person, generally 2 per room , family suites available 
(Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)  
Couples rate -   $25 total off, per couple

175


320


525


599


690


Deluxe Room (Private Bathroom) per person, 
2 to 3 adults per room 
(Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)
Couples rate -   $25 total off, per couple

195

350

550

625

715

Children - 5 to 15, per child (children under 5 are free; children 16 and older will be charged at the adult rate)

85

145

265

325

385

Early Bird Rates

Valid for RSVPs from 9/5 - 9/17/13



Rates, Per Person/Child

Chol Hamoed Rates
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Night  9/22-24

Simchat Torah Rates
(4 night/ 5 Day Minimum
9-25 - 9/29)

Room Type

1 Night Rate
per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

 

2 Night Rate
per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

 

4 Night Rate
(9/25 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

 

5 Night Rate
(9/24 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

 

6 Night Rate
(9/23 - 9/29)

per person for an individual, double/triple occupancy

 

Camping
you must bring your own tent, bedding and supplies, other than food

85

165



315


385

465

Basic Room (dormitory style,  shared bathrooms) per person  2 to 3 per room (Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)

135

250

399

515

599

Standard Room (cottages, semi-private bathroom) per person, generally 2 per room , family suites available 
(Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)  
Couples rate -   $25 total off, per couple

155


295


495


590


675


Deluxe Room (Private Bathroom) per person, 
2 to 3 adults per room 
(Single Occupancy, add $125 to the individual rate)
Couples rate -   $25 total off, per couple

175

325

525

615

699

Children - 5 to 15, per child (children under 5 are free; children 16 and older will be charged at the adult rate)

80

135

255

315

375