ESCAPE WINTER FOR SPRING IN CHARLESTON, SC
2 DATES, 1 GREAT TRIP!
FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 4 & MARCH 20 - 25, 2023
$1450 pp double / $1795 single occupancy
Tired of the winter blahs? Join us on our first tour of 2023 to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, for some warm “southern hospitality”. We will tour historic Charleston, The Sounds of Charleston Music Show, visit Patriot Point Naval & Maritime Museum, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, USS Lafferty Destroyer, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Boone Hall Plantation, a haunted carriage tour around Charleston and our final stop will be at the Billy Graham Library on our way back home.
Day 1: Today we travel south toward warmer climates. Our first stop is Charlotte, NC to spend the night and rest from a long day of travel. Dinner at the Drury hotel or area restaurants.
Day 2: We travel to Charleston where we stop for an included lunch at Ms. Rose’s, a neighborhood joint featuring traditional southern dishes in a funky-cool atmosphere. We then continue on a tour of Charleston with a local guide. We will learn of its rich history, view the beautiful southern architecture, and unique shopping. Day two ends with dinner at Shem Creek Crab House included.
Day 3: The fun continues with a visit to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, with access to the USS Yorktown Aircraft carrier, USS Lafferty Destroyer, 28 Historic Aircraft, Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Experience Exhibit, WWII Fragile Artifacts Exhibit, and the Cold War Memorial. Next we visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, one of Charleston’s most visited plantations with gardens that have been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens”. Take a 45 minute narrated ride on the Nature Tram to view the oldest public garden in America and maybe even some wildlife, before strolling through the Magnolia Plantation. Dinner is included at the famous Oyster House, specializing in seafood, and southern fixin's, along with The Sound of Charleston Music Show. Experience the sounds that define Charleston's unique southern charm, gospel, jazz and more.
Day 4: Our history lesson continues with a visit to Fort Sumter, where we can explore the fort on a self guided walking tour and then board the sightseeing boat for a 30 minute cruise around the outside of the fort. From the fort we continue to Boone Hall Plantation where we will tour the home and the Black History in America exhibit, with 9 original slave cabins and artifacts. Lunch included is a southern style farm-to-table and a private performance featuring the rich history of the Gullah Culture. Dinner is also included at Hyman’s Seafood Company with a variety of southern specialties to enjoy. We end the day with a 40 minute haunted carriage tour, with spooky tales from Charleston’s long history as you pass haunted alleys, graveyards, churches.
Day 5: Our final destination is Charlotte NC to visit the Billy Graham Library. There we journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Learn more about Billy Graham and his message of God’s love. Through multimedia exhibits, films, and memorabilia you’ll relive the historic moments of his life. Tour the restored Graham family home, shop in Ruth’s Attic, and enjoy lunch (included) in the Dairy Bar. The Billy Graham Library will leave you inspired by this amazing man and his message of hope.
Day 6: Travel home, lunch and dinner stops on your own en-route.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage transfers, admission to listed attractions and shows, included meal gratuities.
THE VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO FESTIVAL, NORFOLK, VA
APRIL 17 - 21 - $790 pp double / $990 single occupancy
(filling 2 buses - same dates)
The largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers, and the inspiring flag raising ceremony. We will tour an authentic centuries-old English manor with all of its Elizabethan elegance, take a guided tour of the Military Aviation Museum, visit the MacArthur Memorial, and enjoy a lunch cruise on the Elizabeth River. Overnight accommodations are at The Oceanfront Inn, Virginia Beach, where everyone will enjoy a room with an ocean front view!
Day 1: Enjoy the ride as we travel south to Richmond, VA and overnight at the Drury Hotel, dinner included at the Drury or at surrounding restaurants
Day 2: After breakfast we travel a short distance to Agecroft Hall to tour an authentic centuries-old manor. In the early 1900’s the manor was purchased by a wealthy Richmonder, disassembled and moved to the US. The manor is stunning and filled with treasures. Outside, the gardens are based on traditional English garden plans of the Elizabethan era, lunch included. We continue to Virginia Beach and the Oceanfront Inn. Dinner is included at the hotel, with time to get to know your fellow travelers and relax on your balcony enjoying the ocean view.
Day 3: After breakfast, we start our day touring the Military Aviation Museum, one of the largest private collections of WWI and WWII era military aircraft. We will have lunch, included, while enjoying songs from the Doorway Singers. Our day ends with free time to stroll along the 3-mile boardwalk and say hello to King Neptune watching over the sea.
Day 4: Our final day in VA Beach will be active, with a lunch cruise on the Elizabeth River and a tour of the MacArthur Memorial. Our day comes to a climax with the inspirational Tattoo flag raising ceremony and the spectacular Tattoo military music performance. Dinner is on your own with many choices outside the Scope Arena.
Day 5: After all of our experiences in Virginia, we will travel home to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 4 nights oceanfront lodging, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal gratuities.
AQS PADUCAH KY QUILT SHOW - QUILT CITY USA
APRIL 26 - 30
$1350 pp double / $2000 single occupancy
This trip is a quilt lover’s Dream! This year we will travel to Paducah, Kentucky. USA Today recently noted Paducah as the top place to see amazing quilts. We will spend 1-1/2 days at the Quilt show, visit the National Quilt Museum, Ricky Tim's presentation, All Star Review, and shop hopping at Hancock's and along the way.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, luggage service, admission to listed attractions, and meal gratuities.
SIGHT & SOUNDS "MOSES", LANCASTER, PA
MAY 3 - 5 & JUNE 21 - 23, & AUGUST 2 - 4
$585 pp double / $690 single occupancy
Experience a magnificent live production of the life of Moses. Protected by the hand of God, he becomes Pharaoh's official & parts the Red Sea. Experience the Turkey Hill ice cream tasting lab, a murder mystery dinner theater at Mt Hope Winery, visit the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA and more
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to attractions, and meal gratuities.
MAY 15 - 17
$625 pp double / $750 single occupancy
(filling 2 buses, same date)
Back by popular demand - experience 2 seasons of mystery tours this year! If you are up for an adventure, pack your bags and join us for these exciting "Mystery" Tours, where the fun awaits us. Don't miss out on these hidden gems !! Sign up early, reservations will go fast!
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, admission to attractions, luggage handling and meal gratuities and a lot of SURPRISES!
THE MOOSE IS LOOSE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
JUNE 3 - 9 & JUNE 11 - 17
(2 DATES, 1 GREAT TRIP)
$2475 pp double / $3030 single occupancy
This adventure is designed for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and nature. We will also experience the elegance of staying in a historic 120-year-old hotel, nestled in the picturesque Bretton Woods of New Hampshire. We will experience the annual Fields of Lupine Blooming, a time-honored event; ride the Aerial Tramway to the top of Cannon Mountain, with views of several mountain ranges and the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada. The excitement continues with a ride on the world’s first Cog Railway, to the summit of Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s Highest Peak. Later that evening we will board our Moose Tour Bus to view these gentle giants in their natural habitat. We are not done - our adventure concludes with a cruise on Squam Lake, featured in “On Golden Pond”.
Day 1: Travel to Syracuse, NY for one night at the Hilton Garden Inn. Lunch is on your own en-route, dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 2: Travel to the Historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel for a three-night stay. This is a favorite New England retreat for presidents, poets, celebrities. Completed in 1902 by 250 Italian craftsmen, skilled in masonry and woodworking, and located in beautiful Bretton Woods. Tour the hotel and the grounds and enjoy dinner (included) at the hotel with refined dining, enchanting music, and luxurious décor.
Day 3: Today we join our local guide for a day of exploring. We begin with a visit to the Fields of Lupine Blooming, the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower. The brilliant spikes of the Lupine carpet the fields and pastures and attract dazzling butterflies that create a breathtaking display against the backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges. We continue with a ride on the Aerial Tramway to the top of Cannon Mountain. Here you will experience rugged mountain scenery with a short loop trail around the summit showing off towering peaks of the Franconia and Kinsman Mountain ranges and views of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before we continue touring through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where you will see a geological wonder, the Basin at Franconia Notch State Park. The Visitor Center features historical displays, a 20 min interpretive DVD, coffee shop, and gift shop. Tonight's dinner is on your own as we arrive back at the hotel.
Day 4: We will join our guide and climb aboard the World’s First Mountain Cog Railway. This scenic train ride will take us to the summit of Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak! This scenic train ride runs rain or snow and takes about 3 hours, with a stop at the summit. (Be sure to bring a winter jacket, hat and gloves, as the temperature is colder at that altitude) a box lunch is included with time to visit the gift shop. We then return to the hotel to relax and enjoy the amenities before dinner, which is included at the hotel’s main dining room. After dinner we board the Moose Bus Tour with our Moose Guide, for a New England Moose Evening. Enjoy these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
Day 5: This morning, we travel to Squam Lake, featured in “On Golden Pond”, where we embark on a cruise. Enjoy a Science Center Lake Cruise to experience the beauty of Big Squam Lake and learn about the natural forces that created this lake, the wildlife that makes it so special, and people who have enjoyed it for so many centuries. After the cruise, observe live native New Hampshire wildlife-black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, river otters, red fox, bald eagles, hawks, owls, and more.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant before we continue south to Sturbridge, Massachusetts. There we will check in at the Publick House Historic Inn for a one-night stay. Dinner is Included at the Inn.
Day 6: We begin our journey home with an overnight stop at the Hampton Inn, Wilkes Barre, PA.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage service, admission to listed attractions, and meal gratuities.
SUMMER OF LIGHTHOUSES & LUXURY IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
JULY 10 - 14
$1200 double / $1510 single occupancy
For the lighthouse enthusiast, the history buff and the traveler desiring scenic vistas, this will be the tour for you!
Day 1: We travel through eastern Michigan to Hillman for a visit to the popular Thunder Bay Resort. There we will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride to view the Elk, enjoy a 5-star gourmet dinner & wine tasting.
Day 2: After breakfast we travel to Rogers City to view the Presque Isle Lighthouse. A view of the Calcite Dock to watch huge freighters load right next to the motorcoach. On to the Great Lakes Lore Museum for some lake and lighthouse history. Lunch today is at The Lighthouse Inn for a “touch of Rogers City” buffet. After lunch we will view the Bradley Memorial, in memory of the crew of the Bradley which sank in 1958. Continuing north, we will stop at the 40-Mile Point Lighthouse. Built in 1896, this lighthouse features a Calcite pilothouse on site. We will see the observation tour of Cheboygan Crib light & Range lights. Finally we will travel to visit Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1889 and restored in 2004. Dinner is included at Audie’s Restaurant before traveling to Petoskey for the next 3 nights lodging
Day 3: Our day begins with a guided tour of Petoskey and the Bay View area to view an old Methodist Church Camp and their beautiful cottages. Lunch is on your own with free time to shop in downtown Petoskey. A stop at Kilwins Chocolate factory for some sweets before dinner, included at Staffords. A sunset cruise on the Little Traverse Bay Ferry to finish off a wonderful day.
Day 4: This morning we travel to the Fiske Farms Market, have a local snack, then on to Charlevoix for lunch and shopping on your own. In the afternoon we will see and learn about the unique “Mushroom” houses as we tour Charlevoix with our step on guide. Tonight's dinner and tour is of the luxurious “Castle Farms” which features displays of antique quilts and wedding dresses.
Day 5: After breakfast we board for our trip home with lunch and dinner stops en route.(on your own)
Includes: Escorted transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners, admission to listed attractions and included meal gratuities.
“NOVA” NORTHERN VIRGINIA - MANSIONS, MYSTERY & MUSKETS
AUGUST 7 - 11
$1030 pp double / $1405 single occupancy
Join us as we travel to the historic northern Virginia counties of Loudoun, Prince William and Manassas. Located just outside Washington DC, the area is known for its historic heritage featuring Civil War battlefields, magnificent mansions and beautiful landscape. We will enjoy a trip to Manassas Battlefield and experience a musket firing demo; tour Aldie Mill, a historic grist mill built around 1804; enjoy a Stage Coach murder mystery dinner theater show, learn to make Truffles and bon bons at the Conche Chocolate factory, wine tasting at Zephaniah Farm Winery, and visit the National Sporting Library Museum to learn the fine art of angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, polo, and more.
Day 1: Enjoy the ride as we travel south to Ashburn, VA and overnight at a local Loudoun County Hotel, with dinner included at Ford’s Fish Shack
Day 2: After breakfast we travel to Morven Park, a 1000 acre park that is home to the world-renowned Morven International Equestrian Center, the iconic Davis mansion, and the unique Winmill Carriage Museum. After lunch on your own in Leesburg, we will experience The Chocolate Program at The Conche, where you will learn to make your own bon bons and truffles. We finish today at the Oatlands Historic Home, Stage Coach Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.
Day 3: After breakfast, we start our day touring the Civil War Manassas Battlefield located in Ben Lomond Historic Site, where we will see the original house built in 1832 and was used as a hospital by Confederate forces following the 1861 battle of First Manassas. While there, we will also enjoy an interesting musket firing demo, a box lunch (included) at the Pat White Center, followed by “Brownie in a Jar”, a unique and delicious experience. Next we travel to the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, which features the courthouse built in 1822, jail 1822, farmhouse 1850 and church 1880. We finish the day with dinner at The City Grill, a local favorite.
Day 4: Our final day in Northern Virginia features a “Historic Driving Tour” and a visit to Aldie Mill, where we will experience a demonstration of how a gristmill operates. After lunch on your own in Middleburg, we will enjoy a guided tour of the National Sporting Library and Museum. Learn the art and history of angling, horsemanship, steeplechase, polo, fox hunting and shooting. Zephaniah Farm Vineyards is our next adventure, for a tour of the winery, learn the art of making wine and enjoy a wine tasting. We finish today with dinner at the City Tap House (included).
Day 5: After all of our experiences in Virginia, today we will travel home to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal gratuities.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, and included meal gratuities.
TRAVEL ROUTE 66, JOLIET, IL
AUGUST 21- 24
$780 pp double / $985 single occupancy
Ride with us on the famous Route 66 for some nostalgia and history. We will enjoy dinner at the Jacob Henry Mansion, walk through the Joliet Historical Museum with many unique exhibits and then visit the famous Old Joliet Prison. Next we venture to the Rialto Square Theatre, built in 1926 as a vaudeville house in grand style. Our adventure then continues to the Route 66 Hall of Fame with thousands of pieces of historic memorabilia. You will have some time to shop in Joliet before dinner at Merichka's. We will take a walk in the Midwein Tallgrass Prarie and then a ride down Route 66 to see the famous Gemini Giant. Lunch is at Edinger's Filling Station with tours of Stevel House and Yost House. Traveling on to Pontiac for a guided downtown mural tour and see its famous swinging bridge before dinner at Bernardi's.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to attractions, luggage handling, and included meal gratuities