SPRING IN SOUTH, SAVANNAH, GA
MARCH 17 – 22 - $ 1095.00 (early bird discount $999 until Dec 31)
Travel south with us to Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia; home to the founder of the Girl Scouts and 22 historic squares. We will ride a trolley through the historic district, take a riverboat cruise on the Savannah River, shop and dine on River Street and much more. Enroute home, we will stop in Charlotte, NC to visit a large library dedicated to religious leader Billy Graham.
Day 1: We welcome the warmth and sunshine as we head south for the day. The Drury Inn, in Charlotte, NC will be our home for the night. Dinner is on your own at Drury Inn or surrounding restaurants.
Day 2: This morning we depart for Savannah, GA with lunch (included) at Belford’s, a Savannah tradition, located in the City Market. This afternoon enjoy a wonderful show at the Savannah Theater, located in Chippewa Square and open since 1818. Dinner tonight is aboard the Savannah Riverboat, while enjoying live entertainment and a beautiful sunset. The Holiday Inn nestled in the heart of Historic Savannah, will be our home for the next 3 nights.
Day 3: After an included breakfast we board Old Savannah Trolleys for a guided tour of this wonderful city. We will stop at the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and tour the Andrew Low House, home of the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Low. A buffet lunch is included at The Pirates House, welcoming visitors since 1753. On to the Savannah History Museum to walk thru history since 1733. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the city before dinner included at Lady and Son’s.
Day 4: This morning we travel to Pin Point Heritage Museum, located in the old A. S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab factory. This is your chance to experience the Gullah/Geechee culture first hand. For nearly 100 years, the community of Pinpoint was quietly isolated on the banks of the Moon River just south of Savannah. Enjoy lunch on your own in one Savannah’s amazing restaurants and shop around the River area. Dinner is included at the River House Restaurant.
Day 5: We depart this morning for Charlotte, NC with lunch included and a self-guided tour of the Billy Graham Library. We will overnight at the Drury Inn, in Charlotte, NC, dinner is on your own at the Drury or surrounding restaurants.
Day 6: Enjoy a hot breakfast, included, before traveling north and returning to the Buckeye State with fond memories of the new friends we made and that fine Southern hospitality.
Included: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner cruise, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and meal tips.
HGTV’s FIXER UPPER, MAGNOLIA MARKET
& SILOS, WACO, TX
MAY 14 - 21 $1475.00 (early bird discount $1425.00 until Dec 31)
Travel with us to Waco, Texas, where Fixer Upper, the American reality television series has aired on HGTV since 2014, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines. We begin our journey with our first overnight in Nashville. Continuing on, we will overnight in the Hotel Hot Springs and Spa, Hot Springs, Arkansas, free time to explore. In Waco, a step on guide will show us some of the houses featured in Fixer Upper, have wine tasting and dinner at Waco Winery, dinner at Viteks, Chips favorite restaurant, visit the Magnolia Silos and much more. Heading east towards the Buckeye state, will return with an overnight stop in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, to tour and have dinner in a Spanish Colonial home. Our last stop is in Hendersonville, TN for dinner and a special show.
Day 1: Travel to Nashville for our first overnight at the Drury Inn, dinner at the hotel or surrounding restaurants.
Day 2: Heading west to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for some free time and dinner on your own. We will overnight at the Hotel Hot Springs and Spa, with a luxurious spa featuring thermal healing water, walking distance to paths of the National Park and their unique downtown area.
Day 3: Waco, here we come!! Dinner in Waco tonight is included and served family style at Cameron Park Zoo and Aquarium. View some of the great aquarium exhibits, such as the Bald Eagle, Galapagos Tortoise, the Saltwater Aquarium and more, while enjoying a wonderful dinner. We will overnight at the Home 2 Suites by Hilton for the next 3 nights.
Day 4: We start our day in Waco with a guided tour of the Texas Ranger Museum, the state-designated official historical center of the famed Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. The Dr. Pepper Museum is next, where you can find Dr Pepper memorabilia everywhere and find out what the original name of Dr. Pepper was. On to the famous Magnolia Silos, a historic cottonseed mill for a little lunch and shopping on your own. Visit the Silos Baking Co., featuring Joanna's classic and unexpected style in the form of pastries, breads, and sweets or even play games on the lawn. This afternoon, a local guide will take us on a tour of Waco, including passing by some of the “Fixer Upper” Homes, the famous suspension bridge, Historic homes and neighborhoods and much more. Dinner tonight is included and at Chip’s favorite BBQ restaurant, Vitek’s.
Day 5: This morning, we will tour the Armstrong Browning Library, located on the campus of Baylor University, and home to one of the largest collections of English poets, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A stop at Spice Village, a collection of 60 boutiques under one roof before lunch on your own and time to explore downtown Waco Dinner and wine tasting included, at Waco Winery.
Day 6: Say goodbye to Waco as we depart for Little Rock Arkansas. Dinner and a tour, included, of the Edgemont House; a large architect-designed example of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, sometimes termed as the “Mediterranean” style of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. We overnight in downtown Little Rock.
Day 7: We continue our journey home with an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Hendersonville, TN. Dinner is included at Swaney Swifts, a downtown, historic pharmacy-turned-eatery that delights diners with its nostalgic atmosphere. Tonight’s entertainment will be at the Historic Palace Theater in Hendersonville. Take a seat in Tennessee’s oldest silent movie theater, for a showing of one of Tennessee & Sumner County’s most recognized musicians, refreshments included.
Day 8: After a stop at an impressive private car collection, we return to Ohio, with all of our new friends and memories of the great places we visited.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 7 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and tips on included services.