2018 Spring / Summer Tours
EXPERIENCE SAVANNAH, GA
MARCH 17 - 22 $1095.00
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.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner cruise, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and meal tips.
MYSTERY TRIP 2018
APRIL 4 - 6, 2018 $475.00
If you are up for an adventure, join us for this wonderful “Mystery” Tour, where the fun awaits us! If you have traveled before with us, you know we always have a good time and enjoy the moment! Don’t miss out; sign up early to reserve your seat.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch , 2 dinners, admission to attractions, luggage, taxes and meal tips.
AMERICAN QUILT SOCIETY, QUILT WEEK IN PADUCAH, KENTUCKY
APRIL 18 - 21 $755.00
This trip is a quilt lover’s Dream! This year we will travel to Paducah, Kentucky for their annual spring American Quilters Society quilt show. USA Today recently noted Paducah as the top place to see amazing quilts! We will spend a day at the Quilt show, tour this beautiful artistic city and visit the National Quilt Museum. Don’t miss out – sign up early to make your reservation.
Day 1: Enjoy the scenic spring views as we travel south to “Quilt City USA”. Lunch is on your own before arriving at the Pear Tree Inn for our 3 night stay. Dinner is on your own, before making our way to the Paducah Convention and Expo Center for the All Star Review. Learn techniques from this year’s instructors, with time to shop and get autographs.
Day 2: This morning we will spend the day at the AQS quilt show. Experience the show at your leisure while viewing the gorgeous and unique quilts and shopping for that hard to find pattern or piece of fabric that you have been looking for. In addition to the exhibits, the show includes a Merchant Mall with over 500 vendor booths offering the latest in quilting supplies and gifts. Our next stop is at the annual Rotary Club Quilt Show, displaying over 40 antique quilts. This is a 30 year old tradition with proceeds providing college scholarships annually for local students. Dinner and entertainment (included) provided by the United Methodist Church.
Day 3: Depart this morning for another fun-filled day in Paducah, starting with a visit from “Quilt Man” and a private tour of this historic downtown and the Arts district. On to the National Quilt Museum to view exhibits with the finest quilting and fiber art in the world. The museum is the largest of its kind in the world and the gateway to the discovery of quilts, quilt making and the quilt artist for both American and international visitors. A plated lunch is included at the St. Frances DeSales Church. On to the quilt display from the McCracken County Homemakers Quilt Club at the county library. Dinner (included) is the “Taste of Kentucky”, provided by the First Presbyterian Church. Spend the evening with Ricky Tims, known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker
Day 4: This morning it’s time to say farewell to “Quilt City USA” and return to Ohio with all of our new projects to keep us busy!
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to the AQS quilt show, listed attractions, luggage, taxes and included meal tips.
HGTV’S FIXER UPPER, MAGNOLIA SILOS, WACO, TX
MAY 14 - 21 $1475.00
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.
NEW SHOW SIGHT & SOUNDS “JESUS”, LANCASTER, PA
JUNE 13 - 15 $499.00
(Full - see Oct 24 - 26 for the same GREAT tour)
Experience Sight & Sound’s brand new show and the greatest rescue story of all time! “Jesus” is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth, and the everyday people whose lives HE changed forever. Dust off your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks for dinner and the performance of “Grease” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. Visit Krieder Farm and climb the new Silo, for amazing views and don’t forget the ever popular Kitchen Kettle.
Day 1: With an early evening arrival in Lancaster, PA, we will check into the Country Inn and Suites and attend the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater performance of “Grease”.
Day 2: This morning we will visit Krieder Farms for a tour, taking a high-tech view of farming, including a drive down the middle of our “cow palace” and a climb up to the new Silo Observation Tower for a spectacular view. Lunch is included before a visit to Riehl Quilts, a quilt and craft shop located on a beautiful, working farm. Enjoy an afternoon performance of “Jesus” at the amazing Sight & Sounds Theater. A family style dinner is included at Hershey Farms Restaurant followed with a hilarious show from the Lancaster County Comedy and ventriloquist show, fun for all ages.
Day 3: A stop in Hershey, PA enroute home for a chocolate tour and tasting, lunch included.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
THE BEST OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
JUNE 25 - 28, $805.00 (early Bird Price $780.00 until February 16, 2018)
Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, our home for 3 nights while exploring Nashville’s Capital city and home to the Grand Ole Opry. Tour this grand hotel and learn about its history as well as the horticultural side, focusing on the many trees and plants in the atrium, their origins, care and interesting facts. Lunch and a wonderful show are included on the General Jackson showboat, leisure time in the hotel to ride the Delta Flatboat, the Patsy Cline museum, downtown Nashville and so much more.
Day 1: Begin our new experience to Nashville and an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City. We begin with dinner and a spectacular performance at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater. Experience a celebration of Country Music from both past and present.
Day 2: A breakfast buffet is included before a walking tour of the hotel. Learn about its history and the horticultural side while exploring all nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Lunch and an energetic show are included aboard the General Jackson showboat before some free time to explore the hotel at your leisure or ride the Delta River Flatboat (included). Enjoy one of the wonderful hotel restaurants, on your own, for dinner before attending the Grand Ole Opry tonight.
Day 3: A “Quick Bites” breakfast is included the morning with a little free time before traveling to downtown Nashville and the Patsy Cline Museum. Lunch is included with a tribute to Patsy. Free time to explore downtown Nashville. Dinner and a little retail therapy are on your own at the Opry Mills Mall. Choose from the Rain Forest Café, Johnny Rockets, Mission BBQ, the Aquarium Restaurant and much more. Enjoy the hotel, after dark with all the beautiful lights and the sparkling fountain show.
Day 4: Breakfast buffet included before returning to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner show, Delta Flatboat ride, admission to listed attractions, luggage, and meal tips.
HENRY FORD MUSEUM, GREENFIELD VILLAGE & FORD FACTORY TOUR
JULY 12 - 13 $369.00
A 2 day visit to Dearborn, MI and the home of the Henry Ford Museum. Free time to visit the museum and Greenfield Village at your leisure. Take a ride in a Model T, horse drawn carriage or aboard the nation’s oldest steam train. We will also tour the Ford plant and watch the making of the F-150 pick up truck.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 1 night lodging, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, admission to listed attraction, taxes and meal tips
BILL AND GLORIA GAITHER’S HOMETOWN,
STUDIO TOUR & CHOCOLATE TRAIL, RICHMOND, INDIANA
JULY 24 - 26 $455.00
Alexandria, Indiana is the home of Bill and Gloria Gaither - American singers and songwriters of Southern gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. Tour their studio, where countless artists have recorded music and where homecoming memories have been made. Visit the museum and view 4 decades of memorabilia and photo displays. Everything is better with Chocolate – follow a portion of the “Chocolate Trail” in Richmond, Indiana for some sweet treats.
Day 1: We travel to Richmond, Indiana to begin our day on the “Chocolate Trail”, stopping at the Richmond Visitor’s Center for a welcome reception. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before a drive through this great town to view the painted murals. A Victorian Museum inside the 1876 Gaar Mansion, awaits us for an afternoon tour. En-route to the Hampton Inn in Anderson, we will stop at the Warm Glow Candle Outlet to check out over 70 sensational candle scents, home décor and so much more! Dinner is on your own at Culvers or Montana Mikes Steak House, within walking distance from the hotel.
Day 2: Today we begin with a tour of the 1929 Paramount Theatre, the center of arts and culture in Anderson, IN. The tour includes a concert from the Grand Page Pipe Theatre Organ, one of only three Page organs remaining in an original installation in the United States of the original 150 that were built. Our afternoon is filled with food and fun at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Dinner and the show “Million Dollar Quartet” is included this afternoon. This Tony Award winning musical takes place on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This evening we will tour the hometown area of Bill and Gloria Gaither, see the studio where they record and have dinner (included).
Day 3: Departing for home with one last “chocolate” stop at Abbott’s Candies for a tour of chocolate making at its best!!
Includes: Escorted transport, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, admission to listed attractions, luggage, taxes and meal tips.
NEW YORK CITY
STATUE OF LIBERTY & WTC MEMORIAL
AUGUST 2 - 5 $895.00
Join us as we depart for the "Big Apple" to experience all the hustle & bustle of this great city that never seems to sleep. Our lodging is in Manhattan at the Wellington Hotel, centrally located close to Times Square, Central Park, the Theatre District, Restaurant Row, and lots of world-class shopping, where we’ll spend 3 nights.
Day 1: Travel to New York with check in at the Wellington Hotel. The evening is on your own to explore NYC ‘s great sights.
Day 2: Today is a free day to explore the city on your own. Take in the sights, see a play, do some shopping and experience New York your way.
Day 3: This morning, depart early for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Our ferry stops at both places so you'll have the opportunity to visit both symbols of America's rich heritage. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of NYC with a visit to the World Trade Center Memorial and the World Trade Center Museum. More time on your own to explore this wonderful city.
Day 4: We leave the excitement of NYC behind, as we journey home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging in Manhattan, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling and taxes.
AUGUST 6 - 7 $345.00
Experience the life-size Noah's Ark! The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind theme attraction the whole family will enjoy, located in Williamstown, Kentucky. It is a Christian evangelical and fundamentalist theme park that opened in 2016. The centerpiece of the park is a full-scale model of Noah's Ark as described in the Genesis flood narrative of the Bible. It is 510 feet (155 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, and 51 feet (16 m) high. We will also visit The Creation Museum, the state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot museum brings the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form. Prepare to believe.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 1 nights lodging, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, admission to listed attractions, and included meal tips.
WEST VIRGINIA TRAINS
AUGUST 15 - 17 $560.00
Enjoy the scenery & nostalgia of “riding the rails” on the steam-powered Cass Scenic Railroad to Old Spruce and ride a vintage diesel passenger train to view the High Falls of Cheat and travel through a 1800 feet tunnel built on an “S” curve.
Day 1: After a beautiful drive thru the West Virginia Mountains, we arrive at Elkins, our home for the next two nights. A plated dinner and a fabulous variety show tonight is included at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater.
Day 2: A scenic drive takes us to the Cass Railroad Depot, where we’ll have time to visit the Company Store and other Depot attractions. We will be boarding the Cass Scenic Railroad, a steam engine train that will take us to Old Spruce. We will then transfer trains to the Cheat Mountain Salamander Train, a vintage diesel passenger train featuring restored rail cars. A sandwich lunch is included on board the train. The highlight will be a stop at the Old Town of Spruce, followed by a brief stop at Cheat Bridge and the High Falls of Cheat. A buffet dinner at the Railyard Restaurant is followed by the “Greatest Show on Rails” – a 90-minute live production from the Franks Family!
Day 3: This morning, we depart for home with a stop at Lamberts Winery in Weston, WV. The winery is constructed from hand cut stones gathered from various parts of West Virginia, some weighing as much as 3,000 pounds. Enjoy a tour, wine tasting and a wonderful lunch, all included.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, a train ride, 2 shows, luggage, handling, taxes and included meal tips.
MACKINAC ISLAND, FRANKENMUTH & THUNDER BAY, MI
AUGUST 28 - 31 $ 725.00
Mackinac Island is truly a gem of a destination, it’s beauty enhanced by the surrounding waters of Lake Michigan. This trip combines the beauty of Mackinac with visits to Frankenmuth and the Thunder Bay Resort. Highlights include an Island tour by horse-drawn wagon with a luncheon at the world famous Grand Hotel and an authentic, but luxurious Michigan backwoods stay with gourmet dinner prepared on antique wood cook stoves.
Day 1: Following an afternoon arrival in Frankenmuth, we will visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Bronner’s Restaurant of Frankenmuth will serve us their famous family style chicken dinner this evening, and lodging will be at the Holiday Inn downtown.
Day 2: This morning we will learn the art of strudel making, before visiting the quaint little stores in downtown Frankenmuth. We depart for lunch on your own, enroute to Mackinac Island. After lunch, it’s off to St. Ignace, via the Mackinaw Bridge, to board the Starline Ferry for our journey to Mackinac Island. Our overnight stay is at The Murray Hotel, downtown Mackinac, close to shopping or a leisurely stroll down the main street. Dinner is included at the Yankee Rebel.
Day 3: This morning we’ll step aboard a horse-drawn wagon to tour this beautiful Island, followed by lunch included at the spectacular Grand Hotel. After lunch, you will have some free time for downtown shopping before we board the ferry and continue on to the Thunder Bay Resort, a popular destination offering the unique opportunity to enjoy the rustic Michigan experience in comfort. While at the resort, we’ll board horse-drawn wagons and make our way through elk country with a narrated tour and viewing the animals as we go. Arriving at the Elk Antler Log Cabin, we’ll be served an included five-course, gourmet dinner and wine tasting, prepared on antique wood cook stoves.
Day 4: Morning departure home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, lodging for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 1 luncheon, 3 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and included meal tips.