2019 Spring Tours
U.S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER, HUNTSVILLE, AL
MARCH 25 – 30, 2019 $1025 (early bird price $950 until December 30th)
Join us as we travel to Huntsville, Alabama, nicknamed “The Rocket City”. Prepare to be space-napped and taken to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to explore the history of the U.S. Space and NASA program. We will continue through Alabama to the Jesse Owens Museum and “The Shoals” known for recording hit songs in the 1960’s. Completing our tour, we travel north to Hendersonville, TN, for a driving tour of Country Music stars homes, such as Marty Stuart and Roy Orbison and a farm to table dinner.
Day 1: Relax and enjoy the ride as we head south to warmer weather. We overnight at the Drury Inn, dinner will be at the hotel or surrounding restaurants.
Day 2: This morning we make our way to Huntsville, AL to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Our space adventure starts with a self-guided tour of more than 15,000 artifacts from the space program, including an authentic Saturn V moon rocket and Pathfinder. Take a virtual journey inside a motion-based simulator or experience three times the pull of gravity in the centrifuge! Lunch is on your own at the Mars Grill before taking a short bus ride to explore NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), also known as the NASA Bus Tour. Tour the MSFC facilities, including stops at the Historic Test Stands and the Propulsion Research and Development Laboratory. Tonight’s dinner is at the Historic Huntsville Depot, hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860.
Day 3: We begin today with a local guide, listen and enjoy intriguing stories told about the early settlers who built homes in the Twickenham Historic District, Alabama’s largest district of Antebellum homes. A quick stop at Harrison Brothers Hardware, a local tradition since 1897. Lunch is included at the Alabama Constitution Village, dating back to 1819 and celebrating its 200th anniversary. This afternoon we will tour the Historic Weeden House Museum, home to the 19th century poet and artist, Maria Howard Weeden and experience a little retail therapy at Lowe Mill, a former textile building turned artist center. Dinner is included at the ever-popular Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ.
Day 4: Heading west we will stop at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park. Visit the museum and see a replica of the 1936 Olympic torch, before continuing to Florence, Alabama, known as “The Shoals”. Lunch included at City Hardware, a local favorite, before a tour of music venues, including FAME Studios who worked with some of the greatest recording artists in music history such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding and others. Dinner is included at 360 grill, the state’s only revolving restaurant offering breathtaking views of Florence. We overnight at the Hampton Inn.
Day 5: Today we explore two Alabama landmarks: The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall, 30 years in the making and a memory of a great-great grandmother’s journey to Indian territory in Oklahoma and the old railroad bridge built across the Tennessee river in 1840. After lunch (included) at Big Bad Breakfast, we head north to Hendersonville, TN and the Holiday Inn. A driving tour highlights houses of famous musicians including Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash and more, before a farm to table dinner and entertainment at Crafton Farms.
Day 6: Visit a classic car collection in Hendersonville, before returning to the Buckeye State. Lunch and dinner stops on your own, en-route home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
THE VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO FESTIVAL, NORFOLK, VA
APRIL 23-26, 2019 $695 (early bird price $675 until December 30th)
The largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers an astounding display of inspirational military music. Enjoy the flag raising ceremony, featuring a colorful display of NATO Member Nations flags and uniforms. We will take a guided tour of the Military Aviation Museum, a 2-hour narrated tour on the Elizabeth River and a visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art. Overnight accommodations are at The Ocean Front Inn, in Virginia Beach, where everyone will enjoy a room with an ocean view!
Day 1: Enjoy the ride as we travel south to Virginia Beach and the Ocean Front Inn. Dinner is included at the hotel, with time to relax and get to know your fellow travelers while enjoying pizza and salad.
Day 2: After breakfast we travel a short distance to the Military Aviation Museum to view one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Lunch is included at the museum. Return to the hotel early afternoon and you have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure, all the beach, visit Neptune’s statue, shop and enjoy an ocean front dinner.
Day 3: Today we will tour Norfolk, starting with a driving tour of the Naval Base, the world’s largest Naval Station. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet while cruising the Elizabeth River and enjoy a spectacular view of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Enjoy some time at the Chrysler Museum of Art before arriving at Scope Arena to watch the Festival Flag Raising, a colorful display of NATO member nations’ flags. Dinner included, prior to the fabulous Tattoo performance with hundreds of entertainers from 8 different nations.
Day 4: After a great trip to Virginia, we will travel home to Ohio.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights ocean front lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
EXPERIENCE NEW ENGLAND - MYSTIC, CT & NEWPORT, RI
MAY 13 - 18, 2019 (early bird price $1150 until December 30th)
A breath of fresh air between New York and Boston and the relaxed New England charm that has made Mystic a well-known destination can be felt all through the area. As a result, it has become known as Mystic Country. Overnight in the Ocean State, Rhode Island and experience the beautiful city of Newport.
Day 1: Join us as we travel east to Wilkes-Barre, PA for our overnight stay. Take the shuttle to the Mohegan Sun Casino and try your luck.
Day 2: Continuing east to Connecticut, the “Constitution State” we will visit Mystic Seaport, the museum of America and The Sea. Stroll through the recreated seafaring village and meet craftspeople who bring our past to life. We meet up with a local guide and take a driving tour of Mystic, CT. Overnight at the Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino and enjoy gaming at 6 casinos or shop at the Tanger Outlets. A buffet dinner is included at the hotel at your leisure.
Day 3: Breakfast is included before we travel to Rhode Island, the “Ocean State”. Welcome to Newport, the “City by the Sea”. We will arrive at the Visitor’s Center to meet our local guide, Mrs. Caroline Astor, the Grande Dame of Newport and NY Society in the Gilded Age of the late 1800’s. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile and enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes. We will tour The Elms mansion and enjoy some free time in downtown Newport. We overnight for 2 nights at the Newport Harbor Hotel, with a welcome reception and dinner included at the hotel.
Day 4: Breakfast is included before boarding the Rum Runner II for a lighthouses and Mimosas cruise, a 90-minute narrated boat ride in the southern end of Narragansett Bay. Back on land we will take an easy ½ mile walk on the Cliff Walk and enjoy the beauty of the stunning coastline with waves crashing on the magnificent bluffs, and century-old celebrated mansions! You are cordially invited to Royal Tea, a light lunch at the Historic Hotel Viking, known for its special place in history. Relax and enjoy wine tasting at Newport Vineyard and an outdoor tour of the vineyards. Dinner is included and enjoy a re-creation of a Newport Cotillion.
Day 5: Breakfast is included before we travel west to Wilkes-Barre, PA for the night.
Day 6: Enjoy the ride home while remembering the great time we had in New England experiencing New York Society in the late 1800’s.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch,3 dinners, a 90 minute cruise, wine tour and tasting, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
SIGHT & SOUNDS “JESUS”, LANCASTER, PA
JUNE 5 - 7, 2019 $510.00
Experience Sight & Sound’s newest 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. We will also enjoy dinner and the musical “Camelot”, a legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot as it comes alive on stage at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.
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 “Camelot”.
Day 2: This morning we will visit Elva Hurst’s Barnyard Art Studio & Gallery, nestled in the center of Lancaster County, PA. Relax and enjoy the creativity of art, while Artisan Elva Hurst demonstrates the amazing art of “Chalk talk”. 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: We will make a stop at the Bird in Hand bakery before returning home.
Includes: Escorted transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
QUILT SHOW & SHOP HOP, SHIPSHEWANA, IN
JUNE 19 - 22, 2019 $650.00 (early bird price $630.00 before December 30th)
This year’s ever popular quilt tour is to Shipshewana, Indiana! We will spend 3 nights at the Bluegate Garden Inn, located next door to the Event Center, where the quilt show is held. With an early afternoon arrival, you will have time to visit the Quilt show before a delicious dinner at The Carriage house. After dinner, take part in a quilting bee with local Amish women. We will visit 8 shops on our 2 day shop-hop excursion, visit a local quilt show and so much more around Indiana Amish Country. Don’t miss out, make your reservations early! Includes: Escorted transportation, 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to listed attractions, luggage handling, taxes and meal tips.
Tall Ship Celebration, Bay City, Michigan - July 18 - 21, 2019 - Overnight at the Double Tree by Hilton, watch the arrival of ships right outside your hotel, have the opportunity to climb aboard the majestic tall ships and take a 3-hour tall ship adventure in the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay and so much more! Watch our website for more information.