Dayaway Travel Club Updates

Dayaway Travel Club Updates

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Dayaway Travel Club Presents Travel by Design

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

If you’ve got a hobby, we’ve got a tour”

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, August 4 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and

future destinations. Optional After Meeting Lunch at Flames 11:45am Eau Gallie and Wickham Road 1270 N. Wickham Road  https://flamesgrille.com

 

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual

non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or Dayaway Travel Club

longer booked through the club!

 (Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by CTC (Certified Travel Counselor)

And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!  Groups of 8 to 13 can order their own

pick-up spot or even their own Van tour departure. 

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!  “And as we travel along scenic

country roads, you can be sure that you’ll see plenty of picturesque sights

along the way.  The journey is often just as spectacular as the destination!”

 

The mini-coach is equipped with comfortable seats, air conditioning

and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can,

we’re able to take the scenic route – winding through beautiful countryside

to the heart of tiny villages and coastal towns. “

www.dayawaytravel.com  http://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FloridaGreetersl

www.youtube.com/dayawaytravel

Blog:  http://travelinmanandmadhatter.blogspot.com

 

 

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  • Sold Out* Float-A-Thon 2021 Ichetucknee Springs, The Ocala Canyon & Gainesville July 17 & 18

Includes Micanopy, University of Florida Gainesville, Devil’s Millhopper, Giant Cellon Oak, High Springs Diner, Satchel’s, Optional Choice of Zip Line or Taste of History Tour with wine-sipping at Ocala Canyons cost $45 to $50
Stay in Gainesville Saturday night, Sunday TUBING Ichetucknee Springs on the slow-moving river! Tube Rental Extra according to size of Tube or Raft ranging from about $6 to $20. Tram and Shuttle Service is $7.50 per person unlimited. Bring a Snorkel if you wish to swim in the head springs and see where the bubbles flow from!
Lunch stop at High Springs Diner after tubing run.
$150 per person double occupancy or $190 single occupancy, Price includes transportation, Mini Bus, lodging & park entrance fees with taxes. LAST Time offered SOLD OUT! Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received Motel is already prepaid so this trip is nonrefundable!
“The most refreshing cool fun activity you can do in Florida in the summer bar none!” Lee Rosenkranz, CTC
FOOD, BEVERAGES & SMALL COOLERS OK ON VAN! Park has restrictions on what you may bring in.
Leave Satellite Beach Civic Centerr City Hall 565 Cassia Blvd.  Satellite Beach, FL  32937

8:30am  (Park in the back far side South near the Ballfield)

Return Sunday late afternoon/early evening

 

Lake Placid Caladium Festival and the Town of Murals  

Lee Rosenkranz

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Link to Slides
https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/lake-placid-caladiums-and-murals-14040423

We make stops at fruit markets and fudge places and sights along the route and the return.
Lake Placid Florida Includes a tour of the Caladium Growing Fields, Farms and Life size Murals. Virtually all of the World’s Caladiums are grown here in Lake Placid, Florida. If you travel to Tulip time in Amsterdam or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Caladiums will still be from Lake Placid. The Mural Society contributes to the beauty of our town and helps preserve our colorful history. 40 murals grace the sides of buildings around town and even the trash containers have color and style. $75 members $80 guests Leave 8am Suntree, 8:15am Satellite Beach Schechter Center Return around 7:30 p.m. Lunch on own at Chicanes located in the atmosphere of the Inn on the Lake in Sebring
Lake Placid Florida has so much to offer; it’s no wonder more and more people are calling it home! Just ask Reader’s Digest who voted Lake Placid Florida America’s Most Interesting Town!! We transfer to larger Busses to tour the fields with a third-generation member of a family of growers as the guide! Tickets for this side tour are included and prepaid.
Known as the Caladium Capital of the World, Lake Placid has 27 freshwater lakes, beautiful Murals around town depicting our history, Toby’s Clown School, and the historical Happiness Tower which rises 270 feet above the ground.

Indoor attractions include a movie about the making of the murals and framed renditions of all of the town’s now 40 something murals and the Caladium coop arts and crafts shop made up of several of the local artisans crafts, antiques and small gift items available for purchase.
They have added Vintage and special cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors gather to participate in this increasingly popular car show.
Where is the Lake Wales Ridge, and how did it form?
• The Ridge is about 110 miles long, running from south of Lake Placid to north of Clermont; and averages about 15 miles in width.
• US 27 runs on top of the Ridge.
• The Lake Wales Ridge is the largest, highest, and the oldest of the ridges of Central Florida.
• The average height of the Lake Wales Ridge is about 100 feet above sea level; however, some sections are much higher: the hill at Bok Tower near Lake Wales is 295 feet above sea level.
• The ridges were formed as coastal ridges when the seas were higher, and the Lake Wales Ridge is at least a million years old. The ridges are sometimes collectively called “Florida’s Ancient Islands”.
Why so special?
• As the ridges were once isolated islands, they developed unique habitats and ecosystems that survive … and thrive when conserved … to this day.
• Thanks to these unique ecosystems, the local area is a hotspot for endemics (species that are found only in one location). Highlands and Polk counties are #10 and #11 on the list for rare species in the whole country! • The Florida Scrub Jay is an example of an endangered endemic.
• Two habitats that are found only here are “Ancient Scrub” (primarily low scrub oak with lots of open sand) and “Sandhill” (Pine and Turkey Oak on rolling sand hills). Many conservation areas on the Ridge have one or both of these habitats. Why care? We get most of our water from rainfall recharging the aquifers underneath where we live. The natural lands provide the water … naturally and free.

Fort Lauderdale with the Bonnet Mansion 8/7

 

Bonnet House is the legacy of Fredric Clay Bartlett’s visions and talent which translated his years of exposure to the arts and architecture of Europe into a native Floridian house Built in 1920, Mr. Bartlett’s personal interpretation of a plantation house was designed to promote a gracious indoor-outdoor lifestyle filtered by coastal breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and to express his sense of whimsey with decorative delight.  The life and love shared at Bonnet House radiates from within the artistry of the home and tranquility of its thirty-five-acre setting.  Bonnet House, named after the yellow water lily that once grew in the property’s marshland exemplifies the lives of the families who owned the property for nearly a century. 

Although there are many choices of dining (Apx. 4,000 restaurants and 40,000 boats) Our favorites based on availability include the Boatyard overlooking the Yachts or in the heart of elegant Las Olas, Le Bonne Crepe with a unique selection of wonderful entrees and is our first choices when in the area. 

Fort Lauderdale tour sights include:

Las Olas Boulevard

Yachts on the waterfront (165 miles of inland waterways) nicknamed the Venice of America! The strip made famous by movies such as “Where the Boys Are” and Elvis Presley’s “Girl Happy”

Fort Lauderdale Beach along A1A (no hotels are built directly on the Beach due to the foresight of a pact made in 1942 by former owners of the Bonnet House.

Tales of the Barefoot Mailman

Picture stop at the sight of the Cooley Indian Massacre overlooking the New River with giant Banyan Trees and a Majestic View!

Port Everglades and Downtown Fort Lauderdale

includes tour of the Bonnet Mansion city tour only with lunch stop, transportation and guide Members $75 Guests $80 Leave Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:30am Suntree Red Ginger 8:45am Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas 9:10am

 

August 8   Orlando Science Center Rescue Exhibit and IMAX Turtle Movie narrated by Russell Crowe and Little Vietnam

Traveling Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every hour, every day, all around the world. From the air to the sea and on land, responsive operations are lifelines to people in times of need.  But what does a rescue scenario really involve? Who are the teams who put themselves in these dangerous situations? And do we really know what to do if we find ourselves in need of rescuing?

Through interactive exhibit pieces and the stories and testimonies of real-life heroes, the RESCUE exhibit will give guests a first-hand look into the technology and teamwork that goes into a rescue mission.

Turtle Odyssey Dr. Phillips CineDome

Sea turtles are some of Earth’s most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, enduring mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining food webs. But now they face a new threat – humans. It’s time we learned more about these remarkable reptiles.

Secrets of the Universe  Digital Adventure Theater

We are at the beginning of a period of unprecedented technological advancement, catalyzing a new age of scientific discovery. Travel with us on this immersive giant screen film, as we explore the most exciting machines ever conceived by man, including the Large Hadron Collider and James Webb Space Telescope. See how these new experiments allow us to look deeper into our origins, and unveil the mysteries of dark energy, dark matter and extra dimensions. Optional Additional visit to Orlando Museum of Art in the same complex-Free with Bank of America Debit Card! LOUIS DEWIS: AN ARTIST’S LIFE IN FRANCE

HUGH AND JEANNETTE MCKEAN GALLERY

Inspired by such French masters of landscape painting as Corot, Cézanne and Gauguin, Dewis painted scenes of cities, villages […]

We will lunch at   Hawkers Asian Street Food

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 Array of Asian street eats, beer & wine presented in airy, mod-industrial digs.

“There’s never a moment that I don’t crave Hawkers. I dream about the Roti Canai, I tell everyone I know about the Korean Twice Fried Wings, and I get butterflies just thinking about the Pad Thai.”
– Chris L., Google

Members $60 Guests $65 includes Imax Film and Entrance Fees with Rescue Exhibit, Transportation and Tour. Leave Red Ginger 9:15am and Satellite Beach Schechter Community Center 9:30am and return around 6: PM.

Crazy for Gershwin   Thursday, August 12-

Take a stroll down memory lane as we pay tribute to two of America’s most well-loved composers of all time, George and Ira Gershwin! This high-energy song and tap dance celebration will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Featuring 27 timeless classics including “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Embraceable You” & “I Got Rhythm” — Who could ask for anything more?!?

 

Lunch at a nearby Winter Park Restaurant is not included in the price!

Leave Suntree 8:30am Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center 8:50am return about 7pm.   $80 members $85 guests includes: transportation, Tour, Trader Joes and Show Tickets

Sold Out-Saturday, August 14-South Beach Highlights including the Wolfsonian Art Deco Museum and Lunch at the Versace Mansion

Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:30 am Leave Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 7:50 am with an approximate 9pm return!
The Art Moderne, Art Noveau and Art Deco movements transformed Miami’s South Beach into one of the most Iconic destinations in the World for fun, sun and beautiful people and places.
The History of the Movement is displayed at the best collection of its art, architecture and style at the collection of the former Wometco Movie owner Wolfson’s Wolfsonian Museum and the Hotels and Restaurants in the South Beach area which was the sight of many Movies including the Birdcage plus numerous worldwide photo shoots from the News Café and of course TV’s Miami Vice. Check out one the World’s most Tropical Swimming Pools (sight of Esther Williams Aqua Shows) at the sprawling POOL OF PALMS at the Raleigh Hotel. lunch at Gianni’s at the Villa of the former Versace Mansion for a fixed price 3 course meal at $29 plus taxes, Villa Casa Casuarina and its exquisite décor.  Members $65 Guests $70 Trip includes tour, guide, transportation, and entrances (lunch on own)

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August 21 Saturday Rainbow Springs Tubing Trip-

 

A four-hour tube ride on the pristine Rainbow River

Wear your swimsuits underneath clothing to be ready to jump in the beautiful swimming hole upon arrival.  Change in the restroom and then lock up clothes in the Minibus.   The Shuttle Bus returns us after the run so we’re going with the wind.  Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s 7am Return around 8pm

Members $75 Guests $80 includes Transportation and Tube rental package includes park entry fee, tube rental and return shuttle service.

A visit and Boat ride to Myakka River,

Florida’s Largest State Park August 28

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest and most diverse natural areas. One of Florida’s Wild and Scenic rivers, the Myakka River flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. The river and its two shallow lakes attract a myriad of wetland creatures, making birding, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observation popular activities. The scenic cruise on Upper Myakka Lake. Discover what makes the Myakka unique among America’s freshwater lakes. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga, and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here.
Canopy Walkway at Myakka River State Park
The Myakka Canopy Walkway provides easy access to observe life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. As an outdoor laboratory for research and education, it is a place for discovery and opportunity for visitors to Myakka to see its canopy inhabitants up close. Completed in 2000, this structure is the first public treetop trail in North America. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of tree tops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tips of live oaks and palm trees. For park visitor safety, only leashed service dogs are permitted on the Canopy Walkway. Please come see our Visitor Center where you can watch five short movies about Myakka and see many wildlife exhibits. It’s a good way to get your visit started, especially for Myakka “First Timers.” Once you pass the ranger station, take your first left to the parking lot. The Visitor Center is located across the parking lot in an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) horse barn. The building itself, built 80 years ago, is worth checking out.
Pink Gator Cafe-Enjoy lunch, dessert or a craft beer while taking in the sights of the beautiful Upper Myakka Lake. Try our famous, homemade alligator stew, seafood gumbo, hand-breaded gator bites, garden veggie burger or one of our fresh, deli subs. Don’t forget to stop by the Ice Cream Parlor for dessert. You can also visit Myakka Gifts and Boutique where you can take home a Myakka souvenir. The Nature Gift Shop has jewelry, local art, home décor, Florida books, tee-shirts, hats, camp fashions and much more!
Members $85 Guests $90 includes Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fees and Boat Tour
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:15  Leave Satellite Beach Schechter Community Center 7:45am

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Autumn in the Smokies Show Tour September 23-28

6 days 5 Nights

Day 1 Travel to Georgia   with overnight accommodations at Atlanta Best Western Southlake Inn  1-770-961-6300

Day 2- Continental Breakfast at Best Western

Mid-Morning Tour of Margaret Mitchell House Atlanta (Author of Gone with the Wind)

Afternoon Travel to Pigeon Forge Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains Accommodations at La Quinta Inn Pigeon Forge Dollywood 865-429-3010 Dinner Show at Hatfield’s and McCoy’s

Day 3- Continental Breakfast at La Quinta

Day at Dollywood Park followed by Comedy Barn Show

Day 4   Continental Breakfast at La Quinta

Tour Chihuly at the Biltmore Estate Asheville, North Carolina

Day 5 Continental Breakfast at La Quinta

Morning Check out for tour through the Smoky Mountain National Park including the Welcome Center Movie and Newfound Gap ending up at the Cherokee Indian Reservation with browsing and shopping time here before a fabulous meal at The Dillard House Restaurant

Day 6- Continental Breakfast at La Quinta enroute back to Florida with a stop at We’re Nuts known for chocolate covered Pecans and other Georgia Specialties plus Carroll’s Sausage and Country Store

 

Members $1350 Guests $1360 per person double occupancy.     $300 Single Occupancy per person Balance    Deposit $200 per person Balance Due July 23.  No refunds without a substitution after July 23. 

The Dora Canal Tour! September 11

This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica or the Amazon. Depart Suntree 7:45a  SB 8am  CB 8:30am return apx. 6pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930’s, Grantlant Rice, a leading sports writer, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora.  Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals.  The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800’s the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region.  Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando.  One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland…the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.”  The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county.  In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal.  Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County.  Lunch, Shopping and browsing time at the quaint & colorful village type shops of Mount Dora. $75 ember’s $80 guests

TBA- Florida Bear and Wildlife Festival

This Annual event takes place in Umatilla, FL in Lake County

 October Winter Garden and the play Looped at the Winter Garden Theater

If nothing else you need, no, you MUST live the life you want to live. The year is 1965, and famed stage and screen diva Tallulah Bankhead stumbles into the recording studio to record the single line needed to complete her upcoming gothic horror film, Die! Die! My Darling!. As the session stretches to eight hours, the inebriated actress clashes and then connects with the producer behind the studio glass. Irreverent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Looped reveals the fragility of the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. 

Central Florida Railroad Museum, quaint shops and markets and the historic district   Members $80 Guests $85 Leave Suntree 8:45am SB 9am and CB 9:30am with a return around 7pm

 Boat Cruise on the St. Johns River in the Ocala National Forest

 This tour brings you down river through Blue Creek in the Ocala National Forest. This creek is a unique habitat and in the warmer months is a prime feeding area for the manatee. Alligator encounters are plentiful year around. We will leave this creek behind to re-enter the St. Johns River by the pristine Lake George, Florida’s second largest lake which is surrounded by the Ocala National Forest on the west and the Lake George State Forest on the east.

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 7:15am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 7:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8am Members $75 Guests $80 includes transportation, cruise, guide and Sightseeing Tour, we will return on the St. Johns River to Astor

 

Tastes of Suntree at the Suntree Country Club October th 5:30 to 8:30pm $30

Sunday October 31-   Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community

 The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback.  The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park.    On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service.   Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh.    The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books.   The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations.    If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.    

Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake.  Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations.   The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small-town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets.  Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $50 Guests $55 – includes transportation, Public Readings, Services, Healings and Guide.  * It is a good idea to bring some singles which can be used as donation tips during the Reiki Healing, Church Service and Public Readings.

Anna Maria Island Saturday, 2021

The Beach House Restaurant has a selection of fresh seafood and farm to fork features on the Waterfront. 
The Rod and Reel Pier has a view of Passage Key and Egmont Key and the Gulf Beyond. We will visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This Island just west of Bradenton is known for its’ great little eateries and views of the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour around Bradenton. 
The Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference: new amenities enhance the old charm for a winning combination. 
Village of the Arts-One day I took a little side trip off the island to Bradenton to explore Village of the Arts. This artists’ colony covers several 1920s Crayola-colored cottages, each featuring a variety of artsy offerings, most open Friday and Saturday. My favorite was Dancing Crane Gallery, with its sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics. I especially loved the gem shop inside, where an artist designs your own piece of jewelry on the spot. I also enjoyed Village Voices & Eclectic Art Emporium, with its Florida author-written books, an art gallery, and local woodwork. “Let’s Not Shout About IT” Having worked in the travel industry all of my life I have visited quite a few places. 
This beach at the North End of Anna Maria is in my humble opinion among the best in the world. It is so quiet and unspoiled 
Stroll Anna Maria Green Point Village 
Members $55 Guests $60 includes Tours, Guide, Transportation and Museum 
Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am with about a 8pm return.

Seminole Indian Arts Festival November 5

Celebrating our 40th Annual Fall Country Jamboree in Barberville Pioneer Settlement November 7th

Join us each year on the first weekend of November. Where Florida History and Folk Culture come ALIVE!

 

The Annual Fall Country Jamboree is one of the longest running events in Volusia County. This event features examples of pioneer living that included blacksmithing, cane grinding and a boil, spinning, pottery, weaving, wood working, and many more historical demonstrations. New this year in celebration of our 40th Anniversary we presented the CD release of “Songs of the Settlement” featuring original songs by some of our favorite musicians. This twin pack compilation is a special production of folk music recounting many stories of the Settlement’s buildings, people and even our animals.​

The participating musicians donated their time and talents to produce this unique recording.

The songwriters will be performing their songs on the Barn Stage at the Fall Country Jamboree on Saturday beginning at 4pm and on Sunday beginning at 3pm.

The Handmade Juried Arts and Crafts show featured the original work from crafters and artists from all over. see above for a list of winners.  Local businesses, non-profits and food vendors set up to share their products.  The music line up was one that you will have to search far and wide to match. Featuring both well-known established artists as well as the best of the up and coming. Every year we fill all 6 stages and time slots, that is over 170 performances, and unfortunately have to turn performers away. But that doesn’t stop them from just showing up with their instruments and joining in a jam or workshop. With two workshop tents and two jam tents music was abundant!  We would like to thank all of the talented teachers who volunteer their time to run these tents. The old-time barn dance in the school house was a foot stompin’ good time as usual and good clean fun for the whole family. Live callers and bands made it a dance to remember. Storytellers told their tales all day both days at the storyteller tent. Thanks to everyone that helped to make our 40th Fall Country Jamboree a great success. We look forward to seeing you all again in the spring.

 

Members $50 Guests $55 includes entrances to Festival and transportation

Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am with a late afternoon return.

 Thursday, November Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex Members includes Transportation, Tour of the Villages and Buffet featuring 7 Stations of the most creative culinary treats in a setting reminiscent of a Spanish Mission. The new section at the Villages is “Brownwood Paddock Square” based on our Florida Cracker History. The Villages has been for a few years the fastest growing city in the Country.  They have also doubled since 2010.   The Polo Grounds are modeled after the scene in My Fair Lady at the Ascot Races.  This trip has scenery, history and amazing food. Leave Suntree 9am, SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am.

 

 

St. Augustine Nights of Lights and the Lighthouse Luminary Night

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”  Saint Augustine (354-386)

 After our late morning arrival in the center of Historic Saint Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, we will stop at the welcome center which unravels the progression of Florida’s history with a timeline of the city and here you can pick up a map of the town to follow along with during the tour.     After lunch, Step inside and step back in time!  Within the coquina walls of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a vivid recreation of how people lived in the years after Florida became a new territory of the United States, and then a state.  “In terms of its architecture, authenticity and the important stories it has to tell, the Ximenez-Fatio House ranks in the upper tier of historic house museums in America.”  Our driving city tour also includes a visit and samples from the Saint Sebastian Winery…  We will have time to stroll the Downtown area with its’ more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wood crafts, to clothing and more.         Includes:  Transportation aboard Van, taxes, admissions, Florida Greeters tour director, museum entrance fees & sightseeing tour! Cancellations:  Full refund until two weeks prior to departure.    No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure. Tour includes: Transportation, Guided Sightseeing Tour, Winery, Flagler’s Church and Museums. All prices and itinerary are subject to change based upon availability!               

Sunset tour, Nights of Lights
    In addition to the millions of twinkling lights tonight is also the luminary night.  Members $75 Guests $80

Leave Walmart Viera 8:45am and Cocoa 9:10am and return around 10pm

The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 12 to 15, 2021

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Group’s location (Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melaleucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Hop aboard the M. V. Key Largo Princess 2 for our daily two-hour tours as we cruise through the waters of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to view the exciting, beautiful, underwater world of the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary.

The Key Largo Princess is a 75-foot luxury, coast guard certified, glass bottom boat, which can hold up to 140 passengers. Relax in the comfortable air-conditioned cabin as you peer into the depths of the Molasses reef or enjoy a panoramic view of the many colors of the sea from our spacious sun deck. You’ll love the scenery the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (the only undersea park in the United States) has to offer.

 Dinner on route overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.   

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of a guided tour of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Truman House or Audubon House and Gardens or Mel Fishers Treasure Museum.  Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street.  The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway hang outs including Bahama Village.  A visit to the Key west Gardens and an artist’s studio.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville shop. There will be an optional Lunch trip to Sunset Island for lunch.

 

 

Located in Sunset Key Cottages, Latitudes Sunset Key in Key West offers outdoor dining and modern American cuisine. Named the “#1 Best Overall Restaurant in Key West” by OpenTable in 2016 and one of the “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2017”, its impressive resume speaks for itself. Dine on fresh, flavorful cuisine and capture breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views, as the ever-changing menu and Ernest Hemingway Room filled with photos of famous authors make this restaurant a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Perfect for those looking for a bit of luxury on a romantic date, here you can dig your toes in the sand and escape to your own private island from the ferry to Latitudes. To arrive to Sunset Key & Latitudes, you take the ferry from Key West to Sunset Key.

  After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

Day 4: After breakfast a visit to the Dolphin Research Center located on Grassy Key in the heart of the fabulous Florida Keys. We’re a little more than two hours from Miami and about an hour and twenty minutes from Key West.

Meet our family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a couple of hours or all day, experiencing their personalities in fun-filled, narrated behavior sessions. In between, watch educational presentations, visit the tropical birds, play in the Sprayground or simply enjoy the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.

The heart of our mission is the welfare of every animal in our family. Whether they are born here, or come from rescue/rehabilitation centers or other facilities, each receives the finest possible care and a safe, healthy, enriching home for life. 

Dolphins and sea lions choose to participate in sessions, including interactive programs from the docks or in the water. None are ever forced.  Therefore, on any given day, program availability and times may vary based on the needs of the animals.

Option to swim with the Dolphins and still see the show apx. $210 per person and reservations must be made in advance!  www. https://dolphins.org/programs

On the route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early Dinner at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day.

Members $975 per person double occupancy guests $985 Single Occ. Plus $350

Deposits $200 per person, Balance due October 13, 2021 Cancellations: $200 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admission, Trolley Tour and taxes, 3 breakfasts, Farewell Dinner, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.   __________________________________________________________________

December 19 The Incomparable voice of Andrea Bocelli in Orlando

a musical phenomenon that simply can’t be put off any longer. My recommendation is the option to be in Section 111, 110 or 109. Members $50 per person Guests $55 for transportation and parking.  Suggestion:  Restaurant.com has tickets from $99 to $400 and the section guaranteed first fifteen rows of Section 109 or 110 or 111 is $209 per person discounted from $279 currently selling with a bonus restaurant coupon for $50. (Probably a limited offer).  Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of  PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court. __________________________________________________________________

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour    TBA

For several generations the elder Seminole tribesman told me that the only way the past was preserved was through story telling. 

The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me.  Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.

See the Living Village, a camp with traditional cooking and Seminole arts & crafts. Learn about the culture, economy and transportation of the Seminoles.

Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.

Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife. 

You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.

  Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.  Members $95 Guests $100

Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits.  Leave 8am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm.  This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 3and a half hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades.

Gasparilla

Avast, Mateys! After many conversations with the friendlies, we’re sad to announce that our pirate krewe will remain offshore until the seas have calmed, and will not invade Tampa Bay’s shores in 2021. Heed our vow, an invasion is coming and we shall capture the key to your fair city of Tampa in 2022! We look forward to your rowdy welcome of the Jose Gasparilla for the Children’s Gasparilla Presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and the Seminole Hard Rock Pirate Fest on Saturday, January 29, 2022.    

 Gasparilla Pirate Parade Weekender, Postponed till January 2022

More than a Pirate Fest, a Pirate Theme Mardi Gras on a similar scale! The event is like a cross between the orange or rose bowl parade and Mardi Gras!

 

Friday evening Pirate Party at Gaspar’s Grotto! LIVE MUSIC – this is PIRATE CENTRAL!

Saturday morning stroll the Bayfront area to watch the ships & boats come in! Saturday afternoon it’s the famous Gasparilla Pirate Parade! VIP SEATING options! Parade lasted hours last time & we bagged TONS of beads! Saturday evening more partying! Four rooms reserved at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa Fairgrounds – Casino4811 US Highway 301 N, Tampa, Florida 33610. (7 miles 11 minutes to downtown Ybor City.

 per person double occupancy includes lodging for both nights plus round-trip transportation in a large minibus to the lodging and all shuttle connections into Ybor City and surrounding areas.  Leaving Viera Walmart Murphy Gas Station at noon.

Details are on the event Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Dayaway-and-Cruiseaway-Travel-Club/events/274575850

Refeences: https://main.gasparillapiratefest.com/ https://www.flaquarium.org/ https://www.columbiarestaurant.com/  Your Mad Hatter Gary is attending this event Gary@MadHatterPromotions.com 321-543-1346 _______________________________________________________________________________________

March 12, 2022 André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

 

a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! People cross States and even Countries to attend these events which are also known for watching Audience Participants Waltz in the aisles. Our Center Seats are in Section 110 Row 9 which is about 10 rows lower than when we went in 2017.  Members $175 per person Guests $180 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court. __________________________________________________________________

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                  Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, June 2 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and

future destinations. Optional After Meeting Lunch at Mangetsu Korean Barbecue and

Asian Specialties located on New Haven in Downtown Melbourne followed by a drink

At Melby’s new Rooftop bar overlooking Downtown Melbourne and the River. 

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual

non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or Dayaway Travel Club

longer booked through the club!

 (Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by CTC (Certified Travel Counselor)

And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!  Groups of 8 to 13 can order their own

pick-up spot or even their own Van tour departure. 

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!  “and as we travel along scenic

country roads, you can be sure that you’ll see plenty of picturesque sights

along the way.  The journey is often just as spectacular as the destination!”

 

The mini-coach is equipped with comfortable seats, air conditioning

and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can,

we’re able to take the scenic route – winding through beautiful countryside

to the heart of tiny villages and coastal towns. “

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Luncheon in the Old South Florida Seminole Inn and

Lake Ochochobee overlooks! Thursday, May 6

 

There’s a mystique that remains unique to the Seminole Country Inn as its pleasant surroundings bring back a sense of an Old Florida that only a special few get to experience again.

A charmingly restored inn located in Indiantown, Florida, in the heart of Florida’s cattle and citrus country.

Come and see what Florida is really like.

 

The twilight grandeur of the “Old South” is captured as you enter through grand double French doors into the main lobby. Adorned with its open fireplace graciously framed with winding staircases to the sitting room above, the nostalgia of an era gone by sweeps over visitors. A glance through the area reveals the original solid brass wall fixtures and bronze chandeliers molded to the crest of royalty. The pecky cypress ceiling and hardwood floors which Mr. Warfield specified in the original plans highlight the room with a grace and style which cannot be described with words.

 

Lake Ochochobee is our Nation’ second largest and a major part of the South Florida experience.  There are a few interesting Vantage points to view along the way to the Lake and on the Lake itself.   One stop is like a mini-Panama Canal crossing whereby boats are in a holding tank until the water level fills and they enter the next body of water.  It’s a fascinating procedure to watch from either the landside or on the water.  The Boats travel from a saltwater environment to a fresh water environment so you will encounter all types of wildlife.     When reaching the locks, you will experience a 14- foot change in water elevation.  The St. Lucie Locks is the most dynamic of all the locks in the Okeechobee waterway.

We have done it a few times on a Boat but this is the first time we will view the locks from the park with a perfect viewing vantage.  After lunch we will view Lake Ochochobee which is not easily viewed but there is a photogenic spot above it with a clear open view of the giant waterway. 

Members $70 Guests $75 includes country buffet lunch and gratuities, transportation and tour.

Leave Satellite Beach Recreation Center 8:15am and Suntree Red Ginger @8:30am with a late afternoon return

 

1 seat available-Mother’s Day Weekend Saturday May 8 aboard a St. John’s River Luncheon Cruise

We have been traveling on the Barbara Lee and her parent the Rivership Romance since the 70’s and 80’s. It always obtains high marks.

This description is courtesy of MOAA (The Retired Military Officers Association which came on this outing four times)
Enjoy a fabulous luncheon cruise on the beautiful St. Johns River aboard the Paddleboat Barbara Lee. This cruise, out of Sanford, will be on May 8 The cost is $95 for members and $100 for guests. The St. Johns is the longest river in Florida (310 miles) and the third largest (after the Rhine and the Nile) in the world that flows North. The total drop of the river from Melbourne to Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the “laziest” rivers in the world. Meals include choice of 5 entrees, salad and dessert. The cruise has live entertainment and a detailed narration of the river and sights. The price includes mini bus, tour guide, cruise, lunch and museum after cruise – We took similar trips in 2002, 2005 and 2011 aboard the Rivership Romance – which no longer operates. This cruise is popular for its quality and choices for lunch, the beauty and wildlife scenery, historic commentary, music and atmosphere and it’s a Paddlewheeler in the style of New Orleans and the Mississippi!
A choice of the Sanford Museum or Street of Antiques or both and driving tour of Historic Sanford after the Cruise. Members $95 Guests $100 includes Transportation, Admissions, Luncheon Leave Suntree 8am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:15am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8:45am
On the way back a short visit to the Nostalgic Oviedo Pinball Lounge.
The DESTINATION for pinball in the Orlando area. 44 pinball machines from classic to current in a relaxed atmosphere featuring a full bar and food menu.
We expect to return about 6:00PM.   ____________________________________________________________________

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and Trader Joes

Friday, May 14th

The Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all-volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 52nd year. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park. ART CATEGORIES-There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal,

Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. We offer a choice to allow guests to stay the entire time at the Festival or take a sightseeing tour with the last two hours at the Festival. Across the way is the estate of former Rollins president Hugh McKean who with his wife is responsible for the in-town Morse Gallery museum which boasts housing the World’s largest collection of Tiffany glass. The tour of Rollins College includes a look at the Knowles Memorial Chapel and the Cornell art center. We also have a picture stop with a realistic bronze statue of Ben Franklin sitting on a bench near the Walk of Fame which features a collection of stones from the birthplaces of the famous many of whom have visited the campus. The beautiful Azalea Park is located next to the area that the Rowing team uses for practice on Lake Maitland. There are many lovely homes on this waterway including one owned by the author of “With God as my copilot” and another by the famous Mr. Rogers of the acclaimed children’s show, Mr. Rogers neighborhood. One of the homes was about to be destroyed when a preservation group formed and moved the house known as Casa Feliz (Happy House) to another area near the public golf course and is now used for special events and fundraisers. Price: $65 members $70 guests Leave:  Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:30 and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am with a return at about 6pm. Rate includes tour, museum, art festival, transportation, escort, etc…

2 Seats available-Deland, Athens Theater Pink Floyd Laser Show plus Hontoon Island and Stetson!   Saturday, May 15

THE ULTIMATE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE AND LASER SHOW

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is the 4th best selling album of all time spending an astonishing 938 weeks on Billboard’s top 200 albums. With classic songs like “Money”, “Time” and “Us and Them”, this album has inspired generations over the past 45 years since its release.

Wish You Were Here was recorded in September of 1975 and “Have a Cigar”,  “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” and “Welcome to the Machine” among others.  Soon after its release, the album reached number one in the US and UK and Floyd’s record company was unable to keep up with the demand. Since then, the record has sold over 20 million copies.

The Surrogate Band, will be recreating these masterpiece albums note for note and in their entirety, in addition to highlights from numerous other albums.

You won’t want to miss this concert experience that audiences rave about and call “spectacular,” “stunning,” and” the next best thing to seeing the real thing–but in an intimate setting!”

 

Our tour of Deland includes a visit to Stetson University, a short ferry to Hontoon Island, a saved revitalized Neighborhood, and a food stop to the wonderful Boston Coffee House!

The Athens Theater is reminiscent of the Roaring 20’s when people would come to the Theater in gowns, top hats and tuxes.  We’re going casual because we’re touring an Island before the show so comfort is key.  However, the upstairs Mezzanine in this theater is luxuriously adorned in Red and Black and creates a stunning background for shows but especially for a Laser Light show.

Ticket Sales are Final (No Refunds)

Members $80 Guests $85 includes Tour, Ferry Boat, Transportation and Show Tickets!

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 11am Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center 11:20am and Cocoa Beach 11:45am with a return around 8:30 to 9 PM.  

Thursday, May 20  

Leu Gardens Historic Home and the Central Florida Regional History Museum

A morning stroll at Leu Gardens –

Leu Gardens demonstrates plant materials suitable for cultivation in USDA Zone 9b. The climate of Central Florida permits Leu Gardens to grow and enjoy a wide array of temperate and tropical plants.  Leu Gardens teems with vigor and beauty, regardless of the season. Discover palms, cycads and flowering trees. Enjoy azaleas, vines, bromeliads and tropical philodendrons. Appreciate the sight of familiar annual flowers and the beauty of roses and camellias. Stroll under the awe-inspiring branches of camphor trees, elms and oaks.

 

In the heart of the Gardens overlooking Lake Rowena, the Leu House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been meticulously restored to reflect the history of the house exemplifying turn-of-the-century Florida living. Mr. and Mrs. Leu donated their home and surrounding gardens to the City of Orlando in 1961.

 

We’re returning to the scrumptious Little Saigon Restaurant for lunch!

Orange County Regional History Museum

African American History

Expand your understanding of the triumphs and tragedies of African Americans in Central Florida’s past. Enjoy the luminous paintings of Florida’s Highwaymen.

Aviation

From a replica World War II B-17 bomber to Orlando astronaut John Young’s trip into space, explore Central Florida’s long role in aviation history.

Cattle and Citrus

Herds of cattle once stretched to the horizon on Central Florida’s palmetto prairies, followed by citrus groves, both key economic engines.

Destination Florida

Explore 100 years of tourism from the Dixie Highway to the Wigwam Motel. Learn how people traveled to Orlando via horses, trains, and steamboat.

First Contact

The Spanish were the first Europeans to land in Florida. See how the Spanish influenced the lives of Native Americans and helped shaped the state.

First People

Discover how Florida’s indigenous peoples lived for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans from the Old World in the 16th century.

Natural Environment

Discover our region’s unique flora, fauna, and geography, and learn how Winter Park’s famous sinkhole swallowed a city block, automobiles, and an entire house.

Pioneer Cabin

Imagine living in rugged Florida during the 19th century, sleeping on a bed stuffed with moss and using primitive household items like a butter churn.

The Theme-Park Era

Follow the area’s fascinating transition from a mostly agricultural community to a rapidly expanding tourist-centric economy after the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971.

Members $70 Guests $75 Includes Admission to Gardens, Museum, Tour and Transportation

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am and Satellite Beach Community Center 8:30am returning 5 to 6 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This one sold out twice in 2019

A visit and Boat ride to Myakka River,
Florida’s Largest State Park May 22

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest and most diverse natural areas. One of Florida’s Wild and Scenic rivers, the Myakka River flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. The river and its two shallow lakes attract a myriad of wetland creatures, making birding, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observation popular activities. The scenic cruise on Upper Myakka Lake. Discover what makes the Myakka unique among America’s freshwater lakes. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga, and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here.
Canopy Walkway at Myakka River State Park
The Myakka Canopy Walkway provides easy access to observe life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. As an outdoor laboratory for research and education, it is a place for discovery and opportunity for visitors to Myakka to see its canopy inhabitants up close. Completed in 2000, this structure is the first public treetop trail in North America. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of tree tops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tips of live oaks and palm trees. For park visitor safety, only leashed service dogs are permitted on the Canopy Walkway. Please come see our Visitor Center where you can watch five short movies about Myakka and see many wildlife exhibits. It’s a good way to get your visit started, especially for Myakka “First Timers.” Once you pass the ranger station, take your first left to the parking lot. The Visitor Center is located across the parking lot in an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) horse barn. The building itself, built 80 years ago, is worth checking out.
Pink Gator Cafe-Enjoy lunch, dessert or a craft beer while taking in the sights of the beautiful Upper Myakka Lake. Try our famous, homemade alligator stew, seafood gumbo, hand-breaded gator bites, garden veggie burger or one of our fresh, deli subs. Don’t forget to stop by the Ice Cream Parlor for dessert. You can also visit Myakka Gifts and Boutique where you can take home a Myakka souvenir. The Nature Gift Shop has jewelry, local art, home décor, Florida books, tee-shirts, hats, camp fashions and much more!
Members $85 Guests $90 includes Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fees and Boat Tour
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:45a and Cocoa Publix at Diner 8:am with an approximate 9pm return
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Cedar Key and National Wildlife Refuge Boatride:  May 29th

 

 

 

Explore the natural beauty and rich history of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. 

Knowledgeable captains will discuss in detail settlement history, civil war history and ecology of the refuge, providing a complete overview of unique community.  Highlights include visiting where the town was initially settled on Atsena Otie Key and a viewing of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key.  Numerous species of birds and marine life can be seen along the way and dolphin encounters are very common.  Each trip is uniquely different and have helped build our long list of repeat customers over the years.  Our goal is to balance education with an enjoyable experience, thereby creating or reinforcing an appreciation of nature.

Members $85 Guests $90 includes tour, transportation and boat ride!

Leave Suntree 7am SB 7:15am and CB 7:45am with a return around 9pm

Monday May 31 Webster Giant Flea Market, Winery and the House of Presidents

Webster, Lakeridge Winery and Clermont’s White House
A town full of Antiques and Collectibles on Mondays! While traditional Markets are opened on Weekends this town has taken the lead and differentiated itself with a Monday only giant marketplace. The result is the Granddaddy of flea markets with an old-fashioned atmosphere and an area of collectibles and Antiques along with a Farmer’s Market, Indoor area, garden plants and bargain row. Although not everything is a good deal here this place has real price bargains not seen in traditional shops or markets. There is an upscale area of Antiques differentiated by various colored roofs on the buildings. The Lakeridge Winery sits atop the Vineyards in an almost hilly area of Clermont in Central Florida. The tour of the facilities includes the giant vats, the back view of the spacious grounds and a sample taste session that leaves you happy that you’re not driving and the driver’s not drinking. The Winery shop is loaded with nice gift ideas also. The Miniature White House and Wax Museum greets you with a picture taking opportunity of a majestic looking Abe Lincoln. Most people walk away from this attraction saying I had no idea this was here. The surprise is the detail of the miniatures for viewing which took over three decades to complete. Here you will see a model of the Whitehouse as it was being built during the time of George Washington, the original China patterns of recent First Ladies, the Insignia and themes as they changed with Presidents such as the Nautical JFK and the Western motif of Reagan and all of the Presidents in Wax plus a great deal more and at a much closer view than the Pennsylvania Avenue Whitehouse. Leave Suntree Red Ginger 7:30am Return apx. 6:30pm. Members $60 Guests $65 includes Transportation, Sightseeing, Winery and Little White House admissions!

Saturday, June 12 The Winter Park Playhouse presents “Five Course Love” Matinee plus tour and Trader Joes

 

 

Set in five different restaurants, three actors portray fifteen characters on the hunt for their one true love in this hilarious Off-Broadway musical comedy!  From a barbeque joint in the deep South to an Italian trattoria, the highly entertaining and diverse musical styles reflect the cuisine of the eateries including Country & Western, Italian, German Cabaret, Mexican and 1950’s Doo-Wop.

 

Leave Suntree 8:30am Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center 8:50am return about 7pm.

 

$80 members $85 guests includes transportation, Tour and Show Tickets

Wednesday June 23 Delray Yacht Cruise

 

This is certainly the most elegant of the touring boat rides around the State.  It’s a vessel used for Weddings and Special Events. One route travel’s South to the Mansions of Boca Raton and the other route is North toward Manalapan and the sprawling Island estate of Yanni.

The route depends on the tides and both directions are fabulous for views. The other attractions include Atlantic Avenue in Delray with lunch at Sundy’s overlooking Taru Gardens.

 

Members $80 Guests $85 includes Transportation, Tour and Boatride.

 

Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach 8:20am and Palm Bay Road Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:50am

Lake Placid Caladium Festival and the Town of Murals

Lee Rosenkranz

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Link to Slides
https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/lake-placid-caladiums-and-murals-14040423

We make stops at fruit markets and fudge places and sights along the route and the return.
Lake Placid Florida Includes a tour of the Caladium Growing Fields, Farms and Life size Murals. Virtually all of the World’s Caladiums are grown here in Lake Placid, Florida. If you travel to Tulip time in Amsterdam or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Caladiums will still be from Lake Placid. The Mural Society contributes to the beauty of our town and helps preserve our colorful history. 40 murals grace the sides of buildings around town and even the trash containers have color and style. $75 members $80 guests Leave 8am Suntree, 8:15am Satellite Beach Schechter Center Return around 7:30 p.m. Lunch on own at Chicanes located in the atmosphere of the Inn on the Lake in Sebring
Lake Placid Florida has so much to offer; it’s no wonder more and more people are calling it home! Just ask Reader’s Digest who voted Lake Placid Florida America’s Most Interesting Town!! We transfer to larger Busses to tour the fields with a third-generation member of a family of growers as the guide! Tickets for this side tour are included and prepaid.

Known as the Caladium Capital of the World, Lake Placid has 27 freshwater lakes, beautiful Murals around town depicting our history, Toby’s Clown School, and the historical Happiness Tower which rises 270 feet above the ground.

Indoor attractions include a movie about the making of the murals and framed renditions of all of the town’s now 40 something murals and the Caladium coop arts and crafts shop made up of several of the local artisans crafts, antiques and small gift items available for purchase.
They have added Vintage and special cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors gather to participate in this increasingly popular car show.
Where is the Lake Wales Ridge, and how did it form?
• The Ridge is about 110 miles long, running from south of Lake Placid to north of Clermont; and averages about 15 miles in width.
• US 27 runs on top of the Ridge.
• The Lake Wales Ridge is the largest, highest, and the oldest of the ridges of Central Florida.
• The average height of the Lake Wales Ridge is about 100 feet above sea level; however, some sections are much higher: the hill at Bok Tower near Lake Wales is 295 feet above sea level.
• The ridges were formed as coastal ridges when the seas were higher, and the Lake Wales Ridge is at least a million years old. The ridges are sometimes collectively called “Florida’s Ancient Islands”.
Why so special?
• As the ridges were once isolated islands, they developed unique habitats and ecosystems that survive … and thrive when conserved … to this day.
• Thanks to these unique ecosystems, the local area is a hotspot for endemics (species that are found only in one location). Highlands and Polk counties are #10 and #11 on the list for rare species in the whole country! • The Florida Scrub Jay is an example of an endangered endemic.
• Two habitats that are found only here are “Ancient Scrub” (primarily low scrub oak with lots of open sand) and “Sandhill” (Pine and Turkey Oak on rolling sand hills). Many conservation areas on the Ridge have one or both of these habitats. Why care? We get most of our water from rainfall recharging the aquifers underneath where we live. The natural lands provide the water … naturally and free. ______________________________________________________________________

 

December 19 The Incomparable voice of Andrea Bocelli in Orlando

a musical phenomenon that simply can’t be put off any longer. My recommendation is the option to be in Section 110 or 109. Members $50 per person Guests $55 for transportation and parking.  Suggestion:  Restaurant.com has tickets from $99 to $400 and the section guaranteed first fifteen rows of Section 109 or 110 is $209 per person discounted from $279 currently selling with a bonus restaurant coupon for $50. (Probably a limited offer).  Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court. __________________________________________________________________

 

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour    TBA

For several generations the elder Seminole tribesman told me that the only way the past was preserved was through story telling. 

The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me.  Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.

See the Living Village, a camp with traditional cooking and Seminole arts & crafts. Learn about the culture, economy and transportation of the Seminoles.

Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.

Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife. 

You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.

  Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.  Members $95 Guests $100

Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits.  Leave 8am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm.  This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 3and a half hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades.

Gasparilla

Avast, Mateys! After many conversations with the friendlies, we’re sad to announce that our pirate krewe will remain offshore until the seas have calmed, and will not invade Tampa Bay’s shores in 2021. Heed our vow, an invasion is coming and we shall capture the key to your fair city of Tampa in 2022!

We look forward to your rowdy welcome of the Jose Gasparilla for the Children’s Gasparilla Presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and the

Seminole Hard Rock

Pirate Fest on Saturday, January 29, 2022.    

 Gasparilla Pirate Parade Weekender, Postponed till January 2022

More than a Pirate Fest, a Pirate Theme Mardi Gras on a similar scale! The event is like a cross between the orange or rose bowl parade and Mardi Gras!

 

Friday evening Pirate Party at Gaspar’s Grotto! LIVE MUSIC – this is PIRATE CENTRAL!

Saturday morning stroll the Bayfront area to watch the ships & boats come in! Saturday afternoon it’s the famous Gasparilla Pirate Parade! VIP SEATING options! Parade lasted hours last time & we bagged TONS of beads! Saturday evening more partying! Four rooms reserved at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa Fairgrounds – Casino4811 US Highway 301 N, Tampa, Florida 33610. (7 miles 11 minutes to downtown Ybor City.

 per person double occupancy includes lodging for both nights plus round-trip transportation in a large minibus to the lodging and all shuttle connections into Ybor City and surrounding areas.

Leaving Viera Walmart Murphy Gas Station at noon.

Details are on the event Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Dayaway-and-Cruiseaway-Travel-Club/events/274575850

Refeences: https://main.gasparillapiratefest.com/ https://www.flaquarium.org/ https://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

Your Mad Hatter Gary is attending this event Gary@MadHatterPromotions.com 321-543-1346 _______________________________________________________________________________________

March 12, 2022 André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

– (Only 1 seat available) a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! People cross States and even Countries to attend these events which are also known for watching Audience participants Waltz in the aisles. Our Center Seats are in Section 110 Row 9 which is about 10 rows lower than when we went in 2017.  Members $175 per person Guests $180 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court. __________________________________________________________________

RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

     e-mail address: ____________________            Pick up point:   ___________     

                  Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

 

 

Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents Travel by Design

 

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

 

If you’ve got a hobby, we’ve got a tour”

 

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, March 3@ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and

future destinations. Optional After Meeting Lunch at Lily’s Indialantic with Moroccan and

Mediterranean specialties.  Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation

with individual non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked

through the club!  (Groups usually choose one location for transfers)

Free travel consulting by CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and

Vacation Discounts available to club members!  Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own

pick-up spot or even their own Van tour departure. 

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!  “and as we travel along scenic

country roads, you can be sure that you’ll see plenty of picturesque sights along the way.

The journey is often just as spectacular as the destination!”

 

The mini-coach is equipped with comfortable seats, air conditioning

and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can,

we’re able to take the scenic route – winding through beautiful countryside

to the heart of tiny villages and coastal towns. “

Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
  By Dr. Seuss

www.dayawaytravel.com  http://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FloridaGreetersl

www.youtube.com/dayawaytravel

Blog:  http://travelinmanandmadhatter.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Thursday, February 11

 

Clearwater Beach and Dunedin including the Penny Lane Beatles Museum and Lunch overlooking the Gulf Beach!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Stone Crab Season at Frenchie’s on Clearwater Beach with a Fabulous view and great food. Perhaps you remember the scene in the Dolphin Movies whereby Harry Connick Junior announces he’s headed to Frenchie’s for Lunch.  Frenchie’s even uses Stone Crabs in their She Crab soup. They also have big juicy burgers and other treats and a spectacular view. Of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

The Penny Lane Beatles Museum are in the lovely quaint town of Dunedin near Clearwater. Permanent collection of rare Beatles memorabilia from signed guitars to strands of Beatles hair. Vintage Yellow Submarine & Sgt. Pepper mementos to Beatles puppets and pins. Beatles clothes, John’s glasses and original signed documents.  It’s also Strawberry season in Plant City for a stop on the return. 

 

Members $60 Guests $65 including sightseeing tour, museum, transportation and Strawberry Bonus Stop in Plant City Leave Suntree Red Ginger 7:30am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 7:45:am and Cocoa Beach 8:15a

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Saturday, February 13 Tampa and Ybor City

 

 

 

This slice of Historic Sites includes a visit to colorful Ybor City which was the spot that ties its past to Cuba, Teddy Roosevelt, the Spanish American War and the original 1905 Columbia Restaurant. 

 

 

 

We will conduct a driving tour of the Ybor City Sites and Statues with a taped description of each recorded by descendants of the original history makers.  In modern times Ybor has seen a re-birth of cultural activities and has become the artistic hot spot of Tampa.   The showplace is still our lunch spot, the original Columbia Restaurant which is like a mini visit to Spain including museum quality art, tile. Wine cellar and décor.   A stop is made at the Sanwa Farmer’s Market which has a huge selection of multicultural foods and flavors as well as top quality national brands. Our warehouse club style market is a low-cost alternative open to the public featuring flexible hours and walk-up purchasing. No membership fees apply which means anyone can benefit from everyday low prices and monthly specials.

 

 

 

Exhibits on display at the Tampa Museum of Art noted for Greek and Roman antiquities and art!

 

 

 

Her World in Focus: Women Photographers from the Permanent Collection

 

 

 

Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen

 

Untitled (Royal Poinciana), n.d.

 

Harold Newton (American, 1934-1991), Oil on Upson board. 23 ½ x 29 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the Asselstine Collection. © Harold Newton. Photography by Tariq Gibran.

 

The Highwaymen are a group of African American artists celebrated for their distinctive paintings of Florida’s natural environment. Working in and around the Fort Pierce area beginning in the 1950s, these self-taught artists depicted the state’s scenic coastline and wild backcountry, often in dazzling combinations of color and tone. Brilliant tropical sunsets, windblown palms, towering sunlit clouds, and blooming royal poinciana trees are among the many subjects that have become iconic images of Florida, in part because of the paintings that the Highwaymen created.

 

Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen focuses on work produced from the 1950s to the 1980s by a core group of the Highwaymen including Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, Willie Daniels, Johnny Daniels, James Gibson, Alfred Hair, Roy McLendon, Harold Newton, Sam Newton, Willie Reagan, and Livingston Roberts. The exhibition brings special attention on two key artists, Harold Newton and Alfred Hair, and presents extensive examples of their work. Drawn from five private collections, Living Color also considers the role of collectors in preserving the legacy of these artists and their extraordinary life stories.

 

The tour includes admissions, tour guide, transportation and a driving sightseeing tour of the area.

 

Members or Groups $65 Guests $70 Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am return around 7pm.

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Thursday, February 18 Myakka Elephant Ranch and Amish Restaurant and Market in SarasotaExperience these majestic creatures up close and personal.

 

 

 

Learn everything about Elephants in an hour-long educational seminar. You will also be learning about the struggles Elephants are facing and what conservationists are doing to protect these amazing creatures.   Arcadia is a Western Town in Florida on route through Florida’s Heartland.   The Town of Murals is award winning and Nationally recognized for its’ public display of over Forty Large Murals throughout the town.   

 

Our Mission

 

From Tusk to Tail, African to Asian, elephant conservation is our primary purpose.   Intimate elephant encounters guided by professional caregivers that will enlighten, educate, and provide for an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

Knowledge and understanding are the gateway to global conservation and restoration of these majestic mammals.

 

 

 

Our passion, dedication, and collective efforts from the public ensure continued success in this vitally important endeavor. 

 

 

 

Leave Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas 8am and Palm Bay Road Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:25am with 7 to 7:30pm return.

 

Members $80 Guests $85

 

 

 

Thursday, February 25 LUNCHTIME in the Gardens of Lakeland

 

 

 

Hindsight exhibit at the Polk County Museum of Art plus Hollis Garden, Kaleidoscope Butterflies in Flight, The Garden Bistro and the largest public display of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture!  Before my first visit, I thought of Lakeland as the home of Publix, the supermarket chain headquartered there since the 1920s, and the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, who have been there almost as long. Lakeland is a place where you can spend more than a day exploring parks and gardens, admiring historic downtown buildings restored to their former luster, and discovering a community where art and culture abound. The first thing you need to know: Lakeland has a lot of lakes – just 38 of them have names. A good place to start a walking tour is Lake Mirror Park, where you can circle the lake on a wide walkway accented by ornate 1920s-style pillars.

 

 

 

A stairway leads to another Lakeland treasure, Hollis Garden, overlooking the lake. This 1.2-acre garden features more than 10,000 flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees, organized into 16 themed sections called “rooms.” One of my favorites was Trees of Americana, descendants of historic trees such as the Helen Keller Water Oak. For lunch, I stopped next door at the Garden Bistro, where I dined on the cozy terrace. As I headed up Main Street into downtown, I noticed people enjoying sweeping city views from rocking chairs on the Terrace Hotel’s wide veranda. Drawn into the lobby, I was impressed with the black-and-white tile, nostalgic wicker furnishings and oversized, arching windows overlooking a lake.  Built in 1924, the Terrace was the city’s first grand hotel. Although it was refurbished in 1998, the owners kept the original style while adding modern amenities. Guest rooms are furnished with soft colors and fabrics, reflecting an airy Florida feel. I continued my stroll.

 

Members $70 Guests $75 includes transportation and entrances

 

Leave Suntree RED GINGER 8am SB 8:15a and CB 8:45am Return around 7pm

 

 

Country Roads Driving Tour with a few scenic stops—

Including the Gorgeous 3 sisters springs on Crystal River

Saturday, February 27

 

*** Warning- You probably won’t like this one if you don’t enjoy long Country Roads with nothing to look at but wildlife and scenery. 

This will be an adventurous driving tour of Citrus and Hernando County.  Crystal River is the sight of the Three Sisters springs which is an attraction,visitors Worldwide seek out for its’ Beauty and Clear Waters frequented by Manatees.  In the Summer when I had the opportunity to Kayak it and swim in the warm waters I vowed to return in the Winter.  In the Winter the beautiful boardwalk is open surrounding the Springs and loaded with Manatees that are not around in the Summer when the Gulf Waters are warm.  You will want to bring your Camera to shoot this same spot that National Geographic did so well with a few years ago.  Inverness has turned its’ former Southern style Courthouse into an Historic Museum; Floral City is a rural town lost in time with a craft and snack stop along with their own Historic Museum.  After a visit to Ferris Groves named after the New York Ferris Wheel Family we’ll visit the tree lined streets on a nice drive to Itstachata.  This is a “very scenic road with plenty of twisties. Being out in the middle of nowhere, getting to this route is a joy as well.”  Members $65 Guests $70 includes museums, transportation, and tour Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a 6:30pm return

 

Thursday, March 4- Tarpon Springs and Brooksville

 

7:45a Leave Group’s Location 

 10 a.m.  You will notice the larger and higher trees in the Historic Southern Victorian influenced Brooksville.   The murals of the old fire station dalmatians, 50’s soda shop and the civil war scenes are on display at this Southern styled town. 

 

12: p.m.  Dine overlooking the Sponge and Shrimp docks or from any of the many cafes on the marketplace which are reminiscent of those found on Ermou Street in Athens.  For those with a flair for cooking or eating we will make a stop at Halki Market which features International Imported foods and those famous Greek Cheeses.  Costas Restaurant serves a fish dish which covers the entire plate and a flaming cheese appetizer “Opal”.

 

2:PM Come enjoy Tarpon Springs most popular boat ride. A leisurely 2-hour cruise down the Anclote River into the Gulf of Mexico. Our captain will narrate the entire trip where you will learn about the history of Tarpon Springs and the famous Sponge Docks.  Our Dolphin Adventure Island Cruise includes looking for Dolphin, manatee, sea turtles, fish, tropical foliage, and other local wildlife. You will also see the restored and operational Historic Anclote Lighthouse located on the Anclote Island.

4:45 p.m.  Homeward bound to arrive around 8 to 8:30 PM after a long but satisfying day.    $80 members $85 guests                   

 

Rate Includes:  Transportation, Tolls, taxes, admissions, Florida Greeters tour director, boat ride, sightseeing tour & gratuities! Lunch is on own. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure.  No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within one week prior to departure unless a substitute is provided. __________________________________________________________________

 

Saturday March 6-  Barberville, Crescent City, and Palatka’s Ravine State Gardens

 

Barberville is home to the large yard art emporium and the Pioneer Florida Museum. Lunch at 3 Bananas with a spectacular view overlooking the lovely Crescent Lake.

Built in 1854, the Bronson-Mulholland House stands as a testament to the City’s rich history. It is a stunningly furnished antebellum home sitting on 2+ acres of greenspace overhung with live oaks and magnolias.

The House is fully furnished with period antiques, and the surrounding grounds have recently been restored to their historic splendor – expansive lawns and charming gardens with brick paths. The first floor of the Bronson-Mulholland House is ADA accessible via a ramp on the left side of the building. There are also wheelchair accessible public restrooms and a modern kitchen for use by caterers.

Ravine State Gardens-

This area is uncharacteristic of Florida in that you are viewing a blanket of colors from above looking down into a Ravine which was a WPA project. There are old fashioned rope bridges, numerous trails, however, you need not be very mobile to view it since there are photographic overlooks throughout the park.     A stop is made at the Artesian Springs at the bottom of the trail. Other highlights of the town include a WWI memorial décor on the bridge overlooking the St. Johns River, Florida’s oldest diner, antique shops, hanging live oaks and Antebellum Plantation homes. The Return trip passes through Pierson known for horticultural growth, Christmas Ferns and Sturgeon and a ride through beautiful Lake Crescent $65 members $70 guests– includes transportation, admissions, tour guide.  Leave Suntree 7:45a, SB 8a and CB 8:30a Arrive back 6:30 p.m. -7pm.   

 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Jupiter Island Luncheon Cruise Tue. March

Go aboard a two-story boat with a fully enclosed bottom deck able to take 150 passengers. The boat has its own galley to serve a sandwich  lunch and fruit while sailing on about a 4-hour cruise seeing nature, wildlife and some of the world’s top scenic homes.           This delightful luncheon cruise travels south along the Indian River to Florida’s most exclusive island where America’s ultra-rich reside. We cruise by homes of celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Burt Reynolds and the late Perry Como.       The Jupiter Island Tour is where you will see the single largest concentration of wealth in America.  One castle as we cruise by is estimated at $200 million.

 $90 – includes lunch, guide, boat fee and transportation.  Leave Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station at 7:45am and Murphy’s Gas Station Walmart Palm Bay a7 8:15am with a return around 5pm.

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour For several generations the elder Seminole tribesman told me that the only way the past was preserved was through story telling. 

The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me.  Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.

See the Living Village, a camp with traditional cooking and Seminole arts & crafts. Learn about the culture, economy and transportation of the Seminoles.

Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.

Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife. 

You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.

  Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.  Members $95 Guests $100

Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits.  Leave 7am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm.  This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 3and a half hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades. ________________________________________________________________

 

Tour of St. Pete and Van Gogh Alive plus the Dali

 

Saturday March 13 (Limited Availability)

 

An opportunity to witness the works of one of the World’s most offbeat talented Artists of his time.   Dali, the symbolic artist with his large-scale paintings within a painting and the incredible Persistence of Time.  What a luxury it is that we have the World’s largest collection of Salvador Dali. The Dali has doubled its’ size.

 Leave Suntree 7:45am Satellite Beach 8:05am Cocoa Beach 8:30am returning around 8:30pm.   Members $75 Guests $80 includes tour guide, transportation, sightseeing, and Exhibit Entrances. Lunch is not included.                                

Van Gogh Alive

 

Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

*Waitlist only* Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted Aboard Deluxe Modern Minibus 6 days 5 nights March 22-27, 2021

 

Day 1: Board our air-conditioned deluxe Mini Bus at the rear of the Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel, we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at the Gumbo Shop or Acme Oyster House, followed by a visit to the World-Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chicory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast on route. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi, we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800-acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

 

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 3 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due, February 3, 2021 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

 

 

 

 

 

We have sold out of rooms for this event!    

 

 Gasparilla Pirate Parade Weekender, April 16 – 18, 2021

 

More than a Pirate Fest, a Pirate Theme Mardi Gras on a similar scale! The event is like a cross between the orange or rose bowl parade and Mardi Gras!

 

 

 

Friday evening Pirate Party at Gaspar’s Grotto! LIVE MUSIC – this is PIRATE CENTRAL!

 

Saturday morning stroll the Bayfront area to watch the ships & boats come in! Saturday afternoon it’s the famous Gasparilla Pirate Parade! VIP SEATING options! Parade lasted hours last time & we bagged TONS of beads! Saturday evening more partying! Four rooms reserved at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa Fairgrounds – Casino4811 US Highway 301 N, Tampa, Florida 33610. (7 miles 11 minutes to downtown Ybor City.

 

Deposit with reservation $50 per person Balance Due March 15

 

ONLY $195 per person double occupancy includes lodging for both nights plus round-trip transportation in a large minibus to the lodging and all shuttle connections into Ybor City and surrounding areas.

 

Leaving Viera Walmart Murphy Gas Station at noon.

 

Details are on the event Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Dayaway-and-Cruiseaway-Travel-Club/events/274575850

 

Refeences: https://main.gasparillapiratefest.com/ https://www.flaquarium.org/ https://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

 

Your Mad Hatter Gary is attending this event Gary@MadHatterPromotions.com 321-543-1346 _______________________________________________________________________________________

 

March 12, 2022 André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

 

– (waitlist) a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! People cross States and even Countries to attend these events which are also known for watching Audience participants Waltz in the aisles. Our Center Seats are in Section 110 Row 9 which is about 10 rows lower than when we went in 2017.  Members $175 per person Guests $180 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court.

 

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RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

 

     e-mail address: ____________________            Pick up point:   ___________     

 

                  Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size,  admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

 

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Travel Terms and Conditions

 

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups around 10 passengers or less
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open-Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. They want to be updated on the safety/cleanliness policies

 

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits plus Temperature Checks.

 

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them

 

And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents Travel by Design

 

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

 

If you’ve got a hobby, we’ve got a tour”

 

 

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, January 6, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations.

Optional After Meeting Lunch place to be determined!

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises

of 7 days or longer booked through the club!

(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by

CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!

Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure. 

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard! 

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Pompeii, the Immortal City plus Little

 

Vietnam and Winter Park 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

https://youtu.be/yhkeJCKsGTo

 

The site was lost for centuries and remained almost entirely untouched until 1748. Today, the most advanced scientific research brings to light the extraordinary achievements of Pompeii and the Roman world.

 

Plunge into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow you to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.

 

Through artwork, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.

 

Find yourself in the center of events as you hear and feel the roar of the volcano erupting before your eyes. Discover how the excavation of Pompeii in the 18th century influenced the development of archaeology as a scientific study. Play the role of archaeologists through the use of digital interactives and replicas of artifacts from Pompeii.

 

Although this exhibition is appropriate for people of all ages, some of the art features era-specific depictions of men and women without clothing.

 

We will be having Lunch in the Little Vietnam area with a plethora of great Pho soup and Vietnamese specialty luncheon spots plus Asian markets and a bargain Asian Import shop.

 

https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/orlando/little-saigon-vietnamese-restaurants-shops.html

 

The Last stop will include the lights and decorations of upscale Winter Park!

 

Members $70 Guests $75
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s at 8:30am returning at apx. 8:30pm.

 

 

 

The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

 

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

 

 

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melaleucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.   

 

 

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

 

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

 

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9-ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

 

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

 

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

 

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Deland Art History and Nature

 

Date Wednesday, December 23

 

Link to Deland’s Aquatic Gems

 

http://www.floridaaquaticgems.com/downtown-deland.html

 

 

 

The town of Deland is loaded with interesting stops including an art in public places program with Sculptures, Poetry and Murals throughout the quaint and colorful town.  The town sometimes referred to as the “Athens of Florida” has the best art collection of Florida throughout the years featuring Nature, World War 2 Submarines, Native American, Spanish and British largescale paintings prominently displayed in a striking History Courthouse with large Roman-Greco Columns and a Southern Copper Top. The driving part of the tour includes the Boston Coffee Shop, the African American Museum, the Gemology Museum, the Stetson Mansion and Stetson University. 

 

We will tour the Art Museum-

 

This diverse selection of permanent collection pieces explores the broad-reaching subjects of places and faces. From landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes, to photography and portraiture spanning Primitive, Cubist, and Abstract Expressionist movements, our Places and Faces exhibition is an exhilarating adventure in the richness and variety of the world we live in.

 

Highlights include: Elsie Freund’s spontaneous watercolor landscapes, Harold Garde’s Iconoclass panel, and a Jack Mitchell photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono – from the final comprehensive photo session of Lennon’s life, taken one month before his death.

 

Don’t miss this beautiful and transportive showcase right here in our DeLand gallery.

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:30am Satellite Beach 8:50am and Cocoa Beach 9am returning around 7 pm.

 

Members $55 Guests $60 includes sightseeing tour, museum admission, guide, and transportation

 

Learn everything about and what conservationists are doing to protect these amazing *S*December 19 -*Long Ride Long Day-Amelia Island

 

 

 

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is known for its spectacular Architecture including some beautiful Victorian style Restaurants and Homes. The town has an extensive list of buildings on the National Registry. The chamber of commerce building was a former train station downtown, After lunch. we will take either the boat ride or if inclement weather than we will do the museum.   This is the Meetup town which has flown under 8 flags. This afternoon boat tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close-up view of the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.  The return ride includes Amelia Island Plantation Resort, The Petrified Forest, A ferry boat ride and a scenic ride along the shore passing three attractive state parks and then the St. Johns River to Mayport Naval Air Station.

 

Members $80 Guests $85 includes tour, transportation, and boat ride.

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am returning around 9 pm.

 

December 25th Bok Tower and Christmas Décor at the Pinewood Estate

 

Today we will take the guided tour of the grounds to learn about the gardening! “Only an innate pessimist could go out in the vicinity of Lake Wales, see the beautiful scenery, groves, lakes and not acknowledge that Lake Wales is the best, a good place to live in and a good place to go to heaven from” Anyone who has made a pilgrimage to the soaring symmetry of Bok Tower does not doubt the accuracy of that statement. Named for its’ builder, Ladies Home Journal editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward W. Bok, the tower is 205 feet of coquina stone and pink Georgia marble, a Gothic-inspired spire with a frieze of Florida wildlife crowned by corner finials of eagles and pinnacles of herons, with a massive yellow brass repousse door depicting the story of creation from Genesis. Inside are carved the words of Bok’s Dutch grandmother, “Make you the world a bit better and beautiful because you have lived in it.”  Bok’s creation personifies that philosophy. He transformed a 300-foot mini-mountain (highest point of land in peninsula Florida) into a 130-acre sanctuary, utilizing the genius of the dean of American Landscape Architects Fredrick Law Olmstead, whose other credits along with his Father include the White House, Central Park and the Biltmore estate. For his Florida miracle, he imported tons of soil as base for a thousand imported oaks, 20,000 ferns, and azaleas, 300 magnolias and a hundred palms, two of which were planted by President Coolidge at the dedication in 1929. Everywhere there are exotic plants, orchids and jasmine and bauhinia, framing quiet corners for relaxation and meditation, for comprehending the words of naturalist John Burroughs prominently posted near the entrance: “I come here to find myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the world.” Explore Pinewood Estate’s beautiful gardens and 20 room Mediterranean-style mansion built in the early 1930s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is considered one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-style architecture in Florida.

 

Members $55 Guests $60 Entrances to Bok Tower and the Pinewood Estate, Guide and Transportation   Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am returning in the late afternoon.

 

Christmas at Gaylord Palms and Cirque Dreams December 27

 

 

 

This amazing display replaces the Ice Exhibit this year so you will be warm and cozy and not in 9-degree Weather.   The beautifully designed Gaylord Palms Resort known for its huge glass enclosed replica of three Florida Ecosystems.  Key West, St. Augustine and the Everglades are effectively replicated.  You are inside but feel outside.  The magnificent decorations boost your holiday spirits.    The Biblical Stained-Glass Windows re tell the stories of the Bible from the beginning onward in a Majestic setting along with a detailed Nativity Scene.

 

I Love Christmas Movies™

 

An Immersive Pop-Up Experience

 

  • Interact and capture moments with the characters, sets and moments you know-and-love.
  • Over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more.
  • Featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™.
  • Travel with Buddy the Elf from Santa’s North Pole workshop to New York City; take photos in front of the Griswold’s house adorned with thousands of Christmas lights; and more

 

Members $75 Guests $80 including transportation, shows and displays plus an awarding winning lights display at Celebration FL and a neighborhood display that won National Recognition.   Leave Suntree Red Ginger @ 8:30am and Satellite Beach Recreation Center @ 8:50am with an 8pm return

 

Saturday, January 9 Tampa and Ybor City

 

 

 

This slice of Historic Sites includes a visit to colorful Ybor City which was the spot that ties its past to Cuba, Teddy Roosevelt, the Spanish American War and the original 1905 Columbia Restaurant. 

 

We will conduct a driving tour of the Ybor City Sites and Statues with a taped description of each recorded by descendants of the original history makers.  In modern times Ybor has seen a re-birth of cultural activities and has become the artistic hot spot of Tampa.   The showplace is still our lunch spot, the original Columbia Restaurant which is like a mini visit to Spain including museum quality art, tile and décor.   At the Tampa Bay History Center-The Visitor can walk through an old cigar store selling such brands as Have-a-Tampa and watch movies on Florida’s first peoples, the cigar industry, and the Florida Seminoles. The museum is home to The J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography and includes displays of maps from bygone eras that are absolutely fascinating.  Other treats include information on Florida Crackers (including a replica home) items from WWII, and information on the individuals and families that contributed to Tampa’s heritage.   Source-Florida’s Historic Places Illustrated by Tim Ohr and Michael Sanders.  The tour includes admissions, tour guide, transportation and a driving sightseeing tour of the area.

 

Members or Groups $65 Guests $70 Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am return around 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 16, Scottish Highland Games in Winter Springs!

 

 

 

Area Scottish clans and societies gather to compete in rigorous athletic events, dancing and piping to celebrate their rich heritage at the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games. Sponsored by the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, the Games feature such crowd favorites as Tossing the Caber, Sheaf Toss and Hammer Throw, as well as the second-largest highland dance competition in the Southeastern United States, plus five skill levels of piping competition. The Border Collies herding the Sheep was a fabulous viewing experience to see these adorable animals so disciplined in this herding event which has been going on for hundreds of years. The music of both the old-fashioned pipers and some modern groups as well capture the flavor of the Scottish Highlands. The dance lessons are led by James who is a resident of the Suntree area and a very patient teacher for these simple and fun folk dances that you can try in a small area and no kilts are required except for James.  The march of the Klan’s is a colorful exhibition of Flags and outfits of a proud culture.   If you’re not planning a trip to the beautiful region of the Isle of Skye or visiting Nessie in Inverness this year than this is the next best thing to experience Scotland in Central Florida.  And this year the game of Quidditch should be fun to watch. Members $65 Guests $70 includes transportation, entrances and above described events Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am with a return around 5 to 5:30pm.

 

 

 

Monday January 18 Webster Giant Flea Market and the House of Presidents

 

Webster, Lakeridge Winery and Clermont’s White House

 

A town full of Antiques and Collectibles on Mondays! While traditional Markets are opened on Weekends this town has taken the lead and differentiated itself with a Monday only giant marketplace.  The result is the Granddaddy of flea markets with an old-fashioned atmosphere and an area of collectibles and Antiques along with a Farmer’s Market, Indoor area, garden plants and bargain row.  Although not everything is a good deal here this place has real price bargains not seen in traditional shops or markets. There is an upscale area of Antiques differentiated by various colored roofs on the buildings.    The Lakeridge Winery sits atop the Vineyards in an almost hilly area of Clermont in Central Florida.  The tour of the facilities includes the giant vats, the back view of the spacious grounds and a sample taste session that leaves you happy that you’re not driving and the driver’s not drinking.  The Winery shop is loaded with nice gift ideas also.   The Miniature White House and Wax Museum greets you with a picture taking opportunity of a majestic looking Abe Lincoln.   Most people walk away from this attraction saying I had no idea this was here.  The surprise is the detail of the miniatures for viewing which took over three decades to complete.  Here you will see a model of the Whitehouse as it was being built during the time of George Washington, the original China patterns of recent First Ladies, the Insignia and themes as they changed with Presidents such as the Nautical JFK and the Western motif of Reagan and all of the Presidents in Wax plus a great deal more and at a much closer view than the Pennsylvania Avenue Whitehouse.  Leave Suntree Red Ginger Location 7am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 7:15amReturn apx.   6:30pm.

 

Saturday, January 23-The 36th Annual Blue Springs Manatee Festival

 

Food, Fun, Art and Crafts!

 

  • Open to public 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday
  • Continuous Entertainment for the Whole Family
  • Arts & Crafts Show with Over 100 Booths
  • Music and Dancing!
  • Manatee Viewing
  • Disc Connected K9s – World Famous Frisbee Dogs
  • Children’s Area with: Shows – Face Panting – Games
  • Environmental Conservation Displays

 

 

 

  • This is a two-part festival featuring booths and shows at Valentine park plus the jungle like atmosphere boardwalk at Blue Springs. If the weather is cool or cold then more Manatees will surface at the year round 72 degrees at the springs.  One year at the Max they were 180 Manatees and babies at this beautiful sight. The Thursby House is an interesting Pioneer home which belonged to the Captain of a St. Johns Riverboat when the waterways were the main source of trade and transportation.  The park rangers show a film in their cabin meeting area at the end of the boardwalk trail at the springs. 
  • Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows and Sand Sculpting

 

 

  • Members $55 Guests $60 includes transportation, festival and park entrances Leave Suntree Red Ginger at 9am with a return around 5-6pm.

 

 

 

Zora Fest and Maitland Art Museum Saturday, January 30

 

 

 

Zora Neale Hurston was a prolific author of “My Eyes were watching God” and other books.

 

She was brought up in the oldest free Black Community in the US of Eatonville (EST. 1887) next to Maitland and not far from Winter Park.  The Festival is celebration of Black Culture including Art and Music with a distinct African and Caribbean Influence that can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts and throughout the town and Festival.   Members $55 Guests $60   includes transportation, museums and tour of surrounding areas. Leave Suntree Red Ginger 9am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 9:15am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9:45am with a return around 5:30 pm.

 

 

 

“Eating Extravaganza: A Taste of Eatonville” — Stops at

 

Coleman’s Sport Design Pizza, 521 E. Kennedy Blvd., (407) 622-8888

 

DaJen Eats Cafe and Creamery, 323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite F, (407) 775-5791

 

Mad Crab Seafood & Wings, 325 W. Kennedy Blvd., (407) 960-3723

 

Soul Food Fantasy, 500 E. Kennedy Blvd., (321) 972-3050

 

Sampler ticket fee applies

 

 

 

  Tour of St. Pete and Van Gogh Alive plus the Dali

 

 

 

Saturday February 6, 2021

 

 

 

An opportunity to witness the works of one of the World’s most offbeat talented Artists of his time.   Dali, the symbolic artist with his large-scale paintings within a painting and the incredible Persistence of Time.  What a luxury it is that we have the World’s largest collection of Salvador Dali. The Dali has doubled its’ size.

 

 

 

 Leave Suntree 7:45am Satellite Beach 8:05am Cocoa Beach 8:30am returning around 8:30pm.   Members $75 Guests $80 includes tour guide, transportation, sightseeing, and Exhibit Entrances. Lunch is not included.                                 

 

Van Gogh Alive

 

 

 

Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings.

 

Myakka Elephant Ranch and Arcadia plus the City of Murals (TBA)

 

Experience these majestic creatures up close and personal.

 

 

 

Learn everything about Elephants in an hour-long educational seminar. You will also be learning about the struggles Elephants are facing and what conservationists are doing to protect these amazing creatures.   Arcadia is a Western Town in Florida on route through Florida’s Heartland.   The Town of Murals is award winning and Nationally recognized for its’ public display of over Forty Large Murals throughout the town.   

 

Our Mission

 

From Tusk to Tail, African to Asian, elephant conservation is our primary purpose.

 

 

 

 Intimate elephant encounters guided by professional caregivers that will enlighten, educate, and provide for an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

Knowledge and understanding are the gateway to global conservation and restoration of these majestic mammals.

 

 

 

Our passion, dedication, and collective efforts from the public ensure continued success in this vitally important endeavor. 

 

 

 

Leave Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas 8am and Palm Bay Road Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:25am with 7 to 7:30pm return.

 

Members $80 Guests $85

 

March 7-André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

 

– (waitlist) a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! People cross States and even Countries to attend these events which are also known for watching Audience participants Waltz in the aisles. Our Center Seats are in Section 110 Row 9 which is about 10 rows lower than when we went in 2017.  Members $175 per person Guests $180 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court. __________________________________________________________________

 

Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard  Deluxe Modern Minibus 6 days 5 nights March 21-26, 2021

 

Day 1: Board our air-conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World-Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second-generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chicory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi, we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800-acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

 

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due, 2021 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

 

NOW $30 per person CHEAPER!  Please note the NEW DATE!      Gasparilla Pirate Parade Weekender,

 

April 16 – 18, 2021

 

More than a Pirate Fest, a Pirate Theme Mardi Gras on a similar scale! The event is like a cross between the orange or rose bowl parade and Mardi Gras!

 

 

 

Friday evening Pirate Party at Gaspar’s Grotto! LIVE MUSIC – this is PIRATE CENTRAL!

 

Saturday morning stroll the Bayfront area to watch the ships & boats come in! Saturday afternoon it’s the famous Gasparilla Pirate Parade! VIP SEATING options! Parade lasted hours last time & we bagged TONS of beads! Saturday evening more partying!

 

Four rooms reserved at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa Fairgrounds – Casino4811 US Highway 301 N, Tampa, Florida 33610. (7 miles 11 minutes to downtown Ybor City.)

 

ONLY $195 per person double occupancy includes lodging for both nights plus round-trip transportation in a large minibus to the lodging and all shuttle connections into Ybor City and surrounding areas.

 

Leaving Viera Walmart Murphy Gas Station at noon.

 

Details are on the event Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Dayaway-and-Cruiseaway-Travel-Club/events/274575850

 

Refeences: https://main.gasparillapiratefest.com/ https://www.flaquarium.org/ https://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

 

Your Mad Hatter Gary is attending this event Gary@MadHatterPromotions.com 321-543-1346 _______________________________________________________________________________________

 

RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

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                  Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

 

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Travel Terms and Conditions

 

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open-Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. They want to be updated on the safety/cleanliness policies

 

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

 

Temperature Checks & Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

 

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 

 

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations.

Optional After Meeting Lunch at Fiesta Jalisco, (The Chicken Soup was amazing and very filling

but there are many other choices).

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises

of 7 days or longer booked through the club!

(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by

CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!

Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure.

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!

Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
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Wild Florida  (We did this one recently but it sold out so we’re looking for a second date)  Ready for your wildest road trip yet?

 

Buckle up and take a road trip through our Drive-thru Safari Park where you can see more than 150 exotic and native animals roaming freely. In addition to exploring our drive thru safari, there are also a variety of animal encounters and experiences you will enjoy. From feeding to painting with the tallest living animals on Earth, this adventure will definitely reach new heights.  To make your adventure truly one to remember, admission to our Gator Park is included in all of our Drive-thru Safari Park experiences. Meaning… you can truly walk on the wild side during your visit.

 

 

 

Members $65 Guests $70   includes Transportation, Safari and Gator Park

 

 

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:45am Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center 9:05am Cocoa Beach Country Club 9:30am with an afternoon return.

 

Saturday, Anna Maria Island Saturday November 14 Sold Out!

 

The Beach House Restaurant has a selection of fresh seafood and farm to fork features on the Waterfront. The Rod and Reel Pier has a view of Passage Key and Egmont Key and the Gulf Beyond. We will visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This Island just west of Bradenton is known for its’ great little eateries and views of the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour around Bradenton. The Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference:  Village of the Arts-One day I took a little side trip off the island to Bradenton to explore Village of the Arts. This artists’ colony covers several 1920s Crayola-colored cottages, each featuring a variety of artsy offerings, most open Friday and Saturday. My favorite was Dancing Crane Gallery, with its sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics. I especially loved the gem shop inside, where an artist designs your own piece of jewelry on the spot. I also enjoyed Village Voices & Eclectic Art Emporium, with its Florida author-written books, an art gallery, and local woodwork. “Let’s Not Shout About IT” Having worked in the travel industry all of my life I have visited quite a few places. This beach at the North End of Anna Maria is in my humble opinion among the best in the world. It is so quiet and unspoiled Stroll Anna Maria Green Point Village Members $60 Guests $65 includes Tours, Guide, Transportation and Museum Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am with an 8pm return.

 

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Pre-Holiday Shopping Trip with Lavender and Lace Restaurant and Tea House

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

 

link to slides (https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/lake-alfred)

 

Pre-Holiday Shopping Trip and an option to lunch at the quaint and scenic Lavender and Lace Tea House
Crafts, Unique Gifts, Trader Joes and an Orlando Outlet Mall on the Return-For unique stuff in a great setting and two more gift and craft shops at the luncheon tea room
The Barn Antiques In 1969, Ednamay Wales’ dream of opening an antique shop became a reality in the form of a small, tin roofed building located on the edge of a horse pasture in rural Polk County, Florida. Today, The Barn Antiques has expanded into much larger quarters and involves all of the Wales family. Frequent trips abroad and extensive local buying allow us to personally examine and select each beautiful antique we offer at The Barn. Now in our fifth decade, we have grown into one of Florida’s most popular destinations for quality antiques: armoires, sideboards, tables, chairs, beds, dressers, and more – pine, primitives, stained glass, cut glass, and art pottery. We are very proud of our vibrant family business and warmly invite you to come out and share in The Barn Experience. The Stable in the Stable, every nook and cranny is always filled with a lovely array of designer wreaths, flower arrangements, swags, and baskets. Avid shoppers are pleasantly overwhelmed by our wide range of items both quaint and sophisticated, including brass, prints, lamps, potpourri, and many other lovely accessories for your home. The Stable’s “SEASONS” building changes with the holidays, FALL, HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, SPRING, and EASTER. All are celebrated with many special and unique decorations and themed items.
The Back-Yard Garden Shop- The Back Yard offers a wide selection of garden and lawn accessories in the latest styles, ranging from stepping stones all the way up to twelve-foot trellises and handsome lawn furniture. Come to shop or just to relax under our lush canopies of Confederate Jasmine, as the sound of trickling water mixes with the light tinkle of wind chimes to sweep your stresses away. From topiaries to sprinklers, from fountains to garden architecture, the Back Yard is sure to either help you find just the right improvement for your lawn or garden, or to inspire you to start on one of your own. As you walk from shop to shop, be sure to swing by the dock to feed the Blue Gills, Sunshine Bass, and Shellcrackers in Florida’s picturesque Green Swamp.
The Tea House has a full luncheon including a light Chicken Curry dish and many other superb choices with two gift shops of their own
Members $50 Guests $55 includes Transportation Leave Suntree 8:30am SB 8:45a and CB 9:15am with a return around 7pm.
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Tuesday, November 24

 

The Ringling Complex is like a trip to Europe without leaving Florida

John Ringling Home

Ca d Zan House of John

 

 

Tour the three-part Ringling Museum.  The Ringling’s, John and Mabel were in love with all things Venetian.  Their Mansion was modeled after the Doge’s Palace and christened with a name from the Venetian vernacular, Ca’d’Zan, the house of John. Their bedrooms had eighteenth century Venetian furnishings; their game room Venetian Carnival figures painted on the ceilings. Venetian colored glass was installed in the windows and Mabel had her own private gondola moored by a waterfront structure reminiscent of something on the Grand Canal. This is a 30-room mansion directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay. The Art Museum resembles a fifteenth century Florentine villa and the 20 galleries are filled with over 500 pieces: El Greco, Rembrandt, Veronese and Velasquez, Frans Hals and Tintoretto and finest collection of Rubens and Baroque art in the country. Next visit the museum of the circus featuring handbills, posters, photographs, miniatures, calliopes and costumes and a full scale capturing of the spirit of the backyard of the Circus.   This will be preceded by a visit to Sarasota’s Amish Section where we will dine at one of wonderful buffet Restaurants and Amish gift shops.  Shoefly pie is not the only choice here where the freshness is legendary.  The Restaurant at the complex can be substituted for the Amish Restaurant if preferred.

 

$85 including the self-guided tour of the Mansion’s First Floor The Art Museum, Gardens and Circus Museum

 

Rate includes transportation and guided tour of Sarasota

 

Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am and return around 8pm

 

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*Sold Out Waitlist * Thursday, November 26th Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex Members $110 Guests $115 includes Transportation, Taxes, Gratuities and Tour of the Villages and Buffet featuring 7 Stations of the most creative culinary treats in a setting reminiscent of a Spanish Mission. “The dishes are prepared by an-award winning culinary team that reflects their experience from the finest kitchens around the world. On site Herb and Vegetable gardens bring a distinctive homegrown appeal and flavors earning us the reputation as a great spot for celebrating holiday events.”

 

The new section at the Villages is “Brownwood Paddock Square” based on our Florida Cracker History. The Villages has been for a few years the fastest growing city in the Country.  They have also doubled since 2010.   The Polo Grounds are modeled after the scene in My Fair Lady at the Ascot Races.  This trip has scenery, history and Amazing food with no dishes to clean up. Leave Suntree 9am, SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am  __________________________________________________________

 

LIGHT UP MOUNT DORA NOVEMBER 28

 

We’ll start the day in quaint Mount Dora visiting the Lakeside Inn of the 1880’s with its famous rocking chairs overlooking Lake Dora.  Mount Dora is more known for its resemblance to a New England town than the South.  The town features shops, lighthouse, yacht club, restaurants, nostalgia, antiques, Amish ice cream, miniature doll houses, a Sears Mail Order house, and a gallery collection of Thomas Kinkaid, the painter of light.  The Donnelly House is a striking piece of Victorian Gothic architecture located directly across the street from Donnelly Park. Yalaha German Bakery looks like an Alpine Scene out of Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. Speaking of the Black Forest have you tried their cake at the Yalaha Bakery?  The Bakery exports Breads including the 7 Grain Wheat bread all over the US.  Try the Liverwurst Sandwich from the Deli or the Chicken Raspberry Salad sandwich.  It’s all good.

 

Yalaha Bakery     

 

     

 

  

I Love Mount Dora

I Love Mount Dora

 

 

Then Mount Dora has one of the most Spectacular light displays anywhere at sunset! Rate $65 members $70 Guests including tours, guide and transportation

 

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8:30am Suntree Red Ginger, 8:50am Satellite Beach Recreation Center and CB 9:15am Return around 8:30pm

 

Disney with Masks

 

Return to the Most Magical Place on Earth with the Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket

 

Dates are tentative based on opening and closing times when Disney Calendars are finalized.

 

EPCOT – Food and Wine Festival November 30  10am departure Suntree Red Ginger 10:30am Cocoa Beach with an apx. 10:30pm return

 

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Thursday December 3  Holiday Decor at Magic Kingdom  8:30am departure Suntree Red Ginger 9am Cocoa Beach

 

Animal Kingdom with Avatar

 

Monday, December 7

 

Leave Suntree 8:30am and Coca Beach Beach 9:am

 

Members $45 Guests $50 includes Transportation, Tolls and Parking

 

Tickets are currently apx. $125 per day for the theme park entrances or $62 per day plus tax for a three-day pass Florida Residency pass includes the International Food  Festival at Epcot and Avatar at Animal Kingdom.

 

So, a three-day pass at 164 plus $11 tax is $175 is $186 /3 days =$62 per day plus $45 for transportation, tolls and parking= $107 per person per day

 

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Florida Residents can get a 2-day Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket for just $130 plus tax (that’s just $65 per day plus tax).

Lightner Museum at Holiday Time

St. Augustine at Holiday Time

Saturday, December 5 St. Augustine Holiday Time

 

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”  Saint Augustine (354-386)

 

After our late morning arrival in the center of Historic Saint Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, we will stop at the welcome center which unravels the progression of Florida’s history with a timeline of the city and here you can pick up a map of the town to follow along with during the tour.  Next, we will visit Flagler’s White Marble Crypt at the church he built in a year housing high ceiling as in European Cathedrals and the largest pipe organ in the Southeast.  After lunch, Step inside and step back in time!   A tour of the Old Town and the Tiffany Windows and the Lightner Museum will help us to re-live the history of this beautiful city.  The Lightner Museum is called the collection of collections.  See shrunken heads, Victorian furniture, a Mummy, Marble Carvings and a fabulous Music Room. Our driving city tour also includes a visit and samples from the Saint Sebastian Winery optional stop for those interested in it or extra shopping time.  We will have time to stroll the Downtown area with its’ more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wood crafts, to clothing and more.  Includes: Transportation aboard Van, taxes, admissions, Florida Greeters tour director, Lightner Museum entrance fees & sightseeing tour!  Tour includes: Transportation, Guided Sightseeing Tour, Winery, Flagler’s Church and Museums. All prices and itinerary are subject to change based upon availability! Members $70 Guests $75 Leave Walmart Viera 8:30am and Cocoa 9am and return around 10pm

 

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Plaid Tidings Dinner Theater Show and Tarpon Springs taste of Greece TBA

 

A “heaven-sent” holiday treat! Don’t miss the sequel to one of the most popular shows in the history of Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Forever Plaid. Laugh and celebrate with the “Plaid” boys as they continue their supernatural saga, returning from the afterlife – again – to play their very own hilarious Christmas special featuring a host of holiday songs. This high-spirited and hilarious holiday hit is sure to please any and all audiences – perfect for your holiday group outing.

 

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Pompeii Traveling Exhibit

Pompeii Traveling Exhibit

Pompeii, the Immortal City plus Little Vietnam and Winter Park

 

Lee Rosenkranz

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

Walmart Viera

 

8520 N. Wickham Road · Viera, FL

 

How to find us

 

White Mini-Bus with Orange Dayaway Travel Club signs on the sides near the Murphy’s Gas Station toward the Northwest corner of the parking lot!

 

Details

 

https://youtu.be/yhkeJCKsGTo

 

The site was lost for centuries and remained almost entirely untouched until 1748. Today, the most advanced scientific research brings to light the extraordinary achievements of Pompeii and the Roman world.

 

Plunge into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow you to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.

 

Through artwork, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.

 

Find yourself in the center of events as you hear and feel the roar of the volcano erupting before your eyes. Discover how the excavation of Pompeii in the 18th century influenced the development of archaeology as a scientific study. Play the role of archaeologists through the use of digital interactives and replicas of artifacts from Pompeii.

 

Although this exhibition is appropriate for people of all ages, some of the art features era-specific depictions of men and women without clothing.

 

We will be having Lunch in the Little Vietnam area with a plethora of great Pho soup and Vietnamese specialty luncheon spots plus Asian markets and a bargain Asian Import shop.

 

https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/orlando/little-saigon-vietnamese-restaurants-shops.html

 

The Last stop will include the lights and decorations of upscale Winter Park!

 

Members $70 Guests $75

 

Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s at 8:30am returning at apx. 8:30pm.

 

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The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

 

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

 

 

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melaleucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.

 

 

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

 

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

 

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9-ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

 

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

 

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

 

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Myakka Elephant Ranch and Arcadia plus the City of Murals (TBA)

 

Experience these majestic creatures up close and personal.

 

 

 

Learn everything about Elephants in an hour long educational seminar. You will also be learning about the struggles Elephants are facing and what conservationists are doing to protect these amazing creatures.   Arcadia is a Western Town in Florida on route through Florida’s Heartland.   The Town of Murals is award winning and Nationally recognized for its’ public display of over Forty Large Murals throughout the town.

 

Our Mission

 

From Tusk to Tail, African to Asian, elephant conservation is our primary purpose.

 

 Intimate elephant encounters guided by professional caregivers that will enlighten, educate, and provide for an unforgettable experience.

 

Knowledge and understanding are the gateway to global conservation and restoration of these majestic mammals.

 

Our passion, dedication, and collective efforts from the public ensure continued success in this vitally important endeavor. 

 

Leave Viera Walmart Murphys Gas 8am and Palm Bay Road Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:25am with 7 to 7:30pm return.

 

Members $80 Guests $85

 

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Learn everything about and what conservationists are doing to protect these amazing December 19 -*Long Ride Long Day-Amelia Island  *Sold Out

 

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is known for its spectacular Architecture including some beautiful Victorian style Restaurants and Homes. The town has an extensive list of buildings on the National Registry. The chamber of commerce building was a former train station downtown, After lunch. we will take either the boat ride or if inclement weather than we will do the museum.  The Amelia Island Museum is an informative place to learn the History of the town which has flown under 8 flags. This afternoon boat tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close-up view of the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.  The return ride includes Amelia Island Plantation Resort, The Petrified Forest, A ferry boat ride and a scenic ride along the shore passing three attractive state parks and then the St. Johns River to Mayport Naval Air Station.

 

Members $80 Guests $85 includes tour, transportation, and boat ride.

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am returning around 9 pm.

 

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Deland Art History and Nature    December 23

John and Yoko

John and Yoko

The town of Deland is loaded with interesting stops including an art in public places program with Sculptures, Poetry and Murals throughout the quaint and colorful town.  The town sometimes referred to as the “Athens of Florida” has the best art collection of Florida throughout the years featuring Nature, World War 2 Submarines, Native American, Spanish and British largescale paintings prominently displayed in a striking History Courthouse with large Roman-Greco Columns and a Southern Copper Top. The driving part of the tour includes the Boston Coffee Shop, the African American Museum, the Gemology Museum, the Stetson Mansion and Stetson University.

 

We will tour the Art Museum-

 

This diverse selection of permanent collection pieces explores the broad-reaching subjects of places and faces. From landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes, to photography and portraiture spanning Primitive, Cubist, and Abstract Expressionist movements, our Places and Faces exhibition is an exhilarating adventure in the richness and variety of the world we live in.

 

Highlights include: Elsie Freund’s spontaneous watercolor landscapes, Harold Garde’s Iconoclass panel, and a Jack Mitchell photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono – from the final comprehensive photo session of Lennon’s life, taken one month before his death.

 

Don’t miss this beautiful and transportive showcase right here in our DeLand gallery.

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:30am Satellite Beach 8:50am and Cocoa Beach 9am returning around 7 pm.

 

Members $55 Guests $60 includes sightseeing tour, museum admission, guide, and transportation

 

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December 25th Bok Tower and Christmas Décor at the Pinewood Estate

 

Today we will take the guided tour of the grounds to learn about the gardening! “Only an innate pessimist could go out in the vicinity of Lake Wales, see the beautiful scenery, groves, lakes and not acknowledge that Lake Wales is the best, a good place to live in and a good place to go to heaven from” Anyone who has made a pilgrimage to the soaring symmetry of Bok Tower does not doubt the accuracy of that statement. Named for its’ builder, Ladies Home Journal editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward W. Bok, the tower is 205 feet of coquina stone and pink Georgia marble, a Gothic-inspired spire with a frieze of Florida wildlife crowned by corner finials of eagles and pinnacles of herons, with a massive yellow brass repousse door depicting the story of creation from Genesis. Inside are carved the words of Bok’s Dutch grandmother, “Make you the world a bit better and beautiful because you have lived in it.”  Bok’s creation personifies that philosophy. He transformed a 300-foot mini-mountain (highest point of land in peninsula Florida) into a 130-acre sanctuary, utilizing the genius of the dean of American Landscape Architects Fredrick Law Olmstead, whose other credits along with his Father include the White House, Central Park and the Biltmore estate. For his Florida miracle, he imported tons of soil as base for a thousand imported oaks, 20,000 ferns, and azaleas, 300 magnolias and a hundred palms, two of which were planted by President Coolidge at the dedication in 1929. Everywhere there are exotic plants, orchids and jasmine and bauhinia, framing quiet corners for relaxation and meditation, for comprehending the words of naturalist John Burroughs prominently posted near the entrance: “I come here to find myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the world.” Explore Pinewood Estate’s beautiful gardens and 20 room Mediterranean-style mansion built in the early 1930s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is considered one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-style architecture in Florida.

 

Members $55 Guests $60 Entrances to Bok Tower and the Pinewood Estate, Guide and Transportation   Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am returning in the late afternoon.

 

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms and Cirque Dreams December 27

 

This amazing display replaces the Ice Exhibit this year so you will be warm and cozy and not in 9-degree Weather.   The beautifully designed Gaylord Palms Resort known for its huge glass enclosed replica of three Florida Ecosystems.  Key West, St. Augustine and the Everglades are effectively replicated.  You are inside but feel outside.  The magnificent decorations boost your holiday spirits.    The Biblical Stained-Glass Windows re tell the stories of the Bible from the beginning onward in a Majestic setting along with a detailed Nativity Scene.

 

I Love Christmas Movies™

 

An Immersive Pop-Up Experience

 

  • Interact and capture moments with the characters, sets and moments you know-and-love.
  • Over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more.
  • Featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™.
  • Travel with Buddy the Elf from Santa’s North Pole workshop to New York City; take photos in front of the Griswold’s house adorned with thousands of Christmas lights; and more

 

Members $75 Guests $80 including transportation, shows and displays plus an awarding winning lights display at Celebration FL and a neighborhood display that won National Recognition.   Leave Suntree Red Ginger @ 8:30am and Satellite Beach Recreation Center @ 8:50am with an 8pm return

 

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March 7-André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra

 

– (waitlist) a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! People cross States and even Countries to attend these events which are also known for watching Audience participants Waltz in the aisles. Our Center Seats are in Section 110 Row 9 which is about 10 rows lower than when we went in 2017.  Members $175 per person Guests $180 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schechter Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall has a choice of Brio Tuscan, PF Chang, California Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory or a well assorted group of choices in the food court.

 

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Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard  Deluxe Modern Minibus 6 days 5 nights March 21-26, 2021

 

Day 1: Board our air-conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World-Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second-generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chicory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi, we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800-acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

 

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due, 2021 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

 

RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

 

e-mail address: ____________________            Pick up point:   ___________

 

Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

 

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Travel Terms and Conditions

 

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open-Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. They want to be updated on the safety/cleanliness policies

 

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

 

Temperature Checks & Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

 

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations.

Optional After Meeting Lunch 11:45am

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises

of 7 days or longer booked through the club!

(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by

CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!

Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure.

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!

Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
  By Dr. Seuss

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The Dora Canal Tour! August 15

 

This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica or the Amazon. Depart Suntree Red Ginger 7:45a Satellite Beach 8am Cocoa Beach 8:30am return apx. 6pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930’s, Grantlant Rice, a leading sports writer, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora.  Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals.  The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800’s the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region.  Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando.  One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland…the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.”  The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county.  In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal.  Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County.  Lunch, Shopping and browsing time at the quaint & colorful village type shops of Mount Dora and a stop at Trader Joes on the return. $75 Member’s $80  guests

 

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Dade City Pioneer Museum, Brooksville Groves and Country Roads Saturday September 12, 2020

 

This pioneer museum has a railroad station and train cars plus an old fashioned moonshine still, schoolhouse, church, crafts and art room, plus a hilly field. It’s a highly nostalgic spot with some good history and architecture. The road between Dade City and Brooksville is countryfied with hills in Florida but it doesn’t look like Florida. Leave Red Ginger 8am, Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8:45am with a 7:30pm return.  Tour includes admissions, tour, guide and attractions!  Members $50 Guests $55

 

Dade City Pioneer Museum Civil War Event

 

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Saturday, September 19

John Ringling Home

Ca d Zan House of John

The Ringling Complex is like a trip to Europe without leaving Florida

 

 

 

Tour the three-part Ringling Museum.  The Ringling’s, John and Mabel were in love with all things Venetian.  Their Mansion was modeled after the Doge’s Palace and christened with a name from the Venetian vernacular, Ca’d’Zan, the house of John. Their bedrooms had eighteenth century Venetian furnishings; their game room Venetian Carnival figures painted on the ceilings. Venetian colored glass was installed in the windows and Mabel had her own private gondola moored by a waterfront structure reminiscent of something on the Grand Canal. This is a 30 room mansion directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay. The Art Museum resembles a fifteenth century Florentine villa and the 20 galleries are filled with over 500 pieces: El Greco, Rembrandt, Veronese and Velasquez, Frans Hals and Tintoretto and finest collection of Rubens and Baroque art in the country. Next visit the museum of the circus featuring handbills, posters, photographs, miniatures, calliopes and costumes and a full scale capturing of the spirit of the backyard of the Circus.      This will be preceded by a visit to Sarasota’s Amish Section where we will dine at one of wonderful buffet Restaurants and Amish gift shops.  Shoefly pie is not the only choice here where the freshness is legendary.  The Restaurant at the complex can be substituted for the Amish Restaurant if preferred.

 

$85 including the self-guided tour of the Mansion’s First Floor

 

The Art Museum, Gardens and Circus Museum

 

Rate includes transportation and guided tour of Sarasota

 

Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am and return around 8pm

 

 

 

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The new Dali Museum St. Pete

The Dali Museum St. Pete

October 3-The Dali Museum and Mazzaro’s Deli Market Restaurant

Dali St Pete

Surrealistic Art from Salvador Dali at the World’s Largest Collection of his Art

An opportunity to witness the works of one of the World’s most offbeat talented Artists of his time.   Dali, the symbolic artist with his large-scale paintings within a painting and the incredible Persistence of Time.  What a luxury it is that we have the World’s largest collection of Salvador Dali. The Dali has doubled its’ size. We visit Haslam’s Book Store which is the oldest and largest in the State.

 

WELCOME TO MAZZARO’S ITALIAN MARKET

 

From fresh roasted coffee to delicious deli selections, gourmet baked goods to handmade pastas and specialty cheeses, Mazzaro’s is more than a one-of-a-kind Italian gourmet market – it’s one of Tampa Bay’s favorite culinary destinations.

 

Voted #1 of 703 Restaurants in St. Petersburg

 

Leave Suntree 7:45am Satellite Beach 8:05am Cocoa Beach 8:30am returning around 8:30pm.   Members $75 Guests $80 includes tour guide, transportation, sightseeing, the State’s largest Book Store and Exhibit Entrances. Lunch at Mazzaro’s is not included

 

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Saturday, TBA

 

Anna Maria Island Saturday, October • This trip sold out fast a few times The Beach House Restaurant has a selection of fresh seafood and farm to fork features on the Waterfront. The Rod and Reel Pier has a view of Passage Key and Egmont Key and the Gulf Beyond. We will visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This Island just west of Bradenton is known for its’ great little eateries and views of the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour around Bradenton. The Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference: New amenities enhance the old charm for a winning combination. Village of the Arts-One day I took a little side trip off the island to Bradenton to explore Village of the Arts. This artists’ colony covers several 1920s Crayola-colored cottages, each featuring a variety of artsy offerings, most open Friday and Saturday. My favorite was Dancing Crane Gallery, with its sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics. I especially loved the gem shop inside, where an artist designs your own piece of jewelry on the spot. I also enjoyed Village Voices & Eclectic Art Emporium, with its Florida author-written books, an art gallery, and local woodwork. “Let’s Not Shout About IT” Having worked in the travel industry all of my life I have visited quite a few places. This beach at the North End of Anna Maria is in my humble opinion among the best in the world. It is so quiet and unspoiled Stroll Anna Maria Green Point Village Members $60 Guests $65 includes Tours, Guide, Transportation and Museum Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am with about an 8pm return.

 

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Saturday October 10-*Long Ride Long Day-Amelia Island

 

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is known for its spectacular Architecture including some beautiful Victorian style Restaurants and Homes. The town has an extensive list of buildings on the National Registry. The chamber of commerce building was a former train station downtown, After lunch. we will take either the boat ride or if inclement weather than we will do the museum.  The Amelia Island Museum is an informative place to learn the History of the town which has flown under 8 flags. This afternoon boat tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close-up view of the ruins of the Dungeoness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.  The return ride includes Amelia Island Plantation Resort, The Petrified Forest, A ferry boat ride and a scenic ride along the shore passing three attractive state parks and then the St. Johns River to Mayport Naval Air Station.

 

Members $80 Guests $85 includes tour, transportation, and boat ride.

 

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am returning around 9 pm.

 

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Cassadaga Spiritual Tour

 

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Cassadaga Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community October 18
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service. Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh. The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books. The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations. If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.
Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake. Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations. The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small-town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $50 Guests $55 – includes transportation, Public Readings, Services, Healings and Guide. * It is a good idea to bring some singles which can be used as donation tips during the Reiki Healing, Church Service and Public Readings.

 

Walmart Viera

 

8520 N. Wickham Road · Viera, FL

 

How to find us

 

White Mini-Bus with Orange Dayaway Travel Club sign on the sides! near Murphy’s Gas Station

 

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Return to the Most Magical Place on Earth with the Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket

 

Disney with Masks

 

Leave Suntree 9am and Satellite Beach 9:15am

 

Members $45 Guests $50 includes Transportation, Tolls and Parking

 

Tickets are currently apx. $100 per day for the theme park entrances or $65 per day plus tax for a two day pass or $58 per day with a three day Florida Residency pass includes the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot and this summer the new Star Wars area at Disney Studios.

 

So a two day pass at 130 is $65 per day plus $45 for transportation, tolls and parking= $110 per person per day plus tax

 

Florida Residents can get a 2-day Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket for just $130 plus tax (that’s just $65 per day plus tax). Or, enjoy more magic with a 3-day or 4-day specially priced ticket.

 

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Thursday, November 26th

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex

 

Members $110 Guests $115 includes Transportation, Taxes, Gratuities and Tour of the Villages and Buffet featuring 7 Stations of the most creative culinary treats in a setting reminiscent of a Spanish Mission. “The dishes are prepared by an-award winning culinary team that reflects their experience from the finest kitchens around the world. On site Herb and Vegetable gardens bring a distinctive homegrown appeal and flavors earning us the reputation as a great spot for celebrating holiday events.”

 

The new section at the Villages is “Brownwood Paddock Square” based on our Florida Cracker History. The Villages has been for a few years the fastest growing city in the Country.  They have also doubled since 2010.   The Polo Grounds are modeled after the scene in My Fair Lady at the Ascot Races.  This trip has scenery, history and Amazing food with no dishes to clean up. Leave Suntree 9am, SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am _________________________________________________________________________

 

The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

 

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

 

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melaleucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.

 

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

 

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

 

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9-ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

 

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

 

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

 

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Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard Deluxe Modern Minibus 6 days 5 nights March  21 to 26, 2021

 

Day 1: Board our air conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World-Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second-generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chicory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi, we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800-acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

 

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due August 6, 2020 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

 

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RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

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e-mail address: ____________________            Pick up point:   ___________

 

Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

 

Travel Guidelines-

 

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open-Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. 14 Day Cancellation on Day Trips
  7. They want to be updated on the safety/cleanliness policies

 

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

 

Temperature Checks & Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

 

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 

 

Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents Travel by Design

 

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

 

If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”

 

This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club Meeting is Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations. Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club! (Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members! Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure. Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!  By Dr. Seuss

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June 23  *Sold Out* Scenic Drive of Juno, Jupiter Island and the Turtle Loggerhead Marinelife Center

 

This will be an easygoing freeflowing trip to ease into the return of touring.  We will explore some scenic Drive areas and lunch overlooking the River in Jupiter.  We will stop at the Sea Turtle Hospital which does wonderful rehab work with injured Turtles from as far away as the Galapagos Islands.  We will go where the road goes through covered Banyon Trees forming a canopy over the road toward some of the most equisite Mansions in the World on Jupiter Island. Members $50 and Guests $55 includes transportation, guided sightseeing and the admission to the Turtle Museum.   Leave Suntree 9am and Satellite Beach 9:20am

 

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The Dora Canal Tour! July 11

 

This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica, or the Amazon. Depart Suntree Red Ginger 7:45a  Satellite Beach 8 am Cocoa Beach 8:30 am return apx.

 

6 pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930s, Grantlant Rice, a leading sportswriter, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora.  Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals.  The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800s the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region.  Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando.  One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland…the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.”  The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county.  In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets, and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal.  Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County.  Lunch,  Lunch, Shopping and browsing time   at the quaint & colorful village-type- shops of Mount Dora and a stop at Trader Joes on the return. $75 Member’s $80  guestsDora Canal CruiseWhite Egret Bird on a Cypress Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 25 Lake Placid Caladiums and the Town of Murals

 

Florida Cracker Cattle Mural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We make stops at fruit markets and welcome centers and fudge places and sights along the route and the return. Lake Placid Florida Includes a tour of the Caladium Growing Fields, Farms and Life size Murals.  Virtually all of the World’s Caladiums are grown here in Lake Placid, Florida.  If you travel to Tulip time in Amsterdam or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Caladiums will still be from Lake Placid.  The Mural Society contributes to the beauty of our town and helps preserve our colorful history. 36 murals grace the sides of buildings around town and even the trash containers have color and style.  $70 members $75 guests Leave 7am Suntree, 7:15am SB and 7:45am CB Return around 7p.m. Lunch on own at Chicanes located in the atmosphere of the Inn on the Lake in Sebring Lake Placid Florida has so much to offer; it’s no wonder more and more people are calling it home!  Just ask Reader’s Digest who voted Lake Placid Florida America’s Most Interesting Town!! Known as the Caladium Capital of the World, Lake Placid has 27 freshwater lakes, beautiful Murals around town depicting our history, Toby’s Clown School and the historical Happiness Tower which rises 270 feet above ground. (Sorry, Tower tours are not available at this time) Enjoy a historically good time at the Depot Museum which is the home of the red caboose and local history artifacts displayed by the Lake Placid Historical Society. Indoor attractions include a movie about the making of the murals and framed renditions of all of the town’s now 40 something murals and the Caladium coop arts and crafts shop made up of several of the local artisans crafts, antiques and small gift items available for purchase. They have added a Vintage and special cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors gather to participate in this increasingly popular car show.  Where is the Lake Wales Ridge, and how did it form?

 

  • The Ridge is about 110 miles long, running from south of Lake Placid to north of Clermont; and averages about 15 miles in width.
  • US 27 runs on top of the Ridge.
  • The Lake Wales Ridge is the largest, highest, and the oldest of the ridges of Central Florida. Other nearby ridges include the Winter Haven Ridge, Bombing Range Ridge, and the Mount Dora Ridge.
  • The average height of the Lake Wales Ridge is about 100 feet above sea level; however, some sections are much higher: the hill at Bok Tower near Lake Wales is 295 feet above sea level.
  • The ridges were formed as coastal ridges when the seas were higher, and the Lake Wales Ridge is at least a million years old. The ridges are sometimes collectively called “Florida’s Ancient Islands”.

 

Why so special?

 

  • As the ridges were once isolated islands, they developed unique habitats and ecosystems that survive … and thrive when conserved … to this day.
  • Thanks to these unique ecosystems, the local area is a hotspot for endemics (species that are found only in one location). Highlands and Polk counties are #10 and #11 on the list for rare species in the whole country!
  • The Florida Scrub Jay is an example of an endangered endemic.
  • Two habitats that are found only here are “Ancient Scrub” (primarily low scrub oak with lots of open sand) and “Sandhill” (Pine and Turkey Oak on rolling sand hills). Many conservation areas on the Ridge have one or both of these habitats.

 

Why care? We get most of our water from rainfall recharging the aquifers underneath where we live. The natural lands provide the water … naturally and free. _______________________________________________________________________

 

  The Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River Singing Boat Ride! Aug 1

 

A stop has been added at the Nationally famous Yalaha German Bakery for a snack stop on route because lunch at the Blue Gator will not be till 2pm. Singing River Tours specializes in eco-tours on a comfortable, covered 40′ pontoon boat with the addition of original music! The tours offer education about the local area and its history, as well as the environment and wildlife along the beautiful waters of the crystal clear spring-fed Rainbow River and the dark, swamp-fed Withlacoochee River, in west central Florida. Your tour guide, Jon Semmes, is a professional boat captain and musician. Jon shares his knowledge of Florida’s ecology and history through story and song. What sets Singing River Tours apart from other river cruises is Jon’s talent with guitar and voice. As a professional musician and entertainer, Jon has spent many years sharing music and stories with audiences large and small. Singing River Tours offers a standard eco-tour lasting about an hour and forty minutes. All tours are handicap-accessible Rainbow Springs is arguably the most beautiful park in Florida for Natural Scenery.  This is one of the few spots in Florida with Waterfalls.  The waters are clean and clear and the foiliage is lush and colorful.   Return stop at Russell Stover Outlet Shop. The Luncheon Restaurant has outdoor and indoor seating overlooking the Riverfront! Members $75 Guests $80 including admissions, transportation and guided sightseeing Leave Suntree 8:15am Satellite Beach 8:30am __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Floatathon 2020 Ginnie Springs August  8

 

Ginnie Springs is a privately-owned park with tubing, swimming & snorkeling in a pristine environment!   ALCOHOL PERMITTED! “The most popular freshwater dive site in the world can be found at Ginnie Springs on the banks of the Santa Fe River” called Visibility Forever by Jacques Cousteau.   Great Outdoors voted best new Restaurant in Florida is located in a former 1800’s Opera House converted into a 2-story restaurant reflecting High Springs’ outdoor activities for which it is named & located in. High Springs is a nostalgic look at old Florida known for Quaint & colorful shops, cafes, Southern décor & Oak Trees with Spanish Moss! Members $75, Guests $80 Rate includes transportation & park entrance! Tube rentals & lunch are extra! Bring Sun Screen, Snorkel, Towel, Swim wear & change of clothes.  Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:45am, Returns around 9pm

 

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 Saturday, TBA Mount Dora, Yalaha German Bakery and the Annual Harvest Grape Stomp Festival at the Lakeridge Winery!

 

We’ll start the day in quaint Mount Dora visiting the Lakeside Inn of the 1880’s with its famous rocking chairs overlooking Lake Dora.  Mount Dora is more known for its resemblance to a New England town than the South.  The town features shops, lighthouse, yacht club, restaurants, nostalgia, antiques, Amish ice cream, miniature doll houses, and a Sears Mail Order house which now houses a collection of Thomas Kinkaid, the painter of light.  The Donnelly House is a striking piece of Victorian Gothic architecture located directly across the street from Donnelly Park. Yalaha German Bakery looks like an Alpine Scene out of Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. Speaking of the Black Forest have you tried their cake at the Yalaha Bakery?  The Bakery Exports Breads including the 7 Grain Wheat bread all over the US.    Rate $59 members $65 guests Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:15am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am Rate includes transportation, tour guide, entrance fee, and taxes, lunch cost is not included but many choices are available. Lakeridge Winery’s flagship festival has the ever-popular annual stomping of the grapes and loads of fun for the entire family, all ages welcomes to participate.  Incredible live Music can be enjoyed during the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tastings. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

RESERVATION FORM:  Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:  6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321)259-6300 Internet: www.dayawaytravelclub.com E-mail:  dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

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Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. _______________________________________________________________

 

Cassadaga Details

 

Link to Slides-
https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/halloween-in-cassadega

 

Cassadaga Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community October 18
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service. Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh. The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books. The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations. If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.
Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake. Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations. The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $50 Guests $55 – includes transportation, Public Readings, Services, Healings and Guide. * It is a good idea to bring some singles which can be used as donation tips during the Reiki Healing, Church Service and Public Readings.

 

 

 

Walmart Viera

 

8520 N. Wickham Road · Viera, FL

 

 

 

How to find us

 

White Mini-Bus with Orange Dayaway Travel Club sign on the sides! near Murphy’s Gas Station

 

 

 

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Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard Deluxe Modern Minibus

 

6 days 5 nights October 25 to 30, 2020

 

Day 1:Board our air conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chickory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800 acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

 

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due July 6, 2020 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

 

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The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

 

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

 

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

 

 

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schector Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melelucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.

 

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

 

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway  hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

 

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9 ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

 

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

 

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

 

RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations  and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

 

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

 

e-mail address: _________________            Pick up point:   ___________

 

Travel Guidelines for the first few tours—-

 

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. 14 Day Cancellation on Day Trips
  7. They want to be updated on the safety/cleaniness policies

 

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

 

Temperature Checks

 

Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

 

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them

 

And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Port Canaveral Staying the Course

Port Canaveral Staying the Course


by Lee | Jul 5, 2020 | Blogger | 0 comments

Port Canaveral is considered a destination in and of itself with Restaurants, Charter Boats, Fishing, Beaches, Marina, Morton Salt and quite a bit more.   A major Aquarium is in its future growth plans. After all, where else can see a Rocket Launch from your Balcony.

Photo credit: Steven Madow, www.stevenmadow.com

MSC Cruises to base ship at Port Canaveral next spring, becoming fifth cruise line here
Dave Berman, Florida TodayPublished 11:12 a.m. ET June 4, 2020 | Updated 3:34 p.m. ET June 4, 2020        The MSC Divina will redeploy to Port Canaveral next spring. (Photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises announced Thursday that it will begin sailing out of Port Canaveral next spring, becoming the fifth major cruise line to have ships based at Brevard County’s seaport.

The Swiss-based cruise line — known for its upscale ships — said it will base the MSC Divina at Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port, ranked by passenger volume.

The ship will offer a mix of three-, four- and seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Sundays and Thursdays.

“With this new, easily accessible home port, MSC Cruises’ guests will now have the option of exploring the Orlando area pre- or post-cruise, and extending their vacation experience,” the cruise line said in a statement announcing its plans.

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said the port is “very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises USA” and is “excited to be the home port for the beautiful MSC Divina.”

Murray said the partnership with MSC “is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner, providing the best possible experience for their guests.”

MSC Cruises USA President Ruben Rodriguez said Port Canaveral “has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers, since it is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals, and provides nearby access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to offer sailings from Port Canaveral on the modern and elegant MSC Divina for the first time.”

I had the pleasure of sailing on the Innagural of this lovely Vessel from the Port of Miami to Port Canaveral. It coincided with the promotion for the Exploration Tower at the port-

Astronaut Winston Scott at the Exploration Tower

Here was an opportunity to meet and briefly chat with a great Astronaut! Pictured here Astronaut Winston Scott and Lee Rosenkranz, CTC

 

 

Exploration Tower Port Canaveral

Each Floor of the building is loaded with historical information, environmental infrastructure, wildlife descriptions and visual effects. They mostly correspond to the surrounding area.

MSC Divina

This Sleek Beautiful ship is going to be sailing from Port Canaveral!

 

The Divina portrays an era of the great Diva Stars of Song and Screen-

MSC Divina Promo

A Great Lady of Song and Screen!

A brief link showing of the amazing performances onboard the MSC Divina soon to be homeported in Port Canaveral on the Space Coast of Florida. I describe it as a cross between the Moulin Rouge and Cirque Du Soleil! However the Theme tonight is Piratical  https://youtu.be/MXQr0wOAkg8

A legend in the Travel Industry since his early beginnings with Pan Am and then his first Cruise Line Costa as a Sales Representative.  I remember the first time he came to My Dad, Sam Rosenkranz’s Bon Voyage Travel on the very busy 163rd Street in North Miami Beach. There must have been 10 travel agencies within about a five-block radius in that part of town I remember most sales reps came by gave you a brochure and a pen and said here, now go sell our products. Sasso looked over the place and said before I leave here today I’m gonna fill your board with Costa ships.    My Dad had a listing board which in those days had push letters onto a board which stated, “Join our Groups and $ave”.  In those days there was a substantial saving in the group sailing versus an individual sailing.  Sasso started going through his offerings of Federico C and Enrico C and Carla C and every C he had plus the Flavia, etc…   He cut a deal for each one and then stuck the letters and prices on the board himself and when he left the agency looked like a satellite office of Costa. And… never mind a cheap promo pen he gave me a book on Cruising the Caribbean that I kept to this day.  I guess that’s the way to climb the ranks.   This was followed by an outstanding Cruise Industry Career culminating as CEO of MSC USA pictured here is Rick Sasso-

MSC Orchestra Inauguration

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA-Donna-Steffanelli-Rizzo-and-Lee-A.-Rosenkranz-MSC-Orchestra-Inauguration-

 

 

MSC USA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA, Gina Rosenkranz and Lee Rosenkranz of Florida Greeters/Dayaway Travel

Costa Cruise Ad

Join our Groups and $ave! This was a few years later and the format is still used.

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz's Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz’s Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair!

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Very Young Guest Dancing

This young fellow was highly inspired by the entertaining features from MSC Cruises so he broke into his own steps to add to the mix!

Copy of MSC Production Appreciation award to Florida Greeters from MSC

We liked them so much from the Opera to the RIsotto and from the Dance Lessons to the Classical Music we escorted a group of 80 to Bermuda from Florida and MSC awarded our efforts.   We’ll tell you more about that in a separate article!

Pirates, Sunken Ships along the Hutchinson Island Treasure Coast and the Suwanee River

Don Pedro Gilbert is the namesake of the last remaining House of Refuge Building on Hutchinson Island according to his story on page 25 of “Twenty Florida Pirates” and just offshore from that historic house was the sinking of the “Georges Valentine” in 1904 on page 85 according to the book “Thirty Florida Shipwrecks” They have some of the original log books written at the time of the wrecks and salvages from the area. you can join in on a Motorcoach trip on Saturday November 14th in conjunction with the South Brevard Historical Society.

To read the Itinerary hit www.dayawaytravelclub.com then hit menu.

This is your link to the slideshow on the Treasure Coast and the Florida Folk Festival on the Suwanee RIver

Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion

“If you’re only going to one Holiday Attraction make it the Stetson Mansion”

 

How did a cowboy hat maker from Philadelphia who sells mainly to the West end up with a Florida Mansion? These are the type of questions that you may ponder as you visit the decorated Mansion of John B Stetson built in 1886. You may want to keep in mind that we have older large homes in Florida, circa Antebellum such as Kingsley, Gamble and Bronson Mullholland or the Gonsalvez Alvarez house in St. Augustine which is pre Revolutionary War and referred to as the oldest house. However, the most popular well known opulent Mansions of Florida such as Viscaya, Pinewood, Selby, Whitehall and Ringling’s Ca’ D’ Zan (House of John) were all built in the 1900’s not late 1800’s like Stetson. What a job these guys have done putting this place back together again, Bravo to them! I can almost see Stetson, his hat, dog and walking stick in front of the Mansion. Wait a minute, I can see them based on one of the wonderful Jackson Walker paintings usually housed in the nearby Historic Courthouse in Deland’s Historic District sometimes referred to as the “Athens of Florida”.

Figure 1 John B. Stetson by Jackson Walker

 

  I think that the copper top domes of the old Southern courthouses along with

the Greco-Roman columns Architectural Stylings

were modeled after ancient Greece, the birthplace of Democracy.

 

Figure 2 Tower of the Historic Deland Courthouse

 

Figure 3 Corinthian Columns
Figure 4 Stetson Mansion Exterior
 The Athens Theater  has once again been restored for Shows and events in Downtown Deland! This picture hangs in the Deland House on Campus.
Figure 5 Painting of the Athens Theater
from the Gilded Age of Dress and Style.

 

Back view of those incredible inlaid windows
The Bamboo Meditative Garden on the Mansion premises

 

 

My favorite year to year tour selection was always Cypress Gardens with its’  4,000 twinkling lights, wonderful train exhibits, Santa through the ages, Olympic Russian Circus and Ice Skating shows, comedy, gardens and the Eye in the Sky.  However, what makes the Stetson a great substitute is that this is actually a home with ramped up decorations, themes, exquisite parquet floors, glass windows and a feel of the Holidays.  It’s kind of what you think you might want to do if you had the time, ability, finances, space and creativity.  If not it’s easier and much more reasonable to see it here since the boy’s have started over the past several years inviting us in at a reasonable rate to check it out.  And… it changes from year to year.   From pieces of the Frozen theme to Patriotism. From  Stetson Hats to collectibles.  From decked out trees to colorful islands and seas, from quilts to covers and music and lights and extended secret nooks and cranies and flights of stairs and paths to Asia and beyond. If you have the imagination you can make believe its’ yours or talk to the walls of yesteryear and Stetson or other time period characters who visited. How about Grover Cleveland since he seemed to leave his mark all over Florida.  Bring the Outside in and take the inside out. Let’s do it again and again and see what they come up with next.   One of this year themes included pathways so let’s borrow one from the White Sands Buddhist Sanctuary in Mims-

 For these and other day trip ideas from the Space Coast of Florida e-mail:  Lee c/o floridagreeters@yahoo.com or visit www.dayawaytravel.com then highlight current calendar.
Link to 2014 Stetson Decoration Video

 

Can you view a Plantation Home in Florida?

Can you view a Plantation Home in Florida?

The South’s Rice Plantations are evident in the Carolina Low Country and the Cotton Plantations were abundant in Georgia and Mississippi.  There were Sugar Plantations from Maryland to Georgia typically 500 to 1000 acres in size.  So what kind of Plantation can we still visit in Florida?  It’s the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville’s Fort George Island which grew Cotton and Indigo with a colorful story filled past and a  viewable present.

According to most accounts Zephaniah Kingsley was a nineteenth century slave trader of Scottish descent who married a very young (13 year old) African Princess. She herself became the trainer of most of their help over the years. The controversy was over the will which left most of his funds to his Black wife.  She left for the Island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).  According to some accounts she fought for her inheritance and his prejudiced family relatives and after a long battle won, she returned to Jacksonville to live out her days as the wealthiest Black Woman in America at the time.  Some believe she still haunts the premises and seances have been held there, I’m told.

 

Archaeological Digs with the help of the University of Florida team has uncovered the Slaves who died on the grounds so at least now people can acknowledge the site and remember who and where they were.
“The approach to the plantation is as interesting as the site itself:  the last portion on the unpaved road under canyons of gnarled oak branches graced by gently weaving Spanish moss. The road passes the highest point of coastal land south of New Jersey, past the Fort George Golf Club, past the point where French Huguenot pioneers offered the first Protestant prayer in the new world in May, 1562”
from Robert Tolf’s Discover Florida
Can you imagine that the entire size of your living quarters was the equivalent of only a Queen Bed today.
These quarters were made of a tabby like coquina rock form and are some of the last remaining samples of this type of quarters anywhere placing them on the National Historic Register
The view of the back of the Plantation was originally the front and most supplies arrived by boat.
Bicycling for Fun on The Guest Blog with Madhatter, Gary Haas

Bicycling for Fun on The Guest Blog with Madhatter, Gary Haas


Bicycling for Fun 

News from MadHatterPromotions.com aka Gary MadHatter Haas
 
There is something about getting out on my bicycle that kicks my endorphins into high gear. I think it is mostly to do with the sense of freedom, of being disconnected from agendas and leaving the day up to whimsy.
 
OK, maybe not entirely to whimsy. My routes, or circuits often require me to plan ahead so that I am not stuck many miles from home when the weather changes or darkness falls. Even wind direction and speed is often taken into account. Yet those things I’ve back-up plans for. Wherever I pedal, more than a few miles, I am wearing a backpack with tools for modest repairs, a rain poncho, extra batteries for both pairs of lights. You get the picture. Still, when I head out, the day is usually mine!
 
I’m also not fond of retracing my route. I prefer a circuit where I will leave my home in one direction, and return from the other direction so that the view always changes. A short ride will take me north to Cocoa Village along the river, then inland to Fiske Boulevard, then south to Avenue Viera (OK, World Of Beer), then home to Lake Pointe Suntree. A long ride will take me north or south, then over one of the causeways, then up/down the beaches, finally back over another causeway and then the run for the barn to home. A REALLY long ride, done only once, took me from Suntree, through Cocoa Village, over to Cocoa Beach, then up to Port Canaveral, then back south all the way to Wabasso (south of Sebastian Inlet), over to US1, up to Captain Hiram’s, then home (Stopped at Squid Lips). I’m in no shape to do that today but will try it again eventually.
 
My approach is different than the racers that frequently blow past me. Frankly, I don’t know how they are even aware of much of the environment that they are rolling through doing the speeds they do, other than the road ahead. I’m sure speeds of 25 to 30 mph is common for them. For myself, I’m riding a hybrid (half mountain bike and half beach cruiser) and I average about 12 mph. I’m determined not to miss anything, to enjoy all that my environment will communicate to me as I roll past. I appreciate the fresh air, smells, sights, and exercise, though I’m not severely straining myself most of the way. Sometimes I will kick it into high gear. And bridges are always a challenge for a while. But I consider exercise to be a fringe benefit.
 
My usual habit is to roll about ten to twelve miles then take a break, usually at a bar, for medicinal purposes, you understand. If the weather is fair and obstacles are few I can cover fifty miles or more in a day without overly straining myself.
 
In recent years I have managed to compromise these events slightly but consider the results well worth it. Group bicycle rides are fun to plan and execute. While independence is sacrificed the added enjoyment of bicycling with friends more than makes up for it, especially at the stops! Essentially it becomes a party on wheels, the un-motorized kind. While not a pub crawl in the truest sense the common ground is that there is a party at each stop, you know most of the group already there, and the group remixes at each stop so that you get more chances to make new friends.
 
To combine both formats, independent bicycling plus a group ride, is the best format of all. This means riding from my home to the start of the group ride, doing the group ride, then continuing on, on my own, eventually returning home. This requires some planning and a long day.
 
What’s next, I hear you ask? I’m in the market for a riverine kayak. The plan is to do in a kayak down the Indian river what I do on a bicycle. And yes, it is just a matter of time before that becomes a group adventure too.
 
Friend me on Facebook at Gary MadHatter Haas and visit www.MadHatterPromotions.com for more shenanigans.

  

 





Let’s Go Horsing Around in Ocala

Let’s Go Horsing Around in Ocala

Ocala is known as the Horse breeding capital of the US with over 1000 farms in the vicinity.  We named our tour to the area, “Let’s go Horse around in Ocala” and we did.   We saw $100,000 Thoroughbred studs behind bars that we were warned could bite off your fingers and some fed them apples anyway.

We saw Arabians gentle as a baby and some with their babies that we could feed and pet to our heart’s content.

We heard stories about race winners and their offspring that won several major races up to and including the Kentucky Derby and even the triple crown bred in Florida.

We saw them feed, play, run and literally pose as some of them were show horses that are trained to look good.  Ocala Horse Properties in their Farm Portfolio features the following quote, “Horses- If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.”    Another states, “A dog may be man’s best friend… but the horse wrote history.”  And finally the great spokesman himself Winston Churchill wrote, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And we think that in this instance he was referring to horses.

We started our tour with a look around the historic area of Ocala which has some special houses plus the seven sisters Bed &Breakfast.  This is a property of International acclaim where you can stay in a exotic room decorated as Egyptian, Beijing China, Madrid, Spain, a Parisian Boudoir or the Moroccan Suite.  I have sent clients here for a New Year’s Weekend with a Murder Mystery encompassing the exotic rooms and their main dining area to solve the spoof like a sleuth.  Ask the owner’s about the paranormal history surrounding the property. “ You only get 52 weekends a year
Make the most of each and every one of them with a weekend getaway. Choose your own adventure at one of our great weekend destinations. Be a Weekender.” (source Hilton)  Our next stop is your home away from home for comfort food Southern Style at the new Ivy House in Ocala.  We have been dining at the original in Williston (apx. 20 miles west)

Williston above and Ocala Below

but this was our first encounter with the newly remodeled former Felix’s.  I must say I love what you’ve done with the place was my first thought upon entering what seems to be a Southern tradition similar to Poogan’s Porch

in Charleston where the rooms are set up like you’re in a large house but small areas decorated in French Country or other southern motifs.  The food was ample and tasty just like at their cousin’s in Williston.

Our guide, Karen Grimes, stepped on the coach after lunch and suffice it to say she knows her way around a horse and horse country.  We learned a tidbit or two about some very prominent families in the area including Charlotte Weber who resides on the largest of the properties named Live Oak and she owns not only Campbell’s as in soup but Godiva as in chocolates and an incredible property that stretches out for a long while.  And then we spotted the Steinbrenner ranch which has a new home under construction in view from the road.  Our last stop of the day in Ocala was the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Building which besides having a very impressive meeting room where I imagined large horse affairs getting sorted out also included some interesting memorabilia on two floors.

Many towns have a theme and our Horse Capital is plainly carrying out theres’ with an art in public places colorfully painted horse statue collection.

We didn’t do the scavenger hunt to find them all since I understand they number over forty but we did see a few in various locations throughout town and country.   We’ll be back since  1000 ranches might take a few trips to get through and we didn’t have time to visit John Travolta’s fly in neighborhood yet and this town has its’  own serious contenders for our Blueberry search since they have many Blueberry farms and you pickum’s all around.

 

 

Update for Story on Blueberries

Update for Story on Blueberries

We’ve got some links and updates on the Blueberry story:

This is a link to a Farm to Fork video on some interesting uses for Blueberries in Salsa, Vinegar and in a sauce on top of Salmon!

http://video.aarp.org/video/Farm-to-Fork-Blueberries?intcmp=AARP_Taboola_2rvideo

 March 14 or 3.14 is the mathematical answer to the symbol Π.  Albert Einstein was born on 3/14/1879
 
And.. from the Movie Life of PI

A Facebook post from the Blueberry Festival in Island Grove near Micanopy

Blueberry ice cream blueberry muffins blueberry jams preserves and flats plus blueberry goat milk fudge blueberry wine and blueberry soy candles at the Blieberry Festival with a bit of pickin and grinnin’ on a beautiful day

 — at 301 Blueberries – Island Grove.

 

Blueberry ice cream blueberry muffins blueberry jams preserves and flats plus blueberry goat milk fudge blueberry wine and blueberry soy candles at the Blieberry Festival with a bit of pickin and grinnin' on a beautiful day

 

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Blueberries  By Robert Frost

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!”
“I don’t know what part of the pasture you mean.”
“You know where they cut off the woods–let me see–
It was two years ago–or no!–can it be
No longer than that?–and the following fall
The fire ran and burned it all up but the wall.”
“Why, there hasn’t been time for the bushes to grow.
That’s always the way with the blueberries, though:
There may not have been the ghost of a sign
Of them anywhere under the shade of the pine,
But get the pine out of the way, you may burn
The pasture all over until not a fern
Or grass-blade is left, not to mention a stick,
And presto, they’re up all around you as thick
And hard to explain as a conjuror’s trick.”
“It must be on charcoal they fatten their fruit.
I taste in them sometimes the flavour of soot.
And after all really they’re ebony skinned:
The blue’s but a mist from the breath of the wind,
A tarnish that goes at a touch of the hand,
And less than the tan with which pickers are tanned.”
“Does Mortenson know what he has, do you think?”
“He may and not care and so leave the chewink
To gather them for him–you know what he is.
He won’t make the fact that they’re rightfully his
An excuse for keeping us other folk out.”
“I wonder you didn’t see Loren about.”
“The best of it was that I did. Do you know,
I was just getting through what the field had to show
And over the wall and into the road,
When who should come by, with a democrat-load
Of all the young chattering Lorens alive,
But Loren, the fatherly, out for a drive.”
“He saw you, then? What did he do? Did he frown?”
“He just kept nodding his head up and down.
You know how politely he always goes by.
But he thought a big thought–I could tell by his eye–
Which being expressed, might be this in effect:
‘I have left those there berries, I shrewdly suspect,
To ripen too long. I am greatly to blame.'”
“He’s a thriftier person than some I could name.”
“He seems to be thrifty; and hasn’t he need,
With the mouths of all those young Lorens to feed?
He has brought them all up on wild berries, they say,
Like birds. They store a great many away.
They eat them the year round, and those they don’t eat
They sell in the store and buy shoes for their feet.”
“Who cares what they say? It’s a nice way to live,
Just taking what Nature is willing to give,
Not forcing her hand with harrow and plow.”
“I wish you had seen his perpetual bow–
And the air of the youngsters! Not one of them turned,
And they looked so solemn-absurdly concerned.”
“I wish I knew half what the flock of them know
Of where all the berries and other things grow,
Cranberries in bogs and raspberries on top
Of the boulder-strewn mountain, and when they will crop.
I met them one day and each had a flower
Stuck into his berries as fresh as a shower;
Some strange kind–they told me it hadn’t a name.”
“I’ve told you how once not long after we came,
I almost provoked poor Loren to mirth
By going to him of all people on earth
To ask if he knew any fruit to be had
For the picking. The rascal, he said he’d be glad
To tell if he knew. But the year had been bad.
There had been some berries–but those were all gone.
He didn’t say where they had been. He went on:
‘I’m sure–I’m sure’–as polite as could be.
He spoke to his wife in the door, ‘Let me see,
Mame, we don’t know any good berrying place?’
It was all he could do to keep a straight face.
“If he thinks all the fruit that grows wild is for him,
He’ll find he’s mistaken. See here, for a whim,
We’ll pick in the Mortensons’ pasture this year.
We’ll go in the morning, that is, if it’s clear,
And the sun shines out warm: the vines must be wet.
It’s so long since I picked I almost forget
How we used to pick berries: we took one look round,
Then sank out of sight like trolls underground,
And saw nothing more of each other, or heard,
Unless when you said I was keeping a bird
Away from its nest, and I said it was you.
‘Well, one of us is.’ For complaining it flew
Around and around us. And then for a while
We picked, till I feared you had wandered a mile,
And I thought I had lost you. I lifted a shout
Too loud for the distance you were, it turned out,
For when you made answer, your voice was as low
As talking–you stood up beside me, you know.”
“We sha’n’t have the place to ourselves to enjoy–
Not likely, when all the young Lorens deploy.
They’ll be there to-morrow, or even to-night.
They won’t be too friendly–they may be polite–
To people they look on as having no right
To pick where they’re picking. But we won’t complain.
You ought to have seen how it looked in the rain,
The fruit mixed with water in layers of leaves,
Like two kinds of jewels, a vision for thieves.”