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, September 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 11:30am

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

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Saturday, September 17

 

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

 

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

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

Link to Slides-
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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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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 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!

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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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.

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

http://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters

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

www.youtube.com/dayawaytravel

Blog:  http://travelinmanandmadhatter.blogspot.com

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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

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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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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.