Present 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 September Travel Club Meeting is canceled due to
The Next Travel Club Meeting is Wednesday, October 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 Lunch after meeting will be at the Around the World Café at 119 5th Avenue in Indialantic.
The Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am to noon Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Travel Club benefit: Free door to door airport and cruise port 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! Transportation is by Van or Motorcoach according to group size!
Groups of 10 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.
Saturday September 21 Elephant Appreciation Day at two tails Ranch in Williston
We are planning an African Safari Tour with Collette Vacations which is part of our new Travel School Class Called Bucket List Vacations. We are blessed in Florida to have an Elephant Retirement Home, A wilderness Safari Ride in Lakeland that studies Animals that travel in a herd or pack and the only Ape Sanctuary in the US endorsed by Jane Goodall who has visited this unique encounter in Wauchula, Florida. We have conducted trips to all three facilities and are now repeating them separately as a prelude to our African Presentation and Tour with Collette Vacations.
The description is from a previous trip so some vendors may be different this time around. Two Tails Ranch is having its annual elephant appreciation day Fundraiser! Come join the fun & learn All About Elephants! Animal talks! interactions and demonstrations! Vendor village! Pony rides! Camel rides! Bounce house! Music! Food! Also see Zebras, camels, Lemurs & more Special Guests: Big Cat Habitat, Bearadise Ranch
Special Guests: Big Cat Habitat, Bearadise Ranch and Eastern Diamondback Conservation
Two Tails Ranch was founded in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky (1954-1994) and Patricia L. Zerbini. The ranch is the only privately owned elephant facility of its kind. The natural coast of Florida is a prime location for elephants. The climate is almost identical to their native countries. The location of our ranch is surrounded by green grass, live oaks and natural wildlife. It is a very peaceful environment that both animals and guests can enjoy. The ranch was built to board both Asian and African elephants needing temporary or permanent housing, regardless of health or dispositions. Over 250 elephants have passed through the gates of the ranch for a variety of reasons. Some stayed temporarily while their own exhibits were being remodeled or built. Others stayed for retirement, medical needs, behavior problems or even in emergencies after hurricanes destroyed their zoos.
In 2008 Patricia Zerbini decided to start educational programs for private sectors and professionals to learn about elephants. As a result, All About Elephants, Inc. was created. In private guided tours you will learn and interact with elephants like nowhere else. Our ranch is also home to our Grant Zebras Piere and Tache, African Spurthighed Tortoises Bert And Ernie, Red Foot Tortoises Daisy and Rosy, Ostrich Katherine, Emu Peepers, Camel Louis After Lunch at the Ivy House we will visit Cedar Woods Lake Gardens.
The Ivy House is a landmark Southern Restaurant and Shops attracting people from many miles away to enjoy the Southern Cuisine, trademark tea and ambiance.
Members $70 Guests $75 includes admissions, tour and transportation
Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am SB Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:20am and CB Cocoa Beach Country Club 8:45am with a return around 7:30pm.
Saturday, September 28th
Depart Suntree 9am SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am with a 6 pm return
Members $50 Guests $55 includes admissions, parking, tolls and transportation.
This is a sample of just one of several stages of simultaneous presentations-
11:00am Step Into Fall Fashion
Presented by Orlando Fashion Corporation
12:00pm Modern Style Showcase
Presented by John Casablancas
12:45pm Discover Dance!
Presented by Arthur Murray Dance Studios
1:00pm Come meet Maks Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars
Hosted by Shelley Caran from WFTV and
Sponsored by Arthur Murray Dance Studios
2:00pm Fabulous Fido Fashion Show
Presented by Polka Dogz Pet Rescue
3:00pm A Special Moment
Presented by Orlando Fashion Corporation
Anna Maria Island Saturday,
· 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 a 8pm return.
October 19th Florida Bear and Wildlife Festival in Umatilla and the Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest is a treasure of Natural Diversity and although we can’t see all of it in a day trip we keep returning to learn and see more of it piece by piece each year.
This Annual event takes place in Umatilla, FL in Lake County, Booths will provide information on the surrounding Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs and other Natural areas nearby.
Field trips are provided by the Park Service Rangers which require the ability to hike for a short walk from the parking lot to the Springs. Members $55 Guest $60 includes transportation and Festival Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station @ 8am returning about 7pm
One of the field trips at the festival-
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
Tour at 12:00 P.M.
“From the Land Nobody Wanted to the Land of Many Uses" On November 24, 1908, when President Teddy Roosevelt declared the Ocala area a National Forest in 1908, many people referred to it as the land nobody wanted.” The land in this area was indeed a harsh, unforgiving place for humans to live. Roosevelt designated 202,000 acres of scrub as the Ocala National Forest, creating the first National Forest east of the Mississippi River, and the second National Forest within the continental United States. Today, people enjoy the “many uses” of this lush area, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, camping, and touring historical areas. The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway shows new generations the route into the heart of wild Florida.
Sunday October 27 Cassadaga 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 5:30pm. 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.
The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula Florida
We are limited to the number of participants so book early (first paid first serve)
The Sanctuary Habitats
In the midst of the tropical forest surroundings, the chimpanzees and orangutans each live and play in one of the twelve large three-story high domed enclosures. The largest of these outdoor living areas are from 50- to 80-feet long and 34-feet tall. The habitats provide plenty of running room, climbing space and height for swinging through their environment. All outdoor ape habitats have a variety of climbing structures and swinging vines as well as numerous toys, tubs, culverts, and enrichment devices. Additionally, there are three other enclosures for quarantining new arrivals and a special ape habitat for our handicapped and geriatric apes.
Members $80 Guests $85 includes Transportation and Entrance Donation Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 8am and Cocoa Publix at Subway 8:20am with an approximate 8pm return
Boat Cruise on the St. Johns River in the Ocala National Forest Area
Wednesday 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.
Lunch is directly on the St. Johns River at the Blackwater Inn
Leave Suntree Red Ginger 7:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 7:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8am Members $70 Guests $75 includes transportation, cruise, guide and Sightseeing Tour
Lake Wales Nature Preserve and Train Depot History Museum
Atop Florida’s largest “ancient island,” we protect plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth
Tiger Creek Preserve is a place of mystery and contrasts. It sits on the eastern edge of the Lake Wales Ridge, one of Florida’s “ancient islands.” Separated from the mainland long ago by a shallow sea, the Ridge is peninsular Florida’s oldest and highest landmass. Fast forward to the present day, this ancient separation is the reason why the preserve has one of the highest concentrations of threatened and endangered plants and animals in the country. Some exist nowhere else on Earth.
Named after the pristine blackwater stream that forms its spine, the preserve contains hardwood swamps, hammocks, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sandhill and longleaf pine/wiregrass habitat. It’s a land that must be burned in order to survive, and one where some animals literally swim through ancient white sands.
WHY TNC SELECTED THIS SITE
Tiger Creek Preserve is a critical link in a network of preserves designed to protect what is left of the Lakes Wales Ridge ecosystem. The oldest physical feature of peninsular Florida, the Ridge is a national hotspot of biological diversity and Tiger Creek Preserve is home to fascinating species. The preserve’s sandy soil also serves a critical role in water recharge.
Tiger Creek is home to two high-quality, seepage blackwater streams including Patrick Creek. A seepage stream gets its water from the surrounding uplands; the blackwater comes from the leaching of tannins from falling vegetation. Only two or three such streams with an intact hardwood floodplain exist in Florida.
Lunch not included is at the Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak Fish Camp on the Lake
The Lake Wales History Museum will give you the inside track on this area’s history and heritage through exhibits set inside a building built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928.
Train Depot Museum
Originally a train depot, the Lake Wales History Museum features exhibits beginning with the foundation of Lake Wales in 1911 as well as the formation of the city, industry, places of interest and developments in the 19th century that led to the settlement of the area.
Members $55 Guests $60
The Southern Living Island House Crane Island and Amelia Island
This trip where the past meets the present is charming so you can now take advantage of the longer days to see more of this special destination. The first stop will be Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island which is home to Victorian Architecture in the historic town of 8 flags. Picturesque shops and buildings line the streets and the seashores. Two of the restaurant choices directly overlooks the Shrimp Docks of the Amelia River. Within Crane Island’s 185 acres of maritime forest preserve, the Idea House sits on the marshy banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. The white, Victorian-style beach house encourages indoor/outdoor living, with 1,400 square feet of porch space in the front and back. The home’s distinct Southern design mixes Lowcountry style with historic Fernandina Beach architecture. We’ll be creating a signature Southern Living Crane Island Lantern with Carolina Lanterns (which readers will be able to purchase!). An interior color palette influenced by the natural setting weaves throughout the house, creating a calming, cozy retreat for coastal getaways. Once the Idea House is completed, readers will be able to buy the house plan and build a Southern beach house of their own. Amelia Island Fernandina Beach includes a collection of Victorian Homes and Bed and Breakfasts in a quaint and colorful atmosphere. We will also make a picture stop at he Boneyard Petrified Beach and Amelia Island Plantation. Subject to Availability we will return to the Mayport Naval Air Station section of Jacksonville by Ferry Boat.
Members $79 Guests $85 including entrance fees, sightseeing, tour guide, and transportation
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am returning about 8:30pm.
4 Spaces left Thursday, November 28th Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex Members $105 Guests $110 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 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
December 13- High Tea at the Grand Floridian and Christmas Decorations 6 seats left- High Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Holiday Decorations The award winning Grand Floridian property is reminiscent of the Henry Flagler Gilded Age Era and is Disney’s top rated hotel. The lobby at Christmas time usually has a giant gingerbread house, miniature railroad exhibits and a hundred-foot decorated tree in an ornate two story area. The garden is adorned in Poinsettias creating a blanket of color over the manicured gardens and topiaries. We will visit to view Holiday Decorations including the Pacific Northwest Splendor of the Disney Wilderness Lodge with running stream in Lobby flowing to outdoor waterfall and Tour of Disney’s town of Celebration. Celebration is a new town designed in the old style with Victorian and Mount Vernon style architecture, front stoops or porches, picket fences and an old fashioned cobble stone street town center. The Stained Glass Windows and Nativity Exhibit at Mary Queen of the Universe in Lake Buena Vista has a museum of Christianity, a gift shop with olive wood products, a meditation garden, an outdoor candle memorial and the History of the Bible in large Magnificent Stained Glass Windows. members $95 Guests $100 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am Return 8pm
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