Travel by Design-
“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”
“If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”
Dayaway Travel Club
This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club
Meeting is February 7 @ 10am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse
Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature Travelogue Slide Shows
about past and future destinations. 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.
Canadian Rockies by Rail
Saturday, January 12 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 19 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 Quiddich 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 pm.
Monday January 21 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. 6pm to 6:30pm.
January 26th Kumquat Festival Dade City and Country Roads
January 27 Blue Springs Manatee Festival in Orange City
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. They talk about Manatee facts and feeding along with the film.
Central FL Zoo Presentations & Animal Ambassadors
Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows and Sand Sculpting
Members $55 Guests $60 includes transportation, festival and park entrances Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 10am with a return around 6pm.
Saturday, February 2-Zora Fest in Eatonville
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. Music based on the roots of Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll are also featured on center stage. Members $45 Guests $50 includes transportation, festival 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 to 5:30 pm.
Saturday February 9 Viscaya, an American Palace
Vizcaya, the winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering, offers a unique glimpse of a vanished lifestyle in America. Today one of South Florida’s leading attractions, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens provides a window to both the history of Miami, graced by the villa since its completion in 1916; and to the Italian Renaissance, represented in the Museum’s architecture. Its art and furnishings portray 400 years of European history.
Viscaya was originally an estate of 180 acres, designed to resemble a typical Italian villa, self-sufficient, with a dairy, poultry house, mule stable, greenhouse, and staff residences. The house and gardens are the creation of three architects: F. Burall Hoffman designed the buildings; Diego Suarez planned the gardens; and Paul Chaflin was the general artistic supervisor for every phase of the project. Together they created an estate that looked as if it had been lived in by succeeding generations of the same family with each generation adding their own period furnishings of the time. All of the decorative elements including furniture, lighting fixtures, doors and fireplaces were purchased by Deering on shopping expeditions throughout Europe. The house took two years to build. The formal gardens were not completed until 1921 due to the outbreak of World War I. During construction, 1000 workers were employed, representing nearly 10% of Miami’s population. After Deering’s death in 1925, a minimal staff maintained the house. The hurricane of 1926, which devastated much of Miami, severely damaged the estate. In 1952, Miami-Dade County purchased Vizcaya and opened it as a museum. Extensive restoration has brought the house and the remaining 50 acres back to the way they appeared in Deering’s day.
Nearly 200,000 people visit Vizcaya each year including some of the world’s leading dignitaries such as President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth of England and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. In 1994, the historic Summit of the Americas was held at Vizcaya with President Clinton and the 34 leaders of the Western Hemisphere.
Vizcaya, possessing national significance to the history of the United States, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Viscaya, plus Driving Tour of Miami and Miami Beach with Cafe’ con Leche stop in Little Havana
Fort Lauderdale including the Bonnet Mansion
Valentine’s Day February 14th
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
Thursday, February 21-Jacksonville, Dresden Glass and Clark's on the St. Johns River
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is one of the finest and largest in the South. The decorative and fine arts date from 2000 B.C. The collection of Meissen porcelain is top notch. The formal garden gives you the feeling of being in the Villa Gamberaia in Florence. Italy. This formal garden extends from the museum to the St. John’s River. The American History section includes a Thomas Moran painting and some beautiful art of the St. John’s River. Moran was another influence and featured artist in the Ken Burn’s series, The National Park’s, America’s Best Idea.
Lunch on own at Clark’s Fish Camp in nearby Mandarin. A nautical setting decorated in giant stuffed animals throughout the facility. A visit to the Cummer Museum and Gardens. This museum is easily one of the best in the State with a wide variety of art ranging from Old Europe to Religious to Old Florida Landscapes. However, it is the setting and gardens that are the most impressive ranging from a formal English Garden to a wilder Italian Garden which is reminiscent of Boboli Gardens in Florence. This museum also has the largest Collection of Dresden Meisner outside of Germany. Members $49 Guests $55 includes museum entrances, area tour, and transportation. Leave Suntree 8:15am, SB 8:30am and CB 9am returning around 8pm.
Saturday February 23-Award winning Gypsy Gold Arabian Horse Farm, Ocala and Ocala National Forest
The following press can be seen with pictures at
! Erin had her 15 minutes of fame recently as the good folks at RFDTV interviewed her one beautiful fall day.
: Ron Palacio, Martha Stewart’s Social Media & Content Director, Tours Gypsy Gold and falls in love.
on : Journalist Raina Paucar interviews Dennis Thompson for one of the world’s most foremost sources of worldwide adventure with horses.
: The Gypsy Vanner Horse Society’s newsletter covers the appearance of our Vanner horses at the world-famous Royal Winter Fair.
features Dennis Thompson’s article “How The Gypsy Vanner Came To North America”, August 2011
was featured on ‘s packaging for their A5 Turbo clippers.
found the colorful stallion The Gypsy King a fitting feature for their Alfalfa & Apple Horse Treats! The first Gypsy Vanner horse to appear in the popular series, was one of their most popular releases and we offer a limited number of these in our Gift Shop. Dennis Thompson was thrilled when Country Music icon a visit to Gypsy Gold Farm. Miranda owns a beautiful mare by , .
Lunch (not included) is available at the Horse and Hounds restaurant directly in the heart of Ocala’s Horse Country followed by a drive through the Scenic Bear Wildlife Drive and Ocala National Forest Welcome Center. The Drive goes by miles of Horse Country Farms and Ranches.
Members $75 Guests $80 includes guided tour, transportation and entrance fees
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 7:30am to catch the 10am Horse Ranch Tour
St. Johns River Luncheon Cruise on the Barbara Lee (Date to be assigned according to interest-)
A choice of the Sanford Museum or Street of Antiques and Historic Sanford after the Cruise. Members $90 Guests $95 includes Transportation, Admissions, Luncheon Leave Suntree 8am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:15am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8:45am
Thursday February 28 Plant City Strawberry Festival.
Optional lunch stop at Fred’s Southern Kitchen This will be updated when 2019 Schedule is finalized. All the attractions; Bluegrass, Racing Pigs, Comedy, Magic and Country stars of one of the World’s largest Strawberry Festivals plus a short driving tour of the Southern style homes in the historic district.
This morning right upon our entrance we will be woken up by the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra. Clarinetist, saxophonist, singer and bandleader Sturr is easily one of the most popular modern-day Polka Bands, with more than 100 albums to his credit. Other shows include Dennis Lee, Kazual plus Kari and Billie. The last stop is for flats of strawberry’s and the best strawberry shake in the World at the Giant Parkside Market and Nursery.
Members $65 Guests $70 Leave Suntree 7am SB 7:15am and CB 7:45am. Return 6:30pm-7pm. _______________________________________________________________
Saturday, March 2 Azalea Festival in Ravine State Gardens in Palatka
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. _____________________________________________________________
Saturday, March 9-South Beach Highlights including the Wolfsonian Art Deco Museum
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 8 am Leave Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:25 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. Although there are numerous choices for lunch including the nearby 11th street diner, the majority will be dining at Gianni’s at the Villa of the former Versace Mansion for a fixed price 3 course meal at $29, Villa Casa Casuarina and its exquisite décor.
Members $60 Guests $65 Trip includes tour, guide, transportation, and entrances (lunch on own)
March 16 Winter Park Art Festival
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art 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: $60 members $65 guests Leave: Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:30 and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am with a return at about 6pm. Rate includes tour, museum, art festival, transportation, escort, etc...
A visit and Boat ride to Myakka River,
Florida’s Largest State Park March 23
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 $80 Guests $85 includes Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fees and Boat Tour
TEXAS Presidential Libraries and San Antonio Riverwalk
March 29 to April 8 see separate flyer
The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula Florida
Minimum to Participate in this Unique place is based on 10 or more passengers
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name or Names: _____________________ Phone: ________________
Tour Name _________ 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.