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 October 5 @ 10 am 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. Ocala Dayaway members can pick up at Cracker Barrel
Route 200 and I-75 for trips in that direction. 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!
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.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away! By Dr. Seuss
October 15th Southern Women’s Show at Orlando Convention Center
Sunday, The Annual Southern Woman=s Show at the Orlando Convention Center- The Woman=s show features booths and presentations on fashion, cooking, travel, health, exercise, meditation, home decor, hair, beauty and spa treatments. A bonus this year is the Walgreens Wellness Booth. Get medical advice and free health screenings at the Southern Women's Show. Be prepared to pamper yourself at the Southern Women's Show! Stages are filled with hourly entertainment at the Southern Women's Show. Hoop it up with Chris Lowe!Chris Lowe has spent the last 17 years in the health and fitness industry and she is the mastermind behind the newest fitness program in the U.S. called PowerHoopz Fitness System. PowerHoopz is a hula hoop fitness workout that anyone can do. She teaches women, children, men and senior citizens how to have fun while getting fit. Chris has been featured on FOX News and HSN and has helped thousands lose inches off their waists in one month. Now is your chance to hoop it up and try the latest craze. Don’t miss her on the Main Fashion Stage hosting the Mother-Daughter Hula Hoop contest on Sunday at 12pm. The Roaming Gourmet Ze’ Carter Founder and Director of Kitch’n Lyfe Skill, Inc., Chef Ze’ is passionate about food and cooking. The organization is dedicated to reducing the occurrences of food insecurity among youth who have aged out of foster care, at risk school aged children and the elderly. Through teaching and hands on instruction, Chef Ze’ has been on a mission to bring her passion to others. For over a decade people in Central Florida have sought her out for ways to enliven their culinary and eating experiences, and many of her dishes and desserts have won awards. For the last eight years she has been a food columnist for the Daily Commercial, which is part of the Halifax Media Group. She has given private instruction to people of all ages. Many find her classes are an immersive, interactive experience where she learns from the students and the students learn from her. Together, she believes fantastic recipes are being created along with a renewed joy to the culinary experience and brining people back together around the table.
Join Chef Ze’ on the Cooking Stage all four days of the show for a cooking experience you do not want to miss! One Spectacular Lunch choice is next door at the stunning Ming Court which overlooks has a lily pond that looks like you’re in the South Seas via Bangkok. $45 member’s $50 guests includes transportation, parking and entrance fees! Leave Suntree 8:30am SB 8:45a and CB 9:15am return late afternoon!
October 21- Florida Bear and Wildlife Festival
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 about a half a mile. Members $49 Guest $55 includes transportation and Festival Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station @ 8am
October 22 Winter Garden and the Odd Couple at the Winter Garden Theater
Central Florida Railroad Museum, quaint shops and markets and the historic district Members $80 Guests $85 Leave Suntree 8:45am SB 9am and CB 9:30am with a return around 7pm
New Boat Cruise on the St. Johns River in the Ocala National Forest
Wednesday October 25th This tour brings you down river through Blue Creek in the Ocala
National Forest. This creek is a unique habitat and in the warmer
months is a prime feeding area for the manatee. Alligator encounters
are plentiful year around. We will leave this creek behind to re-enter
the St. Johns River by the pristine Lake George, Florida’s second
largest lake which is surrounded by the Ocala National forest on the
west and the Lake George State Forest on the east.
Leave Suntree Red Ginger 7:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 7:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8am Members $65 Guests $70 includes transportation, cruise, guide and Sightseeing Tour
Tastes of Suntree at the Suntree Country Club October 28th 5:30 to 8:30pm $30
Sunday October 29th- Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service. Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh. The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books. The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations. If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.
Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake. Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations. The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $40 Guests $45 – 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.
November 2-André Rieu – (sold out) a musical phenomenon and one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world! Each year his spectacular live shows attract more than 600.000 fans outselling mega artists such as Coldplay, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen! André created a global revival in waltz music and tours with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra (the largest private orchestra in the world) his concerts are filled with surprises and laughter with music to touch your hearts, lift your spirits and make you dance - it's the only concert in which you can waltz in the aisles! André Rieu promises you an evening you will never forget; including waltzes, shows-tunes, movie scores and some of the world's finest soloists. 'I love Johann Strauss but I am also fascinated by Andrew Lloyd Webber or Bruce Springsteen. We should stop limiting ourselves with categories and boundaries – not just in terms of music but in our lives in general” - André Rieu An enchanted evening awaits - you have to see it to believe it! Leave Suntree Red Ginger 3:45pm Satellite Beach Schector Center 4pm and Cocoa Beach Country Club 4:30pm return 11 to 11:30pm. Section 110 Row 22 Center (similar to the seats for Cirque du Soleil Ovo show last year). Members $140 Guests $145 tickets and transportation. Dinner on own at Millennia Mall.
Anna Maria Island Saturday, November 4, 2017
· This trip sold out fast last year at this time (read the comments in October 2015) *Long Drive Long Day* Anna Maria Island October 15
The Beach House Restaurant has a selection of fresh seafood and farm to fork features on the Waterfront.
The Rod and Reel Pier has a view of Passage Key and Egmont Key and the Gulf Beyond. We will visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This Island just west of Bradenton is known for its’ great little eateries and views of the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour around Bradenton.
The Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. It's only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference: New amenities enhance the old charm for a winning combination.
Village of the Arts-One day I took a little side trip off the island to Bradenton to explore Village of the Arts. This artists’ colony covers several 1920s Crayola-colored cottages, each featuring a variety of artsy offerings, most open Friday and Saturday. My favorite was Dancing Crane Gallery, with its sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics. I especially loved the gem shop inside, where an artist designs your own piece of jewelry on the spot. I also enjoyed Village Voices & Eclectic Art Emporium, with its Florida author-written books, an art gallery, and local woodwork.“Let's Not Shout About IT” Having worked in the travel industry all of my life I have visited quite a few places.
This beach at the North End of Anna Maria is in my humble opinion among the best in the world. It is so quiet and unspoiled
Stroll Anna Maria Green Point Village
Members $55 Guests $60 includes Tours, Guide, Transportation and Museum
Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am with about a 8pm return.
Celebrating our 40th Annual Fall Country Jamboree in Barberville Pioneer Settlement November 5th
Join us each year on the first weekend of November. Where Florida History and Folk Culture come ALIVE!
The Annual Fall Country Jamboree is one of the longest running events in Volusia County. This event features examples of pioneer living that included blacksmithing, cane grinding and a boil, spinning, pottery, weaving, wood working, and many more historical demonstrations. New this year in celebration of our 40th Anniversary we presented the CD release of "Songs of the Settlement" featuring original songs by some of our favorite musicians. This twin pack compilation is a special production of folk music recounting many stories of the Settlement's buildings, people and even our animals.
The participating musicians donated their time and talents to produce this unique recording. The idea was the brainstorm of Susan Jean Grandy who also took the lead in organizing the information, recruiting the songwriters and having the CD produced.
The songwriters will be performing their songs on the Barn Stage at the Fall Country Jamboree on Saturday beginning at 4pm and on Sunday beginning at 3pm. This year visitors were able to commemorate their visit and our 40th anniversary with a professional photo souvenir. The Quarters House was turned into a photo booth!
The Handmade Juried Arts and Crafts show featured the original work from crafters and artists from all over. see above for a list of winners. Local businesses, non-profits and food vendors set up to share their products. The music line up was one that you will have to search far and wide to match. Featuring both well-known established artists as well as the best of the up and coming. Every year we fill all 6 stages and time slots, that is over 170 performances, and unfortunately have to turn performers away. But that doesn't stop them from just showing up with their instruments and joining in a jam or workshop. With two workshop tents and two jam tents music was abundant! We would like to thank all of the talented teachers who volunteer their time to run these tents. The old time barn dance in the school house was a foot stompin' good time as usual and good clean fun for the whole family. Live callers and bands made it a dance to remember. Storytellers told their tales all day both days at the storyteller tent. Thanks to everyone that helped to make our 40th Fall Country Jamboree a great success. We look forward to seeing you all again in the spring.Members $50 Guests $55 includes entrances to Festival and transportation
Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am with a late afternoon return.
The Dora Canal Tour! Nov. 11
This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica or the Amazon. Depart Suntree 7:45a SB 8am CB 8:30am return apx. 6pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930's, Grantlant Rice, a leading sports writer, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora. Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals. The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800's the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region. Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando. One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland...the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.” The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county. In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal. Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County. Lunch, Shopping and browsing time at the quaint & colorful village type shops of Mount Dora. $70 ember’s $75 guests
2 Spaces left Thursday, November 23rd Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex Members $90 Guests $95 includes Transportation, Tour of the Villages and Buffet featuring 7 Stations of the most creative culinary treats in a setting reminiscent of a Spanish Mission. The new section at the Villages is “Brownwood Paddock Square” based on our Florida Cracker History. The Villages has been for a few years the fastest growing city in the Country. They have also doubled since 2010. The Polo Grounds are modeled after the scene in My Fair Lady at the Ascot Races. This trip has scenery, history and Amazing food. Leave Suntree 9am, SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am.
December 3-ICE!™ featuring Christmas from around the World and Cirque Dreams Acrobatic Show plus Celebration!
Disney Springs is a collection of quaint shops and decorations and our lunch stop on today’s trip.
Members $59 Guests $65 includes transportation and entrances. This tour includes ornate ice sculptures in a festive holiday setting in a sub freezing temperature that requires the facility to furnish you with a parka such as worn in Antarctica. The beautifully designed Gaylord Palms Resort known for its huge glass enclosed replica of three Florida Ecosystems. Key West, St. Augustine and the Everglades are effectively replicated. You are inside but feel outside. The magnificent decorations boost your holiday spirits. The Biblical Stained Glass Windows re tell the stories of the Bible from the beginning onward in a Majestic setting along with a detailed Nativity Scene. Leave Suntree 8:15a SB 8:30a and CBa returning around 7pm.
ICE!® featuring Christmas Around the World
New theme for 2017 is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. Journey through more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and two-story-tall ice slides. Delight in a celebration of cultures featuring holiday scenes, and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves. Stop by the Frostbite Factory where you’ll see our artisans from Harbin, China carving ice LIVE.
ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland kept at a chilly 9 degrees featuring:
· Two million pounds of ice sculptures hand-carved by artisans from Harbin, China. Learn more about The Making of ICE!
· Five ice slides, plus interactive Christmas displays and photo opportunities
· Scenes of holiday celebrations from around the world
· The Frostbite Factory — a live carving zone showcasing our artisans
· Breath-taking Nativity scene carved from crystal-clear ice
St. Augustine Nights of Lights December 9
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." Saint Augustine (354-386)
After our late morning arrival in the center of Historic Saint Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, we will stop at the welcome center which unravels the progression of Florida’s history with a timeline of the city and here you can pick up a map of the town to follow along with during the tour. After lunch, Step inside and step back in time! Within the coquina walls of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a vivid recreation of how people lived in the years after Florida became a new territory of the United States, and then a state. "In terms of its architecture, authenticity and the important stories it has to tell, the Ximenez-Fatio House ranks in the upper tier of historic house museums in America." Our driving city tour also includes a visit and samples from the Saint Sebastian Winery.. We will have time to stroll the Downtown area with its’ more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wood crafts, to clothing and more. Includes: Transportation aboard Van, taxes, admissions, Florida Greeters tour director, museum entrance fees & sightseeing tour! Cancellations: Full refund until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure. Tour includes: Transportation, Guided Sightseeing Tour, Winery, Flagler’s Church and Museums. All prices and itinerary are subject to change based upon availability!
Sunset tour, Nights of Lights and Boat Parade
December 9 from 6:00-pm, admission to the historic fort is free! In addition to the millions of twinkling lights tonight is also the nights of the lights of the boats. Members $70 Guests $75
Leave Walmart Viera 8:45am and Cocoa 9:10am and return around 10pm
4 days 3 nights in Key West December 17 to 20
The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club
Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West”
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 being 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 at the Hotel.
Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a walking tour of Hemingway hang outs. 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 s and the historic La Concha Hotel. 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 Dinner at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. 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 $800 per person double occupancy guests $810 Single Occ. Plus $300
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due October 19, 2017 Cancellations: $100 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.
December 27 Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour
For several generations the elder Seminole tribesman told me that the only way the past was preserved was through story telling.
The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me. Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.
See the Living Village, a camp with traditional cooking and Seminole arts & crafts. Learn about the culture, economy and transportation of the Seminoles.
Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.
Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife.
You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.
Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.
Members $95 Guests $100
Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits. Leave 7am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm. This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 4 hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades.
December 29 High Tea at the Grand Floridian and Christmas Decorations
Limited Space and sells out so book now! 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 $90 Guests $95 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am Return 8pm
January 3rd Cruise to the Deep Caribbean land of Alexander Hamilton, Spices and Barbados One Female Share available to save big single supplement!
Coming attractions-- Sanford Riverboat, Winter Naples and Everglades and in April Carolina Gardens and Plantations.
RESERVATION FORM: Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please note that some tours require a minimum number of participants to operate so call or e-mail to double check availability or Confirmations-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
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Rates Includes: Transportation aboard air-conditioned Motorcoach or Van 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.