This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! Next Travel Club Meeting June 5 @ 10 am at Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature Travelogue slide shows on past and future destinations. Monday Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am to noon at the Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club. Travel Club benefit: Free door to door transportation with vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club! 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!
Shrimp Festival, Victorian Architecture Tour and the Amelia Island Plantation Stop with Drive through Big Talbot Park Petrified Forest
Blessing Of The Fleet Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade & Contest
Foot of Centre Street at The Amelia River.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Shrimp! Food! More Shrimp!
Dozens Of Food Booths Offer A Variety Of Seafood and Other Delicacies Throughout the Festival Area.
Riverfront Food Court and At Intersections Along Centre Street
Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Featuring Over 300 Juried Fine Artists and Craftsmen.
Centre Street, North And South 2nd, North and South 3rd, North 4th Streets.
Antiques & Collectibles Show
South 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th Streets.
Kids Fun Zone Sponsored by Money Pages
Featuring Games, Face Painting, Sand Art,Food Booth,
Live Entertainment, Caricatures, and Lots More Fun.
Nassau County Public & Private Schools Art Display
North 4th Street in Front of Nassau Public Library Building.
Riverfront Stage Entertainment And Sponsor Activities
Foot of Centre Street - South Parking Lot and along Centre Streets.
Live Marine Sea Circus & Shrimp Aquarium Display.
Sponsored by the University of Georgia Marine E
This charming town on Amelia Island has a 50-block historical district—known as Old Town—that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stately Victorian buildings, palm-lined streets, and colorful Southern houses with wraparound porches proliferate. Fernandina Beach is a cultural hot spot set in a prime beach destination.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes transportation, tour and Festival
Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45a and CB 8:15am
Return around 9pm.
Saturday May 17th-
The whole area is a throwback in time. In fact, Micanopy which is filled with Oak Trees, boutiques and art galleries was the set for the Michael J Fox Movie, Doc Hollywood. . The area also hosts a substantial collection of antiques available for viewing on this excursion. The Herlong Mansion is their Antebellum B&B across the street from their small historical museum and health shop. O’Brisky’s Book Store has arguably the best Florida collection in the State. The area’s rural scenery is top notch to view between the towns and stops. There are a few Blueberry Festivals in Florida at this time of year. This is the rural country version in Island Grove near Citra Florida on a field filled with displays and agricultural information. The Blueberry Festival has bluegrass music and other entertainment and booths on display on this day. $55 members and $59 guests includes tours, entrances guide and transportation Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a return around 7:30pm.
Sunday May 25 A Day of Entertainment, Participation and Exhibits
Along the banks of the historic Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida, folk artists have gathered to celebrate Florida’s land, people, and diverse cultural heritage. Since its humble beginning in 1953, the Florida Folk Festival has not only grown to become Florida’s most prestigious affair, but also named "Florida’s Best Cultural Event." In 2011, the festival was recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society with the honor of being a "Top 20 Event" in the southeastern United States.
**Long Ride Late Day** Sunday, May 25th 61st Annual
members $75 guests $79 includes transportation and admission to the annual State folk festival featuring six stages of entertainment ranging from Irish to Peruvian to Seminole Indian and an indoor story telling area. The Setting of the Park named after Stephen Foster includes a beautiful tower nestled among the Oaks along the Suwannee River. A craft fair is on hand, book sale, dance exhibition and a complimentary transportation shuttle bus to ride around the large park for an overview of everything going on there with various drop off points. Suntree 6:30am SB 6:45a and 7:15a CB with a return around 10-10:30pm pm
Along the banks of the historic Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida folk artists have gathered since 1953 for Florida's most prestigious cultural event. The 61st Annual Florida Folk Festival at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is one of the oldest and most revered state folk festivals in America.
You've seen the products of extremely skilled artisans, but you may not know how they get from raw material to finished goods. Here in the Craft Square Area, you'll get a close-up look at the processes. The Stephen Foster Craft Square is located a short walk from the Carillon Tower. Located in the Craft Square are 5 cabins that serve as demonstration areas for Florida artists as well as visiting artists from all over the country. Over the weekend Florida artists will be working throughout the Craft Square demonstrating various Traditional & Contemporary arts. Pottery, Woodworking, Stained Glass, Fiber Arts, and Blacksmithing are just a few of the arts that can be seen. All of these artists welcome visitor interaction and most sell their finished items.
Come aboard the river explorer leaving out of the riverside café marina in Vero Beach for a relaxing pontoon boat cruise along the most diverse estuary in Florida. Watch the playful bottle nose dolphin as they surf the wake of the boat or forage for food in the Indian River.
Manatee sightings are also frequent on the River Explorer boat tours. These gentle slow moving giants will often roll over and show their bellies as they cavort in the sun.
You’ll encounter a variety of water birds. Your Captain will point out and identify hundreds of birds that call the lagoon home.
Enjoy our John’s Island tour where you will see where the rich and famous live in their elegant mansions along the river. Florida sunsets and moonrises are spectacular when viewed from the water on our tours.
Lunch is Dutch Treat at the Famous Riverside Grill-
"Our favorite place in Vero Beach. Dine right on the docks with boat, bird, and fishing activity all around. Have ordered the fish and chips several times and have always been happy with to size and prep....as good or better than you get in London. Very nice wait staff..always happy and helpful. Will return again and
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Jake Owens is a National Country Recording Star who played at the Wickham Park Country Music Festival as one of the headline acts during the inaugural and when interviewed about his favorite Hometown Hangout he said--
HOMETOWN HANG: "Riverside Café under the bridge in my hometown of
Vero Beach. It sits right on the water, and it's where I started playing my guitar, singing for people on Sunday afternoons. I like to go there, drink beer, and watch the water.
Members $59 Guests $65 including boat ride, tour guide, sightseeing, transportation and taxes. Leave CB 7:30am SB 8am Suntree 8:15am with a return around 4 to 5pm.
Caladium Festival 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. $59 members $65 guests Leave 7am Suntree , 7:15am SB and 7:45am CB Return around 7 to 7:30pm
Lunch on own at Jaxson’s by the Lake (check them out at http://www.hookiemelt.com/) A bonus stop at either a Fudge or Candy Factory will be included.
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 HYPERLINK "http://lpfla.com/America's%20Most%20Interesting%20Town.htm" 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)
Annually, we have our Country Fair and Caladium Festivals. 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 Calladium 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?
Why so special?
We still have wildland on Lake Wales Ridge … and wild things live here, like over 300 black bears in Highlands and Polk Counties. Also bald eagles and panthers use the area as a corridor!
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. The Wine Stomp at the Lakeridge Winery is a throwback to the famous scene in "I Love Lucy" where she stomps on the Grapes in an Italian Vineyard. Here you have the opportunity to take your shoes off and compete to see who can get the most juice out of the grapes. There is also an opportunity to learn about the more modern process that is actually used to make wines today, along with a tasting and a festival with musical acts and a view of the Vineyards. Rate $40 members $45 guests Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am Rate includes transportation, tour guide, entrance fee, and taxes, lunch cost is not included but many choices are available.
Northern National Parks September 2-9, 2014 ask for separate flyer (Share available)
Italy’s Treasures September 6-17, 2014 ask for separate flyer
Memorials of War: Normandy and Paris September 18-27 ask for separate flyer
Black Bear Festival Umatilla Saturday, October 11
Saturday, August 9
Ginnie Springs is a privately owned park which has tubing, swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment! The Great Outdoors was voted the best new Restaurant in Florida and is located in a former 1800’s Opera House converted into a two story restaurant which reflects the High Springs outdoor activities which it is named and located in.
High Springs is a nostalgic look at old Florida known for Quaint and colorful shops, cafes, Southern décor and Large Southern Oak Trees with Spanish Moss!
Members $55 Guests $60 Rate includes transportation and park entrance! Tube rentals and lunch are extra! Bring Sun Screen, Swim wear and change of clothes.
Leave Walmart Viera 7:45am and Sam’s Club Cocoa West Side Entrance at 8:15am Returns around 9-10pm. Call Lee @ 259-6300 or visit www.dayawatravelclub.com this is a long 3 hour ride to get to the destination but well worth it and probably the best summertime activity in the State.
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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 Group’s Location 7am Return apx. 6pm Members $55 Guests $60