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August 31 – Arts, Beats and Eats Festival in Royal Oak – The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. Each year international, regional and local attractions at the festival make the City of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend.
September 13—Cranbrook Gardens – On your own, three hours to explore 40 acres of formal, woodlands and naturalistic gardens featuring fountains, statuary, lakes, streams and extensive traditional and contemporary planting. Must-sees include: the Sunken Garden, the Reflecting Pool, the Herb Garden and the Japanese Garden! If you get tired of the gardens, you can tour the Institute of Science Museum (admission is $9.50) or relax in Reflections Café.
October 24 -- Birch Run Shoppingat the outlet mall in Birch Run, Michigan. The largest outlet mall in the Midwestern United States. Whether it's holidays or just because, you're sure to find everything you need at the Midwest's largest outlet mall. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Pick up 8/8:30, return home around 6. (Note the date change)
December 14 – Holiday Lights in the “D” - Downtown Detroit -On your own three hours, walk around Campus Martius, which is the center point of holiday lights. Enjoy the vendors. Walk in the area. You might even try ice-skating! Meal on your own. Shop the stores on Woodward. 4/4:30PM departure 8:30/9PM return.
Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motorcoach, lunch on your own. Cost: $35.00 pp each trip or 3 for $90 or all 5 for only $155
No credit cards. Cash, check or money order only. Pick Up Locations: Novi Civic Center, Livonia Ford Field, Madison Heights
DAY & MULTI DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
DATE CHANGE: August 21 — Wine Trail Tour: Hold the stem of the glass, sniff and savor. Sounds easy but it's never easy to identify which wine is this or that. This time, you'll learn for sure and have fun with the others. Visit 3 wineries, one store that has the appropriate appetizers to go along with choice wine. Lunch is included. Each winery has a unique presentation. Great guide tells us about the region. Always fun. $85/person 3 SEATS LEFT
August 28 – SHIPSHEWANA – Meal at Das Essen Haus, Flea Market, Shopping. Fun. $85/person
September 5—SHOTS & SPIRITS: AN ADULT BEVERAGE TOUR: Come with us and enjoy a tasting at a winery and distillery. After there will be a chance to purchase your favorites of the sampling. Dinner will be provided at a pizza shop that has been serving the city of Detroit since 1946. $65/person
September 14 – Historic Battlefields– This is the perfect tour for history lovers! Come and explore Revolutionary War era and War of 1812 battlefields. Get swept up in the action in a war reenactment. You may even meet Colonel Hamtramck and Colonel Wayne. $72/person
September 18 — ART PRIZE: See Art Prize the day before it officially opens in Grand Rapids. Artists will put the finishing touches on their work leading into the big day. A docent will step on our bus and lead us around the city so that we have an actual guide to take us to several of the artists' installations. They will arrange for a couple of the artists to tell us about their work before it goes public. This tour is filled with fascinating historic, elegant and new buildings juxtaposed with amazing art installations. We will take a stroll down the street filled with all sorts of creative creations and stop in some very interesting private stores Lunch will be included. This is really a fascinating look into Art Prize. Please note: though the flyer says casino stop, no stop is planned. $75/person
September 20 -- NUNSENSE: A-MEN!-- Nunsense is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent.” Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag.” A whole new layer of comedy surfaces with lines like “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun!” To quote the New York Times: “A change of habit, boy oh, boy!” $99 -- Must register by Sept. 10, 2018 -- 20 seats remaining
September 21 -- SECRETS OF THE BRICKS: MANSIONS & BUILDINGS TRANSFORMED —Detroit is bursting with history and revitalized architecture. Join us as we explore five of the city’s key spots. The tour kicks off at one of Detroit’s most prized possessions; the largest private residence in the Historic Boston-Edison District, the Charles T. Fisher Mansion. Homeowner and actor Hill Harper (“The Good Doctor,” “CSI: NY,” “Homeland”) has donated his residence to the Junior League of Detroit for their biennial Designers’ Show House. National and local interior designers and landscapers will be transforming the rooms and gardens of this beautiful estate for a one-time opening to the public. Harper has invested a lot of money into the restoring this home to its original grandeur and it will be a sight to see. We will then take drive-by tour of two other historic Detroit homes before heading to the flagship retail store of a famous Michigan maker of workwear. This company, started in Detroit, has been clothing laborers all over the United States for 129 years. We’ll then explore the world of reclaimed woodworking and antiques where you never know what you might stumble upon, before shopping at a couple Detroit boutiques. Lunch will be provided at a polish restaurant. Tickets for this tour are limited. Must register by September 7th to guarantee a spot! First come first served. $75/person 10 seats remaining.
September 28 – Mystery Fine Dining– Bring an empty stomach for this trip! Experience a meal like never before at some of Detroit’s most exclusive restaurants. Business casual attire only, please. $68/person
October 2-4 - FALL COLORS TOUR IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN - The best place to spend fall in the U.S.? The obvious answer is Northern Michigan! Join us as we travel north to the upper peninsula to experience the beautiful Michigan fall colors. We will be making plenty of stops along the way. On the way there, we will be enjoying a quick tour of the historic Mackinac Bridge. There will also be stops at the delightful Legs Inn, The National Shrine of Cross in the Woods, and more! A tour of a gorgeous catholic church in Newberry is also in the works! The main event? A 6 1/2 hour Train and Riverboat Tour to the Tahquamenon Falls. The train travels through a forest, encapsulating us in the beautiful fall colors of Northern Michigan. There will also be surprise stops on the way home. Two nights lodging and one lunch is included. Reserve your seat with a non-refundable $100. Seats are first come first serve. Tour Includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, Meals, Raffles, Goodie Bags, Snacks, Tour Guides, & more! Pick Up Locations: 18120 Jamestown Circle Northville, MI 48168Departure and Return Times: Cost: $485/person; double occupancy
October 15-20, 2018 — Branson Show Trip Extravaganza: Travel with us to Branson, MO for a week of live shows! This trip includes music from Down Home Country, AYO - Voices of Glory, and Million Dollar Quartet. We will also be taking a ride on the Showboat Branson Belle, enjoying the show “Samson”, shopping in Downtown Branson, and so much more! $647/person -- Pick ups are in Chelsea, Livonia, Royal Oak Extending the payment due date to September 28, 2018
October 22 — March of the Big Heads: See the floats used before they hit Woodward Ave. and take a tour of The Parade Company in Detroit. This company houses the largest collection of paper-mache heads and has an extensive collection of costumes and characters from past parades. Afterwards we will head across town an tour a historic building erected in 1898 that now houses guests both long and short term. NOTE DATE CHANGE $70.00/person
October 23 – Hallowed Grounds of Historic Cemeteries – History. Mystery. See the breathtaking mausoleums, sculptures and headstones where the bodies of the renowned and not so famous are buried. Enjoy a tour of 3 cemeteries in Detroit. You'll learn the basics of cemetery signals, of art, trees and more. Lunch is at the original Buddy's Pizza, Detroit. Pick up at 9 and return by 4PM $49 p.person
November 8 – Late Fall Harvest Buffet – Join us for viewing the fall colors during this exciting and beautiful season.
Then we'll go to Fall Harvest Buffet, at a mystery location in Oakland County where you can embrace an afternoon of epicurean delights. Lunch is with a self-serve beverage station surrounded by fabulous decor. Let the chefs dazzle you with the season's freshest farmers-market fare. We'll end at the Franklin Cider Mill, a one-of-a-kind living piece of history. They make only one type of donut, which is a cinnamon spice donut -- fresh and warm -- made with their very own Franklin Cider Mill specialty mix. They carry many different types of products at the Cider Mill consisting of, Apple Cider, Cider Donuts, Apples, Pies, Scones, Breads, Cakes, Hickory Farms Meats and Cheeses, Jams, Spreads, Butters, Honey, Vegetables, and Candies. $65/person
November 19 – Holiday Mystery Party – Unleash your inner Sherlock and try your hand at mystery-solving. Our tours usually go off without a hitch, but this time the unexpected happened—someone was murdered! Join on this tour and see if you can collect the clues needed to learn what really happened. Lunch provided. $68/person
November 28 — A Bavarian Christmas & Holiday Show: Start off the holidays the right way when you join us for a holiday kick-off luncheon at Zehnder’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth! Following lunch, there will be a performance of holiday songs by New Odyssey. The band is comprised of 3 guys with 30 instruments. This will be one of the final performances for the band as they hang up their 30 instruments after 4 decades and 7,500 unique and humorous shows. Come view this delightful band while you still can! After the luncheon, we will be shopping and exploring the historic Bavarian town of Frankenmuth. The twinkling of Christmas lights, glow of the silver streamers, and glistening snow-topped buildings will surely put you in the Christmas mood. Our final stop will be at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to complete a jolly-filled day! What better place is there to spend the holidays than in one of TIME Magazine's most Christmassy towns in America? Must be registered by October 5th.$98/person
December 1 (Saturday)—A Civil War Christmas– Be transported through time and experience the yuletide season in the 1860s. Witness American history and the holiday traditions of the past. Let's meet the guest list: Revolutionary War Soldiers; Union Soldiers; Detroit 1860s Civilians; Confederate Civilians; Spanish-American War Soldiers; WW2 Soldiers. We'll discover how they celebrated Christmas in their eras. This is a guided look at Christmas traditions through American history. The dream of every soldier serving in the military is common -- to be home for Christmas.
Take this opportunity to visit the gift shop for great Christmas gifts for the history buffs on your list! Dinner will be hosted at a fine-dining Georgia-style inn to be revealed on our trip.From a review: " This place is fantastic! The food is a little pricey but your paying for the ambiance. The restaurant is in an old house and all the tables are in different rooms throughout the house. I try to get there at least once a month. The food is fabulous! Service is outstanding and professional. The ambiance is inviting and charming. A great place for a special night out". $78/person
December 4 – Christmas with the Amish $85/person
December 5 – Scrooge at Meadowbrook — Come with us to view the captivating tale of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol! We'll be traveling with Scrooge and the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present, & future to learn about the true spirit of Christmas. As always, a meal will be included during the trip. Must register by August 15. $105/person
December 7- WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO – Enjoy a spectacular light display of more than 5 million LED lights that illuminate trees, buildings and sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. The tour goes on in rain, snow or shine, so please come dressed for the weather and for walking outside. Average walk is an hour and half to complete the tour. Enjoy a dinner and holiday surprises at Polonia Restaurant prior to the Zoo. Cost: $67/person
December 13 – The Great Gatsby's Holiday Affair – Mystery Fine Dining – If you’ve ever wanted to talk like characters from an old movie or the folks from The Great Gatsby, now’s your chance. For the twenties lovers among us, we'll hear some of the era’s best slang phrases, like bees knees, on a toot and Phonus balonus! . Now you just have to practice talking really, really fast so you can say this old slang.
Starts off with a quick museum stop nearby the mystery dining. You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough. Come join us for a lavish five course soirée featuring a cocktail hour of signature giggle water, beer, and wine as well as complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres. Hear an acclaimed Jazz Band who will play the sounds of the era. Bring your air tight Gatsby get-up or flapper dress and win a prize to guarantee a roaring good time. "In his enchanted gardens, men and ladies came and went like moths, among the whispering and champagne stars." Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that is its own ticket of admission. Please register as soon as possible for the outstanding event. 4pm -8 pm $95/person
Starts off with a quick museum stop. You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough. Come join us for a lavish five course soirée featuring a cocktail hour of signature giggle water, beer, and wine as well as complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres. Hear an acclaimed Jazz Band who will play the sounds of the era. Bring your air tight Gatsby get-up or flapper dress and win a prize to guarantee a roaring good time. "In his enchanted gardens, men and ladies came and went like moths, among the whispering and champagne stars." Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that is its own ticket of admission. Please register as soon as possible for the outstanding event. $95/person
December 21 — Festive Churches: The true spirit of Christmas will come alive when we host our Holiday Historic Church Tour of metro Detroit and suburbs. This multifaceted tour will take participants inside four of the town’s most historic and architecturally interesting churches, each of which will be decorated for the season by one of the area's top floral designers. At each church, the pastor will give a short talk about the building's history and design. There will be a presentation of Christmas music. Lunch is included.$75/person
December 31 — Firekeeper's Casino Day Trip: Leave @ 8am; Return @ 5pm. $35/person
January 17, 2019 – North American International Auto Show – Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements. Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy. $40/person. No lunch included. We will take a ride on the People Mover to Greektown where travelers can dine at a restaurant of their choice
February 10-16, 2019 — New Orleans: Enjoy spectacular tour of New Orleans. We're stopping at fascinating places going and coming. A guided tour of Bay St. Louis, admission to Mardi Gras World, a Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi, and more! Includes motor coach transportation, 6 nights lodging, and 10 meals. $669/person
February 21, 2019 – Imported from Detroit – Mystery Fine Dining – In our dynamic ever-evolving city of motors and Motown, Detroit is a melting pot of rich heritages. Celebrate the unique culture of Detroit with food inspired by destinations from New Center to Corktown to Poletown, just to name a few. $68/person
March 1, 2019 – Pierogi, Paczki & Hussars – Pre-Lenten Polish tour. See the sights, learn the culture, meet the handsome hussar, and even the dancing girls. $68/person
March 18-22, 2019 – New York – Explore the city that never sleeps. Experience Little Italy, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Manhattan, Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Take a trip to “Eately,” the largest indoor Italian wine and food market. Spend some time shopping on 5th Avenue and visit South Street Seaport. There will be free time to sightsee on your own. Four breakfasts and two dinners included. $590/person; double occupancy
April 4, 2019 – High Tea – A five course lunch is included with accompanying traditional tea service. Ladies are encouraged to wear a fabulous hat! Pick up time: 11 a.m., Drop of time: 1 p.m. First come first served! $62/person
Vera Bradley April 10, 2019 -- It's official . Our shopping slot is at 2:30 pm for the first day of the Vera Bradley Annual Sale. Our event code is EXPO410G. All festivities take place prior to the shopping. $85 p.person
April 18, 2019 – French Countryside Dinner – Mystery Fine Dining – Embark on a tour of French history place, culture, and cuisine. Join us deep in the French countryside where food forms a connection - between the people at the table, between the generations who have passed down a recipe, between the terroir, the meal that has sprung from it, and the history that continues to live on the plate. Meet us in our French focused lounge featuring cocktails, beer, and wine while delighting on complimentary hors oeuvres. Enjoy an evening of the sights and sounds of France. Bring your best beret or costume for a prize. $68/person
May 23, 2019 – Gold, Diamonds & DuMouchelle’s – Experience the shops similar to the ones from the TV Shows “Pawn Stars” and “Antiques Roadshow” as well as a very high end, suburban pawn shops. Always fun. Everyone says, I'm not going to buy anything. A cross between museum pieces and top hit gold records. This is where the TV shows are filmed: "Hard-Core Pawn meets The Antiques Road Show". Meet the famous Gold family of the well-known TV series "Pawnstars". We will then tour DuMouchelle's, which has been auctioning fine art since 1927. Lunch will include a talk from Detective Dan on about the ins and outs of the burglary industry and how thieves "fence" stolen merchandise. If you have junk gold, like dental gold from your dentist, bring it for recovery. One person on this tour from last year, spent a couple of thousand on items she knew she wanted. You just never know. In addition to our tour of DuMouchelle’s, we will also experience an auction. You may want to bring a small item for a dealer to look at, maybe price. This is a very different type of tour.$69/person
August 16-18, 2019 – 50 Years Later, Relive The Age of Aquarius (3 days)– 1969 began with The 5th Dimension hit album, “The Age of Aquarius,” on top of the charts. That same year Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Later, 400 thousand others walked onto a New York Farm for the first, and only, Rock and Roll Music Festival—Woodstock, unprepared for the history they would become a part of. This tour is for all of those who were teenagers during 1969, but especially for everyone who was either too young, or forbidden from attending. It’s time you finally “made it to Woodstock!” Enjoy a Moon Rock Evening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame First come first served. $575/person; double occupancy
Sept. 10, 2019 – Mad Hatter Mystery Tea Party – A Three-Tiered tray, including: Finger Sandwiches, Cucumber Mint Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Choux, Mini Mushroom Quiche, Egg Salad Sandwich, Crumpet and Scone, served with Homemade Preserves, Basil Lemon Curd, Clotted Cream. Seasonal Pastries. Second location will explain all about how to use tea. Costumes expected, but not necessary. $68/person
**DEPARTURE LOCATIONS: All trips generally depart from Madison Heights, Novi and Livonia to help accommodate guests from all areas of metro Detroit. Guests are notified a week before the tour with location and pick up time for each individual tour.**
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