We’ve combined the best of this year’s Colorful Mystery Coast and our signature Colorful Carolina Coast itineraries into a new tour containing the highlights of both in a shorter format. It’s perfect for the first-time and return visitor alike!
- St. Augustine, North America’s oldest city
- Georgia’s first city, Savannah, and historic Jekyll Island
- Charleston by land and sea
- All 2-night hotel stays – historic district accommodations in Savannah and Charleston
Fly to Jacksonville, Florida, arriving in the early evening. Rest well. You have a colorful week ahead! Sheraton Hotel Jacksonville – 2 nights
St. Augustine is the oldest city in North America, founded in 1565 but first explored by Ponce de Leon as early as 1513. A trolley tour will acquaint you with the area’s unique Spanish history, including a guided visit to the 17th Century Castillo de San Marcos. Will you discover Ponce de Leon’s illusive Fountain of Youth? (FB,L)
Midway along the Georgia coast is Jekyll Island, playground of millionaires in the early 20th Century. Tour the secluded village by tram and have lunch in the elegant Club Hotel, then stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where patients are rehabilitated for a return to the wild. Savannah has been welcoming visitorswith style and grace since 1733, and guess what? You’re next! A well-located hotel encourages personal exploration. Just be careful after dark. This is America’s most haunted city, after all! Staybridge Suites Historic District – 2 nights (FB,L)
A trolley tour will spotlight Savannah’s intricate system of 24 beautifully landscaped squares teeming with dogwood and
azalea. Here you’ll find history and beauty in excess… plus a healthy dose of gossip just to keep things lively, delivered by local “characters” you’ll meet along the way. Expect no less from the city that gave us the cotton gin, Paula Deen and The Lady Chablis! In the afternoon, our signature progressive dinner features a unique Low Country Boil and ends with Toot’s famous prune cake
served at Clayton Place. (FB,D)
Drayton Hall, circa 1750, is located along South Carolina’s scenic Ashley River. It is widely considered to be one of the grandest homes in America dating to an era when rice, not cotton, was the South’s king crop. That it has survived to the present day is amazing. Even more amazing is the fact the home was never modernized. No electricity. No plumbing. Centuries-old paint. You’ll see it largely as it looked the day it was finished before the family moved in – not your typical house museum! Continuing on to Charleston, be prepared for your amazement to only grow as you enter this place known throughout the South as “The Holy City.” Your elegant accommodations are guaranteed to set the tone. Meeting Street Inn – 2 nights (FB,L)
See Charleston in historic style by horse and carriage, ending at the old City Market for shopping and lunch. Check out the Sweetgrass baskets for the perfect souvenir! An afternoon harbor cruise passes such sites as the hallowed walls of Ft. Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861, as well as The Battery, which has been home to Charleston’s “rich and famous” since 1681. Your farewell dinner will end the day, and your tour, in style. (B,D)
Your homebound flight departs from Charleston International Airport after lunch. (B,L)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Each spring the baseball fans in our midst make a pilgrimage to Arizona, where the “Boys of Summer” get ready for the season. We’ll catch a game every afternoon or evening, a total of 5 games in all. Generally, the Giants are the first priority and the A’s second. The schedules for the Cactus League in Spring Training are not finalized and announced until sometime in November/December, and those registered will be sent the schedule just as soon as it is finalized.
Each departure features Sunday Brunch at the Wrigley Mansion, and a dinner at Rustler’s Roost (a Sports Leisure tradition). The centrally located Marriott Hotel we call home provides a great buffet breakfast each morning. Tickets for the games are almost always located in the shade. You’ll see how important this tiny feature is once we get to Arizona and you see thousands of people unwilling to take their seats for the game because they are in the sun!
By registering early, you secure your space, guarantee your tickets and save a few dollars. We only purchase a few tickets over the number of people reserved when they become available, so those who wait risk getting shut out. Plus, this tour has sold out the last two years (hence the second departure this season). This is a “bucket list” item for many, and lots of fans repeat this trip on a regular basis. See you in Arizona!
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
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