Take your seat at the 142nd Run for the Black-Eyed Susans
- Accommodations at the hip new Hotel RL in downtown Baltimore
- Experience The Preakness Stakes from the exclusive Turfside Terrace
- Visit Ft. McHenry, Babe Ruth Birthplace, National Aquarium, Geppi’s Entertainment and American Visionary Art Museums
- Spend a day in Horse (and Crab) Country on the Eastern Shore
We hope to offer an Orioles baseball game, but it’s too early at press time to know the schedule. You will be advised when details are known. If a game “fits,” you can opt in for an additional charge!
You’re off to Baltimore for the center jewel of the elusive Triple Crown. Your downtown hotel is at once historic and hip, and located only a couple of blocks from the popular Inner Harbor, where dinner features the bounty of the Chesapeake. Crab cakes, anyone? Hotel RL – 4 nights (D)
Discover a city rich in history as you visit Ft. McHenry, where our National Anthem was penned during the War of 1812. Sports legend George Herman Ruth is a native son, and you’ll tour the home-turnedmuseum where “The Babe” was born in 1895. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum isn’t academic – it’s just fun! See for yourself as you walk through over two centuries of allAmerican pop culture. And speaking of pop culture, you won’t believe the fanciful fine art at The American Visionary Art Museum. (CB,L)
Pimlico Race Course is your destination for a day of racing, wagering and people watching. Your seating is in the exclusive Turfside Terrace, a covered area with reserved table seating on the inside of the final stretch including fine wines, beer, a buffet luncheon, between-race entertainment and private mutuel windows, all climaxing in the early evening with the 142nd Preakness Stakes! (CB,L)
Thoroughbred breeding is gaining steam as you’ll learn on a drive into Cecil County, Maryland’s horse country. Joined by a local guide, visit a horse farm and learn more about the importance of the equine industry to the state, as well as the area’s history to the nation. Located on the Eastern Shore, this is also crab country. Your midday feast at The Wellwood Club is guaranteed to please. (CB,L)
Can it be over at last? Not before a visit to the National Aquarium where you’re invited to see the world from below the surface. Located on the Inner Harbor, the aquarium features a diverse collection of over 20,000 sea creatures, reptiles and birds, all living in natural habitats. (CB,L)
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
Our always popular Day at the Races includes a sumptuous buffet lunch and seating in the enclosed Turf Club at Golden Gate Fields by beautiful San Francisco Bay in Berkeley. Enjoy the races with betting windows nearby and television monitors throughout the dining room.
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