Travel into the mountains to a rustic setting to enjoy the sounds of a full symphony orchestra, under the direction of Carter Nice, as it plays the finest familiar sounds of Broadway. The Bear Valley Music Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the wonderful sound of music high in the hills, surrounded by rocks and pines, from your reserved center orchestra seating within the covered tent. Travel to the festival along historic Hwy 49 and designated Scenic Byway Highway 4. This year a special treat is in store as William Florian, one of the original performers with the New Christy Minstrels, will serenade you during lunch on the second day.
_The tour includes roundtrip transportation aboard SuperCoach III, accommodations, two lunches, all tours and attractions listed, and the services of a Sports Leisure Vacations Tour Director.
Please note: due to the unique nature of the Bear Valley Lodge, a limited number of two-bedded rooms is available. Please call early!_
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SuperCoach III picks you up at one of our convenient locations to begin the day. Pause in Sonora at the beautiful Union Hill Inn for lunch and a walk through the gardens. Continue to Bear Valley Village checking in to the Bear Valley Lodge in the late afternoon. Stroll around the area and have an early dinner before the evening performance. Our hotel is located at 7100’ elevation, within walking distance from the festival site, in the village. Enjoy the mountain lodge experience with the classic rustic open post and beam structure and granite fireplace in the main lounge area.
- Lunch is included this day.
- Bear Valley Lodge
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Enjoy the brisk morning air before a later departure than usual. Pause in Murphy at Quyles Kiln for a look at some local pottery. After watching the artisans at work, and browsing the gift shop, continue on to Volcano for lunch at the Volcano Union Inn. William Florian will be there to provide some memories from the sixties and seventies as he sings the songs of the New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Pete Seeger and the Mama’s and Papa’s. Return to Sacramento by way of Highway 49 with a stop at Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse for some fresh veggies.
- Breakfast and lunch are included this day.
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Don your finest and slip away to sunny Southern California to ring in the New Year aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier at its annual gala. Enjoy a premium open bar followed by dinner and swing the night away to big band music provided by a live orchestra! After a leisurely New Years Day morning, brunch is served at the Hotel del Coronado before attending a delightfully extravagant matinee performance of A Salute to Vienna, a Bavarian-style experience filled with waltzes and soaring vocal performances.
Visit Old Town, Balboa Park and easily walk to Seaport Village, which is located just across the street from your hotel for two nights, The Embassy Suites. Don’t forget about the made-to-order breakfast and complimentary manager’s reception each night!
If you enjoy wonderful dining and nostalgic Christmas experiences then this is the trip for you! Discover the lights of Christmas tree lane at night, an old fashioned community parade where everyone comes out to watch, and small towns that have Main Streets decorated for Santa. And did we mention dining… at several of the Valley’s best restaurants? And there will be time for picking up a few unique gifts too in the shops along the main streets of the valley’s finest communities.
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