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November 3 - 5, 2017
Overnight Trip  to St. Simons  Island - The Golden Isles of  Georgia

Located on the southern part of Georgia's scenic coastline and only four hours driving time  from Vero Beach, St. Simons Island is rich in beauty and culture.  St. Simons Island is the  largest barrier island in the Golden Isles and was made famous by poet Sidney Lanier and  novelist Eugenia Price.  We will spend two nights and three days in the Village of St. Simons which offers a view of the waterfront with ships passing by, a tour of the beautiful lighthouse, quaint shops along tree-lined streets and restaurants that offer a variety of culinary delights including fresh seafood. We will stay in the Village's oldest hotel - the Village Inn and Pub, winner of the 2003 Coastal Living Award and is walking distance to the entire village area; We will venture outside the village for a few hours when we take a guided tour of other  historical sites in and around St. Simon's Island - i.e., Christ Church, Fort Frederica, the old  Coast Guard Station and Museum, eateries, etc.

Cost:  Double accommodations: $450 pp; Single:  $550 pp.  Cost includes:  bus transportation aboard large bus; two nights stay at the Village Inn; wine and cheese reception; breakfast each morning at the Village Inn; admission to the Lighthouse; guided tour of St. Simon’s Island & snacks aboard bus.


 

Saturday, December 2
Sunset & Symphony Christmas at Bok Tower
Includes outdoor concert with music from the Singing Tower Carillon & the Orlando Philharmon-ic Orchestra, tour of the decorated Pinewood Estate & admission to Bok Tower’s gardens.

We’ve experienced the live summer concerts at Bok Tower—now we are going to
experience a Holiday Sunset Symphony on the Green at Bok Tower. However, before we settle in for the concert, day trippers will enjoy a tour of the beautifully decorated Pinewood Estate home located on the premises as well an opportunity to stroll through the beautiful gardens and other buildings (Gift Shop, Visitors Center, etc.) at Bok Tower. We will arrive around lunchtime should you wish to enjoy lunch first (on your own) at the Blue Palmetto Café or you may wish to take your tour first and enjoy a late afternoon meal at the Café prior to the concert. You need to bring your own chair/ blanket for seating. The Café will set up a bar and snacks at the Tower during the concert. It is advised that we head up to the Tower around 4:30 pm to get a good view-ing spot on the lawn. Concert will begin at 6 pm.

Cost for the day and evening at Bok Tower is: $95 pp (includes bus transportation, snacks on bus, admission to Pinewood Estate holiday home tour, admission to the Gardens and to the Sunset and Symphony Concert on the Green.


 

Friday, December 8, 2017
Fort Christmas Historical Park followed with visit to Cocoa Village

This will also be a “first” for Day Trippin’ with Patti & Vicky— a visit to Fort Christmas and it’s “Florida Cracker Village.” Christmas 1837 was not merry for a group of US Army soldiers marching through what is now east Orange County. Instead of celebrating with family and friends, the soldiers built a fort (Fort Christmas) on the St. John’s River during the Second Seminole Indian War. We will visit a replica of Fort Christmas which is located in the rural community of Christmas, Florida, 10 miles west of Titusville. Fort Christmas is a typical Seminole Indian War fort made of tall pine pickets. Fort Christmas Historical Park also includes a school and “cracker style” homes which were relocated to the property from their original locations. Following the tour of Fort Christmas, we will drive to the Christmas, FL post office should you wish to mail your holiday cards with a Christmas, Florida, postmark. We will then drive down to Cocoa Village where you can enjoy lunch on your own and/or shopping in the village. If we depart soon enough, we will stop at Grimaldi Candy Company (maker of the famous chocolate covered potato chips.

Cost for the day trip: $70 pp—includes transportation to & from Fort Christmas and Cocoa Village and admission to Fort Christmas and snacks.