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These descriptions of trips and seminars are from the Plus 60 pages in the Quad City Times. If a trip is sold out, please contact Trailways to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations.  Sometimes additional coaches or trips are added if possible.

2017

Healthy Habits Over Lunch: Tips and Tricks for Staying Independent, Tuesday, July 18, at Adler Heart Institute, Genesis East, Davenport, IA and Thursday, July 20, at the Larson Center, Illini in Silvis, 12-1 p.m. FREE TO MEMBERS. Please register by Monday, July 16, at shatomus@yahoo.com to guarantee a lunch.

Registration form in available on a separate page of this website.

*Take Yourself Out To the Ballgames! Chicago Cub Ballgames, May 25 – September 17 (Prices vary per game; Plus 60 members get $4.00 off per game.)

If there were such a word as “funnest” in the dictionary, I would definitely use it to describe what the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel has available for you this summer!   How excited would you be to learn of THIRTEEN special opportunities to see the World Champion Cubs play at Wrigley Field?

Well, that is exactly what might trip your trigger, or float your boat, or whatever, if you call soon and get your reservations in for the teams you want to see play! Listed below are the different games (and prices) with seats currently available. I should not have to tell you that the sooner you call, the more likely you will score a seat.

Travel protection is available, so inquire about it when you call. Pick-ups for these games are offered at both at CASI in Davenport, and also in Muscatine.

Cardinals vs Cubs                 July 21                          $150 SOLD OUT

Nationals vs Cubs                 August 4                       $140 SOLD OUT

Reds vs Cubs                        August 17                     $120

Brewers vs Cubs                 September 8                 $120 10 OR FEWER SEATS

Cardinals vs Cubs               September 15               $150

Cardinals vs Cubs                 September 16               $150

Cardinals vs Cubs                 September 17               $150

Trailways Travel Show: Branson Christmas, A Dickens of a Christmas, and Christmas in Dixie, Monday, July 17, 2-4 p.m., Bettendorf Public Library, Bettendorf, IA. FREE

Learn about these fabulous trips and get discounts for booking early.

Scott Community College Seminar: Scandal At Midnight, Tuesday, July 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., The Outing Club, Davenport, $22.00 including lunch. Call Scott Community College for reservations.

I’ve heard about this hilarious and informative Scott Community College Lunch & Learn, and I think it is one you all may totally enjoy; here’s a synopsis:

Did you know that Davenport once had a floating whore-house? It was tethered on the levee.   And, that the Davenport City Council had an ingenious plan to impose a “sin tax” on Davenport’s Ladies of the Night? Sound enticing? Well, you must come to the Outing Club on Tuesday, July 18th at 11:30 for a great lunch, and all the sordid details!

Madam Karen Rose will lift the forbidden curtains of “Bucktown” for a peek into the dark and dusky back rooms of some of Davenport’s most infamous turn-of-the-century saloons and gambling parlors. WARNING: You will be seeing nude photos of ankles, necks and elbows; smelling salts will be available if needed!

Call Scott Community College and register for the “Scandal At Midnight” Lunch on July 18th. The cost is $22. The laughs are priceless.

*All Aboard! – Train & Circus Museums, Baraboo, WI, Wednesday, July 19  ($118.00 for adult members, $122.00 without membership, $85.00 each for children) 10 OR FEWER SEATS AVAILABLE

For all of you train and circus aficionados, what more can you ask for than a fun filled day to Wisconsin to visit TWO museums filled with your favorite things – trains and the circus! This trip is ideal for entire families, and especially for grandparents wanting to share a very special day with their grandchildren! As you read this, remember the days of knowing what a circus is are quickly coming to an end. This is your opportunity to make sure your family has the memories.

Your Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel is offering a one day trip to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum and then to Circus World in Wisconsin. The trip is leaving CASI in Davenport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and will return that evening.

Come experience the “Golden Age of Railroading” with a 7 mile round trip through rural Wisconsin aboard 1900-era vintage train cars. You’ll receive a guided tour of the Railway Museum and enjoy both indoor and outdoor displays of restored railway equipment. Browse the gift shop located in an 1894 depot!

Next is lunch at the Railroad Inn Cafe. It is the go-to eatery for visitors featuring a train-themed restaurant. Located in downtown North Freedom, WI, you will have a great lunch, and, for all the little conductors present, a choice of chicken strips or grilled cheese will be offered.

Baraboo, Wisconsin is our next stop for a tour of Circus World. This stop combines both the historical and the entertaining aspects of the Ringling Brothers Circus, so both young and old alike will love this stop. There is a museum chronicling both the Ringling Family and the circus itself, with tons of vintage art work and props displayed. There are also costumes, wagons and other memorabilia. You and your family will surely enjoy the live show under the Big Top Tent! The show includes jugglers, clowns, horses, elephants, dogs and aerialists. There are magic shows, as well as elephant and pony rides which are available for an additional fee. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your family to see both the trains and the circus!

Call Trailways Travel during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservations.

Remember school is out for the summer, and this will be a perfect day for everyone. The cost for adults is $122, and for children, $85.

Don’t forget to ask for your $4 discount if you are a Plus 60 member.

*Upper Michigan and Mackinac Island, Monday, July 24-Saturday, July 29 ($1,455 pp with membership, $1,475 without for double occupancy) SOLD OUT

SECOND TRIP ADDED: Monday, August 14 – Saturday, August 19, ($1,455 pp with membership, $1,475 without for double occupancy) SOLD OUT

From the huge response we get each year when offering this trip, Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club already know to have more clerks manning the phones to take your reservations! This time will be no different!   If you have never traveled to Mackinac Island, or experienced the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, this trip must be put on your list. The experiences you will share with your friends will be talked about for a long time. Escape to the past on Mackinac Island where you won’t see a motorized vehicle in site, but you can rent a bicycle to take you around the island. This year’s trip begins on July 24, 2017, and runs through the 29th. There are 11 meals included, B, L, and D, and are outlined on the daily itinerary.

Day 1: (D) Travel to Grand Rapids, MI and enjoy admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library where you can participate in activities such as “attending” a White House State Dinner, delivering a campaign speech, and experiencing a day in the Oval Office! How many of you can say you’ve done anything resembling that?   Not many, I’m sure. The opportunities abound here. There are also nationally acclaimed temporary exhibits that will delight and inspire you. After checking into our hotel, we will enjoy the included Italian Dinner.

Day 2: (B),(D) After breakfast we travel to Mackinac City where you will have free time to explore, have lunch, and shop at Mackinac Crossings. We will then cross the Might Mac Bridge and enjoy great views of Mackinac before traveling to Sault Ste. Marie for a guided tour of Michigan’s oldest city. This evening enjoy a delicious buffet dinner aboard a Soo Locks Tour Dinner cruise. You will be taken through the locks and under the International Bridge into Canadian waters. Return to the harbor via the historic Canadian Lock and cruise past St. Mary’s Rapids.

Day 3: (B),(L),(D) After breakfast we will depart for Paradise! Paradise, Michigan, that is. There we will explore the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum where you will learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. Then visit Tahquamenon State Park with a guided walking tour of the Upper Falls. Get an up close view of the Tahquamenon Falls, the second largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi! An amazing site to behold. We will then catch the ferry for Mackinac Island and dinner at the hotel. The evening is free to enjoy the pubs, shops and live music.

Day 4: (B),(L) After breakfast we will enjoy a 90 minute narrated carriage ride of the Island with stops at exciting places like Ft. Mackinac. After the tour, board a horse drawn taxi where you will be whisked away to the Grand Hotel for a sumptuous luncheon buffet. Afterwards, just relax on the 660 foot front porch, or check out the grounds and shops. Later the horse drawn taxi will return you to the downtown area for an afternoon free to do what you want. Do I hear the word “fudge” mentioned???

Day 5: (B),(D) After our delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will take the ferry back to the mainland and travel to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate. The 60 room mansion combines historic architecture, a diverse art collection, and breathtaking grounds. While at the mansion learn the history and private side of Henry Ford’s only son. After a short ride on the coach, arrive at our hotel for the evening and enjoy the included dinner. The evening is free.

Day 6:(B) After a filling breakfast we will depart for home with great memories of a summer Michigan adventure. A word to the wise – I hope you didn’t forget to buy some of Michigan’s famous cherry jams and/or salsa!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours from Monday to Friday to make your reservations now! The cost for this adventure, full of new learning experiences, and opportunities, is $1475.00 p.p. double occupancy. Other rates are available. Plus 60 Members receive a $20.00 p.p. discount. Having done this trip a couple of times, this author cannot say too much about this very enjoyable trip!

*Washington Nationals VS  Chicago Cubs, Friday, August 4 ($136.00 with membership, $140.00 without)

Heads Up, Baseball Fans!! I was totally surprised to learn there are a few seats left for this game at Wrigley Field, so consider this a Last Call for sure!

Trailsways Travel and your Plus 60 Club is taking you to Chicago on Friday, August 4, 2017 for a day full of baseball fun as the Washington Nationals take on the Chicago Cubs. You can be picked up in either Muscatine or Davenport for this event, just tell us where.

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation. The cost is $140; don’t forget to ask for your $4 Plus 60 discount if you are a member.   Play Ball!

*Colorado Train Trip, Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 13 ($2,819 with membership) SOLD OUT

Whether or not you’ve thought of running away and trying the life of a hobo, or maybe that of a train engineer, you now have your chance to experience a wonderful Colorado Train Adventure.

Traveling with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club, we are offering an exciting trip while you ride the rails of Colorado from August 4 – 13, 2017. Ride the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, take a ride aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, visit the Colorado Railway Museum, and much, much more!

Day 1: (D)- We travel by luxury coach to Salina, KS where we overnight at the Country Inn & Suites. Dinner is included.

Day 2: (B,D)- After breakfast we travel to Colorado Springs where we will tour the Air Force Academy and all it’s architectural splendor. Tonight is a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. The Drury Inn is our home for two nights.

Day 3: (B,L,D)- Full from the included breakfast, today is devoted to areas around Colorado Springs. Begin with a ride aboard the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway that takes us to the very top of this famous landmark. You will experience a true “Rocky Mountain High” here, after which we will continue to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. A sumptuous lunch with some time to shop follows. This afternoon we will tour the Garden of the Gods where you will experience an abundance of plant and animal life, as well as the famous red sand-stone rock formations. Western hospitality will abound this evening at a fun local restaurant.

Day 4: (B,L,D) After breakfast at the hotel we will depart to board the Royal Gorge Railroad. A true vintage train ride along the legendary Arkansas River, deep within the Gorge, will spellbound each of us. We will enjoy a homemade lunch at the historic rail town in Salida, and this afternoon we will visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tonight we stay in Alamosa, at the Holiday Inn Express.

Day 5: CB,L) A continental breakfast awaits us before we continue to what is considered to be the finest remaining vast network of narrow gauge rail lines. These lines link together the Rocky Mountain Mining Camps- the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This railroad has been called “the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America” by author Lucius Beebe.

We leave Antonito and head for Osler where we disembark and enjoy lunch. Meeting up with our coach again, we travel to the old mining town of Durango for a two-night stay at the BW Rio Grande.

Day 6: (B) – After breakfast at the hotel we travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of explorations. You will be able to visit the cliff dwellings where the mysterious Anasazi once lived. These are the people known as the “ancient ones” to the Navajo. They lived in the Four Corner area almost a thousand years ago before suddenly disappearing. The fascinating thing is, they left behind their incredibly well preserved dwellings that continue to intrigue and challenge modern day man. This is our nation’s largest archaeological preserve with 4,000 sights, including 600 cliff dwellings. The Visitor Center will amaze, and a local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree House Restaurant for lunch on your own. After touring the park, we will return to Durango with the rest of the day to explore the fun western town on your own.

Day 7: (B,D)- We depart Durango and take a ride on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. We will wind our way through the Rockies between Durango and Silverton, seeing for ourselves the rugged peaks, the alpine meadows, and the crystal lakes. Upon arrival at Silverton enjoy free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. We will meet up with our coach for a scenic drive north to Grand Junction. This evening we will see the fantastic monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Over the centuries, wind and water have carved sheer, walled canyons, spires, and gorges from the brilliant orange and red sandstone. We will spend the night at the Doubletree and enjoy the included dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: (B,D) – Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing through the Heart of the Rockies, enjoying the vistas of rugged canyons, pristine wilderness, and deep gorges. You can only imagine what our forefathers went through while transversing this country so many years ago. We will cross the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass before descending into the Mile High City of Denver. Before checking into the Embassy Suites, we will stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. The museum’s mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit railroad equipment, artifacts, and photographs emphasizing Rocky Mountain area railroads. Our farewell dinner is tonight.

Day 9: (B) – Have breakfast at the hotel before we depart Denver, saying goodbye to our Tour Manager. We will travel east across the plains of Colorado and Nebraska, with breaks on your own along the way. The night will be spent in Lincoln at the Country Inn & Suites; dinner in is on your own.

Day 10: (B) – Our last leg to home begins with breakfast at the hotel. You will arrive home tonight with refreshing breaks on your own along the way.

This trip sounds like a wonderful, relaxing, and educational adventure! Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 for your reservation and more information. Cost for a double is $2,854.00, BUT, if you are a Plus 60 member, you get a $35.00 discount, AND, there will be an additional $50.00 discount for everyone if you call right away!! This trip will fill quickly as the popularity of the “rail-riders” continually grows.

*Dutton’s at  Legacy Theater and Lake Hill Winery, , Carthage, IL, Saturday, August 5 ($96 with membership, $100 without)

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, your Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel are headed for the Legacy Theater in Carthage, Illinois.  What for, you may ask?  

First of all, for your stomach:  It will be filled with a mouth watering  plated lunch provided by the well known Lake Hill Winery.  The Winery produces many locally grown premier wines, and is available for banquets, weddings and other activities.  You may have an opportunity to visit the wine tasting area while you take in the beautiful grounds.

Secondly, after enjoying that wonderful lunch,  we are off to see the Dutton’s.  Dean and Sheila Dutton were not professional musicians and they certainly weren’t planning on raising their children as such, but when they realized that music was beginning to define who they were as a family, they embraced it wholeheartedly. Since that decision to pursue a career in music was made in 1991, the Dutton’s as a whole have not looked back and have gone on to enjoy a successful touring career and music business. Today, they own their own theater in Branson, Missouri, where they perform.

The Dutton’s are international touring and recording artists who perform everything from bluegrass to classical music.  Their show features a variety of instruments including the violin, guitar, bass, viola, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica and drums!

The Dutton’s have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests, classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians.  In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, the Dutton’s are accomplished singers and dancers.  They also have been recognized as superb vocal talents!  You may recall seeing the Dutton’s as finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2007.  This is definitely your opportunity to experience the epitome of a wide variety of exceptional talent.

You may join us in this afternoon of musical immersion by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday.  The cost of this trip is $100; however, if you are a Plus 60 member, you will get a discount of  $4.00.  Call today before these seats are gone.

Lunch with Linda (Cook), Putnam Museum, Tuesday, August 8, 12 p.m. $17.00 (Private lunch and discussion with Linda Cook followed by screening of “Seven Year Itch) with popcorn.

Remember back in 1955?  You went to the movies to get cool in the summer. You gnawed on a Holloway sucker. The seats were thin. The movies were black and white. It cost 25 cents for over 12 and you lied about your age to get in. Marilyn Monroe was discussed in whispers because she showed bare skin and underwear. You may have seen the movie, “Seven Year Itch”.  If Linda Cook had been on the job then it would have been rated X for nasty language, sexual innuendo and adult situations. Your folks didn’t know you went because there were questionable scenes where you could see stuff that was not for kids. I personally, carried Marilyn’s photo in my wallet until my Dad found it one day. The other thing was, it was a hilarious comedy but kids wouldn’t “get it”.

Well, you’re going to get another whack at it, only the seats are plush, the movie screen is “HUGE” and you get the VIP treatment because you are a member of Plus 60’s or CASI. It’s set for August 8th at noon. You can arrive hungry because we are going to have a picnic lunch, with dessert, without ants overlooking our scenic Mississippi just outside the theater balcony.  You don’t need to bring a dish to pass or even a napkin. On the down side, you won’t get a sun tan. Oh and you wont hear snickers when  Tom Ewing says “damn” and there wont be any rug rats walking over your feet after the show starts.

Wait a minute – That’s not all. I’m betting that you have checked with Linda Cook, that feisty movie reviewer, before going to the flicks that Hollywood offers these days. How does she do that? She knows what I like to see and what is disgusting. I actually went to movie once that she found awful and left after 7 people were killed in the opening scene and the “F” word was used 11 times in the hero’s dialog. Yes, Linda will be at our picnic and she will have stuff to say about movies, how she rates them, and what is good and bad about that industry. Bring questions. I want to know what “adult” language is, for example. Maybe she can tell you what Brad Pitt eats for breakfast.  After that, you get an exclusive showing of “Seven Year Itch” in comfort and cool and big enough to see Marilyn’s mole about the size of a man-hole cover. Remember you couldn’t afford to pay 10 cents for popcorn back in the 50’s? It’s FREE for us.

Of course, the whole event is not free but we get to do it all for $17. If you are Plus 60’s just call the Putnam (563 324 1933) before August 4 to reserve your seat. If you are member of CASI, drop by or call Lisa Brown or those terrific gals at the desk (563-386-7477). You already know that the Putnam is handicapped friendly so don’t worry about getting around. There’s no dress code either, but you should probably wear shoe

Celebration Belle Cruise, Thursday, August 10, 6-9 p.m., Moline Dock, $40.00.

The Mighty Mississippi is calling your name.  Plus 60 along with the Celebration Belle invites you to a delightful evening cruising the Mississippi.  This is a 2 ½ hour cruise and unlike Gilligan we will return you safely to Moline.  You will dine on  sumptuous prime rib, baked chicken, Alfredo pasta with vegetables, baby red potatoes, 2 cold salads  rolls and dessert.

There is live entertainment aboard the ship for your listening and dancing pleasure.  The dinner will be served on the second deck which is handicapped accessible.  You are welcome to view the Mississippi from the upper decks as well.  The moonrise is especially beautiful from this vantage point.

Boarding will happen at the Celebration River Cruise dock, 2501 River Drive, Moline. At 6:00.  We sail promptly at 6:30.  Check in is at the Best of Everything Gift Shop, adjacent to the ship, prior to boarding. There is ample parking available.  

Reservations are accepted by use of the registration form which can be found on a separate page of this website. The cost for this delightful evening is only $40.00 per person.  Dress is casual.  Make your reservations now so “You don’t miss the boat.”

Golf Outing, 4-person preferred ball, Hidden Hills Golf Course, 8:00 a.m. $35.00 per person, contact Bill Wolford @ 563-332-5190 for more information. Registration form on a separate page of this website.

*Iowa State Fair, Wednesday, August 16 ($61.00 with membership, $65.00 without) SOLD OUT

Believe me, after sitting in traffic for an hour, and then trying to find a parking place, you will be convinced the only way to go to the Iowa State Fair is with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club!   You can relax both going, and then coming home, if you travel with us on our trip Tuesday, August 16, 2017.

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair! From every imaginable kind of food-on-a-stick, zany events such as the “cow chip throwing contest”, 4-H exhibits, chainsaw artists, the Butter Cow, livestock shows, the Big Boar winner, photography exhibits, the Bill Riley Talent Sprouts, hundreds of vendor exhibits, rides, daily musical entertainment, and more, you will find that nothing really does compare to the Iowa State Fair!

Internationally acclaimed, the fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa, and is the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial exhibits in the country! More than a million people from all over the world are attracted to this event in Des Moines, Iowa where we celebrate and salute the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. The fair is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.

This year, for your convenience, Trailways has pick-up points in both Davenport and Walcott. Call them now at 877-822-4440 to make your reservation for this trip. The cost is $65 per person with a $4 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. Their offices are open Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.

Spectacular Scandinavia, August 17-August 30, ( $5949 per person for double, a single fare is $6999, and a triple is $5899). By booking early, before February 18, 2017, you will save $200 per person on the cost of the trip. BASED ON AVAILABILITY

You will never regret taking a tour to Scandinavia that includes 14 days, and 19 meals – 12 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners. Included is round-trip air from the Quad Cities, air taxes and fees, and hotel transfers. We leave August 17, 2017 and return on August 30, 2017.

Cancellation waiver and insurance is available.

Throughout this article you will be hearing about fjords. This author had no knowledge of what a fjord is, so we will learn together:   The evolution of fjords began three million years ago when Norway was covered with an ice cap that was thinner along the coast than inland. When the climate became milder, the ice melted, producing great waterfalls that dug into the soil and descended towards the sea. This created valleys that were then filled in by the ocean, forming the fjords. Surrounded by steep rocky mountains, dissected by cascading waterfalls, and decorated with fruit trees, the fjords are among Earth’s most inspiring landscapes. The air is pure, the water clear, and nature unspoiled.

Highlights of this amazing trip include Copenhagen, Vaxjo, the Swedish Glass Museum, Stockholm, the Vasa Ship Museum, a High Speed Train ride, Oslo, the Viking Ship Museum, Stave Church, the Flam Railway, Sognefjord, Briksdal Glacier, a Geirangerfjord Cruise trip, and Bergen.

An abbreviated itinerary follows. Call Trailways for an itemized pamphlet that will only whet your appetite for a trip to remember!

Day 1: Flight from the Quad Cities to Scandinavia.

Day 2: (D) Tour begins in Copenhagen where you will explore this city dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia”.   A Welcome Dinner is tonight.

Day 3: (B) A local expert will guide us through Copenhagen where we will see many sites, including the residence of the Danish Royal Family, the Royal Theater, the Little Mermaid Statue, and Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg.   The afternoon is at leisure, with an optional lunch and visit to Frederiksborg Castle.

Day 4: (B) We cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden, later traveling into the gateway of Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom”, home to the well known Kosta Bida brand. Discover glassblowing at its very finest.

Day 5: (B,D) Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm, stopping en route to explore the Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage where it sank within one nautical mile!

Perfectly preserved, this ship offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. The afternoon is free and tonight you will enjoy dinner in the old town of Fem Sma Hus.

Day 6: (B) Explore Stockholm at your leisure today. Discover its colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Optional tours are available.

Day 7: (B,D) All aboard the High Speed Train as we travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside. Cross the Norwegian border into Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. Here you will find a vibrant cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world class museums, restaurants and art.

Day 8: (B) Touring Oslo begins at the Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. View the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown. Later this afternoon enjoy time to relax or explore independently.

Day 9: (B,D) Depart Oslo and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church built in 1180, and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. After arriving in the quaint village of Flam you will embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flam Railway! You will ascend 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Are you hooked yet? That tour alone sounds absolutely incredible!

Day 10: (B,D) This morning travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Tonight the hotel’s chef will amaze you with an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine prior to dinner.

Day 11: (B,D) Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geirangerm a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization) World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Norway. Geirangerfjord is where you will find Norway’s mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor..

Day 12: (B) Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as  the gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape.

Day 13: (B,D) Taking a guided walking tour of Bergen you will see the historical and iconic harbor front known as the Bryggen, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and tonight join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 14: (B) Your amazing tour of Scandinavia ends with your flight home to the Quad Cities.

By booking early, before February 18, 2017, you will save $200 per person on the cost of the trip. A double fare now is $5949 per person, a single fare is $6999, and a triple is $5899.

Call Trailways Travel at 877-822-4440 and ask for Marcia Luers, your travel consultant.

*Guys On Ice, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana, IA, Thursday, August 17 ($99.00 for members, $103.00 for non-members)

If you are imagining guys in skinny tights skating around on a lake of ice, you will be disappointed; if you’re not, read on!

This great opportunity, planned at our favorite Amana Colony, and offered to you by Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club, will give you just about everything you could want in a very enjoyable day trip! For this event, on Thursday, August 17, 2017, we are offering you your choice of pick-up locations, either C.A.S.I. in Davenport, or in Walcott.   Our plans for the day include a wonderful meal, time to explore and shop in Amana, and experience a side-splitting show at the Old Creamery Theatre. It doesn’t get better than that for an easy afternoon.

Our first stop will be for a family-style lunch at the wildly popular Ox Yoke Inn. Enjoy a meal of fried chicken, smoked ham, assorted salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, sauerkraut, and an assortment of homemade breads. And, did I mention dessert? Their delicious apple pie will be waiting in the wings! You might be able to score some ice cream, too.

After lunch you will have free time for shopping and exploring the colony of Amana.   There is wine tasting, the bakery, the Clock and Furniture Shop, the smokehouse, the Woolen Mill, and several others in which your credit cards will be welcomed with open arms! Just don’t forget them.

The highlight of the afternoon will take place at the Old Creamery Theatre where we will be thrilled with the musical, Guys on Ice.   We will hear a tale of Midwest life with Lloyd and Marvin, two buddies who spend the day in their ice shanty sharing stories and laughs! As a musical you will love the hilarious songs like “The Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, “Fish is the Miracle Food”, and of course, “The One That Got Away”. Guys on Ice has been performed all across the country to sell-out crowds.

Make your reservation now by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440. The cost for this delightful afternoon is just $103.00 per person. If you are a Plus 60 Club member, be sure to ask for your discount of $4.00!

*Motown Review, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, August 21 ($98.00 for members, $104.00 for non-members)

Come along with Trailways Travel and your Plus 60 Club and enjoy a day of music where you will be totally entertained at the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois. We leave one of many scheduled Iowa cities on Monday, August 21, 2017 and head for Starved Rock where you will partake in a delightful luncheon buffet. Immediately after lunch we will join Gregory James, a Milwaukee native, as he shares with us his soulful and distinct R&B singing style. You will be mesmerized as you tap your feet to all the familiar sounds. Gregory performs old school songs like no other in the tri-state area. This includes songs by Al Green, Wilson Pickette, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Manhattans, Marvin Gaye, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, and many more.

Don’t miss out on a great day with friends to celebrate the end of summer! Make your reservation right away by calling Trailways Travel at (877)822-4440 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday.   The cost is $102 pp, but if you are a Plus 60 member, ask for your $4.00 discount.

*Ballard’s Fishing Trip, Lake of the Woods, Baudette, MN, Sunday, August 27-Thursday, August 31 ($960 less $200 for early booking discount before May 1, 2017.) CANCELLED

If you’ve been looking for a fishing paradise, your search is over! The Lake of the Woods area is second to none in the Midwest, and you will enjoy every minute at Ballard’s Resort!

Ride with the Plus 60 Club and Trailways Travel in a deluxe motor-coach to the Lake of the Woods from August 27 – 31, 2017 for a chance of a lifetime to tell your own fish tale about the “one that got away”…. however, we do not provide any guaranteed listeners!

  • Lodge in comfortable, modern, three-bedroom cabins, complete with living room, two single beds per bedroom, bathroom, tv, and daily maid service.
  • Three days of guided walleye fishing from 8 to 5 P.M. aboard a 27 foot Sportcraft boat, complete with restroom facilities, and all angling equipment, rods, reels, bait, tackle, and ice. Fish processing is included.
  • All meals are provided, so you won’t go hungry. Breakfast is at 7A.M., lunch is a sack or shore lunch each day, and dinner is every evening from 7-9 P.M. You should bring your own cooler to store any beverages you will want for lunch and while fishing. These beverages can be brought with you, or purchased at Ballard’s.
  • With a beautiful waterfront view, enjoy the Lodge; your gathering place to sit and talk with friends. Close by is the full-service bar providing a complete list of beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic beverages.

You can take all your cleaned and processed fish home with you (in your own cooler), for a future dinner at home.

The tour does not include the $33.00 Minnesota Fishing License, but that can be purchased at Ballard’s. It also does not include lunch and dinner beverages, also available for purchase, nor does it include gratuities for guides, wait-staff and housekeeping while at Ballard’s.

What IS included is guaranteed fun, the ability to catch lots of fish, and to really bond with nature and the outdoors!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation today for this great trip. The cost is $960.00 per person, but a $200 early booking discount is available if you book before May 1, 2017. And, that is no fish tale!

*Footloose, the Musical, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana, IA, Thursday, September 14 ($99.00 with member discount, $103.00 without)

Want to go back to your more carefree days, and just let loose? Like in “FOOTLOOSE”??   When Trailways Travel told this Plus 60 member they are doing a trip to the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa, to see a wonderful rendition of “Footloose”, I immediately put it on my calendar. I hope you do, too! Although seemingly far away, the date of September 14, 2017 will be here before we know it, and although we all have the tendency to put things off, this is one time you will want to have your reservation made well in advance.

I can easily remember the music to the song “Footloose”, and as it goes through my head, some of the other songs come to mind as well. Remember “Dancing in the Streets” , “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Hold Out For A Hero”, and, of course, the Footloose love theme, “Almost Paradise”?   Ah, the memories, but more so, the urge to just get moving again! “One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn’t prepared for a local ban on dancing. To the rockin’ rhythm of it’s Oscar-nominated Top 40 score, and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, while guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind”.   Are you feeling it yet?

That’s the show! I am so excited about it, I wrote about it first. However, the fact I did so does not at all detract from the fabulous lunch we will be having upon arrival at the popular Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Enjoy a family style menu of fried chicken, oven baked steak in brown gravy, assorted salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, sauerkraut, and an assortment of homemade breads. Oh, and did I mention the cherry pie dessert? You will not be disappointed with this special menu!

After lunch, and before the show, you will be able to enjoy some free time shopping or exploring around the colony. Sample some wine at the winery, hit the bakery for your favorite treats, or visit one of the many other stores, like the woolen mill or the furniture and clock shop. There are boundless opportunities.

After our great day of musical pleasure, eating and exploring, we will head back to the Quad Cities with “Footloose” running through our heads. I can think of many worse things.

Reservations can be made by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. The cost per reservation is $103.00 per person, with a $4.00 discount being available to all Plus 60 members! Call soon for this one!

*NASCAR – SPRINT CAR RACING, Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, September 17 ($171.00 with member discount, $175.00 without)

Get out your calendar. Mark Sunday, September 17, 2017. You’ll be going to the Chicagoland Speedway for an unforgettable afternoon.

How many times have you wanted to go and see in person an actual NASCAR race? This is your opportunity to go with friends and new friends with Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club. And, as you’ll be driving with us, you won’t have to worry about traffic or parking.

What could be better?

I have an answer. Arriving at the Speedway in time for you to walk around the grandstands, check out the souvenir shops, games, food and drinks, and learn more about your favorite drivers, no matter who they are. I have a personal favorite, and may be available for a debate. NASCAR has been talking about making some changes to some rules, and you may be able to find out about them now!

There are many pick-up towns available for this trip, so call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 to choose yours! Call during regular business hours, Monday – Friday. The cost for this great afternoon is $175.00 per person with a $4.00 discount available for Plus 60 members. Travel insurance is available. This is one of those bucket list chances, so call now.

*Farewell to Summer at Virginia Beach, Tuesday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 27 ($1,300 pp for double occupancy with membership, $1,350  pp for doubles without)

There is not a more fitting way to end the summer than with a multi-day trip with Plus 60 and Trailways Travel to Virginia Beach! Our trip is scheduled from September 19 – 27, 2017 and will provide you with all of the opportunities to experience summer life at it’s best!

Day 1: We depart from one of many available locations, so make your choice and enjoy the ride to Louisville, KY where we will spend the night.

Day 2: After the included breakfast we will make our way to Beckley, WV. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Cracker Barrel before we visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for a guided tour. We will get to relive something of what a coal miner’s life was like and receive an underground mine riding tour with a veteran miner who relays what life was like back in the day. We will also be able to stroll though a re-created coal camp that includes a school, church, and museum, and take a self-guided tour through a re-created Appalachian pioneer homestead. This evening, after checking in to our hotel, we’ll head for dinner, on your own, at the famous Food & Friends restaurant in Lewisburg, WV.   Food & Friends has been featured on the Food Network Show, “The Best of”.

Day 3: Enjoy the included breakfast before departing for Charlottesville, VA. There we will visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. We will have a day pass which allows us access to a guided tour of the first floor of this famous house. There will also be guided slavery at Monticello tours, and garden and grounds tours. You may want to visit a Crossroads exhibition in the lower level of the main house. For lunch we will head to Michie Tavern and receive a guided tour of this historic landmark before enjoying lunch. This evening we will arrive at our oceanfront hotel at Virginia Beach, and enjoy dinner at Rudees on the Inlet.

Day 4: Once again breakfast is included. Afterwards you will have the entire day on your own to check out Virginia Beach and all it has to offer. Explore the three mile long boardwalk, visit the world famous statue of Neptune, explore the many shops, or just enjoy laying on the beach with your toes in the sand! Water is available by the wavefull. .

Day 5: After our included breakfast, we travel to Williamsburg. Today we will have the amazing opportunity to tour Colonial Williamsburg! We’ll visit the Great Hopes Plantation, enjoy lunch at Shield’s Tavern, and enjoy a private guided tour of the Historic Area. After taking in this 300-acre town from a tour guide’s perspective, you’ll have time on your own to explore Colonial Williamsburg.

DAY 6: After the again included breakfast, we’ll depart for Norfolk VA where we’ll arrive at Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin. We’ll be able to tour the battleship, one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy. We’ll walk the teak decks, stand beneath her towering 16 foot guns, and experience what it was like living on board as a sailor. Plus, inside Nauticus, we’ll explore hands on exhibits, enjoy a new 3D theater, shark tank and touch tanks, and an aquarium. We’ll also enjoy a two hour narrated Naval Base cruise aboard the Victory Rover. A boxed lunch will be served before we head back to Virginia Beach. Dinner will be on your own this evening, and you will have time at your leisure to enjoy the beach and boardwalk.

Day 7: Today we will depart Virginia Beach after our included breakfast, and travel to Huntington, WV. We will have relaxing breaks along the way. Lunch will be on your own. After checking into our hotel for the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner at Fat Patty’s, a restaurant known for it’s many specialty burgers and sandwiches.

Day 8: Breakfast is again included, and afterwards we will board our coach and head to Indianapolis, IN. We’ll enjoy rest stops and lunch, on your own, along the way. Once we arrive in Indianapolis you will be thrilled to be a part of a mystery guided tour!

Day 9: We are homeward bound after an enjoyable included break-fast. Lunch will be on your own, and before you know it, you will be home-sweet-home.

 

Prices for this great historical tour are $1350 for a double; if you are a Plus 60 member, you get a discount of $50, bringing your cost down to $1300! That price is well worth all the experiences and enjoyment you will have. Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation now! Their offices are open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

*Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne Museum, Winterset, IA, Wednesday, September 20 ($136.00 with membership, $140.00 without) SOLD OUT

Sorry, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Steep won’t be there to re-create the bathtub scene for us, but you, too, can see and experience the Bridges of Madison County. This trip will be liked by both guys and gals. Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club are going from Davenport to Madison County to see not only the Bridges, but also to visit John Wayne’s Birthplace and Museum.

The coach will leave from C.A.S.I. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and head towards Winterset, Iowa where we will take in the bridges and its historic complex, and then the home and museum of John Wayne. We will have a step-on guide who will give us a tour of the Bridges of Madison County before we enjoy a private, catered lunch on the famous and historic covered Roseman Bridge. That experience alone will make the trip for you. However, there’s more:

After lunch we will travel to the Madison County Historical Complex. Enjoy exploring the 14 buildings located on many picturesque acres south of town. The complex represents a lasting record of a way of life of the people of Madison County, Iowa. You will be able to see over 12,000 artifacts, military memorabilia, extensive rock and fossil collections, a quilt and textile room, and a large farm equipment collection in the McKee Ag Center.

Before heading off on our next adventure, we will have free time on the square of downtown Winterset. You will be able to shop all of the quaint shops or explore at your leisure. There is also a Quilt Museum you may wish to visit for a nominal fee.

Next we will venture to John Wayne’s Birthplace & Museum. More than a million visitors have journeyed to this place in order to see the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence.   The museum includes original movie posters, film wardrobe, scripts, contracts, artwork, and even one of his last customized automobiles.

You will be sure to think “I remember that!” when recognizing something from one of the “Duke’s” movies.

After our fun-filled day of adventures, you might think we were done. But no, we are in for one more treat! Before heading home, we will stop by the St. Paul Lutheran Church to enjoy a relaxing, home cooked dinner, prepared just for us by the ladies of the church.

Fully satiated, we will then board our coach for the trip home.

For your reservation you will need to call Trailways Travel during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-822-4440.

The cost of the trip, including two meals, is $140. As always, Plus 60 members should ask for their discount of $4.00.

*Cranberry Festival, Warrens, Wisconsin, Friday, September 22 ($85.00 for members, $89.00 for non-members) BASED ON AVAILABILITY

My first visit to Warrens, Wisconsin and the annual Cranberry Festival was a long time ago. Not 44 years ago, but a long time ago.

Since that time I have gone back several times, and not once have I regretted it- except maybe last year when the friend I took with me had a broken wrist and was in pain. We still had fun, but I felt compelled to carry some of her packages, and that of course, limited my own buying capabilities. Not so this year!   Everyone is well and looking forward to Friday, September 22, 2017 when Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club are heading for the shopping mecca of Wisconsin for the 45th Annual Cranberry Festival. To last that long, it has to be a great event!

Although Cranberry Festival can be a little misleading, I will tell you it is NOT marshes and marshes of cranberries that you mush your way through, picking out the best berries like you would blueberries. What it is, is a celebration of cranberries in general, where you can visit an active bog if you wish, for a $6.00 guided Marsh tour, or you can eat and buy cranberry jam, ice cream, cream puffs, jerky, cheese, and about a hundred other items. Who knew that cranberry tacos would be so tasty? Fresh and dried cranberries are hugely available!

The main thrill of the Warrens Cranberry Festival is for the true, die-hard shopaholic. Yes, I qualify for this one! Picture in your mind walking up and down the streets of Warrens, past 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market booths, a variety of contests, 100 farm market vendors, many, many food court locations, and one of the largest marching band parades in Wisconsin! This is a true shopper’s paradise. And what makes it even better is there are so many truly unique items. It is not all “seen that” before.

In case you are wondering, Trailways goes way beyond in helping us rid ourselves of purchases during the day. Our driver will show us where our coach is parked, and will be available many times for dropping things off…….all so we can go and buy more, of course! We have plenty of room to store larger items, too.   Just remember to NOT out-buy your car size! Seen that – done that!

By past personal experience, this trip always sells out. I would recommend calling Trailways Travel right away at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours on Monday through Friday.   The cost of this shopper’s extravaganza is just $89.00 per person with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. Call now!

*A Quilter’s Escape! Hamilton, MO, Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30 ($228.00 for members, $235.00 for non-members) SOLD OUT

Before you think “ho hum”, let me be the first to tell you this is NOT your typical quilt outing! All quiltbees (my word) or quilt wannabees will be thrilled to learn that Plus 60 and Trailways Travels is offering an opportunity of a lifetime for you and your friends to visit Hamilton, MO. and the Missouri Star Quilt Company (MSQC)! We are leaving from one of several locations for a two day extravaganza you will never regret, or forget! The dates of this over-nighter are September 29 and 30, 2017.

This quilter’s paradise attracts customers from both near and far. You will be amazed at the size of this well-known company which sells everything from beautiful designer yard goods, to needles and bobbins. Bringing your quilting dreams to life, you will find inspiration, encouragement and education as you go from shop to shop at their 12 themed quilt shops! There’s even a Man’s Land- perhaps for a traveling companion, and a Sewing Center for retreats and events. The brand new Main Shop is a hub focused on education. I have no doubt when you leave there you will feel empowered to tackle any project you may have previously thought impossible.

Upon arrival you will enjoy a boxed lunch from Mama Hawk’s Bakery. Afterwards you will have free time to enjoy the town and all of the Missouri Star shops and boutiques. All of the shops are based on a theme to make your shopping experience that much more enjoyable. After you’ve had your “quilter’s fix” we will head to the hotel where you can refresh before going to the Golden Corral for dinner.

After breakfast the following morning we will head for the Maple’s Repertory Theater for their Quilter’s Event! This is your chance to meet YouTube quilting expert, Jenny Doon! You may know her as the smiling face behind the chicken that quacks, or not. Regardless, Jenny stitches together simplified quilts full of love, joy, and laughter in her tutorials. Combining her passion for teaching, and with her experience as a former costume designer, YouTube videos became the perfect way for her to share her knowledge and skills throughout the world. I have to admit to saving all the tutorials I get from MSQC to a folder on my computer for future reference.

Jenny’s trunk show is two fantastic hours of fun!   You’ll laugh along with her humorous stories, and you might even shed a few tears. Get ready to hear the story of who got her started in quilting, how the MSQC came to be, and the impact this incredible phenomenon has had on her life. At this special lecture and signing, you will learn quick and easy quilting tips; she will also share techniques to make 20 of her favorite quilts.   She will show us that by using pre-cut fabrics makes our quilts come together so much quicker and easier. After the trunk show you may want to stick around for a meet and greet as Jenny will be signing copies of Block Magazine.

After we leave MSQC we will enjoy some lunch before taking in “Quilters – The Musical” . “Quilters” is a musical celebrating the struggles and the triumphs of seven American Pioneer women. Each woman stitches the stories they want to be remembered into a quilt square that, when joined with many others, will communicate to the world of what it was like in frontier life. This is a beautiful, moving tribute that all of us will enjoy!

You should make your reservation right away for this wonderful getaway! There are hundreds of diehard quilters in this area, and the seats will sell quickly. One thing I have learned is ALWAYS put your name on a waiting list because Trailways is glad to send more than one bus if the interest is there! The cost for this trip is $235 pp. double occupancy. Other prices are available for singles, triples, and quads. AND, if you are a Plus 60 member, you will get a $7.00 discount, so be sure and ask for it.

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, and sign up now! Think of all the aggravation you will save by traveling with us! Think of all the stuff you can buy and store under the coach for the ride home, too.

*Classic Italy By Rail, Monday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 11, Mayflower Tours ($4,699.00)

Ciao, my friends! If you make this decision now, in just a few short months you can be on your way to a fantastic 10-day trip to Italia! This itinerary is so full of new, fun, informative and exciting things to do, you will never forget your time in the country shaped like a boot.

Trailways Travel and your Plus 60 Club will be joining up with well-known Mayflower Tours for this unforgettable tour of Italy. To whet all of your appetites,

Day 1: Depart the US on your overnight flight to Venice.

Day 2: Your Mayflower tour rep will escort you to the canal boat for the transfer to your hotel. Flights should arrive by 3 P.M. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure until the included welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Venice is the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”, a glorious cityscape with an artistic and musical heritage. The city itself boasts a marvel of engineering feats, built on 118 small islands crossed by its world-famous canals. Imagine a pair of lovers floating beneath graceful bridges in a Venetian gondola. Your guide will help you navigate the picturesque alleyways and cross bridges over the gondola filled canals. See the soaring domes of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace, and Bridge of Sighs, among many other sights. During the afternoon at leisure, sip coffee in a small cafe, shop in the boutiques and watch artists at work. Note: There are exquisite lace shops where you can purchase handmade items of all kinds. (B)

Day 4: This morning, depart Venice and take the high-speed train to Florence. You will see the hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by. Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence. The city is steeped in the achievements of great minds who found inspiration here. A visit to the famous Accademia Gallery is included where you’ll get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, the world’s most famous sculpture. After the tour enjoy free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your time in Italy. This afternoon we continue on to Montecatini, our home for the next 3 nights. (B),(D)

Day 5: After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena, known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Our guide will walk with us through this beautiful Tuscan town, pointing out the many, many historical sites. Be sure to enjoy some gelato and panforte, a cake made with honey and candied fruit. You will have time for lunch on your own and shopping for local specialities before returning to Montecatini this evening. (B)

Day 6: Depart on the included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the “Leaning Tower of Pisa”. Our guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracili and see the architecture and walls of this medieval city. The afternoon is at leisure back in Montecatini. It is here you can visit one of the spas with the curative water and healing springs the town is known for. (B)

Day 7: We return to Florence by coach and board a high-speed train for the journey to Rome. With a history spanning more than 2500 years, Rome offers a breathtaking overview of the highlights of Western civilization. From the Coliseum to the Sistine Chapel to Vatican City, this bustling metropolis invites you to imagine life centuries ago. You will tour the city and have a guided visit to the Coliseum. Built between 70-80 AD, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. (B)

Day 8: This morning we will enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church, and the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City. At the museums you will walk through the halls containing some of the world’s most priceless treasures. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. During the visit to St. Peter’s Basilica experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists. This afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy on your own. (B)

Day 9: Your last day in Rome is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening join your tour manager and your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B),(D)

Day 10: As you depart Italy you’ll be filled with memories of Renaissance art and architecture, rolling hills and vineyards, and all the glory of the Roman Empire. Your suitcase may also be filled – with shoes, and purses, and jackets – who knows? (B) There are different prices available for this trip. Double occupancy is $4699.

World On A String: Frank Sinatra, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Joliet, IL, Wednesday, October 4 ($136.00 pp for members, $140 for nonmembers)

This trip will allow you, too, to have the world on a string, when you join Trailways Travel and The Plus 60 Club for a wonderful afternoon of professional interpretation of Old Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra) himself! We will be departing the Quad Cities on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, and traveling to the famous Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet, Illinois. There you will experience a one-of-a-kind show with Chicago’s #1 entertainer, Nick Pontarelli.

You’ll be welcomed to Joliet with a self guided tour of the Jacob Henry Mansion. The mansion is a Historical City, State and National Landmark, featuring over 40 rooms with a delightful blend of past and present. This award winning mansion, built in 1873, is known for its original beauty and old fashioned Victorian charm.   It is claimed to be the largest example of Renaissance Revival still standing in the state of Illinois!

You will further enjoy the Mansion’s ambiance when you delight in a catered lunch before the show! The lunch menu consists of savory and tender beef pot roast, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, and steamed vegetables. You will also be served a fresh garden salad, warm rolls with whipped butter, and a dessert of warm apple pie a la mode. Coffee, tea and a cash bar are also available.

After lunch, Nick Pontarelli has put together a fantastic show featuring the songs and sounds of Frank Sinatra himself. Sip a martini and enjoy classic tunes and stories that are sure to have you singing and dancing the afternoon away!   Do be do be do…

The cost of this trip is $140.00 per person. A discount of $4.00 p.p. is available for all Plus 60 members. It is anticipated this trip will sell out quickly, so please make your reservations soon in order to not be disappointed.   Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. And then you can say, “I did it my way!”

*It’s Country Fair Time in Galena, Galena, IL, Sunday, October 8 ($60.00 for members, $64.00 for non-members) SOLD OUT

It’s not often we have the opportunity to go to an event where they have on display at least 150 original homemade artisan and craftspeople who are INVITED to show their wares for us to browse and buy! These vendors come from across the country, and because they are invited, the quality and uniqueness is unrivaled. The Country Fair at Galena, Illinois, held at Grant Park, is a Columbus Day weekend tradition. Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club is offering a trip on Sunday, October 8, 2017 to those of you wishing a no-hassle way of traveling, parking and then shopping.

Front and center to delight you are lots of favorite fair foods including caramel apples, homemade French fries, funnel cakes, fudge, and much more. Live bands and traditional Irish dancing will be on the schedule, as is a farmer’s market where you may want to take home locally made maple syrup and honey. Home grown apples, pumpkins, and gourds will also be displayed, along with many other local items.

A highlight of the fair is when some of the best bakers from Jo Davies County come together and put on one of the largest bake sales in the whole area! Homemade breads, pies, cakes, cookies and other pastries will be temptation at its best!

Downtown Galena, with all of the shops and stores, is only a short walk away, across the pedestrian bridge. If you wish to wander over and explore, you will also find many restaurant options for a sit-down style lunch. There you will get your second wind for the afternoon.

Make your reservations quickly by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during regular business hours on Monday through Friday. The cost for this fun day is only $64 per person. Ask for your $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member! Grab a friend and sign up now.

*A Tribute to Patsy Cline, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, October 16 (98.00 with membership, $102.00 without)

You absolutely should not miss this special tribute to one of country music’s most beloved singers! Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club is offering you an opportunity to go to Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois on Monday, October 16. 2017 to hear Mary Pfeifer as she pays homage to the great Patsy Cline. Mary has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline, covering her hits from 1955 until her untimely death in 1963.

Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform hits and ballads we all know and love. You will hear “Crazy”. “Walking After Midnight”, “Always”, “Sweet Dreams”, “I Fall To Pieces”, and many others.

Your Trailways Coach will depart one of several boarding locations and head for Utica on the morning of October 16th. Once there we will enjoy a fantastic luncheon buffet , with dessert served during the show’s intermission.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for an inspired afternoon of wonderful country music! Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday and make your reservations today. The cost is $102 per person. You get a $4 discount if you are a Plus 60 member, so don’t forget to ask for it.

*Rise Up, O Men! Church Basement Ladies, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana, IA., Thursday, October 26 ($99.00 with membership, $104.00 without)

Exciting news, Readers! The latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies Series, Rise Up, O Men, is now available for your pleasure!   You have all heard of their other famous plays, “Growing Up Lutheran”, “Away in The Basement” and “A Might Fortress is Our Basement”, among others. Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club has selected Thursday, October 26, 2017 to take you to the Amana Colony and to the Old Creamery Theatre for this hilarious presentation of their latest hit, sure to tickle you silly.

Lunch will be at the Ox Yoke Inn where you will be served family-style. The menu consists of their famous fried chicken, roast beef, two salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, sauerkraut, and a selection of breads. If you still have room for dessert, apple pie will be waiting. Your choice of coffee, tea, soda or milk is available for a beverage.

After lunch you will have some time to check out the shops in the Amana Colony before the show. There is the bakery, wine-tasting, furniture and clock shop, and a myriad of other places to shop.

About the show: This latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up, O Men, is a brand new musical comedy introducing the men of the church right alongside your favorite ladies from the basement. As these hard-working farmers discuss “man stuff”, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house! (Isn’t that the truth?) Will you have fun at this show? You betcha!

Call Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 and make your reservation now. Their office is open Monday – Friday, during normal business hours. The cost of this trip and lunch is $103 with a $4.00 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. And, if you are not, you can join for only $10 for a three year membership!

*School of Rock – The Musical, Historic Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL , Thursday, November 2 ($155.00 with membership, $159.00 without)

A great day trip is planned to Chicago where you will be treated to a wonderful luncheon as well as an afternoon comprised of music from a hilarious hit film!

Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club have set aside Thursday, November 2, 2017 to whisk you away to the Windy City where your first stop will be the famous Walnut Room in downtown Chicago.

When I heard about this trip I was immediately transported back to when I was a small girl and my grandmother took my sister and I there for afternoon “tea”. We would shop in Macy’s for school clothes and if my sister and I were good, we would get a real treat – usually a fancy-cut sandwich and ice cream. The Walnut Room has always been known as the finest restaurant ever to have opened in a department store. It consists of 17,000 square feet, and built with Circassion wood paneling imported from Russia. The lighting is made up of sparkling Australian chandeliers. While totally elegant, it is also very comfortable, and you will not be disappointed or intimidated with the experience.

After lunch we’ll go to the Historic Cadillac Palace Theatre where we will be treated to School of Rock – The Musical. This is a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, the hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a whole classroom of straight A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slopping, mind blowing rock band! This smash hit features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, and all the original songs from the movie and theater’s first-ever kid’s rock band, all played live on the stage. This is a limited time production and I cannot stress enough the importance of making your reservations right away.

You can do that by calling Trailways Travel, Monday – Friday during normal office hours, at 1-877-822-4440. The cost of this day of entertainment is $159 per person, but don’t forget to ask for your discount of $4.00 if you are a Plus 60 member!

*Nightclubbing in the Afternoon, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL, Monday, November 6 ($98.00 for members, $102.00 for non-members)

Imagine yourself in a famous nightclub, being entertained beyond your wildest dreams…. can you picture it? We all can, and will, if you decide to join Trailways Travel and the Plus 60 Club as we motor to Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois on Monday, November 6, 2017. Upon arriving at Starved Rock you will enjoy a luscious buffet luncheon, with dessert, before seeing the show.

Be one of the first to see this brand new offering which features two fabulous entertainers, Mike Williamson and Patte Armato Lund. They will present a salute to the songs of many famous night club performers. Enjoy the music of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, and many more. And, as an added bonus, keyboardist Rob Rub will conclude your afternoon with a comedic salute to Rodney Dangerfield!

The price for this delightful afternoon of entertainment is only $102 p.p.. If you are a Plus 60 member be sure to ask for your discount of $4.00. You can make your reservation now by calling Trailways Travel at 1-877-822-4440 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday. Call now and take a friend!

*Branson Spectacular, Branson, MO, Monday, November 13-Thursday, November 16, $825 double, and $986 single occupancy.Triples and quads are also available. There is a $25 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. 

Day 1: We head for Branson and will be staying at the Radisson Hotel for the next three nights. Enjoy dinner at the Wildwood Bistro in the hotel before heading off to the famous Starlite Theatre for “Raiding the Country Vault”. The show is the newest Branson production and has tapped top country music talent just for you!

Day 2: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading off to see America’s Greatest Patriotic Show, “All Hands on Deck”. Fresh off its three year national tour, this show is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1942 roadshow and radio broadcasting production. It is filled with songs, dancing and humor that will take you back almost 70 years. After the show depart for the Welk Theatre where we will enjoy lunch at the Stage Door Restaurant, on our own, before catching the matinee showing of the Daniel O’Donnell Show! I can feel all of your heads perking up at that news! He is returning to the stage after a one year sabbatical and all of his fans are thrilled beyond words. An extremely successful Irish singer and television artist, he began his career in 1983 after working to save enough money to make his own record. And, for all of you who know him, the rest is history! We’ll enjoy dinner at Florentino’s Restaurant this evening before we head for the Sight & Sound Theatre for “The Miracle of Christmas”. Witness the event which is paramount to the season, brought to life on a panoramic stage with high drama, spectacular special effects and live animals – on stage and in the aisles!

Day 3: After breakfast we will depart the hotel for the Brett Family Morning Show at Dick Clark’s Bandstand Theatre. The Brett Family Show is not one to miss. Each of the five family members join together to produce a show which is unbelievably enchanting. With singing, dancing, comedy and more, this show will definitely move you into the Christmas spirit. Immediately after the show we will depart and go to lunch at the Keeter Center – College of the Ozarks. Enjoy a lunch grown and prepared by the students of the college. Afterwards we will take a tour of the facility where you will have an opportunity to purchase products and items produced from the Grist Mill, such as flour, pancake mixes, biscuit mixes, and more.

Historic downtown Branson, and Branson awaits us to show off 180 unique and quaint shops. Have time to enjoy dinner and shopping on your own before getting ready for the next show. One of Branson’s biggest attractions is “Dick’s 5 & 10”. Dick’s is a true old time 5 and Dime Store that is reminiscent of a bygone era both in terms of its interior construction and the selection and display of its merchandise. If you can’t find it in Dick’s, you don’t need it! The next stop is”The Gatlin Brother’s Country Christmas Show” at the Legends in Concert Theatre. Opry members Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will perform their hits and holiday favorites at this dinner show. You will be dazzled by the vocal harmonies of this Grammy winning trio who started in Texas, and has grown to the very top of the charts today.

Day 4: After enjoying the breakfast buffet at the hotel, we will pack up and head for home, with fond memories of the incredible trip we have just been on.

The cost for this trip is $825 double, and $986 single occupancy.Triples and quads are also available. There is a $25 discount if you are a Plus 60 member. Call Trailways at 877-822-4440 to make your reservation. They are open Monday – Friday, 9 to 4:30.

*A Dickens Christmas, December 3-5, $365 pp for a double, and $475 pp for a single. A triple goes for $325 pp. for members; $380 pp for a double, $490 for a single, $340 for a triple for non-members.

A really fun-filled weekend is planned with Trailways Travel and your Plus 60 Club as we whisk you off to Augusta, MO for three days of Christmas fun and activities. Departure is December 3rd, and we’ll be back on the 5th.

On Day One we take off for Augusta, MO where our home for the next two nights is the comfortable Drury Inn & Suites. After eating the included dinner at the Cracker Barrel, we will head for the Mount Pleasant Estates Winery where we will join the Augusta Christmas Walk. Experience an old-fashioned Norman Rockwell- feeling Christmas as you stroll along the streets featuring over a thousand luminaries, passing by the many shops and galleries featuring items like blown glass, artisans, paintings and jewelry. Food vendors, restaurants, wineries and breweries pull out all the stops to entice the culinary pallet with traditional holiday fare. You then can hop on the free antique trolley which will take you back to the Mount Pleasant Estates Winery for our trip back to the hotel.

Day Two starts with breakfast at the hotel after which we head out for a fun day of shopping. The St. Louis Galleria Mall has something for everyone, whether you want to holiday shop, or just people watch. Lunch today will be on your own, and you will have the opportunity to wander and shop IKEA before we head back to the hotel. A step-on guide joins us for a historical tour of St. Charles. You will see a cast of 40 strolling characters including Father Christmas, Tiny Tim, a Frontier Santa all decked out in a fringed suit, Santas from around the world, and even a capped gent roasting chestnuts on the corner. You may even see a Sugar Plum Fairy. Take time to have dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants or pubs before you take in the evening sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas. Be sure to end the evening with the Los Pasadas Parade at 8:45 on Main Street. This lantern-lit parade commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and makes for a very moving end to your evening.

Day Three begins with breakfast. Afterwards you will head over to the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann to shop the Kristkindl Market, check out the gift shop, and, oh yes, sample the wine! Lunch is included at the winery with your choice of two entrees. The German- style Schnitzel is served with warm German potato salad and red cabbage, or your choice may be the Chicken Salad Croissant with a pickle spear. I recommend the former – just go for it! For dessert you will enjoy Spiced Apple Cake with a coffee glaze. After lunch you will have some free time to shop the Market before we head home.

This weekend is nicely priced at $380 pp for a double, and $490 pp for a single. A triple goes for $340 pp. Call Trailways and make your reservation at 877-822-4440. They are open during regular business hours, Monday – Friday. There is a $15 discount if you are a Plus 60 Club member, and, IF you go to the Travel Show at CASI on July 17, 2017, you will get an early booking discount of $25!

*Christmas in Dixie, December 4-10, $2,205 pp for a single, $1,900 pp for a double, and $1860 for a triple for non-members, $25.00 pp discount for members.

Trailways Travel and your Plus 60 Club is inviting you to a wonderful, down home taste of the South this year as we travel to the land of Dixie. We will leave one of many locations on Monday, December 4, 2017, and will return on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

To really learn what this very special trip includes, we recommend you attend the Trailways Travel Show that will be held at CASI in Davenport on Monday, July 17th at 2:00 P.M. See the bottom of this article to get your incentive! A brief itinerary to entice you follows:

Day 1: We leave the Quad-Cities and head for Nashville where we will have the included dinner at the famous Cock of the Walk restaurant.

Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel before leaving for Savannah, GA. We check into the Hotel Indigo at Ellis Square for three nights. The hotel is within walking distance to River Street, the Historic District and Market, and so much more. Dinner that night is included before we go see the show “A Christmas Tradition”.

Day 3: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet at the hotel this morning before we board the Savannah Trolley Tours, outside our hotel. Complete with costumed guides, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a hop- on, hop-off day to really explore the places you want to visit. Be sure to have lunch, on your own, in the historic district of Savannah; there are many places to eat. This would be a perfect time to have lunch at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons. The gift shop alone is worth visiting!

Just make sure you make it back to the hotel for dinner this evening. This afternoon you will be visiting the home of the Girl Scouts of America founder, Juliette Gordon Low. This home will be decorated for the holidays, and is quite special. Also, if you have any Girl Scouts in your life, there is a special GS badge, available only at the house. It would make a great Christmas gift! Dinner is included this evening at The River House Restaurant. Afterwards we will board the Holly Jolly Trolley to enjoy a holiday tour with caroling, storytelling, and the beautifully decorated historic homes in Savannah. The trolley will return us to our hotel.

Day 4: Enjoy another full breakfast buffet this morning at the hotel, and then take the rest of the morning to continue your own exploration of the city. You can shop in the Market area, or head for the shops along the river. Be sure to buy some freshly made pralines, available everywhere! Have lunch before returning to the hotel as we will shortly be departing for a tour of the Savannah Bee Company. Learn all about bees and the products that come from their honey, and even tour the Bee Gardens. Did you know that bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey? Incredible! Returning to our hotel you will have time to freshen up before our dinner cruise on the Savannah River. Enjoy a fabulous dinner with entertainment.

Day 5: Fill up on one more breakfast buffet at our hotel. Then we depart for Asheville, NC. Dinner awaits us at the Biltmore Estate’s Deerpark Restaurant before taking our Candlelight Tour of the Biltmore Estate. Here you will experience all the grounds and interior lit by thousands and thousands of softly twinkling lights. It is such a unique way to see the estate. Not many people get to do this. A live performance enhances our visit. We overnight in Asheville.

Day 6: Enjoy a breakfast at our hotel this morning before we depart back to Nashville for the night. We will be treated to a genuine BBQ Buffet at the Wildhorse Saloon before attending a performance at The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Theatre this evening! You’ve seen it on TV, now you will experience it!

Day 7: After having one last breakfast at the hotel this morning, we will pack up and head for home. Rest stops and chatting with new friends about the memories we’ve just made will abound. What a delightful way to experience a Southern Christmas!

Call Trailways Travel to make your reservations for this trip of a lifetime. Their number is 877-822-4440, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. The cost of this trip is $2205 pp for a single, $1900 pp for a double, and $1860 for a triple. Plus 60 Club members will get a $25 pp discount. An additional $75 early booking discount is available only if you attend the 7/17/17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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