Excursions
Recreation Excursions
 
 

 
Sign-ups for September excursions are on August 1, 2017 in the Main Clubhouse Lobby.  .
 
More details can be found on the flyer in the Main Clubhouse Lobby, or in your Lifestyles Magazine on page 10.
 

 
 
JULY
 
  • The Bodyguard at the Pantages Theatre…Tickets still available
  • Saturday, May 20th, 9:30am – 6:30pm, $89pp
 
 THE BODYGUARD is an award-winning musical based on the smash hit movie of the same name staring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge, what they don’t expect is to fall in love.
            A breathtakingly romantic thriller, the Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, I Will Always Love You.  One of the best shows you’ll ever see.
            Based on Lawrence Kasdans Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won Best New Musical at the Watsonstage Awards.  Seating will Be in the Mezzanine Center.
            You will have time for lunch in L.A. at Hollywood and Vine before the 2pm show.
 
  • Tony Bennet, Gustavo Dudamel Conducting the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Saturday, July 15th, 4:30pm – 12am, $80pp
 
This Performance
After opening selections from Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, the ageless 90-year-old legend Tony Bennett joins for them for three classic songs, followed by an intimate set with Tony and his jazz quartet.  Witness history in the making!
Tony Bennett
            With Millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received nineteen Grammy Awards – including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his MTV Unplugged CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation – and the Grammy Lifetime Award.  His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You”, “Rags to Riches”, and a remake of Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart.  He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around”, “The Good Life”, “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, which garnered him two Grammy Awards.
Gustavo Dudamel
            As an internationally renowned symphonic and Operatic Conductor, Gustavo Dudamel is motivated by a profound belief in music’s power to unite and inspire.  He currently serves as Music Director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Music & Artistic Director of the LA Philharmonic, and the impact of his leadership extends from the greatest concert stages to classrooms, cinemas and innovative digital platforms around the world.  Dudamel also appears as guest conductor with some of the world’s most famous musical institutions.
Dinner is onsite, on own
            You may bring food and drink to the Hollywood Bowl.  You can also bring wine bottles, wine glasses and beer bottles inside.  Large containers, picnic baskets, or coolers measuring more than 15” wide, 15” high, or 22” long will not be permitted past the ticket gate.  If you decide not to bring your own food, there are several restaurants & delicious fast foods offered at the Bowl.  It is recommended that you make reservations at the restaurants by calling 1-323-850-1885.
 
  • A Day in La Jolla
  • Wednesday, July 19th, 18am – 4pm, $30pp
 
            La Jolla in Spanish means “The Jewel”.  It is the Jewel of America’s finest city, San Diego.  La Jolla is located 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.  It has wonderful beaches, cultural activities and fine restaurants.  La Jolla is an exquisite combination of a Southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun, with a down to earth fell due to the beautiful natural scenery.  In addition to beautiful beaches, hotels and art galleries, there are splashes of unique specialty shops that dot the town plus, on any given street you’ll discover an amazing range of dining choices from fine cuisine to quaint cafes, from internationally renowned restaurants to neighborhood favorites.  No matter what your selection, the one ingredient you’ll find is a uniquely La Jollan graciousness and charm.  It’s a day on your own in beautiful La Jolla.
 
  • Pageant of the Masters
  • Thursday, July 20th, 3pm – 12am, $85pp
 
Seating will be in the Main Tier Center.  The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world.  On each evening of the Festival of Arts summer schedule, ticket holders are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.  An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant of the Masters as the best presentation of its kind.
Dinner will be on own/on site.  You may choose from tons of restaurants from in and around Laguna Beach.  (A list of some restaurants will be provided).
            The Festival of Arts.  Your ticket also allows you access to the historic open-air art gallery which has been celebrated as California’s premier fine art show.  Featuring original works of art by 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists, it’s the perfect place to find the one-of-a-kind treasure for your home or business you’ve been looking for.  Also enjoy a variety of world-class special events, art workshops, live entertainment and much more!
Remember, your Pageant ticket entitles you to FREE unlimited admission to The Festival of Arts all season long.
 
  • Viejas Casino
  • Thursday, July 27th 8am – 5:30pm, $5pp
 
New Members get $10 Free Play.
Plus, Buy One, Get one FREE. Sign up for the FREE V Club card and you will receive a FREE meal at The Buffet when you purchase one yourself.  So bring a friend and enjoy all the variety our buffet has to offer.
The Best of San Diego Slots
            Every San Diego slot enthusiast has his or her own secret for conjuring up a little extra luck.  Some prefer to give their machine a love tap or two.  Some whisper sweet nothings.  Some have a lucky garment or even a magic spell that’s been passed down for generations.  However, there’s one thing that every San Diego slot player can agree on: If you really want to have a good time, you must go to a place that has a wide variety of games, incredibly friendly staff and the loosest slots around.  With all that in mind, there’s really only one place to experience the best of San Diego slots: Viejas Casino & Resort.  Here you’ll find 2,000 of the hottest San Diego slots, from casino classics to hot new games, penny slots to high-limit blockbusters and everything in between.  What’s more, were constantly soliciting feedback from you, our guests, so we can ensure that we have the hot San Diego slots you want before you even know you want them!  Our casino hotel offers many gaming options and amenities for an extended vacation visit too.  We truly hope you’ll come visit us soon!  Our world-class fleet of machines is ready and waiting for you to give them a spin and have a real good time!
 
 
 
AUGUST
  • 3 Days & 2 Nights at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas
  • Sunday, August 27th at 8am, Return on August 29th at 6pm, $155 Double, $208 Single
 
The Golden Nugget
With its Strip-style accommodations, shark-filled pool and popular restaurants, it is a hotel rich on comfort and fun in downtown Las Vegas.  Classic Vegas elegance, upscale but not out of reach, ample choices for everyone!  Located in the heart of downtown, the Golden Nugget resembles the kind of property you’d find on the Strip.  The Golden Nugget opened in 1946 and still nothing seems dated.  From the elegant marble lobby to a collection of contemporary restaurants capable of satisfying every craving, this resort offers everything you need in a great location where you can literally step outside and right into the eye-popping sights and rockin’ sounds of Fremont Street Experience.  Check out the biggest gold nugget in existence at the Golden Nugget.  You’ll discover the 61-pound Hand of Faith just off the casino floor near the room elevators.  It was discovered in Australia in 1980 and also has the honor of being the biggest nugget ever found with a metal detector.
The Casino
38,000 square feet.  There are approximately 1,200 slot and video poker machines and 50 table games including blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, slots and Megabucks.  The casino also has a poker room and a four-table Baccarat pit.
Rooms: Carson Tower Double
The rooms measure 364 square feet and comes with two double beds and a sitting area.  The marble bathroom features a shower/tub combination, a vanity area with lighted makeup.
Restaurants
The Golden Nugget has the following dining options: The Buffet, Chart House, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar, Claim Jumpers, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Vic & Anthony’s, Grotto Ristorante, Red Sushi, Starbucks, The Grille and snack bar.
 
  • Carlsbad “Art in the Village”
  • Sunday, August 13th, 8am – 4:30pm, $30pp
 
The Carlsbad Village Association’s 19th Annual Art in the Village will take place on August 13th, 2017.  Last year’s event brought over 125 local and regional artists for a one-day, open air event.  Celebrating the dynamic art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding area, the event attracts thousands of resident and a diverse selection of fine artists in mediums such as oil painting, watercolors, photography, mixed media, new media, classical and contemporary sculptures, as well as artisans who work in the mediums of jewelry making, woodworking, furniture, pottery, and hand-painted clothing and accessories.  Attendees may browse exhibits and listen to live music along State Street and Grand Avenue right in the heart of the Village, just blocks from Carlsbad State Beach.  This is a walking excursion, at your leisure.  Lunch on own on site!
 
  • Harrahs Resort (Southern California)
  • Thursday, August 17th, 8am –  4:30pm, $5pp
 
Table Games
Excitement to the table with games from Blackjack to Rincon Craps, all played on the most thrilling gaming tables in any Southern California casino.  Be sure to use your Total Rewards card every time you play your faforite games so you can earn valuable Rewards Credits, comps, special event invitations and other great offers.  Gaming: Rincon Craps, EZ Baccarat, Asia Poker, Mystery Card Roulette, Fortune Pai Gow Progressive, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Six Card Bonus, Crazy 4 Poker, Mississippi Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Let It Ride Bonus.
Poker
If live Texas Hold’em Poker is what you are looking for in Southern California, join us in the Poker Room located in the non-smoking area next to Corked Lounge.  Our Poker Room at Harrah’s Resort Souther California spreads a variety of games, with the most popular being 3-6 Limit and 1-3 No Limit.
Restaurants
Earl of Sanwich: Why settle for boring when you can bite into something special?  Stop in for the Worlds Greatest Hot Sandwich, or a delicious cold one.  Every creation is a winner.
Buffet: It’s time to challenge your belt to a fight.  Indulge in global delicacies from hand-rolled sushi to melt-in-your mouth meats.  Save room for dessert, or try treating your sweet tooth first.  Try the Build-Your-Own Pho Bar or a scoop of our signature Harrah’s Royal Ube at the Gelato.
Take a Bite of Bajas Best: Sample fresh-made street tacos at our walk-up food truck or sit down to devour traditional delicacies from soups and salads to enchiladas and tortas.  Wash it all down with a specialty margarita!
 
 

SEPTEMBER
  • 4 Days & 3 Nights in Monterey Bay, Carmel by the Sea & Paso Robles
  • Sunday, September 24th – 27th, 7am-6:30pm, $621pp Double, $931pp Single
 
This is a fantastic excursion filled trip that you will not want to miss out on.  Sunday you will load up and head out to Paso Robles where you will be able to browse around in downtown and have lunch on your own.  You will then head over to California’s largest Army museum, Camp Roberts.  You will then check into the Hyatt Regency and be treated to dinner at Bubba Gump’s on Cannery Row.  The next day you will have a buffet breakfast at the hotel and then head out to 17 mile drive to browse and take pictures.  Following this, you will have time to have lunch and cruise around Carmel by the Sea. You will then take a tour of the Historic Mission in Carmel and then head out to Fisherman’s Warf for dinner on your own and browse through all the shops.  The third day again starts out with a buffet breakfast at the hotel and then its off to Salinas where you will have a chance to tour the Steinbeck Center where you will have a docent tour and lunch.  After this, you will head over to “The Taste of Monterey” for some wine tasting.  The last day begins with one final breakfast at the hotel and then back to Paso Robles for a tour of the Pioneer Museum.  Following the tour, you will make one last stop at the San Antonio Winery for another tasting before heading back to Sun Lakes.  You can enjoy this great getaway that is full of adventure but you must sign up quick because spots are sure to sell fast.
 
  • Edelweiss and John Kelly Chocolate Factories & LA Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, September 6th, 7am – 4pm, $45pp
 
Edelweiss Chocolate Factory
            Edelweiss Chocolates has been a Beverly Hills tradition since 1942.  Their discriminating clientele includes some of the most recognized names in the world from presidents or princes, to producers, entertainers, sports figures, and of course, serious chocolate lovers everywhere.
            Expert chocolatiers at Edelweiss use only the world’s finest and freshest ingredients, fresh sweet cream and butter, imported fruit and colossal nuts roasted in the Edelweiss kitchen, luxuriously enveloped in unforgettable, delectably rich chocolate.  All chocolate creations are designed and handmade in their Beverly Hills factory.  Each one of the handcrafted, extraordinary chocolates is guaranteed to please the palate of the most exacting chocolate connoisseur.  Today we will take a docent tour of the chocolate factory with time to shop the chocolate store.  Tour includes a goodie bag!
John Kelly Chocolates
            From humble beginnings, John Kelly Chocolates has grown to a national brand that never forgets what’s really important.  After your tour of the Edelweiss, we will take a short drive to John Kelly Chocolates and take a tour of their yummy Chocolate Factory and learn about their history.  You will again score with a goodie bag and you will receive 10% off of your purchases that day.
LA Farmers Market
            Farmers Market is an area of food stalls, sit-down eateries, prepared food vendors, and produce markets in Los Angeles, California.  First opened in July 1934, it is also a historic Los Angeles landmark and it is a very big tourist attraction.  The Farmers Market features more than 100 vendors, including ready-to-eat foods, grocers, and tourist shops.  The vendors serve many kinds of food, both American cuisine from local farmers and local ethnic foods from the many immigrant communities of Los Angeles, with many Latin American and Asian cuisines well represented.  It is adjacent to The Grove outdoor shopping mall; an electric-powered streetcar runs between the two sites.  The Market is a destination for foodies in search of the market’s ethnic cuisines, its specialty food markets and its prepared-food stalls.  After your tour of the Edelweiss Chocolate Factory, you will have time to shop around and have lunch.  Lunch is onsite on your own.
 
  • Gunther Von Hagens BODY WORLDS; PULSE… and tour the Endeavor
  • Thursday, September 21st, 8:15am – Approx. 5:15pm, $42pp
 
Be Moved!
Body World Pulse is a convergence of aesthetic anatomy, health and wellness.  This special exhibition presents the body in health and distress, its vulnerabilities and potential, and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st Century.  Through immersive multimedia and narrative storytelling, guests will learn about the wonders of the real human body, and marvel at its elegance and complexity.  Discover what makes you move, what makes you tick and what makes you unique in the largest BODY WORLDS exhibition of the decade.
            More than 200 Plastinated specimens including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as 3D displays are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.  The locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and reproductive systems are revealed through Dr. Von Hagens invention of Plastination, in ways previously familiar only to medical practitioners.  Experience the science and splendor of the human body like never before in the exhibition that The New York Times calls Extraordinary!  Lunch is on own/on site.  “The Grill Restaurant” offers multiple hot and cold menu items.
 
Included in the excursion is a self guided tour of the Endeavor Space Shuttle
            In the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, guests will be able to see the Endeavor up close and discover some of the science behind this amazing vehicle.  The pavilion will feature images and video to introduce guests to the Endeavor’s past missions and the crews who flew them
 
After your tours, you may explore the rest of the Science Center at your leisure
 
This is a leisurely, self-guided tour of the Science Center in L.A.  Please dress appropriately with comfortable shoes.
October
 
  • San Bernardino Symphony: Musical Horizons
  • Saturday, October7th, 6:30pm – Approx. 10pm, $37pp
 
The San Bernardino Symphony was founded in 1929 by Maestro James K. Guthrie, an internationally renowned conductor and community leader.
Today, the Orchestra, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the region, consistently reaches unmatched standards of musical performance under the dynamic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Frank Fetta.  Five annual concerts are held at the historic California Theatre in downtown San Bernardino.
We also maintain Maestro Guthrie’s vision of providing music in the schools through our acclaimed educational programs and maintenance of an extensive music library regularly utilized by many educational entities.
There will be no dinner stop; make your night complete with dinner at the Sun Lakes Restaurant before we depart.  For reservations, please call 769-6654.  (Dinner will be on your own).
 
  • Julian Apple Harvest Tour
  • Thursday, October 19th, 10am – 5:30pm, $74pp
 
Crisp cool nights and graciously warm sunny days herald the coming of fall as apple and pear harvest begin.  The leaves grow golden, breezes quicken and the cider presses begin turning just-picked apples into fresh squeezed juice!  The afternoon is free to wander about the small streets of the quaint turn-of-the-century mining town.  You’ll discover charming handicraft shops, boutiques, country inns, and the Julian Pioneer Museum.  Don’t miss taking a peek inside the historic 1897 Julian Hotel and the Julian Drug Store with its old-fashioned soda fountain, which still serves sparkling sarsaparilla.  And in the fall, you’ll find apple barns brimming with fresh-picked apples, just-made jellies, apple pie and more.  And if you want to take a pie home, be sure to stop in at the Julian Pie Company to pick up one of the best homemade apple pies you’ll ever eat.
            A special stop will be made at the famous Dudley’s Bakery for those who wish to purchase some of their wonderful fresh baked breads.  From the ordering lines at Dudley’s, you can watch them making 15 kinds of bread, ranging from Danish apple-nut to cheddar cheese bread.
            Enjoy home-style cooking at one of Julian’s favorite dining establishments the Rongbranch Restaurant.  Meal will be chosen when you sign up.
 
  • Aquarius Casino & Resort in Laughlin, Nevada
  • Sunday, October 22nd at 8am and returns Tuesday, October 24th at 6pm
  • $135pp/Double; $176pp/Single
 
Located in Laughlin, Nevada, Aquarius Casino Resort is on the Colorado River and minutes from Laughlin Outlet Center and Regency Casino.  This casino resort is within close proximity to the Laughlin Event Center and E Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring plasma televisions.  Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected and cable programming is available for your entertainment.  Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.  Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers.  Housekeeping is provided daily.
Head straight for the casino, or wait for that lucky feeling while you enjoy one of the other recreational opportunities, such as an outdoor pool and an outdoor tennis court.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include four restaurants and a coffee shop/café.  From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours).  Finally, relax with a refreshing drink at one of the four bars/lounges.  Leave your routine & worries behind; come join us for a relaxing and renewal getaway…
 
  • Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
  • Saturday, October 28th, 8:30am – 3pm, $20pp
 
Village Ventures Arts & Crafts Faire is a very special autumn day in the Claremont Village – located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.  For the 36th year, artists and craftsperson’s from near and far participate – and over 15,000 visitors stroll the tree-lined streets enjoying the festivities.
Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of Claremont Village which is lined with 450+ booths selling unique art, original crafts and apparel.  Get to know all the local businesses and non-profits in the business and organization block located on First Street.  Be sure to also stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment.
Don’t forget to stop by the village businesses on both sides of Indian Hill that will be open all day.  This is the place to kick off your one stop holiday shopping, you’ll find something unique for everyone on your list!  Sit and relax at one of our sidewalk cafes, or enjoy the international cuisine located on First Street.  Well over 20,000 visitors attend Village Venture every year to enjoy not only this one-day event, but also the wonderful shops and restaurants that are located in the city of Claremont.