- 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
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.
- 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.
- Tour of the W.K. Kellogg Mansion and the Arabian Horse Center
- Sunday, November 5th, 9:30am – 4:30pm, $47pp w/ Lunch Buffet
Kellogg House Pomona is a lovely, historical estate that once belonged to cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Constructed in 1926, this spacious ranch-style home exudes vintage charm and offers mesmerizing views of the San Gabriel Mountains. While in use by the Kellogg family, this house was a destination point to many celebrities of their day, such as former President Ronald Reagan, Walt Disney, Will Rogers, Rudolph Valentino, Gary Cooper, Charles Lindbergh, and many more. Kellogg donated his home and world famous Arabian Horse Ranch to an educational institution, which we know today as Cal Poly Pomona.
Arabian Horse Demonstration
The horse center dates back to 1925. W.K. Kellogg had a longtime interest in Arabian horses, and purchased 377 acres for $250,000 in Pomona, California, to establish a ranch. After erecting the first buildings, Kellogg funded the development of an Arabian horse breeding program, which (as of 2008) remains the oldest in the United States and the fifth largest in the country. Today the facility is home to approximately 85 purebred Arabian horses used in Equine Sciences teachings, outreach, research and internationally recognized breeding and training programs. Facilities at the center include 38 acres (150,000 m2) of pasture, three barns, foaling stalls, a breeding area, a veterinary clinic, a farrier shop, four arenas and a grandstand. You will be able to take a tour of the facility and watch the horses perform.
Overlooking beautiful, rolling hills, the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch at Cal Poly Pomona boasts one of the area’s most romantic and chic settings. The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch is operated and managed by students. Today a buffet luncheon is included for you to enjoy; where students learn by doing!
- “Christmas Trees” & Titanic Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library
- Tuesday, November 28th, 8am – 5pm, $46pp
The Reagan Library rests on a majestic hill overlooking the breath-taking topography of Southern California. The 100-acre campus, with picturesque views reaching out to the Pacific Ocean, lush gardens and a serene setting, pays tribute to one of the nations most beloved leaders. While at the Reagan Library, enjoy the fresh air as you stroll through the Library’s replicas of the White House Rose Gardens and White House South Lawn, see for yourself why President Reagan felt so at home here.
The holidays come alive at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum! Enjoy a tour through the winter wonderland featuring 24 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today. Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1700 and 2010, thus tracing the evolution of America. Through the use of lights, ornaments and decorations, each tree becomes its own piece of magnificent art. Also on display will be a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in the White House.
Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at Titanic, combining real artifacts with the real stories of the people onboard the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the unsinkable ship a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers, dispersed over time, will be reunited in this exhibit for the first time in over 100 years. A historic collection of real artifacts from the Titanic alongside items used in the discovery of the famed ship is a display you don’t want to miss.
Reagan’s Country Café offers both self-service and made to order items. Conveniently located next to the Berlin Wall exhibit and the Library’s Museum Store, the Café features patio and indoor seating. Lunch is on own on site. Also, the Ronald Reagan Pub is a great place to stop for a beverage, snack, lunch or dessert and offers a selection of self-service items. It is conveniently located on the first floor of the Air Force One Pavilion.
Remember there is a Considerable amount of walking and please bring your own water.
- Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Tour
- Thursday, November 30th, 7am – Approx. 4:30pm, $30pp
If you’ve ever wondered what happens aboard the Combat Center, here’s your opportunity to learn more about the installations history, how Marines and Sailors train here and to see parts of the installation not usually seen by non-military personnel. The Commanding Generals Tours Program provides the opportunity to tour the installation.
U.S. Citizens: Valid state-issued I.D. or Driver’s License, Non-U.S. Citizens: Valid Passport.
What to Wear
Jeans or long pants are required. Layers. Sweaters and jackets are encouraged; plan for cold mornings and warm afternoons. Closed-toe shoes. Boots and hiking shoes are best for walking on uneven terrain. Sunglasses, hats with brims and sunscreen recommended.
What to bring
Water container. Hydration is key in the desert! Staff will have ice water on hand for refills. Your camera. Photography is allowed in most areas you will visit. Staff will alert you if your group enters an area where photography is prohibited. Lunch money. Cash only; no checks, credit or debit cards. Lunch will be on your own on site!
What you can expect
Your visit will include a driving tour of Mainside infrastructure and may include stops at: An urban warfare training range, *Combat Simulation Center, Range Recycling, Heritage Park, Archaeology & Paleontology Curation Center. The *MCAGCC is the Marine Corps largest live-fire base, and training ALWAYS takes priority. As such, some sites may not be available during the tour.
For security purposes, all tour attendees must pass a security screening at the Combat Centers main gate. If you cannot clear security, you will not be admitted aboard the installation. There are no exceptions.