Excursions
Recreation Excursions
 
 

 

August

 

3 Days & 2 Nights in Downtown Vegas

Departs August 12th and Returns August 14th, 8am – 5:30pm, Double: $132pp; Single: Add $44.  NO REFUNDS after June 29th!

 

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.

           

 

Del Mar

Thursday, August 16th, 10am – Approx. 7:30pm, $39pp

 

Spend the day at Del Mar Racetrack, where Bing Crosby was there to greet the first fan through the gate as Del Mar opens, the famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match race was held on August 12, 1938 and it drew 20,000 to the track and a nationwide radio audience.  Also, a young rider out of Texas sets a Del Mar record of 52 wins, his name is William Lee Shoemaker, and his history and that of the track will become entwined thereafter. Come on down today, where the "Surf Meets The Turf" and enjoy a day of beautiful weather, good eats and fast horses! 

The gates open at 12pm and your admission today also includes clubhouse seating and a daily program.  Lunch will be on your own, and the first post starts at 2pm.  Try your luck at the Trifecta or just enjoy the day.  We will depart for home after the last race.  And Away We Go!

 

Clubhouse Seating

Located on the third level, just below the Turf Club, the Clubhouse offers superb viewing of Thoroughbred racing from shaded theater seating.  Its location is convenient to wagering windows, cocktail bars and food and beverage concessions, including but not limited to, burgers & fries, fresh carved sandwiches, fresh sausages, pizza and more.

 

ON YOUR FEET!

Saturday, August 25th, 9:45am-6:15pm, $75pp

 

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world.  But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.  From international superstardom to life-threating tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! Takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and ground-breaking couple, who in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

            Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by American Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FFET! Features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.  Before the 2pm showing, you will be dropped off at the South Coast Plaza (across from the Segerstrom) for lunch on your own.  This is going to be a great show, one you would not want to miss!

 

Pageant of the Masters

Thursday, August 30th, 3pm – 12am, $82pp

 

Seating will be in the Center Loge.  In the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see.  In the 2018 show, UNDER THE SUN, theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

There’ll also be no shortage of fun and surprises as the Pageant acknowledges two local milestones: the 85th anniversary of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts and the 100th anniversary of Laguna Art Museum.  You won’t want to miss this exciting salute to a world of “art that lives and breathes” beneath the stars in the Pageant’s beautiful amphitheater.

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.

 

September

Long Beach Harbor Cruise/Shoreline Village

Thursday, September 27th, 8:45am-4:45pm, $38pp

 

Join us as we explore Long Beach’s coastline.  You will learn history about the harbor as well as see the beautiful Long Beach skyline, California Sea Lions playing in the harbor, the world-famous Queen Mary, large cargo and container ships from all over the world, and much, much more!

            Harbor Breeze Cruise has provided public seasonal cruises for the past 18 years.  The experienced captains offer a comprehensive narration.  Comfortable accommodations aboard the ships include lounge areas where you may enjoy a snack or drink provided by our galley service.  The ships also have lavatories and expansive deck areas for viewing and photography.  After your sea journey (45 mins) you will paddle on over to Shoreline Village for lunch (on own), shopping & site seeing.  

            Wander, Adventure & Explore!  Shoreline Village is a waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center that overlooks Long Beach’s beautiful Rainbow Harbor.  The Village welcomes visitors with a relaxed atmosphere and full complement of things to see and do.  Styled after a quaint Cape Cod fishing village, Shoreline Village is a friendly destination which features an antique carousel, bike rentals to explore the Long Beach coastline, and unique specialty shops.  Dine at one of Long Beach’s premier seafood restaurants, visit Parkers Lighthouse, or just kick-back, relax and enjoy the amazing views. 

 

3 Days & 2 Nights in Yosemite National Park

Departs September 16th and Returns September 18th, 8am – 6:30pm, Double: $439pp; Single: Add $125.  Absolutely NO Refunds after July 10th.

 

Day 1: Travel by Motorcoach to the beautiful Pines Resort on Bass Lake, the gateway to Yosemite.  Overnight for 2 nights.

 

Day 2: Guided tour of the Valley Floor aboard an open-air tram with a park Ranger.  Lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee).  Afternoon at your leisure to explore the park.  The park operates a free shuttle bus to the various points of interest.

 

Day 3: Morning at your leisure in the park, then travel home.  Stop at Bravo Farms for a no-host lunch on the way home.

 

Includes: All Breakfasts and 1 lunch

 

Beyond the Nile Egypt and the Classical World

Wednesday, September 5th, 7:30am-4:30pm, $37pp

 

Part 2 of our Expedition into Egypt; After King Tut.  Explore the unexpected ways Egypt and the classical world (Rome & Greece) influenced each other’s worlds at the Getty Center.

            This major exhibition explores the artistic interplay between the three great cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome from about 2000 BC to AD 300.  Highlights include finely crafted vessels sent by Egypt’s pharaohs to Crete and Mycenae, Egyptian statues that served as inspiration for the first Greek sculptors, striking portraits blending Egyptian and classical styles, and luxurious objects made for wealthy Romans obsessed with all things Egyptian.

            The collection of the J. Paul Getty museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th- century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture, and Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center.  Always on view, the Museum’s collection of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts is arranged roughly by era and the artist’s nationality in galleries that span all four pavilions at the Getty Center.  Photographs are always on view in the Center for Photographs.  The collection spans the entire history of photographic arts, and includes works from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

            The onsite restaurant has an extensive menu which includes sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, tacos, burritos and grilled items.  Wine and beer are also available.  Lunch on own/on site.

 

October

Camp Pendleton Tour Presented by the Marine Military Historical Society

Wednesday, October 10th, 7:30am – 5pm, $35pp

 

Upon arrival you will tour (docent) the Santa Margarita Ranch House, Chapel & Bunkhouse Museum.  After the tour of the Ranch House you will head over to the “Mess Hall” for lunch (On Own).  After lunch you will take a docent tour of the Mechanized Museum.  Here you will see the equipment used by the military during the deployments from WWII all the way to the present.  Please have Drivers License Number and date of birth at the time of sign ups.

 

Old Town San Diego

Saturday, October 20th, 7:45am-4:45pm, $35pp

 

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town.  Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs.  You may watch history come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops and read a newspaper from the 19th century.

            San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort!  Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world.  Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis that are up and down the street.  You may also visit one of the many museums.  Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun.  We are off to visit Old Town, and celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in the early California ambiance.

            Five original adobos are part of the complex, which includes shops, restaurants and museums.  Other historic buildings include a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, San Diego’s first newspaper office, a cigar and pipe shop, houses and gardens, and a stable with a carriage collection.  There are also stores with local artisans demonstrating their craft.  Spend the day on your own exploring and taking in all the beauty, colors and peace of Old Town San Diego.  Lunch on own/on site with the many available restaurants to choose from.

Tips for your trip:

            -Go to the Visitor Center for information and to obtain a map

            -There is no admission fee to the buildings or museums

            -You may take the trolley bus, hop on/off tour which starts and finishes in Old Town

-Let a friendly and experience tour guide show you around Old Town San Diego.  To get the most fascinating stories about the area, taking a tour can fill you in on all the best things to know.

 

 

37th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire

Saturday, October 27th, 8am – Approx. 3pm, $25pp

 

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the 37th Annual Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire located in the Claremont Village on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 9am to 5pm.  Rain or Shine.  The Claremont Village is located in downtown Claremont off of Indian Hill Blvd. between First and Fourth Streets.

            Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with over 400+ 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.

            Returning this year is the Beer and Wine Garden located on Bonita Ave. which will be serving local Craft ales, Wine and Cider from 11am – 4pm.  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 the sidewalk cafes, or enjoy the international cuisine located on First Street.