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SHENANDOAH VALLEY & MR. JEFFERSON
MAY 7-10, 2018 Cost Per Person: $737 based on double occupancy
Dear Way To Go Traveler,
The Shenandoah Valley stretches from Harpers Ferry for over 200 miles to Salem, VA. It’s known for its good farmland, and was known as the Bread Basket of the Confederacy. Way To Go Tours has been visiting sites along I-81 coming and going to Savannah & points south for years. Now we will enjoy the area for beauty on its own! Read on for a spring-time delight! Tour Features: Hotel: Hampton Inn South, Harrisonburg, VA—3 nites Meals: Breakfasts at our Hotel. 3 Dinners including one dinner at the Wayside Inn, Middletown, VA; one dinner at Edelweiss Restaurant, Staunton, VA; (one of our favorites) one dinner at Southern Inn Restaurant in Lexington, VA. One boxed lunch. And one lunch at the Brookside Restaurant in Luray, VA. Professional Tour Escort: Jerry Waldkoetter Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation Please send an $85 deposit when deciding to participate on this tour. A balance of $652 is due April 7th. Or send in $699 by Feb. 15th and receive a $37 discount. Single supplement is $215. Send check to: Way To Go Tours, 580 Ward Rd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Questions: Call Jerry or Jeff at 693d-0793. Thank You!
Monday , May 7, 2018 6:45am – Bus report Time
7:00am – Depart McDonald’s, 315 Meadow Dr., North Tonawanda 7:30am – Depart Top’s Parking Lot, Main St. at Union Rd., Williamsville, NY
12noon – Lunch on your own at Cracker Barrel in Altoona
1:15pm – Depart Altoona
3:30pm – Arrive Winchester Visitors Center. Winchester & Frederick County changed hands 72 times during the Civil War and 8 major battles occurred within the county! Check out the gift shop and see the Patsy Cline exhibit. Later afternoon depart for Middletown and dinner
5:00pm – Wayside Inn for dinner. Nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since 1797, the Wayside Inn, proudly claims to be the oldest and longest running inn, in the United States.
6:45pm – Depart the Wayside Inn
8:00pm -Check in for a three night stay at the Hampton Inn Harrisonburg – South.
Tuesday, May 8
7:00am—Breakfast at our Hotel 8:30am – Depart for New Market, VA
9:00am – Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Located in New Market, Virginia, the museum provides opportunities to reflect upon the Battle of New Market which raged on the same location, May 15, 1864. In addition to the museum, the site includes a visitor center for the Shenandoah Valley and a 300-acre battlefield park preserving the core areas of the battlefield and historic farm. After a welcome orientation, we will have a tour guide to see the most salient points of interest in the park.
11:00am — Depart New Market for Luray, VA
11:30am – Lunch on own at Brookside Restaurant, Luray, VA.
12:30pm – Depart for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello by way of the Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah Nation Park—we will do about 40 miles on the Skyline in this area. .
3:15pm – Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson— designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years—and its gardens were a botanical showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. A great tour here!
5:00pm – Depart for dinner in Staunton.
6:15pm—Dinner at the Edelweiss Restaurant—one of our favorite German restaurants.
7:45pm—Depart for our hotel
8:15pm—Arrive back at our hotel
Wednesday, May 9
7:00am—Breakfast at our hotel
8:00am – Depart for Bedford, VA and the D-Day Memorial
10:00am – National D-Day Memorial. 34 Virginia National Guard soldiers from Bedford were part of D-Day. 19 of them were killed during the first day of the invasion, and 4 more more died during the rest of the Normandy campaign. This was the greatest loss of life that any small town or village sustained in the U.S. The park was dedicated in 2001 by President George W. Bush. We’ll have a guided tour.
12 Noon – Lunch: Box lunch in order to save time on our wonderful tours this day!
12:45pm – Arrive at Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat away from the public eye, known as Poplar Forest, the home of his most personal architectural creations and the site of his individual pursuit of happiness. Award-winning historic restoration is now in progress—to be finished March 14th. Now nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
2:45pm – Depart Poplar Forest 4:00pm – Historic carriage ride of Lexington includes: the Virginia Military Institute, Stonewall Jackson’s House, the Lee House, The Lee Chapel and much more.
6:00pm – Dinner at Southern Inn Restaurant (#1 of 59 restaurants in Lexington VA)
7:20pm – Depart Lexington
8:15pm – Arrive Hampton Inn Harrisonburg South
Thursday, May 10 7:00am—Breakfast and Check out
8:00am – Depart hotel
8:15am – James Madison University Department of Geology and Environmental Science features a collection of more than 500 crystals and gemstones from around the world. The Mineral Museum at JMU has specimens equivalent to those at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. “The quality of the museum is well known locally and known world-wide.”
9:30am – Depart Harrisonburg
10:45am – Glen Burnie Gardens – The seven-acre gardens that surround the Glen Burnie House are both impressive and intimate. The creation of these formal gardens began in 1956 and evolved over the latter half of the twentieth century. Spring flowers should be at their peak!
11:45am – Depart for Cracker Barrel 12Noon – Lunch at Cracker Barrel, Winchester, PA
1:00pm – Depart for Bradford PA
6:15pm – Dinner on own in Bradford, PA
715pm – Depart Bradford 8:45pm – Arrive Tops, Williamsville
9:15pm – Arrive McDonalds in North Tonawanda