Gettysburg and Beyond
with Diann Bailey
April will be a great time to visit New York and Pennsylvania. Experience the best of Gettysburg, a day in Amish country, an unforgettable performance at the Sight and Sound Theatre and the incredible Corning Glass Museum during this five-day journey. Our departure day will feature several rest stops on the way to Corning, New York highlighted by an all you can eat buffet lunch at Brooks House of BBQ in Oneonta, NY. Home of the largest indoor charcoal barbecue pit in the East, Brooks is known for its famous sweet and tangy chicken and other mouth-watering dishes. Our accommodations tonight are at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. The downtown location and full service amenities make this property a great choice. Thursday’s featured attraction is a docent guided tour of the Corning Museum of Glass showcasing more than 35 centuries of glass artistry. We’ll have a glass blowing demonstration and a hands-on interactive glass experience where we’ll use sand blasting techniques to create frosted designs on a souvenir wine glass. There will be time to explore the downtown shops and enjoy lunch on your own before leaving Corning. Dinner tonight is at General Pickett’s Buffet in Gettysburg where a wide range of soups, salads, entrees and desserts are served nightly. Our Gettysburg accommodations are at the Holiday Inn Express where we can enjoy all the modern comforts while immersing ourselves in Civil War History. Friday morning will be spent at the Gettysburg Military Park commemorating the Civil War's bloodiest battle and providing the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address. We will tour the museum and view the one of a kind Cyclorama presentation before boarding our bus with a licensed guide for a fascinating tour of the battlefield. Lunch time takes us to historic downtown Gettysburg for time on your own. Afternoon activities begin with a visit to the Shriver House Museum. Travel back in time with a guide in period attire as you walk through the Shrivers’ meticulously restored 1860 home to learn the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg. Connect to the past while you listen to the story of George, Hettie, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5) unfold as you move from room to room to appreciate what life was like before, during, and after the Civil War. Next, we visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. Dinner tonight is at the historic Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this colonial restaurant features candlelit elegance, superior food in abundance, and gracious service to bring back the sights, sounds and tastes of two centuries ago. The day isn’t over until after our ghost tour which takes us into one of America’s most haunted houses. The tour begins on the grassy slopes of East Cemetery Hill where we will hear tales of ghostly soldiers and heartbroken women. We’ll then enter the Jenny Wade House where, in 1863, a wayward bullet killed young Jenny, making her the only civilian to be killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Saturday morning takes us toward Lancaster where we’ll meet our tour guide for an Old Order Amish tour of the countryside. We’ll visit several Amish homes and businesses to learn about everyday Amish life in the area. An Amish lunch will be provided followed by a buggy ride over country roads. We’ll have a chance to explore Kitchen Kettle Village (over 40 authentic Pennsylvania Dutch shops) before checking in to our accommodations at Hershey Farm Inn where they offer not only comfortable rooms, an onsite bakery and a country store but, scenic walking tails and friendly farm animals, as well. Saturday night we have tickets for the Sight and Sound Theatre – one of Lancaster’s premier attractions. Sight & Sound Theatre offers unforgettable and uplifting shows and an opportunity to experience the Bible's most epic stories as they come to life on a panoramic stage. We’ll experience the greatest rescue story of all time - JESUS is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. Sunday begins with a smorgasbord breakfast followed by a full day of travel. We’ll have plenty of rest stops along the way including a late lunch at Reins Deli in Vernon, Ct. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, Corning Museum of Glass tour and glass making experience, Gettysburg Museum, Cyclorama and Battlefield tour, Shriver House Museum, Eisenhower National Historic site tour, Jenny Wade House ghost tour, Amish Country Tour and meal, Amish buggy ride, Sight and Sound Theatre ticket, two lunches, two dinners, overnight accommodations in Corning, Gettysburg and Lancaster. Deadline to register is March 8th. No refunds can be issued after that date.
Depart 7:45 am., Gardiner (Hannafords), Return 10:00 p.m.
No Waterville Pick-up Available
Apr 10 - 14th, 2019