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St Anthony's Greek Monastery

This is a self guided tour a few miles outside of Florence. It is an oasis in the desert. There are chapels, living quarters, a dining hall for the monks, vegetable gardens, citrus orchards, vineyards, olive grove, flower gardens, pathways, gazebos and Spanish fountains. All visitors must be modestly dressed.. men wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and women wear long skirts below the knee, long sleeved blouses and a scarf on your head. (you could wear a pair of cutoffs under the dress for later) Guidelines for dress are mandatory. There is a Bookstore/Gift Shop and photos may be taken of the grounds, but not the monks.

We will carpool down in a caravan because it is difficult to find and we would want tour as a group. There are many people in the Surprise, Sun City, Peoria area who could start a carpool there and take the 101 down to I-10 and meetup with the others from Buckeye, Goodyear, Avondale area at the Costco on McDowell near the 101. We should leave at 9 a.m. since the tour hours are from 10 - 2:30 p.m. After we leave the monastery, we will eat a meal at a Greek restaurant in Florence called Mt. Athos. The food is outstanding.

Here are some good directions in case we get separated and someone gets lost. Also, the website is www.stanthonysmonastery.org which gives an interesting history of St Anthony's.

Take I-10 east (towards Tucson) and take exit 185. Follow signs for Coolidge/Florence (a left at the exit ramp, followed by a right 1/2 mile later). You will be on Rt. 387 North which takes you to Rt. 87. Turn right on 87 South, heading towards Coolidge. You will pass Coolidge on your right, but continue on 287 East until you reach Florence 9 miles past Coolidge). Stay on your right, taking Rt. 79 towards Tucson. After mile marker 124, turn left on Paisano Drive. Follow it all the way to the end, where it turns left. This unmarked road is St. Joseph's Way, and it will take you to the monastery's parking lot.

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  • Midge B.

    It was a beautiful day for a long drive, Monastery up to expectations, and Mt. Athos' food delicious, including the freebies from server "ouzo AND dessert (Galaktobouriko)

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun, and very interesting. Thanks!

    February 23, 2013

  • Debbie R.

    Woke this AM with sore throat, my carpoolers are notified.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had sushi for lunch today, maybe food poisoning. See you next time!!

    February 22, 2013

  • Midge B.

    Ok, sounds like we have tomorrow's trip all arranged. Make sure you have the proper attire and get ready to "get your Greek on!" This will be a nice day and a good cultural experience. Mt Athos is the best Greek restaurant around.

    February 22, 2013

  • Janet M.

    sorry, been fighting a cold all week, just don't feel up to it.

    February 21, 2013

    • Midge B.

      thanks, Janet, for letting us know.

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rosa and I will be going

    February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time should we be at Costco?

      February 21, 2013

    • Midge B.

      9:00 am would be perfect; would give us 1 1/2 hrs to get to the monastery. I have a gray Kia Soul and I will park close to the Costco gas station.

      February 22, 2013

  • Midge B.

    Forget the stop at McDonalds. If you already have your carpools organized, you can drive whichever way you want if you have a GPS. I would like to arrive at the monastery by 10:30 am. If you have no need to meet up with us, I will stop at the Costco at I-10 and 101 and see if there is anyone else who would like to meet there for stragglers.

    February 14, 2013

    • Debbie R.

      Midge logged onto website to get details, did you call to let them know we were coming, says 10+ groups must call ahead.

      February 15, 2013

    • Midge B.

      Yes, to both the restaurant and the Monastery.

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Midge, I have Linda Deb and Alma in my car pool. If you want to come with us I can squeeze one more person in the back seat. We are planning to pick up Alma at the front entrance of Costco at 10000 west McDowell road Avondale @ 9:00am. Meet us there if you want.

    February 15, 2013

    • Midge B.

      I will probably drive myself.

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Midge,
    I am coming from the West side. Bell and 303. I am picking up 3 people and that makes my car full.
    I thought we were meeting at Costco and Mcdowell, off the 101. Are we now meeting at the McDonald's off the 101 and 7th st? If so can you give more specific directions so we don't end up somewhere else?

    February 5, 2013

    • Midge B.

      I usually meeup at Costco off the 101 whenever we take I-10 East; that way we can go in a caravan. We stop at the McDonalds only so people who live close to Phoenix and further East than the 101 don't have to backtrack.

      February 20, 2013

  • Anne W.

    The DRESS CODE: I understand we girls need to wear closed-toe shoes; a long skirt; and no sleeveless tops. Can we wear short-sleeves, or must we wear long-sleeve tops? I can do either one, just want to know what is acceptable.

    February 15, 2013

    • Debbie R.

      I just logged onto the website that Midge posted and it gives specifics of what to wear for Day Visitors... yes, long skirts & sleeve shirts, scarfs, shoes/sandles with socks, no open toed sandles.

      February 15, 2013

    • Midge B.

      Long sleeves, long skirt, socks and shoes and scarf(not a hat)

      February 20, 2013

  • Midge B.

    I made the reservations for 18, but I will call the restaurant and tell them 20. I am going to cut the reservations off today because we are already at capacity on our carpools, however, a couple may back out before Sat. since I haven't heard from a couple.

    February 18, 2013

  • Midge B.

    Please, if you don't intend to go Saturday, take your name off the RSVP list, so we may get the carpool situation taken care of.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone doesn't yet have a carpool and would be willing to leave their car somewhere along I-17 south of Cactus or at that McDonald's Midge mentioned at I-10 and 7th Street I would be glad to drive. The 101 is too far west for me.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    www.stanthonysmonastery.org/visitorsguide
    This web site gives a lot of information about the monastery. it is advisable to call and make an appointment prior to arriving.

    December 29, 2012

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