Let's go to 22nd Annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Cutler Ridge, just south of Miami. This will be a 3 day/2 night trip, staying at the the 4-star Sofitel in the heart of Coconut Grove. We will also tour other botanical gardens: the Kampong, the Montgomery Botanical Gardens, the Fruit and Spice Park, the Schnebly Winery (wine made from tropical fruit), and a local produce stand of 50+ years, Robert is Here. The cost for the trip is approximately $245 per person, based on double occupancy of the hotel. If you are a member of the Selby Botanical Gardens the cost will be approximately $210. This includes car pool expenses (not enough people for a bus this time, sorry), two nights at the 4-star Sofitel Hotel in Coconut Grove, and admission to all of the attractions. Each person is responsible for booking their own room. To book your room call Melissa Quiros with group sales Sofitel Hotel,[masked]-4888. You have two payment options - you can get a fantastic rate of $90/night completely non-refundable, or you can pay $102 and preserve the right to cancel within 24 hours of arrival. Each person will also be responsible for their own meals. To get the great room rate you must call and speak with Melissa. Join us. It'll be a real hoot! (please email me a copy of your reservation so I can use it to keep track of who's going - [masked]).
Friday: leave Sarasota around 7:30 AM, arriving at the Montgomery Botanical Center, then visit the Kampong, then the hotel
Saturday: leave the hotel at 8:20 and proceed to Fairchild Tropical Gardens for the 22nd Annual Mango Fesitival: the Mangos of Colombia.
Sunday: check out of hotel and car pool to Fruit and Spice Park, then the Schnebly Winery (wine made from tropical fruit), then the produce stand, then home.