What we're about

This Group is for anyone who likes to travel (or would like to give it a try). Not only will we be traveling (of course!); but, we will occasionally invite a guest to speak on a specific topic (ex. all-inclusive travel; packing tips; "hosted vs. escorted").

If you are enthusiastic about traveling - whether for a day, a long weekend, a week or longer; domestically, or internationally - this is the Group for you!!

PLEASE NOTE: We will follow ALL social distance guidelines. We will be respectful of each person's feelings and sensitivities. BUT - We have to get "out and about" again as a society. To the extent the weather is conducive, we will meet outside. Thank you.

Upcoming events (4+)

MONTHLY MEETING of Travel Enthusiasts - Tips and Trips!!

Prime Time Restaurant

Let's get together and start making some plans!!

I am interested in any and every idea you have; so, be prepared to bring them with you (along with specific dates, if applicable)!! If there is somewhere YOU are interested in going, there are most likely others who would like to go, as well. "The World is our Oyster", right?!?!

These meetings will be held monthly. No one is expected to make the meeting every month. My hope is, though, that we will be able to make some future travel plans and forge new friendships, while at these meetings.

It would be nice if each person bought at least a beverage. I will be eating dinner at the meeting; if you would like to join me a few minutes early (I will try to have waitstaff ready to take orders), I hope to be seated at our table no later than 6:30pm. We will start the meeting promptly at 6:40pm.

(There is a private room available; however, I am unable to guarantee 25 people in attendance. The owner will try to place our table in a quiet area of the restaurant, if possible. These meetings will be indoors unless the weather is nice enough to sit outside, and there is table availability. Please feel free to bring/wear a mask, if you prefer.)

I am looking forward to seeing / meeting you!!!

(*Hotel & Deposit Info Added*) ST. LOUIS WEEKEND - Amtrak from Joliet, IL

Let's spend an extended weekend in St. Louis, Missouri!! We'll catch an Amtrak train in Joliet, IL and - less than 5 hours later - arrive in St. Louis!!

Parking: Across from Amtrak Station, 90 E. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL ($8/day) - on your own.

AMTRAK: Coach class - approx. $70 round-trip (train departs at 8:12am)
Amtrak offers a non-refundable ticket for $52; refundable (up to 24 hours prior), $65. Price subject to change until ticket is purchased.

HOTEL: Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
A careful renovation of three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch is surrounded by must-see local attractions — the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village and the City Garden. The hotel features 353 guestrooms along with an outdoor observation deck that provides spectacular views of the Gateway to the West.

Non-smoking 1 King Bed Deluxe
Non-smoking 2 Queen Beds Deluxe
*Experience rooms with crisp sheets, fine linens and cozy surroundings to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Each room includes free Wi-Fi, TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer

ROOM RATE (up to 4 people in same room) - $210.00* per night
(refundable up to March 24, 2022)
*Price not guaranteed until booked
If you want to share a room, it is up to you to work that out. [You can post in the comments - below - that you are looking for a roommate. If someone is interested, he/she can contact you.]

AMENITIES:
Free Hot Breakfast daily
Free 5:30 Kickback daily (includes THREE (3) free alcoholic beverages per adult) snacks and food
Free Wi-Fi
Indoor Pool and 2 Whirlpools

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES:

Missouri Botanical Gardens ($14) - a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display - widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world.

The Gateway Arch ($16) - Tram Ride to the Top (Pre-Boarding Tour & Top of the Arch [45-60 minutes])

Anheuser-Busch Brewery ($15 - $20) - Take a closer look at our campus and brewing methods when you join us on the Day Fresh Tour! Packed with history and stunning views of the property, you'll learn all about the life of an Anheuser-Busch beer from seed to sip: from its beginnings as quality ingredients, to its crisp taste as the finished product! After a visit to the Clydesdale Paddock and Stables, the tour route continues through our Beechwood Aging Cellars, the historic Brewhouse, and the Bevo packaging facility. Guests 21 and older will receive a Day Fresh beer as a keepsake. Available to guests of all ages. [75 minutes]

St. Louis Science Center (Free admission)

St. Louis Riverfront Cruise ($19 - $21] - Relive the days when steamboats ruled the river on this one-hour cruise along St. Louis' diverse riverfront. Narrated by the captain or a National Park Service ranger, this cruise highlights the Mississippi River's important role in St. Louis history and the significance of the working river today. On board concessions are available. [60 minutes]

St. Louis Art Museum (and Sculpture Garden) (Free admission)

Busch Stadium

[Additional details to come.]

Deposit (to reserve your space): $125/person due no later than Jan. 22, 2022. Balance (based on # of people sharing same room) due Mar. 5, 2022.

SEND PAYMENT VIA:
(1) Zelle [masked]);
(2) Venmo (@Shelly-Scinto); or
(3) Shelly Scinto, P. O. Box 168, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

*6 SPACES LEFT*--CAPE COD + MARTHA'S VINEYARD (Co-Ed Event; Guests Welcome)

**We have the required 30 people who have paid the deposit! This event is CONFIRMED!!**

**CAPE COD + MARTHA'S VINEYARD ADVENTURE**

DEPOSIT: $75.00 per person (+ Insurance Cost)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: March 8, 2022
$599 double occupancy; insurance $48
$808 single occupancy; insurance $72

SEND PAYMENT VIA:
(1) Zelle [masked]);
(2) Venmo (@Shelly-Scinto); or
(3) Shelly Scinto, P. O. Box 168, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415.

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**PRICE INCLUDES** Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation; 10 Meals (6 breakfasts + 4 dinners); 6 nights lodging, including 4 nights in the quaint Cape Cod Area); guided tour of the "Outer Cape", including Chatham and Provincetown; guided tour of historic seaside towns of Hyannis and Sandwich; a visit to the JFK Museum and Sandwich Glass Museum; visit to lovely, artistic Martha's Vineyard.

Motorcoach makes rest stops every 2-2.5 hours.

[Co-ed trip; invite family and friends to join us.]

ITINERARY:
Day 1: Board your spacious, video and restroom equipped motorcoach and set off for beautiful Cape Cod! Tonight, you will check into an en route hotel for a good night's rest.

Day 2: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast at your hotel, before arriving in Cape Cod - the perfect example of all that is New England! This evening you will have Dinner and check into your Cape Cod area accommodations.

Day 3: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast and embark on your GUIDED TOUR OF HYANNIS and SANDWICH. Start off with a visit to the lovely Village of HYANNIS where you’ll stop at the JFK MUSEUM - an exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod. Next, you'll visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial in HYANNIS. Lastly, you'll head to the quaint and historic village of SANDWICH. Tonight, end your day with a relaxing Dinner.

Day 4: After a Continental Breakfast take a ferry ride to the famous getaway island - MARTHA'S VINEYARD. Enjoy free time to soak up the charm of this lovely island with its unique shops, quaint restaurants, and historical sites. Later this afternoon, you'll depart Martha's Vineyard and enjoy Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: After a Continental Breakfast you will depart for a GUIDED TOUR OF THE OUTER CAPE. Visit the Eastham Windmill, the Cape Cod National Seashore Race Point Visitor Center, and the Marconi Station area with its spectacular "ocean to bay" view across the entire cape. Then, you'll make a stop in colorful PROVINCETOWN - home to artists, great galleries, stores and boutiques. Next, you'll breathe in the sea air in CHATHAM with its panoramic views of the Atlantic and rustic barrier beaches. Tonight, enjoy Dinner and entertainment.

Day 6: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before departing for Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Enjoy world-class gaming. This evening, relax at your en route hotel.

Day 7: Today, after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you will depart for home... a perfect time to chat with your friends about all the fun things you’ve done, the great sights you’ve seen, and where your next group trip will take you!

If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to call Shelly at[masked]. Thanks.

NIAGARA FALLS + TORONTO (Co-Ed Event; Guests Welcome)

Chili's Grill & Bar

**NIAGARA FALLS + TORONTO ADVENTURE** (Passport OR Passport card required)

DEPOSIT: $75.00 per person
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 15, 2022
$589 double occupancy; insurance $48
$823 single occupancy; insurance $72

Mail check payable to Shelly Scinto and mail to P. O. Box 168, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415. Cash payments via Zelle, or Venmo, are also acceptable.

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**PRICE INCLUDES** Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation; 10 Meals (6 breakfasts + 4 dinners); 6 nights lodging, including 4 nights in the Niagara Falls Area); guided tour of Niagara Falls; journey to the Falls - one of Niagara's most popular and breathtaking attractions, on a boat ride on a "Hornblower Niagara Cruise"; guided tour of Toronto; gaming at Fallsview Casino Resort; visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake & Queen Victoria Park; visit to Casa Loma, Canada's most magnificent castle.

Motorcoach makes rest stops every 2-2.5 hours

[Minimum of 30 persons required. Co-ed trip; invite family and friends to join us.]

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Depart your group’s location in a spacious, video and restroom equipped motorcoach as you head for your destination: captivating, awe-inspiring Niagara Falls! This evening, you will check into an en route hotel and relax for the evening.

Day 2: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before continuing towards your destination. Later, enjoy a relaxing Dinner and check into your Niagara Falls area hotel for four nights.

Day 3: Start the day with a Continental Breakfast before you begin a Guided Tour of the Niagara Falls area. Visit an engineering marvel, the Welland Shipping Canal and beautiful Queen Victoria Park – home of one of the world’s largest Floral Clocks. You’ll have Dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before departing for a Guided Tour of the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Toronto, Ontario. You will also visit Toronto’s majestic castle estate – Casa Loma! Later, you will dine at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Start the day with a Continental Breakfast before enjoying one of Niagara’s most popular and breath-taking attractions, a boat ride on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise.” Sail near the base of the Horseshoe Falls and enjoy a truly awe-inspiring view of the mighty Niagara. Then, you’ll take a tour of historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of the prettiest towns in Canada and full of 19th century charm. Later, enjoy Dinner and a visit to exciting Fallsview Casino and get in some gaming action before returning to your hotel.

Day 6: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast before leaving for the Erie Maritime Museum. This evening, relax at your en route hotel.

Day 7: Today after enjoying a Continental Breakfast, you depart for home... a time to chat with your friends about all the fun things you’ve done, the great sights you’ve seen and where your next group trip will take you!

REQUIRED: Valid Passport OR Passport card to get in and out of Canada.

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