Presenting the 2011-2012
Neighbors of Suntree
Daytrip series of excursions!
Contact: Joan Paux
6300 N. Wickham Road #130-222
Melbourne, FL 32940
§ Tours leave from Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:30 a.m. unless otherwise specified!
§ Arrive back around 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified
§ All times are approximate and itineraries are subject to change according to availability.
§ Late cancellation fees without a substitution are applicable according to the trip’s specifications.
Sun., October 16 – Cassadaga Spriritual Camp and Deland
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. Sights include:
The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Engle-wood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple, wooden homes, the Lost in Time Café, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. Mediums and Spiritualists are also available.
The town of nearby Deland is also a slice of Americana where you will have lunch. The downtown area is dotted with cafés, boutiques and art galleries nestled on cobble-stone streets. The Greek Revival style architecture is evident among some of the public buildings on our tour and is sometimes known as “The Athens of Florida.” Deland is also home to Stetson University.
$70 – includes lunch, public readings, services, healings and transportation.
Mon., November 14 – Pre-Holiday Shopping Excursion
To the largest Flea Market in the South, Yalaha German Bakery and the House of Presidents. Trip Highlights:
§ Webster Flea Market
§ Yalaha German Bakery
§ The Little White House
This is the trip for those not looking for mass produced mall items. The rural setting of the several connected crafts, collectible and antique boutiques offer you several opportunities to find unique gift ideas.
Lunch on own at the Yalaha Bakery.
$40 – includes entrances, tour guide and transportation.
December TBA – Singing Christmas Tree, First Baptist Church of Orlando
See the Christmas spectacular, drama show, history, costumes, decorations, holiday songs at the First Baptist Church in Orlando with the double living tree, and feel the spirit of the season.
A stop will made to see the Mall of the Millennia lit up and decorated to the max for viewing and lunch on own at PF Changs, Brio Tuscan Grill, The Cheesecake Factory, McCormick and Schmicks or at one of the best food courts with multiple choices.
$55 - includes best seat tickets and transportation. Leave Viera
10 a.m. and return around 8 p.m.
Wed., January 11 –The Florida Aquarium in Tampa
While Henry Flagler was building the up the East Coast, Henry Plant was building up the West Coast. Plant built the largest hotel in the world which is now Tampa College, along with the Tampa Museum of Art with treasures from the past.
The Florida Aquarium is a spectacular ecological wonder and very well designed for an easy slow walk downhill with many relaxing viewing sites along the way.
$70 includes lunch, tour and transportation.
Wed., February 16 – Daytona Beach, Bubba Gumps and the Chocolate Factory
The Daytona Museum of Art is loaded with a variety of things to see including the largest collection of Cuban Art outside of Cuba. American Art and Antiques, Planetarium, Art Deco Streamline Trains, Florida History from the Mastodon to the present and the Root Museum of Coca Cola bottles, dolls and bear collection.
$70 includes guide, show, lunch and transportation.
Wed., March 21 – St. Augustine
After arriving late morning, you will have time to stroll the downtown area with its more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods, wood crafts and more.
Lunch today is at the famous Columbia Restaurant in the historic district. After lunch, we will go on a sightseeing tour that will take you back to America’s Gilded Age in the collection of collections known as the Lightner Museum. It features costumes, furnishings, mechanized musical instruments and other artifacts of 19th century life, along with cut glass, Victorian art glass and Tiffany stained glass.
We will visit the high ceiling Venetian architecture church which is home to Flagler’s tomb and the largest pipe organ in the Southeast.
$70 includes tour, lunch and transportation.
Return around 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 18 – High Tea at the Grand Floridian, Disney
Deluxe Tea Time at the prestigious Grand Floridian Hotel will include finger sandwiches, scones, champagne or Mimosas, decadent desserts and several choices of teas served in a formal tea setting overlooking the manicured gardens.
The Grand Floridian is reminiscent of the Henry Flagler Gilded Age Era and is Disney’s top-rated hotel.
We will visit the nearby Pacific Northwest Splendor of the Disney Wilderness Lodge with a running stream in the lobby flowing to an outdoor waterfall and the new Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge with vistas of the animals.
$70 includes admissions, high tea, guide and transportation.
Wed., May 16 – U.S. Navy Seals Museum on Hutchinson Island near Ft. Pierce
The U.S. Navy Seals has performed missions all over the world. They are the elite Special Forces and their training program is only for the strongest of heart. Here at their original training site is the story of the training, history and success stories behind the teams. Since their most recent mission has made worldwide news we anticipate a sold out trip so book early to ensure your participation.
Lunch today is at Mangrove Matties overlooking the inlet between the river and the ocean across from the original training site.
Time permitting we will tour the FPL Energy Encounter located at the Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island.
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the Navy SEALS and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida - the birthplace of the Navy Frogman - the Museum promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALS in an atmosphere of respect and honor.
$70 – includes boat ride, lunch, guide and transportation.