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TRIPS AND TOURS 2021

February

A Day in Reno
Enjoy a beautiful get-away to the Mountains. Perhaps Mother Nature will drape the landscape with glistening white snow. A casino bonus will be included for everyone.

March

Safari West in Santa Clara
Discover Africa in heart of wine country on this adventure. Arrive in Santa Rosa area to begin the adventure. Go in search of herds of wildebeest, romping rhinos and towering giraffes. From ring-tailed lemurs to dazzling zebras, over 1,000 animals call the 400 acres preserve home. Instead of viewing the animals from the outside of their enclosures, climb aboard the special safari vehicles with a guide and drive among the animals. Walk through the aviary to see many types of colorful birds and stroll along the lakeside to see the shades of red and pink of the flamingos. A delicious BBQ lunch is included.

Santa Cruz Rain Forest Train
On Saturdays or Sundays in March: Learn about California’s own rain forest, aboard a 100 year old steam train, as it journeys through an ancient Coastal Redwood Forest. Along the journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists.

April

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
This annual festival is one of the most popular ones in San Francisco; over 200,000 people typically attend, but don't be scared off! It is the largest celebration of Asian traditions and the largest on the West Coast. The Cherry Blossom Festival is lots of fun, and family-friendly; plenty to see, free entertainment, and tasty food to try. you can watch the drummers, martial artists and traditional music and dance performances there. The Sakura stage, where contemporary Japanese culture will be celebrated with song, dance, anime, fashion, and games. The rest of the events will be at various locations throughout Japantown. You can see displays of origami, bonsai trees, tea ceremonies, traditional doll-making, flower arranging, and more. Even "mochi pounding!"

May

Exploring Mare Island
Historic Mare Island was in operation for over 142 years and an important part of our country’s defense. Meet a local guide to visit the Mansions of Officer’s Row, the museum, the fascinating cemetery and many other historic sites. The highlight is St. Peter’s Chapel with ind=credible Tiffany stained glass windows. Lunch is included.

June

San Francisco Bay Lighthouse Cruise
Not only does the Bay have some of the most interesting lighthouses in the country, it also has the greatest density of them on the West Coast. The development of the West Coast began here, depending on water traffic with the East Coast; hence, several of the first lighthouses on the West Coast were built here. On this cruise, you will see nearly all the historic lighthouses of central San Francisco Bay and learn all their individual histories. Lunch is included

July

Luncheon Cruise in Emerald Bay on North Lake Tahoe
Take a break from the summer heat and have lunch in Emerald Bay! Relax with a cruise over the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe to the pristine Emerald Bay. Lunch is included as you listen to our captain’s live educational narration, which touches on historical and ecological issues of the Tahoe basin. Some of the spectacular sites on this tour include Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point, Rubicon Point, Fanette Island, Vikingsholm Castle and an occasional sighting of ospreys and bald eagles. Unwind and enjoy this Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Cruise with friends!

August

Monterey & Cannery Row
Welcome to one of the largest aquariums in the world, bringing a window on the Monterey Bay. See the three story living Kelp Forest, the first successful attempt to maintain one, and home to many colorful fish. The Open Sea exhibits a large school of sardines and tuna - don’t get dizzy watching them swim in large circles. The Aviary is home to the local shorebirds that found on sand dunes & marshes. African penguins, jelly fish, colored living coral, sponges are just a few of the many incredible exhibits. Perhaps choose to watch the feedings sea otters, penguins tuna, sharks & sardines in their habitats.and there are a variety of short films on topics such as the Monterey Bay story, a sea otter rescue and others. (These shows are included in your admission). The rest of the day is free to explore Cannery Row and dine on your own. (If you choose, you deduct the price of the admission to the Aquarium. This trip sold out last time it was offered.

September

Grand Mansion Champagne Brunch with walking tour of Locke OR
Ironstone Vineyards exclusive private tour of our facility, coupled with a private wine and canapé tasting, and finished off with a grand luncheon.

October

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
51st Annual HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the gargantuan grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel. Lots of fun for everyone.

November

San Francisco Day
Two drop offs - Pier 39, always lots to do like check out the Pier 39 Aquarium, walk the Wharf OR visit Union Square to shop, see the huge Christmas Tree, see what the latest gingerbread masterpiece at the Westin.

December

The Great Dickens Fair in San Francisco at the Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London - an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It's a twilight evening in Charles Dickens' London Town - a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamp lit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays.