Bloomington Area Departures

THURSDAY - SATURDAY, JULY 23 - 25, 2015 -- GERMAN FEST & MORE, Milwaukee, WI

Mitkommen (Come along) with us as we travel north of the border to the "City of Festivals"… Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a 3 day/2 night adventure. This city hosts some of the largest ethnic and cultural festivals across the nation. Join us as we travel to Milwaukee for their annual German Fest which is known as the nation's largest festival of its kind. One of the most exciting areas in downtown Milwaukee is the Old World Historic District where we will begin our trip with a Walking Food Tour in this area. Don't worry, we only cover approximately 1 mile over a 3-hour time period. Our tour includes local specialties along with learning about the rich history of many buildings and architecture featured along our path. Following the tour, we are off to one of the best local breweries: Sprecher Brewery. We have a chance to view the production area, listen to the company's history, receive a keepsake glass as well as sample the beer or root beer, all you can drink soda, along with a thank you gift pack as we depart. You will have time to visit the gift shop before we leave. Our next stop is the Fairfield Inn & Suites -- our home away from home for 2 nights. You will have time to check in and get situated in your room; then you can utilize the great information we learned on our food tour to enjoy your choice of local restaurants/pubs for the evening.

Day 2 begins with a wonderful breakfast at the hotel before we depart. Our first stop is a guided tour of the Harley Davidson Museum, which includes time on your own to explore the displays or visit the gift shop. Then, we are off to the famous Milwaukee Art Museum. Our time is scheduled so we will be able to see the famous Burke Brise Soleil Display. This architectural masterpiece will amaze you as you watch the huge "wings" open and close while you enjoy your lunch. We will complete our visit with a guided tour (and, yes, they have a gift shop too). Included in our trip to Milwaukee is a visit to the Basilica of St. Josephat which is consistently listed as one of the top rated attractions in Milwaukee. Our guide will take us through this beautiful campus where we learn about its rich history and beautiful architecture. We will then stop by the hotel for a quick break to drop off anything you have picked up during the day, and gather anything you would like for the evening. Then, it is off to Festival Park for the opening night of German Fest! You will be on our own to enjoy the Festival Activities as desired for the remainder of the evening.

On Day 3 we start traveling back towards home with a stop in Lake Geneva. This beautiful place features one of the most interesting boat rides you will ever take….the famous Mail Boat Tour. We will ride on Lake Geneva and watch as a daring young mail carrier jumps on and off the boat to deliver the mail. The catch is the boat never stops so the mail carrier must be in tip-top shape; otherwise he may be taking an unexpected bath. Following this cruise adventure, we will walk over to a local restaurant for a nice plated lunch. After our lunch, we will head back home. We hope you will consider joining us for this mini get-away vacation!

Price includes: Food Tour, Sprecher Brewery Tour, Harley Davidson Tour, Art Museum Tour, Basilica Tour, Admission to German Fest, Mail Boat Tour, Day 1 Lunch, Day 2 Breakfast & Lunch, Day 3 Breakfast & Lunch, Hotel and Baggage, Transportation, Driver's Tip, and all applicable taxes and tips for each tour and meal.

R.S.V.P. by June 1, 2015

Cost: $658 Single Room, $499 Double Room, $446 Triple Room, $420 Quad Room

Departure is 7:00 a.m. from Bloomington / 8:00 a.m. Pick ups at Flying J in LaSalle or 8:30 a.m. at Mendota / 8:45ish a.m. pick up at Rochelle. Return approximate times: 3:30 p.m. Rochelle or 4:00 p.m. Mendota / 4:15 p.m. La Salle plus extended break / 6:00 p.m. Bloomington


Experience the legacy for yourself. Cantigny is a name synonymous with amazing beauty and wonderful land-marks. Come with us for the day and experience for yourself the historic places created by Robert R. McCor-mick and his wife and which delight thousands of annual visitors and will continue to do so for generations to come. Our first stop is St. James Farm Preserve. This tranquil 612 acre site served as the family's retreat. Purchased in 1920, this property features pristine buildings, trails, and over 300 different species of plants and birds. Relax as our tour guide takes us on a covered wagon tour and shares the rich history of this beautiful and historical property.

Since farming can work up an appetite, our stop for lunch is at Le Jardin Restaurant at Cantigny Park. Sit back and relax as you overlook the scenic beauty of the park while you dine. Then, allow the hustle and bustle of life to melt away as you step into the majestic beauty featured as we stroll along to our first stop. We will have a private tour at the McCormick Home & Museum where you will learn about the rich history of this amazing homestead.

Do you hear the gardens calling you? Our next guide will take us on a tour of the gardens. Listen to the unfolding story as we weave through the landscape of each garden where one is more beautiful than the last. Following our guided tours, you are welcome to explore other areas of Cantigny Park on your own or you may relax and enjoy an ice cream at Bertie's Coffee Shop or explore the gift shop. Come along with us on this wonderful day trip and allow your cares to melt away as you enjoy the Cantigny pace of life.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 17, 2015

Cost per person: $75

Price includes: Covered Wagon Tour, Cantigny Park Admission. McCormick Home Tour, Garden Tour, Lunch, transportation, taxes, and tips (includes the driver's tip).

Depart Bloomington at 7:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J Pick up at 8:30 a.m. Return LaSalle 5:45ish p.m. & Bloomington 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 -- THE ABC Tour Along I-74, Rock Island & Peoria, IL

Come along and experience the ABCs along I-74 beginning with a tour at the…

Arsenal: The Rock Island Arsenal is the largest government-owned manufacturing facility. This highly secure site offers step-on-guided tours only to give you a snap-shot of what goes on behind-the-scenes at this amazing place which supports the armed forces. After the tour we will have time to explore some of the history at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. This is the Army's second oldest museum which originally opened July 4, 1905. Then we travel to the…

Belle: Relax as we cruise down the Mississippi River on the wonderful Celebration Belle River Boat. The captain will narrate our cruise while we enjoy a delicious lunch. We continue to our last stop for the day at….

Caterpillar: The Caterpillar Visitors Center offers a fascinating look at the company from humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leader-ship in building infrastructure around the world. But don't miss the featured exhibit about the….

Dieselettes: This summer the Caterpillar Visitors Center is featuring the Dieselettes: Girls of Summer Exhibit. This display offers a look back at a legacy of softball legends with never-before-seen footage and memorabilia of ladies who won numerous state softball championships with several who played professionally. Then, enjoy the air-conditioned ride back to Bloomington with...

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Finish our day filled with wonderful memories of a

Gorgeous day along I-74

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R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 17

Cost: $84

Price includes: Tour of the Arsenal, River Cruise with Lunch, Admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center, transportation, taxes and tips. Depart Bloomington at 7:00 a.m. & Return approx. 6:00 p.m.

SEPTEMBER, 2015 -- BREAKFAST WITH THE CLUB -- More details to follow

September 26, 2015 -- OKLAHOMA MUSICAL, Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL

This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has stood the test of time with its internal love story between Curly and Laurey. Set in Oklahoma, this show created the standards for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics, and dance into a well-crafted story. You know the songs ... "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Poor Jud is Dead," "People Will Say We are in Love," "Oklahoma" ... and the list goes on!The show begins at 3:00 p.m. Following the show, we will travel to Lakeview Grill in Yorkville for a delicious evening dinner before returning home.

* R.S.V.P. by Friday, August 28

* Cost: $119

* Price Includes: Show tickets, dinner, transportation, taxes and tips

* Depart Bloomington at 12:00 p.m., Pick-ups at Rts. 251 & 18 at 12:40 p.m. and Mendota BP Truck Stop at 1:15 p.m.

OCTOBER 2, 2015 -- HIDDEN GEMS, Champaign, IL -- More details to follow

Coffee, cars, pretzels, and pipe organs. What do these all have in common? Come along with us as we discover some hidden gems in Champaign which you cannot tour on your own. We begin with a morning brew and behind-the-scenes tour of Columbia Street Roastery; visit a world renowned international pipe organ repair shop; an intimate tour of an antique car collection which rivals Jay Leno's (who the owner just happens to know); stop at Memorial Stadium; and finishing in the Kitchens of Pakara Bakery which offers delicious breads sold right here in the twin cities.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 -- "ROUTE 66" -- Circa 21 Theatre, Rock Island, IL

AREA PREMIERE! In Circa '21's tradition of presenting musicals that feel as comfortable as your favorite sweater, Route 66 is a new romantic musical comedy featuring catchy story songs and clever down home lyrics that move to the rhythm of America. It is about two people falling in love not only with each other but also with the good ole U.S.A! The delicious Circa 21 plated lunch is included, and we are still considering another stop in the area that would be of interest.

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* Cost: $89

* Price Includes: Transportation, lunch, musical performance, taxes and tips


We are treating members from all (4) Vista areas with a unique visit to Barnacopia where you will be amazed as you wander through the museum and view the collections that will awaken some of your fondest childhood memories, all while being entertained with music and food, compliments of Vista Club. Next we venture over to White Pines Theatre for a delicious buffet dinner and a hilarious rendition of Scrooge – the Comedy. More details and cost to follow.

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For more information on the Bloomington departures please contact:

Evon Long: 309.663.6300 ext. 821 or