Mendota Area Departures



To kick off 2016 with a unique venue, we are traveling into Chicago and the first stop will be at the Richard Driehaus Museum. We will be treated to a self-guided exhibition (with headsets) showing the costumes used in the very popular Downton Abbey PBS series located on three levels of the museum. They will span several eras from pre-WW I into the 1930's. This exhibit is only available for a limited time, and Vista has reservations for it!

Then, did you resolve to make 2016 the year to take your gardening skills – and your garden – to the next level? Learn from the experts presenting their best advice and hands–on demonstrations at this year's Chicago Flower and Garden Show for a breath of spring! The show welcomes more than 40,000 attendees to the Festival Halls in Navy Pier, where you can experience every facet of horticulture. While visiting, attendees can walk through life-sized gardens, participate in DIY workshops, learn from educational seminars, enjoy garden–to–table cooking presentations and more. Through the decades of the show's experience, its legacy remains the same: it continues to capture the hearts of thousands year after year.

Stop for lunch on your own when you get hungry. Visit the café conveniently located inside the Festival Hall or take time to eat at one of the many restaurants on Navy Pier. Did we mention shopping? Mariano's, one of the sponsors of the CF&GS will have a stunning array of cut flowers, potted plants and bare root garden plants that will be sure to lift your spirits and tempt you to take a souvenir home with you. If that isn't enough, there are over 100 vendors that can supply all of your gardening and garden related needs.

Cost: $__ per ticket

Includes: Exhibition, CF&GS ticket, transportation, taxes and all tips. (Lunch is on your own.) Time schedules will be provided later. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016 -- "PETER PAN" at Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI

Are you curious as to how Peter will fly across the stage? We are, and we're sure it will be unique as only the Fireside can present. To accompany this, you will be served a delicious plated Fireside lunch, and then there is always shopping if we have a few extra minutes!

Cost: $__ per ticket

Includes: Lunch, performance, transportation, taxes and all tips.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 -- "THE KING AND I" at Lyric Opera House, Chicago, IL

The King of Siam is an absolute ruler, but he meets his match in Anna, the feisty Welsh teacher. These two strong, passionate people from two very different cultures discuss, debate, disagree, and ultimately fall in love to the tunes of some of Broadway's greatest songs. The Lyric Opera House provides a gorgeous setting for the story. Lunch will be on your own at a nearby restaurant (to be named later). You won't want to miss this popular spectacle!

Cost: $__ per ticket

Includes: Performance, transportation, taxes and all tips. (Lunch is additional.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016 -- "NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT" at Theatre At the Center, Munster, IN

Set in the 1920s, this is a story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his 3rd wedding (or is it his 4th???). Thinking Jimmy will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore. You won't want to miss the fun!

We may add another attraction or shopping stop to this venue.

Cost: To be determined per ticket

Includes: Lunch, performance, transportation, taxes and all tips.

For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or