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The following Day Trips and Multi-Day Tours are presented in cooperation with Group Tours & Travel LLC.  We have been working with Group Tours for more than 20 years.  If you would like a detailed itinerary for any of the multi-day tours listed below, please call our office at (201) 670-2777.

Day Tours

Gulliver’s Gate, An Amazing World in Miniature & Hamilton Park 
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In the novel Gulliver’s Travels, the main character landed in the country of Lilliput.  There he met the tiny people of Lilliput. This morning, we enter the largest, most intricate miniature (6 feet to .8 inches scale model) wonderland in the world.  Gulliver’s Gate has to be seen to be believed.  It is approximately 50,000 square feet in size. This exhibit features numerous cities and countries from around the world on several continents. There are too many places to list them all.  A few include Niagara Falls, Jerusalem, India, China, Italy, Paris, NYC and New England. It even has a replica of an airport with a plane that flies. With over 300 buildings, many that we will instantly recognize, and over 6,000 windows, the attention to detail is amazing, even down to showing the pigeons on the tourist’s arms in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Even more amazing, the entire maze of dioramas, some 60 feet long, go from daytime to nighttime, so we may view the street lights, buildings, trains and taxi cabs light up in the dark. After lunch in a nearby Irish pub we visit Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey. This is where Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr. It’s a scenic drive along the Hudson River to get there and the park offers a stunning view of the NYC skyline and monuments that include a bust of Alexander Hamilton and a Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. Please choose one entrée per person at the time of registration, Fish & Chips, Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Caesar, Pasta Primavera, Grilled Salmon Filet or Irish Beef Stew.  $145 
008-Saturday, March 30, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 4:00 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

45th Annual Macy’s Flower Show at Herald Square & Dylan’s Candy Bar  
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We begin our day with a visit to Macy’s Department Store at Herald Square in NYC.  Each spring Macy’s decorates its store with over 100,000 plants and flowers!  It’s an annual floral fantasy display that few stores in the world can equal. Our visit includes a tour of the many floral displays and time to browse in this world-famous landmark. With over 100 years in operation and known as the largest department store in the world, it’s an unequaled opportunity to find many more items than our local Macy’s store has to offer. Remember to bring your Macy’s coupons. Time is provided to lunch and shop on your own. Next, we head to Dylan's Candy Bar, hailed as the largest candy store in America. Created by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, her flagship store houses over 7,000 confections, an unparalleled selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world. It is a museum of candy where each piece is literally curated like precious art. $105
001-Saturday, April 6, 2019                                                                      
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Ave. & Northern Parkway) at 9:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM. Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Costuming The Crown Special Exhibit & Spring Time at Winterthur  
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We have all heard about or seen the award-winning TV show, The Crown. Join us for the opportunity to view a special exhibit: Costuming The Crown. It features 40 iconic costumes from the beloved Emmy® award-winning Netflix series.  The series dramatizes the history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Costumes include Queen Elizabeth’s dazzling gold coronation robe and the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress. In addition to many other items on display, there is a private lecture on this exhibit. This exhibit takes place in the incomparable Winterthur Museum and Gardens in the Brandywine River Valley. Set on a 1,000-acre estate are 60 acres of manicured gardens in the world class estate of Henry Francis du Pont. The gardens are among the most colorful in America and our tour takes place when these gardens should be the most colorful. A 20-minute narrated tram ride through the grounds and gardens highlight the splendor of spring. Our visit also includes a tour of portions of the magnificent, fully furnished, 175-room mansion. To allow us the most time to explore Winterthur, a lunch voucher is included for the estate’s cafeteria. $155 
002-Saturday, May 4, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 7:30 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Dekalb Market, Pier 17 & South Street Seaport  
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For over 160 years the Brooklyn Navy Yards were a leading naval shipyard that built some of America’s most famous Naval ships, including the USS Maine and the USS Arizona. Today it is a thriving center to over 400 industrial and creative businesses. Our Brooklyn Navy Yard:  Past, Present & Future guided tour offers an overview of this vast 300 acre property. We will learn how this yard has evolved from its 1801 founding, survived major political and technological eras, thrived through the Civil War and World War II and has transitioned into a successful civilian industrial park. It’s a fascinating reflection into the past, and picture stops throughout the tour make it an even more personal experience. Lunch is on your own in Brooklyn’s vibrant
DeKalb Market Hall, it is home to over three dozen food vendors that offer a variety of cultural and ethnic diversity reflective of the borough. It is one of the largest food and entertainment centers in New York City. Next, we visit the newly renovated Pier 17 and South Street Seaport district. Time is provided to stroll the cobblestone streets, browse in its many shops and stroll along the waterfront. $120
003-Saturday, May 18, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:15 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Twilight/Evening Cruise of New York City  
Dinner in Little Italy, 911 Memorial & Battery Park Esplanade
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Our day begins with a visit to the lower Manhattan waterfront. Once known as the World Financial Center, after several billion dollars of renovations, it is known today as Brookfield Place. We arrive in time for a stroll along the Battery Park Esplanade and a visit to the 911 Memorial. Time is available for a light snack at Hudson Eats, a new and exciting food hall at Brookfield Place. We then make our way to Mulberry Street, in the heart of Little Italy, for an early included dinner. Next, we enjoy breathtaking views of The New York City Skyline, as we embark on a two-hour Circle Line Twilight/Evening Cruise. Capture magical moments as the sunlight fades onto the harbor of Manhattan and the twinkling of lights make the city skyline come alive. Highlights include: The Statue of Liberty and the spectacular skyline of Lower and Midtown Manhattan. $160 
004-Thursday, May 23, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 11:30 AM and returns at approximately 10:30 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Statue of Liberty, the New Statue Museum & Ellis Island  
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This May a new Statue of Liberty Museum will be opening.  It will be the most monumental addition to Liberty Island since the Statue was unveiled in 1886. The museum consists of three gallery spaces. Each one will inspire and educate us about the Statue of Liberty through a wide range of interactive and thought-provoking ways. In its Immersive Theater we view an introductory dramatic, multimedia experience with a virtual fly-through ascending the Statue that recreates interior views and sounds. In the Engagement Gallery we explore what took place in the warehouse where Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi created the Statue. A highlight in the Inspiration Gallery is an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol – her original torch – held high for nearly 100 years and replaced during its 1986 renovation. Our day begins with a visit to Liberty State Park, in New Jersey where we will board our ferry to Ellis Island. Here we learn the story of how over twelve million immigrants entered this country through this famed gateway island. Then it’s on to the Statue of Liberty where we enjoy “Monument Access” passes and its outdoor pedestal observation levels. We also visit the new museum. Lunch is on your own in the park’s cafeteria. $115
005-Saturday, June 1, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Brooklyn Aquarium, Coney Island & Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge  
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Our day begins with a drive to the scenic Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 9,000-acre National Refuge, located just to the east of Breezy Point, Rockaway Park and the Mill Basin. Here there is time stroll along paths that lead to breathtaking views of Jamaica Bay. In the visitor center there are interactive displays, a gift shop and various exhibits.   We then continue south along a narrow sliver of land on the south shore of Queens County and then make a stop at the Floyd Bennett Field to view its historic naval air station. From here we make our way along Sheepshead Bay on our way to an included lunch in one of Coney Island’s most famous restaurants, Gargiulo's (1907). This afternoon we are treated to a visit to the Brooklyn Aquarium at Coney Island. Here there is time to explore the aquarium’s newest and largest exhibit: Ocean Wonders: Sharks, where we go below the surface and meet sharks, rays, sea turtles, and more. Another highlight of our visit is a live interactive show (subject to weather and animal temperament) in their outdoor Aquatheater where sea lions and their trainers take center stage. There are many other exhibits to enjoy at your leisure and time to stroll along the world-famous Coney Island Boardwalk.  $165
006-Saturday, June 8, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM.  Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Guided Tour of The Cloisters  
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine & Lunch in the Seinfeld Show’s Diner  
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The European influence of two of the world-class attractions we visit is remarkable – it is like a day trip to Europe. We begin our day with a visit to The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It’s an architectural treasure featuring exceptional Middle Age architecture, works of art and charming outdoor gardens. Our docent led tour enhances our understanding of this fine collection of art and architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic and Medieval periods. An included lunch is in Tom’s Diner, made famous by the television show Seinfeld. Its exterior was used in the show, but interior shots were filmed in Los Angeles. However, it’s a fun place to visit, serves good food and is always a hit among Seinfeld fans. This afternoon we tour the magnificent Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, rated among the largest cathedrals in the world. Modeled after a 13th-Century French cathedral it measures over 600 feet in length and its vaulted ceiling soars 12 stories above its floor. Here we enjoy a tour featuring exceptional statuary, tapestries, stained glass windows and woodcarvings that adorn its ornate interior. Please choose one entrée per person at the time of registration: Triple Decker BLT, Reuben Sandwich, Fish and Chips, or Veggie Burger.  $145
007-Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Departs from Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Ave. & Northern Parkway) at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:15 PM. Cars may be parked in the lot for the duration of the tour at your own risk.

Multi-Day Tours

Newfoundland, Icebergs, St. John’s & Gander, The Home of Come from Away 
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The Canadian Province of Newfoundland possesses a wealth of beauty, history and fascinating places. Visited by the Vikings nearly 500 years before Columbus was born, it’s a place that will amaze us. The scheduling of this tour coincides with the time when icebergs are most likely to appear along the coastline and harbors of this province. We are treated to two different sightseeing cruises from two different locations where we are the most likely to view icebergs that tower above us. This incomparable tour includes four nights in one of the finest hotels in the capital city of St. John’s and two nights in Gander, Newfoundland. The town of Gander is the place the Broadway smash hit, Come From Away takes place. We will visit a few of the places that relate to and memorialize this event. The beauty of the area around the picturesque town of Trinity is memorable as is the nearby rocky coastline and the lighthouse at Cape Bonavista. Our visit to the Signal Hill Visitor Center includes the site of the first transatlantic wireless signal (1901) and Cape Spear, the easternmost point in the contiguous US and Canada. The many unique places we visit, the picturesque seascapes we view and the vast forests and remote communities we motor through are an added bonus to our spring getaway.  Other highlights include: roundtrip air from Newark, North Atlantic Aviation Museum, city tour of St. Johns, Terra Nova National Park, Johnson Geo Center, Twillingate, The Silent Witness Memorial, all breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, tour escort and more.
009-May 24-30, 2019
Twin price: $2,325  per person & Single Price:  $2,825 per person
A deposit of $450 per person is required at time of registration.

Mansions of Connecticut & Rose Garden Festival  
Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Mansion & Hill-Stead Mansion
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This short but fun-filled two-day getaway includes three exceptional mansions and a Rose Garden Festival that takes place when over 15,000 rose bushes in their 2 ½ acre garden are expected to be in bloom. On day one we visit the Mark Twain House, the home of one of the most famous authors America has ever produced. The Mark Twain Home is a magnificent nineteen-room, Victorian-style mansion. We also tour his neighbor’s house, The Harriet Beecher Stowe House. This is the famous author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Her 1871 home, a National Historic Landmark, reflects Stowe’s Victorian decorating choices and includes modern galleries. Overnight accommodations are in a nearby Homewood Suites. On day two everything is coming up roses as we visit the 102-acre Elizabeth Park. June is the season of roses and this park contains the third largest rose garden in the United States. Time is also provided to stroll around the grounds of this world class garden. This afternoon we visit the incomparable Hill-Stead Museum, an outstanding 1901 Colonial Revival mansion. This 152-acre estate also contains a splendid rose garden and the mansion contains an excellent collection of fine art, including works by Manet, Degas, Monet, Whistler and Cassatt, tastefully displayed amid elegant original furnishings.  This tour includes: one breakfast, two lunches, one dinner, tour escort and more.
010-June 14-15, 2019
Twin price: $495  per person & Single Price:  $585 per person
A deposit of $150 per person is required at time of registration.

The Green Mountains of Vermont in the Summer Time  
Killington Grand Resort, Trapp Family Lodge and Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
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Let’s head to New England, into the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, as we are treated to three nights in the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. Our resort has received Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence award and has attractive public areas, an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, spectacular scenery, walking paths and more. Highlights are many and our itinerary reads like a short list of some of the best places to visit in Vermont. On day two we take a guided tour of one of the largest operating granite quarries in the world. After lunch on your own in the charming town of Waterbury we are treated to a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. On day three, after time to browse in the resort town of Stowe we enjoy an included lunch in the Trapp Family Lodge, where the family from the Sound of Music made their home in America. Our visit also includes a tour of the lodge and time to explore this resort on your own. We also take an aerial tram to the summit of Killington Mountain.  Other highlights include: Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vermont, Quechee Gorge, three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, tour escort and more.
011-July 11-14, 2019
Twin price: $1,015  per person & Single Price:  $1,195 per person
A deposit of $175 per person is required at time of registration.

Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, & Pro Football Hall of Fame  
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Cleveland is a vibrant city containing numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, museums, stores and a casino. This tour offers a unique balance of visits to attractions and time to explore this city at your leisure. Did you know that Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is within an hour’s drive from the Pro Football Hall of Fame? We will visit both. Our accommodations for three nights are in the Hilton Cleveland, in the heart of the downtown. Be sure to check out its 32nd floor bar that features beautiful views of the city and lake. On Saturday afternoon our luncheon cruise includes views of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie waterfront. Our riding tour of the downtown will impress us with the unique architecture of the area and the prestigious neighborhoods that feature palatial homes. An unexpected treat is a tour of the exceptional Stan Hyett Hall & Gardens, a 64,000 square-foot Tudor Mansion (1915). It contains over 20,000 panes of glass, 23 fireplaces and 95% of the furnishings are original to the estate. One morning we visit Cleveland’s Botanical Gardens, located in the heart of the University of Cleveland’s Campus. Time is provided to stroll through its award-winning gardens and its fifty-million-dollar conservatory. Other highlights include: nonstop, roundtrip air from Newark, Terminal Tower, the Cleveland Arcade, three breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner, tour escort and more.
012-July 18-21, 2019 
Twin price: $1,575  per person & Single Price:  $1,925 per person
No reservations accepted without a deposit of $250  per person.

Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills of South Dakota
Badlands National Park, Devils Tower, Buffalo & Wildhorse Safaris
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The Black Hills area of South Dakota is home to so many outstanding and nationally recognized attractions. It is a place where the Wild West was truly wild. This area also boasts some of the oldest rock formations, fossils and Indian settlements in North America. South Dakota is also a place where the wild buffalo and horses still roam. The beautiful Black Hills, with numerous mountains, canyons and prairies are outstanding. The man-made works of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial express the determination of a dream. Badlands National Park contains a stunning variety of landscapes and the natural mountain sculpting of Devils Tower has to be seen to be believed. In Deadwood, if we listen hard enough, we can still hear the footsteps of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. Other highlights include: round trip air from Newark Airport, Buffalo Jeep Safari at Custer State Park, Wildlife Safari in The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Journey Museum, riding tour of Rapid City, Wall Drug Store, Kevin Costner’s Tatanka, Black Hills Mining Museum, Trial of Jack McCall Show in Deadwood, Adams Memorial Museum, The Mammoth Site, Mount Rushmore Outdoor Light Show, Roughlock Falls,  Vore Buffalo Jump, riding tour of Sturgis, all breakfasts, four lunches, five dinners, tour escort and more.   Bring your binoculars and your camera. This tour is a photographer’s dream come true.
013-August 8-15, 2019
Twin price: $3,150 per person & Single Price:  $3,825 per person
A deposit of $350 per person is required at time of registration.

Yellowstone, Grand Tetons National Park & Sun Valley, Idaho 
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sawtooth Mountains, Wagon Days Hitch Parade
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This tour is an invitation to experience an astonishing variety of natural beauty and an opportunity to view an exceptional range of wildlife in their natural setting. It features visits to two world-class national parks and a national monument. Each park boasts its own unique charm and varied natural features.  When combined, they represent a remarkable experience that is almost impossible to equal. In Yellowstone National Park, we will enjoy three days of touring, so we will see most of the park. This iconic park is home to two thirds of the world’s geysers and half of the world’s geothermal features. It is also home to an unparalleled range of wildlife. The Grand Tetons are the youngest and steepest range of mountains in the Rockies, yet they contain some of the oldest rocks on earth. Their jagged peaks have provided a spectacular backdrop for many movies and commercials. Our stay in the exceptional Sun Valley Lodge is one we will remember for years to come. During the Labor Day Weekend, we witness The Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade.  This is the largest non-motorized parade in the Northwest, and it features nearly 100 museum quality wagons, hitches, buggies and carriages. The scenery in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana is stunning. The majestic mountain peaks, picturesque canyon walls, whitewater rapids and tranquil lakes we view will amaze you. With each mile traveled a new memory is waiting to be made.  Other highlights include: round trip air from Newark Airport, three nights in the Four Diamond Sun Valley Lodge, Craters of the Moon National Monument, the Continental Divide, Lake Yellowstone, Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, West Yellowstone, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, IMAX Movie on Yellowstone National Park, riding tour of Boise, Salmon River (River of No Return), time in Ketchum, Grizzly/Wolf Discovery Center, all breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, tour escort and more.
016-August 29-September 7, 2019
Twin price: $3,895 per person & Single Price:  $5,055 per person
A deposit of $500 per person is required at time of registration.

Five Nights in Napa, California ~ Nine Napa & Sonoma Wineries 
Muir Woods National Park, Sausalito and Disney Family Museum
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The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are among the most famous and most visited wine regions in North America. Leave the driving to us, as we take in the elegance and charm of many of their most popular wineries. In total, we will visit nine wineries. Although we will not have a tour of all of them, we will have tastings in each of them. This tour includes five nights in the center of this region, in the charming town of Napa, California. There
are also other exciting things that we will see and do on the tour that do not revolve around wineries. A visit to
Muir Woods National Park is like a visit to a place of make-believe. It possesses the tallest trees in the world. In the city of San Francisco, we will visit the exceptional Disney Museum. There is also a visit to the charming Bay Area community of Sausalito.  This tour requires a little more walking than some other tours and flights of stairs are required to get into a few of the wineries.  Other highlights include: Nonstop,  Round Trip Air from Newark Airport, five nights in the Embassy Suites in Napa, the Napa Valley Wine Train, Gondola Ride at the Sterling Winery, Manager’s Reception each evening featuring wine, beer, mixed drinks & snacks, all breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, tour escort and more.
017-October 20-25, 2019
Twin price: $3,315  per person & Single Price:  $4,145 per person
No reservations accepted without a deposit of $175 per person.

Highlights of Northern Delaware
Nemours & Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Scenic Boat Cruise 
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Join us for an overnight excursion to Delaware, although at times on this trip you might think we are in Europe. This tour includes a visit to a mansion that is perhaps the finest example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau in North America. Located on a sprawling country estate is Nemours, the 102-room mansion of Alfred I. duPont. The opulence, grandeur and overwhelming elegance of this estate is astounding. Following an extraordinary estate tour, we are treated to a memorable lunch in one of America’s most elegant dining rooms. The Green Room in the Hotel duPont exemplifies the elegance and grandeur of the Gilded Age. It contains oak paneling, oak-beamed ceilings, gold chandeliers, richly textured draperies, Italian mosaics and original oil paintings. Our itinerary includes the charming community of New Castle, Delaware, a treasure trove of historic private homes and public buildings. Our lunch is in a 345-year-old building that now houses Jessop’s Tavern. There is also time to stroll New Castle’s cobblestone streets and visit The New Castle Court House (1732), where the Declaration of Independence was once read on the steps. In the afternoon we enjoy a scenic river cruise on a portion of the lower Delaware River and The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Highlights include Fort Delaware, Delaware State Park, Pea Patch Island, Augustine Wildlife Refuge and more. This evening, in the comfort of our hotel, enjoy a manager’s reception that includes a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. There is also a restaurant in our hotel if you would also like to enjoy dinner there on your own.  Other highlights include: overnight accommodations in the Embassy Suites in Newark, Delaware, one breakfast, two lunches, tour escort and more.
018-October 3-4, 2019
Twin price: $435 per person & Single Price: $515 per person
A deposit of $150 per person is required at time of registration.