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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)

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Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2018

Trip registration is available Monday—Friday 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Unless otherwise noted trips depart form the
HB Sports Complex parking lot on Goldenwest and Talbert next to the Central Library. You will be provided with a free parking pass for the day of your trip.
For any trip related questions please contact the resource room at (714) 374-1572

2018 Single-Day Tours

VICTORIAN & VENETIAN - Bembridge House & Naples Gondola Cruise With Included Pub Lunch - Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Our exploration of European-inspired sights begins with a docent-guided tour of the Bembridge House, a magnificent 18-room Queen Anne-style Victorian home. The house is a highly ornate example of late Victorian architecture, and both the exterior and interior exemplify the finest accomplishments of turn-of-the-century architectural designers and craftsmen. While built in 1906, amazingly, the house is in almost pristine original condition, and contains many of the original furnishings dating from the early 1900's. We continue to the Whale & Ale, a pub restaurant fashioned in the classic English Victorian style with oak panels and brass bar fittings. Enjoy an included lunch with a choice of entrée and dessert. This experience old world charm and a thousand-year-old tradition as you cruise through the enchanting canals of Naples, Long Beach on an original Italian gondola, along with a singing gondolier. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $106. Non-Member Price: $116. Depart: 9:15 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - WAITLIST!

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This popular summer event in Laguna Beach – now in its 85th year – is acclaimed for its awe-inspiring theatrical celebration of tableaux vivants – “living pictures.” One of the most unique productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters re-creates magnificent works of art, both classical and contemporary, that come to life as real people pose to resemble their counterparts in the original pieces of art, along with full orchestra and live narration. Each year the show earns recognition as the best presentation of its kind anywhere. The 2018 show titled, “Under the Sun,” highlights the new generation of impressionists and plein air painters from the early 20th century that set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty around them. Theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor these artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration. There will also be no shortage of fun and surprises as the Pageant acknowledges two local milestones: the 85th anniversary of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts and the 100th anniversary of Laguna Art Museum. You won’t want to miss this exciting salute to a world of “art that lives and breathes” beneath the stars in the Pageant’s beautiful amphitheater! Main-tier section seats. Eat prior to departure, bring a picnic or purchase food available on the Pageant grounds. Suggested: sweater, seat cushion and binoculars to see details. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $86; Non Member Price: $96. Depart: 6:00 p.m. Return: 11:30 p.m.  

SANTA BARBARA RAIL N’ SAIL - Coastal Train Ride & Catamaran Cruise - Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - WAITLIST!

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Our rail and sail adventure begins as we motorcoach to L.A.’s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera.” The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! In Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will take us to Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara’s downtown Mediterranean-style shopping district. Enjoy time at your leisure for lunch on your own here and along State Street. This afternoon we’ll board a large catamaran for a narrated, two-hour cruise along the Santa Barbara coastline in search of sea lions, dolphins and an array of exotic birds that will provide for an unforgettable experience. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking,provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. Suggested: sunscreen, hat, non-marking soled shoes and dress in layers as it tends to be cooler on the water. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $125; Non Member Price: $135 Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 8:00 p.m.  

SANTA BARBARA SHOPPING BY RAIL - With Coastal Train Ride - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Our shopping and rail adventure begins as we motorcoach to L.A.’s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera.” The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! In Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will take us to Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara’s downtown Mediterranean-style shopping district. Known for a unique artsy culture and flair, you’ll love exploring and relaxing in downtown Santa Barbara. You may even want to take the trolley to the wharf. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $85; Non-Member Price: $95. Depart: 8:00 a.m. Return: 8:00 p.m.  

BASEBALL, BILLY CLUBS & BOTTLE CAPS - Dodger Stadium Tour, Soda Pop Shop & Lunch at the Police Academy Café - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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On this behind-the-scenes tour of Dodgers Stadium, you’ll get a whole new perspective of one of our nation’s most historic ballparks and home to the 2017 National League Champi-ons! This Los Angeles icon which offers perhaps the best view of the downtown skyline, opened for baseball on April 10, 1962 and is now the third oldest ballpark in the U.S. On a docent-guided tour, we’ll visit restricted areas including the Tommy Lasorda training center, the Vin Scully press box, a luxury suite, the umpire tunnel and more. Take a walk on the field and sit in the Dodger Dugout! See the World Series trophies, Gold Gloves, Silver Slugger bats and other memorabilia earned by some of the greatest players in the game. All visits on the tour sub-ject to change. Enjoy an included lunch at the kitschy 1950s diner-style Police Academy Café, recently re-opened after a major renovation. Dine with real cops, trainees and detectives while admiring the police memorabilia that decorate the walls. Then, you’re in for a real nostalgic treat as we visit Galco’s Soda Pop Shop – it has been featured on Huell Howser and boasts hundreds of vintage soda pop and candy brands! Suggested: comfortable walking shoes (as there is considerable walking, standing and some stairs on the stadium tour). All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $76. Non Member Price: $86. Depart: 9:00 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m. 

SURF, SAND & SERENITY - Venice, Malibu & Santa Monica With Step-On Guide Curt - Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an
expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic
personality and fun stories. Southern California’s beach cities are world renowned – perhaps none more than Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. These eclectic, energetic and historic cities along 30 miles of sun drenched beaches are the epitome of the Southern California lifestyle. We’ll visit the Venice Canal Historic District, noteworthy for its man-made canals that were built in 1905 to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy. Take a stroll along the world famous “Ocean Front Walk,” Southern California’s number one visitor attraction. Stretching along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean, this boardwalk is home to the most vibrant carnival of people and activity imaginable! Here you can see everything from break-dancing to broken glass walking, mimes to musicians, jugglers to jesters and everything in between. In Santa Monica we’ll visit the iconic Santa Monica Pier, the last of the famous pleasure piers that once lined the Southern California coast. Built in 1909 and known as “Southern California's Coney Island,” this icon has been featured prominently in numerous movies – perhaps none more famous than The Sting. We’ll visit the 1922 Looff Hippodrome Carousel where Paul Newman worked in the movie and take a ride on one of the 44 hand-carved vintage animals that rise and fall and whirl around to the sound of the organ. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own in downtown Santa Monica at Santa Monica Place or Third Street Promenade. We continue to the Self-Realization Fellowship Shrine, an internationally-renowned meditation garden offering people from around the world a unique and inspirational oasis. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll the gardens which feature an amazing diversity of colorful plants and trees, meditation nooks, koi ponds, swans, and spectacular ocean vistas. The Court of Religions honors the five principal religions of the world, and the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial is where a portion of Gandhi's ashes are enshrined. We’ll “cruise” along the famed Pacific Coast Highway past Pepperdine University, Marion Davie beach guesthouse, the Getty Villa and numerous other sights to the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. Here we’ll visit the Malibu Hindu Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in the Western hemisphere and believed to be one of the better examples of Hindu architecture anywhere outside of the Asian subcontinent. Walking barefoot on the cool and immaculately clean marble floor of the temple complex (visitors must remove their shoes at the entrance, though socks are optional), the smell of incense wafts sweetly through the air, instilling visitors with the temple’s calming, soothing aura. A common sight on the temple grounds are the polite and gregarious priests – all of whom come from India – and live full-time at the temple complex. Suggested: walking shoes and there is considerable walking and stairs on this tour. All visits subject to change. Member Price: $76. Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. 

BIG BEAR OKTOBERFEST & LAKE CRUISE - With Included German-Style Lunch Saturday, September 29, 2018

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Escape the heat and take in the fresh air when we travel to Big Bear, the charming mountain community nestled in the beautiful pine forests atop the San Bernardino Mountains (elevation 6,700 feet). Today we’ll delight in the sounds, tastes and camaraderie of one of the best German celebrations this side of Munich and known as “the number one Oktoberfest in California.” The mountain air stirs up a unique blend of “Getmütlichkeit” and amazing memories will be created at this authentic celebration based on the lore of the world’s original Oktoberfest in Germany. Over the last 45 years, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has become well known for its own traditions and old-world ambience. A festival like no other, you’ll be treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher; and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! Enjoy an included three-course lunch with choice of entrée, apple strudel and an included beer or wine. We’ll arrive early to avoid the biggest crowds and provide ample time to enjoy the live bands, dancing, games and exhibitors at the outdoor “Budentrasse.” This afternoon it’s all aboard the paddle-wheeler – the Big Bear Queen – for a narrated boat cruise on Big Bear Lake. Your boat captain is a Big Bear native and life-long resident and provides extensive narration about Big Bear Valley’s history and folklore, Including the solar observatory, Garstin Island, celebrity homes, the story of the Four Dams and more. Suggested: rubber-soled walking shoes and a sweater or jacket as it can be cool on the water. The boat has shaded and unshaded areas for your comfort. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $95; Non Member Price: $105 Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return 6:30 p.m. 

ALL ABOARD FOR AVOCADOS! - California Avocado Festival With Coastal Train Ride - Sunday, October 7, 2018

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Holy Guacamole! Santa Barbara County is the third largest producer of avocados in North America, so it’s no surprise we’re headed to downtown Carpinteria for the 31st annual California Avocado Festival. First, we’ll motorcoach to L.A.’s Union Station to board the deluxe Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast to Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera.” The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train offering an observation car for spectacular ocean views! Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, our motorcoach will transport us to Carpinteria for the festival which boasts a commercial marketplace, an arts & crafts venue, four entertainment stages and a food venue with creative avocado and guacamole dishes. Don’t miss the Largest Avocado contest and the World’s Largest Vat of Guacamole! Enjoy lunch on your own and ample time at leisure to explore the festival in downtown Carpinteria which also offers numerous boutiques. We will motorcoach home. Suggested: walking shoes. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86. Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 7:00 p.m. 

BRAZILIAN, BOOKS & THE BROAD - Thursday, October 25, 2018

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This new tour pairs two of downtown L.A.’s newest destinations – featuring eclectic art and an elegant lunch – a true feast for your eyes and your belly! It was in the works for years…it’s complicated architecture created construction delays after delays…but when it debuted in 2015, The Broad blew away all expectations and not only changed the landscape of downtown L.A. but changed the way museum’s display art. The $140 million contemporary art museum financed by billionaire philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad is the repository for some of the most expensive artwork on the planet – most of it from the Broads’ personal collection of over 2,000 pieces – it is one of the most prominent holdings of contemporary art worldwide. With only 250 pieces on display at any one time, each visit here presents new opportunities to question, debate and appreciate. Enjoy approximately 90 minutes at leisure to explore on a self Guided visit with a VIP (no waiting) entrance. This afternoon we enjoy an included lunch at Fogo de Chão, the authentic Brazilian Steakhouse that opened in this downtown location in 2015. The Brazilian steakhouse tradition begins at the Market Table where you can return as many times as you like for fresh seasonal salads, exotic vegetables, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, cured meats, seasonal soup and more. Once you’re seated, the authentic Brazilian side dishes arrive – warm pão de queijo (cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas. Set your dining card to green and you’re in the rodizio – continuous tableside service of signature cuts of meat prepared, fire-roasted and served by the gaucho chefs. The variety of meats include top and bottom sirloin, chicken (breast, bacon-wrapped breast and legs) and the slow roasted and savory pork sausage. In Brazilian culture, this is all part of the grilled-meat feasts from the street to churrascarias like Fogo de Chão, where they honor gaucho tradition, one carved slice at a time. Be sure to leave room for dessert – family-style platters with bite size New York cheesecake, Key lime pie, chocolate mousse cake and turtle cheesecake. Enjoy time at leisure at the Last Bookstore, the iconic L.A. bookstore housed in the grand atrium of what was once a bank. The bookstore specializes in reasonably priced used books, and takes great pride in offering a selection of well-kept vintage books as well. Anyone who has ever loved a vintage book will know exactly what that means for the musty, decadent smell that hangs in the air in this seemingly sacred place. There is a section of hardbacks arranged by color. Most of the fiction is purposefully unarranged, meant to inspire treasure hunts among shoppers. Every book in the upstairs section is $1. In short, every inch of the place is designed to make book lovers fall in love with it, and it succeeds! All stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $92; Non-Member Price: $102. Depart: 10:00 a.m. Return: 6:00 p.m.

2018 Multi-Day Tours

CANADIAN ROCKIES & CALGARY STAMPEDE - July 12-19, 2018 (8 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $2,899 / Single $3,999 / Deposit $300 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

Majestic and sublime, the Canadian Rockies is a region of scenic wonders. Towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls, spectacular scenic routes...and to top it off, this comprehensive itinerary includes the Calgary Stampede –“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!

SUMMER BREEZES & STINKING ROSES BY RAIL Featuring the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Coast Starlight Train, Santa Cruz Beach Train, Monterey - July 25-28, 2017 (4 Days) Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1,199 / Deposit $150

Embark on an eclectic adventure that combines two spectacular train rides with a culinary spectacle.  Ride along the California Coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight Train. Then ride the rails from trees to shining seas as you travel through California redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. All the while, enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay on the Monterey Peninsula at a deluxe oceanfront hotel.

ALASKA EXPLORER, Featuring Denali National Park, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Alaska Railroad - August 6-12, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1,799 / Single $4,399 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $795

Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, the majestic sight of Mt. Denali as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

GLACIER, LAKES & LODGES - August 16-22, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,499 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

Featuring Glacier & Wateron Lakes National Parks, Coeur D’Alene & “Lewis & Clark Country”

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE DAKOTA - August 26-31, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,599 / Single $1,999 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

Featuring Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands & Windcave National Parks, Mt. Rushmore & Medora

GRAND ALASKA - August 31-September 9, 2018 (10 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $2,449 / Single $3,299/ Deposit $300 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $795

Featuring Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, Fairbanks.

Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow or that instant when the silence of a misty fjord is shattered by a pod of giant humpback whales breaching high into the air before crashing back against the sea. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

YOSEMITE, MAMMOTH & THE SIERRA - September 3-7, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR) Per Person Price: Double $1,099 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

Embark on a unique adventure to discover the majesty of the Sierra Nevada. Born of re and ice, the granite peaks, val-leys and lakes of the High Sierra have been sculpted by glaciers, wind and weather into some of nature’s most glorious works. From the eroded rocks of the Alabama Hills, to the glacier-formed June Lake Loop, to the incredible beauty of Yosemite National Park, this tour features Mother Nature at her best and a single-villa stay in a four-diamond hotel in the heart of the Village at Mammoth.

CENTRAL COAST LIGHTHOUSES, REDWOODS & RAIL - September 9-13, 2018 (5 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $1,199 / Single $1,599 / Deposit $200

Join us on this unique journey along California’s Central Coast traveling by train along the back roads and on the spec-tacular Pacific Coast Highway. For centuries artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of the California Coast. The crashing surf...the towering redwoods...the unspoiled wildlife...the historic light-houses...the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit. We’ll experience it all as we enjoy stays at waterfront hotels, tours of historic lighthouses and relaxing walks on the beaches – providing a true sense of timelessness and re-connection.

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE FOUR CORNERS - September 21-27, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,399 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $495

Featuring Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde National Parks, Durango & The Silverton Train

CALIFORNIA VOLCANOES, REDWOODS & RAILS - September 30-October 6, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,399 / Single $1,859 / Deposit $200 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $295

Featuring Lassen and Redwoods National Parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls and Eureka

YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON - October 15-19, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,299 / Single $1,849 / Deposit $200

Welcome aboard this unique journey to discover the three majestic national parks within California’s Sierra Nevada at a delightful time of year when fall foliage is on display. Imagine a place where even the earliest creations of Mother Nature have been perfectly preserved...where the scenery can only be described as larger than life...in a setting so peaceful, everyday worries have become virtually extinct. This five-day journey features three iconic parks bringing their ancient story to life. A truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with all four nights in National Park lodges.

NATIONAL PARKS & WESTERN WONDERS - October 22–30, 2018 (9 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,449 / Deposit $250

Embark on a spectacular journey to discover a treasure chest of National Parks, Monuments and natural wonders in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. We’ll visit some of the most well known sights as well as some of the least visited and most unique. The incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena within this majestic wonderland are breathtaking. The hues of red, orange and brown will amaze you. Spectacular vistas of rock formations that date back millions of years will provide a unique perspective of one’s place in time and space.

CAMBRIA & HEARST CASTLE BY RAIL - November 7-9, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

One of our all-time most popular tours is offered at what is normally a delightful time of year in this region. Embark on a relaxing three-day getaway to explore California’s Central Coast while enjoying a stay at a quaint inn on the beach along Cambria’s Moonstone Beach. We’ll travel by train, explore the backroads and keep a relaxed pace as we explore the region and get a first-hand look at what makes the California Coast so special.

ARIZONA’S VALLEY OF THE SUN - November 11-15, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Double Price: $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

SANTE FE “CHRISTMAS” - November 27-December 1, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,299 / Deposit $150 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

Single-hotel stay, Taos, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument

RED ROCKS, CANYONS & RAIL HOLIDAY - December 2-7, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature’s most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays. With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to a chuck-wagon dinner, you’ll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature!

YOSEMITE “CHRISTMAS” - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $769 / Deposit $100

Yosemite is magnificent in the Winter! Renowned for its majestic valley, great granite domes and peaks, water-falls and giant trees, Yosemite National Park is a national treasure. This 3-day holiday getaway offers a truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with two nights at the secluded, 4-star Tenaya Lodge beautifully decorated for the holidays at Yosemite.

APPLE FARM INN “CHRISTMAS” BY RAIL - December 9-11, 2018 (3 Day Tour) - Per Person Price: Double $599 / Single $759 / Deposit $100

On this holiday getaway we’ll travel by train to San Luis Obispo and enjoy a two night stay at the charming Apple Farm Inn while we tour the Central Coast. Enjoy lunch and tour at Point San Luis Lighthouse, known as the “Jewel of the Central Coast.” Tour two of California’s missions and visit a decorated Hearst Castle at night to see what Christmas was like here in the 1930s. Travel by train, explore the backroads and see first-hand how spectacular the Central Coast is at Christmas time.