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Travel, Trips & Tours

Huntington Beach Council on Aging Trips

Welcome Back! Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2021

The HBCOA is excited to announce the much anticipated return of the Travel and Trips Day program, tentatively scheduled to resume mid-Summer 2021. It has been 15 long months that the program has had to lay dormant, but that break will soon be coming to a close with the return of programming by the Good Times Travel company. The program will be offering trips to Lake Arrowhead, Santa Barbara, and San Diego this summer, to destinations that are able to operate under current state health guidelines and are full of new adventures, new experiences, and lots of excitement and exploration.

As with everything in your lives these past 15 months, this program may look a little different from your previous excursions. There are new safety protocols and sanitation measures, that for the time being will need to continue to be observed, even as the state continues to progress to better health metrics. The protocols in place will be mandatory to participate with the program. Please understand that these new measures are only temporary until the health crisis is mitigated to a manageable level, at which time they will be scaled back or eliminated entirely if possible. These new safety measures include a pre-trip questionnaire, temp check, and face masking while in group settings along with other related health precautions. Together we can enjoy wonderful outings and explore unique Southern California destinations while still observing common sense safety and health policy guidelines.

The Travel and Resource Room is tentatively scheduled to open for in-person booking appointments in late June. To book a trip please call the Travel and Resource Room at (714) 374-1572 prior to your visit to schedule an appointment time and to ensure that the room is open and operating. The current scheduled re-opening date is dependent upon state health guidelines progressing to allow city recreation buildings to operate. The schedule and opening dates/times are subject to change without notice and are dependent upon state, county, and city health recommendations and guidelines.

To book a trip there will be two options available.

  • Option One: You can visit the senior center in per son. Please call and reserve an appointment time with the Travel and Resource Room volunteer. Registrations times are available Monday through Wednesday between 9am-3pm and Thursday and Friday between 9am-11am. You will check in at the front door health screening station and then proceed to the Travel and Resource Room to complete your reservation booking.
  • Option Two: You can pick-up and complete a registration packet from the center and then drop it off at the senior center registration box. This is the black mail box located in front of the senior center entrance during business hours, approximately 9am- 4pm Monday through Friday. Check payment is required for this method of registration as well as a valid telephone number. Once your registration is processed you will be notified by telephone and given your trip booking confirmation and seat assignment. Note that with the drop box option you are not registered for the trip until you receive your booking confirmation. As seats are limited you may be waitlisted if the trip is at capacity when your registration is received.

The Travel and Trips team is very excited to welcome you back later this summer for all the fun and adventure. We can’t wait to get you traveling again! For questions about trips or scheduling please call the Travel and Resource Room at (714)374-1572. We appreciate your patience and understanding as this program restarts and adapts to the new operation model.

TEMP HOURS: Trip registration is available Monday—Friday 9a.m. to 3:30pm in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Parking instructions will be given to you upon registration . For any trip related questions please contact the Resource Room at (714) 374-1572

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ARROWHEAD LAKE ESCAPE Narrated Lake Cruise & Lake Arrowhead Village Saturday, July 24, 2021

Escape the heat and breathe in the fresh air in this breathtaking alpine wonderland (elevation 5,200’), known as the “Alps of Southern California.” Nestled in the majestic mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead is stunningly beautiful and offers a natural peacefulness that has lured people to these mountains for centuries. Enjoy approximately 3 ½ hours at leisure in the charming Lake Arrowhead Village for browsing and lunch on your own at one of several eateries, each offering outdoor dining. Nestled amongst an evergreen forest along the Lake Arrowhead shoreline, the Village features an assortment of quaint specialty shops and outlet stores in the style of a Swiss chalet. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a narrated cruise on Lake Arrowhead aboard the Lake Arrowhead Queen, a Louisiana-style paddle-wheeler. The serenity of Lake Arrowhead's lush forests and sparkling water provide a splendid backdrop as you sit back and enjoy up-close views of lakeside homes and learn about the region’s colorful history. This tour involves moderate walking and driving on mountain roads. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 • Depart: 9:00 a.m. • Return: 6:00 p.m. 

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A DAY IN SANTA BARBARA BY RAIL With Coast Starlight Train Ride Saturday, August 28, 2021

 Get away for the day and ride the rails to Santa Barbara where you can explore and shop ‘til you drop in this popular beach city known as “America’s Riviera.” Our shopping and rail adventure begins as we motorcoach to L.A.’s historic Union Station to board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for a relaxing and scenic ride along the coast. The Coast Starlight is the only Amtrak train along this route that features an observation car for spectacular ocean views! We’ll disembark in Santa Barbara and reboard our motorcoach for a short transfer to Santa Barbara’s downtown shopping district. Characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture, downtown Santa Barbara offers palm-lined thoroughfares where you’ll be surrounded by shops, boutiques, tantalizing eateries and beautiful buildings. The State Street Promenade is a newly created pedestrian mall where multiple blocks of State Street are closed to vehicle traffic allowing restaurants and other businesses to expand onto sidewalks and into Santa Barbara’s main boulevard, infusing a sense of energy and vitality. Paseo Nuevo is Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean-style, outdoor shopping center that features a variety of name brand stores. Enjoy lunch on your own with approximately 4 hours at leisure to relax, explore, browse and soak up all that this sophisticated beach town has to offer. We will motorcoach home. Required: when booking, provide full legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other government-issued identification that you will be presenting to Amtrak on the day of the tour. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 • Depart: 8:30 a.m. • Return: 7:30 p.m. 

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ITALY FOR THE DAY San Diego’s Little Italy with Local Guide Thursday, September 23, 2021

Come meet, mingle and experience the story of San Diego’s Little Italy while on this “insider’s” tour hosted by a Little Italy historian guide. On this entertaining and informative tour, we’ll be transported back in time to the world of Italian immigrants and experience 150 years of colorful neighborhood history and discover its hidden landmarks and traditions. Upon arrival, we’ll visit Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, the center of spiritual, social and cultural life in San Diego’s Little Italy, which recently unveiled its magnificent $2.5 million restoration. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Little Italy Food Hall – an open-air piazza with locally-sourced food stations featuring mouth-watering Italian fare including wood-fired pizzas, delectable pastas and authentic, creamy gelato. The outdoor patio on Little Italy’s Piazza della Famiglia provides an ideal gathering place and the celebration of food! On a short driving tour and guided walking tour using our listening devices, you’ll discover hidden neighborhood landmarks that chart Little Italy’s story through time – a beautiful church with stunning artwork and stained glass, historic homes from the 19th century, Prohibition alley, an Italian grocery store built in the 1920’s and much more! Enjoy time to shop in a landmark Italian bakery, Little Italy’s oldest Italian grocery, and a unique Catholic gift shop selling inspirational gifts, many imported from Italy. We top off the day with an included Italian coffee or cappuccino and a delicious assortment of Italian cookies while enjoying live Italian music. This tour involves moderate walking. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 • Depart: 9:30 a.m. • Return: 6:30 p.m.