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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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BIG BEAR OKTOBERFEST & LAKE CRUISE With Included German-Style Lunch Sunday, October 10, 2021

 Breathe in the crisp mountain air and celebrate Autumn as 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” at this authentic celebration based on the lore of the world’s original Oktoberfest in Germany. Over the last 50 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 glass of wine. We’ll arrive early to avoid the crowd and provide ample time to enjoy the live bands, dancing, games and exhibitors at the outdoor “Budentrasse.” This afternoon it’s all aboard the Big Bear Queen paddle wheeler for a narrated 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. This tour involves moderate walking and driving on mountain roads. Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 Depart 8:45 a.m. Return 7:30 p.m. 

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ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES With Included Ice Cream Treat & The Original Farmers Market Thursday, November 18, 2021

 You’ve waited and waited, and finally now, you can be among the first to experience the brand-new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – the largest institution in the U.S. devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking! Reconnect with cinema classics and discover new favorites as you explore this museum that celebrate the past, present, and future of moviemaking. It is filled with eye-catching, innovative exhibits dedicated to the history of film and showcases iconic movie memorabilia including Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Gregory Peck's annotated script pages from To Kill a Mockingbird, the typewriter used to write the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, the tablets from The Ten Commandments, the only surviving shark mold from Jaws, a stop motion capture device used in the making of Jurassic Park and much more (items on display are subject to change). An area featuring Oscar statuettes is dedicated to historic Oscar winners. The Stories of Cinema galleries showcase a variety of experiences and perspectives on the arts and sciences of moviemaking, as well as the process behind making films. Current exhibits showcase the history of the Academy Awards as well as deep dives into major moments in film history including spotlights on Bruce Lee, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum has restored and revitalized the historic May Company building on Wilshire Blvd. in the heart of L.A.’s Miracle Mile. Prior, enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own and browsing at The Original Farmer’s Market or The Grove, each offering a variety of indoor and outdoor restaurants and eateries. We top off the day with an included ice cream treat from a locals’ favorite that provides an elevated ice cream experience using only the freshest ingredients and locally-sourced produce and dairy. While guided tours of the museum are unavailable, prior to departure you may download the museum’s free app to your smartphone and bring your own earphones to enjoy a free audio tour of the galleries. Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 Depart 9:00 a.m Return: 5:00 p.m. 

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SPARKLES & TREASURES Mission Inn Festival of Lights With Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Join us on this beloved Southern California holiday tradition as we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn during its nationally-recognized annual Festival of Lights. Recently named “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today, this magical holiday experience in the heart of downtown Riverside features the fabulous Mission Inn decked out in 5 million holiday lights along with 200 animated figures and elaborately decorated Christmas trees. An included docent-guided walking tour of the Mission Inn will highlight the art, architecture and history of this world-renowned hotel. For over a century, the grandeur of the Mission Inn has drawn everyone from U.S. Presidents to Hollywood royalty to experience the timeless beauty of this National Historic Landmark. The stunning Spanish Mission-style architecture of this veritable castle features flying buttresses, magnificent archways, secluded garden oases and soaring towers. See the famed Court of Birds, President Lounge, Glenwood Tavern, St. Francis’ Chapel’s Tiffany glass and the spectacular five-story, open-air rotunda with its circular wrought-iron staircase. Following an included dinner with choice of entrée and dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory, we’ll top off a memorable evening with drive through an award-winning Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood that goes all out during the holiday season. Mission Inn tour is subject to change to exterior tour only. This tour involves moderate walking. Member Price: $106; Non-Member Price: $116 Depart 2:00 p.m. Return: 10:45 p.m.