February 16 - March 4, 2018 Cape Rey Hilton Resort Beachfront Property for Seven Nights
The Cape Rey Resort location is right on the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad, California. We've given great attention to every detail of this delightful 17 day winter escape. The resort property includes everything you'd expect a full service Hilton resort property to offer ....and then some! While in Carlsbad, we'll enjoy a drive up along the Pacific Coast, visit the Leo Carrillo Ranch and wind our way through Temecula's Wine Country with tasting and lunch! We'll also spend a day touring Hollywood and Beverly Hills, cruise in San Diego Bay on the Lord Hornblower's Yacht. Did we mention the sunsets? Add to this, an amazing first-class train on the Verde Canyon RR in Sedona. There are also many meals, top-notch accommodations and so much more! There you have it .... another memorable Happy Trails Winter Escape!
Your 17 Day Motor Coach Southwest Winter Escape Includes the Following: Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation~(Spacious reclining seats, restroom, Wi-Fi, electrical outlets & more) Boarding in Duluth, Gr Rapids, Iron Range Cities, Sartell, Brainerd, Little Falls & Burnsville (and along MN I-35 South) 16 Nights of Great Accommodations- Cape Rey Hilton Resort for SEVEN Nights on Carlsbad State Beach While in Carlsbad: Area Tour of Historic Carlsbad and Surrounding Area; Leo Carrillo Ranch; Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills; Rodeo Drive; Sunset Boulevard; Kodak & Grauman's Chinese Theater, Farmer's Market; Monte De Oro Winery in Wine County in Temecula; Champagne Brunch on the Lord Hornblower's Yacht in San Diego and Time at the Beach While in Sedona, AZ: First Class Train Excursion on the Verde Canyon RR in Red Rock Canyon and Lunch; TWO nights in Sedona with Lodging in the Historic District of Shops, Restaurants and Museums. While in Santa Fe: Hotel is Located Inside the Historic District of Santa Fe and the Market Place Square 24 Meals: 16 Breakfasts, THREE Lunches, TWO Dinners; THREE Hot and Cold Appetizers "Kick Back" Dinner Receptions All Taxes, Luggage Handling, Most Tips and Fully Escorted with a Happy Trails Tour Manager on board.
A few things to know about the 2018 Winter Escape Tour: Reservations: Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. We can hold a reservation up to seven days without a deposit if the tour isn’t sold out. We need a minimum of 30 travelers to take this tour. This tour is time sensitive so PLEASE do not wait too long to sign up! We must have a minimum of 30 travelers registered by December 10, 2017. Financial Info and Deposits Due & Cancellation Penalties: Deposit of $ 250 per person is due upon registering. This becomes non-refundable with cancellations made after October 10, 2017. Final Payment is due December 10, 2017. Types of Payments: We accept personal checks, money orders and cashier’s checks, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Cancellations Penalties: This tour becomes non-refundable with cancellations made after December 10, 2017. Always when a cancellation arises, we try to do whatever we can to help recover financial refunds to our customers. Refunds are contingent upon what hotels, charters, restaurants, theaters, tour companies, etc….refund us. No monies are returned after December 10, 2017. Travel Insurance is recommended. Cancellation Insurance: Travel insurance can offer financial security as well as peace of mind for unforeseen events that may prevent you from taking this trip or interrupts this trip. Cancellation insurance is available at an additional charge and is based on a sliding fee scale. Call our office for further information or if you need a travel insurance brochure. Final Documents to Arrive: Final documents will arrive in Mid-January. These documents will confirm your boarding location, time of boarding, luggage tags, payment receipts or invoices, medical forms, and updated itineraries with hotel phone numbers & addresses. Dress Code: It’s very casual and comfortable. The Schedule: Occasionally changes occur that are beyond our control. If this happens, we'll contact you and make the necessary adjustments. The Coach: Our motor coach is chartered through Trobec Bus Company. They have the newest fleet around. They are equipped with restrooms, air- conditioning, sound-system, reclining seats, extra leg room, DVD player, television, large windows, WI-FI and electrical 110 outlets. The Hotels: The hotels we use are beautiful properties! Our properties generally include two beds (Oftentimes one king bed for couples unless otherwise noted), non-smoking rooms, breakfast each morning, and provide luggage handling. Tips for the porters are also included. The Drury Suites offer cocktails and a light dinner in the early evening upon our arrival. Also, you’ll need to let us know your room preference or if you have any special needs such as a room nearby an elevator, lower floor, allergies or other special concerns. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi. People with Special Needs: Folks with special needs can easily do this tour as long as they can walk some short distances. If you can climb a few steps into the coach, you’ve got it made! (NOTE: Scooters are welcome on our tour buses and can be stored underneath in the bay compartment of the coach. They must be collapsible). We make comfort stops every 2 ½ to 3 hours. Let us also know of any allergies (such as; colognes, perfumes, foods, etc… or if you have any other concerns). Special Requests: Let us know if you have any special requests such as seating on the bus, location of rooms at the hotel, one bed or two, or special dietary requests. We want this tour to be the BEST ever for you. Let us know if you are bringing a wheel chair, walker or scooter. We want to be as prepared as possible so your tour runs smoothly and your needs are met. Please note: Happy Trails Tours cannot push wheel chairs. You must have a caregiver along who can assist you with that. Thank you. Seat Rotation on the Coach: We do not rotate seats on the bus. We find folks stay healthier and that our groups prefer keeping one main seat. With tours that are quite full, we'll reserve the seating in advance so that couples and small groups traveling can sit together. Thank you and feel free to call if you have a special request or concern about how Happy Trails Tours handles their bus seating.
Day 1: February 16 – Friday. Travel to Des Moines, Iowa 400 Miles
This tour includes boarding in towns throughout the state of MN with our charter, Trobecs of St Stephens. MN.
Below is a preliminary boarding schedule from one of previous southwest tours. Only use this as a guide. Final docs will arrive in mid-January 2017
Northeast Minnesota: Trobec Motor Coach will bring the main motor coach up the Rapids to begin our trip. _____5:15 am -Grand Rapids Sawmill Inn on Hwy 169 - 2301 S Pokegama Ave (218-326-8501) _____6:00 am- Hibbing NEW Hampton Inn - 4225 9th Ave W - (218-262-0000) _____6:30 am- Virginia Village Inn - 1500 13th Street South - (218-749-8289) _____6:45 am- Eveleth Super Eight (East Parking Lot) - 1080 Industrial Park Drive (218-744-1661) 7:45 am- 8:45- Arrive to Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall Restaurant for breakfast, paying on own. _____ 8:30 am- Duluth Perkins Restaurant - Miller Hill Mall - 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy - (218-727-4188) _____10:00 am- Hinckley - Tobies / South Side in the Back Central Minnesota: Trobec driver will provide shuttle transportation either by car or smaller coach- depending on numbers. _____ 9:00 am- Baxter- Kohls Department Store - 7565 Excelsior Rd (218-828-4740 _____ 9:30 am- Little Falls- Walmart Super Center - 15091 18th Street NE (320-632-9268) _____ 9:55 am- Rice Holiday Station - 435 Main Street West - 320-393-4450) _____10:15 am - Sartell - AmericInn Hotel - (19 Le Sauk Dr - # 320-259-0877) Your Trobec driver will offer a warm welcome to you, then travel south to Burnsville to meet your tour host & the rest of the HTT Family. _____ 11:30 am- Burnsville Mall - Bus will pull up in front of Applebee's Entrance Area 11:45 am- Groups arrive from both Northeast and Central MN to the Burnsville Mall - Applebees / Main Entrance This stop offers a good variety of restaurants to choose from...Panera Bread,Food Court, Applebees and Chinese Restaurant) 12:45 pm- Re-board the coach and continue on to Des Moines, Iowa. (Weather may play a part in timing. Be sure we have a cell phone number so that we can stay in touch.) This day includes boarding in various towns throughout the state of Minnesota. Once everyone is on board, we'll begin our Winter Escape Journey with our first overnight in Des Moines, Iowa. You’ll find the first day to include time to relax and get to know fellow travelers while riding along. Stops will be made every 2 ½ - 3 hours. A mid-afternoon coffee and comfort stop will be made at the MN / IA boarder at the "Top of Iowa" . We'll stay here about 1/2 hour and then we'll continue on our way. 5:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Des Moines, Iowa HOTEL: Drury Inn - 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, Des Moines, IOWA # - 515-457-9500 www.druryinn.com This property offers hot and cold appetizers, baked potato, salad, type of meat entre (such as; tacos, hotdogs, cocktail meatballs or chicken strips, etc) and more. Cocktails, snacks and soft drinks, alcoholic beverages are also complimentary. Two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & ironing boards are provided in each room. They also have a pool.
Day 2: February 17th - Saturday Travel to Oklahoma City, OK 500 Miles 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors / 8:00 am –the bus departs for OKC. After hot buffet breakfast, continue south to Oklahoma. Again…our day will go by quickly as we visit and get to know others on board the coach. Comfort stops will be made as the day goes along. Our lunch stop will be in Kansas City today. We'll continue our journey with a afternoon comfort stop included prior to arriving to OKC. 5:30 pm- We'll arrive to OKC. Hotel: Embassy Suites Oklahoma City. 1905 S Meridian Ave, OKC, OK # 406-682-2080 Tonight's activities are as per your own agenda. This property also offers cocktails in the early evening, and also has a nice restaurant, lounge, swimming pool. All the rooms have all the amenities one would need such as; two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & boards. www.oklahomacity.embassysuites.com
Day 3: February 18th - Sunday Travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico 540 Miles 6:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors / 7:00 am –the bus departs for Albuquerque, NM. A nice full hot breakfast is served at the hotel. From Oklahoma City we’ll head straight west on I-40 (Route 66) through the upper pan handle of Texas and on to the state of New Mexico, also known as the “Land of Enchantment”. Once we cross the border, we'll gain an hour as we move into Mountain Time. We’ll make one comfort stop en-route to Albuquerque. Set your seats back and relax. 5:00 PM- Estimated arrival to the Drury Inn - 4310 The 25 Way Northeast, Albuquerque # 505-341-3600 (www.druryinn.com) Again... a wonderful reception is served to include drinks (both non and alcoholic) and a light buffet dinner & appetizers are offered at no charge (from 5:30 - 7 pm). Just help yourselves. Two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & ironing boards areprovided in each room. Your evening is open to enjoy as per your own agenda. (www.druryinn.com)
Day 4: February 19th - Monday Travel to Tucson, Arizona 449 Miles 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors / 8:00 am –the bus departs for beautiful Tucson, Arizona. A nice hot buffet breakfast is offered in the lobby. We'll begin our morning with an early morning departure to include a mid-morning comfort stop. We should arrive to Tucson in the late afternoon. Tonight we've included a nice dinner at the hotel. 3:30 pm- Arrive to Tucson. Check into the Radisson Inn & Suites - 6555 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson # 520-239-1152 This is an amazing resort property with a restaurant, swimming pool, miniature golf, and more. It’s also within nearby distance of Restaurant Row, Park Place Mall and other fun places. Each two-room suite offers a living room, separate bedroom and a deluxe bathroom. They also include refrigerator and microwave. Some even have balconies that offer a spectacular view of breathtaking mountains. (Google: Radisson Inn & Suites Tucson Arizona) Settle in tonight and enjoy your time here in Tucson! A Margarita & Tortilla Chip Reception awaits our arrival. 😃
Day 5: February 20th - Tuesday Travel to Carlsbad, California 435 Miles 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors / 8:00 am –the bus departs for beautiful Tucson, Arizona. A nice hot buffet breakfast is offered in the lobby. We'll continue our westward journey to California, even hugging the Mexican border on occasion. We'll travel Northwest on I-10 to I-8 west until we get all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Once we cross over the border from Arizona to California, we'll move into Pacific Time From San Diego, we are only about 40 minutes south of Carlsbad Beach, our home for the next SEVEN nights!
4:30 pm- Arrive to Carlsbad California------------------- ----------Cape Rey Carlsbad Oceanfront Hilton Resort ------1 Ponto Road Carlsbad, CA # 760-602-0800 This property (a luxury Hilton Resort ) offers direct access to the lovely Carlsbad State Beach on the Pacific Ocean - located only 30 miles north of San Diego on the sands of Carlsbad's beautiful beaches. You'll have everything you need right at this lovely resort but for those days when you wish to explore other areas of interest, the hotel offers a shuttle service at your convenience with many attractions available. Each room offers one or two beds, rooms 400 square feet, they have a concierge on site to help you plan for extra activities not associated with the Happy Trails itinerary, full service restaurant , lounge, swimming pool, hair-dryers, coffeemakers, irons and in-room Wi-Fi. All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave. The rooms are lovely just as they
are, BUT if you wish to upgrade to an ocean view with a balcony, we're happy to assist you with this request. Ocean view rooms are based upon availability so the earlier you register the better it is. Did we mention you will see AMAZING SUNSETS! Dinner at the hotel is included tonight. Specifics to be announced. Check out their website at (www.Hilton.com/Carlsbad)
This resort property also offers full service restaurants, beautiful pool, direct access to the beach and a spa!
Day 6: February 21st - Wednesday Get Acquainted with Carlsbad Village / Beautiful Scenic Pacific Coast Drive Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel, at your leisure. Today we'll join our local tour guide for an area tour of historic Carlsbad and other neat places of interest. After our tour, we'll take you on a little drive up the along the Pacific Coast with an estimated return in the late afternoon. We'll be sure to get back in time to see the sunset! You are only steps away from the lovely beach with a direct hotel access.
Day 7: February 22nd - Thursday Take the Day at your Leisure - Carlsbad State Beach Enjoy afull American breakfastat the hotel, at your leisure Today is dedicated to our driver. It's his/her day off. Perhaps you'll enjoy a lazy day by the pool or picking seashells along the shore. Perhaps you'll decide to take the hotel shuttle to historic Carlsbad and visit one of the antique shops or restaurants. The hotel can also offer wonderful activities if you need a little assistance in your planning today. Your accommodations include the resort fee which is includes a beach bag with towels, bottled water, lounge chairs and umbrella. It also includes bicycles if you would like to take a bike ride. They have some amazing golf courses in the area that they can shuttle you too or even take you some of the nearby San Diego attractions. It's your day to spend as your heart desires! Enjoy.
Day 8: February 23rd - Friday Visit Movie Actor, Leo Carrillo's Ranch - "Poncho" from Cisco Kid
Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel, at your leisure. 10:00 am- After your leisure breakfast, step aboard the motor coach and travel to the actor, Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch. Leo Carrillo played the trusty side-kick to Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) in the famed cowboy TV series from Cisco Kid. Discover the history and tranquil beauty of this former working ranch, once owned by the actor. Secluded in the heart of a magnificently landscaped 27-acre canyon, this historic park contains and protects romantic hand-crafted adobe buildings, antique windmills, a reflecting pool and many other beautiful historic structures where visitors can explore and experience California history. Nature-lovers delight in gorgeous agave, bougainvillea, Birds of Paradise, plentiful trees and the company of dozens of brilliant peacocks who call the ranch home. The unique entry gate was created specifically for the park through the city's public art program. There is considerable walking on this tour so plan accordingly and take it at your own pace. We'll be here for about 1.5 hours.
Day 9: February 24th-Saturday Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Sunset Blvd & Rodeo Drive
Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel, at your leisure. 7:30 am-We have a wonderful Hollywood/Beverly Hills Tour planned for everyone! Plan on being gone most of the day as we'll be traveling to Beverly Hills and Hollywood today. We'll see Grauman's Chinese and Kodak Theater, walk along Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard and visit the famous Farmer's Market. Our step on tour guide will share with us the history of these historic places. 7:30 pm- We'll return to the hotel around 7:30 pm depending on the traffic
Day 10: February 25th - Sunday Lord Hornblower's Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego Bay Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel, at your leisure.
9:30 am- We'll travel to beautiful San Diego Bay to take a cruise the lovely Lord Hornblower's Luxurious Yacht! Sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for this relaxing mid-day tour, featuring free-flowing bubbly and unbeatable views of San Diego’s sights. The relaxing bay cruise includes a buffet stocked with classic American breakfast dishes, plus plenty of seasonal lunch entrées and richly decadent desserts. Our helpful guide will tell stories and give us historical context as we sail past amazing San Diego sights including the Coronado Bay Bridge, the Star of India, the North Island Naval station, and the barking sea lions at Point Loma. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ideal way to see the Bay. It also includes free Wi-fi so you can post pictures while you cruise! 1:00 pm - Our cruise concludes. Afterwards, we'll visit Old Town San Diego and perhaps stop by a few other attractions as time permits.
Day 11: February 26th - Monday Temecula! California Wine Country and Vineyard, Monte De Oro Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel, at your leisure. 10:15 am- We'll depart for Temecula Valley Wine Country - just a short drive from Carlsbad and we couldn't miss taking you for a drive to this countryside. Rural in nature, sustainable in farming practices and including an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the Temecula Valley is widely recognized as the 'jewel' of Riverside County. Known for their diversity, wineries here in the Temecula Valley grow and produce over 50 different varietals of wine; from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot to Mourvedre, Viognier to Chardonnay. So get ready to do a bit of "tasting and sampling" at the Monte De Oro Winery and Vineyard. We've also included a nice lunch today. We'll get you back to the hotel just in time for one more amazing Carlsbad Beach Sunset.
Day 12: February 27th-Tuesday Red Rock Country - Sedona, Arizona - Our Home for the Next Two Nights Enjoy a full American breakfast at the hotel prior to departure. We have 470 miles / 7 ++ hours to travel 8:00 am- We'll begin our days journey northeast to Arizona ~ We'll travel along I-15 north to Palm Springs before taking I-10 east along the northern edge of Joshua Tree National Park. We'll make stops along the way as needed and enjoy the lovely scenery and the company of fellow travelers as the day goes by. We'll arrive in the late afternoon to Sedona, Arizona's Red-Rock Country. We'll lose an hour today as we move from Pacific Time to Mountain Time on the California / Arizona border. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel. Info@bestwesternsedona.com This property offers everyone a delightful view of Sedona's Red Rock landscape. It is also located in Sedona's historic district
within steps of shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and more. Rooms include coffeemakers, one or two beds,free Wi- Fi; indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, mini-fridge and microwave, irons, boards and hair dryers. We've given you the evening to explore as per your own agenda today.
Day 13: February 28th-Wednesday Red Rock Canyon Country - Verde Canyon Railroad - Lunch & Train
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel prior to departure. The morning is open to explore as per your own agenda. You'll find the shops open between 9 am and 10 am. 11:30 am- Board the coach and travel to Clarkdale, Arizona (about 25 miles from Sedona) to the Clarkdale Train Station. We'll ride the FP7 Locomotive. They have two of only 10 remaining in North America. Our first class accommodations on the Verde Canyon RR, offer over-sized windows and spacious seating in a living room atmosphere. You'll travel 20 miles into the wilderness country that will awaken your pioneer spirit as you shed city-life, unwind and embrace pampering" ...railroad style. As far as the eye can see,
wildlife, high-desert foliage and rugged terrain are visible on thisadventure. Their motto is "It's not the destination, it's the Journey". Lunch is included today. 5:00 pm- Our train returns to the depot in Clarksdale. 6:00 pm- Estimated return to the BW Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy as per your own agenda.
Day 14: March 1-Thursday Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ 425 Miles Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel prior to departure. 7:00 am- Board the coach ~ We are dedicated to traveling through northeast to historic Route 66 - along I-40 through northwest Arizona into New Mexico to Santa Fe. Set your seats back and relax. We'll make comfort stops as we go along. We'll arrive to Santa Fe in the later afternoon. We are about 6.5 hours to Santa Fe . 3:00 pm- Estimated time we arrive to Santa Fe, NM. Hotel: Drury Inn - 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe # 505-424-2175 This Drury also serves a "Kick Back" dinner reception tonight from from 5:30 - 7 pm. Just help yourselves. This property is located in the historic district and the market square. Two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & ironing boards are provided in each room. Your evening is open to enjoy as per your own agenda. (www.druryinn.com)
Day 15: March 2-Friday Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - 550 Miles Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at the hotel prior to departure. 7:00 am- Board the coach and begin our journey to OKC along historic route 66 east. Today is a travel day to OKC. Our route will take us into the Texas Panhandle to central Oklahoma. Stops will be made as the day goes along. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to OKC. Embassy Suites Oklahoma City. 1905 S Meridian Ave, OKC, OK # 406-682-2080 This property offers cocktails in the early evening, has a nice restaurant, lounge, swimming pool. All the rooms have two beds, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons & boards. www.oklahomacity.embassysuites.com
Day 16: March 3- Saturday Travel to Des Moines, Iowa 546 Miles Enjoy a full buffet breakfast before departing the hotel for Des Moines. 8:00 am- Be on board for our journey to Des Moines…about 10 hour away. Stops are made as the day goes along~ Relax and enjoy the good company of fellow travelers. (Or a good book!) 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Des Moines. Wildwood Lodge ~ 11431 Forest Avenue, Clive, IA # 515-222-9876 You'll love this northwoods-themed property ~ it'll begin to feel like home! They offer a welcome reception upon our arrival, two beds in the rooms, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool and more. The evening is yours to enjoy. www.thewildwoodlodge.com
Day 17: March 4 - Sunday Travel HOME 400 Miles 6:00 am- A full buffet breakfast begins being served, included is served in the restaurant. Help yourself. 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors / 8:00 am- The coach departs for home at 8 am. Board the coach early this morning and begin our last day of our wonderful Winter Escape tour for home. We'll make a comfort stop in the mid- morning with our lunch break in Burnsville at the Mall. Estimated arrival home will be about 5 pm to Duluth area; 6:30 pm to Eveleth/Virginia area; 7:00 pm to Hibbing/Chisholm and 7:30 pm to Grand Rapids. Estimated arrival home for our folks from Central Minnesota, arrival hours home will be 3:00 pm to St Cloud area; 3:15 pm to Rice; 4:00 pm to Little Falls and 5:30 pm to Brainerd area.