Bus & Casino Trips

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Bus Trips

Sisters Tea Room & James A. Garfield Memorial

A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, a place to enjoy the breeze on a warm summer night. For others, a perch from which to keep eyes on what's happening in their neighborhood. In 1880, James Garfield used his front porch as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign. Today, the porch serves as a gateway to the story of the Garfield family.  A tour of the house in Mentor will offers museum exhibits chronicling the life of James A. Garfield, from canal boy to President; allows walking of the grounds to explore the remaining parts of the Garfield's 160 acre farm. In addition, the Garfield Home tour, offered with a ranger or volunteer, takes you back in time to the 1880's, the height of the Victorian era. Beautifully restored to how it looked when the Garfield family walked its' halls, the home contains 80% original furnishings that belonged to James Garfield and his family.

Sisters Tea Room offers a B&B style breakfast and traditional tea menu.  In true fashion the house is actually run by sisters.  Sisters who are of English, Scottish and Italian heritage and have a love of good food and time-honored traditions.  Since childhood, they grew to appreciate fresh food in their home and spent many hours in the kitchen and, of course, at the dinner table.  Let them create a relaxed atmosphere for you to savor family, friends and food.


Pertinent Mentor Trip Info

WHERE Sisters Tea Room and James A. Garfield Memorial
DATE Friday October 14th
TIMES Bus leaves at 10:0 AM, approximate return at 3:00 PM
COST $25 per participant - includes transportation to and from Mentor, admission to James A. Garfield Memorial
NOTE ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own
LIMIT 24 participants

Columbus Zoo Wildlights & Schmidt’s Sausage House  

Born just north of Frankfurt Germany, J. Fred Schmidt journeyed to America and settled in south Columbus in the early 1880’s. Opening the J. Fred Schmidt Meat Packing House in 1886 in the heart of German Village, Schmidt’s became Central Ohio’s most well-known name in meats and is to this day sold in leading grocery stores around the country.  J. Fred’s grandson, George F. Schmidt, opened the company’s first restaurant in July of 1967 just around the corner from his grandfathers’ meat packing plant in German Village. Using meat recipes from the packing days and dessert recipes from the German ladies hired to run the kitchen, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus became an instant success. Schmidt’s is still a landmark eatery in Central Ohio.  Today, the family tradition of day-to-day operations of this uniquely diverse hospitality company is carried out by the fourth generation of the Schmidt family. The Schmidt name is recognized throughout central Ohio and the nation as a leader in quality specialty restaurants, catering and unequaled banquet facilities as well as retail sales and fair and festival food services.

Not only home to Jack Hanna and numerous cute, cuddly and exotic animals, the Columbus Zoo opens their Holiday season with their traditional Wildlights exhibit.  With over 3.5 million lights stretched over the entire zoo, the park is transformed into a magical wonderland.  Starting at 5:00 PM, there is a light show at the central pond every 15 minutes.  All the animals that would normally be out, will be out looking at the lights as well.  The Columbus Zoo offers many animals from many continents, with many outdoor and indoor exhibits – including the impressive Shores & Aquarium. 

Start your Holidays off right – a good meal and lights!  


Pertinent Columbus Trip Info

WHERE Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Columbus Zoo
DATE Saturday November 19th
TIMES Bus leaves at 12:00 PM, approximate return at 9:30 PM
COST $50 er participant - includes transportation to and from Columbus, admission to Columbus ZOO
NOTE ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL get lunch on their own
LIMIT 29 participants
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