August 5, 2008

Day and Overnight Trips



NEW! Aug. 7 'Little Women'

Travel to the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College to see the musical version of the classic novel. $39. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 772-7529,

NEW! Aug. 12 Mystery trip

Registration ends today for Christiansburg Recreation Center's second annual mystery trip to an unknown destination. Trip departs the center at 4 a.m. Aug. 12. For ages 21 and older. $55. 382-2349.

NEW! Aug. 21 Chatteau Morisette and Mabry Mill

Enjoy a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a wine tasting, gourmet lunch and craft shopping. All fees, transportation and food included. $64. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 772-7529,

NEW! Sept. 20 White-water rafting on the Gauley River

A day of rafting Class II, II and IV white water in West Virginia. Guides, transportation and lunch are included. $190. 772- 7529,

Aug. 23 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'

The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome, too!), is sponsoring a bus trip to see the matinee of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville. The musical revue features 30 popular songs, including "There Goes My Baby,""Stand By Me,""Yakety Yak" and more. $72 includes lunch and a show ticket. 366- 2888.


Aug. 16-17 Jamestown and Tangier Island

Bedford County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a bus trip to Jamestown, America's first permanent English colony, and a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. The next day, cruise on Chesapeake Bay to Tangier Island, a fishing village where islanders speak with a lingering Elizabethan accent. $235 double; $225 triple; $215 quad; and $275 single. 586-7682.

Sept. 5-6 Gaither Homecoming

The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome, too!) is sponsoring a bus trip to the Gaither Homecoming concert at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, which will feature the Gaither Vocal Band, Jeff and Sherri Easter, the Hoppers, Gordon Mote, Kevin Williams, Janet Paschal and others. The trip also features a visit to the Billy Graham Museum & Library as well as Concord Mills. $229 per person double; $219 triple; $214 quad; $259 single. 366-2888.

Sept. 18-19 Mr. Jefferson's Legacy

Windsor Hills United Methodist Church sponsors this trip, which includes tours of Monticello, Keswick Hall, Richmond, Capitol Square, St. John's Church, the Jefferson Hotel and more. Includes dinner and entertainment at the Renaissance Center. $335 double. 774- 7977.

Sept. 18-26 Canyon country vacation

Arizona and Utah, including Scottsdale, Oak Creek Canyon, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks and Las Vegas. $3,349 single; $2,499 double; $2,469 triple. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 772-7529,

Sept. 19-27 Acadia National Park: A Maine Adventure Whale watching, windjammer sailing, sea kayaking, village touring and more in Acadia National Park, Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Hosted by Roanoke Parks and Recreation. $1,295 per person (double occupancy). 853-2236,

Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Virginia's Northern Neck and Tangier Island

Visit George Washington's Birthplace and Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee's birthplace; take a boat ride up the Rappahannock River to Ingleside Winery for a tour, tasting and lunch; and boat to Tangier Island for a tour and lunch at the Chesapeake House. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. $412 per person double; $548 single; $368 triple. Must register and pay by Aug. 15. 772-7529,

Oct. 11-13 Nashville, Tenn.

Bedford County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a bus trip to Nashville during Columbus Day Weekend. The price of $379 per person double; $369 triple; $359 quad; and $469 single includes: Two nights lodging; a ticket to a show at the Grand Ole Opry; admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and RCA's Studio B; visits to Opry Mills, Opryland Hotel and Trinity City (formerly Twitty City); tours of Nashville city and Conway Twitty's former estate and gardens; and three continental breakfasts and a lunch at the Bistro. 586-7682.

Oct. 21-22 Great Smoky Mountains, railroad and casino

Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian; learn ancient craftsmaking skills at Qualla Arts; and an optional visit to Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C. The next day, take a scenic, 4-[sup]1/[sub]2-hour railroad excursion, featuring the Nantahala River Gorge, and visit the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City, N.C. Hosted by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. $225 double; $250 single. Lodging, two meals and all museum fees and transportation included. 961-1134.

Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Dollywood Harvest Celebration

The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome, too!), is sponsoring a bus trip to Tennessee, which will include a stop at Dollywood theme park during its Harvest Celebration (visiting artisans demonstrate their crafts), a live country music show at Country Tonite Theatre and a driving tour through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also, there will be some time to explore Gatlinburg. $295 per person double; $275 triple; $265 quad; or $365 single. Includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts and admission tickets. 366-2888.

April 24-May 2, 2009 Caribbean cruise

The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome, too!), is sponsoring this cruise on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. Fly from Roanoke to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and spend one night before boarding the ship on April 25 for the seven-night cruise. Ports of call include: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Kings Wharf, Bermuda; and Norfolk.

Prices are $1,399 per person (inside stateroom) or $1,499 (oceanview room). Price includes air from Roanoke to San Juan; all transfers in San Juan; overnight accommodations for April 24; all port, government taxes and fees; and fuel surcharge. 366-2888, 982- 2200 or (800) 572-4466.

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