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Travel Adventures

Welcome to our Travel Adventures Program, a vibrant initiative tailored for older adults seeking exciting journeys and lasting memories. Each day presents an opportunity to explore diverse destinations through our monthly array of day trips and local outings, from scenic nature walks to cultural excursions and culinary experiences, all designed to showcase the beauty of our surroundings. Beyond discovering captivating locales, our program fosters new connections and friendships among like-minded individuals who share a passion for discovery. As we navigate winding roads and uncover hidden gems, the Travel Adventures Program becomes a gateway to rejuvenation and vitality, encouraging everyone to embrace the spirit of adventure and celebrate life through every outing—rediscovering the world, making new friends, and reveling in the joy of exploration.

Upcoming Trips

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Mon, May 20 | Wing Haven

Travel Adventures:

Wing Haven Gardens Tour

Nestled in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wing Haven Gardens and the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden invite visitors to step into a serene oasis where nature and history intertwine seamlessly. Spanning over three acres, this meticulously curated botanical haven offers a captivating journey through lush landscapes and the rich legacy of renowned garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence.

Trip Itinerary: 

Trip Details

  • Cost: $15 per person​​ (Lunch is not included)

  • Transportation not provided (Carpooling Encouraged!)

  • RSVP needed by May 6th

Thurs, May 30 | Southern Grace Distilleries

Travel Adventures:

Whiskey Prison Tour

Explore the intricate art of whiskey crafting with an exclusive peek into the fermentation and distillation processes. Uncover the rich history of the prison as you embark on this journey. Commencing at the gift shop, delve into a comprehensive tour that culminates in a delightful tasting experience featuring Southern Grace's finest products. Traverse through various campus edifices, from dormitories to solitary confinement cells, gaining insight into the facility's diverse spaces along the way.

Trip Itinerary: 

  • 10:30am - 10:45am - Arrive at St. John's

  • 11:00am - Depart from St. John's

  • 12:00pm - Lunch at Mount Pleasant Smokehouse

  • 1:00pm - Visit the White Owl Antique Mall

  • 2:00pm - Whiskey Prison Tour at Southern Grace Distilleries

  • 3:00pm - Head back to St. John's
     

Trip Details:

  • Cost: $45 (Includes transportation and tour)

  • Lunch is not included

  • Max 13 Participants 

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Tue, March 26 | The VAPA Center

Travel Adventures:

Seeing Auschwitz

Seeing Auschwitz is an exhibition that incorporates 100 photographs, sketches, and testimonies of the German Nazi camp Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Trip Iterniary

  • 11:30 am - Lunch at Mama Ricotta's (601 S Kings Dr AA, Charlotte, NC 28204)

  • 1:30 pm - Guided Tour at the VAPA Center (700 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Tue, April 2 | Center City Charlotte

Travel Adventures:

Uptown Funk: Center City Walking Tour of Charlotte History, Arts, & Culture with Queen City Culture Vultures 

If you are new to the Queen City, here for a visit or something in-between, here's a fun way to learn about or get refreshed on today's Charlotte and how it came to be. Join us for a guided tour of Center City highlights - Commerce, Arts & Culture, Sports, and History.

 

We begin at Romare Bearden Park and finish at the Uptown museums. Here's a sampling:

  • Catawba Trading Path to Banking Empires

  • Gold mines to mill towns

  • Queen Charlotte, Romare Bearden, Michael Jordan, and more!

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Thu, April 18 | North Carolina

Travel Adventures:

North Carolina Fresco Bus Tour

Please join Jim Walters on a fascinating tour of Ben Long-inspired fresco paintings.

 

Trip Itinerary: 

  • 9:30 am - Meet at St. John's Baptist Church (300 Hawthorne Lane)

  • 10:00 am - Depart from St. John's Baptist Church

  • Our first stop will be Sower of the Seed at the Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary.

  • We will then travel to Statesville and view the controversial fresco painting by Ben Long titled Crossroads.

  • We will travel just a few blocks and have lunch at the Twisted Oak restaurant in downtown Statesville.

  • After lunch, Jim will take us to the Charlotte Police Headquarters to see a most interesting depiction of the crime our police face daily, as captured by Ben Long.

  • The final stop will be at 401 North Tryon and study Ben’s painting titled Continuum. This domed fresco has many characters you will be familiar with.

  • After the final stop, we'll then travel back to St. John's Baptist Church

Between stops, and at each stop, Jim will give you insight into Ben’s life as the paintings serve as a pictorial of Ben’s career and personal life. He will provide booklets and handouts that he will use to explain the many known and unknown elements of Ben’s art.

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