Away for the Day

Refunds, less $15.00 per person, will be given only if a trip is sold out and ticket or reservation can be resold. This does not apply to overnight trips. Buses leave promptly at indicated time. Itineraries and times are subject to change due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.

Please note: Buses depart from several different locations.



SANDY HOOK, ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS & SPRING LAKE     FEE: $98

Lunch at THE Breakers, Spring Lake

Tuesday, September 17

At Sandy Hook National Seashore, we’ll see remarkable natural beauty and hear fascinating histories at Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock, which defended the New York Harbor from 1856 and into the nuclear age. We’ll also tour the 1862 Navesink Lighthouse in Atlantic Highlands. We’ll take a fun packed guided bus ride from Sea Bright, the photo capital for storm reporters to Belmar, where the E Street Band was born. We’ll enjoy a buffet lunch (1:00 pm) at the historic Breakers Hotel and walk the Spring Lake boardwalk.Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs McFarren Field Parking Lot, 195 Williams Drive, Ramsey at 7:45 a.m. and returns 6 p.m.

 

STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND     FEE: $84

Monday, September 23

Starting from Liberty State Park, Jersey City, we’ll take ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ellis Island - From 1892 to 1954, 12 million immigrants passed through the Main Building, now the museum of immigration. We’ll take a 45 minute ranger-guided highlights tour. Statue of Liberty - We’ll tour the spectacular new Statue of Liberty Museum, featuring an immersive theater, interactive displays, and the original torch. Includes boxed sandwich, chips and drink. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs McFarren Field Parking Lot, 195 Williams Drive, Ramsey at 8:30 a.m. and returns 6 p.m.

 

DOWNTOWN HIGHLIGHTS-THE WHITNEY/CHELSEA MARKET

AND THE HIGHLINE           FEE: $70

Wednesday, October 16

Today we begin our Downtown Manhattan experience at The Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney boasts World -Class Art featuring contemporary artists and special exhibitions. Our self-guided tour includes both natural light-filled art galleries and stunning outdoor terraces with sweeping views of NYC.  Next stop lunchtime at The Chelsea Market where everyone will have a delicious choice of different ethnic foods and drinks (on your own).   Our afternoon activity will be a self-guided walk on the High Line where we will see breath-taking views of NYC, sculpture and fall plantings. We experience a slice of NYC that is very special!  Please note there is a substantial amount of walking on this trip. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus departs the Faith Reformed Church, 95 Prospect St., MP promptly at 8:45 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m. 

 

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN & RIVERBOAT CRUISE             FEE: $115

Brunch at Griswold Inn

Sunday, October 20

Depart for Essex, Connecticut and start your day with an all you can eat brunch buffet, The Hunt Breakfast, at one of New England’s truly original country inns, The Griswold Inn. A dining convention started by the British when they occupied The Griswold Inn during the War of 1812, Hunt Breakfast remains a popular tradition today. After our hearty brunch depart for the historic 1892 Essex Station, where you’ll board vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. The train meanders through the scenic country side to Deep River Landing, where you’re escorted onto the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Aboard Becky’s 1-1/4 hour cruise along the Connecticut River, you’ll delight in breathtaking scenery and view historic landmarks such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. When Becky returns to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip to Essex Station. Bus departs Midland Park H.S. at  8 a.m. and returns approximately 7:15 p.m.

 

BIG APPLE FOOD TOUR    FEE: $98

Thursday, October 17

Riding through NYC, we’ll sample food of the world. We’ll see mozzarella and bread being made on Arthur Avenue, taste Dim Sum in Chinatown, and try pastry in the East Village. On the Lower East Side, we’ll sample knishes and blast to the past at Economy Candy, featuring candy buttons, pixie sticks, and jelly grahams. We’ll eat the equivalent of two meals. Guide (and radio host) Art Zuckerman will tell funny stories of food and neighborhoods. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs McFarren Field Parking Lot, 195 Williams Drive, Ramsey at 8:30 a.m. and returns 6 p.m.

 

FOLIAGE AND PHANTOMS-ROCKLAND, NY HALLOWEEN TOUR FEE: $93

Saturday, October 26

On the guided tour from Piermont to Haverstraw, see five houses immortalized in paintings by Edward Hopper and the hear about the only house in the US to be declared legally haunted. Walk the Nyack block that features the mansion of Helen Hayes and gaze at cliffs that tell a breathtaking geologic story. Surprising history and crisp humor. First, enjoy lunch at the Old ’76 House, host to patriots and the ghost of British prisoner, John Andre. Choice of entree: Pot roast, chicken parmigiana or baked salmon. Please indicate meal choice when registering. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Tisdale School Parking Lot, 200 Island Rd, Ramsey at 11 a.m. and returns 6 p.m.

 

CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL AT LONGWOOD GARDENS                      FEE: $85

Sunday, October 27

Experience the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the United States. The  horticulture experts  at Longwood Gardens work daily throughout the seasons to meticulously nurture and train more than 17,000 chrysanthemums into giant orbs, spirals, pagodas, columns, and even more unique forms—including a traditional fan shape making its debut this year. In late October, the unveiling of the Thousand Bloom Mum—a single plant bearing more than 1,000 perfect blooms on a single stem—takes the display to a whole new level. The result is simply astounding!  Lunch is on your own at the Terrace Café, which offers a variety of specialty wraps, sandwiches and other delicious goodies.  Bus departs Midland Park H.S.at 7:30 a.m. and returns approximately 7 p.m.

 

APPLE FESTIVAL    FEE: $52

Saturday, November 2

Back by popular demand!! Apple goodies abound at this annual celebration of autumn in picturesque Peddlers’ Village.  Enjoy apple delicacies such as caramel-dipped apples, fresh pressed cider, apple fritters, apple butter and of course apple pie.  Browse amongst the booths of over 70 exceptional craftspeople from all over the region. Bus leaves Midland Park H.S. at 8:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m. 

 

THE MET CLOISTERS-GREAT ART/

LUNCH/ SHOPPING ON ARTHUR AVE   FEE: $110

Wednesday, November 13

Today we visit one of the true Art Treasures of NYC. Located in Upper Manhattan this Museum is devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe. The Met Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was constructed out of sections of French medieval monasteries and specializes in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods.  Prior to our afternoon visit we will experience the culinary delights of Arthur Ave: The True Little Italy of NYC. We will have time to shop the wonderful bakeries, cheese, cookware and appetizing stores. (Bring a cooler if you like). We will then meet at Mario’s for a delicious lunch including salad, pasta, and choice of  veal parmigiana, chicken francese or filet of fish – scampi style (indicate your selection when registering) – all  topped off  by a desert of mini-pastries and coffee. Wine or soda is included!  Yum!!  We will then explore the Met  Cloisters Museum and walk off those calories!  A very unique NYC experience.  Please note there is a substantial amount of walking on this trip. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour led by Melinda Scarso.  Bus leaves The Faith Reformed Church, 95 Prospect St. MP at 9 am and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.

 

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR         FEE: $125

Thursday, December 5

Join us today on a festive, holiday celebration. Our first stop will be the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday display which features both their annual miniature train show in addition to an amazing display of New York landmark buildings both past and present made of only natural materials. Then it’s on to a delicious lunch at Emilia’s, a Bronx Little Italy eatery (included).  After lunch we will visit Lyndhurst, one of Hudson’s River’s most elegant high Victorian mansions, filled with fine quality furnishings and art.  It will be professionally decorated in opulent Gilded Age style for the holidays. We will be given a guided tour of the mansion and additional time to browse the gift shop for that special holiday gift. Our holiday adventure will definitely add to our Christmas spirit! Tour led by Melinda Scarso. Bus leaves Faith Reformed Church at 8:15 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m. 

 

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL/Christmas Carol Sing - Newark FEE: $64

Wednesday, December 11

A tradition for 47 years, the Carol Sing, with choir, organ, brass, and two thousand participants in the candle lit cathedral, is an unforgettable experience. Includes boxed sandwich, chips and drink. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 4:30 p.m. and returns 11 p.m.

 

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA TOUR & LUNCH

PLUS STRAATSBURG STATE HISTORIC SITE               FEE: $125

Thursday, December 12                                

Join us as we head to the Hudson Valley for the day. Start the day at the Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park, New York with a 45 minute tour of the school conducted by the students. Next, enjoy lunch at The American Bounty restaurant located on the CIA grounds. Your pre-selected 3 course meal will be Arugula Salad, Herb Marinated Lamb Chops and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions at time of registration. We will end the day at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, the elegant home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America’s financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age. You will tour the many historic rooms of the Staatsburgh mansion which will be lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas.  Bus departs Faith Reformed Church at 8 a.m. and returns approximately 6:00 p.m.

 

RIVERSIDE CHURCH CHRISTMAS CAROL SING

CARMINE’S RESTAURANT           FEE: $116

Sunday, December 15

The Riverside Church celebrates the beauty of the season through song. The service of music and light combines carillon, organ, harp, bell ringers, and all of the choirs of the church. It culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. The nondenominational church, founded by John D. Rockefeller, is famous for its size and elaborate Neo Gothic architecture. Fabulous early four course family style meal, 11:30 AM at Carmine’s Uptown is highlighted by Caesar salad, two pastas, salmon, eggplant parmigiana, chicken marsala, and tiramisu. Tour led by Paul Boddy.  Bus departs Ramsey High School Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. and returns 7 p.m.

 


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