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Suggested Tours for 2011 and Beyond

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Channel Islands - Solvang - Ojai Tour
September 29th to October 3rd, 2011

The day starts early at our beach front hotel. After breakfast, its time to board our catamaran for an early morning boat ride to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park for a day of hiking the island and coastal shoreline. On return to the mainland, travel to Solvang to experience the pleasures of sampling Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other grape varieties in world-class wine tasting rooms. Stroll the streets of the Danish themed village of Solvang with its European charm. Before heading back to Ventura, visit the world famous Santa Barbara Harbor to experience casual dining at its finest. The last full day starts out with a visit to the village of Ojai in the Ojai Valley - a haven for artists, musicians and fitness enthusiasts.

Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Mountain Tour
September 22nd to September 26th, 2013

Experience the 8000 acre Biltmore Estate as a guest at the Inn on Biltmore. Now do not get  spoiled by the excellent service and amenities  on the estate. Tour largest home in America - the Biltmore with the Vanderbilts as your hosts.Tour the Biltmore winery and sample select wines. Learn how the Biltmore with 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces, is run by taking the bulter tour. Visit the Antler Hill Village. Sightsee the mountains from  the beaufiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Stroll historic Ashville business district, visiting unique shops and galleries.
More details coming soon.


The civil war memorial in Washington, DC.
Acadia National Park - Mt. Desert Island Tour
August 20th to August 25th, 2014
Come to Mt Desert Island, Maine to explore the glacier carved mountains, lakes and ponds of Acadia National Park.  Shop the terrific diversity of stores and boutiques offering an unusual and distinctive range of gifts and mementos in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. Take a leisure ferry boat ride across Frenchman Bay to the classic Downeast fishing village of Winter Harbor.
The year 2015 is the 154th anniversary of the American Civil War
While reading articles in the online news service the DailyBeast, I came across a book review article by Malcolm Jones in which he highlights the 11 best books about various aspects of the American Civil War. Malcom Jones did an exhaustive search to identify the 11 books as an starting point, since there were so many books by so many great authors. Click here to go the Make Reservations page and scroll down to the Special Travel Offers section to see the Civil War book list.