Richmond Day Tours

Gorgeous Glorious Greenbrier!

White Sulphur Springs, WVA
Tuesday – October 19, 2021

Built in 1778, The Greenbrier has beckoned visitors to its West Virginia doors for more than two centuries! Surrounded by the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains, this stately resort with its Georgian architecture and meticulously manicured gardens, is one of America’s premier Resort destinations! Greenbrier’s testimony to grace, elegance, and commitment to exceeding the expectations of its guests, is understandably the reason people from around the world and 26 U.S. presidents have stayed at this mountainside retreat.

Arguably, the best kept secret of the Greenbrier is… its massive underground bunker complex that was meant to serve as an emergency shelter for the United States Congress during the Cold War. Code named “Project Greek Island,” the bunker features dorms, power plant, cafeteria, clinic, House and Senate Chambers, decontamination area and a 25-ton blast door. A hidden secret for more than 30 years! This incredible tour during peak fall foliage includes a Guided Resort Tour, a delicious Buffet Lunch in the Main Dining Room, an afternoon Bunker Tour, and free time at the Resort to browse the many shops.  This tour will sell out quickly, so call right away and reserve your space.  

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       6:30 AM             8:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:00 AM             7:30 PM

$255

Annual Fall Spectacular

Peaks of Otter & Natural Bridge
Saturday – October 23, 2021

A kaleidoscope of colors and panoramic views abound each year in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  It’s one of Virginia’s most popular fall destinations. This spectacle of beauty begins at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, located at Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Peaks of Otter Lodge is nestled at the base of Sharp Top Mountain and beside the pristine waters of Abbott Lake.  While at the Lodge, enjoy a delicious lunch with gorgeous views overlooking Abbott Lake. Free time follows to explore the grounds or to take a walk around the lake. Your day also includes a visit to a local Apple Orchard for freshly picked “Grown in Virginia” apples, homemade cider, apple butter, jams and jellies and other farm fresh products. 

Later this afternoon scenic views of the Parkway pass by your window as you travel to Natural Bridge State Park.  Here you will see the impressive 215-foot tall Natural Bridge, a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek centuries ago. Natural Bridge became Virginia’s 37th state park in 2016 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1988.   Enjoy time to walk up to the Bridge and to visit the Visitor Center.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:30 AM             7:00 PM Embassy Suites               7:00 AM             7:30 PM

$150

Aww...Shucks!

Urbanna, VA
Friday – November 5, 2021

The town of Urbanna is synonymous with one thing and one thing only…  Oysters, and lots of them!  Celebrating more than six decades of oyster mania, the Urbanna Oyster Festival, is the place to be if you love “Everything Oyster!” A small town of less than 500 residents, Urbanna, named after England’s Queen Anne, grows to more than 60,000 visitors for their two-day event.  The streets are closed for their annual celebration to allow plenty of room for Arts & Crafts, the Oyster Festival Parade, Live Music, Oyster Shucking Contests, Virginia Wine and Craft Brew Tastings and so much more! Since you’ll be here for this edible delight, you’ll be pleased to know you can get your oysters Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, and Frittered!  There’s even Oyster Pot Pie if you can believe it?  If you are with a friend and not an oyster lover, there’s festival food to include Crab Cakes, BBQ, Clams, Grilled and Smoked Meats, and more!  For dessert lovers, try the festival’s “Calorie Free” Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake on a Stick, Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes and Ice Cream Sandwiches! We may have stretched the truth a little bit on the calorie free desserts.   

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       8:00 AM             4:00 PM Embassy Suites               8:30 AM             4:30 PM

$75

A Salute to our Veterans!

Arlington, VA
Wednesday – November 10, 2021

Veteran’s Day, as some may remember, began as Armistice Day, a day where the major hostilities of World War 1 formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1938 officially observing November 11 a legal holiday.  Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day at the urging of veteran organizations in 1954. Join us for a special Veteran’s Day celebration that pays tribute to all who served our great Nation. Tour the Arlington National Cemetery, a U.S. military cemetery honoring those who have served our Nation during times of war and peace. This year, the Arlington National Cemetery celebrates the “Centennial Commemoration” of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This revered memorial is dedicated to deceased U.S. service members who remains have not been identified. A Changing of the Guard is a site to behold as a soldier from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” stands watch over the Tomb of the unknown soldiers. It is performed in silence every hour on the hour and should not be missed. Enjoy a delicious Lunch midday at Matchbox American Kitchen.   Next, visit the Military Women’s Memorial, a memorial dedicated to the women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s the Nation’s only major national memorial honoring the women who have defended our Country. A guided tour includes the Exhibit Gallery, Register Room, Hall of Honor and the Upper Terrace.  End the day at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, honoring the 184 federal employees, military personnel, civilians and flight crew that were killed on September 11, 2001. A guide will talk about the memorial and share stories of that harrowing day. 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$155

Country Royalty

Richmond, VA
Monday, November 15, 2021

Join us for an afternoon of “Country Royalty” as two of the largest legends of country music perform together on stage…Hank Williams and Patsy Cline! Jason Petty, star of “Hank Williams Lost Highway” and 2003 Obie Award winner, re-creates the role he has become famous for, while vocalist Gail Bliss, star of “Just a Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” gives her jaw dropping performance as Patsy! Between the two, They’ve performed on Broadway, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and many other great venues around the country!

“Country Royalty” features a live band as Jason and Gail perform over 20 of Hank and Patsy’s chart-topping hits like: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Walkin’ After Midnight, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Crazy, Hey Good Lookin, I Fall to Pieces, Move it on over, Leavin’ on Your Mind, ,Lost Highway, Sweet Dreams and more! Spend a thrilling afternoon of song as they honor the legendary performers that helped make Country Music great!

Event is to be held at:
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road 
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Doors Open at 1:30 — Showtime is 2:00 PM
$54

Christmas at the White House

Washington, DC
December 2,3,4, 2021

Visiting the White House in Washington D.C. is a time-honored and treasured holiday tradition.  The custom of placing a decorated tree in the White House began in 1889 on Christmas morning during the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison.  What began as a family gathering has become a national tradition.

Stroll through America’s most prestigious and honored house. Experience firsthand this historic tradition while viewing the beautiful trees and decorations.  After touring the White House and White House Visitor Centerlunch will be included at a popular area restaurant as well as an additional attraction in the afternoon.

Details will be announced once the date is finalized.  This is a high demand tour with extremely limited availability.  Sign up immediately to increase your chance of going! 

 PLEASE NOTE:  For the best chance of touring the White House, we recommend signing up immediately.  $75.00 of the tour cost is non-refundable if cancelled after names have been submitted to the White House.  Once names are submitted there are no substitutions, additions or changes.  SignaTours will notify you immediately upon notification by the White House in late November. 

Please, No Phone Calls regarding the date of the tours.   The White House makes all decisions on appointments. SignaTours has no say in the decision-making process.  The White House Tour is a “Guaranteed Departure” and will run as planned. In the unlikely event your tour is denied entry into the White House, an optional tour will be planned in its place, most likely a tour of the United States Capitol.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       7:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:30 AM             7:00 PM

$165

Patriotism and Holiday Cheer!

Washington D.C.
Saturday – December 4, 2021

Since 1922, The U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” has maintained a tradition of excellence as one of the premier musical organizations of The United States Army.   From the battlefields of World War II to the historic events in our Nation’s Capital, the band has performed with honor and grace.   Today’s holiday concert highlights the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” and wonderful singers of the Army Chorus. Held at the beautiful DAR Constitution Hall in downtown DC, it is truly one of the best holiday concerts.

Before the matinee performance, enjoy a delicious plated lunch at The Point DC. Opened in Spring 2021 on Buzzard Point, it is one of Washington’s newest waterfront restaurant. Perfectly situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, their contemporary design, tranquil open-air patio and premium fire pits, compliment the picturesque and panoramic views. We have also included time at the 17th Annual Downtown Holiday Market.  Located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this market features more than 150 regional artisans and crafters – the perfect opportunity to find that special gift! 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       8:30 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               9:00 AM             7:00 PM

$135

Please let us know your entree choice:
Roasted Salmon
Roasted Chicken Breast
Quinoa Salad (roasted peppers, chickpeas, black olives, herbs, feta)
OR
Penne Pasta  (with roasted fall squash, house made sausage, arugula, parmesan)

“Meet Me in St. Louis”

Fredericksburg, VA Wednesday – December 8, 2021

Located close to historic Fredericksburg, the Riverside Center Dinner Theatre is a multi-million-dollar facility presenting professional “Broadway” musicals.  It has quickly become one of the most popular dinner theaters in Virginia and once you’ve witnessed a show, you’ll understand why!  “State-of-the-art” lighting, rigging and audio system technology are among the tops in the industry.  Enjoy a plated lunch before the matinee where you will choose from four entrees and two delectable desserts! 

Today’s Matinee: “Meet Me in St. Louis”
Based on the heartwarming MGM film starring Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is a rare treasure in the musical theatre; a wholesome and delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family. It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Over the course of a year, the family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks. This musical includes seven of the best-loved songs from the film, plus ten additional Martin and Blane songs written especially for the stage. Memorable musical numbers include Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Whenever Im with You.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       10:00 AM             6:30 PM Embassy Suites               10:30 AM             6:00 PM

$145

Celebrate Christmas at The Rudy

Selma, North Carolina Friday – December 10, 2021

Come, join us as we travel to Selma, NC for one of the best Christmas shows you’ll find along the East Coast – the American Music Jubilee!   If you have seen the show before – don’t worry – they change it each year!  This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays!   Once arriving in Selma, enjoy some great Christmas shopping at DeWaynes, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and garden center all under one roof!  They have a fantastic (and huge) Christmas section.  DeWayne’s offers one of the largest selections of garden figures and fountains available. You are sure to find that unique Christmas gift or something for yourself!  Next, enjoy an early buffet lunch at a local favorite, Robbins Nest Restaurant. You’ll find many hot entrees, vegetables, starches, an assortment of homemade desserts, and beverages. 

An exciting afternoon of holiday entertainment awaits you at The American Music JubileeOften mistaken for the entertainment of Branson, Myrtle Beach, and Pigeon Forge, the Jubilee traces its roots back to the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.  It’s in that same proud tradition of assembling world class musicians, vocalists and comedic performers, that the Rudy Theater brings you unforgettable entertainment.  Take a nostalgic trip back in time to an innocent age when the anticipation of Santa made holiday magic come to life. Tap your toes and snap your fingers to all your holiday favorites as beautiful melodies give way to peals of laughter and humorous songs mixed with comedy routines.  An afternoon of delightful entertainment is yours to enjoy!

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       6:30 AM             6:30 PM Embassy Suites               7:00 AM             7:00 PM

$160

40th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

Edenton, North Carolina Saturday - December 11, 2021

The Christmas Candlelight Tour is Edenton’s most anticipated event every year. Visitors come from far and wide to see this quaint waterside hamlet shine!  This long-standing tradition will open private homes to visitors, each reflecting the owner’s holiday spirit. Each year, homes are chosen in the Historic district and participants spend months preparing for this special weekend in December when they can share their own personal family traditions and decorating styles with the public. Local floral designers lend a hand in the holiday designs, which provide fresh and unique ideas to visitors.  Approximately 10 homes are part of the tour and all are within walking distance of one other.

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit more than seeing candle lit homes and streets decorated for the holiday season.   Before the tour begins, we have a delicious dinner planned and includes time at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       12:30 PM             11:30 PM Embassy Suites              1:00 PM             11:00 PM

$160

Christmas at the Jefferson Hotel

Richmond, VA
Wednesday – December 15, 2021

A Richmond Holiday Tour is not complete without a visit to The Jefferson Hotel, a local Landmark since 1895. This beautiful hotel was the culmination of a dream by one of Richmond’s premier citizens, Lewis Ginter, who planned every detail incorporating Renaissance and other forms of architecture that he admired.  Lunch overlooks their signature Christmas tree and time permitting, free time follows to explore the opulence of this century old hotel. 

We are making this year’s tour even more special by adding a matinee at Swift Creek Mill Theatre in South Chesterfield!  Today’s matinee if filled with holiday cheer and fun!  Today’s Matinee:  Winter Wonderettes    Those wonderful, marvelous Wonderettes return to the Swift Creek stage as they work their musical magic to save the Harper’s Hardware holiday party from disaster after Santa goes missing! So many great hits from the 1960’s, sung in classic “girl group” harmony. 

The perfect holiday gift to you and your loved one! 

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       10:30 AM             6:00 PM Embassy Suites               11:00 AM             5:30 PM

$165

2022 Day Tours

Ain't Too Proud

Kennedy Center - Washington, DC Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Don’t miss the electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time.” With their signature dance moves and harmonies, The Temptations rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and many more.  This matinee performance will be held at the iconic Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – always a wonderful atmosphere for a Broadway production.  Great orchestra seats are held for our group.  Reservation must be in by December 10th – after this date tickets are subject to availability.

We have a delicious plated lunch planned at Clyde’s of Georgetown – the original legendary saloon that started it all. Ever since joining the neighborhood in 1963, Clyde’s has become a favorite among residents of Northwest Washington and helped to transform M St. from a row of dimly lit watering holes to the commercial destination it is today. Please choose either their Salmon or Chicken entree.   Includes potato du Jour and vegetable, dessert, fresh rolls and coffee or tea.

  • Please note: To enter the Kennedy Center theaters, you must show proof you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – with a physical or digital copy of your vaccination card and government-issued ID with the same name. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since the full dose of a vaccine. Unvaccinated patrons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance. Mask will be required inside regardless of vaccination status.

Departure Locations:     Departs:            ReturnsChippenham Hospital       8:00 AM             7:30 PM Embassy Suites               8:30 AM             7:00 PM

$240