Destination: 18th Century
Thursday – September 13
George Washington grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, one of America’s most historic and intriguing cities. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and even Abraham Lincoln all lived or visited here.
New this year is a replica of the home Washington grew up in at Ferry Farm – which was built “suspended” over the original house location (it is still an active archeological site). Enjoy a guided tour of the home and time in the Visitor Center which gives fascinating insight into the site both in colonial times and during the Civil War. You are in for a luncheon treat at the Bavarian Chef followed by a tour of Kenmore, one of the most elegant colonial mansions in America. Kenmore was built by Fielding Lewis for his wife, Betty, the only sister of George Washington. A colonial “gentry” home, Kenmore is famous for its intricate plasterwork ceilings, some of the finest of the colonial period. Tours through Kenmore’s rooms highlight its elegant architecture and history. There will be time in the quaint downtown area for shopping and a not to be missed stop for some delicious Carl’s Ice Cream!
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival – Virginia Beach, VA
Saturday – September 29
2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival! Every year, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate the festival’s many offerings! You can enjoy the parade on Atlantic Avenue as a special treat before venturing to the boardwalk, where you can find over 250 artisans displaying handmade work from paintings and sculptures, to photography and glass-work. Mosey your way through the tents and displays and find a piece of the show to bring home with you! Enjoy a juried Art & Craft Show that has been ranked #22 out of 200 Fine Art and Design Shows across the country. Head out onto the beach to find 22 magnificent sand sculptures created by world-renowned international sculptors at Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship (ticket included).
“Beauty and the Beast”
Riverside Theatre – Fredericksburg, VA
Wednesday – October 3
The Riverside Centre for the Performing Arts presents . . . “Beauty and the Beast.” This musical, adapted from the Academy Award-winning Disney animated film, took Broadway by storm upon its debut in 1994 and became Broadway’s tenth longest-running show of all time. It’s the classic love story of Belle, a beautiful young woman from a small provincial town, and the fearsome Beast transformed from a haughty prince by an enchantress. Belle, trading her freedom for that of her father, becomes imprisoned in the castle of the Beast. She is then faced with the challenge of softening his ferocious ways so that he will not be doomed in beastly form for all eternity. Gradually a mutual attraction results and the Beast, after learning to love and be loved, experiences a re-transformation. The lush musical score sparkles with songs that have enthralled audiences worldwide: No Matter What, Be Our Guest, If I Can’t Love Her, Home, How Long Must This Go On?, and the unforgettable lyrics of the title song, “Tale as old as time, Song as old as rhyme – Beauty and the Beast.” Bring someone you love to this timeless, inspiring production! Enjoy great seats reserved for you and a three-course plated lunch served before the matinee.
Air Show Spectacular – Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday – October 6
The Thunderbirds, officially known as the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision, and professionalism of American Airmen. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet. What makes this tour unique is that we will be viewing the air show from the water – on a sightseeing boat that offers the best views for this amazing air show. The Thunderbirds are the signature event of Maryland Fleet Week, a weeklong celebration of the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. Once arriving in Baltimore, enjoy a plated lunch at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant in the Inner Harbor. Next, spend the afternoon cruising the waters around Baltimore for sightseeing and the Thunderbird Air Show!
47th Annual Shenandoah Fall Art Show
Saturday – October 13
This fall treat yourself to an invigorating getaway to beautiful Waynesboro, Virginia, where nature inspires artists and artists inspire community. For this one weekend, the downtown area is transformed into this impressive outdoor fine arts festival. Showcasing their works, 150 artists, and artisans, hand selected by the festival’s standard committee, bring high-quality arts and crafts to this festival. Their works include painting, printmaking, wood, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. While there, don’t forget to visit the P. Buckley Moss Gallery (good chance she will be there to sign prints.) The festival also features gourmet food trucks, craft beer, and great local music. (Lunch is on your own.) From street art to woodwork, this year’s art festivals are sure to bring color and spunk to your autumn! We’ve also added a few other fun stops to round out the day including The Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft as well as Chile’s Peach Orchard in Crozet featuring apples of the season.
Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny – Nelson County, VA
Tuesday – October 23
Pharsalia is a place where History never gets old. Step back in history when you walk through the doors. It was built in 1814 in the Tye River Valley and sits on the shoulder of DePreist Mountain in Nelson County, Virginia. The fall color should be perfect at this time! At its height, Pharsalia’s working farm was part of a family owned tract in excess of 10,000 acres. Descendants of the original owners still own the home and work hard to preserve this historic house. Enjoy a tour of the home and grounds by the owner – a special treat since it is only open to groups and for special events. While here enjoy a catered lunch consisting of such items as quiche, homemade soup, and chicken salad on a croissant. Next, travel a short distance to Oak Ridge Estate, a 5,000-acre plantation estate first built in 1802 and acquired at the turn of the 20th century by Thomas Fortune Ryan, who had become one of the 10 wealthiest men in the nation. He made impressive alterations to the building and grounds-adding a formal Italian garden, rotunda greenhouse, and railroad station, among other features. Also included is a stop at a favorite Apple Orchard in this area, Drumhellers Orchard,… plan to bring some delicious apples home with you!
Annual Fall Foliage Spectacular – Peaks of Otter Lodge
Saturday – October 27
Back by Popular Demand . . . travel southwest towards Bedford and the Blue Ridge Mountains for one of the most popular fall lunch and tour destination in the State of Virginia – Peaks of Otter Lodge! Enjoy their special “Octoberfest” Buffet – featuring several hot entrees, vegetables, and sweet desserts. Enjoy incredible fall scenery as we travel. A visit to this part of Virginia is not complete without a stop at a local Orchard Farm for fresh picked “Grown in Virginia” apples, homemade cider, apple butter, jams, and jellies. Spend the afternoon at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the nation’s largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born. See the McLean House and the impressive visitor center and take part in a Ranger Talk.
Christmas at the White House – Washington, DC
December 4, 5 or 6, 2018
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 and experience firsthand, the beautiful trees and decorations of this holiday season. After a morning at the White House andWhite House Visitor Center, lunch 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. $160
PLEASE NOTE: For the best chance of seeing the White House, we recommend signing up immediately. $75 of tour cost is non-refundable if canceled after names have been submitted to the White House at the end of August. Once names are submitted there are no substitutions, additions or changes. Please, No Phone Calls. SignaTours will notify you immediately upon notification by the White House in late November. Again, Do Not Call for Dates. The White House makes all decisions on appointments. SignaTours has no say in the decision-making process. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEED TOUR. You will receive a full refund if our request is not approved. (Departure and Return Times Depend on the White House Appointment Schedule.)