Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2019 Tater Tours Update

For those who plan ahead, here's news on our 2019 tours.

1. Phoenix Festival Vancouver Island, BC Canada.  The dates for the Festival are May 3rd—5th.  People will fly into/out of Seattle, Washington.  Add a few days prior and then tack on a few days after.  Taking $50.00 non-refundable deposits now! Currently 28 people signed up!

 2. AVA Convention in Albany, New York June 8th –15th.  Sold Out with waiting list started!

3. Trip back to New York City in October!  This trip requires a $100.00 non-refundable deposit because of the Broadway Show! The New York City walks besides Circle Line Ferry Tour around the 5 Boroughs!  40 people already signed up!



4. Return to Hawaii!  Walks on the island of Oahu with lots of sightseeing! Then onto the Big Island of Hawaii and then end on the island of Maui! Can you believe 35 people signed up!

2017 Photos: Florida Tour



Panama City Boardwalk with some TOTS

John (Now Southeast Regional Director) with Head Tater

Panama City Pier

Group Picture along the beach at our hotel!

Finally a few Tots hanging out with Mickey!

2017 Photos: Mid-Atlantic Tour

Cherry Blossoms in Delaware


Fort McHenry Monument Area in Baltimore

World War II Memorial in DC

Some Tots being a little crazy!

Judy Stroud finishing her 51 Capitals!

Mid-Atlantic Group Picture

2017 Photos: AVA Convention


Some Tots with Crazy Horse Memorial in background

AVA Convention Group picture at Crazy Horse

AVA Convention sign in for Walk

Pat & Dee from Philadelphia finishing their 51 Capitals with Helena, Montana!

Willie Nelson's cousins on the Tater Bus

In Salt Lake City, Utah, a MUST!  Iceberg Drive-In

2017 Photos: Canada's Maritime Provinces

Some Tots at the St. John, NB Irving Park boardwalk

Annapolis Royal, NS with a couple of our Canadian friends

Picturesque village of Peggy's Cove

Head Tater with Guide at Louisburg Fortress

Our guides in Newfoundland

Maritime Group Picture

Famous 150th Anniversary Sign in Charlottetown, PE

Reesa trying to be Anne of Green Gables

2017 Photos: Midwest Tour


Kansas City guides!
Several Tots finished walking all 51 Capitals and 50 States!

Let's Celebrate!

Head Tater playing with kids

Some Tots at the John Wayne House in Winterset, Iowa

Midwest Group Picture

Some tots with the Settlers in Omaha, Nebraska

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tater Tours North and South Carolina and Georgia Trip


North and South Carolina and Georgia Trip

OCTOBER 17 TH – 29 TH, 2018 

For 2018, all trips are "Sold Out." Please email the Head Tater to be put on the waiting list.

Oct. 17th (Wed .): FLY DAY ONLY TO RALEIGH - DURHAM (RDU) AIRPORT ! Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express, Raleigh Airport for two nights.  (919) 653 - 2260 Continental Break fast included and free shuttle service from the airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 18th (Thurs.): Depart our hotel and drive a short distance to the Start/Finish , North Carolina Museum History Information Center for 2 walks, Wolfpack and Oakwood . We will be here all Day! The Oakwood Walk passes through Historic Oakwood neighborhood and the Oakwood Cemetery. Walk through Mordecai Park, a "village street" of 19th century homes; past an historic railroad station; into the State Capitol and Legislative buildings; past the Museums of Natural Science and History; and into City Market, a downtown Farmer's Market with restaurants and shops. The Wolfpack Walk goes through downtown Raleigh , into the State Capitol Building, through historic Pullen Park that features a carousel built in 1911, onto the campus of NC State University, the Raleigh Rose Garden, and into the Cameron Village shopping district. Return to our hotel. 



Oct. 19th (Fri .): Depart our hotel and drive to Greensboro for year round eve nt. This trail is mostly on city sidewalks and a paved park trail. See February One Place and Woolworth Building - site of 1960 sit - in that helped to launch the civil rights movement - museums, stately homes, and Greensboro College. In the afternoon, drive to Winston - Salem for another walk event. Trail winds through downtown, quiet neighborhoods of the Historic West End, along the stroll way a segment of Rails - to - Trails, and Old Salem - a reconstructed early Moravian town. Hotel accommodations in Winston - Salem at the Best Western Plus, (336) 893 - 7540 . Breakfast included.

Oct. 20th (Sat .): Drive to Black Mountain for a walk in this picturesque, quaint town. This town is called the "front porch of Western North Carolina" with its specialty shops an d great dining. Meander along a serene greenway and around Lake Tomahawk. Visit the "Oaks" mansion repurposed for use by Montreat College. Continue to Asheville for our hotel for 2 nights, the Comfort Suites, (828) 665 - 4000, Continental Breakfast included.

Oct. 21st ( Sun .): Drive a short distance from our hotel to the Biltmore Estate area for tour and walk ! We will be here all day! Stroll through gardens, newly renovated conservatory and along paths and trails throughout the Estate not normally seen by visitors. Water and camera are musts. Trail shoes or hiking boots are recommended for the walk, and a walking stick would help. Carry a snack. For an additional 2 km, walk through 250 room chateau built by George Vanderbilt at the end of the 19th Century. Return to our hotel.

Oct. 22nd (Mon .): Drive a short distance for the North Carolina Arboretum walk. The 5K includes formal gardens, a walk along a stream and through woods. 10 & 11 Km pass through formal and informal gardens and along fore st roads and trails. Continue our journey to South Carolina and to the city of Greenville for walk. Beautiful walk through Falls Park with spectacular falls and along the Reedy River. Pass the site of the "Swamp Rabbit" railroad, the Zoo, Cleveland Park, Statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Liberty Bridge. Search for the "Mice of Main St", 9 bronze mice that are placed discretely (some would say hidden) along the sidewalk, on both sides of Main St. . Continue onto Columbia, South Carolina for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown, (803) 744 - 4000 Continental Breakfast included. 



Oct. 23rd (Tues .): Participate in the Capital Walk and River Walk, hopefully from our hotel!!! The Capital walk takes you through the USC campus and the historical section of Columbia and around the State House grounds. See the Governor's Mansion, stroll along man made waterfalls in a scenic park and through a memorial park honoring South Carolina servicemen. The River walk is primarily on eight foot concrete walkways or boardwalk paths along the pristine Congaree River. You can walk through history in a still functioning, 122 year old lock that was constructed in 1891 that still controls the flow of the river. This piece of working history will not be missed as the walk goes right through it. You can view natural wonders, and man made excellence all the while walking through South Carolina's wildlife habitat.

Oct. 24th (Wed .): Drive to Charleston, South Carolina to the Magnolia Plantation for a tour and then the walk . We will be here most of the day! Walk through the Audubon Swamp Garden and see a typical black water cypress and tupelo swamp, complete with gators. See myriad of shore birds along banks of Ashley River. Drive a short distance t o our hotel for 2 nights at the Springhill Suites, (843) 571 - 8084. Continental breakfast included.

Oct. 25th (Thur . ): Drive possibly to an area where we can start both walks in historic Charleston. (Would like not to have to pay for parking permit to enter historic area) The Historic Walk strolls on sidewalks, cobblestones and stone pathways, as you walk through this historic town. Walk through the Historic District, a waterfront park, White Point Gardens, the Market area and The College of Charleston. The Ravenal Bridge Walk offers spectacular views of Charleston and the water front, Mount Pleasant, Fort Sumter and the ships at Patriots Point. Bridge crosses a marsh and the Cooper River . Return to our hotel.

Oct. 26th (Fri . ): Drive to Beaufort, South Carolina for walk. This event walks through a classic old Southern port city with a National Cemetery, beautiful homes, a quaint downtown, and a picturesque waterfront. Site of many movies. Recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of a "dozen distinctive destinations." Continue onto Hilton Head to participate in year round event. (Hopefully we will be able to do the walk from our hotel .) Enjoy the sound of the surf and seabirds as you walk along a pristine beach. Stroll through exquisite neighborhoods, along shaded paths/walkways/bridges sheltered from busy streets. Enjoy a rest at a quaint little park with refreshing water features, or on swings overlooking the beach. Fantastic shopping and eating along the way. Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel located just a couple of blocks from the beach. (843) 842 - 6662 Continental Breakfast included.

Oct. 27th (Sat.) : Depart our hotel and drive to Savannah, Georgia for year round event. We will be here all day long! The walk starts at the Savannah History Museum and goes into one of the most walker friendly cities in the USA, filled with colonial and American Civil War history. Savannah takes its historical heritage quite seriously, and you will pass marvelously restored homes dating back to the 1700's. Stroll through the beautiful park squares with their statuary. Relish the Spanish moss draped live oak trees. Relive the thrills of John Berendt's book and the movie, "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil." Visit the unique shops and restaurants along River St. and in the Old City Market. The city provides a diverse collection of museums. Hotel accommodations for one night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, (912) 965 - 9777, (Outside the city) Continental Breakfast included.

Oct. 28th (Sun.): Head South, with a stop in St. Mary’s, Georgia for a walk before we end in Jacksonville Florida for the end of our journey. The walk is rich in history, natural beauty, and southern hospitality. St. Mary ’ s is the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The walk will take you through the historic area, the Oak Grove Cemetery with graves dating back to 1801, and along the scenic waterfront with glimpses of Cumberland Island in the distance. Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express at Jacksonville Airport, (904) 421 - 5000 Continental Breakfast included.

Oct. 29th (Mon .): FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO OUR HOME DESTINATIONS !! (Free shuttle service to airport)

Thank you everyone for your deposit!

Price Per Person: ( EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT ! )

SINGLE: $ 2600 .00            DOUBLE: $ 1750 .00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

SINGLE:          March 20th - $ 1300 .00    August 15th - $ 1300 .00
DOUBLE:        March 20th - $ 875 .00       August 15th - $ 875 .00

The cost of the trip will include:

- Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation by Gunther Charters
- 12 nights of Hotel Accommodations
- Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast included in all hotels
- Entrance Fees in to Biltmore Estates, parking of bus at NC Arboretum and Magnolia Plantation tour of House and possibly nature train tour.
- All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
- Credit Only Walk Fees (16 walks)

Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to the following address:


Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
(702) 523 - 4920
mtptacek@msn.com