Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tater Tours for 2020!

                                ANNOUNCEMENT OF TATER TOURS FOR 2020!


                                                        Head Tater on Gulf Shores Trip 2019


First of all, I hope that everyone is making it through the harsh winter months that have plagued most of the USA!  I just returned a couple of weeks ago from my unexpected trip to the Southeast for the President's Walking Weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  It was a great success!!  When I returned from that trip, I had my family visit and then we continued onto Hawaii!  Can't get enough of that State!  I announced on my Southeast Trip my intentions to stay with Tater Tours for a few more years and also my schedule for 2020. Well, needless to say, people started to immediately jump on the bandwagon so I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of my 2020 trips. (Unfortunately, one trip is already "SOLD OUT", which means, I might have to run that trip again in 2021!  So below is a very generic outline of what I have ……. just tentative dates and NO prices yet.  Let me know if you are interested in any of the trips.  A $50.00 deposit is required to sign up.


1. TEXAS, TEXAS, TEXAS!! Tentative dates are Feb. 20th-29th 
Fly into/out of San Antonio, Texas.  Participate in either the Texas IML event (if they are certified in May) or another Texas-Round-Up Event.  Walks in the San Antonio area, Austin (Capital), Fredericksburg, etc..  I have a total of 26 people so far.


2.  NEVADA, UTAH, & ARIZONA! Tentative dates are March 21st - April 2nd
Fly into/out of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Staying in the Las Vegas area for at least 4 night to do walks/sightseeing at Death Valley National Park, Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. (Of course, participating also in a couple of the Las Vegas area year round events.)  Onto Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah for some great walks and sightseeing! Then continue down to Page, Arizona to Antelope Canyon (Slot Canyon) for a walk between the carved rocks with a guide!  Continue to Flagstaff, Arizona for walks in Grand Canyon National Park and Flagstaff.  Return to Las Vegas!  SOLD OUT with a waiting list …… this is one I might have to repeat soon!


3. NORTHWEST CONFERENCE IN OREGON!  Tentative dates are June 23rd - July 2nd
Fly into/out of Portland, Oregon.  The NW Conference will be held either in Medford or Ashland, Oregon (Southern Oregon)  On our way down, we will stop at one of my favorite walks near Silverton, Silver Falls State Park. Include the Capital Walk in Salem and then continue to either Medford or Ashland for 4 nights!  On the return, we will be stopping at Crater Lake National Park for a few days of walks & sightseeing! More stops and walks …. Have 18 people so far.


4.  MID-AMERICA STATES!  Tentative dates are September 17th - 30th
Fly into Milwaukee, Wisconsin and out of Columbus, Ohio.  Participate in the Madison Capital walk and possibly 5K Milwaukee walk. Will include the following Capital Walks plus walks in St. Louis, Missouri and Dayton, Ohio. (Springfield, IL., Nashville, TN., Frankfort, KY., Indianapolis, IN., and Columbus, OH.)  Also some sightseeing at the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame!  I have 47 people so far …… just 4 seats left!


HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE TRAILS AT THE AVA CONVENTION IN ALBANY!







Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Photos: Canadian Convention

Some TOTS on the walk in Sackville, New Brunswick

Head Tater in Halifax following Winston Churchill

Some of the TOTS on Overlook in Cape Breton National Park

All the TOTS at Keltic Lodge in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

2018 Photos: Great Lakes


HEAD Tater with walking friends, John & Susan Osborn from Ontario!

Niagara Falls, Ontario

All the TOTS at Floral Clock outside of Niagara Falls

Mary with Tater DJ from Florida finishing her 50 States with Michigan
 

2018 Photos: California Coastline

Connie MaClean from Vancouver, BC and Cynthia Hines from Oklahoma finishing 50 States!

Mary & Reesa at the Golden Gate Bridge

Some TOTS resting after a walk in Nisene Marks State Park

Beautiful Pic in Point Lobos State Park

All the TOTS at Gene Autry Museum

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Photos: Carolinas and Georgia

Our guide Judy at North Carolina Arboretum

Tater Tours outside the Biltmore Mansion

Sightseeing at Magnolia Plantation in SC

Beauty at its best!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

PRESIDENT’S WALKING WEEKEND & MORE FEBRUARY 12 – 21, 2019

February 12 (Tuesday) Fly day only to Atlanta, Georgia Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites for 1 night! (404) 761-4900 Full Hot Breakfast
 included and free shuttle from airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:15 p.m. Free Hot Food and Evening Beverages!

February 13 (Wednesday) Drive to downtown Atlanta for Capital Walk. The walk passes the State Capital, MLK Center, Underground Atlanta, Jimmy Carter Library/Museum, and Georgia State University. 

Continue onto Montgomery, Alabama for hotel accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites (334) 273-1101 Full Hot Breakfast included. Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages! (Gain 1 hour)

February 14 (Thursday) Participate in the Montgomery Capital Walk This event passes the Alabama State Capital building, the White House of the Confederacy, Martin L. King Memorial, several historic churches, a confederate cemetery and Hank Williams's grave site.

Drive to Gulf Shores, Alabama for our hotel for 4 glorious nights! The Start/Finish for the Alabama Walking Weekend, “The Lodge” located inside the Gulf State Park. (Brand New!) (251) 540-4000 Located right on the Gulf Beach!!

Feb. 15, 16, 17 (Fri. Sat. Sun.)

Walking Extravaganza in Alabama!! Participate in 6 walks in the local area. 2 walks in Orange Beach, 2 in Gulf Shores, one FloriBama, (Border Crossing!) and one walk in Fairhope! Brochure is not available at this time because of the short notice of having this walking weekend. As soon as information becomes available, I will pass onto everyone. (I am including registration and the Meet & Greet in the total price of the trip.)


February 18 (Monday) Drive to Fairhope, Alabama for the last walk of the President’s Walking Weekend. Continue our journey to Jackson, Mississippi for Capital Walk. New walk route has 2 loops. North loop goes past Belhaven University and Millsaps College and Eudora Welty home museum (5K). South loop goes past the Old Capital Museum, the Governor's Mansion and the Mississippi State Capital. Hotel accommodations at Holiday Inn Express-Downtown (601) 948-4466 Continental Breakfast included. (Hoping to start walk from hotel!)

February 19 (Tuesday) Participate in Jackson Capital Walk and continue to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for another Capital Walk. The trail will take you through the downtown area of Baton Rouge, past the capitol building and through Spanish Town. And finally continue onto New Orleans, Louisiana for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at the Drury Inn & Suites, (504) 529-7800 Full Hot Breakfast included. Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages! (No transportation to the Airport, must use Uber or Taxi.)

February 20 (Wednesday) Participate in the New Orleans year round event. Explore New Orleans,
it's riverfront, French Quarters, Bourbon St, and WWII Museum. (Hopefully start the walk from our hotel) Take a river cruise down the Mississippi River in the afternoon or visit the World War II Museum, if you so desire. (Not included)

Feb. 21 (Thursday) FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO HOME DESTINATIONS! (No free shuttle to the airport) Check with concierge!

$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to the HOPEFULLY WARMER WEATHER!! (Non-refundable)

Pricing does not include any airfare

Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)
SINGLE: $1650.00  DOUBLE: $1150.00  TRIPLE: $950.00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 
One Payment will be due on December 29th!

The cost of the trip will include:
  •             Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation (Gunther Charters!) 

  •             9 nights of Hotel Accommodations 

  •             Continental or Full Breakfast included at all hotels 

  •             All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort 

  •             Refreshments for the trip 

  •             Credit Only Walk Fees (11) All the walks and Meet & Greet for the Walking Weekend!

Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to:
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Phone: (702) 523-4920
Email: mtptacek@msn.com



TATER TOURS PHOENIX FESTIVAL VICTORIA, CANADA AND MORE TRIP APRIL 30 - MAY 12, 2019



PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP.

ALSO, MUST HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE THAT CAN BE USED IN CANADA APRIL 30TH – MAY 12TH

April 30 (Tuesday) FLY DAY ONLY TO SEA-TAC AIRPORT IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express – Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle. (206) 824-3200 Continental Breakfast and Free Shuttle Service from the Sea-Tac Airport. A Get-Acquainted meeting will be held that evening.

MAY 1 (Wednesday) Depart Seattle area and travel North to Anacortes, Washington for the ferry Ride to Sidney, British Columbia. After our arrival on Vancouver Island, drive to Victoria for 5 glorious nights! Our hotel is the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, (250) 388-5463 Full Breakfast Buffet included.

May 2 (Thursday) Depart hotel and drive to Butchart Gardens for a self-guided tour! Spend a few hours here and then return to our hotel for an evening guided group walk scheduled at the Coast Hotel, short distance from our hotel.

May 3 (Friday) This day starts the Phoenix Festival, located in the Elk Lake area. (About 1⁄2 hour Drive from our hotel)

NOTE: You can go the following website to see what is available for this long weekend: http://www.vvpf.ca This website has the schedule and walks available and much more! Also details on the walks AFTER the Festival.

Included in the tour price is the Registration for the Festival and the 2 Walks Each day. No Socials included! At this publication, I do not know if I will supply transportation to and from the Center for the Socials. I will be conferring with the Festival Committee about
the Registration.

On this day we will participate in the Broadmead Trails in the morning and Colquitz Trails in the afternoon. Return to our hotel.


May 4 (Saturday) Participate in Phoenix Festival! We will be doing the Mount Douglas Park Walk in the morning and Saanich Trails in the afternoon. Return to hotel.

May 5 (Sunday) Participate in the Phoenix Festival! We will be doing the Ocean Views Walk in the morning. In the afternoon, participate in the last walk for the Festival, Elk Lake Walk. Return
to our hotel.

May 6 (Monday) Depart our hotel and participate in the Colwood Walk. In the afternoon, participate in the Chemainus Walk and then continue to Nanaimo for hotel accommodations for one night at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel, (250) 754-6835 Full Breakfast included.
May 7 (Tuesday) Depart our hotel and participate in a 2 part Walk, 1st 5K in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park and then in the afternoon the 2nd 5K in MacMillan Provincial Park.

Continue to Port Alberni for hotel accommodations for two nights at the BestWesternPlusBarclayHotel, (250)724-7171 Full Breakfast included.

May 8 (Wednesday) Depart our hotel and travel to the West side of Vancouver Island for the Ucluelet Walk. Then in the afternoon, participate in the Tofino Walk. Return to our hotel in Port Alberni.

May 9 (Thursday) Depart Port Alberni area and travel to the East Side of Vancouver Island for the Qualicum Beach Walk. Then in the afternoon participate in the Parksville Walk Continue onto Nanaimo for hotel accommodations for two nights at the same hotel, Best Western Dorchester Hotel, (250) 754-6835 Full Breakfast included.

May 10 (Friday) Participate in the Westwood Lake Walk in the morning and then the Downtown Nanaimo Walk in the afternoon. Don’t know if we can start the afternoon walk from our hotel. LAST WALK OF THE TRIP!!!

May 11 (Saturday) Depart our hotel and drive to Sidney for our Ferry Ride back to Anacortes, WA. Return to our hotel at the beginning of the trip, Holiday Inn Express –
Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle. (206) 824-3200 Continental Breakfast and Free Shuttle Service to the Sea-Tac Airport. Possible pizza party!

May 12 (Sunday) FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO OUR HOME DESTINATIONS!

Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE: $2600.00         DOUBLE: $1800.00             TRIPLE: $1600.00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

SINGLE:          NOVEMBER 30: $1300                   MARCH 10: $1300
DOUBLE:        NOVEMBER 30: $900                      MARCH 10: $900
TRIPLE:          NOVEMBER 30: $800                      MARCH 10: $800

Air Travel and travel/health insurance are not included in the Tour!

The cost of the trip will include:
  • Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus 

  • 12 nights of Hotel Accommodations 

  • Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast included 

  • All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort 

  • Refreshments for the trip 

  • Credit Only Walk Fees plus Registration for Festival
  • Entrance Fees into Butchart Gardens
  • Ferry Ride from/to Anacortes, WA. 

Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to:
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Phone: (702) 523-4920
Email: mtptacek@msn.com