Monday, October 24, 2016

Travel to the Mid-Atlantic States with Tater Tours

April 18th - May 1st, 2017

April 18th (Tues.): Fly day only to BWI (Baltimore/Washington Airport.) Hotel Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express - BWI Airport West for 4 glorious nights! (410) 684-3388 Continental Breakfast included and free shuttle to/from airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m. (We will return to this hotel on our last night together.)

April 19th (Wed.): Drive to Annapolis for 1st Capital Walk of the trip. The walk is through the historic City of Annapolis, which is also the capital of Maryland and the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. In the afternoon, drive to Baltimore for Fort McHenry Walk.   Don't miss the short movie at the Visitor's Center. Everything is on the trail that makes walking in Baltimore special -- history, neighborhoods, the harbor and spectacular water views. Return to hotel.

April 20th (Thurs.): Drive into Washington DC for Mall Walk. The 7-KM trail leads you around the Tidal Basin and beside the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. (Hopefully the Cherry Blossoms will still be out!) The 11-KM trail is along city streets and through monument areas with steps. In addition, the 17-KM trail takes you by the Supreme Court, through Union Station, and by the National Archives.  We will be here most of the day, so if you want to participate in the Iwo Jima Memorial Walk, you can but not included in tour price. This walk crosses the Potomac River twice, circle Kennedy Center, visit Arlington Memorial Cemetery and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), and explore Theodore Roosevelt Island. You can do all of these on the 12-KM option for this walk. Return to hotel.

April 21st (Fri.): Depart our hotel and drive to the Rockville, Maryland area for the Seasonal Kenwood Cherry Blossom Walk.  This walk goes through a beautiful neighborhood with lined streets of cherry trees.  Return to hotel.

April 22nd (Sat.): Drive to Dover, Delaware for Capital Walk.  This walk is stock full of historic buildings and sites. Delaware is the First State.  There's also a park with a lake, tree-lined streets, a very old cemetery and the State Legislature and Archive buildings. In the afternoon, drive to New Castle for Walk. Walk goes through the historical section of New Castle, along a paved greenway, and a paved trail along the Delaware River. Drive to near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 2 night stay at Hampton Inn – Philadelphia Airport. (215) 966-1300 Continental Breakfast included.

April 23rd (Sun.): Depart our hotel and drive a short distance to the Philadelphia East and West Walks. The East walk goes through the historic and waterfront areas of Philadelphia. See where the Declaration of Independence was signed by patriots of a very new government. You will pass by the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence as well as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross house. Walk along the Delaware River waterfront, and through the Italian Marketplace.  The West walk goes through the historic and cultural areas of Philadelphia., past the grave of Benjamin Franklin, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), City Hall, and           
various museums including the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum which the movie
"Rocky" made famous. Also included are the five original open-space parks that were
planned by William Penn in 1682.  Return to our hotel.

April 24th (Mon.): Drive to Morrisville, Pennsylvania for New Jersey Capital Walk. Trail starts in Morrisville, then goes across the Delaware River into the state government complex of Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. On the Pennsylvania side, the trail goes through the business district, and scenic residential areas. Summerseat which served as George Washington's headquarters is also on the walk, and a section along the towpath of the Delaware Canal State Park.  Continue our journey to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for one night stay at the Start/Finish, Comfort Inn. (717) 233-1611 Continental Breakfast included.
April 25th (Tues.): Participate in Capital Walk from our hotel at your convenience. The trail follows a portion of the Capital Area Greenbelt, going by the Railroad Station, thru the State Capitol Complex, by the PA State Museum, and crossing the Susquehanna River to City Island.  Continue onto Gettysburg for Battlefield Walk 1.  The 5K trail goes through portions of the battlefield fought over on the first day and into the west end of downtown Gettysburg. The 10K also goes onto the campus of Gettysburg College and the center of the downtown area. Continue to Frederick, Maryland for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites (301) 631-2000 Continental Breakfast included.

April 26th (Wed.): Drive to Sharpsburg, Maryland for Antietam Battlefield Walk.  One 6K starts at Visitor Center. It explores the West Woods and Bloody Lane. You must drive about 2 ½ miles from the Visitors Center to reach the start point above Burnside Bridge for the second 6k. This trail follows the First Attack and Snavely Ford trails. Trails are on paved roads and grass paths.  In the afternoon, drive to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia for walk.  A portion of the walk is along the Appalachian Trail and The C&O Canal and in Harper's Ferry National Park. Walk is on dirt paths, sidewalks and has a lot of hills and inclines and stairs.  Return to hotel.

April 27th (Thurs.): Depart our hotel and drive to Charleston, West Virginia for Capital Walk.  The Start/Finish is the Hampton Inn, but we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express (304) 345-0600 (We should be able to start the walk from our hotel) Continental Breakfast included.  The walk takes you through the downtown area of Charleston, through the Capital Complex, and along the river walk beside the Kanawha River. 

April 28th (Fri.): Drive to Charlottesville, Virginia for walk. Trail begins at the Visitors Center in the historic district and goes through the historic district of Charlottesville and though the University of Virginia campus.  Continue our journey to Richmond, Virginia.  Hotel Accommodations for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express (804) 934-9300 Continental Breakfast included.

April 29th (Sat.): Drive a short distance for the Petersburg, Virginia Battlefield Walk.  Trail is on natural surfaces completely within the park.  Continue on to Richmond for Capital Walk. 6/10 K routes include the Capitol Building, Governor's Mansion & Brown's Island. Pedestrian bridge across the James River provides a panoramic view of the city. 10K includes Virginia War Memorial, Canal walk & goes along top of the floodwall.  Return to hotel.

April 30th (Sun.): Start our journey back to the Baltimore area with a stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia for walk.  Walk through Historic Fredericksburg including the battlefield, along theRappahannock River, and through the University of Mary Washington campus.  Return to our Hotel at the beginning of the trip, Holiday Inn Express – BWI Airport West (410) 684-3388 Continental Breakfast and free shuttle to the airport.

$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to the Does not include any airfare …..
Trip “Sold Out” with a short waiting list!

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE: $2450.00   DOUBLE:  $1600.00            TRIPLE:  $1300.00


SINGLE:          Dec. 15th - $1225.00           March 1st - $1225.00                     
DOUBLE:        Dec. 15th - $800.00              March 1st - $800.00
TRIPLE:          Dec. 15th - $650.00              March 1st - $650.00           
 The cost of the trip will include:
·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      13 nights of Hotel Accommodations
·      Continental or Full Breakfasts included in all hotels
·      All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
·      Refreshments for the trip
·      Credit Only Walk Fees for the whole trip

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

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tater Tours to Alabama and Florida - February 2017

Seats Still Available!

Feb. 15th (Wed.):  Fly day only to Birmingham, Alabama Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Hampton Inn & Suites. (205) 933-0444 Hot Breakfast included and free shuttle from airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 16th (Thurs.): Participate in the Birmingham, Alabama walk.  All routes include the historic Civil Rights district, Railroad Park and other points of interest.  Drive to Panama City Beach, Florida for President’s Walking Weekend.  The details for the 4 day event are still being finalized but it looks like at least 7 walks!  Hotel accommodations at the Panama City Beach Holiday Inn Resort for 4 glorious nights!! (RIGHT ON THE GULF BEACH (850) 234-1111)  Full Breakfast included. Brochure for the event forthcoming from the Club.

Panama City Florida
Feb. 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th (Fri. Sat. Sun. & Mon.) Walking Extravaganza in Florida!!          

Feb. 20th (Mon.): After the morning walk, continue our journey to Quincy, Florida for that “hard to get” letter of the alphabet!  This walk is mostly on sidewalks through the town square, suburbs and historic neighborhoods and is rated 2B due to hills. Drive a short distance to our hotel, Holiday Inn Express, (850) 875-2500 Continental Breakfast included.

Feb 21st (Tues.): Drive a short distance to Tallahassee for the Capital Walk! Walk Florida's premier Capital City walk through Capitol grounds, state museums, Florida State University Campus and downtown Tallahassee. Pass by the Visitor Center, FSU Circus, athletic training facilities, and Bobby Bowden Field mostly on sidewalks, promenades and greenways.  Continue onto Gainesville for year round event.  We are staying at the Start/Finish, the Holiday Inn, (352) 376-1661.  Full Breakfast included. The walk is around the beautiful University of Florida campus, home of the Florida Gators. The University is the oldest in the state of Florida.

Feb. 22nd (Wed.): Drive to “The Villages” to get that “hard to get” letter V.  The Villages is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA, It is a retirement community in central Florida south of Ocala.  The route is on sidewalks and multi modal trails provides views of the Cherry Lake/Lake Sumter, Lake Sumter Landing Town Square, gardens, residential, business, and athletic areas of The Villages. Continue onto the Orlando area for the Orlando North walk.  This walk route is a tree lined and shaded walk near lakes, through residential areas, through Loch Haven Park, and along Ivanhoe Antique Row.  Continue for a short drive to our hotel for 3 glorious nights!  Drury Inn & Suites (407) 354-1101 Full Breakfast and an evening of free hot food and cold beverages.

Feb. 23rd (Thurs.): Drive to and participate in the Lake Buena Vista walk. The walk is in an area near and in the new Disney Spring in Lake Buena Vista. Lake Buena Vista encompasses the eastern side of Walt Disney World. The walk takes you through the admin and new & unique Disney Spring shopping complexes.  In the afternoon, participate in one of the Celebration walks.  These walks are within the town of Celebration whose first residents moved there in June 1996.  The walk weaves by different areas including homes, wetlands, parks, lakes and businesses.  Disney took the best ideas and practices from yesterday's and today's towns and adapted them to Celebration.  Return to our hotel

Disney Springs
Feb. 24th (Fri.): Drive to downtown Orlando to participate in this walk.  See historic downtown Orlando, Lake Eola and its new art sculptures, City Hall, new Performing Arts Center, Amway Center, and the County Courthouse.  In the afternoon, participate in the Lakes Walk.  The Lakes area south of downtown Orlando displays 100 year old neighborhoods, seven lakes, and shaded avenues.  Return to our hotel.

Feb. 25th (Sat.): FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO HOME DESTINATIONS! (The hotel does not provide free shuttle to the airport!)

$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to the WARMER WEATHER!! (Non-refundable)  Does not include any airfare.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $2100.00    DOUBLE:  $1500.00   TRIPLE:  $1300.00 
One Payment will be due on December 27th!                                         

The cost of the trip will include:
          Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
          10 nights of Hotel Accommodations
          Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels
          All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
          Refreshments for the trip
          Credit Only Walk Fees for all the walks

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

Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Update for 2017 Trips

Head Tater at the
Canadian Convention
Hi Everyone: There is a lot going on in the upcoming year. Please join us on the trail in 2017!  
1.  Florida in February:  Approximate dates are Feb 16th - 25th
Participate in President's Weekend in Panama City, Florida, then onto Tallahassee, Quincy, Gainesville, The Villages, and finally Orlando. (Get those two hard letters of Q and V) Fly into Panama City and out of Orlando, Florida.  Lots of seats available!

2.  Mid-Atlantic States in AprilApproximate dates are April 15th - 27th
Timing is everything for the cherry blossoms!  Walk in the Capitals of each of these states and also a few Battlefield walks:  Maryland, Washington DC, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Fly into/out of BWI (Baltimore/Washington Airport)  (10 seats available!)

3. AVA Convention & More:  Approximate dates are June 1st - June 17th
Fly into Denver, Colorado and start our journey to South Dakota. Participate in the famous Crazy Horse Memorial Walk and also Custer State Park. Continue to Wyoming for the pre-convention walks in Buffalo and Little Big Horn.  Attend the Convention in Billings, Montana and the post-convention walks in  Red Lodge and Cody, Wyoming.  Travel to Yellowstone National Park, then to Helena for Capital Walk and possibly walk in Idaho and end in Salt Lake City.  (Sold out with long waiting list)

4.  Maritime Provinces in July Returns:  Approximate dates are July 12th - 29th Same trip as in 2016 (See brochure) but may tweak somewhat, including the dates.  Fly into/out of Portland, Maine.  (Sold out with waiting list)

5.  Midwest in September:  Approximate dates are September 5th - 17th  Fly into/out of Kansas City, Missouri. Participate in the State Capital walks besides a couple more walks in each State. Do walks in Kansas City and Jefferson City.  Head North to Iowa for walks in Des Moines, Madrid (Trestle Bridge at night) and Winterset. Head West to Nebraska for walks in Omaha and Lincoln.  The State of Kansas will include Topeka and a few more cities.  Oklahoma will include Tulsa and Bartlesville.  The last State of Arkansas with walks in Bentonville, Fayetteville and Little Rock.  (Only 4 seats left!)

6.  Northeast Fall Foliage in October:  Approximate dates are October 4th -16th Return to the beauty of the colors in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, new Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.  Will be walking in all the Capitals plus many more great walks.  Fly into Albany, New York and out of Providence, Rhode Island.  (Sold out with long waiting list)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Just Announced 2017 Tater Tour Trip!


Panama City
Return to Florida for the President's Walking Weekend in Panama City, Florida!  Approximate Dates are from Feb. 16th -25th.  There will be 5-6 events to participate in with your walking friends from all over the USA!  Continue our journey to the Tallahassee area to participate in the Capital Walk and also that "hard to get" letter "Q" in Quincy, Florida.  Drive South to Gainesville for year round event and then onto "The Villages" to get the letter "V"!  (Two hard to get letters!)  End the trip in Orlando, Florida with a couple of great walks.  Join Tater Tours by reserving your seat with a $50.00 deposit. 

Any questions, feel free to contact the Head Tater      

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Update on Tater Tours 2017 Trips

Greetings from the Head Tater:

I would like to announce my trips planned for 2017.  Some of them are either sold out or are very close to being filled.

1.  Alaska Winter Tour in February:  This is ongoing and I am not sure that this trip will be a “GO”.  Still working on a couple of issues that need to be resolved.

2. Mid-Atlantic States in April:  This trip will include the States of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington DC. The trip will be approximately 10 days.  People are already signing up with their $50.00 deposit.  Have 27 people signed up already.

3.  AVA Convention in June at Billings, Montana Possibly start the trip in Denver, Colorado and participate in the Crazy Horse Memorial Walk in South Dakota.  Walk in Wyoming, and attend the AVA Convention in Billings, Montana, and ?  This trip is “Sold Out” with a long waiting list.

4. Maritime Provinces in July:  This trip will be the same as in 2016 except for a few tweaks, if necessary.  Just 3 seats available!  Email me first if interested!

5.  Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas in September(Just Announced) Start and end this trip in Kansas City, Missouri.  Approximately 12 days and will be doing all the Capitals plus a few other walks.  Accepting $50.00 deposits!

6.   Northeast Fall Foliage in October:  This is a repeat of 2015!  Start the trip in Albany, New York and end in Providence, Rhode Island.  Walk in the states of New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.  Enjoy Capital and small town walks!  Have 43 people!

TATER TOURS/Mary Ptacek       2748 Canarsy Ct.    Henderson, Nevada 89052

          "Walk the USA!  The Tater Tour Way!"

Monday, December 14, 2015


                  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Head Tater!!


Head Tater with Santa
at the North Pole!
As the Christmas season is upon us, I want to take the time to thank everyone for their great support of my company, Tater Tours!

 Our lives become very busy around this time of the year but I do want to reflect on this past year's accomplishments with Tater Tours!  

This past year several people finished their 50 States and Capitals with me and the Tater Tots! 

I appreciate your continued support which is reflected in 2016 with all the trips "Sold Out" with waiting lists except the first trip of the year in January.

Mary Ptacek (Head Tater)