Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tater Tours Trip to the 2021 Madison Convention and More


JUNE 19th – JULY 4th



(The fees for the convention walks, socials and awards are not included in the total price. You can go to the AVA website for more information.)


June 19th (Sat.): Fly day only into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Country Inn & Suites/Mall of America for 2 nights!! (612) 669-6800 Full Breakfast included and free shuttle from airport. If arriving early, there is a year-round event across the street inside the Mall. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.


June 20th (Sun.): Drive to Fridley, Minnesota (less than an hour away) for 2 year-round events hosted by Bonnie Johnson.  Participate in the Springbrook Nature Center walk.  This walk is on trails through forest, prairie, savannah and wetland including floating boardwalks. Includes overlook kiosks, ponds, trail benches and Meditation Garden. Travel a short distance for our second walk, Rice Creek Trails. This walk goes along Rice Creek and the Mississippi River on bike trails, through parks, some residential and new development.  Return to our hotel.


June 21st (Mon.):  Drive to St. Paul for the Capital Walk.  This walk is mostly on flat, paved sidewalks with some inclines, it winds through historic areas of St Paul, past Historic Churches, Veterans Memorials, the MN State Capitol, Minnesota History Center, and the Excel Energy Center.  Continue to Northfield, Minnesota for hotel accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites for one night. (507) 366-5000 Continental Breakfast included. We can start the Northfield Jesse James walk from the hotel at your convenience. This walk goes through the Historic City of Northfield where the Jesse James bank robbery occurred. Walk through parks, downtown, along the Cannon River and into Carlton College Campus.


June 22nd (Tues.): Depart our hotel and continue our drive South into Iowa (HEAD TATER’S HOME STATE) to Mason City, Iowa to participate in the Frank Lloyd Wright walk. The start point is the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in the world; other FLW homes along the route   including the Stockman House. Visit Meredith Wilson’s boyhood home and Music Man Square. The trail is on sidewalks and multi-use trails.  Short drive to our hotel for one night, Holiday Inn Express (641) 424-1200 Continental Breakfast included.


June 23rd (Wed.): Drive to the Ames, Iowa for year-round event.  Trail goes through historic residential neighborhoods, the beautiful Iowa State Campus, the Farm House Museum and passes through the central business district of shops and restaurants. Also passes Reiman Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory.  Continue to West Des Moines, Iowa for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at the Drury Inn & Suites (515) 457-9500 Full Breakfast included.


June 24th (Thurs.): Drive a short distance to participate in the Des Moines Capital walk.  The trail goes through the Capitol Gardens, around the State Capitol and several war memorials on the Capitol grounds. It tours the East Village featuring unique shops and eateries and crosses the river to go through   downtown Des Moines and the Pappajohn sculpture park and re-crosses the Des Moines River     on the Principal Riverwalk pedestrian bridge.  Return to our hotel. This evening we will drive to Madrid, Iowa to participate in the night Trestle Bridge Walk.  This walk is an out and back on hard surface Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. Converted rail trail crosses the Des Moines River on the beautiful 13 story High Trestle Bridge. Lighted bridge is spectacular at night! Return to hotel.


June 25th (Fri.): Drive to Dubuque, Iowa (Eastern Iowa) to participate in our last year-round event prior to the Pre-walks for the AVA Convention.  The walk will be along the Mississippi River and downtown Dubuque's Main St with lots of murals. Short drive to our hotel for one night, Hampton Inn (563) 690-2005 Continental Breakfast included.

June 26th (Sat.): Drive a short distance to Galena, Illinois for the 1st Pre-Walk of the Convention. Participate in event and then drive to Middleton, Wisconsin (Madison West) for hotel accommodations for 3 nights at Springhill Suites (608) 233-4580 Full Breakfast included.


June 27th (Sun.): Drive to Oconomowoc for 2nd Pre-Walk of the Convention. (63 miles away) Participate in event and then drive back to our hotel.  For your convenience, for those wanting to do another walk, participate in the Middleton West Parks year-round event, hopefully from our hotel.


June 28th (Mon.): Drive to Green Bay for 3rd Pre-Walk of the Convention. (143 miles away) Participate in event and again drive back to our hotel. 


June 29th (Tues.): Drive to Sparta for last Pre-Walk of the Convention (110 miles away) Participate in the event and drive to the Host Hotel for the AVA Convention, Madison Concourse Hotel for 4 glorious nights 1-800-356-8293 Breakfast included.


June 30th – July 3rd: (Wednesday through Saturday)


Attend the AVA Convention, meetings, workshops, walks, and socials!


(Not included in tour price)


June 30th (Wed.): Pheasant Branch Conservatory Walk (Transportation provided)


July 1st (Thurs.): Convention Walk (Monona Terrace Walk)


July 2nd (Fri.): Olbrich Gardens Walk (Transportation provided)


July 3rd (Sat): UW Campus Walk


July 3rd (Sat): After participating in the UW Campus Walk, drive to Milwaukee to possibly participate in year-round event.   Route goes through downtown Milwaukee, with its interesting architecture and passes the Milwaukee Art Museum. Watch the "wings" on the museum open and close several times a day. The walk is on paved pathways and city sidewalks. Views are afforded of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Continue to our last Hotel for the trip, Holiday Inn Express & Suites/Milwaukee Airport (414) 563-4000 Continental Breakfast included.





$50.00 will reserve your seat on this Fantastic AVA Convention Trip. (Everyone has paid!) 

Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)


 SINGLE:  $3200.00       DOUBLE:  $2300.00    TRIPLE:  $1900.00                  



SINGLE:   March 27th - $3200.00  

DOUBLE:  March 27th - $2300.00

TRIPLE:    March 27th - $1900.00


 The cost of the trip will include:


       Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation


       15 nights of Hotel Accommodations at various hotels


       Deluxe Continental or Full Breakfast at ALL hotels


       All Taxes and Tips, including those for the Bus Driver and Tour Escort


       Walk Fees (Credit Only) for walks other than those designated for the AVA Convention


       Refreshments and snacks throughout the trip


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


Mary T. Ptacek

2748 Canarsy Ct.

Henderson, Nevada 89052


Any questions or concerns, call (702) 523-4920 or email me at mtptacek@msn.com  

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