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McLean Community Center Day Trips


McLean Community Center

In the summer of 2004, Custom Group Tours turned over the day trips that we do for the McLean Community Center to Excursionaire Tours. The following day trips are being offered by Maureen Cyron of Excursionaire Tours. Maureen is an experienced guide and has been active for many years with the Washington DC Guild of Guides. She will do a great job!


Embassy Row, World War II Memories
Cosmos Club and World War II Memorial
Thursday, April 14, 2005

Join us for a leisurely stroll down Massachusetts Ave., while our knowledgeable guide recalls life on fashionable Embassy Row during the days of World War II when Washington was first placed on high alert. We will be passing several embassies and learning how many old private mansions were affected by the war.

We will conclude our tour at the exclusive Cosmos Club were we will be served a delicious gourmet lunch in the Old Dining Room. The Cosmos Club was once the home of Richard and Mary Scott Townsend whose fortune came from the Erie Railroad. The architects, Carrere & Hastings, created a veritable museum of Gilded Age grandeur.

We will end our day with a stop at the World War II Memorial. This remarkable memorial serves as the first national memorial dedicated to those who served during World War II and our "Greatest Generation".

This tour promises to be a memorable day exploring our great city.

Please note: Tour is limited to 35 people. Please wear comfortable shoes.

#1014.350 $135/$140 nonresidents. Includes transportation, tour guide, lunch and driver tip. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. Bus departs at 9:15 a.m. Tour returns at 4:00 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.


Springtime in Staunton
Thursday, May 12, 2005

This special spring day in Staunton, Virginia will focus on Woodrow Wilson in the morning and the history of the Shenandoah Valley in the afternoon. Our morning begins with the Director of Education of the Woodrow Wilson Museum speaking to us about "Woodrow Wilson: his Life, his Legacy, and his Library." This talk will be followed by a docent-led guided tour of Woodrow Wilson's birthplace. One of the few original Presidential birthplaces open to the public, we will trace Wilson's life through his years as president of Princeton University and continuing on to the White House. A charming 1933 boxwood garden compliments this National Historic Landmark.

Lunch will be at the nearby Belle Grae Inn, a restored 1870's Victorian mansion with many beautiful antiques.

After lunch we will be learning about the history of the Shenandoah Valley at the Frontier Culture Museum. This museum commemorates the Shenandoah Valley's historic role as a refuge for European immigrants with three re-created farms from the 18th-century England, Germany and Ireland ....the three countries whose farmers settled in the valley.

Wear comfortable shoes and do not miss this opportunity to enjoy springtime in historic Staunton.

Trip #1016.350 $125/$130 nonresidents. Includes transportation, admission to Woodrow Wilson Home and Museum and the Frontier Culture Museum, special lecture, full lunch and driver tip. Arrive at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs at 7:00 a.m. Tour returns at 7:00 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.


Sailing Back In Time
Chestertown, Maryland
Saturday, June 25, 2005

The year is 1768, the Schooner is the "Sultana", and our day begins as we sail out of the historic port of Chestertown, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The "Sultana" is an extraordinary and accurate reproduction of a vessel that sailed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay over two hundred years ago. On our sailing adventure we may be asked to: raise the sails, steer the ship, navigate with 18th century instruments, or just sit back and enjoy your morning on the Bay. This will be a totally fun, interactive, and informative morning.

After our sailing experience we will be treated to a full buffet lunch at the Old Wharf restaurant on the banks of the Chester River. Our afternoon begins with our local guide taking us on a narrated walking tour in the National Registrar Historic District. This charming town has many original buildings that have been restored and a stop will be made at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (1770). There will be time to browse in the many diverse boutique and antique shops before we leave Chestertown.

Please Note: Tour is limited to 30 people. This trip is appropriate for children seven years and older. Casual attire and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this day.

Trip #1013.150 $129.00/$134.00 non-residents, which includes transportation, tour guide, "Sultana" admission, full buffet lunch, walking tour, and driver tip. Arrive at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs at 7:00 a.m. Tour returns at 7:00 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.


Thursday, July 14, 2005

What could be better than Broadway at the Kennedy Center! "Hairspray", Broadway's new musical comedy phenomenon, is coming to the Kennedy Center for a very limited engagement. This fantastically funny musical opened on Broadway in August of 2002 to rave reviews, winning eight Tony Awards, including best musical. It is all about the 60's, Baltimore, big hair and lots of singing and dancing. Everyone is talking about this delightful musical so join in the fun and tap your toes to this mega-hit.

Preceding the performance will be lunch at Sequoia Restaurant located on the Georgetown waterfront. From Sequoia you will have a stunning view of the Potomac River, the Watergate, and of course the Kennedy Center.

Trip #1012.150 $155/$160.00 non-residents, which includes transportation, lunch at Sequoia, orchestra seats at the Kennedy Center, and driver tip. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. bus departs at 11:45 a.m. Tour returns at 5:00 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.

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