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A tour through America’s history

Why having a nonprofit travel company in your neighborhood is a great thing

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March 21st, 2018
Travelers will take in breathtaking view of the Shenandoah Valley in springtime from Skyline Drive.

Travelers will take in views of the Shenandoah Valley and Luray Caverns.

If you enjoy history, art, stunning scenery, or all of the above, there’s one club you’ll definitely want to join when you move to Cedar Crest.

Trips and Travel plans day trips up and down the northeast coast as well as longer excursions to destinations ranging from the Panama Canal to Las Vegas and even overseas. They take the stress out of traveling and make it a fun affair with friends.

“I do the research beforehand, and we really just enjoy ourselves,” says club founder Ruth Ellerthorpe.

April 29, they’ll set off in luxury, motor coach style, on a five-day tour through the Shenandoah Valley and Charlotte, N.C.

“Some months ago, a friend asked me if I would arrange a trip to Charlotte, N.C., to see the Billy Graham Library,” says Ruth. “A light immediately went on in my head, as I have been there twice when my sister lived in Charlotte. Never had I thought of a trip to this most interesting and worthwhile place.”

Months of planning

With help from other members of the group, Ruth began to research attractions and tour companies.

“I use a tour company for overnight trips, as I am unfamiliar with hotels along the way and do not have access to the info or deals tour companies have,”says Ruth.

She called Tyler Zajacz at Tours of Distinction in Connecticut, “a firm I have enjoyed working with in the past. He, too, thought it would be a unique trip.”

They immediately started working together, researching attraction ideas along the way and in Charlotte.

“I enjoy traveling with people here at Cedar Crest because they are so cooperative and appreciative,” Ruth says. “I do the research beforehand, and we really just enjoy ourselves.”

After six to eight months of planning, the group of around 35 neighbors will soon be on its way.

They’ll tour Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; Lee Chapel and Museum, a national histor- ic landmark located on the Washington and Lee University campus; Stonewall Jackson’s home; the Billy Graham Library or the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte; and finally a breathtaking tour along Skyline Drive with a stop at Luray Caverns.

“Everyone will want to make sure they have their cameras ready as we travel through Shenandoah Valley National Park along Skyline Drive. The view is awe-inspiring,” Ruth says.

Inclusive style

The trip includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, four nights’ accommodation, four breakfasts, and two dinners (including a meal at the infamous King’s Kitchen in Charlotte, “which should be unique in itself,” says Ruth).

It also includes entry to most attractions; baggage handling; and gratuities for the tour director, driver, and local guide in Charlotte.

This inclusive-style trip mimics the maintenance-free lifestyle Cedar Crest community members are accustomed to. Their convenient monthly service package includes nearly all living expenses like utilities, property taxes, 24/7 home security and maintenance, landscaping, a flexible meal plan, and use of all campus amenities.

One of the most attractive aspects of traveling with Cedar Crest is the ability to simply lock your door and leave worries behind knowing your home will be safe and secure while you’re away.