Sunday, December 13, 2009
I had forgotten how fun a bus trip for a group could be until I was on one over the Thanksgiving weekend. I was able to organize a 2 day bus trip to Lancaster Pennsylvania for a Bronx church.
Yes YTB Travel is very much alive and well in the Bronx!
I have the advantage of having some wonderful vendors. American Destinations Inc helped us build an exciting itinerary! The trip begain 7:30 AM on Black Friday when our bus arrived with the world’s friendliest bus driver ever. Boarding our Spacious motorcoach equipped with DVR and TVs, we watched a movie, did some laughing and even had some raffles.
After rest stop to stretch our legs we arrived at our location around 12 noon. Was Tanger Outlets and Rockvale Outlets ready for this Bronx group of savvy shoppers? Well I can say that we came, we saw and we conquered! After a day of Outlet shopping we were ready to check into our Hotel at the Hampton Inn Lancaster. Our tired and hungry group walked in the lobby with their arms brimming with their sales bounty of the day. We were greeted by the Hampton Inn staff with a welcome basket of goodies and piping hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I quickly remembered why Hampton Inn is one of my favorite hotel chains.
We checked in our rooms, freshened up and was ready for dinner at Good n Plenty Family Style Restaurant. The temperature had dropped and it got pretty cold but we were greeted by the warm hearts and hospitality of the Restaurant staff. One thing that intrigued me was the artwork on the walls. It was 3D wood carving/paintings. I have never seen anything like that! We had some home cooked style fried chicken, ham and a spread like you have never seen. I had Shew fly pie for the first time ever! After dinner it was back on the bus to the hotel in our comfortable beds to get some rest for the exciting day ahead of us.
One thing I like about Hampton Inn chain is their hot breakfasts! Well they did not disappoint at all! There was something for everyone and then some! We checked out at 9:30 AM and boarded our bus well fed and rested to head off to the Farmer’s Market. I had forgotten about this Farmer’s Market. Soon as I waled in the door., I was greeted with the familiar aroma of fresh meat, vegetables, pastries, breads, pies and more. Then I remembered, I use to come here with the church of my youth! The Farmer’s Market is an experience that you cannot describe but your senses just explain it all.
Next on our itinerary was a trip to Kitchen Kettle Village. This is an knick knack lovers village. There is something for everyone there. Performing there was an acapella choir singing hymns. They sounded like angels. Some of us just sat and enjoyed the free concert while others got more shopping.
Well, it was time for lunch, and it was at the Millers Smorgasbord. The best way to describe this restaurant is a Delectable food overdose! Everything there was good! An all you can eat buffet from Soup to nuts to desert!
After lunch we were back on the bus to our way to the climax of the trip. That was to t he Sight and Sound Millenium theatre to see “the Miracle of Christmas”. I am from New York, and I can tell you that Radio City Music Hall with its Christmas productions have nothing on the presentation we saw. It was jaw dropping to see Angels descending from the ceiling against a backdrop of a starry sky. The audience sat in the midst of a panoramic stage that surrounded us by 2 stages on the sides as well as in front, depicting a Bethlehem village of that time. The show stopper was seeing the live animals on the stage and coming down the aisles putting the audience right in the midst of the story. The Christmas story truly came alive. Afterwards we met and took a picture in front of the 30 foot Angel tree in the Theatre’s huge lobby! The grounds of the Sight and Sound are absolutely enchanting.
We boarded our motorcoach on our way back to Bronx,New York with memories that we will always cherish. A bus trip is a great way for a church, non-profit or any type of group to bond and fellowship together. Laughter could be heard throughout the bus. While I was dozing off in my seat and the movie playing in the DVR was watching me, I felt a tap on my shoulder and someone asking me “Ok when do we start planning the next trip”. That makes a Travel consultant very happy!
Gail is a YTB Travel Consultant located in Bronx, New York and is available to book Group trips for churches, religious organizations, Non-profits and families such.
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