Fixer Upper & Pioneer Woman Edventure

Fixer Upper & Pioneer Woman 2019 Trip

April 7-13, 2019

 

Sunday, April 7
Depart for St. James, Missouri. We will have lunch at Sybill’s, a restaurant with new American cuisine & wine served in an elegant, country-style manor with a gift shop. We will then depart for Joplin, Missouri, and once we arrive, we will check into the Drury Inn for one night. We will enjoy a Drury Kickpack Reception then an independent dinner. (L)

Monday, April 8
We will have breakfast at the hotel then depart for Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where we will visit the Keepsake Candle Factory. Before you even open the door to the Keepsake Candle Factory, you will detect the aroma of vibrant scents of the hand-made candles made in this facility. And, there’s something for the men – a short train consisting of two tank cars and a caboose. Inside the caboose, you can see memorabilia from bygone days of railroading. Recognized by many as one of the nation’s leading candle manufacturers, Keepsake Candles produces over 500 styles of candles that are available across the nation and around the world. Nowhere else can you hear the story, see the art of hand-crafting these items and smell the scents in one unique tour! Visit the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum – be inspired by the story of Phillips’ transformation from a small Bartlesville business to a global energy enterprise, and the extraordinary people who made it happen. Have an independent lunch in Downtown Bartlesville, then depart for Pawhuska, OK. We will then tour Immaculate Conception Church, which is home to glorious stained-glass windows depicting living tribal members. Handcrafted in Germany, the project could only begin after receiving special permission from the Vatican in 1919. Next, we will visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, which is a destination restaurant, bakery and store. Ree and Ladd Drummond spent years renovating the hundred-year-old Osage Mercantile building on Main Street so that they could welcome visitors from near and far and give them a slice of small town hospitality. Afterward, we will explore the area, where there are several other shops within walking distance of the “Merc”. We will have dinner at Pioneer Woman Event Venue, which entails a 4-course meal, including an appetizer, salads, entrees and desserts and drinks. Later, we will depart for Stillwater, Oklahoma and check into our hotel for one night. (B, D)

Tuesday, April 9
This morning, eat breakfast at the hotel then depart for Oklahoma City, OK. We will tour the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. After the Museum tour, depart for Toshomingo, OK. We will eat lunch at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, located in his home of Toshomingo, Oklahoma, is a bar and restaurant named after his hit song, “Ol’ Red.” After lunch, we will depart for Waco, TX , and check into our hotel for two nights. Dinner tonight will be on your own at River Square Center. (B, L)

Wednesday, April 10
We will start the day by eating breakfast at the Waco hotel. It’s going to be an HGTV kind of day as head out on a locally-guided Fixer Upper Edventure. Our morning will include visiting or sightseeing JDH Iron Design, Harp Design, Earle-Harrison House, Fixer Upper Homes (drive-by only) and other signs related to the Fixer Upper show. We will arrive at Magnolia Market in time for an independent lunch. We will later explore downtown Waco (The Silo District Trolley), visit Magnolia Market, Spice Village and other shops. (Optional for history buffs who don’t like to shop: visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $7 per person to tour this museum.) In the evening, we will enjoy a catered dinner with wine at a local venue. (B, D)

Thursday, April 11
Today we will check out of our hotel in Waco, then will possibly eat an independent breakfast at Magnolia Table, which is Chip & Joanna Gaines’ restaurant that opened in February 2018. After breakfast, we will depart for Bentonville, Arkansas and eat lunch on our own along the way. Once we arrive in Bentonville, we will check into our hotel for two nights, then eat dinner at Fred’s Hickory Inn. (D)

Friday, April 12
We will start our day with breakfast at the hotel, then visit the Walmart Museum. The Walmart Museum is as much a part of Walmart’s history as the exhibits and artifacts that it houses. First opened in 1990, the museum was known as the Walmart Visitor Center. But as times changed and the term “Visitor Center” came to refer more to regional, state, and local tourism offices, it became apparent that a name change was needed. Next, we will have Admission to the Museum of Native American History, where we will take a 14,000-year journey through America’s past. View some of the finest ancient artifacts of early man: brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. We will have lunch in downtown Bentonville on our own. After the first tour of the day, we will take a guided tour of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where will see a fun overview of the three basic pillars of the Crystal Bridges experience: art, nature & architecture. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. We will then depart for Bella Vista, Arkansas, where we will visit the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. The Chapel was created by renowned Arkansas architect Euine Fay Jones. Fay was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, where he was first introduced to the principle of Organic Architecture (designed to fit the environment). The Chapel was built to honor Mildred Borum Cooper, who had a deep spirituality and love for nature. We will eat dinner at Simple Pleasures, a 1930s gas station full of 20s-70s iconic autos, toys, neon advertising and more. Tour Groups are entertained by the property owners and enjoy the Simple Pleasures tour elements includes a barn tour, a “Diana Shore” choir, nostalgic activities with a real spinner board and more. They’re also treated to a smoked ribs & chicken dinner, with ice cream sundaes and a big, fat chocolate cookie. (B, D)

Saturday, April 13
We will eat breakfast at the hotel then depart for home. We will have a lunch on our own along the way. (B)

Trip Includes:
•  6 Nights Lodging
•  Driver’s Lodging & Meals
•  11 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners
•  Attractions/Tours per itinerary
•  Hotel Bag Handling
•  All Taxes and Included Meal Gratuities

 

Pricing:
$1,449 per person / Double occupancy – $93 Insurance
$1,825 per person / Single occupancy – $115 Insurance
$1,339 per person / Triple occupancy – $93 Insurance
Deposit – $300 per person due at registration
Final balance due February 27, 2019

 

For more information about this trip, contact Sheri Rodebaugh at 217-258-0440, or toll free 866-661-2582.

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