Wine, Shine, & Brew

Depart: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:15 AM
Return: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

We have added a bit of a twist to our annual “Wine Trail Weekend” with a brewery tour with food pairings, moonshine sampling & of course, wine tasting!

We will begin our morning at the Kava House located in Swisher, IA with a breakfast casserole, cinnamon roll and fruit. Sit back and relax a bit before arriving at Creekside Winery located by Preemption, IL for wine tasting among the tanks at the winery! Sip and savor the wine before boarding  the coach in traveling to Lavender Crest Winery located by Colona, IL. A relaxing lunch in their dining room followed by a wine tour of the production facility with wine tastings and a gift shop to check out before we board the coach to travel to Utica, IL. We will have a bit of time to drop off our luggage at Grand Bear Resort before departing for our brewery tour at Ottawa, IL. The Tangled Roots Brewing Co welcomes our group for a tour that will show the bottling, copper kettles used for the beer and a great overall understanding of the art of beer making. Following the tour everyone will experience 4 different beers with food pairings of chicken, beef tenderloin & salmon with the Executive Chef. Dessert will be served and then some free time for purchasing beer or to check out the retail area for a souvenir from visiting the brewery. Return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

Our day will begin with breakfast at the hotel before packing up to depart. Onto wine tasting at August Hill Winery located in Utica, IL for sip and savor time!  You may even try a wine slushy! Next on the itinerary is a bit of chocolate & flavored popcorn with a visit to Roxie’s Sweet Confections and Flutter By Gourmet Popcorn! Really . .  you just have to try the banana creme pie flavored popcorn! We then travel back to August Hill Winery for lunch with a glass of wine. Our last stop will be a visit to Jamie’s OutPost Parlor where a program will be given on Moonshine and everyone will have a chance to try flavored Moonshine with some free time in this unique store. Before we depart everyone may walk across the street to Nonie’s Bakery for dessert & bottled water or soda before departing for our journey back to Newton with great memories of our “Wine, Shine & Brew” trip! A fast food stop/restroom break will be taken along the way back.

Tour includes: motor coach transportation, overnight accommodation at Grand Bear Resort, 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 evening meal) and dessert at Nonie’s, wine tastings at 3 wineries, brewery tour, moonshine sampling, all taxes & gratuities on the above mentioned attractions & meals. And, all the fun along the way!

Depart:  6:15 a.m. – April 14, 2018
Return: 8:00 p.m.  – April 15, 2018

Cost Per Person:
$428.00 Quad
$442.00 Triple
$467.00 Double
$555.00 Single

A deposit in the amount of $150.00 will be due at the time of signup. Final balance will be due promptly  by March 7, 2018.

Depart: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:15 AM
Return: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Trip tags: 2 Days, Beer, Illinois, Iowa, Kava House, Moonshine, wine, wine trail

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