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NOTE: Accessibility is limited in a some locations. The trip does involve a lot of activity, including getting on and off the motor coach several times a day being on your feet during the tours, and walking distances up to a few blocks. Outdoor activities may require walking and standing on uneven or hilly ground. If special accommodations are needed, please advise the CLR office at the time of registration.
Per person price based on double occupancy: $3,560. For single occupancy a $318.00 per person supplement will be added. CLR members will receive $175 discount if deposit is paid by November 5, 2015.
Price includes: air from Chicago O’Hare and Dublin, additional airline fees for baggage may apply, land tour, sightseeing, excursions, hotel accommodations, meals as specified in the itinerary including: gratuities, Travel Protection, round trip hotel transfers, and motor coach transportation to and from Rock Valley College.
Registration: Registration forms can be downloaded here or obtained at the Center for Learning in Retirement office or by calling (815) 921-3931 to request a form to be mailed. Trip registration is for CLR members only and will be on a first come, first served basis. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a valid passport. Please provide a copy of your passport at the time of registration.
Discover the true spirit of early Wisconsin!
Journey back to the past at Old World Wisconsin located south of Eagle, Wisconsin in Waukesha County. This is a vivid re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants in America’s heartland. This historic site owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society was voted a Top 10 living history destination in 2015.
Discover teams of oxen and horses working in the fields, the farm folk preparing hearty meals over wood-burning stoves, and the heirloom plants in well-tended gardens. Stroll through the 1880’s Village and chat with the town blacksmith, shoemaker, or the keeper of the general store. Explore what life was really like working and living on a late 19th century farm in the Upper Midwest. Observe hardworking animals, authentic farm implements and traditional farm methods.
Our day will begin with a narrated group tram tour. You will enjoy a comprehensive overview of this historic site from a skilled guide and learn about the museum’s houses, outbuildings, heirloom gardens, heritage breed animals, immigrant life and more. The tour includes brief stops at the German “Life on the Farms” experience and in the 1880’s Crossroads Village.
Then we’ll enjoy a hearty lunch at the on-site Clausing Barn Café. The meal includes: home-style pot roast served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rolls & butter, assorted slices of pie and a beverage.
After lunch, you are free to explore the grounds as you wish. You can return to sites of interest, visit the gift shop, check out the one-room schoolhouse, learn about hand-crafted materials and the wool-refining process, or stroll through a variety of heirloom flower, vegetable and herb gardens.
The final stop of the day is a visit to Brennan’s Market in Oconomowoc. This is a family-owned business that began in 1942 in Monroe, Wisconsin. The Brennan’s family believes in “buying direct so you buy the best” and personally visits and inspects every farm, orchard, vineyard, microbrewery and cheese factory that they do business with. Shop a huge variety of fresh produce, exclusive micro-brews and wines, Wisconsin cheeses, jams and jellies, specialty foods, and lots of free samples!
NOTE: The tour involves walking both outside and inside. The main buildings are handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 8:45 a.m.
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:45 p.m.
Cost: $70 for Center members and $85 for non-members
Registration: Registration forms can be downloaded here or obtained at the Center for Learning in Retirement office or by calling (815) 921-3931 to request a form to be mailed. Trip registration is for CLR members only and will be on a first come, first served basis.