Trips & Socials

Discover New Glarus

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Come spend the day in “Little Switzerland”. New Glarus was established as a Swiss Colony in 1845 and continues to honor Swiss culture, food and architecture to this day.

New Glarus HotelWe will begin at the Swiss Historical Village Museum. We will engage in a docent-led tour of 14 different buildings that tell the story of the settlement of New Glarus by the Swiss immigrants as they began their new lives. Buildings such as an 1850’s log cabin, an 1890’s cheese factory, a one-room school house, a firehouse, a print shop, a blacksmith shop, a general store and a replica of the town’s first log church show the facets of small town life in 1850’s New Glarus. The museum’s gift shop has a variety of souvenirs and books about New Glarus.

We will be having lunch at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant. Swiss immigrants built the hotel in 1853 and  it has become a local landmark showcasing Swiss architecture and food. We will have the opportunity to indulge in Swiss delicacies, Swiss entertainment and view and sample a cheese fondue appetizer demonstration. Entrée choices are Swiss Steak (oven baked round steak with tomatoes and
mushrooms), Wienerschnitzel (veal breaded and fried) and Kaesechuechli (baked cheese pie served with fresh fruit). All entrees include Cheese and relish tray, salad, Roesti (Swiss style potatoes), Spaetzle (Swiss style egg noodle), Vegetable, Fresh Baked Rolls, Homemade Pastry for dessert and coffee, tea or milk.

After lunch, is free time to explore the unique shops and boutiques in downtown New Glarus. There are charming stores featuring clothes, jewelry, art, home décor, hand made and imported European items. You can stop at the Swiss Bakery to purchase pastries or bread and sample wines at Primrose Winery. 

NOTE: Swiss Historical Village and New Glarus Hotel Restaurant are handicap accessible. 

Depart Rock Valley College at 8:45 a.m. Return to Rock Valley College about 4:30 p.m. 

Cost: (Includes Museum admission, lunch and transportation) 
$68 for Center members 
$83 for non-members

Starved Rock Lodge

Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pack your bag, and get away with us for two days of worry-free fun at the Starved Rock State Park Lodge. Enjoy meals in the rustic dining room and live entertainment. Hike the canyons or stroll the grounds. Take a trolley tour and a leisurely Belle of the Rock river cruise. If that sounds too strenuous, take a dip in the pool or possibly a soak in the hot tub and a quick nap before dinner. It's your getaway! 

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Starved Rock

Highlights of Ireland: Emerald Isle

September 22 - October 2, 2016

Ireland Trip 2016

Please view the brochure for information.

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.