Our hearts are full of joy and gratitude for all of the wonderful memories we have had with our dear travelers. We are overly blest and are drinking from our saucers because our cups have overflowed. Thank you for your support and encouragement. We so enjoy the times that we spend with you.
However, our aging bodies have brought us to the decision to cease operations of Blessed Byways Tours as of December 31, 2023. We love the travel business and most of all the dear people who we have been able to serve for the past 25 years! God has owned our business and we've seen Him do amazing things over and over and over. There have been times when problems arose and we discover He already had the situation taken care of.
We have been so blessed to rub shoulders with some of the most wonderful people in God's creation.
Thanks for all the memories.
Going to Have to Reschedule
During the week the Carlsons of Grimes, IA operate Rhythms of Grace which offers therapy sessions with horses for special needs students and folks in rehabilitation. We can be indoors or outside depending on the weather. Arrangements are being made for a couple of other attractions. On Sunday afternoons their facilities are used for Cowboy Church complete with horseback riding. The cost of the trip will be $99.
Mackinaw Island Lilac Festival
June 12 - 2 0, 2023
There is so much packed into this scenic tour which will take us through Geen Bay , up the Lake Michigan coastline to Escanaba and then on to Munising where we will board a boat for the sunset cruise along the Pictured Rocks Coastline. Next day we'll go to Sault Ste. Marie for a cruise through the locks with the big ships. We'll lodge in Mackinaw City then ferry the next day to Mackinaw Island where no cars are permitted. Here you'll enjoy lunch at the Grand Hotel, enjoy a horse drawn tour of the island, be able to walk, bike, shop and smell the lilacs. Next day we'll ferry back to the mainland and head to the very unique Leggs Inn for lunch, to hear of it's history and enjoy Polish Cuisine. On the way to Charlevoix we'll travel through the "Tunnel of Trees" and see the "Mushroom Houses" in Charlevoix. Sunday we tour and have lunch at the famous Charlevoix Castle and travel to Ludington, MI were we lodge. Monday we'll be boarding a ferry and do a four-hour cruise across Lake Michigan. Upon arriving in Manitowoc we'll move on to the Madison area where we will lodge. Tuesday we're on our way home after a fun, fun stop at the Mustard Museum. A $200 deposit saves your seat which is refundable . $1,949 Double, Triple $1,729 per person and $2,579 for a single. SOLD OUT and taking a Waiting List.
3-Day Mystery Trip
June 29 - 30, July 1, 2023
(Note the Change of Date)
Our receptive needed to know by April 18 if we would have enough to make this trip a "Go" and we have far exceeded the number he needed several weeks ago. It is a good one! Seats for it are rapidly being purchased and it will be sold out very soon. Don't wait too long if you are interested in this tour. We will be picking up in Cedar Falls then it will be west, north or east from there. $729 for a double, $839 for a single and $679 for a triple. SOLD OUT and taking a Waiting List.
Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together
August 2 - 5, 2023
Quality Christian artists who will be sharing with our travelers include a Gerald Wolfe Hymn Sing, the Mark Trammell Quartet, Mylon Hayes Family, Greater Vision, Whisnaants, Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Gold City, Guardians, Dennis Swanberg, Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Endless Highway and Inspirations. A picnic is planned at the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. Price per person for the Gospel Music Get Together is $579 for a double, $759 for a single and $509 for a triple. A $50 deposit will hold your spot.
" It’s important to get your name on the list if you are interested. Most trips sell out months ahead of each trip, so contact us below to make your reservation."
2023 Blessed Byways Tours
The Ark and Creation Museum
September 18 - 21
The 18th and 21 will be travel days. There's so much to do here - carousel with custom animals, hands-on discover programs, concerts with resident artists, 4D special effects theater, zoo, live animal programs - all of which are all free with your ticket. And then for an additional price available are state-of-art planetarium, camel rides and encounters, and zip lines and rope challenge courses. Folks here learn about the truth of God's Word and the saving gospel and have a lot of fun You seldom get to eat in a mansion but at Hill Forest Mansion in Aroura, IN you'll be greeted by folks in Victorian costume and enjoy a delightful dinner followed by a tour of the mansion . $569 for a double, $749 for a single, and $509 for a triple. $100 Deposit
Fall Color Tour
Amish Country, Ohio
October 16 - 20, 2023
We loved, loved, loved this beautiful area when we 've been here before. We will be repeating a couple of the attractions because they were sooo good and then the rest of the attractions will be things we DID NOT do on the last tour. We can't wait to have you experience them.
Stuff Your Stocking Mystery Trip
This one day trip will take you to some historic spots where you will receive things to put in your stocking.
November 13 - 16, 2023 (Tentative)
In 1999 our first overnight tour was to Branson. That was a beginning and it seems only fitting that we end there. Our receptive Debbie Wilson is working to put together a classic tour for us and we should have the final itinerary soon.