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​April Update

Blessed Byways Tours for 2023

 Day Trip – This trip is going to have to be rescheduled.   Along with other attractions of interest will be Rhythms of Grace near Grimes, IA.  During the week, Mrs. Carlson holds therapy sessions with horses for special needs students and folks in rehabilitation.  On Sunday afternoons the Carlsons use their facility for Cowboy Church with some horseback riding.  The cost of this tour will be $99 each with no deposit necessary.  

June 12 – 20: Mackinaw Island Lilac Festival and More– The Lilac Festival on Mackinaw Island is a beautiful thing.  Our journey will take us north through Green Bay and up the Lake Michigan coastline to Escanaba and on to Munising for a sunset cruise along the Pictured Rocks coastline.  At Sault Ste, Marie we'll cruse through the Soo Locks with the big ships and then have a leisurely evening.  After breakfast we catch the ferry to go to Mackinaw Island.  While on the Island we'll tour the Island by horse drawn wagons, have lunch at the Grand Hotel, you can walk, bike around the Island, shop till you drop or just sit in a lawn chair and smell the lilacs.  When we return to the mainland we'll be on our way to the beautiful Leg's Inn by Lake Michigan for lunch. Polish Cuisine is their speciality.  After lunch and learning about the historic Inn a beautiful drive through the "Tunnel of Trees" will take us to Charleviox where we'll have a tour of the "Mushroom Houses."  The next morning a tour of Castle Farms and the incredible Charlevois Castle will be on the agenda followed by lunch there. The next day we board the ferry at Ludington and take a four-hour cruise across Lake Michigan.  After arriving in Manitowoc we'll begin our journey towards home with a fun, fun stop at the Mustard Museum. Cost per person $1,949 for a double, $2,579 for a single, and $1,729 for a triple. SOLD OUT

June 29 -  30, July 1: 3-Day Mystery - Our receptive needed to know by April 15 if we would have enough to make the trip a "Go" and we have already exceeded that number several weeks ahead of the deadline.  Seats for the trip are being reserved rapidly so if interested in this trip don't wait too long.  We will be picking up in Cedar Falls and then from there it will be west, north or east.  SOLD OUT

Aug. 2 - 5: Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together – Duane Garren has put together another outstanding array of talent for the Gospel Music Get Together and we will be ready to enjoy the show.  Wednesday August 2 will be a travel day. On Thursday morning we will take in the Gerald Wolfe Hymn Sing at the Cowan Center. The afternoon is free and the evening schedule includes; the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Mylon Hayes Family, Greater Vision and the Whisnants.  Friday morning belongs to the Inspirations and in the afternoon we plan to have a picnic at the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.  The Friday evening schedule includes; the Hoppers, the Booth Brothers, Gold City and the Guardians.  The Saturday Matinee features the Blackwood Brothers, the Chuck Wagon Gang, Endless Highway and Dennis Swanberg. We depart for home immediately after the session.  The price of this tour is $579 for a double, $759 for a single and $509 for a triple. A $50 deposit will hold your spot.  

Sept. 18 – 21: The Ark and Creation Museum –  The 18th and the 21st will be travel days. The 19th will be the Creation Museum and the 20th will be the Ark. I am working on a couple of outstanding evening attractions and meal opportunities. One evening meals will be at the Hill Forest  Mansion in Aroura, IN.  A tour of the mansion will be given by folks in Victorian costumes and a delightful dinner will follow.

Oct. 16 - 20 Fall Color Tour to Amish County of Central Ohio - We will be doing many things that we DID NOT DO when we were in this gorgeous part of the country.

Nov. 13 - 16 Grand Finale Christmas in Branson - In 1999 our first overnight tour was in Branson.  That was a beginning and ti seems only fitting that we end there.  Our receptive Debbie Wilson is working to put together a classic tour for us. 

Early December - Stuff Your Stocking Mystery Trip  c-  On this one-day trip we will be making stops at historic places where you will be receiving things to put in your stocking.

Thanks again to our many loyal travelers for your support and encouragement. We love our travelers and so enjoy the times that we have been blessed to spend with you. 

Burdell and Charlotte Hensley
Blessed Byways Tours
1302 North E St.
Oskaloosa, IA. 52577 Cell: 641-670-0190 for Burdell and 641-295-0757 for Charlotte