Wake up to the fragrant colorful garden in your first morning stop with a tour of Toledo Botanical Garden. A trained docent will take your group on a tour of their most beautiful collections. (1½ hours)
Just a short ride on our coach to the scenic Wildwood Preserve, home to the architectural treasure known as the Manor House. This home is an example of 18th century Georgian Colonial Architecture. Tour twenty-two of the 35 primary rooms, the magnificent wall coverings, intricate woodwork, unique mantels and plasterwork have been retained and restored. (1 hour)
A shopping experience with a diverse assortment of venues is our next stop. Libbey Glass Outlet features a complete line of stemware, decorative glassware, candles, Syracuse china, Chrisa glassware and more! The Town Center at Levis Commons is Northwest Ohio's most unique, open-air lifestyle experience offering distinctive stores, unparalleled entertainment, dining and more. Visit Talbot’s, Coldwater Creek, Chico 's, Biaggi’s Restaurant and more! For a cozy indoor shopping experience, visit Westfield Franklin Park. The premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment features more than 140 retailers, great restaurants, and Cinema De Lux.
Have lunch at Maumee Bay Brewing Company, located in the restored Oliver House. Designed by the nationally famous architect Isaiah Rogers, the Oliver House was built in 1859 for Major William Oliver, a veteran of the War of 1812. The former grand hotel offers an unusual blend of the old and new as it once again proudly serves Toledo. (1 hour)
Cruise the scenic Maumee River aboard the Sandpiper Canal Boat. As we travel by the grain elevators maybe we will be lucky enough to spot a foreign ship loading grain for ports around the world. (1 – 2 hours)
Tour the historic Valentine Theatre. The 28 million dollar renovation has brought this 1890’s theater to its present reign as the premier facility for performing arts. (1 hour)
See one of America’s finest art collections in a building of exceptional beauty at The Toledo Museum of Art. (1 – 2 hours)
Today enjoy a guided tour of the Old West End, one of the largest collections of late Victorian (1810 – 1910) houses left standing in the United States. While there; a must see is The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. It is the only Plateresque (architectural style of 16th century Spain) cathedral in the world. Layers of paintings and frescoes of saints and angels reach to the ceiling with a magnificent stained glass Rose Window and Mosaic altars. (2 hours)
Dine at LaRoe’s Restaurant a restored restaurant & tavern nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, OH (featuring a full buffet) before you depart for a ride on the authentic, mule drawn Canal Experience (1 hour). The crew is dressed in period costume as they narrate the tour and perform their tasks. When you ride concludes, stop by the Issac Ludwig Mill, an 1846 National Landmark. A tour of the mill is a glimpse into the past. The mill is one of the few remaining working mills of hundreds that once operated along Ohio’s canals. (1 hour) Hours for boat ride and mill- canal boat May – Oct. Wed-Friday 10-5, 10-6 Sat, Sun & holidays. Mill demo Sundays 1-4.
Past, Present, Perfect! Grand Rapids, Ohio highlights special events throughout the year. Observe enormous chunks of ice flow down the river in the spring. Enjoy area antique and collectibles shops throughout the summer, vibrant foliage tours and the delicious Applebutter Fest in the fall. The winter season brings a host of festive decorations, the Christmas Open House Celebration, and a glimpse of Holidays long ago- not to mention wonderful area restaurants all year round! www.grandrapidsohio.com (1 – 2 hours)
Get a feel for the lifestyle of our ancestors at the Wolcott House Museum Complex, see six historic buildings. The elegant Wolcott House, a unique example of Federal-style architecture built in the mid-1830’s; a log home from the banks of the Miami and Erie Canal; an 1840 saltbox-style farmhouse; a railroad depot from the 1800’s, with a caboose and boxcar; the Monclova Country Church; and an 1840 Greek Revival style home which houses the Wolcott House Museum Store with its beautiful antiques and collectibles. (1 hour)
Your choice of dining at a delicious area restaurant or depart for your next destination! Thank you for your visit!