The Good Times Travel Club is going to Myrtle Beach for a spring fling.
John Madden of TravelWorld put together an itinerary for the April 17-23 trip that promises to be one of the club’s best visits to the Grand Strand.
Included are five top-rated shows, four dinners at some of the area’s best restaurants and breakfast every morning. In addition, there will be ample time for shopping and to enjoy the area’s broad beach.
The group will stay in oceanfront suites at the newly-renovated Grande Cayman Resort in the Dunes sector of North Myrtle Beach. The accommodations include a bedroom with two queen beds, a living room that opens onto an ocean view balcony, and a kitchen area with a coffee maker, microwave and other amenities.
The resort has an outdoor pool with an oceanfront pool deck plus hot tubs, an indoor pool, 250-foot lazy river and a water slide. Other amenities include poolside games, a gift shop and a fitness center.
The package is priced at $1,099 per person based on double occupancy. Single accommodations are available for $1,399.
The shows Mr. Madden has booked are the Carolina Opry, the One Show, Time Warp, and Legends in Concert. Four dinners, headlined by one at Captain Benjamin’s famous Calabash seafood buffet, are included.
So are a 90-miute minute narrated sightseeing luncheon cruise along the Intercostal Waterway aboard the yacht Island Time, a visit to the fabled Brookgreen Gardens, and shopping time at Broadway on the Beach.
On the final day, before heading north, the group will be treated to one of the Grand Stand’s newest attractions, Pure Magic, starring The Wagsters, a husband-and-wife team of magicians. The show features spectacular illusions, card tricks, disappearing acts and sleight of hand tricks.
The trip will begin early on the morning of April 19 at the Green Ridge Street shopping plaza where Upvalley members of the group will board an Internet-equipped Martz coach. Down valley residents will board at the Park and Ride lot on Route 309 in Wilkes-Barre Township. Then it will be off to Colonial Heights, Va. where the travelers will spend the night at the Hampton Inn.
The complete itinerary will be distributed at an informational meeting prior to the trip, but, here are some of the highlights:
■ Dinner at Captain Benjamin’s followed by the award-winning Carolina Opry, two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance featuring a cast of over 35 of the nation’s most talented performers.
■ Prime seats for The One Show at the Alabama Theater following dinner at the Chestnut Hill Restaurant which specializes in fresh local seafood and corn fed beef. The One Show, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary, has something for everyone from gospel and country to Broadway, pop and rock.
■ Dinner at Joe’s Bar and Grill, an eatery that has been serving high-quality dishes for more than 30 years. The show that night will be “Time Warp” which features the best music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s blended with rich multimedia screens, special effects and elaborate costuming.
■ Legends in Concert, a production that provides the opportunity to experience celebrity look-alikes, dancers and singers as they pay tribute some of the greatest names in music such as the Blues Brothers, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Alan Jackson and Michael Jackson all in one night. The show will be preceded by dinner at another of the Grand Stand’s top restaurants.
En route back to northeast Pennsylvania, the group will overnight at the same Hampton Inn in Colonial Heights, Va.
Mr. Madden urged Good Times readers interested in joining the group to call TravelWorld in Scranton at 570-342-5790 or Kingston at 570-288-9311 immediately as the trip will be limited to the capacity of the Martz coach which has been reserved. It is not necessary to be a member of the travel club to participate.