Virginia/Vagina ART & WINE Tour


Join our formative group in Virginia during an early fall foray to art galleries, vineyards and beautiful Virginia countryside. We’ll fly to Washington, DC via a short flight on US Airways. Upon arrival, we’ll settle into your comfy DC hotel and take a quick lunch at the National Gallery of Art before embarking on our first discovery of the day. After two nights, we are going inland on a wine tour of 3 renowned Virginia boutique vineyards and a wonderful overnight stay in a local inn. Checking out, we will travel via excursion bus to Philly and two outstanding collections. Experience wine tastings, historical sites, cultural/museum visits all while enjoying early fall colors through Virginia, Maryland & Pennsylvania.

Tentative Schedule which over the coming weeks:

Art Tour
Dates for the Pied Pipe’ers/Group Leaders: May 22- 27th to explore & prep for your groups. Group tour date will likely be in September.
(If you want to be a group leader and can summon 10 of your closest art loving friends, come along! for the pre-tour.

Day 1 – Travel to DC
The Phillips Collection –
Admission $12 (Seniors $10) Hours 10-5

2 overnight stays in a 4 star DC hotel

Day 2 – National Gallery of Art –
Degas/Cassett –May 11 – Oct 5
Andrew Wyeth – May 4 – Nov 30
Women’s Museum of Art
National Portrait Gallery
Renwick Gallery

Day 3 – Wine Tour Day
overnight in an historical inn

Day 4 – Travel to Philly
Philadelphia Museum of Art –
Admission $20 (Seniors $18)
City Tour

Day 5 – Barnes Collection –
Admission $22 (Seniors $20)

Day 6, Travel Home


Trips! Beginning tomorrow!!!


Hiking in the Pyrenees, biking in the Alps, soaking in Turks & Caicos, diving in Belize…YOU are there! Find a travel partner or brave it alone.  The discoveries are twice as nice when you have someone to share.   Yet, some of the most enlightening trips I”ve ever been on, I was alone, or at least, I started out alone.

The scariest moment is always just before you start.  Stephen King


One of my travel highlights in 2012  was the opportunity to go to Vera Cruz, Mexico.  Sponsored  with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, courtesy of the Mexican Tourism Board and the State of Veracruz, lucky ATTA members found a country rich in culture, magnificent landscapes, delightful people, natural wonders, both animate & inanimate. 

Pronatura Veracruz, A.C. was just such a place.  Annually, the great birds-of-prey, the raptors migrate from all over North America to Central & South America.  Veracruz is one of the flyovers enroute to northern South America for wintering.  Pronatura sponsors many points along the way to monitor these raptors once arriving in Mexico airspace.  

Visiting ATTA members had the good luck to be guests of one of the sponsoring organizers of Pronatura at Mexico Verde, a true “glamping experience”.   Photos uploaded soon and information on how you too can visit Mexico Verde.