Brandi Comeaux

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( 01 )July 2023 Amish Country

Jul 16, 2023 to Jul 20, 2023
Lancaster, PA
Visit Amish Country, Lancaster, Pa! 
 
Rolling hills with lush grasses and crops, farms with windmills dotting the horizon, and horse and buggies sharing the road remind you that things are simpler here in Lancaster County.
 
Trip Leader: Brandi Comeaux (me). If I am unable to travel on this trip, I will indicate who the trip lead will be for this trip. 
 
Travel dates: July 16 to 20, 2023
 
Minimum age: no minimum age required
 
REGISTRATION DETAILS:
 
Double room: $875 per person ($1750  PER ROOM)
Triple room: $750 per person ($2250 PER ROOM)
Quad room: $675 per person  ($2700 PER ROOM)
 
Family of 5....$770 per person ( $3850 TOTAL)
Family of 6....$725 per person ($4350 TOTAL)
Family of 7....$685 per person ($4795 TOTAL)
Family of 8......$650 per person ($5200 TOTAL)
 
Minimum # of travelers: 30
Maximum # of travelers: 60
 
 
We will be staying at  Cork  Factory Hotel. Each room fits  up to 4 people.  If you are a family of 5, a second room would be needed. 
 
 
Free on-site parking. Breakfast IS NOT INCLUDED in this price.
 
Enjoy Downtown Lancaster with our  boutique hotel. Carefully preserved to retain its original spirit, our historic Cork Factory Hotel property has been beautifully converted to feature 96 guest rooms
 
 
Registration Closes: 3/15/23
Final Payment Due: 04/1/2023
 
Deposit:
$150per person (nonrefundable)
 
Payment Schedule: 
$150 per FAMILY due on  9/15/2022
$150 per FAMILY due on 10/15/2022
$150 per FAMILY due on 11/15/2022
$150per FAMILY due on 2/15/2023
$150 per FAMILY due on 3/15/2023
Final payment due on 04/01/2023
 
A $25 late payment fee may be applied to invoice if funds are not received 10 days after due date. *****I will work with a family who may not be able to make a monthly payment on time, however, you must reach out to me before it becomes a problem and you must stick to your word that you will be by X date. I know this trip is going to be an investment for families so I am willing to work with those who may need some extra time to make payments, but I need to make sure funds are available to pay our vendors.****** 

If you would like to pay more than minimum of $150 per month or pay a lump sum one month, I will manually adjust your invoice to reflect that payment schedule. The key is to meet the minimum of $150 per month, per family to stay in current status with payments.  To request an adjustment to your invoice, email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com. 

If you register AFTER 9/15/22, you will need to "catch up" the monthly payments--meaning the deposit will be the initial deposit as stated above PLUS the monthly payment that has been paid up until that point and then you can make regular monthly payments until final due date. Email me for questions: brandi@theansweristravel.com
 
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when traveler cancels. 
 
60 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATES - 100% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees
45 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE - 50% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees.
30 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE - 0% IS REFUNDABLE
 
Hotel: Nonrefundable if cancelled 45 days or less from travel dates.
 

If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $25 per person fee.

What's included in per person price:

 
  • Total Amish Experience
  • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
  • Amish house and Schoolroom.
  • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
  • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
  • Pretzel factory tour
  • Baggie of pretzels
  • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
  • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
  • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
  • Ice-cream making! 
  • Tips 
 
What's not included:
  • Travel insurance- a quote will be provided after booking (optional but highly recommended). To give an idea of cost, a family of three (3) one adult, two children, insuring a trip for $1200.00, base rates start at $32. Adding cancel for any reason will increase your rate by  approximately $40, and adding interrupt for any reason  will increase your rate by approximately $10.
  • Transportation-to/from and while at destinations.  If flights or rental vehicle is needed, I can assist outside of this package. Email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com and we can chat about pricing. 
  • Meals other than  lunch at the Total Amish Experience and Hershey's Chocolate World.  Suggested breakfast/lunch spots will be included in final itinerary sent out prior to travel.
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 

Itinerary:

Day 1  July 16 , 2023 Lancaster, PA 
Today will be  an informal meet & greet. Come and go as you please. Just plan to say hello and grab some goodies!
 
Roadside stands will be in abundance! Get ready for some fresh goodies! 
 
Day 2: July 17, 2023 Bird in Hand, PA 
Today  is the day we will immerse ourselves in the Amish world! The privilege  it will be to learn about their way of life is more than worth the investment in this trip. 
 
First we will "witness young Jacob’s struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world. Jacob’s challenges with faith, tradition, and loved ones in a fast-changing world is a story that touches each of us, young and old, in a poignant and memorable way. More than any other Amish attraction, “Jacob’s Choice” will leave you with an understanding of what it means to be Amish, and the ties that continue to bind the community together through the centuries.
 
Then we will head to The Amish Country Homestead which  is their  reflection of their  commitment to accurately and sensitively portray the Old Order Amish as they live and work in today’s world. "We like to think of the Homestead as the home of the fictional Amish family of Daniel and Lizzie Fisher, whom you get to know on screen in the Amish Experience Theater’s “Jacob’s Choice.” Inside the Homestead, you learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity from the grid. The Fisher One-Room School is attached to the house and filled with authentic desks and furnishings from an actual Amish school. You’ll learn the tradition of teaching eight grades in one room. From the pantry stocked full of freshly canned vegetables to the family’s plain clothes… from propane-powered lamps to air-compressor driven appliances…the Amish Country Homestead truly provides insights into the complex riddles of a culture so very different from your own." 
 
Next up we will join together on a  climate-controlled 14-passenger mini-bus Farmlands Tours of the out-of-the-way back roads and country lanes, you’ll experience a sense of the work and family ethics that continue to mark the Amish way of life. Witness spectacular panoramas of patchwork farms unparalleled in their intrinsic beauty, still farmed with horses and mules. Roadside stands, bake shops, or a visit to a craft or quilt shop on an Amish farm are among the unique happenings enjoyed on your 90-minute Farmlands excursion. On Sundays, please note our tours do run, but we cannot stop at an Amish farm during the tour.

We certainly won't leave hungry--- we will enjoy a true, authentic Dutch PA meal together.
 
Ride through Amish Farms with a brief stop at a farm stand with an opportunity to purchase home-made cookies, root beer, pretzels and lemonade.  Get a taste of real Amish Life.   Our drivers take you to our own home farms.  Tour the barn, see the cows and big Clydesdale type work horse, mules, and other animals.  America the way it used to be.
 
Day 3 July 18, 2023 Lititz and Marietta,  PA 
Today is about things off-the-farm. 
 
Tour the original pretzel bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a playdough mixture, observe our bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery store.
 
Then we'll head out to a George's Furniture store.
 
Building top-quality, handcrafted furniture is not just a seasoned skill—it’s an unwavering commitment to delivering superior quality to our customers.  
See first hand how George’s Furniture is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen.
 
Day 4: July 19, 2023 Hershey & Harrisburg, PA 
Chocolate and  history. There's no better combination. 
 
We will Unwrap and taste our way through the tale of HERSHEY'S Chocolate with a theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy! From the bean to bar and everything in between, HERSHEY'S Unwrapped is sure to dazzle your taste buds, fill you with laughter and sweeten you with Hershey heartwarming moments.
 
We will also experience The 4D Chocolate Movie which  puts you inside all the fun. Through stunning digital animation and special effects*, you become part of the show by interacting with the Hershey's Characters to help solve the mystery!  *This show contains strobe lights, loud noise and theatrical smoke. 
 
We will also create our own candy bars!!! This is the icing on the cake for me! Literally! Ever wonder what kind of candy bar you would create? Here's your chance to find out! Immerse yourself in an authentic HERSHEY'S factory experience. Choose your ingredients and design your own wrapper. 
 
And finally, watch as the inspiring story of Milton Hershey and his HERSHEY'S Chocolate unfolds, between the historic landmarks just outside your window and the charismatic conductors sharing incredible-but-true stories! 
 
We will enjoy lunch together as a group and then head over to the Pennsylvania Capitol building for a tour! 
 

When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of the building on October 4, 1906, he said, "This is the handsomest building I ever saw." The Capitol was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston (1866-1940), who envisioned the building as a "Palace of Art."

Built and furnished at a cost of $13 million, the Capitol features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. The building incorporates various Renaissance designs in some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor's Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation. Throughout the building, Huston blended the various styles with motifs featuring Pennsylvania's achievements in labor, industry and history, making the Capitol uniquely American. Its five-story exterior is faced with handsome Vermont granite, and the roof is composed of green glazed terra cotta tile.

The Capitol's centerpiece is a spectacular 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome inspired by Michelangelo's design for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Following its completion, the building was the tallest structure between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for 80 years. While the building has been modernized over time, efforts to blend form and function continue today, and a special Capitol Preservation Committee ensures that as the building evolves, the artistic elements are never lost. The seat of Pennsylvania's government continues to inspire visitors with its wealth of art, its outstanding architecture, and its strong connection to the vision of the Commonwealth's founder, William Penn, who sought to establish a land that would be governed by just laws and tolerant of all religious faiths.

 
Day 5: July 20, 2023 Columbia, PA 
I bet you didn't think we would be enjoying so many sweets on this trip did you? Well, surprise! Another  day filled with delicious goodies! 
 
The Turkey Hill Experience features interactive exhibits allowing you to learn about dairy culture, the story of Turkey Hill Dairy, and how the company's ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created. You will truly experience what it's like to be a Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream maker for a day, including the opportunity to create your own virtual ice cream flavor. In addition, you can sit in our vintage milk truck, milk our mechanical cows, star in your very own Turkey Hill commercial, and enjoy plenty of free samples of iced tea and ice cream! 
 

Start with a base ice cream and add in the flavoring of your choice. From there, you can add in a variety of delicious inclusions and mix in your favorite variegate.

Enjoy your ice cream creation while our instructor gives you a brief "Ice Cream 101" class.

 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com or call/text 337-349-2813.
 
Ciao! 
 
Brandi

Available Packages

Base Per Person Price-Traveler Membership Level
Available until March 1, 2023

$349.00
Deposit: $40.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin fees
 
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Base Per Person Price-Tourist Membership Level
Available until March 1, 2023

$355.00
Deposit: $50.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin Fees
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Base Per Person Price-Wanderer Membership Level
Available until March 1, 2023

$365.00
Deposit: $60.00

    • Cinch bag & Lanyard
    • Meet & Greet with welcome goodies
    • Total Amish Experience
    • Immersion into the world of the Amish-- even for a short while.
    • Amish house and Schoolroom.
    • A true PA Dutch Amish meal! 
    • Buggy ride through Amish country's backroads. 
    • Pretzel factory tour
    • Baggie of pretzels
    • George's Furniture Woodshop Tour
    • Hershey's Chocolate World--chocolate! chocolate! and more chocolate! 
    • Lunch at Hershey's Chocolate World
    • Pennsylvania's Capitol Tour 
    • Ice-cream making! 
    • Tips 
    • Admin Fees
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Extra Options

01 Traveler Membership
Available until March 1, 2023

$50.00
Deposit: $50.00

$50 annual family fee
10  day priority registration window
Deposit REDUCED BY $20 per person
Admin fees capped $20 per family, per trip. 
other perks such as first grabs when a spot opens on a trip that becomes available after priority window
August 1 , 2022-July 31, 2023
Nonrefundable
Nontransferable
 
 
 The fee is PER FAMILY so you should only be selecting (1) from the drop down menu.

02 Tourist Membership
Available until March 1, 2023

$25.00
Deposit: $25.00

$25 annual family fee
5  day priority registration window
Deposit REDUCED BY $10 per person
Admin fees capped $40 per family, per trip. 
August 1, 2022- July 31, 2023
Nonrefundable
Nontransferable
 

Age 13 AND OLDER - All membership levels
Available until March 1, 2023

$30.00

Additional cost for an any traveler 13 AND OLDER. 
 
 
Select the number of travelers ages 13+.

Cork Factory Hotel Check in: July 16- Check out: July 21, 2023
Available until March 1, 2023

$775.00
Deposit: $155.00

(1) one room for (5) nights. (2) queen beds or (2) double beds for up to 4 people.  Includes tax. 
 
Select the number of ROOMS you will need. Additional nights can be added further along in the booking process. 

July 15, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until March 1, 2023

$220.00

Price for night of July 15, 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night. 

July 21, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until March 1, 2023

$220.00

Price for night of July 21 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night. 

July 22, 2023 Cork Factory Hotel 1-3 ADDITIONAL NIGHT (S)
Available until March 1, 2023

$220.00

Price for night of July 21 2023, for up to 4 people.  2 double or 2 queens. Includes tax. 
 
Indicate how many ROOMS you will need for the night.