2021 Model T Ford Winter Tour Announcement
It has been a very long month since the 2020 Winter Tour officially ended and we went our different directions. Many of us drove away from Gainesville, FL hoping to enjoy "one more year" with all of our T friends. The Virus issues that followed made us realize how fortunate we were to enjoy Gainesville before quarantines were imposed! There was overwhelming enthusiasm after hearing it would be returning to the Mission Inn, a classic resort in Howie-in-the Hill, FL, March 2021. Check it out: https://missioninnresort.com/
We hope that you will enjoy some of the unique offerings of the Mission Inn. Shorter routes allow extra time. Their pool area, game rooms, conversation areas, walking trails, and other features should be enjoyed! If you play golf, they have two excellent courses!
We will share what at we are planning, but also ask for your patience since all of these plans will be contingent on our economy's recovery after the virus. In the coming months we will be speaking with people to assure that they will be operating when we are touring. If not, we'll adjust! This has added an element of concern and complication, but it is manageable and we remain enthusiastic! Our tentative itinerary includes these major stops:
Sunday, March 7:
- Option 1- Renninger's Flea Market and Antique Mall
- Option 2- Yalaha Bakery and Lakeridge Winery
- Option 3- Yalaha Bakery and Sara Maude Mason Park
Monday, March 8: lake region country driving to: Sunsational Citrus (a local citrus processor with gift shop and Ice Cream!), lunch and shopping in Mount Dora!
Tuesday, March 9: more country driving to: Oakland Nature Preserve, Winter Garden, Old Time Boat Company (for the wood workers and craftsmen in our group?) Ice Cream Social and Auction
Wednesday, March 10: more country driving to: Avian Reconditioning Center, Kelly Park, Oak Haven Farms (Strawberry picking? and Wine sampling?)
Thursday, March 11: more country driving to: Clermont (Historic lakefront and village, shops and our lunch stop), Howey Mansion ( much renovation has now but completed on this historic 1927 residence of the man who's name remains indelibly linked to this area ) Closing Banquet
Additional options being explored: 1)
- Lake Apopka Wildlife?? 8-9 miles through a swamp on top of dikes!
- Seminole Springs Herb Farm??
- an optional route for those wanting to experience Disney Springs, through their "back door" with approx 9 miles of sand roads?? This will keep you off the highest traffic route (State Route 192)
We will hold the registration cost flat again this year! $175 per person, children continue to be free! This includes banquets, Ice Cream Social, any entrance fees or donations, goodie bags, tee shirts, and at least a lunch or two.
We ask that the registration form and payment be send it ONLY if you are able to confirm a room at the Mission Inn. To enjoy the camaraderie, we encourage everyone to stay at the Mission Inn. Guest rooms will be our controlling factor in 2021. Please check availability and book first! Reservations: 800-874-9053 Rate: $139 / $159 plus taxes. Taxes at this time are: 7% state sales tax, and 4% local tax. The net cost will be $157.98 due at the time of reservation. The resort fee is waived for our group. There will be no waiting list this year. If you can book a room, we'll process your postmarked registration until 12/31/2020.
To address any lingering virus concerns:
- cancellations prior to Dec 31, 2020 will receive 100% refunds.
- cancellations after Dec 31, 2020 refunds will take into account our committed expenditures , but likely will be no more than 50%.
Hope to see you next year!
Steve and the Tin Lizzie Club of NC Florida