We enjoyed another excellent pre-departure dinner last night as I welcomed my passengers on the, “Yellow Brick Road New Years Mystery Tour”. Everyone mixed and mingled prior, during and after our delicious, holiday meal in Woodstock, Ontario.
I consider frequent passenger, Wayne Childerhose a, “Travel With Bradley” ambassador. He does such a great job welcoming all of my new passengers so he was busy last night making sure he found all of them.
There was no winter road issues so my passengers had no problem getting to our headquarter hotel. Everyone appreciated that fact that this pre-departure stay was included because we had quite the snowfall through the night so road conditions were not the best as we headed to the Blue Water Bridge – Sarnia/Port Huron after enjoying a hearty breakfast. Everyone was at ease as Betty our driver is a seasoned professional and the snow covered highways didn’t bother her at all.
We encountered 2 very friendly custom agents and 1 not so friendly one when we entered the States – the process went quickly – within 15 minutes we were on our way.
There was plenty of snow in Detroit but they had already done a great job clearing the roads. Traffic was a little heavy getting through the motor city but it didn’t delay us. Betty avoided mega construction delays on 1-75 by taking an entirely different route.
This current cold front has really affected Canadian New Years Celebrations in many areas. I received a text that Ottawa cancelled their outdoor celebrations – that is a major surprise! Surely Canadians can handle the cold????? After Ottawa cancelled it was a snowball effect – Toronto soon cancelled their Nathan Phillips Square event and then smaller towns like Brantford also cancelled. Ottawa will be the coldest capital city in the World on New Years Eve!
We arrived at our official welcome luncheon as scheduled at 1130am. The Real Seafood Company in Toledo, Ohio were our hosts. We were impressed with our meal choices – Dijon chicken, shrimp scampi or crab cakes. The Real Seafood Company is a beautiful, upscale restaurant that is regarded as the best in the City. I consistently use this restaurant because they do such a great job looking after my groups and their food is scrumptious.
Toledo is known as the headquarters of Libby Glass so we made a pit-stop at their factory outlet and many of my passengers walked out with purchases. This huge store is filled with bargains.
Quite surprisingly weather warnings sprung up out of nowhere and the sky turned a dark grey. The snow started to fall and continued for a number of hours.
We checked into our overnight hotel where the staff treated us just like family. One of my passengers missed packing an important medical supply so the manager of the hotel went to the local pharmacy to purchase it for her – that is what I call excellent service!
My group enjoyed complimentary cocktails and snacks before we travelled 10 minutes to the La Comedia Dinner Theatre. Once again we were warmly welcomed by the front of house manager, Dillon.
Tossed salads topped with cantaloupe and an exceptional house dressing were served table side and then we were directed on-stage to the buffet. There was so much to pick from – carved beef, turkey, ham, chicken and battered Norwegian Cod which melted in our mouths like candy, were accompanied by many sides. Dessert, was a delicious served to the table cheesecake. Service was excellent and Dillon arrived at our tables many times to make sure everyone was happy.
The festive holiday show that followed way exceeded my expectations – it was a top-notch production with a huge cast. There was so much talent on the stage. My passengers were thrilled with the show plus we enjoyed the very BEST seats in the house! This holiday show reminded me of a Dollie Fowler production because it was so entertaining but at the same time we learned so much. Dolly writes the Amish Shows that frequent the Walters Theatre.
Highway I-75 was a snowy mess when we returned to our hotel. It was completely snow covered and Betty had to make her own lane to travel down. We chuckled seeing patrons from the theatre using their hands and not scrappers to remove inches of snow off their vehicles. They are not use to snowfalls like this one. Cars were slipping and sliding because of no snow tires. Some theatre patrons had trouble getting out of the parking lot because they had no idea how to drive in these winter conditions.
We were luckily just 10 minutes back to our hotel from the theatre.
The weather warnings were to last until 10am this morning but around 3am the snow stopped and the warnings were cancelled. It looks to me as though highway I-75 is now cleared and traffic is back to moving at normal speed.
After breakfast we’ll be on the road continuing South to our Mystery Destination.
A traveler from London, ON who was returning from a Christmas holiday in Florida was talking with Betty and I while our passengers were enjoying our cocktail reception at the hotel last night. I made the mistake telling him our Mystery destination because he then told 2 of my passengers BUT they have been sworn to secrecy!
My passengers are SO excited – what a terrific day they have waiting for them!
Unlike in Canada we don’t have to worry that my surprise New Years Events will be cancelled! We just hope that we can soon put away our winter boots – that should happen later today!