Author: Lisa Crockett/Friday, March 6, 2020/Categories: Travel News
Just when you thought Fantasy could take you and your RV just about everywhere you could possibly want to go, we’re introducing two new Fantasy Tours in 2021! That’s right – and they’re quite diverse. Our new Baja Wine and Dine Tour spends seven days exploring the wines and food of Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley and starts on February 9. On May 25, the all new Abbey Road Music Festival Tour, in Jeffersonville Indiana, begins right on the Ohio River across from downtown Louisville. There’s something in each of these for everyone!
Baja Wine and Dine
The Valle de Guadalupe, or Guadalupe Valley, located just northeast of Ensenada, is Mexico’s premier wine region, producing 90% of the country’s wine. Most of this wine remains in Mexico, but in the last decade the region has experienced incredible growth and has become an epicenter for boutique wineries and gourmet restaurants while still retaining a relaxed and rustic atmosphere, reminiscent of California’s Napa or Sonoma Counties from decades ago.
There are now more than 150 wineries in the Guadalupe Valley, many of which can only be reached by long drives on dirt roads, and where on arrival you may be greeted by friendly winery dogs. In 2021, Fantasy will be introducing an all new Baja Wine and Dine Tour, where guests will have the opportunity to discover this unexplored beautiful area with sweeping views of vineyards dotting the valley, taste some delicious wines and enjoy some delectable locally sourced gourmet food.
The group will rendezvous and receive orientation in Protrero, California. The next morning, we will have an escorted border crossing into Tecate, Mexico and head for our base camp for the next six days – a beautiful new RV resort right on the beach just north of Ensenada. After a relaxing day, we enjoy our first of many delicious Mexican meals – our Welcome to Mexico dinner.
We get our first views of the Guadalupe Valley the next day when we head for wine country and the Vino L.A. Cetto Winery Tour, one of the oldest wineries in the valley. We can view the wine making process from growing the grapes in their vineyards to the barreling and bottling processes to getting to taste them ourselves. Lunch today is a special treat – we dine at La Casa de Dona Lupe, a serene corner in the heart of the valley offering delicious natural and organic foods and wine all created by a woman who has been serving the area for more than 40 years. And while we’re there, we learn more about this fascinating area from a local historian.
Cheers! We’re back to the valley the next day and our first stop is at Casa Frida, built to fuse art, Mexican culture, architecture, music and wine together. Their tasting room is built on the site of the first chapel in the Guadalupe Valley, and offers art, architecture and colors unlike any other. The original adobe chapel and its stained glass is still a part of its tasting room. Casa Frida not only offers us wines to taste but also a selection of tequila from Tequila Selecto, from Amatitlán, in Jalisco, Mexico.
We stop for a delicious Mexican lunch at the King and Queen Cantina in Ensenada. Ole!
Next, it’s on to Rondo Vineyards. We can enjoy their lavender gardens and views of the valley, not to mention their delicious wines in their cellar tasting rooms. Back at the campground, it’s time for a fantastic Fantasy Beach Party, right at Clam Beach!
We spend the next day on a guided bus tour of Ensenada, visiting the fascinating Riviera del Pacifico, originally a grand hotel built during prohibition in the United States. Today, it’s a cultural center, but in its day, it attracted elegant and glamorous Americans, all in search of a glass of forbidden alcohol unavailable at home. It’s rumored that back in the 30s, Al Capone frequented the bars, the casino and the ballroom here. There’s also a museum representing the first people of the region and their way of life, depicted by symbolic paintings, baskets and icons.
Yes, it’s touristy, but what would a trip to Ensenada be without a stop at the local mercado, aka the street market? Here’s where we see the life of the town, with both tourists and locals shopping, bargaining, sharing a meal and catching up on the news of the day. Fantasy leaves us plenty of time to cruise the shops and booths, dust off our rusty Spanish and strike up some conversations with local vendors as we browse souvenir shops, never knowing what we may find.
Our last full day in Mexico is truly relaxing. We have the morning free to just enjoy each other and our beach environment. That afternoon, we have a Farewell Social Get together, and then travel to Finca Altozano, a delightful restaurant in the Guadalupe Valley, where Executive Chef Oscar Torres creates globally influenced cuisine sourced from local farms and markets and paired with local wines. We dine under the branches of a 200-year old massive oak tree, soaking up the aroma of the fine food, exquisite wine, breathtaking scenery and wonderful friendships we have found in the Guadalupe Valley.
The next morning, we enjoy a Goodbye Continental Breakfast and head back to Tecate, where once again we are escorted across the border back to the United States. Fantasy’s new 7-day Baja Wine and Dine Tour takes place February 9 through 15, 2021. It’s one you won’t want to miss.
Check out both of these fantastic new Fantasy tours we’re planning for next year as we expand our horizons into brand new destinations throughout the world.
Abbey Road Music Festival
Come together! Fantasy guests will be joining 20,000 Beatles fans and other groovy hipsters from the 60s and 70s on an all-new magical mystery tour down memory lane at the Abbey Road Music Festival Tour, starting May 25, 2021! It all takes place in Jeffersonville, Indiana, right on the Ohio River and across from downtown Louisville.
More than 250 Beatles and other 60s’ themed concerts performed by 50 different bands are on stage for five days and nights, celebrating peace, love and rock-n-roll. Fantasy guests will have VIP passes with upgraded seating to all concerts, plus complimentary shuttle transportation back and forth from our campground. You just pick and choose which concerts you wish to attend.
The first of the nine-day tour begins at our campground with an orientation and Welcome Dinner. We’ll play “Name That Tune”, where you can show just how much you know about your favorite music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The next day we enjoy a guided city tour, heading to the Falls of Ohio – an Indiana State Park which demonstrates how the Ohio River and its fossil beds have shaped this area of the country. Next stop – Louisville’s famed Historic District, the nation’s largest collection of Victorian mansions nestled in the city’s oldest neighborhood.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Louisville without a visit to Churchill Downs, site of the most exciting two minutes in sports – the annual run for the roses, aka the Kentucky Derby. We visit Belvedere Park, right on the riverfront and part of the city’s downtown revitalization efforts, and culminate our day at the Muhammad Ali Center, containing three levels of award-winning exhibits and galleries commemorating his legendary life and inspiring each of us to reflect on our own values, strengths and character.
Since 1843, the Huber family has been farming in Starlight, Indiana. Today, the eighth generation operates the Joe Huber Family Farm Restaurant, and we join them for lunch on Day 3 of our tour. It’s all freshly prepared “real” food – country fried chicken, Huber honey ham, fried biscuits with apple butter, homemade pies and cobblers – the food your grandmother may have made!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the party is about to begin! We board our shuttle buses for Abbey Road on the River’s Opening Concert. That evening we’re invited to the Festival’s Kick-Off party, where we can mingle with other VIP guests and perhaps even meet some of the bands. It doesn’t stop there. Here comes the sun, and for the next four days and nights we enjoy continental breakfast at the campground each morning, board our private shuttle buses and travel to the Festival where performances go on day and night. Whether we choose to attend all 250 concerts or just pick our favorites, this is a ticket to ride you won’t want to miss.
The Abbey Road on the River Festival may be over, but the Fantasy party continues. With a little help from our friends, we tour the Evan Williams Distillery, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller of artisanal bourbon, the traditional drink of Kentucky. That evening we enjoy an amazing Fantasy Farewell Dinner, before we begin our journey on the long and winding road toward our next RV adventure.
The nine-day all-new Abbey Road on the River Music Festival takes Place May 25 through June 2, 2021. Those attending Fantasy’s 2021 7-day Kentucky Derby Rally can slow down and combine the two events.
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