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Where We’ve Been: January 2021

See where other planners have taken their groups in the January 2021 issue of Where We’ve Been.

Trippin With Michelle

Spencer, Indiana

Trip: CIE Tours

Tour Operator: Mystical Ireland

Date: August 2019

For eight days, the group Trippin With Michelle toured Northern Ireland and the southern Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, they stopped in Belfast, Derry and the Giant’s Causeway. Other highlights came from cities in the Republic of Ireland, such as Dublin, Bunratty, Galway and Donegal.

“Our group quickly realized why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. There were beautiful flowers along the rolling landscape dotted with sheep. We especially enjoyed the sheep herding experience, the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway. The pubs were so entertaining. Everyone was so friendly; you felt as if you were visiting kinfolk.”

— Michelle DeFord, president and owner

American Spirit Club

Sioux Center, Iowa

Trip: Minnesota Three-Day Tour

Date: September 2019

The American Spirit Club enjoyed a short domestic trip around southeastern Minnesota. The tour stopped at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing and the Orphanage Museum in Owatonna and took a cruise on Lake Pepin.

“Our hub for the tour was the beautiful, historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing. We enjoyed the beauty of this area, the quaint shops, stunning scenery and the remarkable history of the region. I think my travelers enjoyed this tour because it was a beautiful time of the year and not so far away from home. I am keeping this type of trip in my mind when planning for 2021 during these unpredictable times.”

— Loreen Marra, coordinator