Reed Travel Features
TALLAHASSEE -- The Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau is offering tour operators a $100 cash rebate in addition to
net rates and what the bureau calls "special courtesies" in
conjunction with its Springtime Tallahassee packages for senior
For each group of 40 paying passengers visiting during the
city's annual spring festival, April 9 to 13 this year, the rebate
will be paid if at least 20 rooms are utilized during a minimum of
two nights, according to Stella Allen, the bureau's tourism sales
Free tour group courtesies include a local tour escort, 10%
discounts on festival souvenirs for passengers, a welcome reception
at the new Capitol building, citywide welcome signs and greeters
and welcome and farewell gifts.
Reserved bleacher seating for the festival's Grand Parade is
available at $10 per passenger.
Although the bureau offers suggested itineraries, it can
customize packages to meet a group's needs, according to Allen.
The festival itself, sponsored by a private, nonprofit group, is
designed to promote the city's natural, historic and cultural
Azaleas, magnolias and dogwoods are among the flowers in bloom
in Tallahassee in the spring.
Springtime activities include a Southern-style breakfast served
in a park, the Springtacular Children's Parade and Festival, a golf
tournament, the Grand Parade and the Jubilee shopping and
entertainment area, featuring more than 200 vendors and live music
on six stages.
Among the suggested two-night group packages for the upcoming
celebration is a plan available April 10 and 11 that includes a
stay at the Cabot East, a cocktail reception at the hotel and a
visit to the Governor's Square Shopping Mall.
Also, the plan offers a welcome breakfast reception with
entertainment at the Capitol, a visit to the Governor's Mansion,
free time for lunch, visits to the Museum of Florida History and
the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, cocktails at
the hotel and dinner at the Ramada Inn's Monroe Street Grill.
On the morning of April 12, the group has a continental
breakfast at the hotel.
After checking out, passengers visit the Springtime Tallahassee
Arts & Crafts Festival, then they view the Grand Parade, later
returning to the arts and crafts area, where they have free time
At 1:30 p.m., the group departs for home.
This tour costs $169.70 per person.
A three-night itinerary includes the same festival and Capitol
events, but the stay is at the Ramada Inn, with the first dinner at
the Nicholson Farmhouse Restaurant and visits to five historical
homes; other dinners are at the Monticello Opera House (with
entertainment) and Barnacle Bill's.
That itinerary also visits the San Luis Archeological and
Historic Site, the Florida State University Flying High Circus and
Tallahassee Little Theatre.
This tour is priced at $292.31 per person.
A loose-leaf binder containing attraction, entertainment, hotel
and dining prices is available as are festival brochures.
For additional information, call the convention bureau at (800)
628-2866; fax (904) 487-4621.