Mid-American Coaches
We Care - We Serve
Motor Coach Tour

Made in the USA - Part 2

Wednesday, October 18 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Highlights:  (Inclusions subject to change)

 - Conn’s Potato Chip factory
 - 5 B’s Embroidery
 - Velvet Ice Cream Factory Tour
 - Goumas Candyland - Make and Take Buckeyes
 - Anthony Thomas Candy Factory Tour
 - American Whistle Tour
 - Visit Carlisle Gifts
 - Phoenix Bat  
 - Dinner entertainment
 - Local Tour Guide in Ohio
 - Three Nights Lodging at the Hampton Inn - Newark, OH
 - Three Breakfasts / One Lunch / Three Dinners with Desserts
 - Luggage Handling
 - Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
 - Trip Cancellation Insurance Available Upon Request

Departure Points:
Washington:  Depart 7:30 AM / Return 6:00 PM
Lowe’s in Kirkwood:  Depart 8:30 AM / Return 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 18
Today is a travel day from Missouri to Ohio.  This evening we will enjoy a great German dinner at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, a Columbus institution since 1914. Situated in German Village (circa 1850), with its narrow streets, and brick sidewalks.  Schmidt’s is still a family company and is is run by the fourth generation of the Schmidt family. The Schmidt name is recognized throughout central Ohio and the nation as a leader in quality specialty restaurants. Next, we check into our hotel for the next two nights, the Hampton Inn in Newark, OH.    (DInner)
Thursday, October 19
Enjoy a hot breakfast included at the hotel, then depart for Zanesville. OH.  Guests must wear closed toe and heel shoes. Meet tour guide for a day of exploring.  Guide will be sharing with guests the history of the area en route.  Enjoy a visit to Conn’s Potato Chip Factory. Potato chips are America’s favorite snack food. In fact, we consume more than any other people in the world.  And one small company has been turning out its own special version of chips for 70 years. Guests are invited into the factory to see how these delicious, mouth-watering chips are made with 50,000 pounds of potatoes per day!!  Taste testing encouraged!!!  Next, we will take a tour of 5’B’s Embroidery, a family owned business founded in 1980. 5B’s is currently one of  the largest contract embroidery operations in the United States. 5B’s combines state-of-the art systems with old fashioned values centered on you, the customer. From its humble beginnings as a specialty sewing business, operated from the family’s basement, 5B’s now occupies a 170,000 square foot facility, with over 300 embroidery heads, operating 20 hours a day.  Then we depart for Ye Olde Mill for lunch and tour, producer of Velvet Ice Cream. Guests will tour the manufacturing plant and will enjoy the Viewing Gallery.  See ice cream being made and learn what it takes to produce more than 6 million gallons of velvety smooth ice cream every year.  Family owned and operated since 1914, this fourth generation of Dagers has helped to bring the once hand-cranked ice cream operation into the 21st century. Guests can also enjoy the Olde Mill complex which offers a restored grist mill that dates back to 1817, sits on 20 acres of beautiful countryside, and features a mill pond with ducks, gift shop and Ice Cream Museum. Next, we will visit Goumas Candyland.  The Goumas Candyland legacy began in 1911 when George Stamas came to America from Greece.  Gus Goumas loved making candy and helped work to make the candy store famous. In 1985 Gus Goumas passed away leaving the business to his wife. With the help of their children, the business continues to grow and prosper Guests will roll up their sleeves and make their own OHIO BUCKEYE Candy at Goumas. Roll and dip these delightful treats and see why they are Ohio’s official candy. Dinner this evening at Buxton Inn. Originally built as a tavern in 1812, it was also Granville’s first Post Office, a stagecoach stop, and host at various times to President McKinley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Philip Sousa and Henry Ford. General (later President)William Henry Harrison actually rode a horse up the front stairs!  The gardens are always in a full array of seasonal color. This is Ohio’s oldest, continuously operating Inn.    (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Friday, October 20
After a hot breakfast included at the hotel, we depart today with our local tour guide and head into Columbus for a day of How Do They Do That???  We start with a Tour of Anthony Thomas Candy Factory - Your group can experience candy making from start to finish in the 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. Walk along a comfortable, glass-enclosed suspended "Cat-Walk" and observe eight lines producing 25,000 pounds of chocolates per shift. Experienced tour guides explain each process step-by-step, from the kitchens to the final packaging. View interesting sights such as the huge copper kettles where the centers are created, and the unique silver wrapped pipes that carry liquid chocolate throughout the factory.  Next, enjoy a tour of the American Whistle Corporation, the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States, and it makes the loudest whistle in the world - 4 decibels louder than the nearest competitor. See how America’s only metal whistle factory gets those little balls into its whistles, the ones it sells to the New York Police, the NFL referees as well as the United States Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines.  Following lunch guests will have time to shop at Carlisle Gifts - In the midst of green growing fields, rural industry, and the typical trade of small towns, you’ll discover a shop filled with beautiful things for your home and gifts for all the people you love. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air and offers a wide variety.  Don’t forget to take home breads, pastries, pies, cookies, cakes and more from the bakery. Then we will tour Phoenix Bat. Come see a wood bat being made on the "biggest, baddest bat making machine" anywhere! Spend an hour and experience a level of bat making like no other: Learn how to make a great bat - from wood to design. Go on the shop floor and see bats made right in front of you. Hear about today's pros ... and get your hands on their bats. Step back 100+ years to bats from baseball's start. It's Ohio's own pro approved wood bat manufacturer.  Dinner at the Davis Shai House. The Davis-Shai House was built by Jackson Davis in 1861 and originally sat near the Ohio and Erie Canal. Records support the claim that canal boats brought the large sandstones that formed the foundation of the home and that bricks used to build the house were fired in a kiln located on site. With its step roofs, wide verandas, cluster chimneys, and exterior décor, the Davis-Shai House captures the beautiful Gothic Revival architectural style popularized by Andrew Jackson Downey, the nation’s most prominent landscape architect of the first half of the nineteenth century.  Entertainment is included – guests will enjoy piano music.   (Breakfast/Dinner)
Saturday, October 21
This morning we enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel before departing for our drive home with lots of wonderful memories to share.   (Breakfast)

Tour Cost:
$810.00 per person - Double Room
$980.00 per person - Single Room
$755.00 per person - Triple Room

$200.00 per person deposit due with reservation.
Final Payment due:  September 1, 2017



You may share this page with your friends on social media, by email, or by printing hard copy by clicking on the appropriate button below.
Cancellation Policy/Refunds

If you must cancel on a 1 day tour and it is within 10 days of departure, refunds will be based on deposits returned to Mid-American Coaches prior to trip departure.  We do however, allow you to get another person to fill your seat.   If  we have a wait list, we will try to fill the seat from our wait list.  If we do not have a standby list, you will not receive a refund.
Once final payment (30days prior) is made on multi day trips 2 or more days,  cancellation of passengers will have to be filed on the cancellation insurance that is available  for all multi-day tours.  No insurance is sold on 2 day trips.
If you have elected to not purchase the insurance, Mid-American Coaches has the right to retain any monies paid by customer.  If this seat is resold, then at that point you may receive a refund.
Any fly/international/rail/cruise tours will have exceptions that will be covered at the time of booking.
If you are forced to leave a tour anytime after departure, refunds will be based on monies that are recoverable.  Refunds cannot be made for unused motorcoach transportation.