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Bus Tours and Trips

Downtown Chicago and Christkindlmarket

Friday, November 30, 8am−6pm EST

Get in the holiday spirit with a bus trip to downtown Chicago for the seasonal attractions. Fernwood arranges the transportation, while you build the day to your interests. We will make a total of three drop offs. The first is at the Museum of Science and Industry, for those interested in viewing the spectacular Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. Our second stop will be at the Christkindlmarket. This traditional German American open-air Holiday Market in Daley Plaza offers food, unique gifts, and one-of-a-kind specialty items for sale from around the world. Consider having lunch at Macy's Walnut Room directly across the street while you wait for the market to open at 11:00. This is always a special treat during the holiday season. Our final stop will be on Rush Street, just one block away from the Magnificent Mile. Here you can begin the ultimate shopping experience of the famous downtown department stores and the exceptional shops.  

Need other ideas? Experience "alpine in the city" at Maggie Daley's Skating Ribbon in the heart of downtown Chicago, or belt out holiday classics as local choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song at the Millennium Park Cloud Gate aka “The Bean.” Hurry, this day of holiday fun will fill quickly!

Please be advised – there will only be ONE pickup location – the Christkindlmarket. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to this location.


$55 per person.

Click here to register.



Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Warblers:
The 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tuesday–Sunday, April 23–28, 2019

Looking for a nature adventure filled with the beauty of spring? Head to the Smoky Mountains with Fernwood! There is something for everyone to enjoy:  over 300 species of spring wildflowers including 9 types of trilliums and over 30 species of orchids; caroling warblers and more than 175 other bird species passing through on migration; 130,000 acres of old-growth forest climbing up the mountainsides; and nearly 2000 miles of streams that often end in beautiful waterfalls. And just over two years later, the mountains are healing from wildfires and that rejuvenation is amazing to see. 

Join naturalist Wendy Jones as she leads her 22nd trip to the 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. More than 100 programs are offered throughout the park by park rangers, University of Tennessee professors, and local volunteers. Wendy also offers hikes and education on birds, local natural history, and a variety of related topics. Hiking difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous to accommodate all levels of walking abilities. From wildflowers to trees, salamanders to bears, history to waterfalls and lessons from the 2016 fires, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The cost is $750 for members ($925 for non-members) based on double occupancy (single occupancy available at additional cost) and includes lodging, Pilgrimage fees, continental breakfast, and naturalist services. Travel and other meals are on your own. Register by Sunday, January 27 to guarantee best field-trip selection. A $200 deposit reserves your space.

Call Wendy at 269.695.6491 to receive more information or to schedule an appointment for a slide-show overview of the trip.

Got Water?
In an effort to reduce the plastic at Fernwood and in the landfills, as you head to Fernwood on a day hike or bus tour, we encourage you to bring your own refillable water vessel. Fernwood thanks you, and the environment will thank you too!