Domestic Group Tours

Columbus Botanical Garden Visits Maine

June 19 - 24, 2016

Dear CBG Supporters and Friends,

Please join us for another in our series of special garden tours to one of our country’s pristine horticultural areas. From Sunday, June 19, to Friday June 24th, 2016, we’ll tour the coastal gardens and villages of the state of Maine. All our garden visits are not finalized; however, the following itinerary will give you details of the plans to date.

We begin in Bar Harbor where our rooms are in the Oceanfront Lodge at the Bar Harbor Inn and Spa. With the shops and restaurants only minutes away, it’s Bar Harbor’s best location. We’ll all get together our first night for a welcome reception before dinner in the hotel’s famous Reading Room. We’ll spend two nights here exploring Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, before heading south along Maine’s spectacular rocky coastline. On that travel day, we’ll stop for lunch in Boothbay Harbor followed by a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Headquarters for the next three nights in Portland is the recently renovated Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, where our rooms again have bay and harbor views. The next two days will be spent visiting gardens and exploring this area. Thursday afternoon we’ll head to the Gulf of Maine to learn about lobster fishing. Yes, you can have fresh lobster for dinner!

Thank you and call (706-663-2171) or email ( with any questions or if you need additional information. As always this is an inclusive deluxe tour program; the only meals not included are one dinner and two lunches. Please mail or fax (706-225-2551) your Reservation Form at your first convenience and remember a portion goes to support the CBG!

Geoff Robertson

NECA 2105 Post-Convention Tour to Silicon Valley

October 7 - 9 (Wednesday-Friday)

Silicon Valley and the tech companies headquartered there are constantly in the news: Apple, Google, Intel, Facebook and others. But what drives the innovation stemming from the area remains a bit of a mystery. Much more than the most expensive Silicon Valley and the tech companies headquartered there are constantly in the news: Apple, Google, Intel, Facebook and others. But what drives the innovation stemming from the area remains a bit of a mystery. Much more than the most expensive housing market in the nation, Silicon Valley is America’s leading high-tech device and idea hub and is the epicenter of renewable electrical construction—two characteristics that make Silicon Valley appealing to NECA contractors, wherever they may work. American Travel is offering an exciting opportunity to make sense of this extremely valuable part of the world just south of San Francisco.

A highlight will be our site visit to Levi Stadium, the new $1.2 billion home of the 49ers and next year’s Super Bowl. It’s been called “the stadium that Silicon Valley built,” but the design/build was actually done by NECA-member Cupertino Electric (, one of the nation’s largest specialty contractors. A representative from Cupertino will be on hand to discuss the LEED® Gold Certified project and show elements of the electrical installation. This promises to be a fascinating visit as they’re also beginning Super Bowl 2016 preparation

Columbus Botanical Garden Exclusive Garden & Home Tour New Orleans

March 29 – April 2, 2015

Dear CBG Supporters and Friends,

Please join us for another in our series of travel fundraisers to one of our country’s foremost horticultural areas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 29, to Thursday April 2nd, 2015. Since Julia Reed was our keynote speaker at the annual luncheon, a trip to “her” New Orleans seemed a natural choice; we hope you agree! In addition to entertaining and informing us this October, Julia volunteered to organize some of our home and garden visits.

Many of our visits will be gardens belonging to distinguished members of the New Orleans Botanical Garden’sFoundation Board. The day-to-day itinerary is still a work in progress; however, as always the houses and gardens will make it well worth the trip. Much like Julia’s meals and parties as described during her talk and in her book The House On First Street, everything will come together. Ann Preaus and noted landscape architect, René Fransen, are also graciously giving of their time and their friendships to organize our visits. We’re booked into the Club Floor at the historic Windsor Court Hotel. Club Level rooms at 5-Star hotels offer great value - breakfast, snacks/soft drinks/tea/coffee throughout the day and evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Windsor Court is near, yet a comfortable distance from the French Quarter. The recent $22 million restoration has brought real improvements without changing the Old World experience. We’re in for a treat!

We plan to travel by coach in the same nice 36-seater that took us to Athens this past May. We considered the train from Birmingham; however, it’s a 7-hour train ride plus the additional six hours driving to/from Birmingham. The coach is door-to-door; we’ll be in New Orleans by cocktail hour. Thank you and call me (706-663-2171) or email ( with any questions or if you need additional information. You’ll see this is an all-inclusive deluxe tour package; the only meal not included is one dinner; the other three are at really good restaurants. Please mail or fax (706-225-2551) your Reservation Form at your earliest convenience and help support the CBG!

Laissez les bons temps rouler !

Eastern Region Grand Canyon 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona
Post Tour ~ March 27 29. 2014

A permanent connection between NECA and the Grand Canyon was established June 23, 2013. That’s when Nik Wallenda reconfirmed his place in daredevil history by traversing the quarter-mile gorge 1500 feet above the Colorado River, without a tether or safety net. The highwire he walked was a two-inchin-diameter, nine-pounds-per-foot cable painstakingly strung across the chasm by NECA-member O’Connell Electric, the same line contractor that made his
2012 walk across Niagara Falls possible. Videos on preparing for the 2013 walk and live-rigging the wire are available on Everyone affiliated with NECA should see them.

Humane Society of Harris County Visits the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Madison Square Garden ~ New York, New York
February 9-12, 2014

How many times have you watched the judging on TV and thought about actually seeing the Show? Here’s your chance! Unpack the winter coat and thermal underwear and join us as we venture to New York City in February to experience this unique world-famous Show. We’ll fly from Atlanta to LaGuardia on Sunday, February 9th, whereupon we check into the deluxe InterContinental Hotel at Times Square.

Breed judging and benching takes place Monday & Tuesday from 8am-6pm at Piers 92/94 (West 55th Street and the West Side Highway). Monday features hound, toy, non-sporting and herding breeds; Tuesday is sporting, working and terrier breeds. The day-time judging determines which dogs will compete that night in the groups at Madison Square Garden. I have exhibited at the Show and will be with you throughout to take you behind the scenes to better understand what’s happening. We’ll also have a speaker Sunday night to further enhance our experience.

Monday afternoon, we’ll visit Ground Zero. Enroute our guide will tell us about Trump City, the West Village, Hell’s Kitchen, the Meatpacking District and more. On Tuesday we’ll visit some of the other
hotels that have fun exhibits and activities related to the Show.

While everyone is responsible for making their own air arrangements, suggested Delta flights from/to Atlanta are mentioned in the itinerary. Gail Shoop (706-663-4707) can also help with your air reservations;
at press-time the fare was $322.

The tour will seem expensive, but we wanted a “comfortable’ experience that includes staying at a nice hotel, breakfast daily, a “Go Anywhere” ticket to the Show and other features.

Thank you and please contact Geoff Robertson at American Travel (706-663-2171) with any questions or for additional information. Many have expressed interest, so please send (or fax 706-663-2445) your
Reservation Form at your earliest convenience.

Please know that $100 per person is included in the tour cost as a contribution the Humane Society, for which we thank you!

Colonial Williamsburg & Jamestown Settlement

Post-Convention Tour ~ October 16-18, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg is a living village with hundreds of restored, reconstructed and historically furnished buildings.where costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of this 18th-century city. Since you are so close at the DC Convention, please join us to explore colonial American history on a tour planned especially for NECA members. The tour begins Wednesday morning, October 16, and returns to Washington’s Reagan and Dulles airports Friday, October 18, in time for afternoon flights home. Our accommodations are at the historic 5-Star Williamsburg Inn.

The Columbus Museum and The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Exclusive Tour

Crystal Bridges (Bentonville) - Philbrook & Gilcrease Museums (Tulsa)
June 20-22, 2013

We hope you’ll join us on this tour of three amazing museums in the Ozarks ... and that you enjoy following the links on this page to see some of what awaits you!

Just Friends “Come Ride The Train”

June 29 - July 1, 2012

Join your friends on this exciting opportunity to visit Plains and Cordele while riding the SAM Shortline Excursion Train. After boarding the train at GA Veterans Park, our first stop is Plains where we have lunch in the Old Bank Café and explore Main Street. Our final visit is Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home at Archery. Enroute home Sunday we’ll tour the Andersonville Civil War site.