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Armed Forces Day on The Midway


Guests at Hearst Castle

Armed Forces Day on the USS Midway,
May 21, 2016

Offered by Colonial Crafts.

Photograph of the Midway in San Diego President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

And what better way to celebrate our armed forces than to encounter the awesome size and power of the USS Midway and experience what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world.

Aerial Photograph of the Midway in San Diego The USS Midway was commissioned September 10, 1945 just a week after the end of WWII. The Midway served in our nation's defense including major roles in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned on April 12, 1992 the Midway was stored inactive in Bremerton, Washington. The Midway was towed to San Diego in 2003, refurbished and opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 2004.

Our exclusive all-day tour includes travel from Los Angeles and Orange County Amtrak stations to San Diego and back aboard vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts, and a special rarely given behind-the scenes tour of the Midway conducted by Scott McGaugh. Mr. McGaugh, Midway Museum Marketing Director, historian and writer of three books on the USS Midway will be personally conducting our exclusive tour. We will be exploring fascinating sections of the Midway rarely seen by the visiting public.


Our private railcar, Colonial Crafts is on the rear of Amtrakís Surfliner Train 566 leaving Los Angeles at 8:30 AM and arriving in San Diego at 11:25 AM picking up guests at all Amtrak Surfliner stations. Onboard Colonial Crafts, we are greeted by the Steward and staff, who will assist in boarding. Once aboard the train we settle into our comfortable seats or our bartender will be happy to make you the drink of your choice followed by breakfast as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to San Diego. From the San Diego train station, it is a short two block walk to the Midway. While on the Midway, we will be free to roam the public areas after our behind the scenes tours. We will have plenty of time to tour the displays and contemplate life aboard this huge ship. We will reboard Colonial Crafts for a 6:45 PM departure for Los Angeles and home. All too soon, following dessert and a savored cup of coffee, itís time to gather our carry-ons and get ready to detrain.


USS Midway Coat of ArmsThis behind-the-scenes tour involves a lot of walking, and ascent and descent of flights of stairs and ladders. Guests who require a wheelchair will find some areas on this tour are not accessible. However, the public areas of the Midway are accessible.

May days in San Diego are usually warm and clear, with cool to chilly evenings. Itís wise to bring a sweater or light jacket.

The tour package includes breakfast and bar service aboard Colonial Crafts on the way to San Diego as well as dinner hors d'oeuvres and dessert on the return trip served by our professional staff at your seat and the available tables. Breakfast, hors díoeuvres and dessert are prepared by our chef for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar that features premium labels of beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own. There are many restaurants in the immediate area of the Midway as well as the Midway's own Fantail Cafe.

We will feature one departure this year on Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2016.

Priced at $249/person.

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150, (818) 203-5276 or at for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for our May 21, Armed Forces Day on the Midway Tour.

Guests at Hearst Castle,
August 12-13, 2016

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! These exclusive overnight getaway includes travel from Los Angeles Panoramic View of Hearst Castle to the region in vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind the scenes tours personally conducted by a Museum

Executive. Also included is lodging in the deluxe Cavalier Ocean Front Resort in San Simeon, and a short wine-tasting tour prior to reboarding Colonial Crafts in Paso Robles. Aboard Colonial Crafts you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide luncheon, hors d'Oeurves and dinner prepared for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar.

***This tour is limited to 18 guests***


Friday, August 12: Our steward will meet us in the main waiting room of Los Angeles Union Station and conduct us to private railcar Colonial Crafts waiting for us on the rear of the Amtrak's Coast Starlight departing at 10:10 AM. As the train leaves the depot, we enjoy a champagne toast to begin our journey to San Luis Obispo. Luncheon will be served around Noon following the sound of the dinner chimes.

As we sit down, the ongoing views of the Pacific shoreline provide a continually changing scene for our meal. The tables are set with crisp starched linens, fine china and glassware in the railroad tradition. Our meals are prepared fresh on board by our chef. Enjoy throughout the trip our complimentary bar including premium labels of beer, wines from the Central Coast and spirits.

After enjoying some mid-afternoon hors d'Oeuvres, we arrive in San Luis Obispo where we transfer to our waiting coach from Hearst Castle. Our coach brings us directly to the front door of the castle where we will be greeted by our Tour Host, and treated to a rare behind-the-scenes tour. As we tour the Castle, we notice that our group are the only guests. At the conclusion of the tour, we will sit down to a four-course dinner with the surrounding mountains and the ocean far below.

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle We get a taste of what it must have been like as one of Mr. Hearst's guests as the Castle has been reserved for our exclusive use. The Hearst family is still involved with the Central Coast. Our meal features beef grown here on the Hearst Ranch and wines from grapes grown in the Hearst Vineyards.

Best Western Cavalier Resort After dinner, the Castle motorcoach will take us to our overnight accommodations at the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort.

Saturday, August 13: After breakfast, we board our private coach for a trip over the Coast Range and down into the Paso Robles wine region. We will enjoy a tour and tasting at three wineries with a light lunch before we reboard Colonial Crafts at 1:38 PM.

Heading south, we enjoy a glass of Central Coast wine as we head up and over Cuesta Pass. Hor d'Oeurves followed by dinner are served as we observe the golden sunset over the beach as we glide back to Los Angeles and a 9:00 PM arrival.

Part of the proceeds from this tour will be used to benefit Hearst Castle

Tours of Hearst Castle include climbing stairs. There are no elevators or ramps

Pricing: Double Queen: $1,299/person double occupancy (single supplement $116); Ocean View King Room, with Fireplace: $1,339/person double occupancy (single supplement $141); Ocean Front King Room, with Fireplace: $1379 per person double occupancy (single supplement $176).

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150, (818) 203-5276 or at for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for our August 12-13, Guests at Hearst Castle Tour.


Wonderful service, food was superb, the entire two days were very memorable. The tour was extra special, the guide and his knowledge were the best and we got the feeling that we were special as well.
Dick and Sherry S.

Excellent. Food was absolutely delectable and the service could not have been more accommodating. Please thank your team again for us. Tour a bit short, but the trip to the archives was the highlight! Fantastic, Passionate, Knowledgeable Host.
Kelly L.

The whole trip was outstanding--service, Hearst Tour, dinner, motel, trolley, wine and olive tours, length of time on train. If you are planning another next year, would like to do it again, just because it was such a interesting, well planned and managed trip.
Judy D.

Fabulous people, food, and service. We can't imagine better. Tracy was a fantastic guide and we felt privileged to see the archives, especially. Tracy kept things moving along, but we never felt rushed. Sunset was incredible.
Maria P. and Richard H.

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