Pier 55 Red Wing Area Seniors
240 Harrison St, Ste 2 | Red Wing, MN 55066 | 651.327.2255

Trips and Tours


Red Wing area seniors are going places! Join us for a trip to a theater, restaurant or casino. Explore a completely new destination. Learn, make memories and have. Remember that friends and family of any age can come with us.

Watch the Deadlines. Tickets are limited. Register early so you won't be disappointed.

See Minnesota’s Capitol,
and only the Capitol!!!

Wednesday, July 12th
Lv 8:30 a.m., 12 noon return
$20 members, $25 non- members.

Our first Capitol Curiosity trip filled, so we bring you another. Since the feedback from the trip was “all Capitol touring, less walking, please,” this no-frills trip is up and back to the Capitol. No lunch or other destinations included. Space is limited and filling quickly. This is one sightseeing excursion that you do not want to miss.

Giddy Up Let's Go to Lanesboro
Amish Tour

Wednesday, July 26
Lv 8 a.m.; return 4 p.m.
Cost: $35 members, $40 non members
Limited to 50 (we are at 30 already)

Guides: Stef and Kim
Shops and farms. Lunch and dessert will be included.

Ready, Set, GO!! We’re hitchin’ buggies and headin’ to LANESBORO!! (OK, it really is a coach bus we will be taking) Pier 55 Red Wing Area SeniorsOnce in Lanesboro, it is a quick stop at the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce where we can take a restroom break or just get up and stretch. A guide will join us from Bluff Scape Amish Tours. As we go on our 2 hour tour, we will be stopping and have opportunities to purchase from different Amish stores for baked goods, baskets other handmade items. NOTE** You will need cash or check for this portion of the trip; credited cards not accepted. Pier 55 Red Wing Area SeniorsBack to town we go where we will eat at Pedal Pushers Café. Choose among FOUR entrées (your meal selection is due by JULY 17): Roast Pork Loin Dinner, Half Hot Pork Commercial (gravy over meat, etc.) , Norwegian Meatball Dinner, or Fish and Chips. All Include coffee, hot or iced tea, milk, or soda. Pier 55 Red Wing Area SeniorsAfter lunch, we will make a stop at Aroma Pie Shoppe in Whalen, Minn., for a slice of deliciousness!!! They are opening the store for us. You MUST make your pie flavor choice with your entree selection: Minnesota Maple, Chocolate, Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb. Pies will be packed in a to-go container and served with a fork for us to enjoy on the bus ride home!

*Want to order your own whole pie to bring home? More than 30 varieties are available; cost is $22 (TAX INCL). See Stef to order or for details. 651.327.2255

Scenic Stillwater River Boat Cruise

Saturday, Aug. 12
4 p.m. - Board coach bus @ Pier 55
5:30 - 8p.m. - Cruise the St. Croix River
9:30 p.m. - Return to Pier 55
Cost: $50 members; $55 non-members

Space is limited to 50. Stop in or call to register.

Get JAZZED by Southern Dixieland tunes. Come cruise with us on this magical, music filled boat cruise. Whether you want to sit and listen or get up and dance, this trip is for anyone. Feel free to move around in or outside this luxurious climate-controlled paddle boat. Dress is casual, but dining is a “white linen” affair. A sample of the buffet offerings: Carved herb-crusted New York strip * BBQ St Louis style ribs *Marsala chicken *baked cod *potato *fresh fruit *salad *and desserts!!

Eat Drink and Be Merry In Jolly Rochester, Minn.

Feast Local Food Festival - Mayo Civic Center
Saturday, Dec. 2 bus trip
Times to be determined
Cost bus only: $25 non members, $15 members
Cost w/wrist band for beer and wine tasting: $40 non members, $30 members


Local farmers and food producers showcase, sample and sell their products at more than 100 exhibit booths at Rochester’s Feast Local Food Festival. You can view and participate in chef demonstrations and beer and wine tasting. It is great event for learning about the area’s locally produced foods as well as for purchasing food gifts for the holiday season!

See photos of last years event, and learn more about it on this website:  http://www.local-feast.org/event_info2017

TRAVEL, TRAVEL AND MORE TRAVEL

Like to travel? Want to learn more about traveling? Just want to share your travel experiences and talk with others about their traveling passions and stories? Here you can have an opportunity to provide input on Red Wing Area Seniors future trips and adventures. Come to our TRAVEL CLUB! We always have plenty to say and it’s all about travel. We meet at 2 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday each month. For more information, call Phyllis, 651-212-6539.


Where They Fought: A WWII European Tour


Red Wing Area Seniors picture Sept. 15-28, 2017
Cost: From $1,878/person
Deposit: $250/person
TRAVEL SHOW: Tuesday, July 11, 1pm


Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Europe where the “Greatest Generation” fought to save the world, defeating the behemoth German Nazi war machine. Arrive in Holland to travel the route of the September, 1944, Market Garden Battle, where the American 82nd Airborne landed at Groesbeek, beginning the Battle of the Bridges. Then north to Arnhem, where the British and the Polish fought valiantly to take what became the movie “A Bridge Too Far.” We follow the exact footsteps of heroic warriors who brought the Allies to the doorstep of Hitler’s Nazi domain, then to Nuremberg to walk the Nazi Parade Grounds at Zeppelin Field -- the site of Hitler’s big rallies. You will see the very courtroom where post-war the Nuremberg Trials condemned Nazi criminals to their final judicious fate.

We’ll view the heights of Hitler’s Eagle’s Next atop the Bavarian Alps and tour Berchtesgaden, the town where many Nazi VIPs had ‘summer homes’, away from the raging battles of WWII. In the beautiful countryside of Czechoslovakia we travel on to Krakow, Poland, and a reflective tour of Auschwitz, one of Hitler’s most infamous concentration camps. Berlin is our final destination for a city tour and the epicenter of Hitler’s megalomaniacal rise to power and what remains today, for a view into a past chapter of history, never to be forgotten.

Join tour guide Mary Berg as she leads a WWII European Tour offered by no one else!

Red Wing Area Seniors picture

Medina Ball Room Trips

You can watch or dance during the entertainment!
Lv: 11:30 a.m.; return 5 p.m.
Cost: $30 members; $40 non members (bus & show)

Julie Lee - Tuesday, Sept. 12, Show 1 - 4 p.m.
Top Notch - Tuesday, Oct. 10, Show 1 - 4 p.m.
Free cookies available at show break; no meals

Registration deadline 7 days prior to trip. Stop in or call Pier 55. Credit cards accepted.

Rose Parade & New Year’s
Dec. 30, 2017– Jan. 4, 2018

This is the BIG one! Everyone loves a parade, especially the Rose Parade in Southern California! You don’t want to miss this colorful adventure. Join us on this wonderful trip for 5 nights in Southern California! (We have 9 signed up and more are coming in!)

Highlights include:
New Year’s Eve Dinner Party
Tournament of Roses Parade
Rose Parade Floats on display
Reagan Library and Museum
Hollywood and Walk of Fame
Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive
The Grove and LA Farmer’s Market

Tour Rates
Booking Discount: $2,799 pp double
Regular rate: $2,899 pp double
Single Supplement: + $600
Call Phyllis for more information: 520-603-2779

You can fly from your winter home and join us.

Bella Italia

Florence * Rome * Pompeii
November 2– 14, 2017
Tour price: $3739 pp

Join us this fall for a beautiful tour of Italy. A $500 payment is due with the application. Final payment due August 1. More information available at www.cetatours.com.

*NEW* Trip refund policy.
A 20% administration fee will be charged to anyone who cancels a day trip within 5 business days of the trip departure date.

The RWAS tour director will seat disabled persons in the front seats for local trips.

The tour director’s seat is always behind the bus driver so s/he can use the PA system and leave the bus first to initiate a tour.

Up-coming trips...

September - One night trip to Oshkosh, air museum
October – New Ulm for October Fest
November – American Swedish Institute
December – Mantorville theatre for “The Rented Christmas” and dinner at the Hubble House

Parking and Not parking at Pier 55

If Pier 55 sponsors an overnight event, participants should not leave their vehicles at Pier 55. Have someone bring you -- or your vehicle may be towed. This is especially important during the winter with snowplowing needs, etc.

If you are attending an event at Pier 55, please park on our assigned side and not on the Pottery Museum section. Park in front of Pier 55 if possible. Stop in at the front desk if you need clarification.

Casino Trips



Diamond Jo - Northwood, Iowa
Tuesday, June 6
Leave: 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 pp (transportation, $10 free play, buffet)
Registration due by May 30

Grand Casino Hinckley
Monday, June 26 – Leave RW 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play. Final registration: June 20

Royal River Casino Hotel -Flandreau, S.D.
Thur-Fri., June 29-30t – Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
$65 per person, includes transportation, hotel, $25 Free
Play, Complimentary evening buffet & breakfast.
Final registration by June 15

Diamond Jo – Northwood, Iowa
Monday, July 3 – Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play & free buffet
Final registration by June 27

Prairies Edge Casino - Granite Falls
Tues- Wed., July 18 - 19
Leave Red Wing 7:30 a.m.
$70 – Includes $50 Free Play
Final registration by July 6

Grand Casino Hinckley
Thursday, July 27– Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play. Final registration by July 20

Palace Casino – Cass Lake & Northern Lights Casino- Walker, Minn.
Tues.-Wed., Aug. 8-Aug. 9
Cost: $80 – Leave RW 7 a.m.
Palace Casino includes $20 slot play, $3 food coupon.
Northern Lights includes $40 slot play, $3 food coupon and hotel room. Final registration July 21.
Bus limited to 52 patrons.

Diamond Jo – Northwood, Iowa
Monday, Aug. 14 – Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play & free buffet
Final Registration by Aug. 7

Diamond Jo – Northwood, Iowa
Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play & free buffet
Final Registration by Aug. 31

Jackpot Junction – Morton, Minn.
Wed.-Thur., Sept. 13-14
Leave Red Wing 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $70; includes $50 Free Play
Final registration due by Aug. 30

Diamond Jo – Northwood, Iowa
Tuesday, Oct. 10. Leave RW -7:30 a.m.
Cost: $20; $10 Free Play & free buffet
Final registration by Oct. 5

Meskwaki Bingo – Tama, Iowa
Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 26-27
Leave Red Wing 7 a.m.
Cost: $70; includes $40 Free Play
Final registration due by Oct. 13

State Fair dates will be in next newsletter.

For casino trips, contact Ken at Sugar Loaf Tours, 507-202-5630 or kcrameyer@gmail.com.

Fall Trips:

Sept. 27-30 -- Host Fest, Minot, N.D.
Oct. 5-7 -- Fall Along the Mississippi: Galena and Dubuque, Iowa
Nov. 2-6 --Christmas in Branson, Mo.
Nov. 15-20 -- Nashville at Christmas