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Hosted Tours to Magnolia Market and our newest tour,  'Tour de Villes'!

Our 2nd Tour de Villes Bus Trip

October 24-29, 2024

We are excited to be hosting the second Firefly Farm Bus Tour de Villes!  The first trip was our "maiden voyage" and there are only a few changes that are being made to our itinerary as overall it worked out fantastic!

 

(You can check out pictures from our first Tour de Villes by heading to our Facebook page and looking at October 18th-22nd, 2023 posts).

Nashville, Tennessee | Asheville, North Carolina | Louisville, Kentucky

Tour de Villes includes the following:

  • Comfortable Chartered Bus
  • 5 Nights of Lodging
  • Catered Meal at the Loveless Cafe
  • Group Tours at Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry
  • Dinner at a Nashville Restaurant
  • Tickets to a Grand Ole Opry Show
  • Private 90-minute Trolley Tour in Nashville
  • Private Chocolate and Wine tasting Tour in Asheville
  • Audio Guided Tour of the Biltmore Estate
  • Private Event at the Kentucky Derby Museum including lunch
  • Exclusive Event T-shirt
  • 7 meals total (5 breakfast meals, 3 lunch meals, and 4 dinner meals)
  • Bottled Water on the Bus
  • Tips for Included Meals & Bus Driver
  • Laminated Itinerary
  • Name Labels for your Shopping Bags
  • In Firefly Farm Fashion, SURPRISES along the way! 

Itinerary

*This itinerary may change slightly.

* The time noted in bold for each day is the total driving time and does not include stops.

* Meals noted (included) or (not included), referring to whether you will pay for them on your own.

Thursday, Oct 24 | Pine Island, MN - Mt. Vernon , IL | 545 miles/8 hrs 30 min

  • 7-7:15 AM | board chartered bus at Firefly Farm (assigned seats by groups)
  • 30-minute break
  • 1:45 PM | lunch at Cracker Barrel in Bloomington, IL (not included)
  • 6 PM check-in to Mt. Vernon Hotel
  • supper served at the hotel (included)

Friday, Oct 25 | Mt. Vernon, IL to Nashville, TN | 259 miles/3 hrs 45 min

  • 6-7:15 AM | breakfast (included) at the hotel
  • 7:15 AM | check out of the hotel and board the bus
  • one quick break
  • 11:30 AM | arrive at the historic Loveless Cafe for lunch (included) and shop on the property
  • 1:15 PM | leave Loveless Cafe
  • 1:45 PM | Ryman Auditorium Tour
  • 3:30/3:45 PM | check into the hotel
  • 5:00 PM | Nashville restaurant for supper (included)
  • 7:00-9:00 PM | Grand Ole' Opry Show (our seats are close to the stage!)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM | Back stage tour of Grand Ole' Opry

Saturday, Oct 26 | Nashville to Knoxville, TN| 180 miles/2 hrs 30 min
Note - we will cross into Eastern Time Zone.

  • 8:30 AM | breakfast (included) at the hotel
  • 9 AM | check out of the hotel and board the bus
  • 9:30 to 11 AM | 90-minute private Trolley Tour
  • 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM | Taste of Nashville Lunch at Farmers Market (included) | a private experience for our group with some tastings of local favorites
  • 12:30 PM | Board bus
  • 12:35 - 1:40 PM shopping at Marathon Village
  • 1:45 - 4 PM | explore Honky Tonk Highway on your own (or guests could visit the Country Music Hall of Fame)
    • guests may skip Marathon Village and go straight to Honky Tonk Highway if they want
  • 4:00 PM | board the bus and drive to Knoxville
  • TBD | Supper (not included- stop at Buc-ees)
  • 7:30 PM | check in to the hotel

Sunday, Oct 27 | Knoxville, TN to Asheville, NC and back | 115 miles/2 hrs each way

  • 7:00 AM | breakfast (included) at the hotel
  • 8 AM | board the bus
  • 10 AM to 12:30 PM |arrive in Asheville- shop at Grove Arcade, lunch (not included)
  • 12:30 PM | board the bus and head to The Chocolate Factory
  • 12:45-2:30 PM | private chocolate and wine tasting tour
  • 2:30 PM | board the bus and drive to Biltmore Estates
  • 2:45-6:15 PM | Biltmore Estates, including Audio Guided Tour
  • 6:15 PM | board the bus and go back to our Knoxville hotel
  • TBD | Supper (included)

Monday, Oct 28 | Knoxville, TN to Louisville, KY| 435 miles/6 hrs 30 min

  • 7:00 AM | breakfast (included) at the hotel
  • 7:45 AM | check out of the hotel and board the bus
  • quick break
  • noon | Kentucky Derby Museum and Tour-includes a private lunch, walking to the track, Mint Juleps, and a Race Activity-a mock racing event, allowing us the fun & excitement of wagering while learning about handicapping the horses. Complete with race programs, horsey bucks, betting windows, live tellers, and prizes!
  • 2:30/3:00 PM | board the bus and head to the hotel in Lafayette, IN
  • quick break
  • 6:00 PM | arrive at the hotel
  • TBD | Supper (included)

Tuesday, Oct 29 | Lafayette, IN to Pine Island, MN | 500 miles/7 hrs
Note - we will cross back into Central Time Zone.

  • 7:00 AM | breakfast (included) at the hotel
  • 7:30 AM | check out of the hotel and board the bus
  • quick break and a 60-minute break for lunch (not included)
  • 3:00-3:30 PM | arrive in Pine Island

The chartered bus has extra legroom, outlets, and a restroom. Guests will have plenty of storage space for purchases - above their seats in overhead bins and under the bus.

Guests are responsible for six meals during the tour.

6-day/5-night Bus Trip Rates:

  • Single Occupancy | $2295
  • Double Occupancy | $1850 per person
  • Triple Occupancy | $1725 per person
  • Quad Occupancy | $1600 per person

Registration Opens on Sunday, February 4th at 8am

(Saturday, February 3rd at 8am for Farm Girls)

 Register on our class/event tab found here


Magnolia Market Bus Tour

2,300 Miles | 6 States | 1 Fantastic Time

Bus Tour to Magnolia Market | Waco, Texas

Wednesday, April 10 - Sunday, April 14, 2024

*Wednesday, September 11 - Sunday, September 15, 2024 will be the same schedule*

Your Firefly Farm Bus Tour Experience includes:

  • Comfortable Chartered Bus
  • 4-nights of lodging, including the Hotel Indigo, a new hotel blocks from Magnolia
  • Exclusive Event T-shirt
  • Private Tour of Waco, TX
  • Group Tour at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
  • 7 meals (3 breakfast meals, 3 lunch meals, and 1 dinner meal)
  • Bottled Water on the Bus
  • Tips for Included Meals & Bus Driver
  • Laminated Itinerary
  • Name Labels for your Shopping Bags
  • In Firefly Farm Fashion, SURPRISES along the way! 

Itinerary

* The following is our current itinerary. Please note that we will do our best to stick to this itinerary, but circumstances out of our control could facilitate a change of plans. 

* The time noted in bold for each day is the total driving time and does not include stops.

* All meals note (included) or (not included), referring to if you will pay for it on your own.

* Times that are in red with an asterisk denote optional activity.

Wed, April 10 | Pine Island, MN to Blackwell, OK| 675 miles/9 hrs 45 min

  • 6:45-7:00 AM | board chartered bus at Firefly Farm (assigned seats by groups)
  • 8:15-8:30 AM | quick pick up of guests and restroom break at Trail's Travel Center near Albert Lea (Caribou Coffee inside as well as lots of beverages/snacks)
  • noon | 45-minute lunch break at Davis City Rest Area (large area with walking paths) *picnic lunch (included)
  • rest area break before our destination
  • 6:30 PM | check in to Holiday Inn Express, Blackwell Oklahoma
  • Approximately 7:00 PM | pizza and salad served at the hotel (included)

Thur, April 11 | Blackwell, OK to Waco, TX | 380 miles/5.5 hrs

  • 6:15-6:45 AM | breakfast served at the hotel (included)
    • Please have luggage at the bus before eating
  • 6:45 AM | check out of the hotel and board the bus
    • Please wear your Magnolia trip t-shirt
  • Approximately 11:00 AM | 15-30 minute break and lunch pick-up (we will eat on the bus)
  • 1:30 PM| arrive at Magnolia Market (open until 6 PM)
    • Supper at Magnolia Market food trucks before 6 pm OR at the Urban Hall Food Trucks after we check in to our hotel (not included) 
  • Be sure to check out the Silos Bakery with happy hour prices on cupcakes after 3 PM
  • 5:55 PM | group photo in front of Magnolia Market storefront
  • 6:00 PM | board the bus and check into Hotel Indigo - near Magnolia Market

Fri, April 12 | Waco, TX to Oklahoma City, OK | 330 miles/5 hrs
Leaving Waco and arriving in Oklahoma City. This drive time does not include our Waco Tour)

  • *5:45 AM | (optional) board bus to go to Magnolia Table for breakfast (not included)
    • Reservations are not allowed; the best chance of getting a table is to arrive early and request seating for smaller groups of 2 to 6 (opens at 6 am)
  • *TBD | bus will pick up guests at Magnolia Table
  • *7:00-8:30 AM | (optional) guests may walk half of a mile to Magnolia Press, the new coffee shop that opens at 7 AM (Magnolia Market doesn't open until 9 AM)
  • *Guests do not need to decide on the above options until the night before.
  • 8:45-9:00 AM | check out of the hotel, board the bus for 2-hour Waco Tour
    • Tour guides will join us on our bus
  • 11:00 AM | finish bus tour
  • 11:00 AM-2:00 PM | arrive at the Dr. Pepper Museum/Spice Village area. Guests will explore on their own and get lunch. Guests may purchase a ticket at the Dr. Pepper Museum if they want to (click here for more info). Or guests may explore Spice Village, within walking distance from the Dr. Pepper museum. Spice Village is a collection of specialty shops under one roof. Guests will eat lunch on their own (you have over 2 hours at this stop, so you are also welcome to walk back to Magnolia Market if you want to).
  • 2:00 PM | board the bus
  • 2:10-2:30 PM | JDH Iron Designs Waco Location
  • 2:30 PM | board the bus and head to Oklahoma City, OK
  • TBD | 1-hour stop for supper (not included)
  • 8:30 PM | check in to Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City

Sat, April 13 | Oklahoma City, OK to Emporia, KS| 290 miles/5 hrs

  • 7:00-8:30 AM| breakfast at the hotel (included)
  • 8:30-8:40 AM | check out of your rooms and board the bus
  • 9:00-11:00 AM | Oklahoma City National Museum (part of the tour with our guide)
  • 11:00 AM | board the bus and drive to Myriad Gardens for lunch (included)
  • noon | board the bus
  • 12:45-2:00 PM | visit Guthrie, OK (explore/shop on your own)
  • 2:00 PM | board bus
  • Approximately 4:00 PM | Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK
    • Dinner on your own at Mercantile or P-Town Pizza (not included)
  • 6:30 PM | board the bus
  • 9:15 PM | check in to Hampton Inn, Emporia KS

Sun, April 14 |  Emporia, KS to Pine Island, MN | 545 miles/8.5 hrs

  • 6:00-7:15 AM | breakfast served at the hotel (included)
  • 7:15-7:30 AM | check out of hotel/load and board bus
  • rest area break
  • Approximately Noon | lunch (not included)
  • Approximately 1:00 PM | board bus
  • 4:00 PM | quick stop for drop off at Trail's Travel Center
  • 5:15 PM | arrive at Firefly Farm in Pine Island, MN

The chartered bus has extra legroom, outlets, and a restroom. Guests will have plenty of storage space for purchases - above their seats in overhead bins and under the bus.

Guests are responsible for six meals during the tour (Thursday dinner at Magnolia Market Food Trucks or Union Hall, Friday breakfast at The Magnolia Table, Friday lunch in Waco, Friday dinner TBD, and Saturday dinner at The Mercantile, and Sunday lunch TBD)

5-day/4-night Bus Trip Rates:

  • Single Occupancy | $1600
  • Double Occupancy | $1275 per person
  • Triple Occupancy | $1175 per person
  • Quad Occupancy | $1125 per person

 

8th Magnolia Market Bus Trip | April 10 - 14, 2024

9th (and final) Magnolia Market Bus Trip | September 11 - 15, 2024

 Tour de Villes | October 24 - 29, 2024

Firefly Farm is a retail store located in Pine Island, Minnesota. It celebrated its 6th anniversary in June 2023. Firefly Farm carries a vast selection of paper-crafting products, crafts/DIY projects, seasonal decor, kitchen items, and unique gifts.

In September 2017, Trisha, the owner of Firefly Farm, hosted her first bus tour to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market. This popular trip has evolved from the first to the third time she hosted it. This fun 5-day and 4-night trip has been hosted seven times, and Trisha looks forward to hosting it again in April 2024. Due to popular demand, she will also host it in the fall of 2024 (September 11-15), but this will likely be the last time as she has other destinations in mind.

Guests who have joined a bus tour with Firefly Farm love getting on the bus, grabbing their itinerary, and enjoying the journey. All the planning has been done for them! Many guests have asked for a new destination, and we were thrilled to host our first 'Tour de Villes' in October 2023.  We are offering this trip again in October of 2024 and details can be found in the next section.

All bus tours begin at Firefly Farm - 51525 210th Avenue | Pine Island MN

Firefly Farm is conveniently located off of (and visible from) Highway 52, approximately 10 minutes north of Rochester and 60 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

 

To Sign up for either Bus Tour Please see details on the Classes and Events page.