Trip Recap: Cubs Spring Training 2018

BY: JD CONROY

On March 8th a group of American Classic Travelers returned from a 6-day journey to the Cubs Spring Training.  I wanted to share some of our experiences with you! Enjoy reading this Trip Recap! 

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Flight to Phoenix

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JD, Joe, Kirsten, and Sheila met travelers curbside at O'Hare Airport and helped everyone with their luggage and boarding passes at our private, American Classic Tours group check-in.

 Flying over the Rocky Mountains

Flying over the Rocky Mountains

 

Free Cocktails & Snacks At the Embassy Suites

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After a flight to Phoenix, we were able to unwind after a full day of travel with free snacks and cocktails at the Embassy Suites Tempe Manager's Reception. The Manager's Reception was offered every night of our tour!

 
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Guided Tour of Phoenix & Scottsdale

 Group Photo in Old Town Phoenix

Group Photo in Old Town Phoenix

Our local guide Jill took us on a guided tour of the Phoenix area. We saw Paradise Valley, Old Town Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix, and more!

 

Cubs vs Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields

 Javier Baez up to bat

Javier Baez up to bat

 

A great American tradition - take me out to the ball game for the 7th inning stretch.

 

Dinner at Rustler's Rooste 

 Group Photo at Rustler's Rooste

Group Photo at Rustler's Rooste

At Rustler's Rooste we enjoyed a country-style dinner featuring Sirloin Steak, BBQ Chicken, and Grilled Salmon along with a mixed greens salad, Arizona style cowboy beans, corn on the cobb, seasonal vegetables, baked potatoes, and biscuits. Beer and wine were included with our meal. We had ice cream and cotton candy for dessert.

 Cotton Candy for Dessert!!

Cotton Candy for Dessert!!

 Photo at Rustler's Rooste Beautiful Outdoor Overlook

Photo at Rustler's Rooste Beautiful Outdoor Overlook

 We enjoyed live country music during dinner!

We enjoyed live country music during dinner!

 
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Musical Instrument Museum

 Giant Bass at the Musical Instrument Museum

Giant Bass at the Musical Instrument Museum

We started our day with a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum in North Scottsdale. This state-of-the-art museum is home to over 12,000 musical instruments from every country in the world! Below is a video that takes you inside this one-of-a-kind museum. 

 

Cubs vs Rockies at Salt River Fields

 We got to the game early to see the Cubs warm up!

We got to the game early to see the Cubs warm up!

 Nothing beats a cold beer at the ball game!

Nothing beats a cold beer at the ball game!

Cubs stars Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant stand for the pregame National Anthem.

 
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Desert Botanical Gardens

 A cactus with a rare cancerous genetic mutation. Only 1 in 300,000 cacti have this sort of genetic mutation. 

A cactus with a rare cancerous genetic mutation. Only 1 in 300,000 cacti have this sort of genetic mutation. 

At the Desert Botanical Gardens we learned about Arizona's unique flora.

 Have you ever seen a cactus with this many arms!? 

Have you ever seen a cactus with this many arms!? 

 

Cubs vs Rockies at Sloan Park

 Anthony Rizzo up to bat

Anthony Rizzo up to bat

When we entered Sloan Park (the Cubs Spring Training home field), it felt like we were back in Wrigleyville. While Sloan Park is much younger and smaller than Wrigley Field, it has many similarities, most notably, the red HOME OF THE CHICAGO CUBS sign.

 CUBS WIN!

CUBS WIN!

 

Arizona Opry Dinner Show

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The Opry cast performed a variety of music including country, rock and roll, blues, boogie woogie, big band, and even classical. This was a stellar dinner show with phenomenal music, a lot of variety, and great food! 
 

 Is that Barney Fife? Singing a Solo? 

Is that Barney Fife? Singing a Solo? 

 
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Dolly Boat Cruise

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Nestled in the heart of Arizona's Superstition Mountain Range, Canyon Lake is a beautiful reservoir located just outside the Phoenix metro area. We enjoyed a relaxing cruise aboard the Dolly Steamboat as our captain told us about the region's geological history. 

 
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Flight Home

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We are Offering this Trip Again in 2019!

Call 847-548-3333 Or Click The Button Below For More Information About How You Can Join Us On Our Cubs Spring Training Tour IN March 2019!