“It’s A Wonderful Life”….Year Round Itinerary
Experience “It’s a Wonderful Life” year round in the hometown of Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart in scenic Indiana County, Pennsylvania! How ironic is it that Jimmy’s Stewart fame in the immortal Christmas Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” mirrors Indiana County’s declaration as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World! Two very unique attributes that no other place can lay claim to.
Arrive in Indiana, PA at The Jimmy Stewart Museum
The group will be greeted by a representative of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and presented with complimentary gift totes to all guests!
Hometown tour of Indiana – Jimmy Stewart’s birthplace
The tour travels past the site of where he was born, stops at his boyhood home on Vinegar Hill overlooking the town, continue the drive past his grandfather’s home, his family church with the Stewart family Tiffany Rose Window, and the site of his father’s local hardware store, J.M. Stewart & Co. The group will enjoy the humorous tales of Jimmy’s life as he grew up in this small, quaint town. The tour ends back at the museum where a group photo is taken in front of the statue of Stewart and a copy presented to each guest before they depart. Free step-on guide service is available throughout the trip.
Tour of Jimmy Stewart Museum
In the Museum, the group will see how the town has preserved a collection of Stewart memorabilia that represents his accomplishments as an actor, military figure, a civic leader, a family man and a world citizen. The Museum is over 5,000 square feet and consists of exhibits of personal items from Stewart’s family and friends, a gift shop and a 50-seat theater. While at the Museum, the group will view a biography of Jimmy Stewart’s life.
Lunch at Local Historic Restaurant
Enjoy a home-made soup, sandwich and dessert lunch at a local made-to-order restaurant in a historical setting.
Tour Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm
Being in the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, the group will enjoy touring this local tree farm. Groups can ride to the fields on a tractor or horse-drawn hayride while they learn about growing and harvesting Christmas trees. Back at the holiday gift shop they can browse with hot chocolate and desserts. Closer to the holidays they can buy their wreaths, trees and unique decorations.
Visit Historic Indiana County Covered Bridges
Nearby Thomas Covered Bridge is a perfect photo opportunity for groups. The iconic bridge was built in 1879 and rebuilt in 1998 to connect farms in the rural area. Just down the road sits two more historic bridges set in the bucolic countryside. Spark up the afternoon with a tasting and tour at the new craft brewery. Levity Brewing Company uses local grown ingredients, and their craft samples bear the names of nearby historic landmarks. Enjoy homemade ginger ale and root beer while you craft your own artist bar souvenir.
Dining and Show
Enjoy a Jimmy-themed meal at a local farm-to-table or gourmet restaurant. Choose from historic settings to cozy, fireplace rooms where your meal is completed with a visit from a Jimmy Stewart Impersonator performing your favorite Stewart movie scenes. Complimentary dinner gifts, free parking and door-to-door drop-off are included!
This sample itinerary can be adjusted in several different ways. This is just a brief outline of what can be done throughout the year. If your tour takes place during our Holiday Season, other activities, such as the Smicksburg Annual Cookie Tour, the It’s a Wonderful Life Parade & Festival, Trees for Troops and holiday entertainment can be added to this itinerary. A Holiday Party with Santa at your hotel for overnight tours has the group decorating their live Christmas Tree chosen from the tree farm, while enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate and the showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” movie as Santa shows up with gifts!
This itinerary can also be expanded into a 2 or 3 day tour for your group. Many groups book the itinerary as a Mystery Tour. There are several different choices for restaurants and this sample itinerary can be revised to suit your individual group needs.
|10:30-11:45||Jimmy Stewart Museum|
|11:45-12:00||Group Photo at Jimmy Statue for Take-home|
|12:00-1:00||Lunch at Historic Restaurant|
|1:30-2:30||Flemings Tree Farm Tour|
|2:30-3:30||Visit to Historic Indiana County Covered Bridges|
|3:45-4:45||Levity Brewing Company|
|5:00-6:30||Dinner & Show|
|6:00-6:30||Jimmy Stewart Impersonator Entertainment|
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