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Golden Partners

We are celebrating 25 years of travel!

Golden Partners is a wellness program designed to help individuals age 55 and older to maintain sound bodies, minds and spirits. Golden Partners offers health education, social activities and travel opportunities throughout the year. Golden Partners members receive Healthpark membership discounts.

Whether you like to travel long distance or to just go away for the day, there is something at Golden Partners for you. If you have never traveled with Golden Partners you might just find it is more of an adventure than you ever thought it could be with one added bonus: ALL TRIPS DEPART FROM OWENSBORO!

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2016 Trips - Go And Make Memories!

Pigeon Forge Shopping Spree

November 14 – 16 $574
Basic or Non-members per person double occupancy
Plus member per person double occupancy

Deposit: $150 pp

Join Golden Partners as we travel to Pigeon Forge for a 2-night
stay at the Inn on the River. This city will already be decorated
in all its Christmas glamour! And why not, we’re there to get a
head start on our Christmas shopping! Shop at places like the
Incredible Christmas Place, the South’s largest and most
beautiful Christmas store, the Tanger Outlet with more than
100 stores to choose from, Old Time Pottery, everyone’s
favorite and The Island, the newest shopping complex in town.
Relax each night with dinner and fun-filled entertainment at the
Soul of Motown and the Dixie Stampede. 4 meals included:
2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

View the preliminary itinerary

A St. Charles Christmas

December 9
$354 Basic or Non-members per person double occupancy
$329 Plus member per person double occupancy
Deposit: $150 pp

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…that’s
just what you’ll find in Historic Saint Charles, MO. Without
question, historic Main Street in St. Charles is one of the
Midwest's most charming places to dine and shop. After all, it's
one of Missouri's oldest and largest historic districts with over
120 unique shops and sumptuous restaurants that can't be
found anywhere else. But add all the sparkle and pomp of the
“Christmas Traditions” festival and St. Charles becomes the
place for festive holiday shopping and dining. Artwork, clocks,
collectibles, original clothing, handbags, jewelry, home
accessories, and more – you'll find unique gifts for everyone
on your list when you do your Christmas Shopping in St.
Charles. Plus, you'll come away refreshed by a festive
Christmas atmosphere that can't be found at the mall. 2 meals
included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

View the preliminary itinerary

A Country Soiree At The Grand Ole Opry

Friday, July 15 - $189 per person
Deposit: Full Payment

Join Golden Partners for a fun-filled evening at the Grand Ole
Opry in Nashville, TN. While the artists vary and names are not
released until closer to show date, the Grand Ole Opry will not
disappoint you. After all it is “the show that made country
music famous” and has been called the “home of American
music” on “country’s most famous stage”. Dinner included

View the preliminary itinerary

Back Home in Eastern Kentucky - Part 2

July 27 - 29 - $559 person double occupancy
Deposit: $150

It’s exciting to travel around the world and see all the wonderful
sights, but it’s just as exciting to see what’s right here at home.
Last year we were able to mark several items off the Kentucky
Bucket List as listed in Michael Crisp’s book and this year you
will be able to the same. We will start out in Nonesuch, KY at
the Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques where there is a 32,000
square foot display of American and European furniture,
glassware, dolls, jewelry, rugs and more. After lunch at the Glitz
Restaurant, we will head over to Paintsville, KY. It’s here where
we will stay the next two nights. We’ll step back in time as we
visit Butcher Holler, the birthplace of the legendary Loretta
Lynn, nestled in the hills of Eastern, KY. We’ll then see what it
was like to live and work on a farm when we visit the Mountain
Homeplace, an 1850’s working farm and museum. Tonight
you’ll be treated to some of the best entertainment in all of the
state when we visit the Mountain Arts Center where a group of
young musicians and singers will perform. You will be amazed
at the talent! On our way home we will stop at Natural Bridge
State Park where you will take a ski-lift up the mountain to see
exactly how this park got its name. Our last stop will be in
Winchester, KY, for a tour of the factory where Kentucky’s only
official original drink Ale 8-One is made (I hear you’ll even get a
sample!). 5 meals included, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

View the preliminary itinerary

Hallelujah Girls At The Derby Dinner Playhouse

Friday, August 26 - $79 Per Person
Deposit: Full Payment

After the recent death of a friend, the feisty females of Eden
Falls, GA, decide there is no time like the present to pursue
unfulfilled dreams. So, they convert an abandoned church into a
day spa where they spend their Fridays. However, they find it
hard to do much dream chasing when the mundane details of
their daily lives continue to get in the way. Things heat up when
one of the women's sexy ex-boyfriends shows up, sparking a
few rivalries—and laughs. Join Golden Partners for a fun evening
of comedy that will have you laughing out loud and shouting
“Hallelujah!” Dinner included.

View the preliminary itinerary

2016 Mystery Tour

September 17 - 30
$3824 Basic or Non-members per person double occupancy
$3799 Plus member per person double occupancy
Deposit: $500 pp

Are you ready for this? For the first time ever, you WILL need a
PASSPORT for the 13th annual Mystery Tour. Oh my, where
could we be going? I can’t tell you, but we sure are going to
have a lot of fun! Every year it gets harder & harder to top the
year before, but I’m going to give it a whirl! If you do not
already have a passport, I would suggest you begin the process
now to get one as it can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks to
get one. I’d hate for you to miss out on this grand adventure
just because you do not have a passport! 23 meals included:
12 breakfasts, 11 dinners

View the preliminary itinerary

Autumn Fest

October 26 - 29 $1314
Basic or Non-members per person double occupancy
$1289 Plus member per person double occupancy
Deposit: $250 pp

Fall is a beautiful time of year to travel and that’s exactly what
you should expect when traveling from here to White Sulfur
Springs. Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West
Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and
world-class resort that has been welcoming guests from
around the world since 1778. The natural mineral springs that
drew their first guests over 235 years ago continue to lure
visitors to their 10,000 acre luxury retreat today. With a guest
list that includes 26 of our country’s 44 Presidents, America’s
Resort has long been a favorite destination of royalty,
celebrities, business leaders, and Golden Partners members!!
Back by popular request, Golden Partners members will enjoy 2
nights at this award-winning resort. Upon departure we will
continue with the fall activities as we head towards Kenova, WV,
for Autumn Fest – the “Ultimate Pumpkin Experience”. The
centerpiece of the festival is the famous Pumpkin House, which
has become one of the favorite tourist attractions of West
Virginia. This one house, with over 3000 hand-carved
pumpkins, is a must see! 5 Meals included: 3 breakfasts,
2 dinners

View the preliminary itinerary

Things To Consider

Whether you travel with Golden Partners or you are traveling on your own, remember these top ten reasons to travel and how they play an important role in maintaining your health: Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually

  • Travel provides learning and education about places and history
  • Travel connects us to other cultures and people
  • Travel slows us down: Gives us a break from our fast-paced lives
  • Travel expands our awareness and introduces us to greater diversity
  • Travel helps us break habits: Mentally, Physically and Emotionally
  • Travel gives us time to heal, reduces stress and helps us regain enthusiasm for live
  • Travel stokes curiosity and awakens our inner child by offering us new, "first-time" experiences
  • Travel promotes patience by releasing heavy expectations of the "one right away" mentality, thereby allowing life to flow more organically
  • Travel invites the opportunity to get lost and face one's fears of the unknown
  • Travel helps you get to know yourself better: The true YOU is rediscovered


What does “Seat Reduction” date mean?

This is the last date the airlines will hold empty space for you. If you have not registered by this date, there is no guarantee of space. It then becomes first come, first serve.

Why are deposits due so early?

Deposits are required to reserve your space on the coach or airplane. Also, the uniqueness of some of the activities on a trip requires an early deposit to hold space. Many places now require groups to pay in full at least 2-3 months out from the trip.

Why are single rooms so much more expensive?

Most hotels set a price for a room. The cost of this room is then divided by the number of people in the room. If you are rooming alone, then the expense of the room is all yours.

What if there are more than 2 of us who would like to room together?

In most situations we are able to accommodate up to 4 people in a room. Just ask if you'd like the pricing for that.

When is my final payment due?

I will continue to send out final payment notices , but you may make arrangements for payment plans, if necessary. If final payment is not received by the balance due date, you will be removed from the trip unless alternative plans have been arranged in advance. This is to protect you and your money.


Melinda Cornell, LSW
Health Promotion Specialist

Golden Partners Travel
Program Coordinator

Senior Outreach


John Howard
Van Driver


Ron Turner
Van Driver


Golden Partners General Trip Information


Deposits are due within 10 days after making a reservation. Deposit amounts may vary depending upon the cost of the trip. For trips under $100.00, payment in full is requested when making reservation.


We suggest you make your reservation as soon as you know your travel schedule. Trips are scheduled with prearranged seating and many times extra seats for shows, meals, or even motor coaches are not available. To avoid being disappointed, sign up before the trip is sold out. To register, call Golden Partners at 270-688-4855.

Waiting List

Golden Partners will take a waiting list on all tours since we do have frequent cancellations. When a cancellation is known, the vacancy will be filled from the waiting list in the date order in which it was received.

Cancellation Policy

Golden Partners realizes that, due to uncontrollable circumstances, there may be times you have to cancel a tour; therefore we offer optional cancellation insurance. In the event that a cancellation becomes necessary, the following policy will apply: There will be a $10 cancellation fee on all cancellations to cover the cost of postage, processing, and telephone expenses.

Cancellations made not less than 90 days prior to the tour departure will receive a full refund less the $10.00 cancellation fee and any non-recoverable expenditures made on behalf of the participant at the time of the cancellation, such as meals, tickets, hotels, etc. Many hotels and restaurants require payments made 45 – 90 days out from a trip and tickets are often purchased in advance as well.

Inside 90 days with the purchase of optional cancellation insurance:

Inside 90 days your cancellation insurance becomes effective. You will be protected against cancellation fees for unforeseen circumstances such as illness, death in the family or accidents. Under this program, you will receive a refund of all trip payments less the insurance fee once all the necessary paperwork has been submitted and approved by the carrier. Insurance brochures are available upon request. It is optional and is the responsibility of the traveler to purchase travel insurance.

Inside 90 days without cancellation insurance:

You will only receive money that is recoverable. Please remember many hotels and restaurants require payments made 45 – 90 days out from a trip and tickets are often purchased in advance as well. While I will try to recover all of your money there is no guarantee as each venue has its own cancellation policy.

*Please note that trips in which we partner with Go Collette have a separate insurance policy and will override the above policy.

Contact Us

To register for a trip, e-mail or call 270-688-4855.

Trip Registration Form

PRINT OUT a trip registration form.

A Message From Our Coordinator

This year marks the 25th year that Golden Partners has been providing travel. It all started in 1991 with one trip to Brown County & Nashville, IN. It was a completely full bus
and in the heat of the summer.... boy have I learned a lot since then. Like you don't go to Brown County in the summer! Ha! I can laugh about this now.

Since that one trip, Golden Partners has traveled to 6 continents, over 40 countries, 49 states (don't worry, we’re about to make it to number 50!!!), and who even knows how many major cities!! People ask me all
the time, "What is your favorite trip?" That is a difficult question to answer. I love all of them! I have been to some really neat places over the years and I am very thankful for the opportunity to have done so, but more than the where I have been, it's the who I have traveled with. And that is YOU. Whether we are on an Island in Hawaii, a mountain in Colorado, stranded in France or cruising the Danube, the trip was
made special because I was with you. I have made so many lifetime friends through the Golden Partners travel program and I truly appreciate each and every one of you!

I have traveled many miles with some of you and with others we are just beginning our adventures together. Whether you are a traveler from the first 25 years or you are just beginning, I do hope you have found and will continue to find that Golden Partners travel opportunities exceed your expectations. The 2016 travel brochure is full of exciting travel destinations. Please enjoy your free copy and plan to make this another year for a new destination.

I do look forward to traveling with you and on behalf of Owensboro Health I would like to thank you for your support of the Golden Partners program.


Melinda Cornell

Golden Partners Benefits

Quarterly Newsletter
Weekly Blood Pressure Screening
Van Service at no fee
Notary Services by appointment
Educational Offering
Fit 'n Fun Exercise Classes

Golden Partners Special Discounts

GoldenFit Healthpark Membership
Wellness Programs
Quarterly Health Screenings
Social Events
Healthpark Cafe
Owensboro Health Cafeteria
Owensboro Health Gift Shop, 1st Friday monthly
Travel Opportunities