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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1pm at The Healthpark in Classroom A - Space is limited

Learn about the upcoming 2015 trips to London and Paris!

Free refreshments and show!

Healthpark - Golden Partners

1006 Ford Avenue

Owensboro, Kentucky


A Message From Melinda Cornell, Coordinator of Golden Partners

Happy New Year!  I am excited about the 2015 travel opportunities coming your way!  By Member request, I have added more "1-day trips" and included the two most popular extended destinations according to the Golden Partners 2014 Travel Survey.  

If you want more details about each trip you can call Golden Partners at 270-688-4855 or come back to our website for updates. 

I am looking forward to traveling with everyone in the coming year and on behalf of Owensboro Health, I thank you for your support of the Golden Partners program!




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Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

1006 Ford Avenue

Owensboro, Kentucky

Travel with Golden Partners 

Golden Partners is a wellness program designed to help individuals 55 and older 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.

The Golden Partners 2015 Travel Brochure is now available! We have added MORE day trips and have MANY overnight, extended and international trips for you to choose from. 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!

Download the 2015 Travel brochure HERE!




"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."  -Unknown

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

 1.  Travel provides learning and education about places and history

 2.  Travel connects us to other cultures and people

 3.  Travel slows us down: Gives us a break from our fast-paced lives

 4.  Travel expands our awareness and introduces us to greater diversity

 5.  Travel helps us break habits:  Mentally, Physically and Emotionally

 6.  Travel gives us time to heal, reduces stress and helps us regain enthusiasm for live

 7.  Travel stokes curiosity and awakens our inner child by offering us new, "first-time" experiences

 8.  Travel promotes patience by releasing heavy expectations of the "one right away" mentality, thereby allowing life to flow more organically

 9.  Travel invites the opportunity to get lost and face one's fears of the unknown

10. Travel helps you get to know yourself better:  The true YOU is rediscovered

Do Not Miss Our Upcoming Events!

Shades of Ireland - April 14 - 26, 2015

April 14-26,  2015

$4479 per person double occupancy

$4879 single occupancy

$4449 per person triple occupancy

Cancellation waiver and insurance included.

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast and onwards to Belfast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this 13-day tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during two overnight castle stays. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal factory. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Stand on the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Tour the walled city of Derry. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have tea and scones at a working farm. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone! This exciting trip will take us in to Northern Ireland where you will stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle. Cabra Castle stands on 100 acres of gardens and parkland, with delightful views over the Cavan countryside, famous for its beautiful lakes. Formerly known as Cormey Castle, the history of the castle dates back to the pre- Cromwellian times of the 16th century. The property was bought in the early 19th century by Colonel Joseph Pratt who rebuilt it, renaming it as Cabra Castle. Its long legacy lends a mature, cultured air to the castle which can be felt by strolling through the castle’s magnificent hallways and stairwells. Experience this history when you enjoy an overnight stay on the castle grounds.

18 meals included: 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners.  Call Golden Partners for a detailed color brochure.

For a detailed itinerary click on the link below:


P Allen Smith Garden & Home Tour - May 13 - 15, 2015

May 13 - 15, 2015

$699 per person double occupancy

$674 Plus Member per perosn double occupancy

What’s all the talk about “From Your Garden to Your Table”? Join Golden Partners as we visit the home and garden of P. Allen Smith, popular designer, gardening & lifestyle expert and the host of two public television programs. Allen will open his home and gardens to our group and has even invited us to have lunch in his lecture hall/barn. He will share expert gardening advice, as well as recipes, tablescaping ideas and more. You will be amazed at Allen’s Garden Home way of life in his retreat at Moss Mountain Farm. While in Little Rock, you will also tour the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum. The museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, and provides insight about the times in which Clinton served our nation. As we head for home, we will travel to the fun city of Memphis with a stop on world famous Beale Street for a delicious meal at BB Kings and time to explore the life of the “King of Rock n Roll”. At Graceland relive the life of Elvis Presley through video, photos, personal mementos, artifacts, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and two newer exhibits, Elvis – Live from Vegas and New Hawaii.

5 Meals Included

See Preliminerary Itinerary.

Day at the Races - Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

$114 per person             $89 Plus member

Day at the Races is still one of Golden Partners most popular trips. Most years we take two motor coaches to Churchill Downs, for a funfilled Day at the Races! I expect this year to be no different. Included this year is the Kentucky Derby Museum with a guided tour of the historic Churchill Downs. After the tour we will head to Millionaires Row for horse racing at its finest. We start our adventure with the “Chef’s Table of Delight” for lunch. I’ve heard it said that it’s “The best buffet you ever did taste”. We will spend the entire afternoon enjoying the horse races while sitting in the comforts of Millionaires Row! You can step out onto the balcony for the race or watch it on the screen right from your dining table! Reserve your seat now as this trip sells out fast.

Lunch included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

Hawaiian Family Adventure - June 21 - 28, 2015

June 21 - 28, 2015

Seven nights, 2 hotels, 2 Islands: Oahu & Maui

It’s time for you & your family to join Golden Partners on this great family adventure! You and your family will enjoy exploring two of the most popular Hawaiian Islands. While you will have plenty of time to create your own adventures a few “must do” activities have been included – a ½ day Circle Island Tour of Oahu, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, and of course a Hawaiian Luau! A full buffet breakfast is included each morning, but lunch and dinners are on your own so that you can spend your days as you wish! While in Oahu your hotel will be in the heart of Waikiki. Waikiki is most famous for its beaches and every room is just two or three blocks away from the sea. With Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for a surfing lesson. If surfing is not your thing, there will be many other activities for you to enjoy, while on the island of Oahu. Your hotel in Maui will be on the beach and within walking distance of Whalers Village and just a shuttle ride away from Lahaina where you can see the giant Banyan tree, one of the most famous sights on Maui. You can choose to spend your day at the beach or just hang out at the pool. Perhaps you’d like to travel the road to Hana or just visit the spa; the options are endless for you to choose how you want to spend your time on the Island of Maui. Before you know it we will be celebrating our week of adventure with one final “Aloha”, on the shores of Maui for a traditional Hawaiian Luau.

7 meals included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

Aunt Kate (Adsmore Museum) Friday July 10, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

$124 per person        $99 Plus Member

Step back in time and share the joys, sorrows and triumphs of this prominent Kentucky family while visiting their elegant home filled with their personal belongings. Restored to its late Victorian grandeur, Adsmore welcomes you for a visit. Come enjoy the home, not only for architectural charm, but also for its “past with a presence” that changes with the seasons. The presentation at this time will be Aunt Kate, a brand new setting for the Adsmore Home.  After we leave Adsmore we’ll go for a delicious lunch at Patti’s 1180’s Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY. Of course after lunch there will be plenty of time to browse in the many shops that Patti’s has to offer before heading home.

Lunch included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

Big South Fork - Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

$204 per person        $179 Plus Member

All Aboard!  Hop on the

Big South Fork Scenic Railway for a train ride to Blue Heron or mine 18. 

Join Golden Partners as we learn more about this abandoned coal mining community, which was a part of Stearns Coal & Lumber Company’s past operation.  Operating from 1937 until 1962, when operations were no longer profitable, it supported hundreds of people living in this isolated community on the banks of the Big South Fork River. Their story is the story of Blue Heron. After a delicious coal miners lunch we'll continue learning about the past at the McCreary County Museum. And for the shoppers of the group there will be local craft and gift shops nearby. 

Lunch included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

Alaska Land & Sea - August 4 - 14, 2015

August 4-14, 2015

$4,425 Ocean View Cabin, per person double            $4,925 Veranda Cabin, per person double

Alaska Land & Sea is just what you ordered.  We’ll travel first to Fairbanks, where we’ll spend 2 nights and strike it rich – Guaranteed, ha!!!  We’ll join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska’s gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8.  Enjoy a close up view of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about its construction and operation. 

Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself!  You will find gold-we guarantee it! 

Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.  Next we’ll travel by train to Denali National Park for an overnight stay and the Natural History Tour with one of the best spots to see Mt. McKinley!  We’ll then head to Anchorage where we’ll board the Celebrity Millennium for a 7-night cruise making stops in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, and Ketchikan.  

24 meals included.

Church Basement Ladies - The Last Potluck Supper - Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday, Aug. 28th  2015

$79 per person

Don’t miss your chance to see the fifth and final installment of the hilarious Church Basement Ladies series: The Last (Potluck) Supper! The year is 1979 and past parishioners have gathered to share hot dishes, bars, and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks and the ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of coffee! 

The Derby Dinner Playhouse is a favorite not only for its theatrical entertainment in both Indiana and Kentucky, but Derby Dinner’s lavish buffet features Classic American Cuisine. Selections include a full salad bar, a variety of vegetables, fish, beef or turkey, hot rolls, and beverage.

Dinner included. 

Payment due in full at time of registration.

See Preliminary Itinerary

12th Annual Mystery Tour - September 8 - 18, 2015

September 8-18, 2015

$2,459 per person, double         $2,434 Plus Member per person, double

Can you believe this will be Golden Partners 12th annual Mystery Tour?  You have literally followed me

everywhere.  Where else can we go?  Well, I have just the place. You will absolutely love it. 11 days filled with pure fun and entertainment.  Activities all along the way and many, many surprises!  In fact, once again there is one activity I have never, ever done before!!!  The mystery tour has been Golden Partners most popular trip since 2003!  Join us and find out why!!! 

15 meals included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

Castles, Horses & Shakers - October 6 - 8, 2015

October 6 - 8, 2015

$694 per person, double      $669 Plus Member per person, double

This 3-day trip is filled with fun and excitement around every corner. We'll start by traveling to Versailles, KY were we will have lunch and a tour of the famous Castle. You'll find out how the castle came to be, who has owned it and learn more about the bed & breakfast, meeting and dining facility it is today.

Afterwards we'll tour some of Lexington's most prominent and legendary Thoroughbred Farms in the world that are off limits to the general public.

Tonight we'll spend the night in the beautiful Boone Tavern Hotel where I'm sure "spoonbread" is sure to be on the dinner menu.

After a tour the next day of Berea College we will spend the afternoon enjoying horseracing at its finest at Keeneland Thoroughbred Racetrack. Then this evening we will drive to Harrodsburg where we will stay the night at the Shaker Inn at Shaker Village. After a good night’s sleep we'll spend the day learning all about the Shaker community and how this has been home to them for over 100 years. 

We will end our trip with an excursion along the scenic Kentucky River on the Dixie Bell riverboat. 

5 meals included.

See Preliminary Itinerary

London/Paris - A Collette Vacation -                           November 9 - 16, 2015

November 9-16, 2015

$4,449 per person, double

*BOOK NOW and save $200.  Valid through May 11, 2015.

*Cancellation waiver and insurance included

Join Golden Partners as we travel to two of the most popular international cities for U.S. travelers.  Enjoy the best of London and Paris on this 8-day leisurely tour. All of the top sights are included, as well as plenty of free time for your own discoveries. See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a London theatre performance.

Then cross the channel on the high-speed Eurostar Train, where you will arrive in Paris.  Highlights in Paris include a night time Seine River Cruise, the Arc de Triomphe, and a thrilling dinner and cabaret show at the Paradis Latin Cabaret.  The highlight of your trip is sure to be dinner at the Eiffel Tower

It’s like a scene from a movie; the lights of Paris glitter beneath you as you dine inside one of the world’s most iconic landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. Proudly rising up on the Champ de Mars in Paris, the historic Eiffel Tower is actually the tallest structure in Paris (and the most visited paid monument in the world).

Soak in the exclusive experience as you sample savory French cuisine from the world’s gastronomical capital. 58 Eiffel, your restaurant for this unforgettable meal, boasts a contemporary setting that provides a wonderful contrast to the history of the building it resides in. The iron lattice tower was erected in 1889 as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair and was listed as the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than forty years. Stand inside history, relish some fine French cuisine…and take in the most incredible views in the "city of lights."

This is a truly unique dining experience sure to be a highlight of your journey. 

9 meals included. 

Contact Golden Partners by calling 270-688-4855 for a detailed color brochure. 
For a detailed itinerary click on the link below:

Opryland Country Christmas -                                  November 30 - December 3, 2015

November 30 - December 3, 2015

$879 per person, double

The magic of the Christmas season comes to life at Gaylord Opryland and reservations have been made for you in a premium room with a view of the beautifully decorated gardens of the resort. 

Find more than 2 million twinkling lights along with acres and acres of stunning decorations. Enjoy great fun with ICE!™(*TBD), an incredible holiday attraction hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice, horse-drawn carriage rides, outdoor nativity display, photos with Santa, and more!

Gaylord Opryland offers some of the most distinctive holiday entertainment you can imagine. 

Also included in your package is a Christmas Dinner & Show and just released is the entertainment for the dinner show – Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers!, General Jackson Holiday Luncheon Cruise, a Christmas Broadway Production (*TBD), Opry at the Ryman and Treasures for the Holidays, an art, crafts and antique show. 

At your leisure you can enjoy a ride on the Delta River flatboat that runs throughout the Opryland Resort.  And of course, before heading home we will have a chance to Christmas shop at Opry Mills

5 meals included. 

Preview of 2016


January 13 - 30, 2016

$13,244.00 inside double     $14,614.00 outside double   

$15,514.00 main outside double

BOOK NOW and save $200. Valid through June 15, 2015

Cancellation waiver and insurance included.

Ever thought about traveling to that 7th continent? Well here’s your chance.  Join Golden Partners as we embark on this once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the magic and wonder of the “White Continent”; Antarctica, aboard the stylish and comfortable MS Fram. Jump off from Ushuaia, Argentina and explore vistas of blue white glaciers and busy penguin rookeries.

See breaching whales crashing and scenes of pure ice walls. Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, where steep, sheer cliffs rise above the narrow iceberg-filled passage.

Zip by zodiac boat into small bays and harbors for personal and in-depth exploration.

Make your way to Whalers Bay on Deception Island with its warm springs and black volcanic sand. Relax for 3 nights in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America.”  Call for a detailed color brochure. 

Watch for an important travel presentation regarding this trip. 

42 meals included.

For a detailed itinerary click on the link below:




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 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.

To register for a trip, call Golden Partners at 270-688-4855 or email Melinda at

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday- Friday.

Trip Registration Form


Frequently Asked Questions


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 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 two people who would like to room together?

In most situations Golden Partners is able to accommodate requests for up to four people in a room.  Please ask if you would like the pricing for that.


Can I make installment payments?

Yes, except on trips priced under $100. All trips priced over $100 can be paid through monthly installments, as long as the last payment is made by the final payment date.

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