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1006 Ford Avenue
Owensboro, Kentucky

Hours: Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 270-688-4855

Golden Partners Benefits

  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Van Service at no fee
  • Notary Services by appointment
  • Educational Offerings
  • Fit 'n Fun Exercise Classes

Golden Partners Special Discounts

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

Golden Partners

We are celebrating over 25 years of travel!

Golden Partners is a wellness program designed to help individuals age 50 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 a 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!

View The 2017 Travel Brochure

The Trips

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Crestwood, Kentucky

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$159 per person

Depart for Crestwood, KY to the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, a nationally recognized center of gardening, sustainable horticulture and preservation that offers extensive display gardens. All of this great activity is offered in a unique setting that artfully combines elements of Kentucky’s rural heritage with modern, cutting edge architecture in one spot. A group luncheon is planned at Sisters Tea Parlor.

Ladies are invited to dress up in lavish hats and wraps, costume jewelry and gloves all provided by Sisters Tea Parlor. The bottomless pots of tea pour freely and tea trays are generously filled with traditional tea fare such as tender scones, tangy lemon curd, tea sandwiches and bite-sized savories.

A Traditional Tea Service is not complete without a sweets tray; as beautiful as it is decadent, and always satisfying. Ladies are encouraged to linger and laugh out loud, dress-up in hats, take pictures and create unforgettable memories. Lunch included. Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale

Fort Wayne, Indiana

April 20 - 21, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$199 Per Person Double

Back by popular demand – The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale is like no other Vera Bradley sale! It happens only once per year and you must have reservations to attend. Save as much as 70% off Vera Bradley items.

This year we have secured two 2.5 hour time slots for Vera Bradley Outlet Shopping during their 5 day annual event. Shop for hair accessories, travel accessories, key chains, hats, gloves, lunch sacks, coffee mugs, water bottles, tumblers, cosmetic bags, pens, umbrellas, planners, tea towels, scarfs, flip flops and every size bag/purse you can imagine!!!

You’ll get to shop on Thursday night and again on Friday morning – now after show & tell you’ll be able to go back and get the things you missed the night before!

Arriving via motorcoach you will receive a Vera Bradley Lanyard,
drop off and pick up at the main doors, no waiting in the main line to
enter the sale, private checkout and waiting room, refreshments and
a gift provided in the waiting room, and an escort to and from the

Best of all there is lots of space on the coach for shopping bags! Limited space – don’t delay. 1 Breakfast and 1 Lunch included. Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

Indiana Amish Tour

Middlebury, Indiana

May 18 - 19, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$539 Per Person (Double)

$489 Per Person (Double)

Join Golden Partners as we visit the Amish Countryside of northern
Indiana. From the time we arrive at our hotel, the Village Inn at Das
Dutchmen Essenhaus, you will get a taste of rural country and Amish

Explore the grounds by foot or take a buggy ride to browse the 5
unique Village Shops located in original farm outbuildings! Make sure you allow time to visit the Das Dutchmen Essenhaus home-style bakery where they make over 30 varieties of pies.

We have been invited to the home of a local Amish family for a delicious evening meal followed by a horse & buggy tour of their farm. After a good night’s sleep we will set out for an authentic Amish tour.

You’ll get to know local Amish entrepreneurs and see firsthand how they operate their unique enterprises. Get a behind the scenes look at how Amish buggies are made, go back to school as you visit a one-room schoolhouse, and learn the difference between coffins and caskets. The tour will end with lunch in the Village Market while watching a fun demonstration of a sweet treat being made just for you! 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner included.

Travel Protection Plan has been purchased for you.

Day At The Races

Louisville, Kentucky

June 2, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$79 Per Person

Day at the Races is still one of Golden Partners’ most popular trips and one of my very favorites! Each year we take the motorcoach to Churchill Downs for a fun-filled Day at the Races! It is horse racing at its finest.

We start our adventure with the “Chef’s Table of Delight” for lunch. Then 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 on screen right from your dining table!

Reserve your seat now as this trip sells out fast. Lunch included.
Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

Rock ‘n Roll, Rhythm & Blues – The Weekender

Memphis, Tennessee

June 23 - 25, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$929 Per Person (Double)

$879 Plus Member Per Person (Double)

Memphis is the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Home of the Blues and the starting point of soul. Music legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, W.C. Handy and Otis Redding made their marks on Memphis, where you can hear their influences today.

We’ll do just that while on board the Mojo Tour where the guides are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Beale Street to its fullest before seeing one of the most spectacular sights in all of Memphis – the March of the Ducks!

This trip includes the National Civil Rights Museum, which now involves the 11 million dollar expansion of the Young Morrow building. And of course, you can’t visit Memphis without going to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. This visit to Graceland will include the Mansion and full access to the brand new state-of-the-art Entertainment Complex.

Another stop along the way will be at the Center for Southern Folklore, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “celebrating the arts, music and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis.” It is here you can shop at the Old Country Store, eat at the Dixie Café or enjoy a sweet treat from the recreated 1890’s Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe. 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners included.

Travel Protection Plan has been purchased for you.

Badlands, Black Hills & the Grand Tetons

Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana & Wyoming

July 8 - 21, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$4649 Per Person (Double)

$4599 Plus Member Per Person (Double)

Spectacular sights await you on this incredible trip to the Northwest.
Multicolored wastelands, uniquely formed gullies, eroded pinnacles of
sandstone, towering waterfalls, and majestic snow-capped mountains
will astound you with their unbelievable beauty. Marvel at the resort
towns, cowboy legends, rodeos and buffalo burgers. The customs
and history of this beautiful area will intrigue you as you see, feel, hear
and taste it on this fantastic tour.

Our tour will start with a stop at one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America. The mall features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the nation’s largest indoor theme park. Plus there’s no sales tax on clothing or shoes!!!

Next we’ll travel to North Dakota to visit Medicine Wheel Park – which was constructed in 1992 by a university professor and his students. Does the wheel keep the correct time – we’ll just have to see for ourselves. While in North Dakota you’ll be treated to the rootin'-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in the entire west, the Medora Musical. There's no other show quite like it. Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this professionally produced, high energy, western-style musical show is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore
Roosevelt, and the time he spent in the Badlands of the Dakota

The excitement of the trip continues as we make our way through Montana and Wyoming to the spectacular Yellowstone National Park. You’ll want to have your camera charged and ready to take pictures as we walk the paths to thundering waterfalls, thermal steam vents, bubbling mud pots and steaming pools. We’ll see “Old Faithful Geyser” flinging its steamy plume against the blue sky on a consistent schedule. We’ll travel through Grand Teton National Park with unbelievable panoramic views of the snow-capped Grand Teton Mountains.

The scene will change, but the beauty will not as we make our way into South Dakota and the Badlands where you’ll be staying 3 nights. We'll see historic sites such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wall Drug and the Historic Deadwood where the famous and infamous have left their marks in this one of a kind Wild West town. You’ll have priority seats at a Wild West Shootout, reserved seating at the Cody Stampede Rodeo, a ride in a covered wagon and a Buffalo Safari jeep tour in Custer State

This trip is packed full of exciting adventure! 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 7 Dinners included.

Travel Protection Plan has been purchased for you.

The Music Man

Clarksville, Indiana

August 11, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$69 Per Person (Double)

Big trouble is coming to River City as fast-talking Professor Harold Hill and his latest schemes find their way to the Derby Dinner stage. Relive the timeless story and enjoy the classics "Seventy-Six Trombones", "Ya Got Trouble", "Till There Was You", "The Wells Fargo Wagon", "Goodnight My Someone", and many more.

The Music Man is a tribute to the simplicity and optimism of Middle America. Meredith Wilson's The Music Man is a Broadway classic featuring quirky characters, charmingly predictable situations, and a nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have become popular standards. 1 Dinner included. Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

2017 Mystery Tour


September 9 -15, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$2549 Per Person (Double)

$2499 Plus Member Per Person (Double)

It’s hard to believe this will be Golden Partners’ 14th annual Mystery Tour. Where in the world can we be going? I’ll never tell, but I can assure you it will be a fun-filled trip. No passports needed, no fancy clothes, just your sense of adventure!

Delicious food, fun activities and excitement around every corner is what this trip will be about. Never been on a Golden Partners Mystery Tour? Well, it’s never too late to start – it’s a worry-free trip – you just pack your bags; a few warm weather clothes, a few cold weather clothes, a swimsuit and a jacket. Hop on the coach – leave the rest up to me. 14 meals included – 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 6 Dinners.

Travel Protection Plan has been purchased for you.

Antique Auto Hill Climb

Newport, Indiana

September 30, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$94 Per Person (Double)

Arrive in Newport, IN for the Newport International Antique Auto Hill Climb. The "Newport Auto Antique Hill Climb" is an international antique auto uphill timed event held each year in the small Indiana town of Newport, an event that attracts crowds of one hundred thousand plus to a town with a population of less than six hundred people. Over 350 booth vendors will swarm this small town with food, crafts and antiques.

Automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from the Steam, Brass, Vintage, Antique, and Classic Car eras make timed runs from a standing start, up a steep hill to a finish line 1,800 feet away. It is an Indiana auto event second in size only to the annual "Indianapolis Speed Way" events. If you love old cars, show cars, Flea Markets and lots of good food, join Golden Partners for a day of fun! Lunch included.

Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

Covered Bridges of Northern Kentucky – Kentucky Series

Maysville, Kentucky

October 11 - 13, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$849 Per Person (Double)

$799 Plus Member Per Person (Double)

Did you know that there are just 13 covered bridges left in the state of
Kentucky and eight of those are in a 5 county area in Northern Kentucky?

Join Golden Partners on trip three of the Kentucky series as we continue to mark off sites from Michael Crisp’s book, Kentucky Bucket List. This year we will travel to the city of Maysville in Northern Kentucky specifically to visit the covered bridges, but there will be much more to see.

A local guide will join us as we tour the Old Washington Historic District. A town known in history for its many ‘firsts,’ Washington was recorded in the first Federal Census taken in 1790 as having 462 inhabitants. It had the first postal station, first public waterworks system west of the Allegheny Mountains and Simon Kenton planted the first corn in Mason County.

We’ll spend two nights on the banks of the majestic Ohio River at the
French Quarter Inn; beautiful accommodations with each room uniquely decorated. Before returning home we’ll travel to Augusta, KY to tour the Rosemary Clooney House Museum. This American singer and jazz vocalist retreated here to escape the demands of her career. Visit and let the memories of yesteryear come back to you; showcasing the largest private collection of "White Christmas" costumes and props around. See the original dresses that Rosie wore in the movies and on stage. 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners included.

Travel Protection Plan has been purchased for you.

Italian Vistas

Rome, Florence, Venice...& more!

November 5 - 17, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$5179 Per Person (Double)

Be Captivated in Italy!

This tour has everything you've always wanted in a trip to Italy. Enjoy
multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Sorrento Coast and Stresa in the Lakes District. Discover the treasures of Classical Rome, including the Colosseum. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Pompeii.

Take a boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri. See the gems of the
Renaissance in Florence's Academy Gallery, including Michelangelo's
David. Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and stroll the streets of Verona that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Stop at a Tuscan winery and farm for a lunch of regional specialties and wines. You choose your tour in the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” Venice: a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square or go off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district.

Visit Locarno, Switzerland, and cap off your journey through Italy
with a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands.

Valid passport required for this trip. 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 5 Dinners included.

This is a Collette Tour in which the cancellation waiver and insurance policy overrides that of Golden Partners.

Shop Till You Drop

Louisville, Kentucky

December 9, 2017 - View the Preliminary Itinerary

$25 Per Person

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…A feeling of Christmas, that’s just the feeling you’ll have as we spend all day shopping. We’ll make time for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Oxmoor Mall, and Steinmart giving you time to get your last-minute gifts for your friends and loved ones!

We’ll start early and end late. It will be a day of fun for everyone! Register by October 1, and get your name in a drawing for a $25 gift card! Gift card to be presented on the trip and must be present to win. Optional Travel Protection Plan available for $33.00 per person.

Payment due in full at time of registration.

Take a SNEEK PEEK at the 2018 trips.

Additional Information

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.

Our Staff

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.

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Golden Partners Newsletter

A Message From Our Coordinator

Dear Golden Partners Traveler, I am pleased to present to you the 2017 Golden Partners Travel Brochure. Our 2016 was an interesting year for the travel industry and already for 2017 we are seeing an increased interest in travel. Please take a moment to browse through this brochure and see what new adventures are coming your way.

I am excited to be rolling out a new line of trips I am calling The Weekender. The Weekender trips will depart on a Friday and return on Sunday. They will be designed to give you a little more free time, but will include group activities as well. I am hoping this will give those of you still working or those who have other obligations a chance to get away for shorter travel opportunities.

As promised, for those of you who can only be away for the day, I have added a few new day trips, but kept our favorites, such as Churchill Downs and the Derby Dinner Playhouse. These trips generally sell out, so don’t delay in
getting in your registration and deposits. And, of course, for those of you who delight in extended travel destinations, you will find opportunities for that as well.

I look forward to traveling with you and I hope that you will join Golden Partners for some (or all) of these exciting travel adventures. On behalf of Owensboro Health, I thank you for your continued support of the Golden Partners program!


Melinda Cornell