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Carriage Museum Tour & Brunch

Carriage Museum Tour & Brunch

Tampa Bay
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Wiersdale
Florida

By Michael Gulick: I am Happy to report the trip to The Grand Oaks Resort & Museum actually took place this time! (The July attempt, unfortunately, was cancelled by the resort due to a delay in their renovations.) We began with a private brunch at their new restaurant, enjoyed by all. After brunch, we began our tour of the Carriage Museum. The guide gave us an overview of the museum, which consisted of 5 connected buildings with different themes. The group went their own ways for the next few hours enjoying the different types of carriages, with one highlight being the Royal Carriage of the King of Austria. This carriage was found as a leftover of one of the movie studios and has been fully restored by the museum…..just a gorgeous carriage. As one of the world’s largest private collections of carriages and equine artifacts, we stepped back in time and enjoyed the elegance and pageantry of that of Europe and the importance the carriage had on today’s automobile designs. To keep things interesting, inclement weather started moving in and many departed right after the event. We hope everyone enjoyed this event and they will join us on our next event. Photos by Dave Hutchinson.