Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chateau Elan and a Tribute to Journey

Nick and Tonyia and Bob and Carla invited us to join them at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday evening for dinner and a show. Odyssey Road is a national touring Journey tribute band and on Wednesday they were in Sebring entertaining at the Chateau Elan.  

 The Chateau Elan is located in Sebring ,conveniently  situated adjacent to the Sebring International Speedway. The 60th Annual Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is an auto race held at the International Raceway each year.  This year will be March 15-17.  The race serves as the opening round for both the inaugural FUA World Endurance Championship and the American LeMans Series seasons. 

We arrived at the restaurant about 5:45 and the rest of the group was not far behind.  I had a chance to snap a few pictures of the hotel, and the race car parked out front, and the track off to the side.  We later found that the garden/lawn area of the hotel is right on one of the best hair-pin turns on the track and provide an excellent view of the races.  Tickets for various packages including admission and seating track side, lunch, dinners and open bar were on sale and available at the Hotel.

Here's our group checking in and heading for the LeMans Ballroom.  The room was set up with an excellent buffet that included a salad bar, fresh bread assortment,  chicken, pork roast,  rice, green beans/carrots and an excellent shrimp and pasta dish.  A nice array of desserts was also provided.   The food was Excellent!

Here's the group at our table.  About 6:30, there was a Champagne Toast to celebrate Valentines Day and to kick off the musical event for the evening.

Unfortunately, neither Rich nor I could remember the band , Journey.  We both love to listen to music  so we decided to give it a try.  While the dinner and the company was great, neither of us enjoyed the music much at all.  We were never fans of  rock music, and this was just a little too loud and a little to "rock" for us.  During the break we bid farewell to the group and graciously slipped away.  

If you are race fans - check out the race packages available for March.  You don't even have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy the track side seats and dinner/drink packages............

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