Sounds like the perfect date night, right?
It's not a fantasy. It's real. It's happening Nov. 17.
Sign up now for the Route 66 Saturday Nite Cruise, as it's being called. It's a self-guided auto tour of Mother Road landmarks starting at the newly lighted Foothill Bridge in Rancho Cucamonga.
It takes place on Saturday night, Nov. 17. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The event, starting at 5 p.m., is sponsored by Visit San Bernardino County, formerly the San Bernardino County Tourism Development Council.
Here's what is in store for you, once you are a duly registered participant:
First, you'll pick up a tote bag full of groceries and other goodies at the starting point, the Albertson's Market at 8850 Foothill Blvd.
Route 66 Saturday Nite Cruise
What: Self-guided cruise tour of Route 66 landmarks with food tastings, goodie bags, exhibits and dinner
Sponsored by: Visit San Bernardino County
When: Starting 5 p.m. Nov. 17; reservation deadline Nov. 14
Where: Tour begins near the newly lighted Foothill Bridge in Rancho Cucamonga
Reservations: 909-383-1256, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next, you'll drive under the glowing Foothill Bridge to begin a cruise of several Mother Road establishments displaying neon Route 66 signs.
First, there's Sunland Tire Co., 461 E. Foothill Blvd., then Martinez Towing at 331 E. Foothill Blvd., where snacks will be served and original company vehicles dating from 1925 will be displayed, along with "Cars Land" decor and memorabilia inspired by the animated Disney movie classic "Cars."
Next, you'll proceed to Mountain View Chevrolet, 1079 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, where there will be more "Cars Land" attractions plus ice cream and coffee. Then you're off to Sweet Art Cakes, 3141 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, for cake sampling.
Now, it's time for dinner. You'll head to Sergio's Restaurant at 2091 Foothill Blvd., La Verne, where you not only will dine in style but you also will receive another goodie bag.
OK, let's recap. Goodie bags, desserts, snacks, lots of hobnobbing and history, plus a complete dinner and more.
How much would you expect to pay for all this?
I'll tell you how much. Tickets are $25. That's it. I'm not kidding.
Did I mention that the reservation deadline is Wednesday? Call Bob Lundy, director of Visit San Bernardino County, at 909-383-1256, or email to email@example.com.
In my opinion, the Route 66 Saturday Nite Cruise is a perfect followup event to the Route 66 Rendezvous that takes place in late summer in downtown San Bernardino,
In fact, as wonderful as the Rendezvous is, there's one little quibble that could be raised about it. It's only a technicality, of course, but the fact is that not a single little bit of the Rendezvous actually takes place on Route 66.
That event happens in downtown San Bernardino, which is awesome, because Berdoo is one of the Mother Road's landmark cities. Still, the Mother Road doesn't actually go through downtown San Bernardino. No, that all happens over on Mount Vernon Avenue, on the city's West Side.
That's right. Old Route 66 pours south out of the Cajon Pass on what is now Interstate 15, then veers off the freeway route onto Cajon Boulevard, which jogs into Mount Vernon Avenue, then makes a westbound turn on Fifth Street where it leaves town and becomes Foothill Boulevard as it heads for Los Angeles.
The moonlight cruise on Nov. 17, from Rancho Cucamonga to La Verne, is proud to say it takes place entirely on and around Route 66.
So, get your Chevy ready.
Get your Ford on board.
Put in an RSVP for your SUV.
The cruise line will be thrivin' with whatever you're drivin'.
Call 909-383-1256 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.