Who we are
We are more than an agency, we're a team of professionals and adventurers who strive to create the perfect travel experience for you.
Penny Pitou, President
Perhaps best known for winning two silver medals in skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley (she was the first American to win a medal in downhill), Penny has taken her European ski racing experience and successfully run ski and hiking trips to the Alps for thirty years. Her knowledge of the mountains, the people, and the countries combined with her ability to speak German and French fluently make for great trips - well organized, educational and fun. Penny personally escorts each trip, but gauges the abilities of the individuals when deciding daily adventures. Having achieved over 75% repeat business consistently on each trip over the years, Penny must be doing something right! Come join her on a skiing or hiking adventure!
Kim Terrio, CTC
Specialist: Switzerland - Couples Resorts - Uniworld River Cruises - Princess Cruise Commodore
Kim began her travel career in 1975 after attending the Boyd Career School in Pittsburgh, PA. Always intrigued by travel, Kim has traveled extensively throughout Europe including Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal and the UK to name a few. Kim's other travel adventures have taken her on Safari in Kenya and downunder to Australia and New Zealand. A few highlights of her many travels include navigating the passage into port at Bora Bora on Windstar's Windsong and viewing twin cheetahs with their mother "up close and personal" in the Masai Mara. Other areas well known to Kim include Arizona and the National Parks of the Southwest, ski areas in France, Switzerland and Austria as well as hiking adventures. Kim had the unique experience of visiting the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Travel. "One of the most unique travel experiences yet!" Snorkeling with the sea lions was a real highlight for Kim and her son.
Recent trips include Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, an inaugural sailing on the Crown Princess and staying in the mountains of North Carolina. Latest trips include Tortola and a stay at Long Bay Beach Resort and Kim will also inspect 2 Couples Resorts in Jamaica in November.
Kim completed her CTC (Certified Travel Consultant) designation in 1985 and also developed a curriculum and taught travel school from 1985 to 1990.
Kim became Executive Vice President of Penny Pitou Travel in 1988 and has 37 years experience.
Kim Chase, CTC
Specialist: Cancun - Costa Rica - Canadian Specialist
Kim has worked for Penny Pitou Travel, Inc. since October 1983. She holds an Associate degree in Travel and Tourism, and has passed the Certified Travel Consultant course from ICTA. Kim has traveled extensively over the last 20 years including many adventure destinations in Western Europe, the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon and Costa Rica, along with a variety of cruise experiences. Kim specializes in independent and action travel to Europe, Costa Rica, family vacations, active vacations and cruising. She feels strongly about responsible tourism, learning and caring for the environment and cultures of the places she visits.
Kim has also traveled extensively in France and spent a long weekend devoted to finding wonderful, small hotels in Paris.
Family travel is another area where Kim has extensive knowledge. She has recently spent time on the Mayan Riviera with her husband and children and has some great ideas for your next family vacation.
Specialist - Sandals Resorts
Don joined the staff as an outside sales agent in September 2008, after being employed with Apollo Travel Service for 22 years as assistant manager and travel consultant. In November Don has made the move from outside agent to inside sales agent. He has earned the designation of a Certified Sandals Resorts specialist. Don has traveled to several countries in Europe including Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Scotland, and Ireland to name a few. Among his Caribbean adventures were a sailing trip from St. Lucia to Grenada, and another trip to the island of St. John for a fantastic snorkeling experience. Don has also traveled to many parts of the western United States including Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and Washington.
Jane Chauvin, CTC
Specialist: Australia - South Africa - Club Med - Swiss Travel Network
Jane graduated in 1985 from the Travel Education Center and also holds BS from Granite State College. She is a Certified Travel Counselor, a designation conferred by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents for professionals who have completed a comprehensive certification program. She is also a member of the Switzerland Network and has completed the Australia and the South Africa Destination Specialist Program. Jane has traveled to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hawaii, Ecuador, the Panama Canal, San Blas Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, the British Isles, Ireland, the Canadian Rockies, and much of the United States. Jane has also hiked and climbed in the Alps, Dolomites, Greek Islands, and Canary Islands.
If you are looking for a ski vacation in Europe, call Jane and let her customize the trip for you or your group. She can handle everything from air to private motorcoach transfers, hotel reservations, and special evening events. She has traveled to most of the major European ski resorts including Courchevel, Val d'Isère, and Chamonix, France; Verbier, Grindelwald, Davos, Flims, and Zermatt, Switzerland; Lech, St. Anton, and Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Marketing and Accounting
Marketing and Accounting - Marie takes care of the back office accounting system for Penny Pitou Travel and now handles the social media and marketing events as well. Marie has spent most of the past twenty years here handling all the accounting functions, created our Facebook page and web presence. She enjoys her back office job because it also allows her to be in the travel industry too! She also has traveled extensively. Some of her favorite destinations have been, Paris and Normandy, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico including the Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta, Dominican Republic and most recently a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line to Bermuda, and the Bahamas and is now escorting groups to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. She has just returned from an amazing adventure to Club Med Columbus Isle and sailed the Rhine with Avalon Waterways! Call Marie to take part in some of our amazing groups!