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Vacationers

Looking for something new and unique? Try one of our single-day or multi-day outings led by a knowledgeable Notch Above Guide. We offer a wide variety of tours to destinations throughout the United States and Canada. Since our founding in 1993, we have offered tours to over 35 states, Canada and Europe. Has your group considered bird watching, a train ride, sugar-on-snowGroup Tours or exploring gardens? For a change of scenery, try our single-day and multi-day getaways for summer theater, Maine lobster bakes, country fairs, fall foliage tours, Montreal’s Botanical Gardens, museums, lighthouses, Quebec City celebrations, and holiday spectaculars. Tours serve as fundraisers for many organizations. Contact us for details.

Choosing the right tour company is an important decision. Notch Above was incorporated in Vermont in 1993. All of your payments are deposited in a business escrow account. We have been selected for membership in the National Tour Association with stringent admission requirements to assure all members adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and professional business standards. We are committed to providing fun, safe and memorable outings for you and your group.

Contact us for a customized proposal or more information.

Inbound Receptive Services

Map Of New England

Planning a tour to New England, the Northeastern United States or Eastern Canada has never been easier. You can't afford to compromise quality. All of our tours feature customized itineraries designed to meet the interests and budgets of your travelers. These tours are enriched by local and our professional guides who will introduce your guests to the lore and legends that make our region special, while both entertaining and informing your travelers. We arrange lodging, meals, entertainment, professional multilingual guide service, sightseeing and attractions. Notch Above has earned an enviable reputation for offering an incredibly diverse range of tours, many thematic in nature.

Notch Above offers three options for Step-On Guide,
Tour Planning and Receptive Services:

1. Full Receptive Services-We will provide a proposal and itinerary for your visit including lodging, meals, attractions, transportation, entertainment and guide service. As a full-service receptive tour operator of New England and Eastern Canada, Notch Above will save you time and money and introduce your clients to the essence of our region.


2. Limited Tour Planning-If you need advice about the region or assistance with reservations, we will provide that service to you on a hourly fee basis. You will be given an estimate for charges and will be contacted for approval if the time we need to spend will exceed the estimate. Our fee for tour planning is 60.00 per hour with a one-hour minimum.


3. Step-On Guide Service-Our guides will provide commentary about a specific region or topic. We will adhere to your itinerary. Our fee for step-on guide service is 250.00 for a half day (up to 4 hours) and 300.00 for a full day (up to 8 hours.) After 8 hours, the fee is 40.00 per hour. Our assumption is that the guide will depart and return to the same location. Mileage/travel/meal expenses may be additional depending upon the itinerary. Second language/non-English speaking guides are available. Multilingual guides are available. Add 25% to the fees listed above.

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Private Guide Service

Notch Above offers Private Guide Services and Touring. Designed for the Independent or Small Group Traveler, our Private Guide Services cater to individual interests and schedules. Tours provide authentic, memorable experiences with a personal guide who will introduce you to the lore, local legends and hidden treasures of the region. You’ll enjoy comfort, flexibility, privacy and convenience. Travel with Notch Above gives you the freedom and security of working with a reputable professional and saves you endless hours of your valuable time trying to calculate routes and find hotels, restaurants and attractions online and by phone.

Simply let us know what you want to see and do, then leave the planning to us. Our guide will join you in your vehicle or we can arrange appropriate transportation depending upon the number of folks traveling. At Notch Above, we’ll be happy to handle all your travel needs including hotel, transportation and other arrangements.

We offer tour and guide services throughout the United States and Canada with a focus on New England and Eastern Canada. Our knowledgeable, professional guides will enhance your vacation with memorable experiences. Contact us today for more information.

Multi-Day Tours

"Literary New England"
8 Days – 7 Nights

Writing Quill

 

Day One:
Arrive in Boston late afternoon.
Check into your Boston area hotel. There will be time to refresh before dinner.
Enjoy dinner at Cheers, "where everybody knows your name."

Day Two:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

HarvardTravel to Harvard University for a self tour of this historic campus. Your guide will share the University’s past, rich in the history of Bradstreet, Emerson and Thoreau. Walk by the Harvard Yard Gates, the newest of which is the Bradstreet Gate, dedicated in October 1997 and in celebration of women living in the "Yard." It bears a plaque with a quote from 17th-century poet Anne Dudley Bradstreet, "I came into this country where I found a new world and new manners at which my heart rose."

From Harvard, travel to Salem where you will spend a bewitching afternoon. Salem was one of the most significant seaports in Early America and has the first National Historic Site designated by Congress, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, that protects Salem’s historic waterfront. Much of the city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Admission to the House of Seven Gables and the Hawthorne House are included. Have a "wicked good" lunch on your own as you browse through Salem.

Return to your Boston Hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Arrive in the Quincy Marketplace for dinner in a locals’ favorite restaurant. After dinner there will be time to explore the shops and street vendors’ carts.

Day Three:
Start your day with breakfast in the hotel. Board the coach and travel to Concord.

Your first visit will be at the Old Manse, built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson. This National Historic Landmark became the center of Concord’s political, literary and social revolutions over the next century. In the mid-19th-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller discussed issues of the day with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.

Next, visit the Wayside, home of authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May and Bronson Alcott and Margaret Sidney. Your guided tour of this first literary site to become part of the National Park Service System will surround you in history.

Have lunch on your own as you stroll around Concord.

Afternoon visits include the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, locally known as "Thoreau Farm." This house and surrounding farmland had a long history prior to Thoreau’s birth in 1817. Native Americans cultivated the land until the town of Concord was charted in 1635.

The Orchard House, the most permanent home of Amos Bronson and Louise May Alcott, where they lived from 1858-1877, is most noted for being where Louisa wrote and set her beloved classic, Little Women. Enjoy the guided tour and the gift shop.

Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the resting place of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Sleepy Hollow is Concord’s largest cemetery with over 10,000 gravesites. Your walking tour also takes you by the Melvin Memorial.

On your way back to Boston, stop in Lexington for a stroll through Minuteman Historical Park. Return to the hotel to recharge before dinner.

Your farewell dinner is served in one of the country’s oldest restaurants. Witness the placque dedicated to JFK, as this was one of his favorite dining spots.

Day Four:
After breakfast in the hotel , check out of the hotel and proceed to travel to Western Massachusetts. Enjoy scenery as you travel to Pittsfield.

Your first stop is Melville’s Arrowhead, built in 1783 and home to Melville’s wife and children and extended family as well. The view of Mount Greylock from Melville’s study window was said to be his inspiration for the white whale in Moby Dick. The piazza, after which the story and the book The Piazza Tales were named, is a porch Melville added to the north side of Arrowhead.

Have lunch on your own as you explore Pittsfield before proceeding to Lennox. Your private tour of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s spacious and sedate summer home is next. The tour not only reveals the history of The Mount, but also chronicles Wharton’s life, her achievements and her literary legacy. After the tour spend time on your own in the exquisite restored formal gardens.

Arrive at your hotel in Pittsfield. Gather for dinner at one of Pittsfield’s lovely restaurants.

Day Five:
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning. Begin your day’s excursions at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Renowned for its exquisite setting, the garden is one of New England’s oldest and most treasured gardens. Explore the garden’s 15 lush acres where over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species take center stage.

Visit Chesterwood, the summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial. Wander through the trails studded with his fabulous sculptures.

Have lunch on your own in Stockbridge.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is a must-see when you are in Stockbridge. The museum holds the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. The galleries present an illustrated chronicle of American life and our nation’s ideal of tolerance, kindness, democracy and freedom. Witness the 10 large galleries, gift shop and 36-acre campus featuring Rockwell’s original studio and sculptures by his son, Peter.

Norman Rockwell

Return to your hotel to refresh before dinner. Dinner is included and served at a casual restaurant near the hotel.

Day Six:
Following breakfast in your hotel, depart for Vermont, with a stop in Amherst, MA along the way. The Emily Dickinson Museum is certain to be a highlight of your trip. The Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family, share three beautiful acres of the original Dickinson property in the center of Amherst.

With a lunch stop enroute, arrive at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, VT. Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President by his father, here in his boyhood home! The homestead remains exactly as it was the night Coolidge took office. The historic site is considered one of the best-preserved Presidential sites in the nation.

After all of this site seeing, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride and the views as you travel through Vermont’s Green Mountains. Arrive at the Trapp Family Lodge. Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, The Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort in the European tradition. Created by the von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music," this unique luxury resort features Austrian-inspired architecture, European-style accommodations and the charm of Vermont. The Lodge offers superb mountain views, old world comforts and impeccable service, along with activities for every season.

Once you have had a chance to relax, refresh and take a stroll along the landscaped paths and enjoy the beautiful displays in their numerous gardens. Gather in the main lobby for afternoon tea and cookies.

Dinner is included and served in the cozy dining room. After dinner there is live entertainment in the lounge.

Day Seven:
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast in the lodge. Your travels today will lead you to some of Vermont’s most amazing sites.

Arrive at the University of Vermont’s renowned Morgan Horse Farm, where Vermont’s famed Morgan horses roam 200 of the greenest, prettiest acres in the State. Designated as a site on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm is home to significant Morgan history. The UVM "government" line of Morgan Horse is considered one of the best in the world. A visitors' tour tells the story of the Morgan horse, beloved by presidents and farmers alike, and takes you through the slate-roofed stables. There’s a gift shop, too, but the best part is just taking in the scenery and watching the foals frolic in the pastures. The Morgan is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States.

Visit Middlebury Village, home of Middlebury College that was founded in 1800. The Village was chartered in 1761 and is home to 18th and 19th-century buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While in Middlebury you may visit the Vermont Folk Life Center that offers folk art and traditions of Vermont. Stop in Danforth Pewter, known worldwide for their finely crafted pewter ware and gifts.

Stop at the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge for a photo op. It was built in 1820 and restored in 1984. It is a two-lane bridge of three spans and one of the only six remaining in the United States. It is the oldest covered bridge in Vermont.

By this time you will have worked up an appetite and the Waybury Inn is just the spot to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Originally built in 1810 as a stagecoach stop and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most people attribute its significance to the role it played as "The Stratford Inn’ on "The Bob Newhart Television Show."

Bread LoafNext, travel through the mountains to Bread Loaf, Robert Frost’s summer and fall teaching residence for the Middlebury College School of English. Enjoy strolling through this national historic site, now home of the internationally renowned Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Walk along the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, where seven of his poems are mounted on plaques on the 3/4-mile stretch between the Wayside Area and the Bread Loaf Campus.

Return to the lodge for time to relax and enjoy the beautiful property. Your farewell evening features an Austrian Buffet followed by a "Do-Re-Mi" sing-a-long.

Day Eight:
Check out of the lodge after breakfast. There will be time to take some photos to share with your friends when you return.

Before you depart Vermont, you must visit Morse Farm. Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample fresh-made maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. End your visit with a sugar-on-snow party.

Continue your travels home.

Come On and Be a Part of It … New York, New York
3 Days/ 2 Nights
Spring, Summer and Fall Packages Available

New York

 

If you’re thinking "been there, done that," think again. For your travelers who have been to New York City and visited the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Fifth Avenue, this trip gives them a reason to return to the Big Apple. They’ll take a Noshing Tour through several neighborhoods, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, go for a spin on Jane’s Carousel, join a local chef and shop in Chinatown for ingredients to cook up a special group dinner, and "Make Music" with a Broadway performer. It’s the smell of fresh-baked bagels, the sounds of a Broadway rehearsal studio, the taste of an authentic NYC black-and-white cookie, the sights in the streets, and the pulse of the city — it’s New York from a whole new perspective … come and be a part of it!

Day One:
Arrive in the Big Apple by 12:00 pm and meet your official NYC guide. Head out on a "Noshing Tour" and taste your way through a series of neighborhoods to experience the diverse, exciting, ethnic communities that make Brooklyn a magnet for "foodies." Enjoy lunch while on your edible ethnic adventure through some of New York’s most flavorful neighborhoods.

Late afternoon check into your Midtown Manhattan hotel. Relax and refresh before you venture out to explore Times Square. Referred to as the "crossroads of the world," Times Square is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. It’s also the world’s most visited tourist attraction. Enjoy time to explore the shops, witness the amazing billboards, and immerse yourself in the fast pace of the city.

Your welcome to New York dinner is served at a popular Theater District restaurant. Dine on new world cuisine served with the warmth of Irish hospitality.

After dinner, enjoy time on your own to take in the city lights, attend a Broadway Show, visit Rockefeller Center, or sip a nightcap at a trendy lounge near the hotel.

Day Two:
After breakfast in the hotel, board the coach and set out for a full day to experience life in "the city that never sleeps."

This morning, "Make Music" for your chance to be a star! Start by learning the techniques of vocal dynamics and acting through song, while working with a musical director. You will also explore the art of marrying music and drama to effectively achieve emotional impact. Now that you’re well rehearsed, you’ll sing the piece with a Broadway performer! After the class there will be time for a question and answer period and to take photos.

Travel to Brooklyn Bridge Park and enjoy lunch on your own at one of the eateries located in the park. After lunch, meet your official NYC guide and explore DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and visit Jane’s Carousel. Created in 1922, this classic carousel boasts 48 exquisitely carved horses and 2 chariots. This gift of Jane and David Walentas was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and originally installed at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. The carousel was purchased in 1984, moved to Brooklyn and lovingly restored. Climb on one of the horses and go ‘round and ‘round for a ride to remember.

You’ll be surrounded by sweets steeped in tradition at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Jacques Torres Chocolates. Indulge in a treat while you observe all of the activity and unique boutiques.

For an experience of a lifetime, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which soars over the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Bridge itself is a marvel of design and provides spectacular views of the city’s skyline. Photo op anyone?

Pause and reflect on a day that touched the hearts of the entire world. Visit the 9/11 Memorial, built to remember the loved ones that were lost on that day.

Tonight you will embark on a culinary adventure with your NYC guide and chef. Visit Chinatown and select fresh ingredients that you’ll use to prepare your own dinner! Learn about the varieties of unique products and how they are incorporated into Thai cuisine. Join your chef in the kitchen, where you will be split into culinary teams. During the course of the evening, you’ll learn about the history of the dishes being created, of Thai people in NYC, as well as the basics of Thai cooking. When your work is through, sit down and reap the rewards of your culinary efforts and toast the evening with a variety of Asian beers.

Day Three:
This morning, pack your bags and check out of the hotel. Start the day off right with a 1- hour bagel tour, led by "Ben the Bagel Guy." There’s nothing better then a fresh New York bagel straight out of the oven. Enjoy the samples along the way, and taste New York’s iconic dessert, a black-and-white cookie.

Your last stop in the city is Herald Square, home of Macy’s Department Store. Meet a Macy’s guide and embark on a fascinating historic store tour. Learn about the magic of Macy’s and how Rowland Hussey Macy turned his 1858 dry goods shop into the iconic store it is today.

Depart the city late morning. Leave knowing that you have now become a part of it … New York, New York.

Your Package Includes:
  • 2 Nights accommodation in a Midtown Manhattan hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Noshing lunch
  • 2 Dinners (including a hands-on cooking session)
  • Time to explore Times Square and Rockefeller Center
  • Time for a Broadway Show
  • "Making Music" workshop on Broadway
  • 3-Hour Brooklyn tour led by a local, professional NYC guide, including a walk over the
  • Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO and Jane’s Carousel
  • Visit to the 9/11 Memorial
  • 1-Hour bagel tour led by a local, professional bagel baron
  • Guided history tour of Macy’s
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations in New Jersey for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the local guides and coach driver are not included and are left at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information

The following NET prices are based on 25 paid travelers. Fewer than 25 paid travelers may result in a price increase. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

  • Per person double occupancy: 728.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 623.00
  • Per person double occupancy: 568.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 1,089.00

Club Med Cancún Yucatán, Mexico
February 1 – February 8, 2016
8 Days/7 Nights
(Other Dates Available)

Club Med Cancun

 

Escape to an all-inclusive resort located on the Caribbean Sea on the northeast tip of Mexcico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Stretch out in the sand at the pristine beaches, discover the "locals" during a snorkeling outing, or spend a day sailing on the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.

The resort covers an expanse of 22 hectares between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and a lagoon and features three expansive beaches and three swimming pools. Sit back in a chaise and let the gentle breeze and the sound of the ocean lull you into relaxation.

Enjoy all this resort has to offer, from tennis, waterskiing, dance and fitness classes to beach volleyball and cooking demonstrations, it’s all on-site and included. Learn to windsurf or sail atop the calm, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Recharge your batteries with a yoga class. Let out your inner child as you swing from the flying trapeze.

Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, golf, and off-site excursions to some of the richest archeological zones in the ancient Mesoamerica world are also available for an additional fee. Spend the day exploring the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the El Caracol (circular observatory) at Chichen Itza, one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatan. Discover the colors of the Caribbean at one of the top snorkeling spots in the world’s second largest coral reef. Swimming with the dolphins, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, gets you close to these gentle and intelligent sea mammals.

Dining options include La Hacienda, serving a buffet of international cuisine and local Mexican specialties; Las Cazuelas, a specialty restaurant with an over-water terrace that offers a panoramic view of the Caribbean; and La Estancia, an indoor-outdoor restaurant that transforms into an Argentinian grill complete with wine cellar at night.

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Witness live entertainment or try out your new dance moves at one of the three nightclubs — you can sleep on the plane ride home!

The price below features "Club" Room accommodations. Comfortable and stylish Club Rooms feature a partial view over the lagoon or the ocean beyond the garden on the first, second or third floor.

Your Package Includes:
  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • Fitness School
  • Flying Trapeze School and circus activities
  • Windsurfing School
  • Water-ski and Wakeboard School
  • Tennis School
  • Sailing School
  • Aqua fitness
  • Open access and organized play:
    • Bocce ball
    • Table tennis
    • Dance classes
    • Basketball
    • Beach Soccer
    • Beach Volleyball
    • Snorkeling
    • Water polo
    • Club Med Gym Cardio training and weight room
    • Beach tennis
    • Kayaking
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Nightly live entertainment
  • Taxes and gratuities

Priced from $1,260 per person, double occupancy. Note: Price varies based on dates. Call for rates for other dates and shorter or longer length of stay.

Note: The above price does not include airfare. Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange air transportation upon request.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida
February 1 – February 8, 2016
(Other Dates Available)
8 Days/7 Nights

Club Med Cancun

 

Soak up the warm Florida sunshine at this 216-acre haven for active people tucked away in the lush natural landscape of Florida. Located on the banks of the St. Lucie River on Florida’s Treasure Coast, this resort focuses on sports and features 20 tennis courts, 8 sand volleyball courts and an 18-hole golf course.

Find balance with a yoga or cardio class. Unwind at the waterfront infinity pool reserved exclusively for adults. Get in the game with beach volleyball, basketball, bocce ball, table tennis or soccer. Amp up your technique with tennis, golf, fitness, sailing, volleyball and flying trapeze lessons for all levels taught by expert instructors.

Off-site excursions (additional cost) allow a look at Florida you might not be familiar with. Climb aboard a pontoon boat and travel through mangrove to see wildlife and birds. Head downstream in a speedboat past dolphin ponds to Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island and coastal mansions. Tour the Intracoastal Waterway and picnic on a sandbar. Go horseback riding along the beach, swim with manatees, or visit Cape Canaveral or historic Saint Augustine.

After a day of adventure indulge in a luxurious treatment at the on-site spa (additional cost). Soothed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel as if you’re in another world.

A variety of dining options are at your fingertips for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in between. The chefs continue to reinvent and surprise at every meal.

The Marketplace restaurant provides international flavor with Asian, Italian, Mexican and American dishes. Soleil features a gourmet menu and a waterfront location. Riverside Grill and BBQ offers a view over the river and serves up local specialties and a selection of gourmet dishes.

Accommodations are divided between 3-story buildings on the banks of the St. Lucie River. The price below features "Club" Room accommodations, offering views from the furnished balconies. These upscale rooms offer a relaxing oasis after a busy day outside.

Your Package Includes:
  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • Fitness classes
  • Group lessons with qualified instructors for:
    • Flying trapeze
    • Sailing
    • Aqua Fitness
  • Tennis Academy
  • Fitness Academy
  • Golf Academy
  • Beach Volleyball Academy
  • Open access and organized play
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Club Med Gym cardio training
    • Weight room
    • Paddle board
  • Nightly live entertainment
  • Taxes and gratuities

Priced from $840 per person, double occupancy. Note: Price varies based on dates. Call for rates for other dates and shorter or longer length of stay.

Note: The above price does not include airfare. Notch Above Tours will gladly arrange air transportation upon request.

A Fabulous Fall Foliage Vacation in the Catskills:
Get Away to The Villa Roma Resort!
Spring, Summer, Fall 2015/16
5 Days/4 Nights

Catskills

 

Escape to the Catskills of New York and discover adventure and peace, fine cuisine, breathtaking vistas and babbling brooks. Learn why New York City residents flocked to the Catskills to enjoy sweeping mountain views from the piazzas of grand hotels or to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and farm-raised fare at family-run boarding houses. Understand why artists and writers found inspiration in the beautify of the region- its peaks reaching up to 4,200 feet, its pristine rivers and streams, hidden waterfalls and deep gorges. Sit back and settle in, relax and refresh in this beautiful area, known as America’s first wilderness.

Day One, Monday, October 5:

Depart your gateway city early morning and travel into New York’s Catskill Region. With a lunch and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive at your all-inclusive resort late afternoon.

The Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, your home for four nights was once a small, seasonal boarding house and has become the leading a year-round, full-service resort hotel in the Catskills. The property features 250 hotel rooms and a wide variety of amenities, including an 18 hole PGA Championship Golf Course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor fitness center and bowling alley, indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi, a variety of dining options, nightly entertainment, and planned and supervised daily activities. The helpful, friendly staff will go out of their way to make you feel instantly welcome.

Upon arrival, check into your rooms. There will be time to relax, refresh and explore the property.

Dinner is served in the resort’s beautifully decorated main dining room. Dinner will be expertly prepared and served under the direction of Chef Thomas Kutchere, a certified master chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

After dinner, gather ‘round for the resort’s featured lineup of entertainment. Visit the Mezzanine Piano Bar, Marty’s Lounge for dancing, or Club Forum for a live show.

Day Two, Tuesday, October 6:
Start your day with a hearty, hot and cold breakfast buffet served in the main dining room. After breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy the resort’s vast array of amenities. Take a swim in the pool, play shuffleboard, ping-pong, or bocce, visit the fully equipped fitness center, or go for a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds.

After an included lunch served at the resort, board the coach and travel a short distance to Monticello Casino and Raceway. The 40,000-square foot casino and entertainment complex boasts over 1,000 of the newest slot machines, as well as electronic table games. Watch live, standard-bred horse harness racing on a half-mile oval track or try your luck in the casino.

When you are ready to leave the casino, return to the resort for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day Three, Wednesday, October 7:
After breakfast at the resort, board the coach and travel to historic Hyde Park. Take a step back in time to discover why Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River."

Your time in Hyde Park begins with a guided tour of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This National Historic Site preserves the Springwood Estate, the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States. Learn the story of the Roosevelt presidency, beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II. You will also visit the Presidential Library and Museum.

Visit Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. FDR encouraged Eleanor to develop this property as a place where she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers. There are two buildings that comprise the site. Stone Cottage, the original cottage which was home to Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, which they sold back to Eleanor in 1947 and a large two-story stuccoed building that housed Val-Kill Industries and which would become Eleanor's home after Franklin's death. It was the only residence that she personally owned. Val-Kill was the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home.

By this time, you will have worked up an appetite. Have lunch on your own at the on-site Uncle Sam’s Canteen.

Your last visit is at the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion, one of America’s premier examples of the country palaces built by wealthy industrialists. The mansion provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period and the world of the American millionaire during the era known as the Gilded Age. Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, the property includes pleasure grounds with views of the river and the distant Catskill Mountains, formal gardens, natural woodlands and numerous auxiliary structures. The site’s main feature is a 54-room mansion designed and built between 1896 and 1899.

After your day in Hyde Park, board the coach and return to the resort. There will be time to refresh before dinner and the evening activities.

Day Four, Thursday, October 8:
Today’s travels take you just a short distance from the resort to discover some of the fascinating history, unique landmarks and commercial enterprises of the region. Board the coach and depart mid morning, following a leisurely breakfast at the resort.

Your first stop is at The Museum at Bethel Woods. Witness vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs and events that celebrate the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the entire decade that it came to represent: "Woodstock and The Sixties."

The museum is a leading authority on the history of the 1960’s and its transformative impact on the world. The museum embodies the key ideals of the era: peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement and a connection to the planet we live in. The main exhibit explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival and its significance as a culminating event of a decade of sweeping cultural transformation.

Arrive for lunch at a local, iconic restaurant, The Dancing Cat Saloon. Savor the flavors of locally sourced ingredients prepared to reflect the season’s bounty. After lunch, visit the adjacent, Stray Cat Gallery to witness a display of amazing works by local artists.

End your outing at the Catskill Distilling Company. View the custom-made copper stills, actually a work of art that serves as a backdrop to the tasting room. Take a seat at the elegant, art deco bar that comes from the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. Learn about the distillation process and taste the spirits!

This afternoon you have the option of visiting the charming shops in Youngsville or returning to Villa Roma to enjoy your last afternoon at the resort.

This evening’s farewell dinner and live entertainment will leave you with fond memories of your Catskill vacation. Sing-a-long at the piano bar or "trip the light fantastic" in Marty’s Lounge. Note: "Dirty Dancing" optional!

Day Five, Friday, October 9:
After breakfast at the resort, pack your luggage and check out of your rooms. There will be time to take a few photos before you board the coach and depart. With a lunch and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive home early evening.

Depart the city by 2:00 pm and begin your travels back home.

Your Package Includes:
  • 4 Nights accommodation at the all-inclusive Villa Roma Resort
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Welcome reception
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Schedule of daytime activities at the Resort
  • Use of indoor sports complex at the resort: Bocce, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong
  • Use of indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Use of fully equipped fitness center
  • Visit to the Monticello Casino and Raceway
  • Admission to the FDR home, library and museum in Hyde Park
  • Admission and tour at Val-Kill
  • Admission and tour at the Vanderbilt Mansion
  • Admission to the Museum at Bethel Woods
  • Tour and taste at the Catskill Distilling Company
  • Accommodations, meals and attractions for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information

The following prices are based on 40 paid travelers and with 40 paid travelers include one complimentary package based on single occupancy. Fewer than 40 paid travelers may result in a price increase and/or elimination of complimentary package. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

  • Per person double occupancy: 608.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 579.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 759.00

Holiday Lights, Shopping and Sky-High-Kicks
New York City
Friday, December 4-Sunday, December 6, 2015
3-Days/2-Nights

Holiday Lights, Shopping and Sky-High-Kicks

 

There is nowhere else in the world like New York City at Christmas: the twinkling lights, the carriage rides in Central Park and the aroma of chestnuts roasting in the street vendor carts. Witness Rockefeller Center, home of the worlds Christmas tree. Take a stroll up Fifth Avenue and admire the elaborate holiday window displays -- true works of art in many cases. Get into the holiday spirit at Radio City’s Rockettes Holiday Spectacular!

Day One:
Arrive in the Big Apple by noon and meet your full-time guide. Get out and stretch your legs at the Chelsea Market, an enclosed food court and shopping mall located in the former Nabisco factory complex. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many eateries.

After lunch, travel to Herald Square, home of Macy’s Department Store. Macy’s is the largest U.S. Department store by retail sales and the 16th largest retailer in the U.S. in terms of revenue! Upon arrival, meet your official Macy’s guide and embark on a Holiday Historic Store tour. Learn how Macy’s has grown into America’s largest department store and see the famed holiday window display!

Late afternoon arrive at your Midtown Manhattan hotel. Relax and refresh before you venture out to explore Times Square. Times Square, iconified as the "crossroads of the world," is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. It is also the world’s most visited tourist attraction. Enjoy time to explore the shops, witness the amazing billboards and immerse yourself in the fast pace of the city.

Dinner offers a flash back to Old Italy. At Buca de Beppo, you will dine on authentic Italian food served family-style. The name roughly translates into "Joe’s Basement," so you won’t be surrounded by windows. You will, however, be surrounded by over 2,500 vintage photographs hung closely on every wall. Restrooms feature recorded sounds of people conversing in Italian. Each room at Buca is themed and all restaurants have a Pope table; the largest single table in a room by itself, with a bust of the Pope as the centerpiece.

After dinner, visit Rockefeller Center filled with boutiques and home to the most famous ice rink and Christmas tree. Architecturally profound, culturally diverse and commercially vital, Rockefeller Center is the true plaza of the people.

Day Two:
After breakfast in the hotel, along with your full-time guide embark on a Holiday Lights tour of the city. Witness the holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue, the Swarovski’s UNICEF Snowflake and the legendary light show inside Grand Central Terminal. Next, meet your official NYC guide and embark on a "Noshing Lunch Tour." You will visit ethnic establishments as Kossar’s Bialys for a bialy, The Pickle Guys for pickles and peppers, Chinatown for fried dumplings, New York Style pizza, Zabar's for smoked fish and Arthur Avenue for Italian pastries.

Following the tour, the afternoon is free to enjoy the city your way. Visit the iconic shops on Fifth Avenue, take in a museum or enjoy a carriage ride in Central Park.

Your "Farewell to New York Dinner" is served at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. This is a show in itself as the singing waiters and waitresses deliver fabulous cuisine.

After dinner, attend Radio City Music Hall’s "Holiday Spectacular Show featuring the Rockettes."

Day Three:
After breakfast in the hotel, back your bags and checkout. Board the coach and travel to the Bronx.

Arrive at the New York Botanical Gardens and experience the magic of New York City dressed to the nines for the holidays.  The annual Holiday Train Show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families not just in New York, but also across the country.  Marvel as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Called "one of New York City's best holiday gifts to itself," and a chance to "See the city anew," by the New York Times, the Holiday Train Show is a winter wonderland full of twinkling lights and the sights and sounds of New York City at its best. Have lunch on your own at the garden’s cafè.

Depart the city by 2:00 pm and begin your travels back home.

Your Package Includes:
  • 2 Nights accommodations at a Midtown Manhattan hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Guided tour of Macy’s Department Store
  • Time to explore Times Square
  • Holiday Lights tour
  • Noshing Tour led by a professional, local NYC guide
  • Leisure time to explore the iconic stores of Fifth Avenue
  • Tickets to the evening performance of Radio City Music Hall’s, "Holiday Spectacular featuring the Rockettes"
  • Admission to the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Fully escorted
  • Accommodations for coach driver in NJ
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the tour manager and local guide are not included and are left at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information

The following NET, prices are based on 25 paid travelers. Fewer than 25 paid travelers may result in a price increase. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

  • Per person double occupancy: 807.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 668.00
  • Per person quad occupancy: 598.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 1,266.00

Sweet Pea and The Knitting Club
Invite You to a Vermont SheepOver!
Fabulous Fiber Arts Mini Vacation
Three Days – Two Nights
Offered Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

Sweet Pea and The Knitting Club

 

If you are a fiber arts enthusiast, this outing is for EWE! Come and learn of the endearing story of Sweet Pea and Friends; Finn, Hayzel, Maisie Grace, Quinn, Prem, Violet and Laddie and how they have become the most followed farm family of friends on Facebook. Experience a day in the life of Sweet Pea as she goes about her chores, even if she has a "bad hay day." This orphaned lamb really knows how to celebrate with family and friends at a SheepOver.

You will meet Farmer John, a/k/a John Churchman at a private book-signing event. John is a juried artist, photographer and author of "Sweet Pea and Friends, The SheepOver." He’s also Sweet Pea’s very best friend and caretaker!

While you are in Vermont, Sweet Pea wants you to meet her other friends that dye wool, make rugs, knit sweaters and make cheese using sheep’s milk. To add to the party atmosphere, visitors will even taste Vermont-made wines and chocolates.

Come and be a part of this exclusive first ever, warm and fuzzy fabulous fiber SheepOver. You’ll make new friends, create lasting memories and perhaps be inspired to include a little Sweet Pea love in your next project.

Day One:
Your fiber arts adventure begins when you arrive mid afternoon in the Village of Wilmington, Vermont. Step into Norton House and discover "a quilter's paradise." This charming New England house, circa 1760, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and offers an incredible selection of the most beautiful fabrics, books, notions and patterns. Visit the adjacent 1836 Country Store, which offers an array of Vermont products and gifts. Enjoy a snack or a late lunch at one of the nearby local eateries.

Depart Wilmington and travel north through the Green Mountains to Stowe. "The Sound of Music" resonates as you arrive at the world-famous Trapp Family Lodge. Owned and operated by the von Trapp Family, this resort has deluxe accommodations that combine the charm of Vermont with the sophistication of Austria.

Cozy up to the crackling fireplace or bask in the warmth of the sunroom surrounded by flowers and greenery as you relax with a hot beverage and freshly baked cookies during afternoon tea.

Once you have relaxed and settled in, gather for an Austrian wine tasting. Sample 5 different wines and learn about their origins and how to pair them with food.

Your welcome dinner is an Austrian Buffet served at the Lodge. Savor the flavors of traditional favorites such as Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and Käsespätzle. Save room for dessert that offers Linzortorte and Apfelstrudel.

After dinner, a local fiber arts expert will join you in a private room at the Lodge. Learn unique skills and special techniques. Witness a hands-on demonstration and engage in an "Ask the Artist" session.

Sweet Pea and The Knitting Club

Day Two:
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast served at the Lodge. Step out for a refreshing morning stroll through the beautifully designed and manicured gardens and landscaped paths.

Meet your local guide and weave your way out of the mountains and into Vermont’s Islands for a day of warm and fuzzy fiber fun. The route will lead you along the Vermont Quilt Trail.

Discover more than 140 hand-painted wooden quilt blocks that dot the landscape in Franklin County. Witness them hanging from porches, houses, businesses and barns. Make a game of "I Spy" see how many blocks you can spot.

Arrive at the family-run Boston Post Dairy, home to 80 dairy goats and 95 dairy cows. The make a variety of hard and soft award-winning goat and cow milk cheeses including feta and fresh Chevre. Watch the cheese making process through the viewing windows in the cheese room and visit the retail store where the family sells their cheeses, goat milk soaps, maple syrup and bakery items all made right on the farm. Enjoy the tour and the samples!

Travel across the bridge and onto the Champlain Islands. Only accessible by three bridges, Vermont’s islands have been able to maintain a uniquely peaceful and artful way of life. Here you may discover a birdhouse forest, driftwood creations, including a dinosaur; and miniature castles that were lovingly constructed from fieldstones.

Visit the Hero's Welcome General Store in North Hero, which was founded in 1788 by the Revolutionary War heroes from Ethan and Ira Allen's famed Green Mountain Boys. The main store is housed in the original structure, but the property now includes several buildings, a bakery, cafe, post office and general store. Shop for items that range from Gadgets and Widgets to Books and Body Care!

Arrive for lunch at the shoreside, North Hero House Inn and Restaurant, which first opened in 1891. Referred to as a jewel in the crown of Vermont’s islands, this historic property affords breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains. Savor the flavors of seasonal Vermont farm-fresh ingredients, including locally and on-site grown produce, locally raised beef and Maine seafood.

In a beautifully restored 1797 farmhouse, Grand Isle Art Works showcases the work of more than 75 Vermont artisans. Take time to explore the quirky rooms that provide the perfect setting to display everything, from jewelry, paintings, stained glass, hand-turned bowls and spinning tools. Be certain to notice the hand-dyed yarns made with wool from the angora goats and alpacas that live at the Art Works owner’s Yellow Dog Farm.

During your visit, witness a demonstration of the art of spinning, then see how the wool morphs from shearing to skein. You may even see Luigi the goat, and his goat and alpaca pals frolicking in the fields at the gallery.

The orchards at Allenholm Farm produce more than 20 apple varieties, including several heirloom varieties that are being recreated in partnership with the University of Vermont’s Horticultural College. During your visit, meet the friendly farm animals, climb aboard for a wagon ride out to the orchard and delight in some homemade apple pie with maple creamee or cheddar cheese. Ask how a peppermint candy becomes a kiss-ass treat!

Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery began as the owners’ dream to keep their land in use for agriculture. With its location on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, the farm's microclimate provides a growing season identical to that in Burgundy, France. Learn the story of their "cool climate" varietals, have a taste of the farm's award-winning wines, and learn about the process from grape to glass.

After the tasting, follow your host on a tour of the property and learn the story of gardener, Harry Barber and his amazing stone castles. You will witness one of the few remaining stone castles that sit on the owners’ land.

Board the coach and travel back to the "mainland." Gather for dinner where you will enjoy a taste of the South served with Yankee hospitality. The chef/owner has a focus on using locally grown or produced ingredients to create comfort food with little pretension.

Return to Trapp Family Lodge for tonight's very special, private "book signing and meet the artist" event. Say hello to John Churchman, a/k/a Farmer John, renowned artist, photographer and creative force behind his book "Sweet Pea & Friends; The SheepOver."

Listen to John’s endearing stories about his picture book farm where he resides with wife Jennifer, daughter Gabrielle. Learn how bottle-fed lambs took over his greenhouse and hosted a Sweet Pea birthday party. Witness the natural instincts of John’s border collies as they both nurture the lambs and herd the flock. Discover how John’s whimsical tales and brilliant images have brought to life the story of an adorable, orphaned lamb and how her spirit, her hay-dos and her party hats have brought smiles to fans of all ages both near and far.

Day Three:
After breakfast at the Lodge, take time to capture some last minute photos to remember your trip. Then board the coach and travel into historic Shelburne Village.

Arrive at the Shelburne Museum and witness the 400-plus 18th and 19th Century American quilts. These quilts form the largest and finest museum collection in the country and are known internationally for their exceptional artistic quality. The collection features masterpieces from New England, the mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and the South. Styles include album, Amish, appliqué, chintz, crazy, pieced, white work and whole cloth. Also on view is a rotating exhibition of hooked rugs. Most of the pieces were produced in New England in the 10th-Century. The museum's textile collection also includes a large group of woven coverlets and samplers.

Have lunch on your own at the Museum’s Café before you board the coach for your trip home. Along the way, keep the spirit of Sweet Pea fresh in your mind as you start to plan your next project!

Your Package Includes:
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the Trapp Family Lodge
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Visit to the Norton House, "a quilter’s paradise"
  • Tea and Cookies at the Trapp Family Lodge
  • Austrian Wine Tasting
  • Hands-on demonstration by a local fiber artist
  • Travel along the Vermont Quilt Trail
  • Visit to Boston Post Dairy with cheese sampling
  • Stop at Hero’s Welcome
  • Visit to the Grand Isle Art Works
  • Angora Goat Wool Spinning Demonstration
  • Yarn Dying Demonstration
  • Tour at Allenholm Farm with wagon ride
  • Tour and Taste at Snow Farm Vineyard
  • "Stone Castle" viewing
  • "Meet the Artist and Book Signing Event" with John Churchman
  • Admission to the Shelburne Museum
  • Local, step-on guide for one day
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the coach driver and step-on guide are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Call for custom pricing.

OPTION:
Add a little extra fun to your travel time. Offer a contest to create a Sweet Pea image in any medium. Entries from your group will be presented to author, John Churchman, during the book-signing event and the winner will receive a set of Sweet Pea note cards!

NOTE: If you wish to add days or extra fiber arts related stops to your SheepOver, just let us know. The opportunities are limitless. Destinations may be added or altered to reflect the seasonality of your trip.

Follow the Footsteps of Your Ancestors
Along the Black Heritage Trail in Boston and Cape Cod
Summer and Fall Packages Available
5 Days/4 Nights

Follow the Footsteps of Your Ancestors
Museum of African American History
Boston, Massachusetts

 

Day One:
Arrive in Boston and enjoy time explore Quincy Market, steps away from the waterfront. Visit unique, locally loved and nationally recognized shops. The cobblestone promenades are filled with the music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians.

Savor the tastes of the freshest Yankee fare during this evening's Welcome Dinner at Durgin-Park. Take part in Boston's history as you step into one of the oldest, continuously running establishments in the country.

After dinner, arrive at your Boston hotel for a two-night stay.

Day Two:
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Meet your tour guide and depart for a day of history and sightseeing.

Follow the Black Heritage Trail. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Boston’s free African American community led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights. These remarkable patriots established businesses, founded organizations and created schools. Their houses of worship, homes, schools and Underground Railroad sites make up Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.

The Heritage Trail includes stops at the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House, two of the Museum of African American History's most valuable assets. Built in 1835, the school is the nation's first public building erected for the purpose of educating African American children. The Meeting House was built by free African American artisans in 1806. A National Historic Landmark, it is the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States.

Have lunch on your own in Harvard Square, where you will be surrounded with shops, history and culture, including the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art.

Explore the struggle for civil rights at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This interactive feature brings the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 to life through more than 230 resources, ranging from film footage of the March on Washington to letters from youth advising the President to JFK's landmark address to the American people and secret recordings of behind-the-scenes negotiations on civil rights legislation.

The pub that inspired the setting for the hit TV show "Cheers," will be the location for tonight's dinner. You may recognize the friendly Indian, diamond glass windows and colorful Tiffany lamps that were recreated for the show.

Day Three:
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out of your room. Board the coach and travel to Cape Cod.

Along the way, stop at Parting Ways Cemetery in Plymouth. Four young African American men who served in the American Revolution were granted acreage near the Kingston border in an area known as Parting Ways. The men and their families established the New Guinea Settlement. These four American Patriots are buried at Parting Ways.

A stop at Pilgrim Memorial State Park allows an opportunity to take photos of Plymouth Rock and the town where Europeans first made a home in New England in 1620. This simple glacial erratic boulder on the shore of Plymouth Harbor has become a world famous symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first New England colony.

Travel back in time and see history come alive at Plimoth Plantation. This hands-on living history experience is dedicated to the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrim colonists of 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Depart Plimoth Plantation and visit the shoreside town of Plymouth. Explore the shops and enjoy lunch on your own.

Board the coach and continue south to Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Glass production features strongly in the town's history. At the Sandwich Glass Museum, you will see a glassblowing demonstration and learn how glass helped define this town.

Check into your Yarmouth hotel. Relax and refresh before you gather for dinner served at a local restaurant.

Day Four:
Get your fill at the breakfast buffet and then board the coach.

Wind your way down the Old King's Highway to Provincetown. Located at the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is steeped in history and today is a lively cosmopolitan community renowned for its diversity and cultural sophistication.

Explore the unique shops, galleries and boutiques. You'll be surprised by the variety of options for lunch on your own, from local, ethnic "fast food" to outdoor café fare to gourmet cuisine, you'll leave Provincetown well-fed and happy.

Your coach will travel back north along the Cape Cod National Seashore into Hyannis. There will be time to stop for photos of the iconic Cape Cod landscape.

The Cape and Islands enjoy a rich history created by people of color from the region. They have been the backbone of the whaling and cranberry industries over the centuries. African-Americans, Cape Verdeans and other people of color helped shape the Cape Cod of today. Discover this rich heritage during a visit to the Zion Union Heritage Museum.

Everybody loves a bargain, and you're sure to find more than one at the original Christmas Tree Shop. The store is known for affordable home decor, kitchen essentials and much more.

Cape Cod Beer is about brewing the best beer possible on Cape Cod for people who love Cape Cod. It's about having fun. Join the fun with a tasting at this production brewery.

Your Farewell Dinner will be at The Yarmouth House Restaurant. The roots of this Cape Cod landmark trace back to the old country and follow a route through Canada before settling into the current location. Family-owned and operated since 1978, the family's goal remains unchanged, providing the finest food in an inviting and friendly atmosphere.

Day 5:
Have breakfast at the hotel before checking out of your room. Board your coach and depart for home. With lunch and dinner stops along the way, arrive in Baltimore early evening.

Your Package Includes:
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Time to explore Quincy Market
  • Locally guided tour of the Black History Trail and Boston Highlights
  • Admission to the Museum of African American History
  • Time to explore Harvard Square
  • Admission to the JFK Library and Museum
  • Photo opportunity at Plymouth Rock
  • Visit to Parting Ways Cemetery
  • Admission to Plimoth Plantation
  • Time to explore the town of Plymouth
  • Admission to the Sandwich Glass Museum
  • Time to explore Provincetown
  • Photo opportunity along the Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Visit to the Christmas Tree Shop
  • Admission to Zion Union Heritage Museum
  • Tasting at Cape Cod Beer
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities

Call for custom pricing.

The Real Housewives of Indiana Amish Country
Nappanee, Indiana
3-Days/2-Nights
Midweek Departures, April to December 2015

The Real HousewivesForget Reality TV! Come meet the real housewives of the Indiana Amish. Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of Amish women. See how household chores are performed without electrical appliances and meet women who are running a business without modern technology. You will return home with a newfound respect for the Amish lifestyle and a better understanding of Amish beliefs.

Experience the restoration of the 80-acre Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farmstead, which was settled by Indiana's first Amish pioneers. Share the heritage of these intriguing people at a place where time stopped more than a century ago, preserving a way of life that adheres to nearly forgotten patterns of living in today's fast-paced world.

 

Day One:
Arrive at Amish Acres, the only Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Enjoy a fun hands-on group activity in the Amish Acres bakery kitchen. Learn how to make a Shoofly Pie in the kitchen with Frieda the Amish baker. Check into the Inn for a two-night stay and enjoy a welcome reception.

Before dinner, discover the fruits of the Lake Michigan shore with a tasting of Round Barn Winery's offerings in the Barn Loft wine tasting room. Then, savor the famous, family-style Threshers Dinner in the century-old barn restaurant. From hearth-baked bread to platters of steaming country chicken, cider baked ham and beef, the menu is sure to satiate even the most hearty appetites.

Top off the evening with the 28th anniversary production of "Plain and Fancy," the story of life and love on an Amish farm, in the majestic 1911 Round Barn Theatre.

Day Two:
After breakfast, meet your guide and begin your "Real Housewives of Amish Country" full-day tour. Learn how these ladies do household chores without electrical appliances and run their businesses without modern technology.

Enjoy a cinnamon roll demo with Elaine or Mary Lou. Visit Carolyn’s home for a haystack lunch and peanut butter crumb pie making demo. Chat with a basket weaver about her thriving business. Meet an Amish schoolteacher and find out how she manages her classes in a one-room school. Everyone will get an after-school treat to take home — a whoopie pie!

Join Elaine Jones and her family and friends in an Amish quilting bee. Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Amish meal and then pull up a chair around original quilt frames filled with hand-pieced Amish quilts. Your hosts will demonstrate how to piece, mark and get the quilt ready to sew. Then participate or just chat as these Amish ladies lead an old-fashioned quilting bee.

Day Three:
Travel the scenic back roads, passing horse-drawn buggies, tidy farm homes and white-washed barns. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of the Amish as your knowledgeable guide tells all about the area and the history, traditions and customs of the Amish. You will stop at a variety of welcoming country stores and quaint shops as you load your brown bag with goodies.

Your Package Includes:
  • 2 Nights accommodations at Amish Acres
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners including Threshers Dinner at Amish Acres
  • Amish Acres Kitchen Shoofly Pie Demo
  • Wine Tasting at the Barn Loft Grill
  • Amish Quilting Bee Demo
  • Full-Day Guided Tour
  • "Plain & Fancy" at Round Barn Theater
  • Amish Countryside Tour
  • Peanut Butter Pie Demo
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler

Priced from 345.00 per person, double occupancy.

Wine and Watercolor
At the Norman Rockwell Museum
And The Best of The Berkshires!
Summer and Fall Packages Available
4-Days/3-Nights

Roosevelt
Photo by Jeremy Clowe. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

Whether you are new to the paintbrush or a seasoned expert, an opportunity to learn and paint at the Norman Rockwell Museum is a chance of a lifetime. Get inspired and get creative as you walk through the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art.

The Berkshires of Massachusetts is noted as a center for the visual and performing arts.  The region was a summer retreat for the newly rich during the Gilded Age. It was also a peaceful, inspiring haven for literary artists such as Herman Melville, Edith Wharton and Emily Dickinson and America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French.  

 

Discover this historic, scenic and inspiring region in Northwestern Massachusetts. Learn from the masters, witness amazing gardens, learn about Shaker life, savor local flavors and let your own creativity come to the surface.

 

Day One:
Arrive at the Hancock Shaker Village early afternoon. The Village was included in Bob Vila’s A&E Network production "Guide to Historic Homes of America." Explore 25 historic buildings at the "City of Peace," a Shaker community that was started in 1783.Learn about Shaker life, crafts and farming, as you explore the main dwelling, barns, workshops, meeting house, school house and other structures. Learn how the raising and sale of garden seeds was the most lucrative of their early businesses. Enjoy a late lunch or snack at the Village’s café.

Next, visit The Mount. Designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, the house embodies the principles outlined in her influential book, "The Decoration of Houses." The property includes three acres of formal gardens designed by Wharton, who was also an authority on European landscape design. After a guided tour of the house, stroll through the restored formal gardens.

Late afternoon, arrive at your historic hotel. Dating back to 1912, The Williams Inn is one of the finest destination inns in New England and is now the official Williams College hotel. You will instantly feel welcome with their display of New England hospitality. After you have settled in, enjoy a walk around the manicured grounds.

Gather for an included dinner that features New England classics and updated favorites and is served in the Inn’s elegant, but relaxed dining room.

Day Two:
Start the day with Continental European Breakfast Buffet served at the Inn. Board your coach and travel a short distance to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. This 15-acre garden has 23 public displays of gardens that are both functional and ornamental and they are among the oldest in the U.S. More than 3,000 species and varieties are represented. An official Garden Guide will lead you on a walking tour and give you an in-depth interpretation of the gardens. After the tour, gather for a session hosted by a Master Gardener and learn about seasonal gardening topics including: container gardens, propagating plants and Garden-to-Table Culinary Delights with samples!

Enjoy lunch on your own at a quaint café in the historic Town of Stockbridge. There will be time to explore the shops and boutique stores that line the streets.

Next, explore Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark. This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, had the 44-room "cottage," Naumkeag, designed and built to serve as a summer retreat. Witness the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. With its views of Monument Mountain and its stunning collection of gardens, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age.

Arrive at the Norman Rockwell Museum late afternoon. The museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture and social commentary. The Museum is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires and houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 998 original paintings and drawings.

Gather in the museum’s Art Lab and take your seats for an exclusive opportunity to learn the techniques of watercolor painting from a locally recognized artist. Sip a glass of wine, pick up your paintbrush and create your own beautiful piece of artwork that you may show off at home.

Dinner is served at the historic Red Lion Inn. The Red Lion is one of the few New England inns operating continuously since the 18th Century. The interior, loaded with antiques, is like a history book itself!

Day Three:
After breakfast at the inn, visit the Clark Art Institute, home to the world-renowned collection of American and European art of Sterling and Francine Clark. Embark on a one-hour, docent-led tour of this extensive collection that includes prints and drawings, sculptures, decorative arts and paintings, followed by time to explore on your own. Most notably, witness the French Impressionist masterworks by artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renior, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissarro.

Drive by Williams College, established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams, a Colonel in the Massachusetts militia and a member of a prominent landowning family. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. Williams College currently occupies 1st place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 ranking of the 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States. Forbes Magazine ranked Williams the best college in the United States in its 2014 publication of America's Top Colleges.

Explore the charming Town of Williamstown and the delightful array of specialty stores and shops. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the local eateries.

Next, visit Cricket Creek Farm, one of the oldest dairy farms in the region. This farm came under new ownership in 2001 and the owners modeled their future operations after those at Shelburne Farms in Northern Vermont. They made plans to continue with dairy farming, add cheese making and to incorporate an educational component. Your visit includes a guided tour of the milking parlor and cheese making facility, time to meet the farm animals, samples of their award-winning cheeses and time to shop in their store that features products made right on the farm and other locally produced items.

Arrive at, MASS MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on this 19th-century factory campus. It has more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a single gallery as long as a football field. It is home of the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, where composers and performers from around the world come to create and perform new music. Embark on a docent led tour, followed by time to explore on your own.

After your time at the museum, head over to the museum’s Gramercy Bistro. Sit back and learn of the region’s thriving brewery business. Enjoy the samples of three locally produced microbrews while your own personal server explains the brewing process and blending of locally sourced and unique ingredients.

Gather for a most memorable farewell dinner served in museum’s Gramercy Bistro. The contemporary, classic cuisine is in keeping with the museum’s mission.

Day Four:
After breakfast in the hotel, begin your travels back home.

Your Package Includes:
  • 3 Nights accommodations
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Microbrew Tasting
  • Admission to Hancock Shaker Village
  • Guided tour at the The Mount
  • Visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden with guided tour
  • Demonstration at the Botanical Garden led by a Master Gardener
  • Time to explore and shop in the Town of Stockbridge
  • Admission to Naumkeag
  • Admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Wine and Watercolor class at the Norman Rockwell Art Lab
  • Docent led tour at the Clark Art Museum
  • Drive by the Williams College Campus
  • Time to explore and shop in Williamstown
  • Guided tour at Cricket Creek Farm with cheese samples
  • Guided tour of Mass MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Optional Tanglewood Performance (Seasonal)
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Taxes and Gratuities

Pricing Information:
The following NET, prices are based on 20 paid travelers. Fewer than 20 paid travelers may result in a price increase. Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

  • Per person double occupancy: 773.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 646.00
  • Per person quad occupancy: 582.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 1,152.00

On The Road with the Roosevelts
From Hyde Park to Oyster Bay
4-Days/3-Nights
Spring, Summer and Fall Dates Available

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Welcome to the magical, gilded world of the Roosevelts. Upon arrival in Hyde Park, NY, you will be privileged to meet your historian and costumed guide, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who will escort you throughout your stay.

Take a step back in time and discover why Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." Your guide, as FDR himself will personally lead you through his Springwood estate and the first Presidential Library and Museum. Learn of the fascinating, historical happenings about the only President elected to four terms.

Be entertained with a day escorted by FDR’s fifth cousin, Teddy, as your guide transforms with mustache and pith helmet. Venture to Oyster Bay for a "bully" of an adventure. Visit Sagamore, the primary residence of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt from 1886 and for the rest of their lives and also the "Summer White House" for seven summers.

Join in for a journey of dining and wining and rubbing elbows with the aristocrats, "On the Road with the Roosevelts."

 

Day One:
Arrive in Poughkeepsie, NY early afternoon where you will be greeted by your costumed, full-time guide and historian, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Prepare yourself to be immersed into the gilded era and to discover the amazing lifestyle and historical impact of the Roosevelts.

Climb aboard for a 2-hour narrated cruise on the Hudson River. Experience the excitement of cruising under towering bridges spanning the storied Hudson River. Glide past Gilded Age mansions and let your mind return to the romantic days when steamships coursed the great Hudson bringing travelers to their "summer cottages."

After your cruise, arrive at your Poughkeepsie hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Gather for an included dinner served at waterfront restaurant. Savor the flavors of spectacular Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Joel, a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef as you gaze out at the Hudson River.

Day Two:
Roosevelt StatueAfter breakfast in the hotel, travel a short distance to Hyde Park where you will begin a day immersed in history.

Start with a guided tour of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This National Historic Site preserves the Springwood Estate, the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States. Learn the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II. You will also visit the Presidential Library and Museum.

Your next stop is at Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. FDR encouraged Eleanor Roosevelt to develop this property as a place that she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers and women. She named the spot Val-Kill, loosely translated as waterfall-stream from the Dutch language common to the original settlers of the area. Val-Kill was the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home. It was here that she pursued her political and social interests, wrote her My Day column and worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Have lunch on your own at the on-site concession.

Your last stop in Hyde Park is at The Vanderbilt Mansion, one of America's premier examples of the country palaces built by wealthy industrialists. A superb example of its type, the mansion provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age. Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, the property includes pleasure grounds with views of the river and the distant Catskill Mountains, formal gardens, natural woodlands, and numerous auxiliary structures. The site’s main feature is a 54-room mansion designed and built between 1896 and 1899.

Due to its proximity to the Culinary Institute of America, fine dining abounds in this region. Dinner this evening offers not only exceptional cuisine but also a museum experience as it is served in an historic canal house, built as a tavern in 1797. Meet the chef and discover why The TV Food Network named Chef John Novi "The Father of American Eclectic Cuisine." After dinner, there will be time to browse through the amazing antique displays and furnishings.

Day Three:
After breakfast in the hotel, join your guide as he transforms into Teddy Roosevelt, and travel to Oyster Bay, NY. Along the way, your guide will entertain you as he shares fascinating tales of this American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer and historian.

Your first stop is at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY. Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. Roosevelt named his home Sagamore, the Algonquin word for chieftain, the head of the tribe. During Roosevelt’s time in office, his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. During your stop, visit the grounds, the new recently renovated home and The Roosevelt Museum.

Sagamore Hill is a rambling 23-room Victorian structure of wood frame and brick. On the first floor are a large center hall, the library that served as Teddy’s private office, the dining room, kitchen and the drawing room that was Mrs. Roosevelt’s domain. Sagamore Hill was a working farm where Teddy grew wheat, corn, hay, barley and rye and raised cattle and hogs. A three-acre garden provided vegetables and flowers.

The museum was built in 1937 for General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and was his family home until 1960. The exhibits and films portray Theodore’s political career, family life at Sagamore Hill and his children’s lives.

By this time you will be ready for lunch. Gather in an historic, old-English style pub and witness hundreds of photos that depict the turn of the century downtown Oyster Bay life, including oystering and seafood and Theodore Roosevelt himself.

After lunch, visit the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Long Island’s premier public arboretum. This former Gold Coast estate is comprised of 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and outstanding plant collections. The original historic estate buildings remain, including the 65 room Tudor Revisal mansion, Coe Hall. Your visit includes a guided tour of the house and the gardens.

Late afternoon, board the coach and travel north along the Hudson River. Along the way, stop at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point. This property is a national treasure visited by past US Presidents, world leaders and celebrities alike. Discover a captivating blend of over 200 years of military history combined with some of this finest food and service along the Hudson. This renowned restaurant sets the stage for a truly unique dining experience.

Return to your Poughkeepsie hotel.

Day Four:
After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and checkout. Before you depart for home, there is one more "must see" attraction. Visit the Walkway Over The Hudson, a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. The "Walkway" is 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walk across this majestically transformed railroad bridge and witness a 360-degree view of the Hudson Valley's breathtaking river and mountain views.

Your Package Includes:
  • 3 Nights accommodations
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Dinners
  • Narrated cruise on the Hudson River
  • Guided tour of the FDR Home
  • Visit to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum
  • Guided tour of Val-Kill Cottage
  • Guided tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion and Historical Site
  • Visit to Sagamore Hill
  • Tour Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard
  • Guided tour of the home and gardens at Planting Fields Arboretum
  • Admission to the Walkway Over The Hudson
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Travel with Franklin and Theodore, your costumed historian, guide
  • Accommodations for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities

Pricing Information:
The following NET prices based on 30 paid travelers. Fewer than 30 paid travelers may result in a price increase. Prices and itinerary are subject to change

  • Per person double occupancy: 696.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 612.00
  • Per person quad occupancy: 571.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 945.00

"My Summer Vacation"
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Acadia National Park
Exclusive Package Offered
At the Historic Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor
Packages Available Spring, Summer and Fall 2016
Five Days – Four Nights

Landscape

Remember when summer vacation meant loading the family in the back of the station wagon and heading to the coast, or climbing on the old school bus and heading to camp? Remember roasting marshmallows and singing songs by the campfire? Remember hikes in the woods and barefoot wades along the shore searching for "treasures" to bring home? Here’s your chance to rekindle those fond memories minus the tent and sleeping bag!

Join us as Acadia National Park celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Acadia is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River and was discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1604. Learn of John D. Rockefeller’s instrumental role in the Park’s development, listen to tales of the Wabanaki people, the island’s original habitats, and discover why this Park has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the United States.

 

Day One:
Arrive mid afternoon at the AAA, Four Diamond Bluenose Inn and Resort. You will quickly discover the allure of the rocky Maine coast from the panoramic views of this hilltop property. Enjoy time to explore this exquisite property, walk along the garden paths or hop in for a refreshing swim in either of the indoor or outdoor pools.

Gather for a delicious Welcome Dinner served at the Inn. Following dinner, join in for live entertainment in the Great Room.

Day Two:
Start the day with a hearty breakfast served at the Inn. Breathe in the fresh salt air and witness the amazing views during a morning stroll.

Board the coach and travel a short distance to Acadia National Park, located on Mount Dessert Island. Begin your visit with a Carriage Tour where you will experience the Park’s world-famous carriage roads as designed and built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. This fully narrated, two-hour ride takes you on a leisurely step back in history featuring some of the most remarkable bridge work in America. You may dismount the carriage and explore the Cobblestone Bridge, the first of Mr. Rockefeller bridges built in 1913. Your trip culminates with a visit to the historic Jordan Pond Gatehouse.

After your ride, relax over a picnic lunch brought from the Inn’s restaurant. After lunch, an official Acadia National Parks Guide will board the coach and lead you on a fascinating tour of the Park’s highlights. There will be scheduled events in the Park to commemorate the 100th Anniversary.

Enjoy time late afternoon to explore the charming town of Bar Harbor. Visit the shops and galleries and sip a refreshing beverage at a shore side café.

Return to the Inn for time to relax and refresh before dinner. This evening is filled with fascinating entertainment and fabulous food.

Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional "New England Clambake." Dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers!

After dinner, meet Captain John Nicolai, one of Maine’s most knowledgeable and entertaining lobster experts. The Captain has made it his mission to help sustain Maine’s lobster fishery by promoting its rich history and traditions, and teaching the importance of preserving the State’s lobster population. Captain John’s enthusiasm and sense of humor, as well as his great repertoire of tales from the Maine coast, make his presentations as fun as they are informative. The Captain has been featured many times in the national and international media, including the CBS Morning Show, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, PBS, the Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Living Network.

Day Three:
After breakfast at the Inn, board the coach and travel to the renowned Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy.

West Quoddy LighthouseAlong the way visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States and the closest point to Europe from a point in the 50 states. West Quoddy Head overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858. Explore the Visitor’s Center, meet the local guides and watch for frolicking seals in the bay.

BarnBoard the coach and continue a short distance to Campobello Island. (Passports required.) Campobello Island will capture your heart with breathtaking views and unspoiled nature at its best. Begin your visit with lunch on your own at the locals’ favorite, Family Fishery.

For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada. Visit the Edmund S. Muskie Visitor Center, which contains exhibits and a video interpreting the Roosevelt story. Tour FDR's 34-room summer cottage and visit with the docents who will interpret the home and its artifacts. Walk through beautiful flower gardens.

End your visit with "Tea with Eleanor." Enjoy tea and cookies served at the Hubbard Cottage and listen to an expert guide tell stories of Eleanor’s extraordinary life. Leave with a book of Eleanor’s cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter.

Before you depart the island, there will be time to visit the Campobello Gift House. This is an ideal spot to pick up souvenirs and gifts.

On your way back to Bar Harbor, stop in the quaint town of Machias, Maine, home of the renowned Helen’s Restaurant. Opened in 1950, this restaurant has gained a reputation for serving the best comfort food and the absolute very best homemade pie in New England. The restaurant’s blueberry pie was featured in "The National Geographic Traveler" and "Everyday with Rachel Ray." Make sure to save room for dessert.

Return to the Inn for a relaxing evening of live entertainment performed in The Great Room.

Day Four:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Inn, for today you’ll earn your "sea legs" on a Windjammer Cruise.

Your first stop is at the Abbe Museum where you will learn about the Wabanaki Nation. The history and cultures of Maine's Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions and craft workshops. The Abbe serves as an essential resource for helping teachers and students comply with new State legislation, known as "the Wabanaki Initiative," that requires the teaching of Wabanaki cultures and history in Maine schools. Your visit includes a tour of the Museum, a hands-on workshop and time to visit the amazing gift shop.

After the museum experience, have lunch on your own in Bar Harbor and time to explore the shops.

Early afternoon, board the Margaret Todd, a four-masted schooner. This historic watercraft from a bygone era, sails you from Bar Harbor and amongst the islands of Frenchman’s Bay. This cruise features an interesting narrative of local history provided by a Park Ranger, geographical points and wildlife, as you look for bald eagles, seals and porpoises!

After the cruise, head over to Fiori Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. Fiori’s mission is to provide the freshest, highest quality, authentic, hard to find, specialty oils, vinegars and specialty foods. Enjoy time in the tasting room, discover new uses for the tasty oils and vinegars and purchase some to enjoy when you return home.

Head back to the Inn to refresh before dinner. Relax over afternoon tea and reflect on the day’s activities.

Your farewell dinner is served at a local, seafood lover’s restaurant. Here’s your last chance to taste fresh, Maine seafood and sample local specialties.

After dinner, return to the Inn. Gather ‘round the fire for a marshmallow roast, complete with chocolate and graham crackers to make your own s’mores. Chime in and try to remember the words to your favorite camp songs. If all else fails, sing a round of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat!"

Day Five:
After breakfast at the Inn, pack your bags and check out. Before you board the coach for home, bring your camera and take a few moments to capture the memories of your trip.

Your Package Includes:
  • 4 Nights lodging at the Bluenose Inn
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners
  • Afternoon Tea at the Inn
  • Live entertainment at the Inn
  • S’mores at the Inn
  • Carriage Trail Ride at Acadia National Bark
  • Guided Tour at Acadia National Park
  • Anniversary Celebration activities at Acadia National Park
  • Time to explore Bar Harbor
  • Captain John’s Lobster Presentation
  • Stop at the West Quoddy Head Light
  • Tour of FDR’s cottage and grounds on Campobello Island
  • Tea with Eleanor on Campobello
  • Time to visit the shops on Campobello Island
  • Admission to the Abbe Museum with hands-on workshop
  • Sail on the Margaret Todd
  • Visit to Fiori Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities

Pricing Information:
Call for custom prices. We will gladly arrange accommodations and attractions during your travel to and from Bar Harbor.

Bienvenue Whales, Water Falls and Windmills
Visit Quebec City and the Quaint Isle-aux-Coudres
A Five Day-Four Night International Vacation
Offered Late Spring, Summer and Fall

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International charm beckons you to the great walled city of Quebec and to the heritage of the Charlevoix Region, home to the Isle-aux-Coudres. This vacation includes a visit to the spectacular Montmorency Falls, an adventurous whale-watching cruise, a working flour mill and the sweet tastes of dinner served in a sugar shack!

 

Day One: Welcome to Quebec City the capital of the Province of Quebec and one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts, surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arrive at your hotel conveniently located within the walled city. After you have settled in, head out to immerse yourself in old-world culture. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Explore the quaint boutiques and galleries that line the cobblestone streets or sip a refreshing beverage at a sidewalk café.

Gather for a welcome dinner served at a charming restaurant. Savor the flavors of French cuisine in this thriving culinary community.

After dinner, enjoy a leisurely, moonlit stroll back to your hotel. Stop for a nightcap of popular, local fare; ice cider.

Day Two: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast served in the hotel. Meet your local guide and head out on a day of discovery.

Quebec City is perched atop a cliff over the St. Lawrence Seaway and has the appearance of a living museum with its narrow streets lined by 17th and 18th century houses. During your 3-hour, walking/windshield tour you will learn of the city’s rich history and battles between the French and British Empires as you travel by landmarks such as the Plains of Abraham, Cape Diamond, The Joan of Arc Garden, Parliament, Place d’Armes, Chateau Frontenac and Place Royal.

Have lunch on your own after the tour. Then, there will be time on your own to visit the museums, the treasure-filled shops and to witness the architecturally rich landmarks.

You’re in for a real treat for dinner this evening. . . . .sweet treat that is! When early spring temperatures coax the sap to flow through the maple trees, the locals start gatherin’ and boilin’ and the result is amazing, lip smackin’maple syrup. Join your traveling companions at a traditional Cabana a Sucre, or Sugar Shack for a taste of life, ripe with traditional tastes. The sugar shack menus have remained unchanged for centuries.

And after dinner, get ready to tap your toes, sing with gusto and play the spoons along with the local entertainers.

Day Three: Say goodbye to the Manoir Victoria and Quebec City after breakfast. Today’s adventures are action packed and loaded with history and culture.

Join a local guide and travel to the magnificent Montmorency Falls, the highest in Quebec and 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Montmorency Falls owes its name to Samuel de Champlain, who christened it in 1613 in honor of the Duke of Montmorency, Viceroy of New France and Brittany. Those who dare are welcome to walk on the bridge that goes across the top of the falls!

Next, visit the Basilica of Ste-Anne du Beaupre, first opened in 1876. Ste. Anne is known for performing many miracles, and people from all around the world come to visit the Basilica. One of the builders had crutches, but when he finished building the church, he was able to walk freely. Pillars in the front entrance are covered in crutches from people who have reportedly been miraculously cured. You will also visit the Museum, with exhibits that are testimony to over 300 years of history. Have lunch on your own at an eatery near the Basilica.

Early afternoon, get your "sea legs" on, as you will head out on a whale-watching cruise on the St. Lawrence River. While whales are present in every ocean, it is in the St. Lawrence that the largest number of great whales along with numerous species of smaller ones may be found. Humpback whales, fin whales and the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale (140 tons) are regular visitors to Charlevoix’s coastline, drawn by the abundance of food. Oxygenated by the cold Labrador currents, the estuary’s waters are rich in krill and smaller fish that whales love. During your cruise, you will also see lighthouses and cargo and cruise ships as they navigate the Seaway.

Following the cruise, board your coach and travel down the coastline to board the ferry in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive for a half-hour cruise to the Isle-aux-Coudres. Once on the island, check into your hotel, a charming site in a Biosphere Reserve. There will be time to take in the soothing sea breeze, stroll through the beautiful gardens or walk along the manicured trails.

Gather for an included dinner served in a cozy dining room. After dinner, enjoy live entertainment in the lounge.

Day Four: Start your day with a hearty breakfast served at the hotel, followed by time at your leisure. Visit the spa, rent a bicycle, swim in the saltwater, heated pool, walk along the shoreline or explore the beautiful grounds that overlook the St. Lawrence River.

Following an included lunch, embark on an afternoon tour led by a local guide. During the tour you will learn of this small island’s rich history and heritage. The island was discovered in 1535 by Jacques Cartier and he named is Isle-aux-Coudres after the plentiful hazelnut trees, coudriers. It was not settled until 1728, but has since then served as a maritime way station and now boasts a sea-faring history.

During the tour you will witness breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, the St. Louis Church (1185), a museum that houses a fully functional watermill (1825), a windmill (1836) and a miller’s residence. Taste samples of freshly baked goods served warm from a traditional clay oven.

You will also visit the island’s most dynamic tree farming facility. Started in the 1900 S with 300 apple trees, this family-owned apple orchard now has over 1,200 apple trees and a wine cellar. Sample homemade jellies, apple syrup and jams in the farm’s store.

Return to the hotel for a relaxing and delicious dinner followed by live entertainment.

Day Five: After breakfast, check out of the hotel, board the coach and travel home.

Your Package Includes:
  • 2 Nights accommodations in Old Quebec City
  • 2 Nights accommodation on the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners
  • 3 Evenings of live entertainment
  • Quebec City Tour led by a local guide
  • Free time to explore Quebec City
  • Guided tour and admission to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne du Beaupre
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Ferry to the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • Locally guided tour of the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the local guides are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:
The following prices are based on 25 paid travelers and include 1 complimentary, double occupancy package for every 16 paid travelers. Prices and itinerary are subject to change and subject to the value of the Canadian dollar at the time of travel.

  • Per person double occupancy: 967.00
  • Per person triple occupancy: 866.00
  • Per person quad occupancy: 810.00
  • Per person single occupancy: 1,333.00

The Roman Catholic Shrines of The East Coast Visit Eight States and 21 Shrines!
Eight Days – Seven Nights

 

Day One:
This outing begins with an early morning visit in Enfield, New Hampshire. Nearby overnight accommodations are available in both Rutland, VT and White River Junction, VT.

In Enfield, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. Founded in 1951, the La Salette Shrine, near Lake Mascoma, is a place of prayer and meditation in a unique, natural setting of peace and beauty. The shrine is located in Lower Shaker Village, founded in 1782. The shrine provides a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where visitors get in touch with the message of Mary’s Appparition to the children.

Late afternoon arrive in Lowell, MA at the Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker. The Parish of St. Joseph was established in 1869 by Fr. Andre Marie Garin, OMI, to serve the needs of immigrants who worked in Lowell’s mills. Over the years it evolved into a "Workers’ Shrine." It was rededicated by Richard Cardinal Cushing on the Feasts of the Ascension, to St. Joseph, Patron of Workers.

After a busy day of touring and traveling, arrive at your Boston area hotel early evening. Once you have had a chance to relax and refresh you will be treated to dinner in Boston’s oldest Italian restaurant. The hearty fare and old-world atmosphere offers a sweet reward at the end of your first day.

Day Two:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you depart on your next day of discovery. Travel a short distance and arrive at the Shrine of St. Theresa of Liseux in Boylston, MA. This outdoor shrine was constructed in 1997 to commemorate the Centenary of the death of St. Theresa and coincided with her proclamations as a Doctor of the Church.

From Boylston, head south to Attleboro and stop for lunch on your own along the way. Arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady LaSalette where you may enjoy the peace and solitude of the grounds, walk around Rosary Pond or meditate on the Passion of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross Garden.

This afternoon travel west to Litchfield, CT and arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Conducted by Monfort Missionionaries, this 35-acre shrine offers a replica of the grotto at Lourdes in France, Stations of the Cross and a gift shop.

Continue on to Secaucus, NJ and check into your hotel. Once you have relaxed and refreshed, enjoy dinner on your own in a nearby restaurant.

Day Three:
A hearty breakfast served in the hotel prepares you for your busy day. Travel into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to the St. Francis Cabrini Chapel. The Chapel houses the most precious remains of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. The Shrine is a center of welcome for new immigrants and pilgrims of many nationalities. After your visit at the Shrine, if you wish, stop at the Cloisters or continue into Times Square and have lunch on your own in the City.

Just a short drive over the bridge leads you to the National Shrine of St. Gerard at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark. The St. Gerard Chapel has been dedicated as a national shrine. The glorious artwork on the chapel’s ceiling instantly reminds you of a place of peace and God’s love.

Your last stop in New Jersey is at the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, located on 150 acres. This architectural embodiment of the faith and devotion of pilgrims, hosts more than 50,000 pilgrims annually. The Shrine is dedicated to the message of Fatima.

Travel to Frederick, MD where you will arrive early evening. Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. Dinner is at your leisure at a nearby restaurant.

Day Four:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and prepare for a little southern hospitality. Begin the day in Emmitsburg, at the National Shrine, Grotto of Lourdes, the oldest known replica of the revered French shrine, dating to about 1875.

Right near by, visit the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born Saint of the United States of America. You will want to spend time at this site, as the grounds are beautiful and loaded with historic buildings. There is no food service at the Shrine, however you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.

The last visit for today is in the fabulous City of Baltimore at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, America’s first cathedral. Referred to by Pope John Paul II as "the world-wide symbol of religious freedom," this Shrine is a National Historic Landmark and co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Arrive at your Baltimore hotel. Take a swim in the outdoor pool or visit the nearby Inner Harbor area or the outstanding National Aquarium. Then you are off for tastes of Baltimore with dinner on your own in one of the many fabulous restaurants.

Day Five:
A full hot breakfast in the hotel readies you for today’s adventure in our nation’s capitol. Arrive at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and North America. This is also one of the ten largest churches in the world! Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to as America’s Catholic Church. The Basilica is renowned for its unique architecture and the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world. Based on availability, attend a Shrine Mass. Have lunch on your own in DC.

Travel northeast to Philadelphia and arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. The chapel was built in 1875 in Pennsylvania’s historic section of Germantown.

Late afternoon arrive at your Philadelphia hotel. Take a swim in the pool or just relax. Enjoy dinner at your leisure at a near by restaurant. Here’s your chance to try the renown "Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich!"

Day Six:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you depart to visit three landmark shrines! The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, is tied both to the story of Italian immigration to the United States and to popular religious devotion at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Next visit the National Shrine of St. John Neumann, St. Peter the Apostle. In 1860, Saint John Neumann was buried in the floor of the basement of a spacious baroque church that was built in 1843. The Parish of Saint Peter’s has always been the host of devotion to Saint John Neumann.

Have lunch on your own in Philadelphia, before we travel north to Laflin, PA and arrive at the Shrine of St. Maria Goretti. St. Maria is known as the patroness of youth, young women, purity and victims of rape. There isn’t much to say about St. Maria Goretti because she died when she was 12 years old. Maria was declared a Saint in 1950.

Travel a short distance to your Wilkes Barre area hotel where you will overnight. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day Seven:
After breakfast in the hotel, begin your northbound travels and arrive in Scranton, PA. We visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, a Roman Catholic minor basilica. The basilica is the site of an annual solemn novena in honor of St. Ann, and is attended by thousands of pilgrims every year.

We cross the border and head in to Sloatsburg, NY to the Holy Dormition Groto. With a natural rock outcrop on the property, in the 1950’s it was decided to create a beautiful grotto modeled after the grotto at Lourdes, France. Both the grotto and the outdoor Stations of the Cross were designed by the famed architect, Brother Cajetan J.B. Baumann.

Our last stop for the day is at the National Shrine of Mary in West Haverstraw, NY. This shrine and retreat center encompasses over 200 acres and features an Italian marble rosary way, a replica of the St. John Bosco birthplace, a 48-food statue of the Madonna, a 15-station rosary walk and more!

Travel to Albany where you will overnight. Celebrate your discoveries, and new knowledge at a farewell dinner. Reflect on your trip in the warm and friendly atmosphere in one of Albany’s most unique venues.

Day Eight:
Embark on your last day of touring after breakfast in the hotel. Travel to Fonda, NY and arrive at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Kateri was a Mohawk-Algonquian woman and an early convert to Christianity. She has been beatified in the Roman Catholic Church. A tombstone and statue are at the site of the only fully excavated Iroquois village.

The last shrine you will visit is the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. This site was once a 17th Century Mohawk village called Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Father Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, a Jesuit brother, and John Lalande, a lay missioner, are the only canonized American martyrs. The Shrine is comprised of 400 acres of flowered landscapes, five chapels, two museums, outdoor Stations of the Cross and Visitor Center.

Depart for home after your last visit.

This outing may be offered Spring, Summer and Fall. Customized pricing available upon request.

The Faith Of Our Fathers New England’s Landmarks in Religion
Six Days – Five Nights

The Atlantic Shoreline of New England is home to three faiths that had significant impact on the history of America and that made strides to remove religious prejudices. The Pilgrims, (Protestants), arrived in the New World in 1620. They first landed in Provincetown and then sailed to their final destination, Plymouth, MA. Hyannis, on Cape Cod, will forever be linked to our only Catholic President, John F. Kennedy.  Newport, RI marks the location of the oldest synagogue in the US as well as the Catholic Church where Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married.

Join us in Cape Cod as we explore faiths of colonial and contemporary America. This ocean-side destination offers an "unpack once vacation" with broad range appeal. With its amazing scenery, pristine beaches, an abundance of eateries from shore side cafes to gourmet diners, historical sites, shops, art galleries and the friendliest sea gulls in the nation, "you're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod!" This vacation is the opportune outing to relax, have fun and learn of our nation's faith-based history all at the same time.

 

Day One:

  • Arrive in Hyannis on Cape Cod, your home for 5 nights.
  • Gather at a shore side restaurant for an included dinner and meet your full-time tour escort. (D)

Day Two:

  • Adventure out with a local guide for a tour of Cape Cod.  You will see sights such as the JFK Monument in Veterans’ Memorial Park, The Saint Francis Xavier Church (once attended by Joe and Rose Kennedy and called "The Kennedy Church" by the locals,) The Old King's Highway and The Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Travel on to Provincetown and embark on a Dune Buggy Ride on the infamous beaches.
  • Have lunch on your own and time to shop in Provincetown.
  • This afternoon, climb aboard for a whale-watching cruise off the shores of Provincetown.
  • Gather at a local's favorite restaurant for a group dinner. (B, D)

Day Three:

After breakfast in the hotel, board the coach and travel to Newport, RI.
Arrive at the Touro Synagogue, built in 1763.  The structure was modeled after the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Witness a letter written to the congregation by President George Washington and learn of the history of its origin. Visit St. Mary's Catholic Church, the site of the 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy.

There will be time to shop and have lunch on your own in the Brick Market area.

  • Embark on an amazing step back into the gilded aged with a drive along Ocean Avenue. You will see landmarks much as Hammersmith Farm (Jackie Kennedy's childhood home and location of the reception after her wedding to Jack), King Park, The New York Yacht Club, Fort Adams State Park, Castle Hill Resort, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Ocean Cliff Resort and Brenton Point State Park.
  • Late afternoon, tour The Breakers, "summer cottage" of the Vanderbilt’s, and Rosecliff, commissioned by a Nevada silver heiress in 1899 and modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French Kings at Versailles.
  • Walk along "The Cliff Walk" that affords breathtaking views back dropped by the mansions.
  • Enjoy the evening at Bannister's Wharf, a local hub of activity with shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs. (B)

Day Four:

  • Arrive at Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620.  Learn of its history and stop for a photo op.
  • Visit the Mayflower II, replica of the 17th-Century ship, "Mayflower." Climb aboard for a tour and meet the passengers and crew.
  • Explore Plimoth Plantation and experience the Pilgrim way of life in this a re-created 17th-Century village. Head out on a guided tour that shows the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established by English colonists, some of who later became known as Pilgrims. Have lunch on your own at the concession in the Plantation.
  • Embark on a locally guided tour of Plymouth and learn of the Pilgrims’ religious influence on America.
  • Depart Plymouth and travel back onto the Cape. Along the way, stop at the Sandwich Glass Museum.
  • Have dinner on your own in Hyannis. (B)

Day Five:

  • Following breakfast in the hotel, get ready for a day on an island. Board the ferry and travel to Martha's Vineyard, an island known for being an affluent summer colony and home to summer camps for various religious groups.
  • Embark on a locally guided tour once you arrive on the island. Learn how the Wampanoag were forced to convert to Christianity.  Witness the Methodist Camp Ground, Gingerbread Cottages and the Tabernacle and Museum.
  • Your tour leads you two renowned destinations: Gay Head Cliffs and Edgartown.  
  • After the tour there will be time to explore the sites, visit the shops and have lunch on your own.
  • Late afternoon board the ferry and return to Hyannis.
  • Gather with your co-travelers for a gala farewell dinner. (B, D)
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Day Six:

  • Depart Hyannis after breakfast in the hotel.

This itinerary may be offered Spring, Summer and Fall. Call for customized pricing.

Lakes and Mountains Harley-Davidson Vermont Vacation. . . .
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey!

Harley Davidson Vacations

Rev up and ride through the pristine countryside, motor through ragged notches carved by glaciers, watch your reflection in the still waters of a mountain lake. Scenic byways wind to first-class accommodations, culinary creations and handcrafted brews. Time at leisure leads you to gondolas and galleries, waterfalls and watering holes, maple syrup and cool mountain breezes.

Day One:
Start your vacation when you pick up your ride at Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Burlington. Or, if you have you own bike, ride through the Green Mountains and meet your co-travelers at the renowned Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. Have dinner on your own at the Lodge’s casual Tavern Restaurant.

Day Two:
Smuggler's Notch Rise and shine for a hearty breakfast buffet at the lodge. Meet your guide and head out for a spectacular ride through Smugglers’ Notch. As you travel through, you will find yourself swallowed up by a wondrous landscape of hidden caves, huge boulders and narrow crevices to squeeze through.

The Notch will bring you to the quintessential Village of Cambridge. There will be time to stop for coffee and a freshly baked pastry, to explore the talents of local artists featured in the galleries or to visit the Vermont Maple Outlet.

Cambridge Covered Bridge

Continue on through the Green Mountains and witness spectacular panoramas of rich farmland framed by rolling hills and silver streams. As an option, visit the Johnson Woolen Mills where you will find selections of Brighton, Woolrich, Pendleton and Cahartt.

The trail leads you to the Village of Hyde Park, nestled along the banks of the Lamoille River. The Village has welcomed visitors for over 200 years and it offers majestic mountaintop views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers’ Notch. Stop in Morrisville for lunch on your own at a local’s favorite restaurant.

Trapp Family Lodge

Ride back to the Trapp Family Lodge where you will arrive mid-afternoon. Say goodbye to your guide. There will be time to take an optional gondola ride to the summit of Mount Mansfield, partake in a "Sound of Music Tour" or walk along the hiking trails at the Lodge or just sit back and relax. Gather late afternoon for a beer tasting at the Trapp Family Lodge Brewery.

Have dinner on your own at one of Stowe’s many restaurants and pubs.

Day Three:
Prepare to check out of the Lodge after breakfast. Join your guide and head out to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Travel a short distance to Montpelier for a photo opportunity at the Vermont State House. Situated in the smallest capital city in America, this is one of the nation’s oldest and best-preserved state capitols.

Continue East along scenic Route 302 that winds through the Green Mountains and into the White Mountains. Stop in Lincoln, NH for lunch on your own and time to visit their Main Street.

Franconia Notch

Start your engines for a short ride into Franconia Notch, a major mountain pass through the White Mountains. The notch was home to the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation whose profile is a symbol of the state of New Hampshire, until 2003, when the formation collapsed. You have the option to ride the aerial tram to the 4,180' summit of Cannon Mountain. On a clear day, you may enjoy views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada and New York!

Prepare for one of the most beautiful rides of your vacation. Ride along the spectacular Kancamagus Highway, a 34.5-mile scenic drive along NH's Rt. 112 that is well known as one of the best viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture.

From the "Kanc" continue on through quaint New England villages and past historic homes until you arrive at Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire. Arrive at your lakeside destination, the Margate Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee. Sit back and relax on the water’s edge surrounded by a landscape of soaring pines and deep blue skies. Have dinner on your own at a restaurant near the hotel.

Squam Lake

Day Four:
Prepare to check out of the hotel after an included breakfast. You day begins with a "cruise back in time."

Ride into Holderness to "Squam Lake." Covering 6,791 acres, Squam is the second-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire and is where the 1981 movie On Golden Pond was filmed. Board a canopied pontoon boat and sail off on a fascinating and picturesque 50-minute cruise and learn about the natural forces that created these lakes, the wildlife that makes them so special and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years.

Following the cruise, travel along scenic Route 4 and back into Vermont. Your first stop is at the Quechee Gorge, "Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon." Witness beautiful vistas from 168 feet above the river and walk along the paths to the waterfall.

Visit the renowned Simon Pearce Glass Studio, where you will see craftsmen blow glass into beautiful pieces of art and glassware. The "New York Times" described Simon Pearce as a prominent American designer of glassware, and his works have been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and to presenters at the Academy Awards. Have lunch on your own at the Studio’s restaurant or one of the many eateries nearby.

Stop in the nearby historic Village of Woodstock, which has been coined "the prettiest small town in America" thanks to its nostalgic Main Street, rural attractions and untouched panoramas. Stroll through the Village Green and witness an abundance of historic homes.

Summit LodgeTravel a short distance into Killington and to the Summit Lodge, your home for the next night. You will feel instantly welcomed as you travel up the knoll and arrive at this resort-hotel. Enjoy commanding views of Killington Peak and the surrounding Green Mountains. The lodge’s decor of antiques, hand hewn beams, barn board and fieldstone fireplaces all combine to provide a warm and friendly ambiance, seconded only by the adorable St. Bernards, the official welcoming party at the lodge. Known as the Summit Saints, for over 40 years, Saint Bernards have graced the grounds of the property. Refresh in the heated pool or hot tub, or relax in the cocktail lounge and take in the amazing views. Dinner is included, served at the lodge and prepared by the owner and formally trained chef.

Day Five:
Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge, pack your gear and check out. Travel north toward Burlington. Stop at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tour and taste of Vermont’s finest ice cream. Arrive back at Green Mountain Harley Davidson late morning.

Your Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights accommodations
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 5-Days of Harley Davidson rental, including insurance, helmet and rain gear*
  • 4 Days of private guide service
  • Rides in Smuggler’s Notch, Franconia Notch State Park and along the Kancamagus Highway
  • Beer tasting at the Trapp Family Lodge
  • Photo op at the Vermont State House
  • Cruise on "Golden Pond"
  • Visit to Simon Pearce Glass Studio
  • Tour and Taste and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory

Priced From:

  • 2,181.00 per person based on double occupancy.
  • Price without motorcycle rental: 1,381.00 per person based on double occupancy.

So screw it-let’s ride!
Green Mountain Harley-Davidson

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Feel the Beat of American Blues and Jazz
Fourteen Days - Thirteen Nights

American Blues and Jazz

Day One:
Arrive in New Orleans, LA, late afternoon/early evening for a three-night stay in a French Quarter hotel.

Day Two:
This morning begins with a narrated New Orleans City Sightseeing tour aboard a public site-seeing vehicle. You will travel by the historic parts of the French Quarter, where you will see some of the oldest sections of the city: Jackson Square, the towering St. Louis Cathedral, the infamous Bourbon Street and the bustling French Market. No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a tour in one of the historic cemeteries, where you will find the above ground tombs that inhabit these "cities of the dead." Tonight, savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Climb aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ for an included Dixieland Jazz Dinner Cruise. (D)

Day Three:
New Orleans is a destination that abounds in food, history and music. The Court of Two Sisters, where you have brunch today, offers an authentic blend of it all. In this picturesque old-world courtyard with original gas lights and flowing fountains, is a historic restaurant with a strolling trio that plays real New Orleans Jazz music. Your afternoon is then free to enjoy The Quarter's many shops, boutiques and entertainment venues.  Dinner is on your own. We recommend that you visit the Preservation Hall, a unique venue featuring the distinctive sound of New Orleans Jazz that embodies the city’s musical legacy. You may easily travel around New Orleans on foot or by pubic transportation. (Br)

Day Four:
From New Orleans enjoy a scenic drive through rural Louisiana swamps and marshes to Lafayette, located in the heart of Cajun Country. This region is rich in tradition and full of the energy and spirit that has made South Louisiana world renown. The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park were created to preserve and represent Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures within the region. Vermilionville is the largest physical representation of Acadian and Creole culture in the world. It is a place for music, food, expression, cultural exchange, historic architecture and much more. Witness a lifestyle as it occurred during a time period spanning from 1765 to 1890 where you will find craftspeople in period clothing, historic and period reproduction buildings and homes, plus live Cajun and Creole music.  This evening enjoy fine food and entertainment at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant, where authentic flavors and music fill the night. (B, D)

Day Five:
At this point in your tour you have toured New Orleans and Southern Louisiana and listened to that great Dixieland Jazz that has roots in the Cajun and Creole cultures of the region. Today you return to the river and embark upon the Mississippi Blues Trail. The Blues, with its roots in plantation culture, is a style of music created by slaves who later in post Civil War generations brought it to the cities where it merged with and influenced Jazz, Gospel and Rock n' Roll.

Enroute to Natchez, visit the Frogmore Cotton Plantation in Ferriday, LA.  Hear the story of cotton in the antebellum era of the South when slaves tended these fields. Equally as important as the agricultural history that the plantation cared for, is the human story. Attend a slave wedding or a church sing. You may hear song coming from the slave quarters as re-enactors portray the lives of their ancestors.

Your next stop is the Delta Music Museum where you will learn how and why music interplayed daily in the lives of the slaves and sharecroppers. Discover how earlier music transformed into Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'n' Roll. Listen to intimate stories about Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Aaron Neville, Conway Twitty, Percy Sledge and other Ferriday native musicians. You also have a chance to hear their music.

Overnight lodging is in Natchez, MS on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and amidst magnificent antebellum homes, fascinating history, exciting events and a romantic atmosphere. Your stay features two nights lodging in an antebellum mansion or historic home.

Dinner is served at a historic district restaurant that has been voted America’s #1 Blues Nightclub by the Memphis Blues Foundation. Listen to great live music in an intimate setting where everyone has a front row seat! (B, D)

Day Six:
This morning you motor along the historic two-lane rural road known as the Natchez Trace, and travel as far as Jackson, MS. At the end of your drive you find Raymond's Little Big Store.  This is an historic building filled with records, tapes (8-Track Cassettes), CD's, posters, magazines and all kinds of music-related stuff.

Overnight this evening in Jackson, MS.  Here is your chance to explore the Farish Street redevelopment. This street is to Jackson what Beale Street is to Memphis. Listen to the famous "Farish Street Sound" at the area’s all-new clubs and restaurants. You will also find phonograph shops, record stores, historic theaters and countless stories of bluesmen. (B)

Day Seven:
This morning you travel through Yazoo City, MS, known for the unique Bentonia style of Blues, and a Juke Joint called the Blue Front Café. However, your destination is actually the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, MS. Your tour begins in the theater and leads you on a journey through the Mississippi Delta and into the life of B.B. King. The Center features the very latest in high-definition projection and audio technology.  You are immersed in the sights and sounds of the Delta, and then introduced to the remarkable legacy of a man known as the King of the Blues. Have lunch on your own at a restaurant near the museum.

The next stop on your Delta tour is the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery. This museum contains the South's largest collection of music and memorabilia from Robert Johnson, the Delta Blues musician who allegedly "sold his soul to the devil" in order to become the greatest guitar man ever.

Todays drive ends in Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 ("the crossroads.") Clarksdale and the surrounding Delta region are known as "the land where the blues began." This evening enjoy a Southern Barbecue dinner and live music at Ground Zero, a restaurant/juke joint that is co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman. (B, D)

Day Eight:
Your morning features a visit to the Delta Blues Museum, an internationally acclaimed museum that showcases the history and significance of the Blues in this region. The museum features a wax figure of Blues great, Muddy Waters and the famous Muddywood Guitar. Many now-legendary musical artists, were born and raised in and around Clarksdale: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston, Sam Cooke, Junior Parker and W. C. Handy. The likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Charley Patton are also associated with the museum. Clarksdale was a major market for the Delta’s constantly traveling musicians

Next, visit the Rock and Blues Museum. It is packed full of music memorabilia dating from the 1920’s through the 1970‘s.  During your visit, follow the evolution of America’s music, from Blues, R&B, and Rockabilly to Rock ‘n Roll and Soul and see how it influenced people all over the globe. Clarksdale also has a wide range of eclectic shopping experiences that feature the culture of the Mississippi Delta.

Your accommodations are at a hotel convenient to Beale Street so you may conveniently enjoy the sights and sounds and have dinner on own.

Day Nine:
It was Muddy Waters who once said, "the Blues had a baby and they called it Rock’n Roll." That said you are bound for nearby Memphis, home to the King himself, Elvis Presley.

Your day begins with an included visit to the Rock 'n Soul Museum. The museum offers a historical and educational exploration of the origins of Rock and Soul music, of the musical legends that overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create America’s music and of its influence on world culture.

Your next stop is Graceland where you will tour the mansion where Elvis lived during his adult life. You will also see his private airplanes, automobiles and special exhibits.

Return to Beale Street to enjoy another evening among the Blues Clubs and restaurants. (B)

Day Ten:
This morning is dedicated to recording, where you begin at Stax Records.  Stax is important in American music history, as it is one of the most popular Soul Music record labels of all time - second only to Motown. Next, visit the legendary Sun Studios, the most famous recording studio in the world.

The afternoon features a one-of-a-kind driving tour of Memphis' musical heritage. Your Mo Jo Tour features live music on the bus, so you are guaranteed to have a good time as you learn about the sights and sounds of the City.

Enjoy dinner with your co-travelers, at B.B. Kings on Beale Street! (B, D)

Day Eleven:
This morning’s travel takes you to St Louis where you arrive mid afternoon. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore the city. Overnight accommodations are at the Moonrise Hotel, a unique boutique hotel located in the entertainment district. Enjoy a dinner and show combo, "Jazz at the Bistro." There are several other local clubs that offer live entertainment such as Chuck Berry's Blueberry Hill. (B, D)

Day Twelve:
Travel to Chicago where you will arrive mid afternoon. Enjoy time at your leisure in the City. Overnight accommodations for two nights are in a downtown hotel, The Palmer House. Prepare yourself for an evening of Blues entertainment.  Begin with dinner, on your own, followed by visits to Chicago’s multitude of entertainment venues. (B)

Day Thirteen:
This morning, embark on a Chicago Blues Heritage Tour.  This musical movement began as rural Southerners migrated to industrial jobs in the city and brought their music with them. Witness all of the places important to the evolution of the Blues:  Maxwell Street, the 708 Club and Chess Records (now home to the Blues Heaven Foundation.) Learn about the State Street Stroll and the Blues District and witness Vee Jay Records and the Blues Brothers Mural. Your farewell evening features dinner and music at the renowned Buddy Guy’s "Legends." (B, D)

Day Fourteen:
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Your Package Includes:

  • 13 Nights first class lodging
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Dinners
  • Admissions to attractions described above as included
  • Full-time escort
  • Inter city transportation on a luxury motor coach
  • Guided local tours stated above as included
  • Accommodations for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for coach driver, full time tour manager/escort and local guide are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)
Contact us for more information.

Florida’s Palms, Pirates, Dolphins and Disney
Ten Days – Nine Nights

Florida’s Palms, Pirates, Dolphins and Disney

Day One:
Upon arrival at the Orlando, FL airport you will be greeted by your full-time escort and board your private motor coach. Arrive at your first-class hotel where there will be time to relax and refresh before the evening’s activities.

This evening enjoy shopping, entertainment galore and dinner on your own in Downtown Disney. Divided into 3 sections—Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island—Downtown Disney area is an ever-changing destination committed to keeping the experiences exciting and new. Choose from dining with dinosaurs to a Disney shopping extravaganza to catching incredible live music and shows!

Day Two:
After breakfast in the hotel, discover Disney World with your full-day admission ticket to your choice of Disney World’s Theme Parks. Choose The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, Disney's Animal Kingdom, or Disney Hollywood Studios. Lunch and dinner are at your leisure in Disney World.

Day Three:
Following breakfast, pack your luggage and prepare to check out of the hotel for today you travel to nearby Ft Myers, FL for a two night stay.

Upon arrival you learn that winning isn’t everything –it’s doing your best that matters most, and that creativity and balance are key. That’s the thinking behind the new "Art of the Olympians Gallery" in downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District. Developed by Al Oerter, (Discus), the gallery also features work by Peggy Fleming, (Skater) Flo-Jo Griffith Joyner, (Sprinter), Liston Bochette (Decathlon and Bob Sled), Bob Beamon, (Long Jump) and other athlete- artists.

This evening you enjoy dinner with Beach Music at a local restaurant. Wear your flip-flops, shorts and flowered shirts!

Day Four:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel before you start an exciting day with a Marine Biologist Cruise, where you pursue dolphins, manatee and other wildlife. Learn about Florida's many diverse animals including sea urchins, sea horses, conchs, brittle stars and more. As a bonus to your outing, walk the beach of a remote barrier island and look for seashells. This fun morning is both educational and recreational, as you will have time for a swim after the cruise.

Prepare yourself for a wild afternoon as you learn about Florida's most remarkable treasure, the Everglades. This Wildlife Adventure begins with a 30-minute Airboat Ride across the Everglades Sea of Grass. During the tour, you will hear tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. As you skim across the glassy water, you'll catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife that inhabits the area.

Return to your hotel after a busy day and have dinner on own at a restaurant near the hotel.

Day Five:
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and get ready to travel to Margarita Ville! Your coach drops you at the Key West Jet Express pier at 8:00am and you board a high-speed catamaran ferry for a 3 -1/2 hour cruise to Key West. Your driver and luggage will meet you later at the hotel.

Once in Key West you have free time for lunch in one of the many shore-side restaurants or at an eatery on Duval Street.

Climb aboard the renowned Conch Train for a riding your upon which you see the sights, hear the stories and share a few laughs, as you tour this happy little Island Resort.

Late afternoon meet your coach check-in to the Fairfield Inn for a two–night stay. Dinner is included this evening at Jimmy Buffet's Margarita Ville. After dinner heat to Mallory Square for the sunset celebration. This nightly festival features art, crafts, psychics and food carts. Witness the antics of the street performers such as jugglers, escape artists, musicians, magicians, tightrope walkers, The Cat Man and an unpredictable variety of other colorful performers.

Day Six:
After breakfast, start your day with a visit to Truman's Little White House. This property served as Harry Truman's Winter Home from 1946 to 1952. It was later used by other Presidents, including Eisenhower and Kennedy.

Next, is a visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors. Wander through the lush grounds and enjoy the whimsy of the more than sixty, six-toed cats that call this place home.

After your tour of the Hemingway Home continue to explore Old Town Key West on your own. Stroll by an amazing array of ornate architecture that displays a strong Spanish influence to the impoverished shotgun houses inspired by the Haitians. Walk by the Key West Cemetery, established in 1847 and witness the aboveground vaults and massive display of delicately carved markers.

"Do the Duval Crawl" and have lunch on your own as you head back to the downtown area. Stop in at Sloppy Joe’s, one of Hemingway’s favorites haunts. Next, visit the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, home to more than $20 million in treasure and historical objects. You will see a wide range of artifacts, including gold and silver bars, over 4,000 silver coins, swords, guns, pottery and personal effects from the 1622 Spanish Fleet.

After dinner at local restaurant, climb on board for a Sunset Cruise. Sail off into Key West’s famous sunset and listen to the sounds of steel drum music, let the warm breezes surround you and sip a frozen beverage as you toast the end of the day.

Day Seven:
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and prepare yourself for a day of travel. The route takes you up through the Keys, past the Everglades, and on to St Augustine, FL, America's Oldest City, and home of the Golf Hall of Fame.

Once you have had a chance to relax and refresh, join your co-travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day Eight:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you depart on a full day of "Hop-on Hop-off" St Augustine visits aboard the Trolley. The driver/guides provide narration between each stop so you learn the history of Americas Oldest City and have a chance to visit her most interesting attractions. Admission to Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth is included. (We'll do anything to keep our customers young!). The park here features a museum with artifacts about the founding of St. Augustine, a planetarium, natural springs and Indian burial grounds. There are plenty of other attractions, shops and restaurants to keep entertained.

So, once you've drunk from the Fountain of Youth, you are on your own to explore the city until mid-afternoon. At that time you will board the Black Raven Pirate Ship and set sail with a crew of swashbucklers and storytellers. This is a lively outing with friendly pirates that will have you singing with them the music and shanties of old.

Enjoy a lovely dinner in a local restaurant or on board the Black Raven (depending upon number of travelers.)

Day Nine:
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel back to Orlando for another day of Amusement Park Fun. You may choose to spend another full day at a Disney World Theme or a day at Universal Studios. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day Ten:
After breakfast, transfer via motor coach to the Orlando Airport for your flight home.

Your Package Includes:

  • 9 Nights first class lodging
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • Time to visit Downtown Disney
  • Admission to Disney World
  • Admission to the Art of The Olympians Gallery
  • Coastal Sea life and Shelling Cruise
  • Everglades Airboat Ride
  • Jet Express to Key West
  • Conch Train Tour in Key West
  • Time to enjoy the Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square
  • Admission to Truman’s Little White House
  • Admission to Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum
  • Admission to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
  • Key West Sunset Cruise
  • Admission to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth
  • St. Augustine Trolley Tour, Hop-on, Hop-off Ticket
  • Black Raven Pirate Ship Cruise
  • Admission to Universal Studios or a second day at Disney World
  • 10 Days of professional escort/tour manager service
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Luxury motor coach transportation
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Visit the Big Three:
New York, Niagara Falls, Washington, DC
Nine Days – Eight Nights

New York, Niagra Falls, Washington, DC

Day One:
Upon arrival at a New York City Airport, you will be greeted by your full-time escort/tour manager and travel via motor to a Midtown Manhattan hotel for a three-night stay.

Join a local New York City guide and embark on a windshield/walking tour of the City. You will see landmarks such as Ground Zero, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, Time Square, 5th Avenue, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Neighborhood of Harlem and the United Nations Building. You will also visit the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Intrepid and its Sea, Air and Space Museum. You also have a chance to tour the submarine Growler and visit the aircraft collection that includes a British Airways Concorde.

Have dinner on your own in a restaurant near Rockefeller Center. After dinner, take a stroll through the amazing night-lit maze along the city streets.

Day Two:
After breakfast in the hotel, travel via coach to Battery Park and board the morning ferry to the Liberty and Ellis Islands. Witness one of the world’s most historical landmarks, The Statue of Liberty, followed by a visit to Ellis Island, the symbol of American immigration.

You will have time to disembark the ferry and explore both islands.

Following your cruise, visit the South Street Seaport. The Seaport is a designated historic district, features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th century commercial buildings in the city. Enjoy the shops, street vendor cards and street performers. Have lunch on your own in one of the many eateries.

The afternoon is reserved for time at your leisure to visit an art museum. Selections include The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or MOMA the Museum of Modern Art.

Dinner is served at a landmark New York restaurant, Carmine's, a family-style Italian Ristorante, followed by a Broadway Show where your reserved Orchestra Seat tickets await.

Return to the hotel following the performance.

Day Three:
Following breakfast in the hotel, your first stop is Rockefeller Center where you embark on a tour of NBC Studios. Your next stop is St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.

Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the city’s renowned delicatessens.

As the afternoon unfolds you find yourself on Fifth Avenue the shopping mecca of the world. Visit Saks, Bloomingdales, Macys and countless smaller boutiques and shops. "If you can’t find it there, you can't find it anywhere..."

After dinner on your own, travel up to the 86th Floor Observatory of the Empire State Building. This illuminated bird’s eye view will surely be one of your most memorable experiences.

Day Four:
After breakfast and hotel check out, board your motor coach and travel across New York State bound for Niagara Falls, NY and a two night stay in nearby Buffalo. Once you have had a chance to relax and refresh, join your co-travelers for dinner at a local’s favorite restaurant.

Day Five:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel for today is a day of adventure. Travel a short distance into Niagara where a local guide will meet you. Begin at the American Falls Observation Tower that extends out over the Niagara Gorge. You will be able to look directly out into the Falls and then into the raging torrents below. Today's sightseeing includes a cruise on the Maid of Mist, the most famous boat ride in New York State. For more than 150 years the Maid of the Mist has taken countless visitors through the foam and spray at the bottom of Niagara Falls. Get ready for damp, but thrilling ride!

Next, the wild excitement continues at The Cave of Winds. Here you follow your tour guide over a wooden walkway to the Hurricane Deck, where you are less than 20 feet from the torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. You'll experience tropical storm-like conditions and be doused by the spray of the rushing waters. It's a view that very few people ever get to experience.

Have a relaxing evening and dinner on your own.

Day Six:
Prepare to check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel south and east across New York and Pennsylvania and on into Washington DC. Arrive at your suburban hotel, your home for the next three nights.

Once you have had a chance to relax from the travel, enjoy a great dinner at Tony & Joes Seafood on the Potomac in nearby Georgetown.

Day Seven:
After breakfast in the hotel, embark on a sightseeing tour of Washington DC. The tour will include a photo opportunity of the White House, U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Union Station and the Holocaust Museum. You will also visit the Smithsonian Museum of Air & Space and have lunch on your own at the museum’s concession.

Your next stop is at the US Capitol Visitors Center followed by time at your leisure to visit the museums of The Smithsonian Institute.

This evening enjoy dinner at a local’s favorite restaurant followed by an illuminated monuments and memorials tour.

Day Eight:
Start another day of touring after breakfast in the hotel. Begin at the Arlington National Cemetery. Witness the Eternal Flame, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the Changing of the Guard and the Custis Lee Mansion. Have lunch on your own at an Arlington restaurant.

This afternoon, your group will visit either The International Spy Museum or the Newseum. At the International Spy Museum, learn how spies, intelligence operations and deceptions have changed the course of history. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news with behind-the- scenes views of how and why news is made. Hands-on exhibits trace five centuries of newsgathering.

Gather together for a farewell dinner at a landmark DC restaurant.

Day Nine:
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Your Package Includes:

  • 8 Nights first class lodging
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • New York City Sightseeing Tour
  • Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • Cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Time to visit the South Street Seaport
  • Choice of Art Museum admissions
  • Admission to a Broadway Show with Orchestra Seat Tickets
  • Time to explore Rockefeller Center
  • NBC Studio Tour
  • Visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Time to shop on Fifth Avenue
  • Admission to the Observatory at the Empire State Building
  • Guided tour of Niagara Falls
  • Visit to the American Falls Observation Tower
  • Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
  • Visit to Cave of the Winds
  • Guided Washington, DC sightseeing Tour
  • Visit to the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space
  • Visit to the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
  • Free time to visit the Smithsonian Institute’s Museums
  • Admission to the International Spy Museum of the Newseum
  • 9 Days of professional escort/tour manager service
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Luxury motor coach transportation
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The California Coast and American Icons
Ten Days – Nine Nights

California

Day One:
Upon arrival in San Francisco you will be greeted by your full-time escort and board your private motor coach. Embark on an afternoon tour of the city to include, as time allows: Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park and Presidio.

Arrive at your hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner on Pier 39.

Day Two:
After breakfast in the hotel, depart for a tour that features the Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. The tour is conducted on a mini bus. "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," stated John Muir.

Your afternoon features time to shop in charming Sausalito, and a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay, past Alcatraz and on to Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy the evening at Fisherman’s Wharf and have dinner on your own in one of the fabulous restaurants.

Day Three:
Following breakfast in the hotel, travel again by private motor coach and arrive at Yosemite National Park (200 miles) for lunch at the Ahwahnee Lodge.

Following lunch is a two- hour Yosemite Valley Tram Tour. Park Rangers narrate as you enjoy an open-air tram ride and see the most famous sights such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more. There will be time at your leisure to visit the gift shops and take some photographs.

Late afternoon, depart for Merced, CA where you will overnight. Dinner is on your own at a restaurant near the hotel.

Day Four:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before your tour takes you to the coast and for a visit to Monterey. There will be time to shop and have lunch on own on Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Then take the 17 Mile Drive past Pebble Beach and Lone Cypress, one of America's most scenic spots, and head south on California's Scenic Highway 1 with a photo stop at Big Sur.

Following the rocky Pacific Coast, you will travel on one of the most scenic highways in America. Lodging tonight is in the town of San Luis Obispo (264), and dinner is at a popular local restaurant.

Day Five:
Following breakfast, your travel continues on Scenic Highway 1 South. Stop in the Danish community of Solvang for lunch and time to shop.

Continue to Santa Barbara and visit the Old Spanish Mission followed by a stop in Santa Monica as you enter the Los Angeles area. There will be time to stroll along the Santa Monica Pier before dinner. After dinner travel into Hollywood for a two-night stay.

Day Six:
Today starts with breakfast in the hotel followed by a driving tour of Century City, along the Avenue of the Stars, window shopping on Rodeo Drive, tour Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore Universal Citiwalk and have dinner on your own.

Day Seven:
Say so long to Hollywood after breakfast and travel to Las Vegas, where you will have a three-night stay in a downtown Las Vegas hotel. Enjoy time at your leisure to discover this amazing city, try your luck at the casinos and have dinner on your own.

Day Eight:
The entire day is at your leisure to enjoy Las Vegas. Take in the sites, shop, visit the casinos and attend one of their many live show offerings.

Day Nine:
Have a hearty breakfast in the hotel, for this morning you embark on an all-day motor coach trip to The Grand Canyon where you tour the sights on The South Rim. Bring your cameras!

Return to Las Vegas in the evening and have a farewell dinner on your own.

Day Ten:
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flights.

Your Package Includes:

  • 9 Nights first class lodging>
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • Visit to the Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods
  • Ferry ride past Alcatraz
  • Visit to Yosemite National Park
  • Yosemite Valley Tram Tour
  • Visit to Old Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Stop at Pebble Beach
  • Travel along the 17 Mile Drive
  • Stop at Big Sur
  • Travel along California’s Scenic Highway 1
  • Visit to the Danish Community of Solvang
  • Tour of Santa Barbara
  • Tour of Century City and the Avenue of the Stars
  • Admission to Mann’s Chinese Theatre
  • Visit to the Hollywood Walk of Frame
  • Time at leisure to enjoy Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon Tour
  • 10 Days of professional escort/tour manager service
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Luxury motor coach transportation
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Say Cheese in Vermont!
Follow The Artisan Cheese Trail
Three Day-Two Night Package

Vermont Cheese

Known as the "Napa Valley of Cheese" Vermont currently has the claim to fame of boasting the largest number of artisan cheese makers per capita. Excerpted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, "The Green Mountain State is famous for its dairy farms, which have provided fresh, clean-tasting milk to New England for generations. Now, thanks to a new breed of dairy farmers, some of these dairies are also producing delicious, hand-crafted cheese. These luscious creations include tangy chevres; buttery tomme-style wheels; oozing disks that recall Camembert; and pungent, creamy blues -- all inspired by European classics and tasting of the fertile earth from which they come (or at least of the grasses, herbs, and other browse that cows, goats, and sheep graze on before they are milked)." Follow along, travel from the farm to the table and discover why "Martha Stewart loves Vermont Cheeses!"

Day One:
Vermont FarmOn your way into Vermont, your first stop is at Neighborly Farms. This traditional, family-operated dairy farm is the ideal introduction to your Vermont Cheese Tour. The farm operates on 168 acres with grazing fields to support the dairy and a sugarhouse for producing pure Vermont Maple Syrup. The Neighborly Farms store features dairy products, maple products, wood products, bee products and more! Enjoy a barn tour and sample their award-winning cheeses and fresh-made maple syrup.

Take a lunch break served in an historic Vermont barn, converted into an impeccably furnished Adirondack-style Mountain Lodge. Its hilltop location provides outstanding, unobstructed views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. Stop in the adjacent historic general store to sample Vermont gourmet food products and browse through the Granite Museum.

Your next stop is at the award-winning Vermont Butter and Cheese, where artisanal dairy products are crafted in the European style through a vital link with local farms. The company supports a network of more than 20 family farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity. Their cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses have gained international recognition and Martha Stewart loves their signature Bijou cheese!

Arrive at your Stowe area hotel and relax with a complimentary welcome reception. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s dining room this evening.

Day Two:
After breakfast in your hotel, get ready to savor the many flavors of Vermont. Your day begins with a stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Open the door to a mouth-watering aroma of fresh-baked cider donuts and watch apple cider being made. The Cider Mill gift shop offers a fine collection of Vermont specialty food products, crafts and wines. Enjoy the free samples!

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You’ll fall in love with the animals, the heart warming struggles to save their herd, and the cheeses at Three Shepherds in Warren. Three Shepherds Farm is a true family farm and has the involvement of all five members of the Faillace Family. The production of their highly acclaimed raw milk cheeses, from the finest grass-fed milk, has a loyal following not only in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, but also across the country. Larry’s cheeses have been featured in numerous publications and on television, including "Food Finds" on the Food Network, Martha Stewart Television, "Gourmet," "Cooking Light," and "Ski" magazine.

Travel into Burlington for a "Cooking with Cheese Demonstration." The demonstration takes place in an amazing healthy living market where you may have lunch on your own in their café, prior to the demonstration.

Vermont InnChild With GoatTravel to Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400 acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant, originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center.

After a driving tour of this remarkable property, sample their award-winning "farmhouse" cheddar. The American Cheese Society has consistently honored their cheddar with awards for excellence since 1990.

What’s missing after all of this cheese? A glass of wine! Your visit to Shelburne Vineyard includes a tour, a souvenir glass, and of course samples of delicious wines!

Dinner this evening is served in a cozy New England style, historic building. You’ll love the variety, the home-cooked cuisine and the service in this charming setting.

Morse FarmDay Three:
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel and prepare to depart for the last day on the trail. It may be a bit early in the morning to sample cheese, so you will arrive at Morse Farm to sample another Vermont flavor, maple syrup! Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample fresh-made maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area.

As you head south, stop at Fat Toad Farm, a small family-run goat dairy that specializes in artisanal goat cheese and goats’ milk caramel. Their Fat Toad Farm Caramel was featured in New York Times Style Magazine. They produce farmstead cheese, meaning all of the milk used in cheese production comes from the farm, creating subtle flavor nuances throughout the year because the goats’ diet changes seasonally based on pasture availability. Enjoy samples of their five distinct fresh goat cheeses.

Taftsville Country StoreYour last stop is the Taftsville Country Store, built in 1840. The store has one of the State’s finest assortments of Vermont cheeses, gourmet foods, pure Vermont maple syrup, gift baskets, smoked bacon and ham. This gem of a store is the centerpiece of the Taftsville Historic Districts that includes one of Vermont’s oldest and longest covered bridges. This is the ideal stop to pick up some Vermont treats to take home and grab a bite to enjoy along the way.

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Currier and Ives Holiday Package

Holidays In Vermont

Day One:
Vermont Hillside Arrive at your Stowe area hotel, your home for the next three nights. A welcome dinner is served at the lodge where a candlelight atmosphere creates the perfect setting. After dinner enjoy some of the hotel’s amenities including an indoor pool, hot tub, game room, sitting area with a fireplace and lounge.

Day Two:
After breakfast at the hotel, join your local guide and visit Morse Farms. Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample fresh-made maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. A traditional Vermont "sugar on snow party" will sweetly end your tour.

Tour the historically restored State Capitol. Vermont’s Capitol is the smallest of all the Capitol buildings in America. You will be amazed at how open and accessible the Capitol is. View the State’s Christmas tree and see the Victorian-inspired decorations on display. Your Vermont State House tour will be even more memorable when you have lunch at the Capitol Cafe. This casual restaurant offers a truly unique experience in dining, just steps away from the Governor's office and House and Senate Chambers, in an atmosphere accented by skylights, granite and marble.

Embark on a tour and taste at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Learn how $5, an online course and a beat-up truck turned into "Vermont’s Finest" ice cream.

Next, visit "A Special Place," a retail outlet that offers a vast variety of Cabot Cheeses and Lake Champlain Chocolates. Enjoy the samples! You will also find Snowfarm Wines. This is a must stop for holiday shoppers.

Stop at Ziemke Glassblowing Studio, Vermont’s premier art glass studio. The studio features a large gallery showcasing the complete line of classically inspired art glass. From the observation room, you may watch glassblowing in action, as each unique piece is created.

Head into Stowe Village, "Ski capital of the East." This quintessential New England village will be decked out for the holidays. Tucked between the Stowe Community Church with its triumphant steeple and the venerable Green Mountain Inn, you will find shops that have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840. Stowe’s Main Street has kept its turn-of-the-century look, while being home to popular galleries, antique shops and craft stores. As an optional tour, you may stop at Stowe’s Ski Museum.

Before dinner, embark on a "Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour." Stroll along with your guide as you hear entertaining stories of the resident ghosts of Stowe and New England.

Nestled between the mountains and the village of Stowe is a charming and historic inn that combines the Italian art of eating and the New England tradition of hospitality. Enjoy dinner in the inn’s cozy dining room. Travel back to your hotel where you may sip a nightcap in the lounge.

Day Three:
After breakfast at the hotel, join your local guide and visit the picturesque Village of Middlebury, home of Middlebury College that was founded in 1800. The Village was chartered in 1761 and is home to 18th and 19th-century buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While in Middlebury you may visit the Vermont State Folk Life Center and some of the many shops that line Main Street.

Visit Danforth Pewter, home of crafted jewelry, holiday ornaments, oil lamps, vases, kitchenware and baby and wedding gifts. Each year Danforth releases a limited addition Christmas ornament. Make sure to get one for your tree! The gallery store has observation windows so you may see into the workshop where each piece of Danforth Pewter is made.

Stop at Middlebury’s Pulp Mill Bridge to gaze at the falls and photograph this rare two-lane covered bridge – the only one in Vermont that carries regular daily traffic!

Nostalgia abounds with a holiday luncheon at the Waybury Inn. Originally built in 1810 as a stagecoach stop and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most people attribute its significance to the role it played as The Stratford Inn on "The Bob Newhart Television Show."

Stop in Shelburne Village for a visit to the Shelburne Country Store, a flashback to simpler times that offers old-fashioned penny candy, Vermont products and holiday gifts.

Tractor With WreathVisit Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain. Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400-acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant-originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or hayride through this magnificent property. Your ride begins and ends at the gift shop where you may sample the artisan cheeses, Vermont specialty foods and fresh hot coffee.

Take a sweet tour and taste at Lake Champlain Chocolates. Experience the sights and smells of gourmet holiday chocolates made right before your eyes. Enjoy samples while learning the story "from bean to chocolate to you."

Church StreetVisit the Church Street Marketplace located in Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, for a holiday light tour. Each holiday season this historic outdoor pedestrian mall is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. View the over 250,000 Christmas lights that adorn the marketplace. Stroll through the galleries, shops and pubs while enjoying the lights and the peace that comes with a fresh snowfall. Have dinner on your own in one of the quaint cafes, ethnic restaurants or pubs. After dinner, travel back to your hotel and say goodbye to your local guide.

Day Four:
After breakfast, pack your bags and prepare to checkout of the hotel. Your first stop will be at the Taftsville Country Store nestled in the scenic Ottauquechee River Valley between Woodstock and Quechee. This gem of a store is the centerpiece of the Taftsville Historic District. The store specializes in Vermont-made products and carries many hard-to-find items. Taftsville is a great place to find that last-minute stocking stuffer.

Next, carol on over to the Billings Farm and celebrate Wassail Weekend. Visit the 1890 Farm House – authentically decorated for the season, watch the making of historic ornaments and gather to listen to some traditional music. This dairy farm is one of the finest in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past.

Explore the charming town of Woodstock, with its quaint galleries, wondrous shopping and historic country store. Stop at one of the many delightful restaurants for lunch on your own.

Witness the parade as it winds through the center of town. There are over fifty horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th Century. Troupes of singers parade the streets as you browse through the fascinating shops and boutiques.

Head over to the 1807 Dana House decorated for the holidays, while you enjoy hot cider, seasonal treats, live music and stories for the young at heart.

Your farewell dinner is at a restaurant reminiscent of an historic Adirondack logging camp. An old pot-belly stove warmly greets you at the front door, wood plank floors stretch beneath your feet, pine logs cut from the mountains above Lake George surround you and three massive stone fireplaces provide the perfect holiday setting.

After dinner, check into a Victorian-style hotel located in Glens Falls, NY. Relax in the hotel’s indoor pool, Jacuzzi or lounge before turning in for the evening.

Day Five:
After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and prepare to checkout.

Embark on a holiday tour of the Locust Grove Estate. Locust Grove brings you back in time to the 1900’s when William and Martha Young made the estate one of Poughkeepsie’s great showplaces. Surround yourself in the holiday spirit of the estate decked out for the season. Continue home with wonderful holiday memories.

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Vermont’s Covered Bridges and Country Stores
Three Day-Two Night Package

Vermont is renown for granite, maple syrup and fall leaves. However, there are a few more facts that make Vermont the special place that it is. Vermont is home to some of the oldest and most quaint country stores in the nation and to the town with the most covered bridges in the country! In fact, Vermont has the highest number of covered bridges (104) relative to the state’s size.

Join us as we travel Vermont’s country roads to explore these fascinating and historical landmarks.

The Vermont Country Store

DAY ONE
Covered BridgeThe Vermont Country Store in Rockingham is our first destination. Known as "purveyors of the practical and hard-to-find", this store is known worldwide for its unique, old-style mail order catalogue. Witness first hand the vast variety of apothecary, apparel, candy and Yankee Bargains.

From the Country Store you’ll begin to see covered bridges. The Victorian Village Bridge, built in 1872 was dismantled in 1959, modified and rebuilt in 1967. Vrest Orton, founder of the Vermont Country Store was instrumental in rescuing the bridge from a flood control project. You will also witness the Hall Covered Bridge, c1870 and the Bartonsville Covered Bridge, built in 1870 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

By this time you will be ready for lunch. Arrive at an authentic Vermont country inn, built in 1840 as a Victorian summer hotel. Enjoy fine food served with the best of New England hospitality.

Olson’s Bridgewater Corners Country Store, built in the 1840’s and FH Gillingham and Sons General Store are next. Gillingham’s is one of Vermont’s oldest country stores where you can buy everything from caviar to cow manure! As you wind your way between country stores, witness the Taftsville Bridge c1836, Middle Bridge and Lincoln Bridge c1877.

Handcrafted Vermont Goods

The last stop before arriving at your hotel is certain to sweeten your travels. The Sugarbush Farm welcomes you with samples of Vermont maple syrup and artisan cheeses. Discover how maple syrup is made and visit the workroom where cheeses are hand-wrapped and hand-waxed. Purchase your favorites from their Pantry Shop.

Arrive at your lovely Stowe hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening and a delicious dinner served in the hotel’s dining room.

DAY TWO
Rise and shine to a hearty country breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the hotel’s beautifully manicured grounds before heading out for a busy day. Your local guide will join you at breakfast.

Your first stop is Shaw’s General Store in Stowe. Family owned since 1895, the tremendous inventory that ranges from socks to toys will amaze you.

Prepare yourself for an adventure into some of Vermont’s most beautiful backcountry roads and scenic vistas, many of which are known only to the locals. Stop for photo ops at the Jaynes Covered Bridge c1877, known as the Kissing Bridge according to a sign posted by a visitor in the 1950’s, The Church Street Bridge, built in 1877 and still containing old ads and decorative stenciling on the inside and The Lynch Bridge.

Covered Bridge

Our route takes us to Belvidere, population 294. The name translated from Italian means "beautiful view." We stop at Tallman’s traditional old-style country store, and witness the Mill Bridge, 1890 and the Morgan Bridge, 1887, which with a 62’ span covers the North Branch of the Lamoille River.

From Belvidere, we travel to the Covered Bridge Capital of Vermont, Montgomery. The unique geography of this farm town required may bridges and as recently at the 1940’s there were 13 covered bridges within the Town’s limits. Today there are six covered bridges within the Town, and one which straddles the town line with Enosburg; the most of any town in the country.

In Montgomery Center visit a restored country store and have lunch at the same time. This former 3-story general store boasts the original ice cream counter and 3 levels of displays from local artists. The aromas of fresh-baked bread will assure you of a delicious and down to earth lunch.

Vermont Covered Bridges
Vermont Covered Bridges

We travel up and over the mountains into Coventry to view the Orne Bridge, built with a 14-panel truss representing the 14 counties in Vermont and the fact that Vermont was the 14th state to enter the Union.

At the "locals’ favorite" Evansville Trading Post, you will find all you want and more. Shovels for shovelin’, worms for fishin’ and sody pop for Saturday night’s social are just a few of the sought after supplies and staples! Back on the coach, relax and take in the amazing scenery. Stop in Craftsbury Common, one of the most-photographed villages in Vermont.

Vermont Covered Bridges

The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is the last railroad covered bridge still in regular use in Vermont and one of a very few left in the U.S. Built in 1908, it is the only one remaining with full-length cupola which provides a smoke escape.

Vermont Fall Foliage

A relaxing and delicious dinner served in a landmark restaurant is the perfect ending to your busy day. Return to the hotel for the evening.

DAY THREE
Enjoy your farewell breakfast in the hotel before you begin your travels home. Along the way, there are a few "must see" visits.

Emily’s Bridge offers a hauntingly sad history. In the nineteenth century a young woman, Emily, grew up in the town of Stowe. One day a handsome young man came upon Emily while she was doing chores and he instantly captured her heart. Emily’s parents forbid her to see him, however their love was so intense that they decided to run off together and meet at the Gold Brook Bridge the following night. Emily’s parents discovered their intentions and had the boy friend beaten unconscious. Emily thought she had been stood up and as a result, hung herself from the rafters of the bridge. Today, it is believed that Emily’s angry spirit haunts the bridge. Open the door to the aroma of fresh-baked donuts at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Enjoy samples of apple cider, Vermont specialty food products and shop for Vermont gifts and hand-made crafts.

A visit to Vermont is not complete without a stop at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory.

From Chunky Monkey to Cherry Garcia, a scoop of "Vermont’s Finest" is a must. This is a perfect touch of sweetness in your day of touring.

Traveling south, stop in the Village of Tunbridge. The entire center of Tunbridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Tunbridge boasts 5 covered bridges, all of which are listed on the National Register. Stroll through this charming historic village and have lunch on your own.

Taftsville Country Store

Your last stop in Vermont is the Taftsville Country Store. The store has one of the finest assortments of Vermont cheeses, gourmet foods, pure Vermont maple syrup, wine, cigars, gift baskets, smoked bacon and ham you can find in the Upper Valley. This gem of a store is the centerpiece of the Taftsville Historic District, which includes one of Vermont's oldest and longest covered bridges, a turn of the century brick powerhouse, the stately Taft homes, and a quiet residential hamlet of less than one hundred people. The covered bridge, built in 1836 is the third oldest covered bridge in Vermont.

Vermont Covered Bridges

Say goodbye to covered bridges, country stores, maple syrup and cheese galore!

Your Package Includes:

  • 2 Nights lodging
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Customized Covered Bridge and Country Store Travel Guide
  • Local guide service for one day
  • Luxury motor coach transportation if needed
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Postcard New England
6 Days 5 Nights

Our customized itineraries can be modified to meet your schedule

Postcard New England

New England’s history earns the region a special place in American life. Trusted Colonial roots, charming towns with village greens and remembrances of the Revolutionary War make this a virtual museum of early American history. From 16th-century settlements to old-fashioned general stores, rolling hills, scenic mountains and wave-washed beaches are all part of the region where America began.

New England
  • Five nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Five dinners included
  • Visit the Mark Twain House and Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tour Old Weathersfield, featuring homes 200 and 300-years-old including the Webb-Deane Stevens Museum where George Washington planned the battle of Yorktown Journey
  • Visit Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Visit Bennington, Vermont and the Old First Church with Robert Frost’s tombstone
  • Tour Hildene, the 24-room Georgian Revival mansion, where Abraham Lincoln’s descendents lived until 1975
  • Visit Dorset, Vermont, a pristine village and haven for artists and writers and home to H. N. Williams General Store, run by the same family for six generations
  • Visit the New England Maple Museum
  • Visit Woodstock, Vermont, one of New England prettiest villages with opulent old homes
  • Travel along the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the highest range in the northeastern US
  • Tour Ogunquit, Maine, a popular seaside resort with craft shops, theaters and parks lining its streets
  • Visit Kennebunkport, Maine, a beautiful seaport where the Bush family has a vacation home
  • Visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire where sea-weary travelers first disembarked in 1630
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Explore the Best of New England’s Past
8 Days 7 Nights

New England's Past

Experience life during years gone by. Is it "the good old days" or a time when medical care, plumbing and transportation were still in the dark ages?

Explore New England
  • Seven nights accommodation. Baggage handling included.
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Seven dinners included
  • Visit Mystic Seaport, a 19th-century Connecticut seaport village
  • Visit Plimouth Plantation, a recreated 17th-century village with interpreters living the lives of village residents
  • Visit Boston, America’s "Birthplace of Freedom"
  • Tour Boston’s Freedom Trail linking the city’s historic sites
  • Visit Lexington and Concord
  • Visit Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 19th-century New England village
  • Visit historic Deerfield which preserves and interprets the architecture, artifacts and life of a prosperous early New England town
  • Visit Hancock Shaker Village and Canterbury Shaker Village where early Shaker life is presented
  • Visit Vermont’s Shelburne Museum, "New England’s Smithsonian" with 37 exhibit buildings on 45-acres with 80,000 artifacts of everyday life in early New England
  • Visit Willowbrook at Newfane, Maine, described as a Currier & Ives scene in three dimensions
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Antiques, Back Roads and Collectibles of Vermont
5 Days 4 Nights

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Vermont Antiques

Explore the back roads of Vermont, visiting antique and collectible shops along the route. We’ll wind our way through small villages and discover "off-the-beaten-track" stops where owners will talk with you about their collections. Vermont is fertile ground for aficionados of antiques. You’ll find "treasures" for both the bargain hunter and collectors.

Vermont Antiques
  • Four nights accommodation. Baggage handling included.
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Four dinners including a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain
  • Visit Burlington, Vermont's Queen City on the shores of Lake Champlain. Explore the historic Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall with a multitude of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants
  • Tour the Shelburne Museum, "New England's Smithsonian" with 37 historic buildings housing a world-renowned collection of American folk art, artifacts and architecture.
  • Tour Vermont's Northeast Kingdom where you'll see nature pristine and wild, lakes deep, clear stunning hillside farmscapes and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Stop at small town antique and collectible shops
  • Visit Stowe where you'll find Vermont's highest mountain, lush meadows and valleys, the classic white Church steeple, red barns, covered bridges, traditional country stores and Stowe village shops which have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840
  • Travel along the Green Mountains to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, considered the best-preserved Presidential birthplace in the nation, Plymouth Notch is virtually unchanged since the turn of the century. This rural Vermont village includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge's family and neighbors, general store, church, cheese factory (still operated by Coolidge's family), dance hall and 1924 summer White House office.
  • Visit Woodstock, one of New England's most beautiful villages with opulent mid-19th-century homes built around the Green. The stately Woodstock Inn, owned by the Rockefeller family, presides over the town Green.
  • Enjoy a scoop of "Vermont's finest" at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Visit Middlebury, the classic Vermont college town.
  • Visit the Vermont State Craft Center - Frog Hollow with crafts and art of Vermont artists
  • See the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge, generally agreed to be Vermont’s oldest covered bridge and one of only seven two-lane covered bridges in the country
  • Visit Vergennes, the smallest city in the USA and home of Kennedy Brothers, a former woodenware factory and now packed with Vermont crafts, antiques and gifts
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Vermont’s Natural Wonders
4 Days 3 Nights

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Vermont's Natural Wonders

Vermont is like no other place. Its vibrant community life and rural ways still remain strong today despite 20th-century influences. Its mountains and valleys offer a quiet world of wonders for all ages. Vermont offers glimpses of the spirit and valor of early settlers and heroes of the American Revolution. Once you visit, you'll realize why Vermont is truly a special place! Its mountains and valleys offer a world of wonders for all ages. Explore stunning hillside farmscape, lakes deep and clear, a maze of scenic back roads and fascinating indoor looks at the natural world at ECHO.

Wooden Duck
  • Three nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfasts included each morning
  • Three dinners including a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain
  • One luncheon at a Victorian-era lodge on a scenic lake
  • Visit one of our "best kept secrets", the Birds of Vermont Museum with over 400 life-size woodcarvings of Vermont birds in habitat settings with nests and eggs. See live birds and observe a woodcarving demonstration
  • Tour Shelburne Farms, the former Webb family estate of 4,000-lakeside-acres. One of the grandest in New England is now a working farm and educational center. See how cheese is made and taste the finished product.
  • Tour the colorful birthplace of America’s most loveable teddy bears during a tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.
  • Visit to the world-class ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center. Experience over 60 species of live fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, 100 interactive exhibits, recreated whale dig and shipwreck, major traveling exhibition, special behind-the-scenes tour and multi-media object theater. ECHO is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on the Burlington Waterfront.
  • Spend a day of "off-the-beaten-track" touring to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Kingdom has been revered by residents and visitors alike for its lovely countryside, abundant natural resources and the preservation of traditional landscapes and lifestyles that have made the Vermont experience one to be cherished by generations.
  • Visit Craftsbury Common, considered one of Vermont’s loveliest with classic homes and other 18th and 19th-century structures overlooking the Village green. Walk the Green and explore the Village.
  • Visit the village of Greensboro with a century-old following of noted authors, educators and socialites. It is also home to Willey’s Store. Explore one of the biggest, best and most authentic general stores in the State.
  • Visit Stowe, ski capital of the East with Vermont’s highest mountain, lush meadows and valleys, the classic white church steeple, red barns and Village shops that have provided the necessities of life for residents since 1840.
  • Walk through Vermont’s only haunted covered bridge
  • Enjoy a scoop of "Vermont’s finest" at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Visit the homestead of Vermont’s famous Revolutionary War hero, Ethan Allen. Learn first-hand about life on the Vermont frontier.
  • Visit The Shelburne Museum, "New England’s Smithsonian", with 37 exhibit buildings displaying 80,000 pieces of Americana, quilts, carriages, sleighs and the S. S. Ticonderoga, the last steam-powered side-wheeler of it type in the US.
  • Visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, a large collection of original small watercraft built over the last 150 years. Learn about the life of citizen soldiers in Vermont in 1776. Watch craftsmen continue traditional maritime skills of boat building and blacksmithing in working shops.
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Discover New England’s Mountains, Valleys and Coastal Wonders
12 Days 11 Nights

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Discover New England

Visiting New England is like stepping back in time. Small villages, mountain peaks and rolling meadows, hillside farms and big red barns. Breathtaking coastal scenery, broad beaches and picturesque villages framed in beautiful fall foliage make this a very special region.

Discover New England
  • Eleven nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Ten dinners including a Culinary Demonstration at the Inn at Essex, Dinner Cruise on Lake Champlain and Maine Lobster Bake
  • Tour begins and ends in Boston
  • Tour Boston with a local guide. Follow the Freedom Trail with sixteen Revolutionary and Colonial-era historic sites, visit Old North Church where two lanterns signaled the Redcoats’ arrival by sea, the Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was read to the citizens of Boston in 1776, Boston Common, see the Boston Tea Party ship and the Old South Meeting House. Visit the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), the Bunker Hill Monument and Faneuil Hall is one of the most historic sites in the nation
  • Visit Quincy Market with interesting shops, street performers and tantalizing restaurants and an expansive food court
  • Ascend to the 50th-floor of the Prudential Center and enjoy a spectacular view of Boston from the Skywalk Observatory
  • Visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts – "America’s Premier Cultural Resort". Visit Stockbridge, established as an American Indian mission in 1734 and now described as "the best of America, best of New England". See preserved turn-of-the-century homes known as the "Berkshire Cottages" and the Village Cemetery where the first slave to be legally freed in the United States is buried.
  • Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge and many of its residents are depicted in his illustrations. His original studio has been relocated to the museum
  • Visit The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Estate & Gardens. The 42-room mansion was built in 1902 by Edith Wharton, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and an authority on architecture, interior design and gardens. The estate includes formal flower gardens (in season), woodland trails, a Georgian Revival stable and a mansion with restored rooms. Wharton’s personal 2,600-volume library is on view.
  • Tour the Hancock Shaker Village, a 1,200-acre restored village. Explore 21 buildings with original Shaker furniture and artifacts, a working farm and an heirloom herb and vegetable garden. Walk through the 1830’s brick dwelling and 1826 Round Stone Barn, laundry and machine shop. Hands-on activities and first-person portrayals are typically available and staff demonstrate Shaker woodworking, weaving, oval box-making and other 19th-century crafts.
  • Drive through Williamstown, a quintessential New England college town and home to Williams College, founded in 1793.
  • Visit Bennington, Vermont where Ethan Allen organized his Green Mountain Boys in 1770.
  • Visit the handsome clapboard Old First Church, designated "Vermont’s Colonial Shrine" and its cemetery, the final resting place of early Vermont governors and the poet Robert Frost.
  • Visit Manchester, one of New England’s prime resort towns with Mount Equinox to its west and a stately sense of the past.
  • Tour Hildene, the summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son and his descendants. The 24-room Georgian Revival mansion is filled with original furnishings and family memorabilia. The 400-acre estate includes a carriage barn and magnificent formal garden in the shape of a Gothic window and panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Explore the back roads of Vermont including several covered bridges, a maple sugaring/syrup farm and scenic rivers, ponds and lakes
  • Visit Stowe, the "ski capital of the East" which has kept the turn-of-the-century look of several generations ago. Tucked between the Stowe Community Church and the venerable Green Mountain Inn, you'll find shops that have provided necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840.
  • See the Mount Mansfield Ski Area
  • Stop for samples at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Discover the specialty foods and outstanding arts and crafts of Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Cheese, Vermont Teddy Bear Annex and the Mesa Factory Store. Visit Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory for a scoop of "Vermont's Finest"
  • See the Old Round Church built in 1813
  • Visit Burlington, Vermont’s "Queen City" nestled between the peaks of New York's Adirondacks and the gentle Green Mountains of Vermont.
  • Visit the University of Vermont, founded by Ira Allen in 1793. The classic campus overlooks the city of Burlington and is built around the traditional New England Green.
  • Visit the Church Street Marketplace, an historic district now a pedestrian mall with shops, boutiques and restaurants.
  • Tour Shelburne Farms, the former estate of Dr. & Mrs. William Seward Webb. The 4,000-acre lakeside estate is one of the grandest in New England and is now a working farm, educational center and cheese making plant.
  • Visit "New England’s Smithsonian", the Shelburne Museum. Explore 37 exhibit buildings displaying 80,000 pieces of Americana, quilts, carriages, sleighs and the S.S. Ticonderoga, the last steam-powered side-wheeler of its type in the United States.
  • Travel back roads through small towns and villages of Vermont to St. Johnsbury, home of the Fairbanks family who began manufacturing scales in the 1830’s.
  • Explore the White Mountain National Park in New Hampshire
  • Visit The Mount Washington Hotel opened in 1902 by railroad magnate Joseph Stickney and billed as the largest wooden building in New England. Early in the 20th-century, as many as 50 private trains a day brought the rich and famous from New York and Philadelphia to the hotel.
  • See New England’s highest peak, Mt. Washington
  • Travel through Crawford Notch State Park and the White Mountains, the highest range in the northeastern United States
  • Follow the spectacular Kancamagus Highway which winds through the mountains with grand views of distant peaks
  • Travel through Franconia Notch State Park, location of the former granite profile, Old Man of the Mountain
  • Travel through the beautiful Lakes Region of Maine
  • Visit Portland, Maine’s largest city. Explore the bustling waterfront and Old Port Exchange with its restored shops and restaurants.
  • Tour Portland on the Duck, "Eider" and splash into Casco Bay. Cruise by lighthouses, historic forts and the breathtaking Calendar Islands. Pass by the working waterfront, tug boats, harbor seals and the Whaling Walls where lobstermen haul in their traps.
  • Visit Freeport, "Birthplace of Maine" and now home of L. L. Bean, sporting goods store and more than 130 other retail shops and name brand outlets
  • Visit Bath, an active center for shipbuilding since the early 1600’s
  • Visit the Maine Maritime Museum, a 20-acre site located on a 19th-century shipyard, offering paintings, ship models, ship artifacts, interpretive exhibits of life at sea and a Boat Shop where boat building still takes place
  • Visit the Boothbays, small villages clustered along Maine’s rocky coast, which were favorite summer retreats for the rich and famous in the 19th-century
  • Visit Kennebunkport, the seasonal retreat of the President Bush family. In the first half of the 19th-century more than 1,000 wooden schooners, clippers and cargo vessels emerged from the area’s 50-some shipyards. The historic district features beautifully detailed homes.
  • Visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire where sea-weary travelers first disembarked in 1630. The town became a major shipbuilding center and attracted a merchant class in large numbers.
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Vermont’s Myths and Mysteries
4 Days 3 Nights

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Vermont’s Myths and Mysteries

In the words of Vermont author, Howard Frank Mosher, our State has "hundreds of wonderful stories just waiting to be written. Every hill farmer and horse logger and old-time hunter and trapper seems to have dozens of spellbinding tales to tell. Many of the stories I heard involved mysteries and a good number of these mysteries touched by the supernatural." Join us as we explore the stories and visit the sites of many of Vermont’s myths and mysteries.

Vermont’s Myths and Mysteries
  • Three nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Three dinners including a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain
  • Visit Hope Cemetery, a veritable outdoor museum of fine granite sculpture with headstones created by the world’s most skilled granite artists
  • Tour Rock of Ages Quarry, the world’s largest and most modern granite manufacturing plant
  • Visit our nation’s smallest state capital, Montpelier, and an 1890’s summer house believed to be a getaway for the spirit of a ghostly kitchen
  • Visit the Green Mountain Seminary where a deceased teacher allegedly walks the halls
  • Walk across Vermont’s only haunted covered bridge
  • Visit Stowe, "ski capital of the East", where you’ll find shops that have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840
  • See the Trapp Family Lodge still operated by Trapp family members
  • Enjoy a scoop of "Vermont’s finest" at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Visit a library where a ghost continues to play pranks of staff and volunteers
  • Visit "New England’s Smithsonian", the Shelburne Museum with 37 historic buildings displaying 80,000 pieces of Americana
  • Learn about the "Educated Spirits" at the University of Vermont with at least 14 haunted buildings and a campus founded by Ira Allen in 1791
  • Learn about "Champ", Lake Champlain’s resident monster during an evening dinner cruise
  • Visit Vermontt quintessential college town, Middlebury, with its 300 village buildings from the 18th and 19-centuries
  • Visit the Sheldon Museum, home to the Petrified Indian Boy unearthed in 1871
  • See Vermont’s oldest covered bridge and one of the last remaining two-lane spans still in use

Visits to other Myth & Mystery sites can be arranged in locations throughout the state

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Great Farms & Early New England Rural Life
4 Days 3 Nights

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Great Farms & Early New England Rural Life

Vermont is one of the most beautiful and rural states in the nation. Vermont farms play a critical role in providing products for consumers world-wide. Its farms also provide a spectacular backdrop for the Green Mountain State. For a glimpse of farm life, old and new, you’ll visit Vermont’s working farm museums, horticultural and experimental farms, family farms and specialty farms raising livestock such as llamas, emus, highland cattle and miniature ponies. Talk with farm families. Roam gardens, sample maple sugar-on-snow and taste farm grown products. Colorful farmers’ markets, roadside stands and opportunities to pick your own apples and berries may also be added to your visit.

Great Farms
  • Three nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Three dinners including a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain
  • Visit Stowe with Vermont’s highest mountain, classic white church steeple, red barns, covered bridges and Stowe village shops which have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840.
  • Visit Shelburne Farms, the lakeside estate of Dr. & Mrs. William Steward Webb and now a working dairy farm and cheese making operation.
  • Visit Shelburne Museum, "Vermont’s Smithsonian", with 37 historic buildings and a collection of 150,000 works representing days gone by
  • Visit the Billings Farm & Museum, sustained by the Billings and Rockefeller families, a working dairy farm with a meticulously restored 1890 farmhouse
  • Visit the President Calvin Coolidge’s homestead, the best preserved presidential birthplace in the nation which has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900’s Visit Woodstock, one of New England’s most beautiful villages and home to a working family farm where we’ll learn how maple syrup is harvested and cheese is produced
  • Visit the Morgan Horse Farm where Justin Morgan’s famous equine descendents are on display
  • Visit a diversified working family farm and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh, wagon or tractor ride
  • Visit a bustling local farmer’s market and/or roadside produce stands (schedule dependent)
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Bicycling Vermont’s Back Roads

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Bicycling Vermont’s Back Roads

Bicycling is not only a healthy way to see the State. It is also a way to get "up close and personal" with our sights, sounds and people. Discover rural Vermont at your own pace. Routes are carefully researched and ridden and are located throughout the state. You can opt to cycle for a weekend or a week; stay at an inn, hotel, or campground; and dine in charming country inns or in the great outdoors! Experienced tour leaders are trained in bicycle repair, basic First Aid and CPR and share their knowledge and love of the region with travelers. Groups can include a mix of couples, singles and families (children should be 10 years or older). Tour sizes are limited. Cycling Vermont is a wonderful way to share outdoor fun and exercise, great food and lodging and natural beauty.

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Vermont Vignettes
3 Days 2 Nights

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Vermont is like not other place. There is the Vermont of folklore; the Vermont of yesteryear; the Vermont of history books, homesteads and village greens; and there is the Vermont of today. Experience everything that is Vermont as you wander through the State, exploring its past and experiencing that which makes it unique today. Meet "the locals" and visit sites not normally on the beaten track.

Vermont Vignettes
  • Two nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Two dinners including a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain
  • Visit Weston, a village virtually untouched by time and listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Visit The Vermont Country Store, a revived 1890 rural emporium still sells New England goods, housewares, country clothing, and of course, penny candy.
  • Visit the Weston Village Christmas Shop, Weston Village Store, Village Green Gallery and Whales in Vermont Gallery
  • Visit the Weston Priory, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1953, is home to a dozen or so resident brothers who became well known thanks to their music, now available on CD's and cassettes. Learn about the life and work in the priory.
  • Visit historic Windsor, the Birthplace of Vermont
  • Visit the Simon Pearce manufacturing facility where you’ll observe teams of world-renowned glassblowers, watch potters work and visit the gift shop
  • Visit the Harpoon Brewery and its Brewery Shop
  • Visit the Vermont State Craft Center with an extensive collection of Vermont crafts and gifts
  • Tour the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)was one of America's greatest sculptors. Tour "Aspet", his home and formerly an old inn along the stage coach road, his many gardens, gallery and studios.
  • Enjoy a local storyteller who will entertain you with tales and legends of the region
  • Visit Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre. Watch miners carve out mammoth blocks with unique jet channeling flame machines, then lift up 100 tons with granite derricks towering 115 feet above the quarry edge.
  • Visit Hope Cemetery, a veritable outdoor museum of fine granite sculpture. The headstones and markers, created by the world's most skilled granite artists, rival the finest granite carvings anywhere. Tour the Vermont State House
  • Visit Montpelier, America’s smallest state capital (and the only without a McDonalds!)
  • Enjoy a scoop of "Vermont's finest" at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
  • See cider being made and sample the finished product at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
  • Visit Stowe, ski capital of the East, with Vermont's highest mountain, lush meadows and valleys, the classic white church steeple, red barns, covered bridges, traditional country stores and the village shops.
  • See the Mount Mansfield Ski Area
  • View the Trapp Family Lodge, made famous by the Sound of Music, and visit the Gift Shop.
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain. During the cruise you will learn some of the history and legends of this beautiful and historically significant body of water.
  • Tour Burlington located on the shores of Lake Champlain and nestled between the peaks of New York's Adirondacks and the gentle Green Mountains of Vermont. Burlington has a rich and colorful history and offers vital cultural, intellectual, commercial and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Vermont’s largest city (40,000 people) offers the sophistication and conveniences of a larger metropolitan area and the comfort and feel of a small town.
  • Visit the Shelburne Museum, called "Vermont’s Smithsonian" by The New York Times . Explore 37 exhibit buildings on 45 scenic acres and discover 80,000 pieces of Americana, including an outstanding collection of quilts, coverlets and hooked rugs
  • Tour Shelburne Farms founded in the 1880's as the private estate of a gentleman farmer. The 1000- acre property in now a working dairy (producing superb cheese), educational and resource center.
  • Visit the quintessential Vermont college town, Middlebury. See Middlebury College and explore the village which includes The Vermont State Craft Center - Frog Hollow.
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The Underground Railroad & African-American History in Vermont
3 Days 2 Nights

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African-American History in Vermont

Vermont was very active in the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. The Vermont Constitution abolished adult slavery in 1777. It is known that many slaves escaped through Vermont to Canada. Follow an assumed route while enjoying other sites of Vermont – small villages, mountain peaks and rolling meadows, hillside farms and big red barns. Although written evidence was scarce, there has been new research indicating who they were, how they escaped, what their routes were, and how they may have been hidden.

African-American History in Vermont
  • Two nights accommodation. Baggage handling included.
  • Breakfast is included each morning
  • Two dinners included
  • Visit Burlington and learn about Lucius Bigelow, publisher of the Burlington Daily News whose basement was the camp for escaped slaves; Rev. Joshua Young and Edward Peck, proprietor of a dry goods store, all active supporters of the Underground Railroad; and George Henderson who in 1877 became the first black man to graduate from the University of Vermont.
  • Visit Hinesburg where African-American farmer, Loudon Langley, wrote for an abolitionist newspaper and harbored at least one fugitive slave.
  • Visit Rokeby in Ferrisburgh, the home of Quaker writer and a founder of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society. Visit the home of Rowland Robinson where he kept his home free of slave-made goods and sheltered dozens of fugitive slaves, often offering them both a home and work on the farm for extended periods of time. He operated a school on his property for both black and white students, a practice unheard of at the time.
  • Visit Middlebury and the Sheldon Museum, the oldest community museum in the country, where hundreds of anti-slavery letters are housed. Learn about Alexander Twilight, the first African-American to graduate from an American College, Class of 1825.
  • Travel to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where Rev. Twilight became pastor of the Congregational Church and designed and built a school and dormitory in the town. In 1836 became the first African American to serve as a Vermont legislator (possibly the first in the nation).
  • The charming town of Brandon was believed to have at least six homes that sheltered runaway slaves.
  • See the home of Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s political opponent.
  • Visit the Higley House where escaping slaves slept on the floor and family members prepared their food.
  • You will also trace the spread of the Ku Klux Klan in Vermont and New England in the early 20th-century.
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Mainly Maine
6 Days 5 Nights

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Maine is New England’s largest state. All other New England states could fit within its borders. The Maine coast stretches some 5,500 miles with 63 lighthouses and a mountain over 5,000-feet above sea level. Along with a reputation for some of the best lobsters in the world, Maine is also America’s largest blueberry growing state. Join us to explore a region that abounds in natural assets and beauty.

  • Five nights accommodation. Baggage handling included
  • Breakfast each morning is included
  • Five dinners including a Maine Lobster Bake
  • Visit the historic maritime city, Portland
  • See the Portland Head Lighthouse commissioned by George Washington
  • Explore Portland’s bustling waterfront and Old Port Exchange with its restored shops and restaurants.
  • Ride the amphibious touring vessel (Duck), "Eider" and enjoy a fun-filled tour of historic Portland. By land you’ll waddle through the Old Port, bump along cobblestone streets, cruise by beautiful historic churches and climb to the highest point in the city where you’ll gaze upon the harbor. Then splash into Casco Bay and cruise by lighthouses, historic forts and the breathtaking Calendar Islands. Pass by the working waterfront, tug boats, harbor seals and the Whaling Walls where lobstermen haul in their traps.
  • Visit Freeport, "Birthplace of Maine" and now home to L.L. Bean and more than 130 other retail stores and fashion outlets
  • Tour Acadia National Park with an unusual combination of ocean and mountain scenery.
  • Drive through Mount Desert Island, the largest rock-based island on the Atlantic Coast. See the ancient, rounded peaks of the mountains worn down by centuries of erosion.
  • Visit Bar Harbor, one of Maine’s premier seaside resorts and playground for America’s wealthy in the early 20th-century
  • Visit Augusta, Maine’s capital city and once a trading post, founded in1628 by the Plymouth Colony
  • Visit Fort Western, one of the last remaining wooden forts built in1754. Costumed interpreters will talk about the fort’s military past.
  • Visit Bath, an active center of shipbuilding since the early 1600’s
  • Visit the Maine Maritime Museum, located on a 19th-century shipyard, with ship models, paintings, ship artifacts and other exhibits of life at sea.
  • Travel to Maine’s Lakes Region and the village of Gray, site of America’s first machine-powered woolen mill
  • Visit the Maine Wildlife Park, home to orphaned and injured wildlife. See moose, deer, mountain lions, bears, birds and other animals during your visit.
  • Visit Kennebunkport, the seasonal resort of the President Bush family. It historic district features beautifully detailed homes. In the early 19th-century, more than 1,000 wooden schooners, clippers and cargo vessels emerged from the area’s 50 shipyards.
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Relish Rhode Island’s Coastal Culinary Creations
3 Days 2 Nights

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Rhode Island

Celebrate the arrival of summer’s warm breezes and bright sun with an outing to the coast of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is a state of many firsts. First to take action against British rule, first synagogue, first successful water-powered cotton mill, and now the Ocean State is the first U.S. state to receive the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ prestigious "International Star Diamond Award." This award certifies that Rhode Island is a world-class destination offering some of the best natural beauty, culinary experiences, history and cultural offerings. Come and see for yourself!

With an early morning departure, we arrive in Providence late morning. Our first stop is the Scialo Brothers’ Bakery. From 1898 to 1932 more than 54,000 Italian immigrants arrived at the Port of Providence. In 1916 Luigi Scialo arrived from Italy and together with his brother, started Scialo Brothers’ Bakery. Since his death in 1993, Luigi’s daughters, Lois and Carol, have carried on the tradition. Upon our arrival, Lois or Carol will greet our coach and offer a history of the bakery. They will then lead us into the bakery where the bakers will give us a demonstration of baking and cake decorating. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and fresh-baked treats.

Rhode Island Lobster

Our next stop will be at Geppetto’s, an upscale pizzeria located on DePasquale Plaza. Our visit includes a tableside demonstration of the techniques in grilling the perfect pizza. Watch our chef prepare specialties and interact as he answers your food related questions and you munch on some of the best pizza in the whole world! Take home a complimentary bag of Geppetto’s Dough2Go gourmet pizza shells.

After lunch, enjoy time on your own to explore Federal Hill, "The Heartbeat of Providence." Spend time in the array of boutiques or take the trolley to Providence Place Mall with more than 170 shops and restaurants. For history buffs there’s the Rhode Island State House, the Arcade, the Jon Brown House and the East Side of Providence with Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

Rhode Island Shell Fish

Saturday, following breakfast in the hotel, we depart to Matunuck Oyster Bar and Farm where we get "up close and personal" with the oysters. Pull on your waders and walk out in the water to the oyster farm. Observe the different stages in growth of the shellfish, become educated on the importance of sustainable aquaculture and have fun while learning.

We travel to West Kingston to the Kenyons Grist Mill where we find out about the Johnnycake and how the Native Americans taught us to make this delicious "pancake." This 1886 gristmill still maintains the ritual started in 1909 of grinding corn to make flour and meal. After the tour, lunch on Johnnycake, Chowder and Clam Cakes, a true Rhode Island tradition.

Ahoy Mateys! Climb aboard for a Lighthouse Cruise. Our captain will take us throughout Narragansett Bay, sailing us close to these historic landmarks. Witness 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses during the 90-minute cruise. Bring your cameras!

Rhode Island Lighthouse

Following the cruise, we depart for Wickford Village. Established in 1709, the village provides picturesque waterfront streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, antique stores, cafes and restaurants. Wickford Village offers a taste of New England as it was a century or more ago. Its historic homes from the 1700s, churches, gardens and picturesque harbor offer a glimpse of our nation’s history.

Rhode Island

Dinner this evening is at the legendary Duffy’s Tavern. Located in the Wickford Seaport, Duffy’s is famous for fresh seafood and abundant portions. Sit outside on the patio and breath in the salt air. Live music will entertain you throughout the evening.

Rhode Island Coast

Sunday morning, enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we depart for the Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence. This is the premier museum devoted to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. Explore the Diner Museum, Stove Museum, a Pantheon of Chefs, a New England Tavern, Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances, Presidential Palate and State Dinners and Culinary Showpieces.

From the museum we travel to Wrights Farm, famous for their family-style chicken dinners, an all-you-can-eat meal of chicken and pasta, and a favorite stop for locals since the 1930s. Yankee Magazine featured the restaurant in an article exploring the vast appeal to Northern Rhode Island residents, of chicken served family-style. Perhaps it is attributed to tradition, life in a simpler time, and alternative to fast food, or is it just plain delicious? Come and sample for yourself.

After lunch, we depart for Vermont filled, with the tastes of Rhode Island and renewed appreciation of the rich culture and history in the Ocean State.

  • 2 Nights lodging
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • Tour of Scialo Brothers’ Bakery
  • Cooking demo and tour at Geppetto’s
  • Free time to explore Federal Hill, Providence and Wickford Village
  • Tour at the Matunuck Oyster Bar and Farm
  • Tour of Kenyon’s Grist Mill
  • Lighthouse Cruise
  • Admission to the Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum
  • Notch Above Tour Manager
  • Round trip transportation on a luxury motor coach
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Single-Day Tours

Notch Above offers a wide variety of day tours for those living in or visiting our region. All itineraries are customized and can be modified to meet your schedule. Contact us for a proposal or more information.

The A,B, C’s of Vermont: Antiques, Back Roads & Collectibles

Vermont Antiques

Join a Notch Above local guide to explore the back roads of Vermont, visiting antique and collectible shops along the route. We’ll wind our way through small villages and discover "off-the-beaten-track" stops where owners will talk with you about their collections. Vermont is fertile ground for aficionados of antiques. You’ll find "treasures" for both the bargain hunter and collectors.

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A Day in the Kingdom

Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is a region rich in cultural history, stunning natural beauty, pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, country roads, breath-taking scenery and outstanding recreational opportunities. Its stunning beauty has garnered a place in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Join your Notch Above guide for a day in the Kingdom. Craftsbury Common is considered by many to be the loveliest village in Vermont. Its rambling setting along a ridge offers views in every direction. Classic Vermont homes and other 18th and 19th-century buildings overlook the village green. Greensboro on Caspian Lake has a century-old following of noted authors, educators and socialites. It is also home to Willey’s Store, one of the biggest, best and most authentic general stores in New England. You’ll have time to explore the Village and Willey’s. Enjoy luncheon at a Victorian-era lodge on Caspian Lake. Ride through high and open farm country and small villages during your day in the Kingdom.

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The Adirondack Mountains, Cruise & Great Camps

Explore the beauty of New York’s Adirondacks, an area embracing some six-million-acres. Cruise on the largest natural lake in the Adirondack Preserve and view "Great Camps" where American Aristocrats summered in privacy and luxury. Learn about these wealthy families who escaped city summer heat in this remote wilderness home. After your cruise, tour a Great Camp. The 1,526-acre estate was formerly owned by the Vanderbilts. Your walking tour includes 27 historic, fully authentic buildings, one of which is a semi-outdoor bowling alley! The Adirondack Museum has been described by the New York Times as "the finest of its kind in the world." Exhibits in 22 buildings overlooking Blue Mountain Lake show how Adirondackers framed, logged, mined, hunted, fished, harvested ice, made furniture and worked as guides and caretakers at the Great Camps and resort hotels. The Museum has the largest collection of inland, non-powered pleasure craft in the country and offers an acclaimed collection of paintings, prints, photographs, maps and manuscripts.

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Bicycling Vermont’s Back Roads

Bicycling is not only a healthy way to see the State. It is also a way to get "up close and personal" with our sights, sounds and people. Discover rural Vermont at your own pace. Routes are carefully researched and ridden and are located throughout the state. You can opt to cycle for a weekend or a week; stay at an inn, hotel, or campground; and dine in charming country inns or in the great outdoors! Experienced tour leaders are trained in bicycle repair, basic First Aid and CPR and share their knowledge and love of the region with travelers. Groups can include a mix of couples, singles and families (children should be 10 years or older). Tour sizes are limited. Cycling Vermont is a wonderful way to share outdoor fun and exercise, great food and lodging and natural beauty.

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Bonjour Montreal

Travel across the border with your Notch Above guide to the Canadian Province of Quebec. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. It is truly a beautiful, cosmopolitan city offering gracious hospitality to all its visitors. Upon arrival in Montreal, tour the city with a Canadian guide. See Old Montreal with its 17th to 19th-century buildings, cobblestone streets and spectacular Notre Dame Basilica. View the active Port of Montreal, colorful ethnic neighborhoods with wonderful stories about life in the city, Mount Royal Park overlooking Montreal, downtown skyscrapers, the financial district, Chinatown, the Olympic Park, McGill University and more. Enjoy luncheon in the heart of Old Montreal at a restaurant housed in a charming 19th-century building. Free time to explore the 20-mile underground of indoor shops, boutiques and cafes, the waterfront, or Old Montreal.

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Burlington: Vermont’s "Queen City"

Burlington is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between the peaks of New York's Adirondacks and the gentle Green Mountains of Vermont. It has a rich and colorful history and offers vital cultural, intellectual, commercial and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. As the largest city in Vermont (40,000 people), Burlington offers the sophistication and conveniences of a larger metropolitan area and the comfort and feel of a small town. Travel past the campus of the University of Vermont, founded by Ira Allen in 1793. The classic campus overlooks the city of Burlington and is built around the traditional New England Green. The city’s prosperous growth in the 1800’s is reflected in the handsome mansions arrayed in tiers that slope eastward from the lake shore to the "hill section." Explore the Church Street Marketplace, an historic district which is now a pedestrian mall with shops, boutiques and restaurants to meet any taste. Proceed to the historic waterfront with some of the oldest buildings in town and Lake Champlain, the 6th largest freshwater lake in the United States. Native Americans, military, commercial and recreational navigators have plied the scenic waters of the 120-mile-long lake for thousands of years. Search for Champ, the lake's resident monster and marvel at the scenery. Visit ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Discover 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles and over 100 hands-on experiences. See the adjacent Lake Champlain Navy Memorial with heroic "Lone Sailor" statue. Travel past Ethan Allen’s grave to Winooski where 19th- and early-20th-century woolen mill overlooking the Winooski River have been renovated and now house shops, eateries, apartments and offices.

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Covered Bridges of Vermont

During the 19th and the early part of the 20th-centuries, New England had some one-thousand covered bridges. The ravages of time, weather, neglect and vandals have reduced that number to fewer than two-hundred. The majority are found in Vermont. Join your Notch Above guide and an expert who has done research on and written about covered bridges. Throughout the state, we can select a region with you, visit bridges, learn about the construction, history and any anecdotal information. You will not only see, touch and cross bridges, you will also travel along Vermont’s back roads and learn about the people and villages you visit during the day.

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Explore the Champlain Islands

Vermont’s Islands and Farms Region, nestled between the magnificent peaks of the Adirondack and Green Mountains, features gently rolling hills, small towns and stunning scenery. The western border is Lake Champlain and Canada is to the north. Enjoy some of the most spectacular views in New England. Your Notch Above local guide will be with you during the day to share information about the Green Mountain State. Visit St. Anne’s Shrine, Isle La Motte This famous historical landmark on the site of Fort St. Anne honors Samuel de Champlain with a massive granite statue carved in Vermont’s pavilion at Montreal’s 1967 Expo. An open-sided Victorian chapel on the shore marks the site of Vermont’s first French settlement in 1666. Stop at Hero’s Welcome, North Hero, an authentic Vermont general store, bakery, café and post office. Stop for an outside view of the Hyde Log Cabin. Built by Jedediah Hyde in 1783, the cabin is one of our nation’s oldest and has been restored. It reflects 18th-century life on the Islands (the Cabin interior closes after Labor Day) Visit Allenholm Farm, South Hero, Vermont’s oldest working apple orchard. Enjoy Papa Ray’s homemade apple pie, then hop on for a wagon ride into the Orchard and apple picking (seasonal). Later this afternoon, you’ll discover Snow Farm Vineyard. The magic of sun, soil and Lake Champlain combine to provide the ingredients that create Snow Farm wines. Snow Farm is Vermont’s first vineyard and grape winery. Tour the vineyard and taste the wines to conclude your day.

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Lake Champlain – Corridor of History

Nestled between the peaks of New York’s Adirondacks and the gentle Green Mountains of Vermont, lies a lake that is as historical as it is beautiful. The broad, blue water of Lake Champlain is the 6th-largest freshwater lake in the United States. Native Americans, military, commercial and recreational navigators have plied the scenic waters of the 120-mile-long lake for thousands of years. Join your Notch Above guide to experience hands-on history at the dynamic, working Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Learn about the largest collection of wooden shipwrecks in North America and talk with archaeological conservators in the Nautical Center. Climb aboard a Revolutionary War gunboat replica and learn about the life of citizen soldiers in Vermont in 1776. Watch craftsmen continue traditional maritime skills of boat building in working shops. Interpreters will take you behind-the-scenes to share fascinating information. The Museum is on the grounds of the Basin Harbor Club, a 700-acre lakeside resort owned and operated for the last 122 years by the Beach family. Take time to view the lovely gardens dating back to the 1700’s. It’s then time for a one-hour cruise on the lake to learn historical facts, lake lore and local folk tales. Keep an eye out for Vermont’s famous lake monster, Champ. Cross the lake (by bridge) to New York State and Crown Point. See the remains of Fort St. Frederic built on the shores of the lake in the 1730’s by the French. Continue to Fort Ticonderoga, built by the French in 1755, defended by Montcalm in 1758, taken by the British in 1759, captured by Ethan Allen in 1775 and restored in 1909. Costumed guides explain the history of the Fort and daily activities normally include a Fife and Drum performance on the Parade Grounds and Musket and Cannon Demonstrations.

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Lake Placid – An Olympic Gem

Lake Placid’s claim to fame revolves around its role as host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Surrounded by New York’s Adirondacks, this region offers vestiges of the Olympics and significant historical sites. Take the glass elevator 250-feet up to an enclosed observation deck of the Olympic Jumping Complex and Skydeck. See the Bobsled and Luge runs and Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum in the Olympic Center. Enjoy a narrated cruise on beautiful Mirror Lake. Visit the John Brown Farm which his family maintained while he fought his anti-slavery campaigns in the late 1850’s. See the small graveyard where he is buried after he was hanged by the Commonwealth of Virginia for treason and murder.

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Lake Winnipesaukee & Castle in the Clouds

With more than 270 lakes and ponds in the vicinity, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is rich in attractions, activities and special events. Your Notch Above guide will join you for a fun-filled day. Lake Winnipesaulee is 28 miles long with 283-miles of shoreline and 274 wooded islands. It is surrounded by three mountain ranges and is the nation’s largest freshwater lake entirely in one state. Board a replica side-paddlewheel riverboat for a narrated cruise on the lake. Visit "The Oldest Summer Resort in America", Wolfeboro. Its main street is lined with boutiques, galleries and craft shops including Hampshire Pewter. Luncheon today at the historic Wolfeboro Inn which dates back to 1812. Visit Castle in the Clouds, with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. "Lucknow" was built in 1913-14 high in the Ossipee Mountain Range by Thomas Gustave Plant who made his fortune in shoe manufacturing. Tour the historic architectural gem and estate featuring 1000' of waterfalls, Shannon Pond,, hiking and recreation and a New Hampshire-themed gift shop.

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Maple Syrup, Granite, Graves & Stone Soup

Travel with your Notch Above guide to one of New England's most scenic sites, the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, the center of the largest granite industry in the nation. Visit a working quarry where you'll watch miners carve out mammoth blocks with unique jet channeling flame machines, then lift up 100-tons with granite derricks towering 115-feet above the quarry edge. Watch master sculptors and artisans at the factory then try it yourself! Make a stone gift with you own hands. Visit Hope Cemetery, a veritable outdoor museum of fine granite sculpture. The headstones and markers, created by the world's most skilled granite artists, rival the finest granite carvings anywhere. Tragedy, humor and sheer beauty are combined here in a living testimonial to the craftsmen of the trade. Then travel to nearby Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the country (and the only one without a McDonalds). You’ll see the Vermont State House, one of the nation’s oldest and best preserved. Learn how maple syrup is produced, from trees to the finished product. Tour a sugar house, taste maple syrup and visit a very unique craft and gift shop. Finally you may have the opportunity (schedule dependent) to be part of the live audience for a taping of "New England Cooks". In a renovated carriage house, the region’s top chefs prepare local dishes. Enjoy playful interaction between the hosts and audience and sample the day’s delicacies at show’s end.

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Quebec’s Villages & Back Roads

Just over the Vermont/Canadian border, there are cultures and geography awaiting your visit. Beautiful rolling terrain with broad swaths of meadow and woods, pristine lakes and small villages will be found. The Eastern Townships were populated by European immigrants and Loyalists who left the colonies during the revolution. Today, Francophones and English speakers (Anglophones) live side-by-side. North Hatley is a charming town of about 700 residents on the northern tip of Lake Massawippi and is stuffed with art galleries, shops and restaurants. Hundreds of historic churches can be found throughout the region – modest wood structures built by the Anglicans and Presbyterians and enormous stone churches constructed by the French Catholics. One of the most interesting visits is to the Abbey of Saint-Benoit-du-Lac where fifty Benedictine monks make up the community. Mass is still Gregorian chant. Resident monks take a vow of silence. One monk will talk about life in the Abbey where they operate a cheese dairy and gift shop. Visits can be arranged to many other sites and regions of the Province of Quebec and other Canadian Provinces.

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Shelburne Museum: "New England’s Smithsonian"

Visit one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. They include houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store and a covered bridge. Step aboard the 220-foot Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark and last steam-powered side wheeler of its type in the country. Folk art, quilts and textiles, Impressionist paintings, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings and a dazzling array of 17th to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th and 20th-century decoys and carriages. Stroll the paved walkways or ride the jitney through the village-like setting of historic New England architecture accented by landscape that includes over 400 lilacs, a circular formal garden, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens and perennial gardens. A café on the Museum grounds is open during museum hours and serves a diverse menu. Special interest tours can be arranged.

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Stowe: "Ski Capital of the East" and a Classic Vermont Resort Village

Vermont’s highest mountain, lush meadows and valleys, the classic white Church steeple, red barns, covered bridges, traditional country stores and the Stowe Village shops which have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840. Join your Notch Above guide and explore Stowe Village. Walk across Vermont’s only haunted covered bridge. Ride a gondola at Mount Mansfield Ski Area to the top of Vermont’s highest peak. See the Trapp Family Lodge, a classic Austrian chalet still operated by the von Trapp family. See cider being made and sample the final product. Conclude the day with a taste of "Vermont’s finest" at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory.

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Teddy Bears, Revolutionary Heroes & A Fabulous Farm

Your Notch Above guide will introduce you to the homestead of Vermont’s famous Revolutionary War hero. See Ethan Allen’s home overlooking the Winooski River. Learn about life on the Vermont frontier and discover clues in the landscape to 5,000 years of human residence. Tour Shelburne Farms, a nationally acclaimed 1,400-acre historic site with some of the most spectacular lake and mountain scenery anywhere. The former Vanderbilt home and estate is still a working farm with a prize herd of Brown Swiss Cows. It is a non-profit conservation and educational organization. Experience the magnificent agricultural landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the famous architect of Central Park. Visit turn-of-the-century perennial gardens overlooking Lake Champlain and see cheese making operations in a renovated historic farm barn. Sample the finished product. Then tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, birthplace of America’s most lovable, huggable bears. Visit the Bear Shop and Teddy Bear Pantry.

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Vermont Colleges, Geese & Poets

Join your Notch Above guide and follow a path just east of Lake Champlain, one of the most beautiful inland waterways in America. See panoramic views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. We'll pass the Shelburne Museum which houses one of the finest collections of American folk art in the world. A covered bridge, Old One Room School House, and Paddle Boat are visible as we pass the Museum. Vergennes with 2,300 residents is the smallest city in the United States. It is also home to Kennedy Brothers, a former woodenware factory which now houses Vermont products, crafts, and antiques, plus a scoop shop and deli. From Vergennes we'll travel to the mountain village of Ripton where poet Robert Frost lived for many summers and home of the Bread Loaf School where he taught. The Frost Interpretive Nature Trail includes the poetry of Frost along a beautiful wooded trail. From Ripton, we'll travel just a short distance to Middlebury, chartered in 1761, and home of Middlebury College, a highly selective private college. There are 300 downtown buildings which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many have been converted into interesting shops and restaurants, Free time for luncheon and exploration in Middlebury. Then visit the Pulpmill Covered Bridge which is the oldest in the state (1808-20) and the last remaining two-lane span in use. Travel the back roads of Addison County, a rich agricultural area, to the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. This is a way station for geese and other migratory birds. If we are lucky, we'll see birds (perhaps even snow geese) resting and eating before they resume their flight. Continue to Lake Champlain and the 18th- century Chimney Point Tavern where revolutionist Ethan Allen reportedly made plans for battles. Our return route will take us through more small villages and through pastoral valleys to Burlington.

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Vermont’s Villages & Back Roads

Travel with your Notch Above Guide through Jericho and Underhill. In Jericho, we will pass the Old Red Mill, a National Historic site, and learn about "Snowflake" Bentley, a farmer who was the first person in the world to photograph individual snowflakes. In Cambridge, we'll see our first covered bridge, the "Little Covered Bridge", originally built in 1897 and then stop at the Marsh Farm where maple sugaring is done each spring. Jeffersonville, at the base of Mount Mansfield, is a charming village where artists have gathered since the 1930's. There will be time for a cup of coffee or tea and donut or pastry at a local restaurant. We'll follow the Lamoille River north by a series of covered bridges and small rural villages tucked into beautiful mountains. We'll pass scenic ponds and lakes, then travel through Hyde Park with its old Opera House, on our way to Stowe. Stowe is the "ski capital of the East" and has become a year-round resort. Stowe village, where we'll stop for luncheon, has kept the turn-of-the-century look of several generations ago. Tucked between the Stowe Community Church and the venerable Green Mountain Inn, you'll find shops that have provided necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840. After luncheon, we'll follow the Mountain Road to the Mount Mansfield Ski Area. Stop for samples at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. See cider being made and sample the finished product. Discover the specialty foods and outstanding arts and crafts of Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Cheese Annex, Vermont Teddy Bear Annex, Snow Farm Vineyard and the Mesa Factory Store. Visit Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory for a scoop of "Vermont's Finest." Follow the Winooski River to Richmond, where in 1813 the people of this quiet dairy-farming community built a multi-denominational church that looked like no other in the state. The Old Round Church is actually sixteen-sided and topped by an octagonal belfry. Return to your lodging after a day on Vermont’s back roads and byways.

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The White Mountains of New Hampshire

Travel with your Notch Above guide to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Admire the jagged crests of the highest range of mountains in the northeastern United States and a popular destination for hikers, climbers and photographers. The Mount Washington Hotel was opened in 1902 and became the haunt of presidents and dignitaries. Billed s the largest wooden building in New England, it is one of the nation’s few remaining grand hotels. Early in the 20th-century, as many as fifty private trains a day brought the rich and famous from New York and Philadelphia to the hotel. Travel through scenic Crawford Notch and the Crawford Notch State Park. North Conway is the recreational and commercial center of the Mount Washington Valley. It is also home to a multitude of factory outlets. Then follow the spectacular Kancamagus Highway which winds through the mountains with grand views of distant peaks. The 34-mile trek offers scenic overlooks. Franconia Notch State Park contains some of New Hampshire’s best-loved attractions including the former granite profile, Old Man of the Mountain.

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Woodstock & Quechee Gorge

Considered by many to be one of New England’s most beautiful villages, Woodstock, Vermont has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th and 19th-centuries. Join your Notch Above guide to see opulent homes built by professionals, scholars and craftsmen around the Village Green and along broad streets. The stately Woodstock Inn has presided over the Green since 1793. The Dana House, built in 1807, is home to the Woodstock Historical Society and its collections are displayed in theme and period rooms. The Billings Farm and Museum showcases Vermont’s rural heritage. The working farm is one of the finest Jersey dairy farms in America, has been a Woodstock landmark since 1871 and offers displays in the 1890 farm house and 19th-century barns. The Marsh-Billings National Historical Park is the former home and estate of Laurance Rockefeller. It is the first National Park to focus on the theme of conservation of history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. Visit the 1885 Queen Anne style mansion, 1895 carriage barn and extensive gardens and beautifully landscaped grounds. Travel to "Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon", Quechee Gorge. Formed over thousands of years, its walls rise more than 168-feet above the Ottaquechee River. Quechee Gorge Village houses the Vermont Antique Mall, a Country Store & Mercantile, Arts & Crafts Center, Cabot Quechee Store, Winery and Vermont Toy & Train Museum along with other shops and eateries.

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Lakes, Leaves & Legends
Fall Foliage in Vermont
1 – 5 Days

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Lakes, Leaves & Legends

Experience the natural beauty of Vermont during foliage season. Explore small villages and back roads with your Notch Above guide who will share the legends that make Vermont unique. We will take you off-the-beaten-track on what are considered by locals to be some of the most beautiful fall foliage roads and rides. Great photo opportunities and time to walk across covered bridges, browse in country stores and meet "real Vermonters". This is not your typical foliage tour!

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Hill Farms & Valley Villages
1 – 5 Days

Hill Farms & Valley Villages
Hill Farms & Valley Villages

Some of the most remote woodland and non-commercial farm country can be found in Vermont. Join your Notch Above guide to discover these small villages and rural landscapes.

The classic farming towns of Chelsea and Tunbridge (home each fall of the Tunbridge World’s Fair held each September since 1867!) are flanked by high, open country and back roads. Stop at the Tunbridge Village Store.

Strafford is the home of the Justin Morrill Homestead, a seventeen-room, pink Carpenter Gothic house with gingerbread along its gables. Tour the home with family furnishings and memorabilia. It was constructed between 1848-1851 by Justin Morrill who served in both the US Congress and Senate for some forty-five years. He was a Vermont-born storekeeper who ran on the Abolitionist platform and sponsored the 1862 Morrill Act that established America’s system of land grant colleges and universities.

Brookfield is the home of a floating covered bridge. First built in 1820, the bridge floats on pontoons over Sunset Lake and is used daily by motorists. Brookfield is also home to the State’s oldest free public library, founded in 1791.

Randolph, a small town, is the commercial center of the area. Randolph Center Historic District has a high concentration of outstanding architecture and an early 19th-century landscape plan which called for broad rows of trees and well-spaced buildings set back from the street. The Village is a National Historic District.

Visit the Porter Music Box Museum, the world’s only manufacturer of large disc style music boxes. See and hear an exquisite collection of beautiful antique music boxes and musical automata. Visit a traditional family-oriented farm and maple sugarhouse.

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