Photo Credit: Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4 Days/3 Nights
Sunday, December 12, 2021
DAY 1 - Thursday, December 9:
Welcome to white season in the Green Mountain State! Upon a late afternoon arrival at your quintessential Vermont inn, you’ll be greeted by the warm Yankee hospitality of your innkeepers and the inviting aroma of holiday spices. Gather for a welcome reception that offers glögg, a hot mulled wine and the perfect elixir to mark the beginning of an unforgettable Christmas holiday in an idyllic winter landscape that even Currier and Ives would envy!
Refresh and make yourself comfortable in the room you’ll be calling home for the next three nights. Reconvene for a hearty welcome dinner served in the inn’s cozy dining room.
Following dessert, gather in the parlor where you’ll be joined by a local song-catcher who will lead a group sing-a-long of classic Christmas carols. Whether or not you can carry a tune, you’ll be delighted by the contagious camaraderie of a musical evening that will set the tone for the exciting days to come. Turn in for the night with visions of sugarplums—maple sugar to be precise!
DAY 2 - Friday, December 10:
Wake up to a home-cooked country breakfast before boarding your motor coach and transferring to “Santa’s Workshop” at Middlebury’s Maple Landmark Woodcraft. Upon arrival, a master artisan will lead you on a private tour of this remarkable woodworking operation that uses locally sourced maple to craft iconic American toys, gifts and recreational items that are sold worldwide. Next, roll up your sleeves and get ready to play elf as you embellish your own keepsake ornament! After, there will be time for you to shop amongst their dazzling array of handcrafted items for house and home. Workshop-direct prices will ensure you will find something for everyone on your list and a treat for yourself.
En route to today’s included group lunch at a locals’ favorite eatery, the coach will make a photo stop at the Pulp Mill Bridge. This rare, two-lane covered bridge flanked by the rushing waterfalls of Otter Creek, is postcard-perfect and makes for an ideal Christmas card and group portrait backdrop.
After lunch, it’s off to a working Christmas tree farm where you’ll jingle all the way through an evergreen wonderland on a horse-drawn sleigh or hay ride. Blankets will be provided to keep you toasty as you dash over the hills and through the snow to the family cabin where you’ll warm up with hot cocoa and cookies before your ride back to the farm.
Return to the inn in the late afternoon. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.
Your included dinner will be served at the charming Waybury Inn. If the rustic wooden interiors look familiar, it’s likely because the Waybury doubled as The Stratford Inn on Newhart for nearly a decade of classic television. Be sure to get a picture with the iconic Minuteman Café and Stratford Inn sign before you leave. Who knows, maybe you’ll even run into Larry, Darryl and Darryl! Just don’t expect the latter two to say much…
Following dinner, return to the inn. With “kerchief and cap,” settle in for a long winter’s nap before tomorrow’s Wassail Weekend festivities!
DAY 3 - Saturday, December 11:
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before you board the coach for an exciting day on Cape Cod. The Wampanoags lived on the Cape for thousands of years and the Mayflower sailed its shores for five weeks in search for a place to land before heading across the bay to Plymouth.
Your first stop offers a captivating introduction to Cape Cod’s natural history. This special tour led by an amazing team of naturalists will provide you with a learning experience unique to the Cape.
Follow them on walk through the salt marsh ecosystems and along seashores. You will find and identify animals and plants with the help of a mobile science lab that includes plankton nets, microscopes, water chemistry kits and identification tools.
Say goodbye to the crew, board the coach and continue your travels through the Cape. Along the way, you will pick up your local guide who will be with you for the rest of the day. This lifetime Cape Codder, a retired school teacher and international educator, will fill you in on Cape Cod history as you make your way towards Provincetown. This historic village at the very tip of the peninsula was the site of the Mayflower’s first landing in the New World.
As you travel up the coast, stop at First Encounter Beach, site of the first meeting between Pilgrims and Native Americans. Here is your chance to walk in the footsteps of your English forefathers and the native Wampanoags!
Continue on to Provincetown and upon your arrival, have lunch on your own in one of the many local eateries.
In Provincetown, your guide will bring you to the Pilgrim Monument. This 252-foot high granite tower overlooking the harbor was built to commemorate the Pilgrims’ first landing here in November of 1620. If you choose to walk the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top, you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view on Cape Cod. From your birds-eye perch, gaze out over Providence Harbor where the Pilgrims and other passengers wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact before landing. You’re certain to be moved as you witness the site of the creation of a document so important in shaping the history of America. (Don’t worry – if you don’t climb up, the Monument is on a hill and there’s still a great view from the base!)
The Provincetown Museum is your next stop. This charming, old-fashioned history museum features exhibits highlighting the arrival of the Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history and the contributions of Provincetown to American theater. A recreation of a nineteenth century sea captain’s parlor at his land-based home and his quarters while at sea, helps bring Provincetown’s history to life.
Now it’s time to step out of history and into present day fun when you visit the famous towering sand dunes of the incredible Cape Cod National Seashore. Climb into four-wheel drive SUV’s and head out on an adventurous tour of the majestic dunes. You will see “dune shacks” where famous artists and writers like Eugene O’Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how the brave “life savers” enacted their heroic efforts to save the lives of thousands from the doomed shipwrecks!
Leave the dunes and begin your travels back to your hotel. Along the way, stop for a Farewell Dinner at a spectacular venue near the Swan River. Dinner features a traditional New England Clam Bake complete with steamah’s, chowdah and fresh, steamed lobstah’. There’s even selections for the landlubbers in your group.
After dinner, gather round for sounds of the 50’s and 60’s performed by local resident, Don Who. Don has performed at Resorts’ Casino in Atlantic City, in the Superstar Theatre and in the Vegas Production, “V, The Ultimate Variety Show” alongside many other well-known entertainers. Sing along and dance along and celebrate America’s heritage.
After an action-packed day and fun-filled evening, return to your hotel. Along the way, say goodbye to your guide.
Your package includes:
3 Nights accommodations at a historic Vermont inn
3 Dinners, one of which includes a pre-dining cooking demonstration
Evening of caroling
Tour and ornament workshop
Photo stop at the covered Pulp Mill Bridge
Horse-drawn sleigh or hay ride
Admission to the 1890 Farm Manager’s House at Billings Farm and Museum
Hands-on craft session at Billings Farm
Visit to the historic 1807 Dana House
Time to explore Woodstock
Wassail Parade in Woodstock
Time to shop at Gourmet Provence
Holiday cookie from Gourmet Provence
Admission to Hildene
Services of a step-on guide for one day
Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
Accommodations, group meals, admissions and baggage handling for the motor coach driver
Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver and local guide are not included and are at your discretion based on service)