October 7 – 13

Day One: Fall is a wonderful time of the year to travel – the crowds are smaller, the temperatures are cooler and the foliage will soon be at it’s peak. No where could be any prettier in the fall than the beautiful New England States, and that’s where we headed when our motorcoach pulls out this morning. Our route will take us across Fancy Gap and through the heart of the Shenandoah Valley as we travel north today. Late this afternoon we’ll enter the “Keystone” state of Pennsylvania and arrive in the Harrisburg area for overnight. 

Day Two: Today we’ll continue north through the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and into western New York State. We’ll take a guided tour of the prestigous West Point Military Academy and then travel to Hyde Park for a tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. The Hyde Park Estate, “Springwood”, was president Roosevelt’s brithplace and lifelong residence. The historic site contains pictures, manuscripst, books and many other artifacts of his life and years of public service. The graves of President Roosevelt and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt are in the rose garden. This afternoon we’ll travel north along the banks of the Hudson River to the Capitol city of Albany for overnight.

Day Three: This will be an absolutely wonderful day for us. We’ll depart Albany and cross into the “Green Mountain State” of Vermont, arriving in Bennington – home of Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys. Our first stop will be at the Bennington Battle Monument – a 306 foot high monolith that commerates a Revolutionary War Victory. Then we’ll visit the Old North Church – founded in 1805, the church has box pews and the burying ground behind the church contains the grave of poet Robert Frost. Our next stop will be the Bennington Museum, featuring early Vermont and New England historical artifacts including pottery, glassware, paintings, sculpture and a 1925 “Wasp” touring car. Also located here is Grandma Moses Schoolhouse which contains many of her paintings, personal effects and furniture. We’ll be amazed to see her paintings and to learn of her life’s story. Late this morning, we’ll depart Bennington and head north through the Green Mountains, dotted with quaint little New England Villages. We’ll make a special stop in Weston at the Vermont Country Store, located just south of the village green, it’s just like the one granddad used to visit. You’ll find rock candy, lye soap, flannel pajamas and everything else a New Englander might need! Our next stop today will be in Randolph, Vermont at the Porter Music Box Company. Here we’ll be amazed at the craftsmanship that goes into the world’s most famous music boxes. Late this afternoon we travel on to the Montpelier – Stowe area for overnight. 

Day Four: Our first stop this morning will be in Barre at the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. Here we’ll see how skilled artisans remove the granite from the enomous quarry and then craft it into some of the most amazing monuments. Our next stop will be a hope cemetery – a virtual museum of granite sculpture, where the headstones rival the finest granite carvings anywhere. This afternoon we’ll travel to Waterbury for a visit to Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream Company! Since their first store opened in 1978, they are now a household names because of such flavors as Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey. We’ll enjoy a factory tour, video presentation and a sample (or two) of their famous ice cream. Our final stop today will be at Cold Hollow Cider Mill – one of the largest in New England – capable of producing 500 gallons of cider per hour. Special note: We’ll have a chance to visit some special craft and gift shops in the area today.

Day Five: The sugar maple is the state tree of Vermont, and we’ll see them in full color today (along with covered bridges and church steeples) as we travel the back roads. Our first stop will be at Stowe Mountain Resort for a enclosed gondola ride to the summit of Mount Mansfield – Vermonts highest peak – for a spectacular view of the area. Departing here, we’ll travel across the western part of the state to Burlington for a wonderdul luncheon cruise on Lake Champlain aboard the “Spirit of Ethan Allen”. This afternoon will be one of the highlights of our tour, when we visit the Shelburne Museum. This amazing collection of Americana is situated on 45 acres with 37 historic buildings. From circus posters to dolls and prints by Monet & Grandma Moses, plus the 220 foot sidewheel steamboat Ticonderoga, working carousel, 5000 piece hand-carved miniature traveling circus, two lane covered bridge and over 200 horse drawn vehicles on display. Late this afternoon we’ll cross back into upstate New York and travel I-87 (“The Northway”) to Albany for overnight.

Day Six: We’ll continue south today via I-87 through, New York State, New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. We’ll make a very special stop today at Valley Forge National Historic Site – just west of Philadelphia. We’ll stop at the visitors center, visit the chapel and take a driving tour of the grounds. From here we’ll travel west to Lancaster County where we’ll stop and enjoy a delicous Amish Family Style meal (what a wonderful way to spend our last night on the tour). We’ll travel on to Northern Maryland for overnight. 

Day Seven: Today finds us traveling south through the countryside of Maryland and Virginia. We’ll stay off the interstates for quite a few miles today to just enjoy the beautiful farms and small towns.We’ll arrive home early this evening with fond memories of a wonderful fall vacation to New England.

Price Per Person: $1079 Double  |  $1055 Triple  |  1043 Quad  |  $1439 Single