New England Fall Foliage
October 9 - 15
No place is as beautiful in the fall as New England while the leaves turn. Join us on this fantastic 7 day tour!
THE TOUR -
Day One: Sunday, October 9 - 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 its 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 Carlisle area
Day Two: Monday, October 10 - Today we'll continue north through the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and into western New York State. We'll take a tour of the prestigious 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 birthplace and lifelong residence. The historic site contains pictures, manuscripts, 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: Tuesday, October 11 - 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 commemorates 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'Il 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! Late this afternoon we travel on to the Montpelier- Stowe area then on to Waterbury for overnight.
Day Four: Wednesday, October 12 - 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 enormous quarry and then craft Il into some of the most amazing monu-
ments. 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 & Jerry's 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. Plattsburg, NY for overnight.
Day Five: Thursday, October 13 - 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- ·Vermont's 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 wonderful 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: Friday, October 14 - 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 delicious Amish Family Meal at the amazing
Shady Maple Restaurant, The largest restaurant in the world. We'll travel on to Northern Maryland and overnight in Winchester, VA.
Day Seven: Saturday, October 15 - 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.
Highlights of the tour:
The Grandma Moses School - A remarkable story - you’ll see her original paintings; some have sold for millions
Old North Church - Founded in 1805. You’ll see the grave of Robert Frost
Shopping at several quaint little New England Villages such as the Vermont Country Store
Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre - Learn how for over 100 years, artisans have skillfully removed granite to craft into beautiful monuments
Hope Cemetery - a highlight for many. Amazing sculptured headstones with stories behind each one
Cold Hollow Cider Mill - one of the largest cider mills - capable of producing 500 gallons of cider each hour. Sure, you’ll sample it!
Beautiful sugar maple trees - the state tree of Vermont
An enclosed gondola ride to the summit of Mount Mansfield for an even more beautiful view from high up at Stowe Mountain Resort
Lunch cruise aboard the “Spirit of Ethan Allen”
Shelburn Museum - may be THE most unique places you’ll ever visit. A collection of Americana on 45 acres. Many of the displays are outside on the grounds - many are housed inside the 37 historic buildings. Displays that will amaze and surprise you
Tour the 220 foot side wheel steamboat Ticonderoga - its history and the story of how it got here is fascinating
Lunch at Shady Maple - the largest buffet restaurant in the country
Hotels - 6 nights
Transportation aboard late model European model motorcoach with power ports for your electronics, large windows for sightseeing, rest room and wifi. Tour Director and professional driver
Price per person:
$1879 Double | $1855 Triple | $1843 Quad | $2239 Single