Classic New England in the Fall  
   Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 11, 2017
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Classic New England - October 4-11, 2017

Featuring Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut & Rhode Island

Picture it.  UNBELIEVABLE drives through the foliage, the rocky sea coast of Maine, the imposing White Mountains of New Hampshire, the serene Adirondacks in New York, historic Plymouth, Mass, delicious lunch overlooking Cape Cod, tree-covered Green Mountains of Vermont, Ten-Mile Drive in Newport, Rhode Island, fascinating history in Boston and so much more.  This one fills fast.  Don't wait!

October 4:  This morning we'll meet at the airport for our flight to Boston, Mass.  Upon arrival, our comfortable motor coach will be waiting.  Our bus is new, air-conditioned, restroom and DVD equipped with a great sound system.   After checking into our hotel, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at famous No Name Restaurant.  D

October 5:  Today we'll enjoy Boston, perhaps our country's most interesting city.  We'll be met by a local guide this morning who will show us his historic hometown.  We'll begin this morning with some of the famous historical sites.  We’ll then drive about an hour to the interesting town of Rockport which is on the ocean.  Colorfully painted houses, historic lighthouses and fun browsing make this a fun side trip.  You’ll have time for lunch on you own here.  On the way back, we’ll have a tour of Salem, Mass including the famous (and very interesting) Salem Witch Museum.  We'll stay in Boston again tonight.  B

October 6:  Here we go!  This morning we'll head north on I-95 toward Maine.  We'll travel through the quaint town of Hampton and along Maine’s scenic coast.  For lunch, we'll be in Kennebunkport, Maine, summer home of President George Bush (1).  You'll be on your own to browse in this sea-side town and get some lunch.  After lunch, we'll enjoy a scenic fall drive through the interior of Maine as we make our way into New Hampshire's White Mountains.   We'll drive along a portion of the Kancamangus Highway which is a 45 minute stretch of incredible fall vistas.  We'll make several picture stops along the way including a perfect covered bridge, rocky scenic gorge and a wonderful 15 minute stroll through the foliage to Sabbaday Falls.  There are trees and lakes and hills in every direction.   Our hotel tonight is over the New Hampshire border in Gorham at the Town and Country Inn at the foot of the White Mountains.  We'll have a five course meal at the resort which sits on a beautiful golf course surrounded by maple trees as far as the eye can see.  B, D

October 7: Today we continue our scenic journey.  After a delicious New England-style breakfast, we will enjoy some of the most spectacular fall foliage of the tour (nature permitting).  We will drive to the north making a stop in the town of Stark with its famous church and covered bridge.  We'll continue into Vermont and enjoy lunch in St. Johnsbury.  We’ll also visit a fun maple syrup museum/gift store (and a surprise!).  We’ll continue west and make a fun browsing stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill outside of Montpelier.  If time permits, we’ll enjoy some time in lovely Stowe, Vermont, a popular resort town in New England.   Our hotel tonight is in Burlington.  B, L

October 8:  Burlington sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain.  This morning we'll board a ferry for a short and scenic ride across the lake.  When we get to the other side, we'll be in New York's Adirondack Mountains.  We'll view the famous Ausable Chasm, a deep gorge formed by the river.  We'll follow the scenic Ausable River toward Lake Placid where we'll enjoy lunch and a chance for some browsing.  Lake Placid is one of the region's charming towns in a picturesque setting.  If time and weather permits, we'll ascend to the top of Whiteface Mountain for spectacular views.  From Lake Placid, we'll work our way south.  Our drive today is one of the most scenic drives of the trip as we make our way through the vibrant color.  Part of our journey takes along the shores of Lake George.  The area is heavily wooded with different views around every turn.  We'll have a rest stop in the town of Lake George in a postcard setting.  Our hotel is in Clifton Park.  B

October 9:  About an hour from our hotel is the delightful town of Stockbridge in the fabled Berkshire Hills.  We'll visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and spend some time seeing a renowned display of Americana.  It contains the largest collection of Norman Rockwell paintings.  Mr. Rockwell spent many years in Stockbridge.  The museum is a highlight.  We'll then travel scenic highway 20 through Springfield into Old Sturbridge.  This is classic New England.  Old homes, town church, tree-covered streets and that "Old England" feel.  We'll have a late lunch (about 2:00) at the historic Publick House which was established during the Revolutionary War.  The history and the food (served in period costumes) are unforgettable.  We'll take a late afternoon drive along scenic route 169 in northern Connecticut as we make our way in to our hotel, arriving by 6:00.  We'll stay in the Providence area tonight.  B, L

October 10:  Welcome to Rhode Island!  We're one hour from Newport, where we'll spend most of the morning.  Newport has long been the favored vacation site of the rich and famous.  A local guide will join us and show us the famous "Ten-Mile Drive", which boasts exquisite estates from Newport's memorable "Gilded Age".  After lunch, you can go through The Breakers, the most palatial of all the estates in Newport (once the seaside cottage of the Vanderbilts).  We'll then enjoy a one hour drive into Plymouth, Mass with a chance to see the Mayflower Replica and Plymouth Rock, following dinner on your own along Cape Cod.   B

October 11:  We've enjoyed an incredible autumn experience to this point and we'll finish the tour in style.  We'll show you the area with a local expert, seeing colorful cranberry bogs, historical sites and more.  The sites combined with the fall color is lovely.    Lunch is included at Isaacs, one of Plymouth's fine restaurants overlooking Cape Cod.  We then return to the airport for our flight home.  We've completed our circle and created some lasting memories along the way.   It will be an autumn to remember!  B, L

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