Artisanal Cheeses, Covered Bridges, Hard Cider And a Country Hoedown Come along for a Wagonload of Fun!

Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall

This is a tasty trip around Vermont at a low cost. Get to know the state on a much deeper level. Experience new flavors, meet our farmers, and get to know our largest industries. Vermont's natural beauty will come to life while you explore this unique state!

Day One:

Early afternoon, arrive in Bennington, VT. Chartered in 1749, Bennington was Vermont’s first capital city. Debark the coach and stretch your legs with a walk around the downtown area. Have lunch on your own in one of Bennington’s many charming eateries.

Stroll by the Bennington Battle Monument. In 1777 General John Stark, aided by the Green Mountain Boys, defeated the King’s troops. The objective of this famous “Battle of Bennington” was the site where military supplies had been stored. In place of the storehouse, now stands a 306- foot monolith. On the picturesque grounds are additional monuments and a lovely gift shop. This is a great place for a photo op.

Stop at Hemmings, a car lover’s store, café and old-fashioned Sunoco Station. You'll see first-hand the huge collection of automotive items: over 150 unique reproduction porcelain signs, dozens of die-cast models, pedal cars, auto artwork and more. You will also see 25 of the collector vehicles and the automobilia collection.

Grandma Moses Gallery

Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860-1961)
Grandma Moses Gallery
Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
Grandma Moses images © Grandma Moses Properties Co., NY

Before you leave Bennington, stop at the Bennington Museum. As the largest art and history repository in southern Vermont, the museum houses diverse collections reflecting the history of early Vermont and historically associated areas of New York and Massachusetts.  They are proud caretakers of the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, as well as the defining collection of 19th‐century Bennington stoneware.

From The Museum, it’s just a short ride to your hotel, a Vermont lodge with the warmth and charm of a country inn and the space, amenities and conveniences of a modern hotel. Situated above the West River Valley, you quickly become entranced with sweeping southern views from each room’s private balcony. The lodge is both locally owned and operated and offers a high level of Yankee hospitality, that will immediately make you feel welcome.

Once you have unpacked and refreshed, gather around the huge stone fireplace in the spacious lobby. You will be treated to a sampling of Vermont artisanal cheeses and have the opportunity to talk with the farmer who produces them.

Dinner is included and served in the lodge’s dining area. The plated and cooked-to-order fare features Northern Italian Cuisine. Enjoy a glass of wine or other beverage purchased from Butterfield’s, the in-house lounge.

Day Two:

Start your day with breakfast served at the lodge. Board the coach and head out for a day steeped with history, natural beauty and tasty tidbits.

Your first stop is at King Arthur Flour. King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company and was founded in Boston in 1790 to provide pure, high-quality flour for residents of the newly formed United States. More than 220 years later, they are the nation’s premier baking resource.   The Baker’s Store offers hard-to-find ingredients, innovative gadgets, top-quality pans, easy mixes and a huge selection of baking basics. The bakery beckons you with the aromas of fresh-baked breads. You will have time to shop, witness the baking process and enjoy the samples.

Photo credit: Rock of Ages

Photo credit: Rock of Ages

Continue on to Barre, the “Granite Capital of the World.” Barre is the center of the largest granite industry in the nation. Visit the world’s largest and most modern granite manufacturing plant. See workers in the quarry and learn how granite is processed and used. At the end of your tour there will be time to visit the lovely, on-site gift shop.

Take a break and have lunch on your own in Barre. You will also have time to visit the shops.

Before you depart Barre, drive through Hope Cemetery, where you will discover 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.

Continue on just a short distance to Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city. Vermont is known for having the smallest State House. Built in 1859, it is one of the nation’s oldest and best-preserved state capitols in use. Enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the fossil embedded marble floors, the original representative’s desk, a beautiful collection of artwork and original lighting fixtures still utilized today.

No visit to Montpelier is complete without a stop at Morse Farm Sugarworks. 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. Your visit ends with a traditional “sugar on snow” party.

After a busy day, begin your travels back to the Lodge. Along the way, stop in Royalton, the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the first latter-day prophet and President of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Witness a granite monument that stands 50 feet, 10 inches. In the Visitor’s Center, learn about the life of this exceptional man. A docent-led tour of the property will enhance your visit.

Before you arrive at the Lodge, stop at a locals’ favorite tavern for an included dinner. The hearty, made from scratch fare, will prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

Day Three:

Start the day with a breakfast served in the Lodge. Then board the coach and depart on a scenic route that takes you along the western border of the Green Mountain National Forest.

Your first stop is at an architectural masterpiece, Wilson Castle, built in the middle of the 19th century. The residence of the 115-acre estate has three floors and 32 rooms. The interior features are highlighted with 84 stained-glass windows and 13 fireplaces finished with imported tile and bronze. The furnishings include Far Eastern and European antiques and museum pieces, complemented by statuary, Chinese scrolls and Oriental rugs. Cattle barns, stables, the carriage house and the glass house are also located on the grounds. Your visit includes a guided tour.

Board the coach and head out to 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, The Vermont Soap Company and some of the many charming boutiques and antique shops that line Main Street. Have lunch on your own in Middlebury.

Pulp Mill Bridge

Photo credit: Arminnius

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!

Vermont’s famed Morgan horses roam 200 of the greenest, prettiest acres in the State at the Morgan Horse Farm, a breeding and training facility. The “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.

Your next stop is at Danforth Pewter, home of crafted jewelry, holiday ornaments, oil lamps, vases, kitchenware and baby and wedding gifts. The gallery store has observation windows so you may see into the workshop where each piece of Danforth Pewter is made. Witness the process of how a gray mass of pewter is turned into exquisite gifts and decorative pieces. There will be time to shop in their amazing store.

By this time, you will be ready for some refreshment. A stop at the Woodchuck Cidery is the perfect solution. They handcraft every batch of Woodchuck Hard Cider and their cider makers utilize the highest quality ingredients and meticulously oversee each small batch, from start to finish. Enjoy the tour and the samples!

Before you depart the Middlebury area, stop for an included dinner 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."

Day Four:

Following breakfast, board the coach and travel toward Lake Champlain. Today’s travels take you across the Lake and into New York State.

Arrive at the Fort Ticonderoga Cable Ferry in Shoreham. Established in 1759, the Fort Ti cable ferry crosses Lake Champlain between Shoreham and Fort Ticonderoga, New York. This is one of the oldest ferry crossings in North America and one of the last remaining cable ferries in North America. Set your watch. Seven and a half minutes across, seven and a half minutes back. As the ferry is not large enough to accommodate a motor coach, you will cross the lake as “foot passengers” which gives you optimum views of the lake.

Photo Credit: John Stanton

Photo Credit: John Stanton

Visit Fort Ticonderoga, where America made history. For a generation, this remote post on Lake Champlain guarded the narrow water highway connecting New France, with Britain's American colonies. Whichever nation controlled Ticonderoga, controlled a continent.  During the American Revolution, Fort Ticonderoga was the scene of America's first major victory in its struggle for independence and the United States' northern stronghold protecting New York and New England from British invasion from Canada. A popular destination for history lovers since the early 19th century, Fort Ticonderoga is one of America’s earliest historic preservation projects with efforts to preserve the site dating back to 1820.

Your admission includes access to all of the museum and grounds, including the Kings Garden, activities of the day such as the musket demo and fife and drum corps, a 90-minute and a narrated history cruise on the Carillon. During your visit, have lunch on your own at America’s Fort Café and shop in the Museum Store located inside the Log House Welcome Center.

Depart the Fort late afternoon and return to the Lodge. There will be time to relax and refresh before the evening’s activities.

Tonight, get your country on! Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon and head over the fields and though the woods to the Taylor Farm. This 180-year old working dairy farm is the ideal setting for an evening of foot stompin’ fun! Your evening begins with a delicious bar-be-que dinner served hot from the grill. Then, buckle up your dance shoes and get ready for a hoedown. Yee-haw!

Day Five:

After breakfast at the Lodge, pack your bags and check out of your rooms. There will be time to capture some photos of the amazing views before you depart.

Hildene On your way out of Vermont, visit Hildene, The Lincoln’s Family home. Explore this grand 24-room estate and the beautiful gardens that were built by Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It was home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. Your visit includes a self-guided tour of the home and the amazing formal gardens.

Have lunch on your own in Manchester before you depart for home.

Details

Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall

Your Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Vermont artisanal cheese Welcome Reception
  • Photo op at the Bennington Monument
  • Visit to Hemmings, the car lover’s store
  • Admission to the Bennington Museum
  • Visit to King Arthur Flour Company
  • Tour at Rock of Ages Granite Quarry
  • Drive through tour of Hope Cemetery
  • Guided tour of the Vermont State Capitol
  • Tour at Morse Farm Sugarworks with Sugar on Snow Party
  • Docent led tour of the Prophet Joseph Smith birthplace
  • Tour at Wilson Castle
  • Time at leisure in the Village of Middlebury
  • Photo op at the Pulp Mill Bridge
  • Tour at the Morgan Horse Farm
  • Visit to Danforth Pewter
  • Tour and taste at the Woodchuck Cidery
  • Ride on the Fort Ticonderoga Cable Ferry
  • Admission to Fort Ticonderoga
  • Lake Champlain narrated cruise on the Carillon
  • Horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Country Hoedown
  • Admission to Hildene
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities on the above services

Pricing Information:

The following NET prices are based on 30 paid travelers and with 30 paid travelers include one complimentary package based on single occupancy. Fewer than 30 paid travelers may result in a price increase and/or elimination of complimentary package.

  • Per person double occupancy: 485.00