Cider, Castles and Country Livin’

 

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Vermont is known for its natural landscape that is 75% forest. It is also known for being home to over 100, 19th century covered bridges and as a major producer of maple syrup and granite. The growing “localvore” culture features artisanal cheeses, specialty foods, wine, craft beer and cider. From the “greening of Vermont” in the spring, to summer landscapes framed with wildflowers, to the brilliant display of fall foliage, Vermont is a treasure in every season!

Day One:

Early afternoon, arrive at the Rockwell Exhibit-Sugar Shack in Arlington, VT. Your visit includes a tour of the Sugar House, a video of Rockwell’s life in Arlington, and to tour the exhibit. The Norman Rockwell Exhibition is an exhibit that focuses on Rockwell’s work from 1939 – 1953, the years he actually lived in Arlington. Inside to the exhibit, either Mr. Don Fisher, a model in the 1954 Saturday Evening Post Cover “Breaking Home Ties” or Ruth Skellie, a model in the 1939 Post Cover “Marbles Champion” will speak to your group about their experience posing for Rockwell, and will be happy to autograph a print for you!

Hildene smallYour next stop is 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.

From Hildene, 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 the high level of Yankee hospitality 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 the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth. This is the best-preserved presidential birthplace in the nation. Plymouth Notch is virtually unchanged since the early 1900’s. This rural village includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge’s family and neighbors, general store, church, cheese factory (still making cheese) and the 1924 Summer White House Office. Calvin Coolidge was born here and was sworn in as our 30th President in the family homestead in 1923. Thirteen buildings are open to explore, as are the surrounding grounds and gardens.

Enjoy lunch on your own at the Wilder House Restaurant, adjacent to the Coolidge Site.

Next, visit the Billings Farm and Museum. Explore one of the finest small dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past. The operating farm restored 1890-farm house and engaging farm life exhibits displayed in the 19th century barns, showcase this model farm.

Queeche Gorge smallYour next stop is Woodstock, considered to be one of New England’s most beautiful villages and “the prettiest small town in America.” Walk among the opulent mid-19th century homes and structures built around the Village Green and along broad streets. The stately Woodstock Inn, owned by the Rockefeller family, presides over the Village Green.

Visit Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” Enjoy beautiful vistas from 168 feet above the river. Stop for a photo op or take time to stroll along the paths.

Stop next door at Quechee Gorge Village where you will find locally made crafts, gifts, kiosks filled with classic antiques and Vermont food products. Enjoy the samples!

Depart Quechee late afternoon and return to the lodge. There will be time to relax and refresh before the evenings activities.

Tonight, get your country on! Travel down the road to the Taylor Farm. Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon and head over the fields and through the woods on a tour of this 180-year old working dairy farm. This 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!

Return to the lodge after dinner. Sit by the crackling fire in the lobby, play a game of pool or relax in the lounge with a beverage.

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 in Proctor. Learn the history of marble, from fascinating ways of quarrying it to famous places where Vermont marble is being used, at the Vermont Marble Museum. Stroll through the art studio and gallery and see the resident artist at work. In the museum shop you can find marble gifts, fossils, minerals and more.

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.

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!

Morgan_Quintessential2Vermont’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:

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.

On your way out of Vermont, 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.

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.

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel

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.

Have lunch on your own in one of Bennington’s many restaurants before you depart for home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodations
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Vermont artisanal cheese Welcome Reception
  • Visit to the Norman Rockwell Exhibit and Sugar Shack
  • Admission to Hildene
  • Visit to the Calvin Coolidge Historical Site
  • Tour at Billings Farm and Museum
  • Time to explore the Town of Woodstock
  • Photo op at Quechee Gorge
  • Shopping at Quechee Gorge Village
  • Horse drawn wagon ride to the country hoedown with live entertainment
  • Visit the Vermont Marble Museum
  • 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
  • Admission to the Bennington Museum
  • Visit to Hemmings, the car lover’s store
  • Photo op at the Bennington Monument
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities on the above services

 

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