Literary New England

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
8 Days/7 Nights

Day One:

Arrive in Boston late afternoon. Check into your Boston area hotel. There will be time to refresh before dinner. Enjoy dinner at Cheers, "where everybody knows your name."

Day Two:

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.
Harvard University Freshman Dining HallTravel to Harvard University for a self tour of this historic campus. Your guide will share the University’s past, rich in the history of Bradstreet, Emerson and Thoreau. Walk by the Harvard Yard Gates, the newest of which is the Bradstreet Gate, dedicated in October 1997 and in celebration of women living in the "Yard." It bears a plaque with a quote from 17th-century poet, Anne Dudley Bradstreet, "I came into this country where I found a new world and new manners at which my heart rose."

House of Seven GablesFrom Harvard, travel to Salem where you will spend a bewitching afternoon. Salem was one of the most significant seaports in Early America and has the first National Historic Site designated by Congress, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, that protects Salem’s historic waterfront. Much of the city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Admission to the House of Seven Gables and the Hawthorne House are included. Have a "wicked good" lunch on your own as you browse through Salem.

Return to your Boston Hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Arrive in the Quincy Marketplace for dinner at a locals’ favorite restaurant. After dinner, there will be time to explore the shops and street vendors’ carts.

Day Three:

Start your day with breakfast in the hotel. Board the coach and travel to Concord.

Your first visit will be at the Old Manse, built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson. This National Historic Landmark became the center of Concord’s political, literary and social revolutions over the next century. In the mid-19th-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller discussed issues of the day with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.

Next, visit the Wayside, home of authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May and Bronson Alcott and Margaret Sidney. Your guided tour of the first literary site, to become part of the National Park Service System, will surround you in history.

Have lunch on your own as you stroll around Concord.

This afternoon visit the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, locally known as "Thoreau Farm." This house and surrounding farmland had a long history prior to Thoreau’s birth in 1817. Native Americans cultivated the land until the town of Concord was charted in 1635.

The Orchard House, the most permanent home of Amos Bronson and Louise May Alcott, where they lived from 1858-1877, is most noted for being where Louisa wrote and set her beloved classic, Little Women. Enjoy the guided tour and the gift shop.

Author’s Ridge, in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, is the resting place of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Sleepy Hollow is Concord’s largest cemetery with over 10,000 gravesites. Your walking tour also takes you by the Melvin Memorial.

On your way back to Boston, stop in Lexington for a stroll through Minuteman Historical Park. Return to the hotel to recharge before dinner.

Your farewell dinner is served in one of the country’s oldest restaurants. Witness the placque dedicated to JFK, as this was one of his favorite dining spots.

Day Four:

After breakfast in the hotel , check out of the hotel and proceed to travel to Western Massachusetts. Enjoy scenery as you travel to Pittsfield.

Your first stop is Melville’s Arrowhead, built in 1783 and home to Melville’s wife and children and extended family as well. The view of Mount Greylock from Melville’s study window was said to be his inspiration for the white whale in Moby Dick. The piazza, after which the story and the book The Piazza Tales were named, is a porch Melville added to the north side of Arrowhead.

Have lunch on your own as you explore Pittsfield, before proceeding to Lennox. Your private tour of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s spacious and sedate summer home, is next. The tour not only reveals the history of The Mount, but also chronicles Wharton’s life, her achievements and her literary legacy. After the tour, spend time on your own in the exquisite restored formal gardens.

Arrive at your hotel in Pittsfield. Gather for dinner at one of Pittsfield’s lovely restaurants.

Day Five:

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning. Begin your day’s excursions at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Renowned for its exquisite setting, the garden is one of New England’s oldest and most treasured gardens. Explore the garden’s 15 lush acres where over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species take center stage.

Visit Chesterwood, the summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial. Wander through the trails studded with his fabulous sculptures.

Have lunch on your own in Stockbridge.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is a must-see when you are in Stockbridge. The museum holds the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. The galleries present an illustrated chronicle of American life and our nation’s ideal of tolerance, kindness, democracy and freedom. Witness the 10 large galleries, gift shop and 36-acre campus, featuring Rockwell’s original studio and sculptures by his son, Peter.

Return to your hotel to refresh before dinner. Dinner is included and served at a casual restaurant near the hotel.

Day Six:

Following breakfast in your hotel, depart for Vermont, with a stop in Amherst, MA along the way. The Emily Dickinson Museum is certain to be a highlight of your trip. The Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family, share three beautiful acres of the original Dickinson property in the center of Amherst.

With a lunch stop enroute, arrive at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, VT. Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President by his father, here in his boyhood home! The homestead remains exactly as it was the night Coolidge took office. The historic site is considered one of the best-preserved Presidential sites in the nation.

After all of this site seeing, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride and the views as you travel through Vermont’s Green Mountains. Arrive at the Trapp Family Lodge. Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont. The Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort done in the European tradition. Created by the von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music," this unique luxury resort features Austrian-inspired architecture, European-style accommodations and the charm of Vermont. The Lodge offers superb mountain views, old world comforts and impeccable service, along with activities for every season.

Once you have had a chance to relax, refresh and take a stroll along the landscaped paths and enjoy the beautiful displays in their numerous gardens. Gather in the main lobby for afternoon tea and cookies.

Dinner is included and served in the cozy dining room. After dinner there is live entertainment in the lounge.

Day Seven:

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast in the lodge. Your travels today will lead you to some of Vermont’s most amazing sites.

Arrive at the University of Vermont’s renowned Morgan Horse Farm, where Vermont’s famed Morgan horses roam 200 of the greenest, prettiest acres in the State. Designated as a site on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm is home to significant Morgan history. The UVM "government" line of Morgan Horse is considered one of the best in the world. A 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. The Morgan is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States.

Danforth PewterVisit Middlebury Village, 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 Folk Life Center that offers folk art and traditions of Vermont. Stop in Danforth Pewter, known worldwide for their finely crafted pewter ware and gifts.

Stop at the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge for a photo op. It was built in 1820 and has been restored and rebuilt. It is a two-lane bridge of three spans and one of the only six remaining in the United States. It is the oldest covered bridge in Vermont.

By this time you will have worked up an appetite and the Waybury Inn is just the spot to satisfy the most discriminating palate. 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."

Next, travel through the mountains to Bread Loaf, Robert Frost’s summer and fall teaching residence for the Middlebury College School of English. Enjoy strolling through this national historic site, now home of the internationally renowned Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Walk along the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, where seven of his poems are mounted on plaques on the 3/4-mile stretch between the Wayside Area and the Bread Loaf Campus.

Return to the lodge for time to relax and enjoy the beautiful property. Your farewell evening features an Austrian Buffet followed by a "Do-Re-Mi" sing-a-long.

Day Eight:

Check out of the lodge after breakfast. There will be time to take some photos to share with your friends when you return.

Before you depart Vermont, you must visit Morse Farm. 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. End your visit with a sugar-on-snow party.

Continue your travels home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
8 Days/7 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Dinners
  • Free time nat Harvard
  • Tour the House of Seven Gables
  • Visit the Quincy Marketplace
  • Tour Old Manse
  • Visit the WAyside Home
  • Visit Thoreau Farm
  • View the Orchard House
  • Tour Arrowhead
  • Admission to The Mount
  • Admission to Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Experience the Emily Dickinson Museum
  • Explore Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park
  • Admission to the Morgan Horse Farm
  • Free time ini Middlebury
  • Photo stop at the Pulp Mill Bridge
  • Attend a sugar-on-snow-party at Morse Farm
  • Fully escorted by professional tour manager
  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • Accommodations and breakfast for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the tour manager, coach driver and local guide are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)

Pricing Information:

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