New England Landscapes

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall.

Tour Length: 7 Days/6 Nights

Discover the unique landscapes and flavors of the northern States: New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.  Stroll through quaint New England villages,  and farms, enjoy coastal cruising and clambakes, hike gentle mountain trails and sample traditional New England, fare served at unique and historic restaurants.   This immersive trip into the culture of the region, is a journey on which you experience what you see.

Day One:

Arrive Boston Logan Airport early afternoon, where you will meet your full-time tour manager/guide, board your motor coach and begin your New England Landscapes Vacation.

Drive a short distance to Quincy Marketplace and Faneuil Hall. The Faneuil Hall Marketplace combines the glories of Boston’s past with the urban sophistication of the city today. Have lunch on your own in one of the many eateries and explore the shops, street vendor’s carts and historic architecture.

Old Boston State House Meet your local guide and embark on a 3-hour walking and windshield Freedom Trail Tour of Boston. Visits include the New and the Old State Houses, The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, Old Granary Burying Ground, Paul Revere’s House and Old North Church. The tour also includes USS Constitution (based on availability) and Bunker Hill.

Check into your Boston hotel with time to refresh and relax before dinner.

Return to Quincy Market for dinner on your own in one of the multitude of fine eating establishments.

Day Two:

After breakfast in the hotel, depart Boston and begin your travels to Maine.

Arrive mid morning in Kennebunk, Maine and embark on a 2-hour walking tour through the village to see the many architectural styles and influences employed over the centuries in this seacoast town. Highlights included, Christ Church, a handsome 1828 Greek revival building, the Nathaniel Frost House built in 1799, the Benjamin Brown House built in 1788, the Baptist Church, and the Horace Porter House notable for its Doric columns and Greek revival temple style. Explore one of the most architecturally significant streets in the village, Summer Street. The homes along Summer Street show the growth and change in architectural styles in the early years of this country.

After the guided tour you will have time to explore the many boutiques and enjoy lunch on your own.

On your way to Portland, stop at Len Libby Candies, home of decadent made-in-Maine confections and see the World’s Only Life-Sized Chocolate Moose.

Next, enjoy a 90-minute narrated, scenic Lighthouse Lovers Cruise through the busy harbor and innermost islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, seals and seabirds. Four lighthouses may be seen up close, with as many as seven in view during the cruise. So come aboard, take in the salt air and the spectacular sights.

Check into your downtown Portland hotel and have time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Dinner is a real treat this evening as it is served on a “floating restaurant” where every seat affords ocean and harbor views. Dine on some of the freshest seafood imaginable or Maine’s specialty; fresh steamed lobsters! Of course, there are other selections for landlubbers.

Day Three:

Portland Head LighthouseAfter breakfast in the hotel, visit the oldest lighthouse and most sought after destination in Maine, Portland Head. Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. Cape Elizabeth residents were deeply committed to American independence from British rule. In 1776, the new Town of Cape Elizabeth posted a guard of eight soldiers at Portland Head to warn citizens of coming British attacks. The original tower measured 72’ from base to lantern deck and was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It was first lit on January 10, 1791.

Arrive in Meredith, NH early afternoon and board the Winnipesauke Scenic Railroad. The rail line was built in 1849, well before any development occurred on the then remote lake. Journey past the front yards of many of the luxurious resort homes established by summer vacationers in the late 1890’s and 1950’s. Enjoy a specially packed “Hobo Lunch” during the ride.

After lunch, enjoy time at your leisure to shop in the many wonderful boutiques and galleries in Meredith. Make sure to visit the world-renown, Annalee’s Doll Shop.

Your next visit is Castle in the Clouds. Thomas Plant, who made his fortune in the shoe manufacturing industry, built this exquisite New Hampshire country estate in 1913. This mountaintop property offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesauke and 1,000 feet of waterfalls and walking trails.

Now close your eyes and imagine yourself on the water’s edge of a beautiful lake surrounded by a landscape of soaring pines and deep blue skies mirrored by pristine waters. Open your eyes and you have arrived at your lakeside resort hotel on Lake Winnipesauke!

Enjoy a complimentary welcome reception followed by a relaxing dinner served in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day Four:

Squam loonsEnjoy breakfast served in the hotel, before traveling to Squam Lake. Covering 6,791 acres, Squam is the second-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire and is where the 1981 movie, On Golden Pond, was filmed. Board a canopied pontoon boat and sail off on a fascinating and picturesque 50-minute cruise and learn about the natural forces that created these lakes, the wildlife that makes them so special and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years.

Travel to Lincoln, NH for lunch on your own before you head into the mountains.

At Franconia Notch State Park, walk along the Flume, a natural gorge, visit the Old Man in the Mountain historical site, stroll along miles of hiking trails and ride the aerial tram to the 4,180' summit of Cannon Mountain. On a clear day, you may enjoy views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada and New York

Kancamangus HighwayNext, travel along the spectacular Kancamagus Highway, a 34.5-mile scenic drive along NH's Rt. 112, that is well known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture.

Stop in North Conway, outlet capital of New Hampshire. Start some early holiday shopping at over 60 brand name stores such as: Adidas, Bass, Champion, Carter, Gap, Coach and Eddie Bauer, just to name a few. Shopping is tax free!

After a busy day, travel back to the hotel to refresh before dinner.

Dinner this evening is at a family owned-restaurant that was started in the 1940’s by two brothers. This restaurant started as a 12-seat restaurant and now can seat over 500. “Quality, service and home-style cooking” is the restaurant’s motto and highest priority.

Day Five:

After breakfast in the hotel, back your bags and travel to the Green Mountain State, Vermont!

Holestein calf Arrive in Randolph, VT and visit an operating dairy farm that was established more than 30 years ago. Nestled in the rolling hills of Randolph Center, this farm decorates the countryside with its red barn and white post and beam farmhouse built in the 1800s. The farm operates on 168 acres with cropland and grazing fields to support the dairy and a sugarhouse for producing pure Vermont maple syrup. The clean and tidy barn is home to 48 Holsteins—the black and white cows that symbolize rural living at its very best. Sample the artisan cheeses and maple syrup.

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 still used in the chambers today, a beautiful collection of artwork and original lighting fixtures. Enjoy lunch at the State House café.

Your next stop is at Morse Farms where you may 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. A traditional “sugar on snow party” completes your visit.

Visit the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. From Chunky Monkey to Cherry Garcia, a scoop of “Vermont’s Finest” is a must. This is a perfect touch of sweetness in your day of touring.

Shop for souvenirs at the “Vermont Annex.” The Annex is a retail outlet for Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Danforth Pewter. Enjoy the abundant of samples!

Check into your Burlington, Vermont hotel. There will be time to refresh and relax before dinner.

Savor the flavor of New England cuisine at a restaurant adjacent to the hotel.

Day Six:

After breakfast in the hotel, board the coach and set out on a day of discovery.

Visit a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain. Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400 acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant, originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center.

Shelburne Museum

Photo Credit: Shelburne Museum

Discover treasures from America’s past at the Shelburne Museum, described as one of the world’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts and architecture. The Museum’s founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, was a pioneer collector of Americana and American folk art. Explore 37 exhibit buildings, stroll through 45 scenic acres, and discover 80,000 pieces of Americana including the most important collection of wildfowl decoys in the world, an outstanding collection of quilts, coverlets, and hooked rugs and over 200 horse drawn vehicles. See the 220-foot side-wheel steamboat, the Ticonderoga that is a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy lunch on own in the museum café.

Next, stop in the quaint town of Shelburne and visit the Shelburne Country Store, an original 1859 Vermont country store. The store offers the world’s best melt-in-your-mouth fudge, all kinds of penny candy and chocolates, toys for children of all ages, books, handy kitchen items, bath and beauty products and Vermont crafts galore.

Late afternoon, climb aboard for a scenic, narrated cruise aboard Lake Champlain’s largest cruise ship, The Spirit of Ethan III. This is a great place to search for Champ, the lake’s elusive monster and learn of the region’s rich history during the Captain’s lively narration.

Enjoy dinner this evening at a local’s favorite restaurant.

Day Seven:

After breakfast in the lodge, pack your bags and begin your travels back to Boston.

Queeche Gorge smallAlong the way visit Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” Enjoy beautiful vistas from 168 feet above the river and walk along the paths to the waterfall.

Visit the renowned Simon Pearce Glass Studio, where you will see craftsmen blow glass into beautiful pieces of art and glassware. Have lunch on your own at the Studio’s restaurant.

Arrive in Boston for late afternoon for flights home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall.

Tour Length: 7 Days/6 Nights

Your Package Includes: 

•6 Nights accommodations
•6 Breakfasts
•1 Lunch
•5 Dinners
•Time to explore the Quincy Market and  Faneuil Hall
•Locally guided Freedom Trail tour
•Tour of Kennebunkport led by a local guide
•Visit to Len Libby Candy
•Lighthouse Lovers' Cruise
•Visit to Portland Headlight
•Winnipesauke rail ride with lunch
•Admission to Castle in the Clouds
•Cruise on Squam Lake
•Visit to Franconia Notch State Park
•Travel along the Kancamagus Highway
•Time to shop in tax-free North Conway
•Cheese samples at Sugarbush Farm
•Guided tour of the Vermont State House
•Visit a Vermont sugarhouse with sugar on snow party
•Tour and taste at Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
•Time to shop at the Vermont Annex
•Tour of Shelburne Farms
•Admission to the Shelburne Museum
•Stop at the Shelburne Country Store
•Lake Champlain cruise
•Photo op at Quechee Gorge
•Visit to the Simon Pearce Glass Studio
•Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
•Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
•Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver and local guides are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:

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