GRAND FALL TOUR: New Hampshire, Vermont And The Adirondacks
Tour from $3699.00
This year our Grand Fall Tour
explores Vermont, New
Hampshire and the Lake George area of New
York’s Adirondack Mountains. Rail
Travel Adventures Tour Manager Deb Carbin, the former Manager of Passenger
Services for the Green Mountain Railroad is your tour escort. The program emphasizes
branch line trains, meals in country inns, beautiful lake cruises and
continuous views of the vibrant colors that define the New
Train journeys include a
diverse collection of railways, including Amtrak’s VERMONTER. We
ascend the yawning gulf of Crawford Notch on the Conway Scenic Railroad and
enjoy an elegant dinner on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. We ascend the
tallest peak in New England (Mount Washington) on the world’s first cog-railway,
and have a lovely journey along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee while enjoying
a turkey dinner on the unique dinner train of the Winnipesaukee Railroad. Cruises include the island-dotted waters of
Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the century-old lake-steamer “Mount Washington” and
sailing beautiful Lake George to the wild upper lake on the magnificent
steamboat recreation the “M/V Lac du Saint Sacrement”, while enjoying a fine luncheon buffet. As always, our tour includes relaxing
multi-night stays at charming inns and grand hotels, historic sightseeing, and
special meals at fine restaurants. Complete details follow. All aboard!
Please note to fully and comfortably participate in
this tour, it is necessary to walk for distances of several blocks at some of
the outdoor historic sites and to climb steps.
Many of the hotels used are non-smoking.
Day One, Sunday, Oct 1 Independent arrivals into Albany. Tour
participants can arrive into Albany
today by air or rail. A pre-tour night
is included at the fine Albany Hilton hotel in the heart of downtown. The hotel will pick up guests at either the Amtrak
station or the airport.
Day Two, Monday, October 2 (B,L)
Green Mountains of Vermont; We depart Albany this morning on our chartered
motorcoach and travel through the upper Hudson River Valley and the Green
Mountains of Vermont to the
Lovely village of Manchester.
Here we visit Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only son of
President Lincoln to live to adulthood. Robert Todd Lincoln became the
President of the great railway sleeping car builder, Pullman. A new exhibit
here is the exquisitely restored 1903 Pullman Car “Sunbeam”. We enjoy lunch in
the lovely village of Chester at the Fullerton Inn, and later make a shopping
stop at the Rockingham location of the renowned Vermont Country Store—the
purveyor of everything you used to use!
Our destination is the
village of Meredith on the northwest shore of New England’s largest lake, Lake
Winnipesaukee. We stay four nights at
the cozy Inn at Mill
Falls. The hotel is a
contemporary New England country inn with
traditional décor, beautiful gardens, on-site shopping and a waterfall that
cascades through the hotel! A full breakfast is included each day at the Inn’s
Waterfall Café. There are four different restaurants associated with our hotel
for dinners, with cuisine ranging from pizza to steak, seafood and gourmet
Day Three, Tuesday,
October 3 (B,L,D)
Canterbury Shaker Village;
Franconia Notch; Café Lafayette Dinner Train.
Today is devoted to views of
high peaks and glorious fall colors by motorcoach and train. We begin by
learning about Shaker history and beliefs, and visiting various original
buildings. There is a lovely craft shop
here, as well. Lunch, featuring Shaker
recipes, is included here. We then make the beautiful drive to Franconia
Notch. Photo stops allow us to view the
former site of the famous “Old Man of the Mountain” rock face and Echo Lake. Our final activity this evening is a real
treat: an elegant dinner on the Café
Lafayette Dinner Train. Our ride follows the former Boston and Maine Lincoln
branch along the tumbling waters of the Pemigewasset River.
Day Four, Wednesday,
October 4 (B,L) Crawford Notch Railroad; Mount Washington Cog Railway.
We drive to the village of
North Conway and board the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Crawford Notch train. This
may be the most spectacular preservation railway line in the Northeast as it
ascends past rushing rivers and up very steep grades through Crawford Notch.
Enroute, the views of the Notch and Mount Washington
from the Frankenstein Trestle (its real name) are wonderful! We have an included
picnic luncheon on the train. At Crawford Notch Station, we re-board our coach
and drive to Base Station to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway. We ascend
to the 6,288-foot summit, the crest of New England.
Enroute we travel from deep forests to open alpine tundra. On a clear day, the
summit vista encompasses four states and the Canadian province of Quebec!
We return to Meredith in early evening.
Day Five, Thursday,
October 5 (B,D)
Lake Winnipesaukee cruise; turkey dinner on
Winnipesaukee RR. Today we re-create the Boston
and Maine Railroad’s once-famous circuit of Lake
Winnipesaukee by rail, lake-steamer and coach. This morning we
board the century-old “M/V Mount Washington” for a voyage on the waters of Lake
Winnipesaukee from Weirs Beach to Alton
Bay. We then motor along
the shore back to Meredith for free time in the afternoon. The fine stores of
the Mill Falls Marketplace are located at our hotel, and there are lovely paths
to walk along the lake. This evening we ride the Winnipesaukee Railroad along
the shore from Meredith south through Weirs
Beach to Laconia while enjoying a delicious turkey
dinner, carved to order at each table!
Day Six, Friday, October 6 (B,L)Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, luncheon at
Simon Pierce Glassworks
This morning we drive to
Cornish, NH to visit the only National Park site devoted to sculpture, the
Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. Augustus
Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) created over 150 works of art, from exquisitely
carved cameos to heroic-size public monuments. Works such as the "Standing Lincoln" monument and the Shaw Memorial, continue to inspire people
today and his design for the 1907 Twenty Dollar Gold Piece, is considered
America's most beautiful coin. We’ll see the artist’s remarkable studio and
sculpture garden during our visit. We cross into Vermont and enjoy lunch at the
renowned Simon Pierce Glassworks, with time to see the glass-blowing and
photograph the falls of the Quechee River just outside the dining room. After lunch,
we take a scenic drive across the state. Our home for the next three nights is
the comfortable full-service Doubletree Hotel in Burlington, VT.
Day Seven, Saturday, October 7 (B)
Shelburne Farms; Shelburne Museum.
only a few miles south to Shelburne. Here
we tour the estate of the Webb family, Shelburne Farms, and taste the
award-winning cheese still produced here. This afternoon, we explore the
extraordinary Shelburne Museum, which superficially appears to be a re-created
New England village but actually is far more. Electra Havermeyer Webb assembled a great
collection of “Americana” for display at the Shelburne Museum. A horseshoe barn contains a
hand-carved circus parade. Another barn houses stagecoaches and carriages. A
country inn reveals a collection of ship figureheads and cigar store Indians.
Other buildings contain old master paintings, Adirondack
guide boats, railway equipment and wooden toys. The former Shelburne depot of
the Rutland RR seems to await the departure of a steam train, pulled by the
last steam locomotive of the Central Vermont RY. Perhaps the most remarkable
treasure is the huge, fully-furnished walking-beam steamboat “S.S.
Ticonderoga”, which was dragged overland two miles from Lake
Champlain to the museum in the 1950s. We can explore the “Ti” from
pilothouse to engine room.
Day Eight, Sunday, October
Birds of Vermont Museum;
Trapp Family Lodge; Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
We enjoy unique experiences
on a day devoted to the birds and foods of Vermont. In the deep woods, a few miles south of Waterbury, we visit the
Birds of Vermont Museum, a true “hidden treasure”. Here, one man has carved all
the birds native to Vermont and displayed them in natural habitat
dioramas. Lunch today is at the famous
Trapp Family Lodge, overlooking the spectacular mountain scenery toward
Stowe. We have time to visit the
Austrian gift shop or take a scenic walk before returning down the
mountain. Enroute back to Burlington, we
make a shopping and tasting stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which makes wonderful
apple cider and apple products. We can
learn how they make cider and sample it, along with other food products. Fresh apple cider doughnuts are for sale
here, as well as a broad selection of foods and crafts of Vermont
and New England.
Day Nine, Monday,
October 9 (B)
Calvin Coolidge Historic Site; to Glens Falls.
We board Amtrak’s VERMONTER
at Essex Junction for a scenic run to Bellows Falls on the New England Central
Railroad. This is the route of the former Central Vermont Railway and includes
a crossing of the Green Mountains at Roxbury Summit and the gorges of the
Winooski and White Rivers. We pass three covered bridges at Northfield
village and see some of Vermont’s
prettiest towns from the train this morning. A light lunch can be purchased
on-board in the café-lounge car.
This afternoon we’ll visit Plymouth
Notch, a tiny village preserved as a state historic site because it is the
birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. While visiting his father here in
1923, Vice-President Coolidge learned President Harding had died. As the local Justice of the Peace, his father
administered the oath of office in the Coolidge home’s tiny parlor! Later we cross into the Adirondack Mountains
region of New York for a two-night stay at the
landmark Queensbury Hotel in Glens
Day Ten, Tuesday, October
10 (B,L) Fort Ticonderoga; Adirondack Mountains; Lake George cruise. This
morning we drive the Adirondack Northway (which won national awards for its
harmonious design in the protected wild lands of Adirondack
State Park) to the restored stone
citadel of Fort Ticonderoga. Ticonderoga
was bitterly contested in both the French and Indian and the Revolutionary
Wars. It has a fine museum and a beautiful
prospect looking across Lake Champlain to the
Green Mountains of Vermont. A short
drive takes us into the beautiful Adirondack Mountains for our Farewell Lunch enjoyed
while sailing the mountain-circled waters of Lake George. We board the recreation
of a 19th century lake-packet boat, the “M/V Lac du Saint
Sacrement”, for a cruise up the “Lake Lucerne of
America” past high peaks and magnificent estates to the rocky islands that dot
the roadless upper reaches of the lake. After the cruise, we’ll enjoy free time
to shop in the pretty village of Lake George. You can also optionally tour the
restored Fort William Henry (admission not included), which is directly across
the street from the pier. This was the location of the central plot events in
James Fennimore Cooper’s great historical novel “The Last of the Mohicans”.
Day Eleven, Wednesday,
October 11 (B)
Park; tour ends. The “turning point” of the Revolutionary War was the
1777 defeat of British General John Burgoyne at the two Battles of Saratoga. Benedict Arnold, later the most infamous of
traitors, was the hero of the American cause at the second Battle of Saratoga.
We see the unique “traitor’s monument” to Arnold
on our tour of this beautiful National
We conclude our tour with a 12:00 noon arrival at the Albany airport and a 12:30 p.m. drop-off at
the Albany Amtrak station.
TOUR PRICES include all hotels; tour manager services; admissions;
meals noted as included above; rail, coach and boat transportation; and luggage
handling and transfers from our hotel in Albany
to the Albany
airport or Amtrak station at the end of the tour. Not included are connecting
travel to Albany,
other meals, alcoholic beverages, and items of a personal nature.
$3699.00 per person, double
$4299.00 single occupancy
FOR QUESTIONS AND TO BOOK:
Call Jessica Green (800) 639-3706 USA or 1 (603)
336-5444 from anywhere.