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 fare.
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 visiting Canterbury Shaker Village, 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 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 Eight, Sunday, October 8 (B,L)
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)
Amtrak’s VERMONTER; 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 Falls.
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)
SaratogaBattlefield National Military 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 Military Park. 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 occupancy
$4299.00 single occupancy
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