After a beautiful drive through the rolling hills of upper East Tennessee,
we enter the state of Virginia. Eat a light lunch because tonight
we have a scrumptious buffet dinner at American Celebration
Parade in Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia. The American Celebration
Parade museum is a unique and one-of-a kind collection of parade
floats, props, and stage settings from America’s entertainment and
political history. The collection includes parade floats from the Rose
Parade, Presidential Inaugurals and other national celebrations. Some
floats are animated and others will stir memories of parades from
our childhoods. Earl Hargrave, the owner of this museum, has staged
trade shows, conventions, and every presidential inaugural since
1949. Get up close to these floats and see them “the way they were
meant to be seen”. After dinner, we will continue to Woodstock, VA
Situated in the southeast region of Pennsylvania is the core of
Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home to the Amish, Mennonite and
Brethren religious communities collectively known as the “Plain
People.” Today most Pennsylvania Dutch lead simple lives on farms.
Many do not use electricity and most opt for horse-drawn buggies.
During your guided tour of Lancaster, journey along the scenic back
roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a knowledgeable and
friendly step-on-guide and learn about the Amish culture, history and
way of life as you delight in the Pennsylvania countryside brimming
with old-fashioned charm. After our tour there will be time for lunch
on your own and shopping at Kitchen Kettle. Eat light save plenty of
room for your Amish Style dinner after seeing the new show at Sight and
Sound Theater, “Jesus”—the action-packed musical stage adventure
that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous
person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he
changed forever. While Jesus’ story may be familiar, his actions are
unexpected. He befriends outcasts and heals the hurting. He challenges
social norms and confronts hypocrisy. He sets sail with fshermen and
reasons with religious scholars. And the lives he touches will never be
the same. From the streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee,
there’s no place—and no person—that his love can’t reach.A delicious
family style dinner is included this evening in an Amish restaurant.
Overnight in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area.
As our morning rushes by, we soon find ourselves passing through New
Jersey into New York. After lunch, we head to Lake Placid, hoping for
an early arrival. After checking into our hotel, there should be time for
exploring downtown Lake Placid before enjoying a gourmet dinner at the
Mirror Lake Inn. The Inn sits perched on the shores of Mirror Lake and is
surrounded by high peaks and a breathtaking natural landscape which has
made this area a popular vacation destination for many years. Overnight
at the Mirror Lake Inn.
While enjoying a pleasant breakfast overlooking Mirror Lake, we anticipate
our next adventure. It is a short drive to the US/Canadian Border
where we get our first glimpse of French Canada. We will stop in
Montreal for lunch and a visit to Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. The
Basilica is located in the historic district of Old Montreal. Dedicated in
1829, its Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the
world; its colorful interior is grand in scale.The ceiling is deep blue and
decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is painted with
blues, azures, reds, purples, silver and gold. Stained glass windows
depict the religious history of Montreal rather than Biblical scenes. Our
afternoon drive takes us through The Canadian countryside to MontTremblant
for a two night stay
Located in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada, Mont-Tremblant
is most famous for its ski resorts. However, Mont-Tremblant, Algonquine
for “trembling mountain”, is also a summer destination for those who
enjoy beautiful mountain vistas, quaint boutiques, and excellent cuisine.
After breakfast, you may wish to spend time shopping, exploring the pedestrian
village with unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and pubs; then
take a gondola ride to the top of Mont-Tremblant for a panoramic view
of the valley below. A not-soon-forgotten experience. This afternoon, we
will take a narrated cruise on Lake Tremblant. Relax on the calm, tranquil
waters of the lake while looking up at the top of the mountain you visited
earlier. After a delightful dinner (included) at the Bullseye Restaurant,
enjoy a stroll around the village or try your luck at the Casino de MontTremblant
located near our hotel.
We depart Mont-Tremblant this morning traveling to Ottawa, Canada’s
capital. It is located in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal
and the U.S. border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its center
Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as
the National Gallery of Canada. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled
with boats in the summer and ice-skaters in the winter. From large Ottawa
malls to exclusive Ottawa shops and boutiques, to unique gift and souvenir
stores, shopping in Ottawa is a favoured activity of visitors. Lunch
and time to explore Ottawa before departing for our next overnight in
Watertown, New York.
After a short drive to Syracuse, NY , we will board the Emita II for a fun,
fact-filled trip on the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal is considered to be one
of the most dramatic engineering feats in our history. When it opened to
barge traffic in 1825, it contained 85 locks and covered 363 miles. Built
at a cost of $7 million dollars, the Canal connected the Great Lakes to the
Hudson River in Albany and ultimately, New York City. We will “lock
thru” #24 Lock today; one of the few remaining locks of the original Erie
Canal. Following the cruise, we will continue into the heart of New York’s
Finger Lakes region. These lakes, scooped out by ancient glaciers, are
considered to be in one of the most picturesque areas of the United States.
The shores of the lakes are lined with vineyards and beautiful farmland.
Charming villages dot the countryside and we will have lunch in one of
the most charming of all – Skaneateles, NY. The Sherwood Inn, a centerpiece
of the village of Skaneateles, has been serving guests since 1807.
Auburn, NY will be our next destination. Here we will visit the home of
William Seward. Seward was the Secretary of State in the administration
of Abraham Lincoln and is given credit for the purchase of Alaska from
Russia. At one time called “Seward’s Folly”, Alaska was purchased for
$7.2 million dollars – about 2 cents per acre! A pretty good deal! We will
also have time for a visit to the Willard Memorial Chapel, an extremely
rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany and the Tiffany Glass and
Decoration Co.The Willard Chapel is the only complete and unaltered Tif- fany Chapel known to exist. Overnight in Waterloo, New York.
Morning finds us traveling along Seneca Lake to Penn Yan, NY at
the northernmost point of Keuka Lake. Often called “Crooked Lake”
because of its unusual Y shape, we will enjoy the scenery as we tra- verse the west side of Keuka Lake; passing numerous vineyards and
wineries on our way to Hammondsport, NY. At Hammondsport, voted
“Coolest Small Town in America” by a noted travel magazine, we will
tour the The Bully Hill Winery. The New York State Wine Museum of
Greyton Taylor is located here. The family of Greyton Taylor, a second
generation winemaker, was involved in winemaking in this region as
far back as 1878. Greyton’s son, Walter, along with his father, founded
Bully Hill Winery in the late 1960’s on the original site of the first Tay- lor Winery. Today, Bully Hill is the second largest winery in New York
offering over 40 different selections of wine and it now produces over
200,000 cases of wine each year. A large gift shop, restaurant and wine
tasting facility complete the Bully Hill complex. Before leaving New
York, we pass through Corning, NY, the “Glass Capital of the World”
and enter Pennsylvania for our last overnight in Chambersburg.
Leaving Pennsylvania, we make our way back to Virginia traveling
through the scenic Shenandoah Valley. Homeward bound! Today, we
reflect on all the sights we have seen and all we have done on this tour.
We return home with great pictures, maybe a few extra pounds and
with lasting memories of the friends we have made and the places we
have visited. Another great trip with Knoxville Tours!