We depart this morning to begin our tour of New England arrayed in all her
fall splendor. We will stop in Salem, Virginia for lunch before continuing
to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for our frst overnight.
We continue to Cooperstown, New York for a delicious luncheon buffet
at the Otesaga Hotel. As one of America’s truly great villages, Cooperstown
indeed feels like the most special place in the world. The pristine,
glimmering nine-mile long Otsego Lake, the toy village-like appeal of
Main Street, the well-maintained older Victorian and Colonial homes
on picture-perfect tree-lined streets and the wonderful green rolling hills
create a special sense of place. We will visit The National Baseball Hall
of Fame and Museum with it’s crowning jewel the Plaque Gallery, where
visitors will discover all 310 Hall of Fame members’ bronze plaques
honoring their achievements. The museum features more than 60,000
square feet of exhibit space to display countless treasures from baseball’s
glorious past. Dinner is included tonight at the Otesaga Hotel.
After a delightful breakfast included at the Otesaga Hotel we continue
north through New York’s magnifcent Adirondack Mountains and Sara- toga Springs, New York to beautiful Lake George. In autumn, the trees
light up the countryside with hues of amber, yellow and crimson. We will
enjoy a delightful luncheon cruise onboard the Lac du Saint Sacrement
while listening to the great history of the Lake. View the secluded islands,
tranquil bays and million dollar mansions. We will take our motorcoach to
the summit of Prospect Mountain for breathtaking views. On a Fall day, the
views from Prospect Mountain are a spectacular riot of color. We continue
to Rutland/Killington,Vermont area for the night.
This morning our journey continues through Vermont’s astounding Green
Mountains decked in brilliant fall colors. Free time for shopping and
browsing in the quaint village town of Woodstock, Vermont. A photo stop
at beautiful Quechee Gorge, better known as “Vermont’s Little Grand
Canyon”. We will enjoy a delightful luncheon (included) in Lebanon, New
Hampshire before continuing North into New Hampshire’s beautiful White
Mountains. We make a stop in Bath at the Brick General Store, America’s
oldest continuously operated general store. We continue to North Conway
for a two night stay.
After breakfast, we board the North Conway Scenic Railway for a two
hour excursion to Crawford Station. Enjoy some of the most dramatic
and natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch—past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and
streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and
Willey Brook Bridge —enroute to Crawford station. We will enjoy a box
luncheon on board the train. Upon arrival at Crawford, we reboard our
motorcoach for a short trip to Mount Washington and the historic Mount
Washington Cog Railway. The railway climbs above the clouds to the top
of the highest peak in the Northeast, where all of New England spreads
out before you. The track runs up a three mile-long trestle making it
the second-steepest mountain climbing train in the world. We return to
North Conway, for our last night.
A late check-out this morning with time for shopping in the Settler’s
Green Outlet Center before departing North Conway. We will travel
the Kancamagus Highway, aka the Kanc, in New Hampshire from
Conway to Lincoln. The highway winds across the state, connecting
Bath to Conway through the heart of the scenic and mountainous White
Mountain National Forest which is renowned for its autumn leaf viewing.
We make several photo stops along the way. At Loon Mountain,
we will ride the Gondola to the top of Loon Mountain for a spectacular
view before continuing to North Woodstock where we board the Lafayette
Dinner Train for an experience you will long remember. Riding in
vintage restored Pullman cars, we enjoy an elegant fve-course dinner
as we travel the lush New England forest with magnifcent mountain
vistas. Overnight in the Lincoln/Tilton area.
We depart Lincoln/Tilton traveling south through New Hampshire and
Massachusetts before entering Connecticut. Our destination is Essex, Connecticut
where we enjoy a 3-course lunch aboard restored 1920’s Pullman
dining cars as part of a 4 hour lunch, train and riverboat sightseeing excursion.
The staff will transport you back to an era when rail travel was king,
and eating in the “diner” was a delicious special occasion. Upon boarding
the dining car, you’ll savor a hot lunch that is prepared and cooked on
board. Travel aboard the train along the lower Connecticut River Valley
while you fnish your meal. At Deep River Landing, we transfer to the
Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise on the Connecticut River, bursting
with lush scenery and historic sights such as Gillette Castle. We have a
short drive to Milford, Connecticut for the night.
We continue through Connecticut and New York stopping in New Jersey
where we take a 90 minute cruise of New York harbour with an upclose
view of the Statue of Liberty and New York City’s magnifcent skyline. See
One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Battery Park, Ellis Island,
Governors Island, Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge,
Manhattan Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge plus the Chrysler Building,
East Village, United Nations and the USS Intrepid Pier. Chambersburg,
Pennsylvania is our destination for the last night of this magnifcent tour.
We depart Chambersburg and continue through the Shenandoah Valley and
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia enroute to Salem, Virginia for lunch.
We have seen Vermont’s glowing Green Mountains, New Hampshire’s
blazing White Mountains, and New York’s Catskill Mountains. All have
been glowing with the vibrant colors of fall.