B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Friday, 29 Sep 2017: Arrive Burlington, VT; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival no later than 4:30pm and take local transportation to the hotel. The tour will begin at the hotel at 6:00pm with our Welcome Dinner to get acquainted and discuss our upcoming adventure. Overnight Burlington - 1 night
Saturday, 30 Sep 2017: Lake Champlain Cruise; Church Street Marketplace; Montpelier (B)
Lake Champlain, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the US, is one of Vermont´s most popular destinations. The best way to enjoy the lake is from the water. We’ll embark on a cruise and learn about the region´s rich history, and as the Captain's narration unfolds, we'll hear tales of Indian lore, the Revolutionary War and Ethan Allen. Savor the majestic beauty of the Adirondack and Green Mountains that surround the lake. A short walk from the waterfront is Church Street Marketplace. It is the heart of the city and a hub of activity where you'll find historical architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers and more than 100 places to shop and dine. Later this afternoon, we depart Burlington for a short drive to Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the United States. Overnight Montpelier - 1 night
Sunday, 1 Oct 2017: Montpelier State Capital Tour and Maple Farm (B,D)
Our day begins with a tour of the impeccably restored Montpelier State House, one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. After the tour, there is plenty of free time to explore this lovely town and have lunch on your own before we visit a maple farm for an education (and taste!) on how maple syrup is produced. We return to New Hampshire this afternoon via a leisurely drive to Bretton Woods and the Mount Washington area where we spend the next two nights. Overnight Bretton Woods, NH - 2 nights
Monday, 2 Oct 2017: Cannon Mountain, Flume Gorge (B,L)
Today is a full day of touring in the White Mountains. Take a wonderful tram ride up Cannon Mountain and visit Flume Gorge to take a leisurely 2-mile nature walk to admire beautiful scenery and stunning waterfalls. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. It was discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey when she accidentally came upon it while fishing. We return to Bretton Woods where you will have time to enjoy the amenities of our resort property.
Tuesday, 3 Oct 2017: Portland and Ogunquit, Maine (B)
We leave New Hampshire and travel to Portland, Maine and make our way to the Portland Headlight (lighthouse). The Headlight was commissioned by George Washington and is one of the most photographed lighthouses in America. We will stop so you have time for lunch on your own before continuing on to Ogunquit with its beautiful sea walk and town. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon exploring Ogunquit with your fellow travelers. Overnight Ogunquit, ME - 2 nights
Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017: Kennebunkport; Free Time; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Today we begin with a visit to Kennebunkport. Settled in the 1600s, this is a long-time ship-building mecca where five-masted ships and schooners made their way down the river to the sea. Sea captains built fine mansions, many of which are preserved today as lovely inns with antique charm. We return to Ogunquit this afternoon. You may want to walk along the “Marginal Way,” an outstanding and invigorating 1-¼ mile-long winding footpath along the rocky coastline that joins the village to the harbor. We gather this evening for our Farewell Dinner and reminisce about the fun week we've had together.
Thursday, 5 Oct 2017: Return Home from Manchester (B)
We will depart from Ogunquit around 8:30am to arrive at Manchester Airport at 10:00am. Make your return flight no earlier than 12:00 noon. Airport transfer provided as a group.