Day 1 - Depart Chicago
West and Midwest New England Fall Foliage travelers will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. At 8:00 p.m. you'll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (Eastern tour members will depart tomorrow for Albany.)
Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or upgraded Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All dining car meals are included. You're free to explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages.
Day 2 - En Route/Rutland
The train passes through Toledo, Cleveland, and Erie this morning. Tour members from upper New York State will board the Lake Shore Limited, coach class, this morning. Your arrival into Albany is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. You'll board your deluxe tour motorcoach and travel north 100 miles to Rutland, a southern Vermont city of 16,000.
On your way to Rutland, you'll visit the Bennington Battle Monument. The Monument is the tallest structure in Vermont, soaring 300 feet above Old Bennington. Today, East Coast and Mid-Atlantic tour members can depart in time to ride connecting trains from New York City to Albany-Rensselaer and join the Midwest group for the motorcoach transfer to Rutland.
Your hotel for the next two nights is the attractive Comfort Inn. There are several fine restaurants within walking distance. (B*, L* & D)
*West and Midwest members only.
Day 3 - Vermont
Enjoy a Continental Breakfast in your hotel this morning before you strike out on a day of visits to some of Vermont's major attractions. You'll travel the short distance to Proctor where you'll tour Wilson Castle. This mid 19th Century estate home was built in 1867 on a 115-acre property. With an elaborate facade of English brick and marble, the Castle has 32 rooms, complete with a towering turret, parapet and balcony. The Castle also features 84 stained glass windows and 13 fireplaces.
Marble is one of Vermont's major natural resources. It is shipped all over the world. Proctor is also the home of the Vermont Marble Exhibit. One of the largest displays of its kind in the country, it illustrates the origin, quarrying and finishing of marble. You can watch a sculptor at work and visit a sculpture gallery. Displays include marble from Vermont and around the world.
Following an "on-your-own" lunch in Rutland, we'll visit Hildene, one of the state's major attractions. Hildene was the summerhome of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln. This was home to his descendants until 1975. The 24-room Georgian Revival Mansion is filled with original furnishings and personal family memorabilia, surrounded by formal gardens. You'll return to your hotel in Rutland for a second night. The Tour Director will host a Welcome Dinner tonight at the South Station restaurant. (CB, D)
Day 4 - Vermont/New Hampshire
Following a Continental breakfast (included), you'll board the comfortable motorcoach and continue your New England discovery program. First on your schedule is the Vermont Country Store in Weston. This nationally known "mercantile" features practical items--some you may not find anywhere else.
Continue to the Billings Farm and Museum to see both a modern, working dairy farm and amuseum of Vermont farm life in the 1890s. The museum is housed in four reconstructed barns. Following an "on-your-own" lunch, you'll continue to the Quechee Gorge. Vermont's "Little Grand Canyon" lies west of Quechee. The bridge that spans the gorge 162 feet above the Ottauquechee River provides a good view of this natural spectacle. We will have time for photos before continuing to Meredith.
You'll arrive in Meredith and depart on a 5:00 p.m. Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad excursion train for a two-hour round trip to Lakeport. The train hugs the picturesque shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's loveliest and largest lake. Enjoy a full-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings during the trip.
Continue by motorcoach to North Conway where you'll spend the next two nights at the Residence Inn by Marriott. (CB & D)
Day 5 - North Conway
A full breakfast is included this morning in your hotel. Today you're traveling on the Conway Scenic Railroad through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Eastern U.S.
On the Notch train you travel through awesome Crawford Notch past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks, panoramic mountain vistas, and across the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. The destination is Crawford Depot. You'll enjoy first-class seating. Live commentary includes history and folklore of the railroad era as well as points of interest. A boxed lunch will be served (included). An on-board snack bar offers sandwiches, snacks and beverages. The motorcoach will meet us at Crawford to return to our hotel. (B & L)
Day 6 - Mt. Washington
Another high point of your fabulous New England Fall Foliage vacation will be the trip on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to the summit of the highest mountain in the Northeast U.S.
A ride up Mt. Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway remains, as it has for well over a century, an exciting and unforgettable experience. The ever-changing surroundings, the magnificent views, the sights and sounds of nine unique steam locomotives in action, and some of the steepest railway tracks in existence, combine to place it among the best of the world's great railway journeys. Some days the view from the summit of Mt. Washington spans four states, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean, limited only by the curvature of the earth.
We'll stop for an "on-your-own" lunch following our Mt. Washington excursion and continue on through some spectacular scenery about 120 miles to picturesque Stowe, Vermont. The village of Stowe is featured on many postcards of New England.
The world-class Trapp Family Lodge is a high point of this tour. You'll spend the next two nights basking in the beauty of this magnificent Austrian-inspired lodge. The complex is exquisitely managed by the descendants of the "Sound of Music" family. Located atop the highest point of land in the area, your view of the breathtaking change of color is endless. A very special three-course-dinner experience and two Vermont country breakfasts are included. (B & D)
Day 7 - Vermont
A full day of northern Vermont discovery begins at 8:30 a.m. when you board your motorcoach and roll westward to the town of Shelburne where you'll visit one of Vermont's major attractions, the Shelburne Museum. There are 37 historic structures, many of them dismantled and moved there from various parts of New England, reconstructed and restored.
Other attractions include a railroad depot, private car and locomotive, a two-lane covered bridge with a footpath, a round barn and a hand-crafted model circus parade more than 500 feet long. The side-wheeler steamboat Ticonderoga was hauled two miles over land from Lake Champlain to its landlocked berth at the museum. The collections of Americana displayed include folk art, dolls, toys, quilts, rugs, pewter, tools, china, glass, clocks, paintings, decoys, coaches, carriages and wagons as well as firefighting, hunting and agricultural equipment. The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial houses European furnishings, sculpture and paintings by Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Rembrandt, as well as works by American Artist Mary Cassatt. Formal gardens, ornamental trees and shrubs, roses, and lilacs adorn the grounds. An "on your own" lunch is available.
At noon you'll travel the short distance to another popular attraction, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, for a glimpse of the step-by-step creative process required to make these jointed teddy bears. You're free this evening to enjoy dinner in our hotel or another fine Stowe restaurant. (B)
Day 8 - En Route
Breakfast is included in your hotel. This morning we'll check out of your hotel and travel a few miles to Waterbury Center whereour travelers will visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. You'll see cider made the old fashion way. You'll then continue on to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, your final Vermont attraction. You'll participate in a 30-minute guided tour, watch a seven-minute film and pay a visit to FlavoRoom to sample the newest offerings.
An "on-your-own" lunch stop will bemade in Bristol. Following lunch, continue south through awesome Green Mountain scenery to Albany, New York. Eastern and Mid-Atlantic tour members will leave the tour group at an Albany Hotel where they'll spend the last night of the tour. Midwest participants will continue to the Amtrak station where they will board the Lake Shore Limited for Chicago. They'll enjoy the reclining coach seat with leg rest they enjoyed on the east bound train. Sleeping accommodations are available at an additional cost. Dinner is included on the Lake Shore Limited. B & D*
Day 9 - En Route
Eastern and Mid-Atlantic travelers will transfer to the Albany train station in time for the 8:10 a.m. train for New York's Penn Station. They'll transfer there for trains to home destinations. Midwesterners will arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. on the Lake Shore Limited. They'll continue on to home destinations throughout the morning and afternoon. B*
*West and Midwest members only.
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