Colors of New England featuring Coastal Maine
8 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins
Welcome to Massachusetts, where your journey through charming and vibrant New England begins. Relax during a 2-night stay in the heart of Boston.
Day 2 Boston
Today, the choice is yours! Walk the Freedom Trail with a local guide following in the footsteps of those who shaped America during the Revolutionary War -OR- ride with your local guide to see Boston’s iconic treasures, including the Old South Meeting House, Public Gardens, and Beacon Hill. Either way, you’ll make a stop at the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where colorful kiosks of local handiwork mix with bustling crowds and street performers. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 3 Boston - Woodstock, Vermont - Stowe
Set out for Vermont, the “Green Mountain State,” where tree-covered mountainsides dot a charming landscape of quaint villages with traditional, white steeple churches. Arrive in Woodstock, “the quintessential New England village” with its beautifully restored Georgian homes, a covered bridge, and even a town green. Visit the impressive 165-foot deep, mile-long Quechee Gorge before continuing to your resort in Stowe, nestled in the tranquil Green Mountains. (B)
Day 4 Stowe
We’re off to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. In this historic mill, watch – and learn – how fresh cider is produced the old-fashioned way, via rack and cloth press; a process that’s been passed down for generations. A tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory fills you in on the process of making ice cream and ends with a sample of their world-famous scoops. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time discovering Stowe. Or, take an optional tour of the Trapp Family Lodge, where you'll learn the fascinating history of this local treasure before heading to the von Trapp brewery for a traditional beer flight tasting followed by dinner.* (B)
Day 5 Stowe - North Conway, New Hampshire
Today we are New Hampshire bound! Soak in the lovely New England countryside as you journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Make a stop to explore the Rocks Estate, home to the North Country Conservation & Education Center. On a tour of the farm, learn about the history and importance of maple sugaring in the region and visit a virtual tap room. Later, continue to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway offering spectacular views of the White Mountains region. (B,D)
Day 6 North Conway - Lake Winnipesaukee - Coastal Maine
Journey to New Hampshire’s picturesque lakes region, a popular vacation spot for visitors year-round. Board the M/S Mount Washington and spend the next hour cruising stunning Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. Then, visit the charming town of Wolfeboro, the “oldest summer resort in America.” Later, head for the picturesque coast of Maine for a relaxing two night stay. (B)
Day 7 Coastal Maine
This morning, enjoy some free time in beautiful Boothbay. Then, embark on a relaxing cruise through Boothbay Harbor. Take in the spectacular views of the coast, populated with lighthouses and summer homes, and be on the lookout for the harbor seals and other local wildlife. Learn about New England’s lobster industry and watch as a lobster trap is pulled aboard the boat holding the day’s catch. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a very special farewell dinner featuring fresh native lobster, for which coastal Maine is renowned. (B,D)
Day 8 Coastal Maine - Kennebunkport - Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Ends
Today, travel along spectacular Ocean Drive through the seaside community of Kennebunkport. See Walker’s Point, the home on a rocky promontory that’s a summer residence to the family of the late President George H.W. Bush. Return to the Boston airport with many wonderful memories of your adventure. (B)
All This Included
Be charmed by the colors of New England from the heart of historic Boston to the farms, mountains, and coast of the North. Tour historic Boston during a 2-night stay in the heart of the city. Explore Woodstock, Vermont, a quintessential New England village. Visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and sample some of its delicious creations. Watch apples transform into cider before your eyes at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn about the maple sugaring industry of New England on a farm tour of the Rocks Estate. Relax as you cruise along Lake Winnipesaukee and admire the splendid views. Dig in at a traditional New England lobster dinner. Marvel at Maine’s dramatic coast and discover the seaside communities of coastal Maine. This is New England at its finest.
Boston, MA: Boston Park Plaza
Stowe, VT: The Lodge at Spruce Peak
North Conway, NH: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
Boothbay Harbor, ME: Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa
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