Historic Hotels of New England
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Day 1 Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins
Welcome to Massachusetts where we begin our journey through the best of New England on a tour that showcases four historic hotels. Your tour opens in historic Boston where you’ll enjoy a 2-night stay. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception.
Day 2 Boston
Today, it’s your choice! Walk the Freedom Trail with a local guide and follow in the footsteps of those who shaped America during the Revolutionary War. Or, board a coach with your local guide to see Boston’s iconic treasures including the Old South Meeting House, the Public Gardens, Old North Church and Beacon Hill. Either way you will stop at the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace, bustling with various street performers and colorful kiosks of local handiwork. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 3 Boston - Stockbridge - Manchester, Vermont
En route to Vermont, stop in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum which houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work. Continue into the “Green Mountain State” of Vermont, where traditional white steeple churches, quaint villages and unspoiled tree-covered mountainsides dot the landscape. Arrive at the tranquil Equinox Resort & Spa in the bucolic town of Manchester. An icon of New England history since it first opened as the Marsh Tavern in 1769, the Equinox has hosted everyone from the Revolutionary “Green Mountain Boys” to presidents. The Equinox is the perfect place to soak in the pristine landscapes of Vermont during a relaxing 2-night stay. (B,D)
Day 4 Manchester
Today we visit elegant Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home. The former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only adult child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and former Chairman of the Pullman Company, this impressive home - set on 412 acres - offers a wealth of experiences to the visitor. Explore the impressive 22-room mansion, magnificent gardens, and the vintage Pullman car. Perhaps you will linger to walk the trails or visit the farm that is part of the estate before returning to your resort to enjoy its amenities. You may choose to enjoy an optional locally guided tour of Vermont’s backroads including stops at a maple sugar shack and the historic town of Bennington. (B)
Day 5 Manchester - Woodstock - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Travel through the beautiful Green Mountains, stopping in the quintessential New England village of Woodstock, complete with a town green, covered bridges and beautifully restored Georgian homes. Then, cross the border into the Granite State of New Hampshire. Marvel at the sheer beauty of the White Mountains on your way to the iconic Omni Mount Washington Resort. The imposing Mount Washington serves as the scenic backdrop to this storied resort, a favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities since 1902. Tonight it's Diner's Choice… choose from any of the resort’s fine restaurants! (B,D)
Day 6 Bretton Woods
The day is yours to experience this spectacular resort your way. Join an included tour of the resort to hear about historical events that took place here. Ride the scenic chairlift at Bretton Woods for mountain views. Or, if active pursuits are of interest, the resort offers an array of optional outdoor activities including golf, tennis and hiking. And if you’re in the mood to be pampered, the resort has a 25,000 square foot spa that offers signature treatment options. Afterwards spend some time in the heated pool and cabana complex surrounded by the White Mountains. (B)
Day 7 Bretton Woods - Portland Head Light, Maine - Kennebunkport
Depart New Hampshire and travel southeast to Maine’s seacoast. Stop in Portland, once home to sea captains and now known as one of “America’s coolest cities.” A locally guided tour includes Fort Williams Park to view the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America and the oldest in Maine. As you take in the views of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay, four more lighthouses can be seen. Later, arrive in Kennebunkport, a seaside resort town where historic mansions and summer cottages line Summer Street and Ocean Avenue. Enjoy some time in Dock Square before checking into your hotel for the evening. Tonight’s farewell dinner includes fresh Maine lobster. (B,D)
Day 8 Kennebunkport - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
All This Included
Indulge in luxury as you step back in time at four historic New England hotels. Begin at the Boston Park Plaza in Back Bay where you’ll spend two nights. Explore history on a walking tour of Boston or opt for a panoramic tour. Stop in charming Stockbridge, Massachusetts to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. Stay at the Equinox Resort & Spa, located right on the Village Green in Manchester, Vermont. Visit Hildene, the Lincoln Family home, and Woodstock, a quintessential Vermont village. Enjoy two nights in New Hampshire at the elegant Omni Mount Washington Resort, a National Historic Landmark offering sweeping views of the White Mountains and the Presidential Range. Visit Portland, Maine and its spectacular lighthouses. Finish in picturesque Kennebunkport with a farewell lobster dinner at the waterfront Nonantum Resort, your home for the final night of discovery of New England’s historic hotels.
Boston, MA: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Manchester, VT: The Equinox Resort & Spa
Bretton Woods, NH: The Omni Mount Washington Hotel
Kennebunkport, ME: Nonantum Resort
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