A Taste of Vermont
CUSTOM TOUR DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR SHILLELAGHS!
- Motorcoach Transportation with Onboard Refreshments
- 6 Nights Special Hotel Accommodation
- 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 5 Dinners
- Baggage handling
- Shelburne Museum
- Trapp Family Lodge History tour
- Gondola ride
- Vermont Annex
- Rock of Ages
- Scenic Railroad ride in NH
- Quechee Gorge
- Kancamagus Highway
- Cruise on Squam Lake
- Vermont Country Store
- Bennington Museum
- West Point
- Choice of coffee lab, Distillery & Center piece making
- Maple Sugar farm
- Gourmet chocolate demo & tasting
- 2 Nights - Century House, Latham, NY
- 2 Nights - Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT
- 2 Nights - Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Sunday, August 22, 2021 (D)
8:00 AM: Depart Vienna, VA 8:45 AM: Depart Rockville, MD Rest stops and lunch on own, on route.
5:00 PM: Arrive and check in at The Century House Hotel, NY. Dinner is included this evening.
8:00 PM: What a treat. Arrive at Tanglewood for this magical Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Pops Concert. Classical music floats through the air and picnickers relax on the lawn while you enjoy seats in (under) the shed for a memorable, classical concert. Not a classical music fan, not to worry, the atmosphere, the beauty of the venue and the people watching will entertain! Note: The 2021 concert schedule is in process.
Monday, August 23, 2021 (B, D)
Enjoy a wonderful included Breakfast this morning. Place your bags outside for pick up.
9:00 AM: Depart hotel
11:45 AM: Shelburne Museum for lunch on your own and guided tour Visit the Shelburne Museum, commonly referred to as “New England’s Smithsonian”. The Shelburne Museum is an unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art, and design. Designed to allow visitors the pleasure of discovery and exploration. Lunch is on your own at the Café on site.
3:15 PM: Shelburne Farms: This is an on-Coach tour (beginning at the welcome center). Take a guided ride through one of the most picturesque working farms in the state and see the historic landscape, with stops at the Vanderbilt Webb estate (now the Inn) and the Farm Barns, including their award winning cheese-making facility
5:00 PM: Dinner at a family owned farm and Sugarhouse (think everything maple!) The Palmer family welcomes you to their home. This special experience is sure to please. YUM! Depart for check in at The Trapp Family Lodge..
7:30 PM: Check in and get settled.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (B, D)
Breakfast is included at your hotel.
8:30 AM: Today you are heading toward Waterbury/Stowe, VT. Meet your guide. Choose between the Coffee Lab or centerpiece/wreath making. Guests individually choose and go to separate experiences at the same time.
a) Coffee Lab: Looking for a choice? Experience the International Coffee Lab’s one-hour class on coffee’s complex process from bean selection to the understanding of a coffee’s bouquet once roasted. Taste the differences for yourself, and then go into the coffee world a little more knowledgeable. This is an exclusive experience at a hidden gem right in our backyard!
b) Create a Centerpiece: If making a centerpiece using items in your yard gives you joy, this one of- a-kind garden store is where you should choose to spend your hour! When you walk in the door, it hits you…it smells just like you’d expect Vermont to smell and the decorations are bound to inspire you with ideas for your home. Take advantage of the ‘try-it’ stations where the experts will be on hand to assist in your learning. Leave with a special complimentary Vermont gift.
c) A whiskey/bourbon tasting. Enjoy a local Distillery just up the stairs from the Coffee Lab. This cottage distillery offers the chance to taste their wares. All made locally, promising a fresh and unique tasting!
11:00 AM: At you next stop, learn a little about the sugarin’ culture, up here in the hills! Have you ever heard of sugar on snow? It’s the Vermont term for fresh maple syrup, heated until it turns into a taffy-like confection, and then drizzled over pure white snow. It is heavenly, and this seventh-generation maple syrup producer, still makes it the old-fashioned way, serving their sugar on snow with sour pickles, which help to lighten its deep maple sweetness.
12:30-2:30 PM: Lunch is on your own in Stowe. Save room for dessert! Your will stroll through art galleries and jewelry stores or grab a cup of coffee or a fountain treat at the Malt Shop, all the while, experiencing quality products for a variety of tastes with nearly 50 unique boutiques, country stores, galleries, specialty markets, sporting goods stores and more. Visit a gourmet Chocolatier: This gourmet chocolatier makes fudge, truffles, chocolate covered caramel apples, barks, and clusters. The shop sources its recipe requirements from Vermont producers. The result is delicious chocolate! During the time the group is in Stowe, Chocolate dipping demonstrations and tasting are a must. Depart by 2:30 PM
3 PM: Trapp Family Lodge History Tour: Visit the famed lodge where the Von Trapps made their home after leaving their beloved Austria during World War II. The Trapp tour begins with an overview of the von Trapp family history; actual vs. movie version. View a documentary film of Maria von Trapp’s memories during her final visit to her former home in Salzburg, Austria. Whenever possible a Von Trapp family member either leads the tour or hosts a question and answer session. After the tour, dinner is served at the lodge. Time to relax and enjoy…whether it be reading a book while rocking on an Adirondack chair, a gentle walk in the gardens, a glorious view of the hills or the lodge itself…. this place is magical! Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (B,D) Partial day Guide today
Breakfast is included this morning. Please place your bags outside for pick up.
9:00-10:00 AM: Start the morning with a Gondola ride in Stowe, VT
A glorious ride with breathtaking views! Experience Stowe from the top! “When people envision the idyllic Vermont ski town — soaring church steeple, covered bridges, no chain stores in sight — they envision Stowe. It is the grande dame of Green Mountain ski resorts with a Main Street that is as “folksy as a yellowed New England postcard”.
10:30 AM: Visit the Vermont Annex, which has many choices of where to feast your eyes. Sampling at Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Smugglers Notch Distillery is sure to delight. Smugglers Notch Distillery ages both its bourbon whiskey and rum in American oak barrels. Also located here is Danforth Pewter.
11:00 AM-12:45 PM: Lunch is on your own in Waterbury . Lots of choices in this busy little town! Say good-bye to your guide
1:30-3:15 PM: Rock of Ages (ROA) and Meet the Masters. Visit the largest deep-hole dimension granite quarry in the world! You will head up with a ROA guide to their largest, most spectacular quarry for a narrated tour (the quarry is pretty amazing, but so are the gorgeous mountain views!).
5:15 PM: A quick stop at Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s little grand canyon. Just beautiful!
6:00 PM: Dinner at QI at Marshland Farm Enjoy a table-to-table illusionist performance that will keep you asking: ”Seriously, how did he do that?”
8:00 PM: Check in at Lake Morey Resort (2 nights) Thursday, August 26, 2021 (B) Partial day Guide today
Enjoy an included breakfast at the resort
9:30 AM: Depart hotel for the day.
11 AM: train- Departure on this Scenic railroad. This perfect length ride includes samples of NH-Made seasonal items & specialty products during your train ride, access to their Farm Stand and Farm Yard featuring a variety of outdoor games and famous Cornstalk Critters. Meet your guide: You are close to Franconia Notch, where if you wanted to stop you could learn about the “man in the mountain, and his face “falling”. Take the Kancamagus (“The Kanc”) Highway. The famed, Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along Northern New Hampshire. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. This Byway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. The Kanc takes you to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point at Kancamagus Pass on the flank
of Mt. Kancamagus near Lincoln, NH. The group will visit Sabbaday Falls, a must stop, and then will turn back around for you lunch stop. Stop in the town of N Woodstock, NH for lunch on your own. Next door to the lunch restaurant, check out the local town’s General Store, the true old fashioned kind of general store you’d imagine. Say farewell to your guide A cruise on Squam Lake: Remember the movie with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn? A 1- ½ hour narrated cruise brings folks back to the scenes of the movie, shows the cabin where
Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn lived, etc. Squam Lake is also a favorite nesting place for loons and other wildlife, which you learn about from a naturalist who joins you on the ride.
5:30 PM: Back to Hotel for freshening then off to dinner on your own. Dinner in this wonderful Ivy-League town will surely please. A town full of history, restaurants and ‘college’ energy!
Optional: If the night sky allows, the group will visit a state of the art observatory for Stargazing: Revel at the stars from an observatory where high-powered telescopes and graduate students will lead the group through a stargazing experience. It must be 100% dark (9 PM): weather dependent. Friday, August 27, 2021 (B,L,D) Partial day Guide today
Enjoy an included breakfast. Pack your bag –you’re headed South!
9:00-10:00 AM: Visit the Vermont Country Store. You’ve flipped through the pages of their catalogue, but a visit to the actual store, famed for being “the purveyor of the practical but hard to find,” is an experience you will long remember! You will find such brands from the past as Tangee Lipstick, Buster Brown Socks, and Tinkertoys. A visit here is a step down memory lane!
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM Visit Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home and Dairy for a self-guided tour of the family Home and Formal Gardens. In 1905, Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest and only child of President Lincoln to survive to adulthood, built a stately home on a promontory overlooking the Battenkill Valley in Manchester. The site commands sweeping views of the valley and the Taconic and Green Mountain ranges. Also visit HILDENE FARM. This solar-powered barn houses goats and a cheese making facility. Inside the barn, each step of the cheese making process is visible.
Lunch is served in a private room (they do a fabulous job) at Hildene.
Meet your guide for a brief tour of the area: View the collections at The Bennington Museum: Founded 1852 to celebrate Bennington’s colonial past and commemorate historic Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington 1777, now expanded to preserve and interpret the rich heritage of southern Vermont. Dinner will be at a Restored 3-story horse barn relocated to an apple orchard overlooking Village of Bennington the Battle Monument, and the lush rolling hills. Tasteful rustic decor adds to its charm and the food is outstanding.
You have about an hour ride to your hotel: Century House Saturday, August 28, 2021 (B)
Enjoy an included breakfast at the resort Place your bags outside your room for pick up.
Depart hotel. Lunch: Stop just outside West Point for an early lunch on own.
12:30 PM: Stop at West Point to tour the facility and meet some of our fine men and women who serve. Enjoy a 60-minute guided tour of this famed Academy to include the Chapel, Trophy Point, and more. After your visit, you will often hear your guests say…wow…I am so ‘proud to be an American’! Note: A West Point representative gets on your bus and guides you around.
Passengers: In order to participate in this tour, each passenger entering West Point must have a valid government issued photo ID:
6:30 PM Estimated arrival time - Rockville
7:00 PM: Estimated arrival time - Vienna
Dates: Aug 22 - 28, 2021
Balance due: 6/25/21
Single Supplement: +$612
Activity Level: 2 - Moderate Walking
PICK UPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM:
Grosvenor Metro, Rockville MD
Club Office, Vienna, VA
McLean Metro on Request