Historic Massachusetts & Coastal Maine

Featuring Old Sturbridge Village, Lobstering Cruise & The Salem Cross Inn!

Package includes:
  • Motorcoach Transportation with Onboard Refreshments
  • Porterage
  • Room & meal taxes
  • Meal gratuities
  • 6 nights Hotel accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts & 5 Dinners
  • Guided tour of Kennebunkport
  • Guided tour of Portland
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Lobstering Cruise
  • Guided tour of Portsmouth, NH
  • Performance tickets at Ogunquit Playhouse
  • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Fort William Park
  • Private Lighthouse tour
  • Maine Botanical Gardens
  • Strawberry Banke Museum
  • Boothbay Harbor
  • Local Guide Gratuities
Accommodations:
  • 4 Nights - Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit, ME
  • 2 Night - Publik House Inn, Sturbridge, MA
Itinerary:

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021

Travel to STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS.

Check into the Historic PUBLICK HOUSE INN.

DINNER is included this evening at the Inn.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at the Inn.  Check out.                                                                  Step back in time at OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, a re-creation of a rural New England town.  Costumed interpreters demonstrate life in the early 1800s in more than 40 buildings, gardens, and working farms.  Experience the triumphs, trials, and textures of everyday life in the 1830s – a period driven by agriculture, industry, family, and the seasons. Find relevance from their stories, touch history, and be inspired!

There will be time for lunch on your own at the Village.                                                                                Travel to OGUNQUIT, MAINE. Check in to MEADOWMERE RESORT for a four-night stay.         A wine and cheese reception will be held in your honor where a Local “Lobsterette” will greet you with a souvenir lobster hat.                                                                                                                      Depart the resort for dinner. DINNER is included this evening at a local restaurant.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your resort. Travel to BATH in Maine’s beautiful mid-coast region.                                                                                                                                                                  Tour the MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM, an Historic Shipyard, on the banks of the Kennebec River.  The museum depicts Maine's shipbuilding industry from the 1600's to the present.  Enjoy numerous hands on exhibits, boat building demonstrations, and a lobstering exhibit.        Travel to BOOTHBAY HARBOR where yachtsmen and artists began vacationing in the early 1900's.  Enjoy free time to explore the local galleries, boutiques and plenty of casual restaurants for lunch on your own.                                                                                                                      This afternoon admission is included on a guided tour of the COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS. See the beautiful coastline along woodland paths and the riverbank where the majestic Maine woods meet the rocky shore. The wetlands shore and the fern glens meet the moss and lichen covered ledges in a variety of special theme gardens such as the wildflower garden and children’s garden.                                                                                                                        DINNER is included this evening at a local restaurant.                                                                          Return to hotel.

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your resort. Enjoy free time at the resort or time walking Marginal Way.                                                                                                                                       Depart the resort and travel to PERKINS COVE.                                                                                                  Board a 50-minute Maine LOBSTERING CRUISE. Learn how the Maine lobstermen make their living as traps are hauled from the ocean along the rocky coast.  See the sights as you cruise past Walkers Point, the Dark Shadows House and Bumpkin Island, home to a year-round colony of sea birds and seals.                                                                                                                                Back on dry land enjoy free time in Ogunquit.                                                                                        Refresh back at the resort.                                                                                                                                  Attend a performance of “Mystic Pizza the Musical” at the historic OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE. This cultural landmark has brought outstanding, star-studded performances to southern Maine for five decades.  Show Schedule & Performance based on availability.  Show schedule and performance to be announced in early 2021.                                                                                    Return to your resort.                                                                                                                                       DINNER is included this evening at a local restaurant.

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your resort.

Travel to PORTLAND.                                                                                                                                              Meet your LOCAL GUIDE this morning for a narrated tour of Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea.  View Longfellow’s boyhood home, sea captain houses and the elegant Victoria Mansion as you drive through historic neighborhoods overlooking the islands of Casco Bay in Portland Harbor.  Your tour includes a stop at PORTLAND HEAD LIGHTHOUSE.  This historic landmark is the most photographed lighthouse in America, set in Fort Williams Park with crashing surf, a beach, and an old fort.                                                                                                                                              Take a private tour of SPRING POINT LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE that is not normally open to the public. The lighthouse is accessible via a granite jetty (some uneven footing).  See how the lighthouse keepers lived as you walk through the rooms to the top of the two story lighthouse.  Walk out on the ledge at the top for a beautiful view of the Portland waterfront. Anyone unable to navigate the granite jetty will tour the nearby park with lighthouse and WWII shipbuilder’s memorial.                                                                                                                                         Travel to FREEPORT.                                                                                                                                              There will be free time for lunch on your own.  Explore the LL Bean flagship store, a myriad of   outlet shops and many casual restaurants.                                                                                                          Travel to KENNEBUNKPORT where your LOCAL GUIDE will conduct a narrated tour.                  Drive past the sandy beaches and rocky coastline and past the George Bush estate at Walker’s Point.  Hear the history of these shipbuilding towns and the legend of the Wedding Cake House.  Visit the seaside FRANCISCAN MONASTARY with its beautiful landscaping, outdoor shrines and chapel.                                                                                                                                                Return to the hotel to your resort to refresh for this evening.                                                              Travel to CAPE NEDDICK for a photo stop of Maine’s southernmost lighthouse, the NUBBLE LIGHT near York Beach.  From Nubble Light you will also spot the infamous BON ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, located just offshore. Don your souvenir lobster hat for a classic LOBSTERBAKE DINNER with sing-along entertainment.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your resort.                                                                                  Check out and travel to PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.                                                                        Meet your LOCAL GUIDE for a narrated tour of the Portsmouth Harbor Trail's highlights.  Starting in Market Square, your guide will lead you through downtown, along the waterfront and then down to Portsmouth's historic, residential South End.  The tour provides an intimate look at Portsmouth's early and ongoing relationship with the river.  You will also hear the fascinating stories of early settlers, patriots, ship captains, and industrialists.                                      Learn about the past 300-year history of the historic STRAWBERRY BANKE neighborhood, named by the first settlers in 1630 for the profusion of wild berries found on the riverbank shores.   Experience life from the late 1600s to the 1950’s along the Portsmouth waterfront by touring its houses, gardens, and courtyards at your own pace.  Join costumed role-players as they go about their daily lives or relax in the shade of award-winning period gardens.                      There will be free time for lunch and shopping in Portsmouth.                                                          Travel to Sturbridge, Massachusetts.                                                                                                                          Check into the Historic PUBLICK HOUSE INN.                                                                                        Depart for dinner.                                                                                                                                                    Arrive at the historical SALEM CROSS INN.  Settle in as the baker prepares a deep-dish apple pie from scratch right before your eyes using the freshest ingredients available and apples picked from the trees in our local orchards.  Help peel the apples with an antique apple peeler and corer.   Learn some of the secrets to rolling out a perfect crust and making a mouth-watering dessert.  Then we’ll top it with fresh whipped cream.                                                                Let the FIREPLACE FEAST begin!  Relax by the fieldstone fireplace as the crackling fire roasts your prime rib “to a turn” by rotating it slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs.  This jack is the only known 1700’s antique roasting jack that was used to roast fowl and beef in New England that is still in use.  The flavor of the fireplace roasted prime rib is unsurpassed.  Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream – the  perfect complement to New England’s Best Apple Pie served from an antique wooden bowl.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021

BREAKFAST is included this morning at your Inn.

Depart for home.

 

TRIP #2132

Dates: Jun 24 - 30, 2021

Cost: $1799

Deposit: $150

Balance due: 5/11/21

Single Supplement: +$420

Trip Director: Carolyn McKenna

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