Escorted Trip - Classic Fall Foliage
Limited spots available -- call me at 302-893-4571or email me at margo@blueskiestravelcenter.com 

 

Monday, October 10 to

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

 

Mother Nature meets our Founding Fathers on this electrifying fall foliage tour through historic and bucolic New England. On this fully escorted tour, you will travel with me from Wilmington's Amtrak station to Boston's Amtrak station. From there we set off on a 9-day Globus tour of:

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Portland & Bar Harbor Maine 

New Hampshire's White Mountains

Woodstock and Ludlow, Vermont

Stockbridge and Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Newport, Rhode Island

As you witness the blazing reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn’s turning leaves, you’ll also be introduced to the country’s early trailblazers and colorful characters. Trace the steps of Paul Revere, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin through the storied streets of Boston. Walk the halls of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s opulent Newport mansion. Feast your eyes on the world’s largest collection of Rockwell originals at the Norman Rockwell Studio & Museum in Stockbridge. I take care of all the details so you can sit back and enjoy your trip!

Just $2,949 per person based on double occupancy.

Travel protection $249.

Itinerary:

Day 1

Grab a book or download a movie and take a 5 ½ hour Acela Amtrak ride with me and other group members to Boston. Or, feel free to join us in Boston by car, air or a different train.  At 6 p.m., we will meet with our Globus tour director for a welcome drink and to learn more about the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 2

BOSTON Scenic drive on the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine en route to Portland.

PORTLAND Free time this afternoon before scenic drive to Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR Traditional lobster bake dinner this evening.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

Day 3

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – This is one of my favorite national parks. I have visited it in summer and can’t wait to see it in its autumn glory. In addition to our park visit, we will stop at the historic Asticou Inn for popover pastry and seafood chowder.

BAR HARBOR Free time this evening. I am happy to assist you with dinner reservations, walking tours, and other optional entertainment. 

Breakfast included.

Day 4

BAR HARBOR Scenic drive through Maine to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

NORTH CONWAY Enjoy a private nature program just for our group, providing historical and ecological insights into the White Mountains.

Free time this evening. I am happy to assist you with dinner reservations, info on nearby outlet shopping and much more.

Breakfast included.

Day 5

NORTH CONWAY Scenic drive includes photo stop at a covered bridge, followed by Franconia Notch and Kancamagus Highway. Scenic drive along the Connecticut River enroute to Woodstock, Vermont.

WOODSTOCK We’ll visit Billings Farm and Museum, regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums, and enjoy the farm’s ice cream while we are there.

LUDLOW Free time this evening after dinner.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 6

LUDLOW Scenic drive through the Berkshires en route to Stockbridge.

STOCKBRIDGE Visit the Norman Rockwell Studio and Museum. Founded in 1969, the museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The museum is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

STURBRIDGE Colonial-style dinner at the historic Publick House.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 7

STURBRIDGE Free time this morning.

MYSTIC SEAPORT Visit the Museum of America and the Sea, also known as Mystic Seaport. Enjoy insight into America’s maritime heritage through immersive experiences, original artifacts and preserved vessels. Explore a range of sailing ships and boats and more than 60 meticulously restored historic waterfront buildings. Make your way around this seafaring village, which has been recreated to depict the world as it was in the 1800s.

NEWPORT Free time this evening. I am happy to assist you with dinner reservations, info on evening activities in town, and much more.

Breakfast included.

 

Day 8

NEWPORT Guided tour features the nation’s first state house, as well as its oldest synagogue, and St. Mary’s Church. Plus, visit the Vanderbilt mansion, The Breakers. Farewell dinner this evening at a waterfront restaurant.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

Day 9

NEWPORT TO BOSTON Guided walking tour of Bostin includes the Freedom Trail: Boston Common, Old State House, Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall. Your vacation ends with a motorcoach drop-off at the train station, airport, or hotel (your choice). If you are traveling via Acela Amtrak to Wilmington with me we will arrive home in early evening.

Price per person:

$2,949 based on double occupancy. Travel protection $249.

$3,969 single room option. Travel protection $299.

$2,689 triple room option. Travel protection $249.

 

Amtrak fares are running around $170 roundtrip for October travel on the Acela.

 

An Important Note about Travel on Amtrak:

Travel by train is easy – no long lines to navigate like one may find at the airport, and no middle seats like on an airplane! We will be using Amtrak’s complimentary Red Cap service to make our travels even easier. Both the Wilmington and Boston stations offer this service: https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/baggage-policy/at-station-baggage-services.html.

 

There are baggage areas at the front and back of each rail car so your bags stay with you throughout our train trip.  Once we arrive in Boston, Globus offers  transfers (for a small fee)  to our hotel, which includes bag handling.  Throughout our trip, Globus will transfer your suitcase from the coach directly to your hotel room. At the conclusion of our trip, when it’s time to head back to Wilmington, Globus again (for a small fee) will transport our group – and our bags -- to the train station.

Hotels:

Courtyard Boston Downtown (1 night)

Boston

Situated in the Theater District near Chinatown, Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown reflects its historical roots with an interior space designed with the opulence and glamour of the 1920s. The hotel features a fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Bluenose Inn (2 nights)

Maine

Situated on Maine’s Mount Desert Island adjacent to Acadia National Park, this luxury hotel boasts beautiful views. All 97 guest accommodations include a microwave and refrigerator.

North Conway Grand Hotel (1 night)

New Hampshire

A premium hotel situated on Settlers Green Outlet Village, this hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center, and 200 spacious guestrooms.

Jackson Gore Inn (1 night)

Vermont

Located at the base of Jackson Gore, Jackson Gore Inn boasts the charm of a country inn with the convenience of modern hotel services. The hotel features a variety of on-site amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, fitness room, restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Publick House Historic Inn (1 night)

Massachusetts

Built in 1771, the Publick House Historic Inn maintains its 18th century ambiance while providing 21st century comforts. The hotel features comfortable accommodations, outdoor pool, two restaurants, bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina (2 nights)

Rhode Island 

Harbor front hotel and marina located in the heart of Newport, within walking distance of shops, beaches and historic buildings.

About Your Group Trip Coordinator 

Margo McDonough started Blue Skies Travel Center in 2016, after earlier stints in the travel industry for such companies as J.P. Morgan Chase.  She has planned and escorted two trips for OLLI,  a Paris to Normandy river cruise in October 2018, facilitated by special guest expert Professor Ray Callahan, and a trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in December 2019.

McDonough is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors, is fully insured, and is supported by host agency Uniglobe Travel Center and Virtuoso, a luxury travel consortium.  Much like OLLI members, she has a passion for lifelong learning and is currently studying for a doctoral degree at West Chester University.

  

This tour is brought to you by Blue Skies Travel and is not sponsored or affiliated with the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

All travelers on Blue Skies Travel Center tours must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, and, if it should be recommended at time of travel, proof of a COVID-19 booster. There will be no exception to this policy for any reason. Additionally, travelers are asked to purchase a travel protection plan.

Terms and conditions subject to change until booking.

As you are planning your vacation, and before finalizing any booking with Blue Skies Travel, check for travel warnings and alerts. These are available through

sites like the U.S. State Department 

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/travel.

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