The Colors of Vermont & Maine

The Colors of Vermont & Maine

Enjoy this colorful journey through Vermont and Maine where we will take in a Moose Safari, visit the Morse Maple Farm and much more!

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Enjoy this colorful journey through Vermont and Maine where we will take in a Moose Safari, visit the Morse Maple Farm and much more!

Moose Safari - Maine

 

Depart on a two-hour Moose Safari with a local Moose Naturalist who will teach us the facts and fiction of these great animals. Our first stop is at “The Artist Bridge” - one of the most photographed covered bridges in Maine. Have your cameras ready as we head to Grafton Notch State Park, stopping at Screw Auger Falls, where we will spot feeding areas and learn about moose mating rituals. As we proceed north towards Umbabog Lake, you will pass beautiful scenic areas such as Mother Walker Falls and Moose Cave. At the Lake’s Launch area, you will learn about the history, fishing and recreation that this magnificent region has to offer.

 

Mount Washington Cog Railway

 

The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869, when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Nearly 150 years later, the Mount Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle and the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. There you can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Maple at Morse Farm - Vermont

 

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, then drizzled over pure white snow. It is heavenly, and Morse Farm, a seventh-generation maple syrup producer, still makes it the old-fashioned way, serving their sugar on snow with sour pickles, which helps to lighten its deep maple sweetness. Some folks eat the pickles, some just eat the maple “taffy”, but everyone will enjoy their delicious visit to Morse Farm.

“Burr” Morse will entertain you with tales of his family’s maple sugarin’ adventures, view multimedia displays in their real Woodshed Theater, see the whimsical wood carvings made by Burr himself, and a visit a wonderful maple “country store” gift shop that truly has something for everyone. It takes forty gallons of maple sap to produce just ONE?gallon of pure Vermont maple syrup and you will enjoy learning this and many other tasty facts about maple sugarin’ at Morse Farm

Very Vermont

 

Visit the Vermont Country Store. Admit it...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 such as Tangee Lipstick, Buster Brown Socks and Tinkertoys!  Visit Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, where Lincoln’s descendants lived until 1975. Your visit here includes a self-guided tour of this 24-room Georgian Revival mansion, the vibrant sounds of the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ and an exclusive Curator’s Tour (which is not available to the general public). The Curator’s Tour will enhance your visit to this amazing attraction. In small groups, with the curator, you will visit the Archives Room, where memorabilia and artifacts are stored from the Ford theater and the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Lincoln’s son collected and made these rare and valuable artifacts available to special visitors at Hildene. You’ll enjoy a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. This smaller museum commemorates Norman Rockwell’s Vermont years and the entire span and diversity of his career (1911-1978). No tour to Vermont would be complete without a visit to Ben & Jerry’s for a factory tour to learn how two high school friends became entrepreneurs in the ice cream industry and, of course, sample their product. Visit the famed lodge where the Von Trapps made their home after leaving their beloved Austria during WWII. The tour begins with an overview of the Von Trapp family history - actual versus movie version, discussion of the property’s history and the family’s early years in America. View a documentary film of Maria Von Trapp’s memories during her final visit to her former home in Slazburg, Austria. At the Vermont Teddy Bear Company you will learn how Bears are put together from start to finish as they see the creative process in action. The tour concludes in the Bear hospital where you can meet Dr. Nancy and check on the patients that have been sent in for care.

Day 1

- Overnight & Dinner in Mentor, Ohio

D

Day 2

- Travel through Upstate New York to Vermont
- Arrive at the Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill for a 3 night stay
- Dinner is included at Pointe Hotel

B, D

Day 3

- Visit the Vermont Country Store
- Tour Hildene
- Exclusive Curator’s Tour to visit the Archives Room at Hildene
- Tour the Norman Rockwell Museum

B, D

Day 4

- Visit Morse Maple Farm - Learn about the process of Fresh Maple Syrup
- Visit Ben & Jerry’s
- History Tour of the Von Trapp Family Lodge

B, D

Day 5

- ALL ABOARD the Mount Washington Cog Railway
- Overnight at the Sunday River Resort
- Moose Safari Dinner

B, D

Day 6

- Tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Company
- Arrive at the Inn at the Beaches in Upstate New York

B, BL, D

Day 7

- Samples with Souvenir Glass at Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery
- Overnight at DoubleTree Hotel Cleveland
- Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise

B, D

Day 8

- Return home with colorful memories of Vermont & Maine

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B=Breakfast, BL=Boxed Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotel Accommodations

Day One - Best Western Plus Lawnfield Inn

Day Two - Four - Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Proctorsville, VT

Day Five - Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME

Day Six - The Inn at the Beaches, Rome, NY

Day Seven - DoubleTree Hotel Downtown, Cleveland, OH

 

Driver and Tour Director gratuities are not included and are at the passengers discretion.

 

Please Note on the Moose Safari, you will not be able to get off the coach to photograph Moose for safety reasons. These animals are enormous and unpredictable. The motorcoach will slow down, coming to almost a complete stop for pictures.

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