Event description

Join Our State October 1-9, 2020, for an invigorating New England Autumn Colors experience featuring  Boston, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Burlington, The Berkshire Mountains, and Woodstock.

October 1 – 9, 2020

Package Includes:

  • • Roundtrip air from Raleigh-Durham
  • • 8 nights accommodations
  • • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, and 4 Dinners
  • • Sightseeing, as identified in day-to-day itinerary
  • • All transportation by luxury motor coach, fully guided
  • • Taxes and Transfers
  • • Our State Host

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • Boston, including the Freedom Trail
  • • Scenic drive along the Mohawk Trail, an early Native American and colonial trade route, and the first designated scenic drive in New England (Massachusetts)
  • • Simon Pearce glassblowing demonstration (Vermont)
  • • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory (Vermont)
  • • Woodstock (Vermont)
  • • Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire)
  • • Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park (Maine)
  • • Scenic drive past rocky beaches, cliffs, lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings of Maine’s rugged coast
  • • Portsmouth – historic seaport town (Maine)

 

Itinerary:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 | ARRIVE BOSTON

Welcome to Boston, the Cradle of Liberty and once home to such famous sons as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin. Your tour director will meet you at the airport, and then you can amble up and down the City on the Hill on your terms and immerse yourself in its revolutionary history or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. This evening, we’ll meet our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner to kick-start our color-filled journey through New England landscapes. (D)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 | BOSTON-LEXINGTON-CONCORD-PITTSFIELD
March to independence, exploring Boston’s historic sites. We’ll spend the morning weaving along the Freedom Trail which reveals the rich history of the American Revolution. Stop at Lexington and Concord, the site where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. We’ll embark on an afternoon drive along the Mohawk Trail, an early Native American and colonial trade route, and the first designated scenic drive in New England. (B) | HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 | PITTSFIELD-WOODSTOCK-BURLINGTON
Drive past picture-perfect farmlands and old-world towns en route to the historic wool mill in Quechee. Watch craftsmen create the delicate glassware that has made Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop famous, delving into the art and science of glassblowing. Then, savor a regional meal lunch featuring local ingredients arranged on Simon Pearce’s beautiful stem and flatware. After a stop in the historic farming community of Woodstock, we’ll continue to our hotel located at a nearby mountain resort. (B, L) | HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 | BURLINGTON-STOWE-WHITE MOUNTAINS
Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Therapy – if the very thought of these tickles your sweet tooth, you’ll delight in a visit to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory today, where you’ll have an opportunity to sample some of their uniquely named flavors. Venture into New Hampshire, the Presidential Range of the White Mountains and Bretton Woods for a stunning glimpse of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast. We’ll continue to North Conway on the edge of White Mountain National Forest, renowned as a popular adventure holiday hub. Later, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna during an engaging talk by a local specialist, followed by dinner at your hotel. (B, D) | HOTEL: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort (2 nights)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 | KANCAMAGUS SCENIC BYWAY, WHITE MOUNTAINS
Journey along “The Kanc”, an American Scenic Byway that cuts through the White Mountain National Forest and provides exquisite views of the White Mountains, Rocky Gorge and several waterfalls. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the glowing fall display that dots scenic New England. Stop for an easy hike to Diana’s Baths, a series of small waterfalls and the site of a sawmill powered by turbines from the 1930s. Spend your afternoon at leisure, immersing yourself in the blazing natural beauty of the area. (B)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 | NORTH CONWAY-BAR HARBOR

We continue through the lush pine forests, highlands and river valleys that define the rugged Maine landscape. Descending “Downeast”, the looming Atlantic swells of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island are our final destination for the day. This evening enjoy the juicy flavors of local seafood with a fisherman and local specialist who will share insights into lobster fishing. (B, D) | HOTEL: Bar Harbor Regency (2 nights)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 | ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

We’ll travel up Cadillac Mountain into Acadia National Park, the highest point along the Atlantic Seaboard and the first spot in the United States where you’ll see the sunrise. Admire the magnificent view over the Schoodic Peninsula, pink granite cliffs and ancient maple forests – their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. We’ll return to Bar Harbor for an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay. (B)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 | BAR HARBOR-MAINE COAST-PORTSMOUTH
The intense hues of New England’s forests and mountains linger as we journey south past the rocky beaches and cliffs of Maine’s rugged coast. We journey past lighthouses, fisheries and seaside dwellings that have sheltered everyone from local lobstermen to holidaying presidents. Travel south to the mouth of the Piscataqua River and the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States. This evening, we’ll have a memorable farewell dinner reminiscing over our fall foliage experience. (B, D) | HOTEL: Portsmouth Sheraton

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 | PORTSMOUTH-DEPART BOSTON

We’ll return to Boston and bid farewell to new friends. Transfer to Boston Logan International Airport. (B)

Register

$3,699 per person, all inclusive, based on double occupancy
Single supplement is an additional $1,205
For reservations or more information, please contact AAA Vacations, Vicki Balk by phone at (800) 933-2621, ext. 16003 or email at vvbalk@aaacarolinas.com.

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State 's Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.