September 12, 2021
Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine
Join Our State as we luxuriate in the picturesque landscapes of Maine’s craggy coast as we cruise Casco Bay, visit one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouses, and dine at a traditional Down East lobster clambake. Trip dates are September 12-17, 2021.
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DAY 1: ARRIVE BOSTON — KENNEBUNKPORT
Upon arrival, meet your tour director. Take in the natural beauty of the New England coastline as you travel north towards Maine with a photo-stop in the picturesque coastal town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Later, travel to Coastal Maine with its sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes, quaint villages, and lighthouses. Check-in for a five-night resort stay. Enjoy a reception and welcome dinner. (D) Overnight: Kennebunkport
DAY 2: PORTLAND, MAINE
This morning, travel north to Portland — Maine’s largest city that sits on a peninsula jutting out into beautiful island-filled Casco Bay. En route, stop at Len Libby’s Candies in Scarborough to sample treats and meet Lenny, the world’s only life-size chocolate moose! Enjoy a scenic Casco Bay Cruise to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, and seals. Visit the Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse Libby House, the nation’s premier showpiece of Victorian architecture. Enjoy some leisure time in Old Port Historic District before heading to Cape Elizabeth for a visit to the Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum, one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouses. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own. (B) Overnight: Kennebunkport
DAY 3: KENNEBUNKPORT — YORK
Today, explore the Southern Maine Coast dotted with charming seaside towns, picturesque beaches, and magnificent old captains’ mansions. In Kennebunkport, see the Wedding Cake House, an over-exuberant version of gingerbread Victorian architecture and the most-photographed house in Maine. Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum, the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world. No visit to Kennebunkport would be complete without taking in the view from Walker’s Point, the longtime summer retreat of George H.W. Bush and family. In the seaside village of Ogunquit, take a leisurely stroll along Marginal Way, a one-and-a-quarter-mile walking path that winds along the town’s rocky shore and offers dramatic and iconic views of the craggy Maine coastline leading to quaint Perkins Cove. Later, board a lobster boat where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbor for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade with a lobster haul. In nearby York, take in breathtaking views of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, commonly known as Nubble Light. Top off the day with a traditional Down East Lobster Clambake and a chance to try some delicious Maine lobster! (B,D) Overnight: Kennebunkport
DAY 4: FULL DAY AS YOU WISH
Enjoy the day at leisure to relax and explore the resort and Kennebunkport. The town is home to many dining options, boutique shops, art galleries, and also the First Families Kennebunkport Museum. An optional full day tour to Boothbay Harbor will be available. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. (B) Overnight: Kennebunkport
DAY 5: NORTH CONWAY NEW HAMPSHIRE — WHITE MOUNTAINS
This morning, travel to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of the most ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S., and home to conifer trees, granite cliffs, and Mt. Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeastern U.S. Arrive in the quintessential New England village of North Conway and board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a nostalgic ride through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley countryside. Later, motor-coach along the Kancagamus Highway, one of America’s most scenic drives connecting North Conway with Lincoln. The drive begins and ends along wide, tumbling rivers and offers sweeping mountain views of the White Mountains National Forest. Stop at a local maple sugar house to learn how sap harvested from local orchards is transformed into one of the world’s sweetest delicacies. Enjoy free time to browse and shop before returning back to the Maine coast. This evening includes a special farewell dinner. (B,D) Overnight: Kennebunkport
DAY 6: KENNEBUNKPORT — BOSTON — DEPART FOR HOME
Today, we head south to Boston for your flight home, filled with memories of your Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine tour. (B)