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BEGINS IN: BRANDON, VERMONT

Historic Houses, Gardens and Country Farms of Vermont and New Hampshire

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Known for its rolling green hills and expansive open spaces, northern New England is home as well to an array of historic properties, from humble homesteads to magnificent mansions and glorious estates adorned with brightly colored gardens. Set out on a journey across two states to discover these homes and gardens, as well as several bountiful working farms in between. Venture from the rural Champlain Valley to lively Portsmouth on the New Hampshire Seacoast, learning at each historic property about the lives of prominent and everyday Americans — from Green Mountain Boy Ethan Allen and President’s son Robert Todd Lincoln to farmers working in the Vermont of a century ago. Local historians, interpreters, master gardeners and other experts lead talks and field trips, with time built in to drop in on charming New England towns and their farms, flower growers and kitchen gardens.


Highlights

• Discover architecture from the late-18th to the early-20th centuries, including the Ethan Allen Homestead, dating back to 1787, and the Park-McCullough House, an expertly preserved Victorian mansion.
• Visit Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre, nonprofit working farm practicing sustainable agriculture, and the historic Billings Farm in Woodstock, a working dairy farm and museum of Vermont rural heritage.
• In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, enjoy visits to two historic houses as well as the Strawbery Banke Museum, a living-history museum that tells the story of a community over the course of 250 years.

Activity Notes

Up to two hours of moderate walking and standing each day, sometimes on uneven and unpaved surfaces.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Brandon, Vt., 4 nights; coach to Portsmouth, N.H., 2 nights; shuttle to Brandon, departure. Option to depart in Portsmouth.

Date Notes
10/4/2015
This program is during peak New England fall colors and should offer a fantastic opportunity to view the spectacular fall colors. Price reflects the time period. This program will include a visit to the Morrill Homestead in Vermont and will not be visiting the Saint Gauden's National Historic Site

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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.9
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