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Massachusetts: A History from the North Coast to the Berkshires

Program Number: 20997RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/13/2013 - 6/21/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 20; 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

On a history-rich adventure starting on the vibrant seacoast north of Boston, trace maritime history and early American life in Salem, the settlement of Massachusetts through the Deerfield Valley and into the Berkshires, the Bay State’s important role in the Industrial Revolution, and the studio of iconic American artist Norman Rockwell.




Highlights

• Experience two quintessential seaside towns, exploring the renowned Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester.
• Learn the history of settlement, industry and the quest for freedom in the Berkshires at Stockbridge and Hancock Shaker Village.
• At the Norman Rockwell Museum, enjoy original paintings and a private look at the artist’s personal archive.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily; standing in museums. Some stairs in historic sites and on motorcoach.



You may also enjoy a complementary program, “Massachusetts: A History from the South Coast to Cape Cod” (#20998).



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lowell, Mass., 3 nights; coach to Historic Deerfield, 1 night; coach to Stockbridge, 4 nights; coach to Boston for departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Lowell

The restored mill buildings and canals of Lowell recall its role as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. Fed by the Merrimack River, the canals powered a textile industry that spawned early advances in machinery and organized labor. Today they add charm to a city bustling with museums, students and a leading annual folk festival.



Accommodations
Historic Inns, comfortable full-service hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center
  Lowell, MA 3 nights
   Deerfield Inn
  Deerfield, MA 1 night
   The Red Lion Inn
  Stockbridge, MA 4 nights
 UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Situated on one of Lowell’s many canals, the Inn and Conference Center was a former commercial hotel property acquired by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. It is a full service hotel. The Inn is completely separate from UMASS facilities and operates as hotel 365 days of the year. In addition, during the summer months, a separate wing of the building is occupied by UMASS students during the academic year, and is completely refurbished and converted to hotel rooms.
  Contact info: 50 Warren Court
Lowell, MA 01852 USA
phone: 978-452-1200
web: www.acc-umlinnandconferencecenter.com/
  Room amenities: The Inn has 32 rooms with air-conditioning, New Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Canal-facing restaurant and fireside bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, self-service laundry, newly renovated fitness center, complimentary morning coffee in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies by program date. Based on availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Deerfield Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342 USA
phone: 413-774-5587
  Room amenities: Cable TV Wireless Internet
  Facility amenities: Original historic inn Bar with six local beer taps Living Room and Gardens Small Library DVD collection
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Red Lion Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
phone: 413-298-5545
  Facility amenities: complimentary wireless Internet connectivity, air conditioning, cable television, and telephone.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at The Red Lion Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lowell, MA
  From End of Program
  Location:  Stockbridge, MA
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Welcome
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Afternoon: Registration in the hotel lobby from 3:00-5:00 PM
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program Orientation and Welcome
   
Accommodations: UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Salem and Gloucester
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Spend the morning exploring the Peabody Essex Museum and touring the Salem Pioneer Village
 Lunch: At a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Delight in a trip to the Gloucester Rocky Neck Art Colony
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture about America's oldest fishing fleet and Gloucester's Maritime Heritage.
   
Accommodations: UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lowell: America's Industrial Revoltion Begins Here
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Guided walk of Lowell's Lower Locks and Canals
 Lunch: At a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the home of America's Industrial Revolution with a trip to the Boott Cotton Mills to see the Mill Girls exhibit, followed by a visit to the American Textile Museum
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare.
   
Accommodations: UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Historic Deerfield
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Deerfield, Massachusetts. Upon arrival, hear a lecture on why Deefield Valley was so valuable as a settlement
 Lunch: At a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of Historic Deerfield, followed by free time to explore on your own
 Dinner: At the Deerfield Inn
   
Accommodations: Deerfield Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: To the Berkshires
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Depart through the Pioneer Valley to the Berkshires and marvel at the Crane Paper Museum and Old Stone Mill Dalton - Papermakers of American Currency
 Lunch: In Pittsfield
 Afternoon: Explore Herman Melville's Arrowhead House
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Settlement in the Berkshires
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between Mohicans and the English Missionaries of colonial America through a guided tour at Mission House. Walk to the Indian Burial Ground, then board a motorcoach for a field trip through the Berkshire's historic towns, to Ashley House, the oldest house still standing in the Berkshires and the former center of political, economic, social life.
 Lunch: On top of Bartholomew's Cobble nature reserve, enjoy the natural beauty and rock formations that influences local artists and writers.
 Afternoon: Take part in a discussion in the interpretive center at Ashley House. Return to Stockbridge, with a stop at the Naumkeag estate and gardens
 Dinner: Gourmet dinner at the Red Lion Inn
 Evening: Evening lecture
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Religious Freedom and the Hancock Shaker Village
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hancock Shaker Village, followed by a lecture on Shaker Settlements
 Lunch: At your leisure in the cafe
 Afternoon: Time for self-guided exploration of the Shaker Village to revisit highlighted buildings and engage with the demonstrators and translators stationed around the village
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Norman Rockwell and Edith Wharton
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Free morning
 Lunch: Your choice to explore the local fare
 Afternoon: At the Norman Rockwell Museum, step behind the scenes with curators to discover the art and creative process of this influential visual communicator of the American 20th century. Explore the original paintings and enjoy a private look at Rockwell’s personal archive ? from carefully directed photographic references to rarely-seen props, art supplies, and correspondence ? which will offer fresh insights into the world of this renowned artist. This interactive program will explore the deep links between imagery, culture, and history, inspiring consideration of the unique power of the artist as a commentator in his or her time. Later, tour Edith Wharton's home, "The Mount."
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at "The Mount"
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Check Out and Departures
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Check out and depart to Boston for departures or connect with Program #20998 "Massachusetts: A History from the South Coast to Cap Code." 11:00 AM drop off at Boston's Logan International Airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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