Rhode Island/Maine/Vermont

Lobsters, Wineries and Foods of New England

Taste your way through the iconic landscapes of New England as you explore local vineyards, visit a Vermont apple orchard and ride aboard a Maine lobster vessel with a local expert.
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4.64 Average

Lots of fun and an interesting education of the New England area. If I went again, I would probably wait until the early October time frame when the foliage is starting to change.


My first Road Scholar tour immersed us in the culture, foods, and history of four New England states, with farm tours, sightings of Newport’s mega-mansions, a lobster boat experience, and so much more. We weren’t “tourists,” we were students and were busy every day with new adventures. The tour guide, bus driver, and accommodations We’re ‘icing on the cake.”


best food of all trips I have been on. wine tasting was fun, fun, fun,


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This was our first Road Scholar tour, and as such it was a test for us to see if we should consider Road Scholar for more extensive trips. We have traveled a lot with other companies and therefore have a good basis for comparison. We were very pleased with this trip and will certainly travel with Road Scholar again.


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This program has a lot of variety. What better way to discover the people, culture, and history of New England than with a trip that includes lobsters, wine, foods, cookie making, enjoying a meal in a barn, learning about apples, how to make ricotta cheese, visiting a dairy farm, staying in a historic inn, learning about goat milking, some time for shopping along the way and getting to visit 5 states during your trip and so much more!


A great trip for learning about New England history and many local food products.


No better way to learn and travel at the same time! And outstanding selections to select from North America and international programs!


How about a bit of nice wine with dinner? How about lobster rolls for lunch and whole steamed lobster for dinner? Want to try your hand at baking cookies? Dinner in an elegant hotel after a wonderful discussion on lobstering. This trip is one you must try!


This program covered three states in six days. We were able to learn about the fishing industry (ocean) as well as farm life (inland) Great program


Program was very interesting and informative and a wonderful introduction to New England, agriculture, lobster fishing and environmental issues.


I highly recommend this program. I had never been to New England before and learned a lot. Lots of hands-on participation which made it fun. Great food and drink. Got to try many different things. Disappointed that we didn't get to go out on the lobster boat because of weather, but speaker was very interesting and he said we got more than we would have had on the boat. Wouldn't change a thing.


We went the last week of September and had a great time! Mike Smith, our tour guide, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about all the places we went to and drove through. Our driver, Barry, was great too. Both were very helpful all the time. Me being a photographer, really enjoyed the wide variety of experiences both visual and tasty. Mike's contacts also were a welcome bonus. Lobster boat ride, ferry ride, wine tasting, apple orchard tour and much much more. The accommodations were all good and varied. Never a dull moment! We will probably do it again but later in the year so that we can catch the fall leaves changing.


If you want to see New England at its finest, this is the tour for you. Many back country roads were taken, many stops along the way for picture taking and interesting hot spots, and the food was generally delectable.

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Just a quick note to say my daughter and I enjoyed our trip through New England very much. Everyone planning this delightful excursion was very knowledgeable and very passionate about this part of our country. We enjoyed our travel companions , picnic lunches in the orchards, walking around the picturesque towns and the lovely dinners at the Brandon Inn. Even the weather was beautiful. The memories of this trip will be with me a lifetime Thank You, Linda Blocker


Too big, not enough information. This was my sixth trip with RS. It was the only one that has disappointed me. We had 36 participants on a small bus and there was a lot of bus time. Our leader seemed unfamiliar with the area, and RS generally. The lobster boat ride never happened, though it was a beautiful day. We took a tour around Newport with a guide, AFTER a free morning there, so we missed all the seeing anything up close. The food was just okay. This is a good trip if you want to go shopping in New England, otherwise try something else.


Five Stars! For me, the Lobsters, Wineries & Foods of New England tour was a mountain high experience that far exceeded my expectations. There were many firsts for me on this trip. It was my first time taking a vacation tour much less a Road Scholar tour, first time tasting an apple cider donut, first time on a Lobster boat and it was my first time to Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. The landscapes and seascapes were beyond beautiful. It was a bonding experience. I feel like I went to summer camp in the fall of New England. Our group began as strangers from around the globe and 7 days later we left as friends wishing we could stay a little longer. Our tour guide and shepherd, Mike Smith, was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the region as well as witty and humorous. He made the trip fun as well as educational. Our motor coach driver, Rob McClure made sure we arrived at our destinations safely and always had a smile and a hand available to help us out the door of the coach. Each presentation was superb with presenters passionate about their field whether it be lobsters, winemaking, farming or making artisan cheese, etc. This was an experience that I will never forget. It was so good that I am inspired to learn more. I might just take it again!


This was a terrific program. It lived up to its title. I feel like I have a better perspective on New England life and its history.


Our trip was well organized and informative, and our group was deversified, interesting, and bonded well. My wife and I highly recommend Road Scholar trips.


Not as Billed. I was very disappointed in this trip. The group size was to big (36 participants), several of the restaurants were just okay, and it was more like a shopping trip than an educational experience. The food demonstrations were canceled or lacking. For example, the demonstration at the flour company and cheese factory were canceled. A lot of bus time with no relevant information. Vermont segment was the weakest. I love Road Scholar but can't recommend this one.


This program was interesting and the scenery was lovely. All educational experiences were led by knowledgeable instructors. We had a great time and would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to learn more about New England and its foods. Mike Smith was entertaining and made everyone feel comfortable.


wonderful learning experience in New England. Apples, wine, lobsters etc. Lots of good food so be prepared!

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