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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a delicious buffet dinner with soup, salad, choice of entrées, dessert, and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will pre-select some meals. Travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1/2 mile; standing up to 1 hour for presentations.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, cereal, bagels, yogurt, fruit, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We will set out on our first field trip to visit historic Prescott Farm in Middletown. Founded in the 18th century, the 40-acre farm is today owned by the Newport Restoration Society that saved it from destruction in 1973. Master gardeners from the University of Rhode Island have since recreated gardens typical of the Revolutionary War period when the most notable events occurred. Led by Prescott staff as well as local gardeners, we’ll learn about the fascinating history and see historic buildings including the windmill dating back to 1812, as well as the kitchen and herb gardens. We’ll also taste a traditional Johnny Cake cooked in the historic kitchen.
Lunch: At a local restaurant featuring a Portuguese Kale Soup, choice of entrée, beverages choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll hop on the motorcoach and ride down Ocean Drive with a local historian. Ocean Drive — known locally simply as The Drive — is a 10-mile long route along the coast featuring beautiful vistas of the ocean and historic mansions. Our historian will provide commentary about we see during our ride. We’ll then head to Newport Vineyards for an expert-led exploration followed by a wine tasting. Newport Vineyards was established in 1977, and takes advantage of a micro-climate ideal for producing complex flavors in wine.
Dinner: At one of Newport’s fine restaurants overlooking the water, we’ll have plated 3-course dinners we pre-selected with choice of entrée plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Taking luggage from hotel to motorcoach. Getting on/off a motorcoach; on/off a lobster boat. Walking up to 1/2 mile at farm; dirt and uneven surfaces.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board the motorcoach, and head north into the rest of New England. En route, we’ll stop at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA, to learn about their dairy and CSA (consumer supported agriculture) farming, an innovative way to invest in local agriculture and receive fresh produce throughout the season. Enjoy a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, established and maintained by nine generations of the Appleton family.
Lunch: At the farm, we’ll have a choice of sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients plus water and cookie.
Afternoon: Re-boarding the motorcoach, we will continue driving north to Ogunquit, Maine, and check in to our hotel with some time to freshen up. We’ll head to Kennebunkport and board a lobster boat (weather permitting) with a local expert. As we cruise, we’ll learn about the industry as we watch the captain pull up traps with the day’s catch. In the event of bad weather, the captain will still give us a presentation. We’ll then go to dinner.
Dinner: At the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport — a listed historic hotel by the National Register of Historic Places — we will have a 3-course dinner with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and mouth of the Kennebunk River.
Evening: In the dining room, we’ll be joined by a local expert for a presentation on Maine-made foods.
Activity note: Walking at field trip sites; stairs at meadery.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as waffles, sausage, cereal, toast, pastries, yogurt, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We will meet two local experts on the city of Portland who will accompany us on our field trip this morning with our Group Leader. As we explore this historic port city, we’ll learn about its history, its connection with the fishing industry, and Casco Bay.
Lunch: At a Portland restaurant, we’ll have a cup of New England clam chowder and a traditional Maine lobster roll — cold lobster salad served on a toasted hot dog bun.
Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip to Maine Mead Works in downtown Portland. Mead, also known as honey wine, is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. In 2007, a local entrepreneur began experimenting with bringing mead into the modern era. He made contact with a South African scientist who was an expert in advanced mead-making systems to produce a lighter, drier drink. The honey used at Maine Mead Works comes primarily from bees in fields of goldenrod in northern Maine. We’ll conclude with a tasting. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The city offers excellent cultural attractions, boat rides, train rides, distinctive boutiques, and restaurants. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: We’ll have a real treat: a traditional lobster dinner with all the fixings at the Sun and Surf Restaurant in York, Maine. Dinner includes New England clam chowder, mussels or clams, a steamed lobster, baked potato, corn on the cob, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Walking at field trip sites; standing up to 1 hour.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board the bus for Vermont. We’ll stop first in Norwich at the flagship campus of King Arthur Flour, established in 1790 and now employee-owned. We’ll have a presentation on the company, its history, and work today. We'll participate in a private cookie decoration class prior to lunch. Aside from wheat brought from other parts of the U.S., one of the characteristics of this company is using local ingredients and supporting local farms.
Lunch: At King Arthur Flour, we’ll have pre-ordered box lunches with sandwiches made using their freshly baked breads and ingredients prepared in the café; water included.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll travel to the Billings Farm and Museum, during which we’ll see the livestock barns that house the farm’s dairy herd, draft horses, sheep, and oxen, plus extensive farm life exhibits. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a delicious ice cream made with Billings Farm milk. Arriving in Brandon, we’ll check in to the inn, established in 1786 and on the National Register of Historic Places. After settling in, we’ll be joined by a local goat farmer and one of her goats for a milking demonstration and talk on goat-milk products. We’ll taste samples of cheese, yogurt, and milk. You may even get to try your hand at milking!
Dinner: In the main dining room of the inn, we’ll have a 3-course dinner with choice of entrée and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Get ready to play Bingo with your favorite New England food products as prizes.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 1/2 mile; dirt paths, hills through orchard.
Breakfast: At the inn, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as hot entrées, homemade granola, bagels, yogurt, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll take a short drive for a field trip to Champlain Orchards. Family owned and ecologically managed, the orchard overlooks Lake Champlain in Shoreham, Vermont. This is one of the oldest continuously operating orchards in the state. The current owners began small with a dream of providing nourishing food to the community. They now produce more than 80,000 bushels of 70 varieties of apples as well as blueberries, cherries, nectarines, pears, plums, and raspberries. We will visit their orchard farm as well as their cidery and sample some of their many delicious products. We’ll then continue our transfer and stop in Middlebury, VT.
Lunch: At the historic Waybury Inn, we’ll have a delicious lunch featuring their famous gingerbread cake with inn-made caramel and cinnamon whipped cream.
Afternoon: We’ll travel to the New England Maple Museum for a virtual walk through the history of sugaring in Vermont. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup! We’ll also observe Vermont product demonstration and enjoy some samples with the museum owners. Afterwards, we’ll conclude our day with some time to explore the charming town of Brandon, featuring over 70 homes listed on the National Historic Register.
Dinner: Back at the inn, we’ll have a tasty, 3-course farewell dinner with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert, glass of local Vermont wine or beer, plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: We’ll enjoy entertainment in the living room of the inn. Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Departure after inn check-out. Expected arrival at TF Green Airport in Providence by 2:30 p.m.; Middletown hotel arrival by approximately 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast: Inn buffet.
Morning: Checking out of the inn, we’ll board the bus to start our journey south. En route, we’ll visit the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham where we will have an opportunity to enjoy samples of fine Vermont foods. We will then move on to Rhode Island.
Lunch: En route, we’ll have food prepared by the Brandon Inn including a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and water.
Afternoon: We expect to arrive at T. F. Green International Airport in Providence by approximately 2:30 p.m. for those flying out. We will drive on to the hotel in Middletown with arrival by approximately 4:00 p.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!
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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.
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!