20031
Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont
On the Road: The Best Fall Foliage in New England
Discover classic New England as you photograph vibrant fall foliage, explore quaint villages, visit national parks and celebrate this region with a traditional Maine lobster feast.
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Program No. 20031RJ
Length
11 days
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11 days
10 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Boston, Massachusetts
D
Godfrey Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table on the 4th floor of the hotel 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, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Most transportation, unless specified otherwise, will be provided by motorcoach with a few steps when getting on and off. Some activities are weather dependent. Please bear with us if changes to the itinerary need to be made due to inclement weather. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant within an easy walking distance from the hotel, enjoy a welcome dinner including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Boston, JFK, Old North Church
Boston, Massachusetts
B,L,D
Godfrey Hotel

Activity note: Use of public transportation; not all subway stops have elevators; walking up to 2 miles with frequent stops.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore historic highlights of Boston, as well as city landmarks that played a role in John F. Kennedy’s political path to the Whitehouse on a walking field trip with a local expert.

Lunch: At a local restaurant on Boston's Waterfront, we’ll have a plated lunch with soft drinks, iced tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continue your discovery of Boston as you stroll the streets of the North End en route to the Old North Church Historic Site for a behind the scenes docent-led field trip. Listen and learn about the workings of the oldest set of change-ringing bells in North America. Climb the stairs to the bell ringing chamber where the teenage Paul Revere worked as bell ringer and walk amongst the 37 tombs constructed below the floors of the Old North between 1732 and 1860. Learn about the construction of the crypt, view artifacts found in the crypt, and hear the history of those buried there including the Church’s first rector and soldiers killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill. Outside of the church, visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill before returning to the hotel by public transportation.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated lunch with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You may like to explore the nighttime atmosphere of the city or perhaps just relax at the hotel. Prepare for our transfer in the morning.

DAY
3
New England’s Maritime History, Salem, Gloucester
Ogunquit, Maine
B,L,D
Anchorage by the Sea

Activity note: Driving about 115 total miles; approximately 2.5 hours total with stops. Walking and standing for up to 1.5 miles, about two hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel we will board the motorcoach and depart from Boston to Salem, Massachusetts. On a mixed walking and motorcoach field trip led by a lifetime resident and local historian, learn about Salem’s remarkable history including details about its lucrative maritime trade, controversial witch trials, architecture, and culture as one of America’s oldest communities. Continuing up the rocky coast, we will travel through scenic North Shore towns and arrive in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port, founded in 1623.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a typical New England fish and chowder (or vegetarian pasta) plated lunch on the Gloucester waterfront. Non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: In a private section of the restaurant in Gloucester, we will learn about the town with emphasis on its maritime history and heritage through an exclusive presentation. We will then continue north to Ogunquit, Maine and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a traditional plated lobster dinner, a specialty of New England’s Atlantic waters. Non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Ogunquit’s rich coastal beauty hosts all sorts of nightlife from ice cream parlors to cocktail bars, live music to performances at the local theater, strolls through town, or just relaxing at the hotel.

DAY
4
Ogunquit Outdoors, Art Museum, Lobster Boat
Ogunquit, Maine
B
Anchorage by the Sea

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; standing up to 1 hour at a time; getting on/off a lobster boat. Study cruise is weather dependent.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art housing a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. Included in the collection is an extensive selection of works by artists associated with Ogunquit’s famous art colony of the early 20th century such as Edward Betts, Charles Woodbury, Hamilton Easter Field, and Robert Laurent. Then, head out on a one-hour boat cruise to learn first-hand from the captain about lobster fishing as well as to appreciate the scenic coastal views from an oceanic perspective.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. You may wish to take in the spectacular scenery on a walk along the Marginal Way. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1.25 miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for our transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
From the Rocky Coast to the Granite Mountains
North Conway, New Hampshire
B,L,D
North Conway Grand Hotel

Activity note: Driving about 120 miles along scenic routes instead of major highways; approximately 2.5 hours. Walking up to 1 mile on cobblestone streets with frequent stops to sit.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel and boarding the motorcoach, we’ll depart Ogunquit and head up the coast to Portland Head Light, one of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses, that has served as a beacon to ships since 1791. With a local expert, we’ll get a “taste of Maine” during a walking field trip in Portland. We’ll through the historic cobblestone streets of the Old Port, in what has been called the "foodiest small town" in America! Sample locally-produced favorites such as Maine cheese, honey wine, a mini Lobster roll, a whoopie pie and more as local producers and restaurateurs explain what makes Portland, Maine so special.

Lunch: As part of our foodie experience, enjoy a lunch of samples and specialties with the group at various locations during our walking field trip.

Afternoon: Free Time in Old Port. We will then rendezvous at a pre-determined time and place to board the motorcoach and depart Maine’s rocky coast for the White Mountains of North Conway, New Hampshire where we will check in to our hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, a plated meal will be served including salad or soup, dessert, and one non-alcoholic beverage; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: A naturalist will join us at the hotel and give a presentation on the local ecology of the autumn in the North Woods with emphasis on native wildlife and the northern environment.

DAY
6
Meteorology, Nature & Wildlife of the White Mountains
North Conway, New Hampshire
B,L,D
North Conway Grand Hotel

Activity note: Driving approximately 137 miles; 3.5 hours with stops along scenic by-ways.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll go by coach to the Mount Washington Observatory Museum in North Conway, learn about the White Mountains' highest peak and its extreme weather from a docent. (Mount Washington itself is often inaccessible due to weather conditions and is therefore not part of our program.) We’ll then drive along scenic Route 302 stopping for photo opportunities through Crawford Notch, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Lunch: At the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center, choose from assorted sandwiches, soup of the day, salad and fruit, plus non alcoholic beverages.

Afternoon: Hear from an expert at the Appalachian Mountain Club to learn about the history of the area with a presentation on Crawford Notch history. We will then return to the hotel with some time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, dinner is included and you will be provided with meal vouchers allowing you to make a reservation when you like.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Rocks Estate, Kancamagus Highway
Burlington, VT
B,L,D
Courtyard Burlington Harbor

Activity note: Driving about 144 miles; approximately 4 hours total with intermittent activities. Walking up to 1 mile, approximately 1 hour, on maintained, unpaved trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn from a local expert how maple syrup is produced and how conservation fits into maple sugaring at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH. The site is home to the North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Then, take a one-hour walk through the estate's forest trails with our expert discussing wildlife habitat improvement and sustainable forestry practices while enjoying mountain vistas. Departing North Conway, we’ll travel along the scenic Kancamagus Highway, stopping en route for short walks to scenic overlooks, forest paths, and a covered bridge.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, have a choice of sandwich and a piece of pie, includes coffee, tea, or soft drink.

Afternoon: Crossing into Vermont, we’ll head to the mountains of the Mad River Valley. Along the way, we’ll learn about what makes Vermont such a special place with an expert led field trip to the Vermont History Museum. We will then check in to our hotel with some free time before dinner to relax, freshen up, or get acquainted with Burlington with a walk through the welcoming, quaint streets of town.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a delicious 3 course plated dinner plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Shelburne Museum
Burlington, VT
B,L
Courtyard Burlington Harbor

Activity note: Driving about 25 miles; approximately 1 hour total. The Shelburne Museum encompasses 45 acres and there is a shuttle bus that circles the property.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Today we will explore America’s history through folk art as we investigate three centuries of life in the collections of the Shelburne Museum led by a docent. Home crafts, folk arts, trade tools, transportation, fine arts, furnishings and architecture are displayed in the museum’s 35 historic buildings.

Lunch: At the museum cafeteria, meal vouchers will be provided.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the museum on your own. The remainder of the afternoon is free. If you would like to explore Burlington on your own, walk through the quaint shops and restaurants of Church Street or stroll the waterfront for some scenic views. Or simply relax at the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for our transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Back Roads & Villages of Vermont
Grafton, VT
B,L,D
Grafton Inn

Activity note: Driving about 137 miles along scenic routes, not major highways; approximately 2.5 hours total with stops.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Travel south through the stunning center of Vermont, taking in the rural autumn landscapes and tiny villages along Route 100 with stops for photos.

Lunch: In a quaint Vermont village. Stroll historic streets among iconic white houses before enjoying a plated meal and a non alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: Continue to Grafton, Vermont soaking in the scenery from the coach. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Inn with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At the inn. We will have a plated 3 course meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a town local for a discussion on life in this quintessential New England town.

DAY
10
Vermont Artisanal Products, Organic Farm, Stone Trust
Grafton, VT
B,L,D
Grafton Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles on a farm with uneven ground; wear comfortable shoes that can handle the terrain.

Breakfast: At the inn.

Morning: Learn from a local expert at Grafton Cheese in Brattleboro how cheese, one of Vermont's prize artisanal products, is made. Then learn - as you taste - about organic heirloom apple varieties at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT.

Lunch: At the farm, we will have sandwiches, soup and water.

Afternoon: New England roads are lined with stone walls. Learn about the art and craft of dry stone walling during a demonstration by The Stone Trust, an organization specializing in this regional iconic skill.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, celebrate your journey through New England with a special farewell dinner among your new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
Boston, Massachusetts
B

Activity note: A motorcoach transfer is provided to Boston Logan International Airport with additional stops at South Station and the Park Plaza Hotel. Departure from Grafton at approximately 8:30 a.m.; estimated travel time is about 3 hours non-stop; expected arrival at Logan Airport by approximately 11 a.m. We recommend scheduling onward flights and travel no earlier than 1:30 p.m.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: Transfer to Boston, MA. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!