From the Mountains to the Valleys: Quintessential Vermont

Delve into the history of the railroad industry, explore a working farm and more as you spend a week on the idyllic shores of Lake Morey in Vermont.
Program No. 24117RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Slip away to quintessential Vermont, where railroads wind along regal mountainsides, cows graze along family farms and loons swim alongside your canoe. From your home base at the tranquil Lake Morey Resort, set out to explore working farmhouses, follow railways to the top of mountains and learn about the region from local historians and experts. Each morning, you’ll delve into New England history during expert-led presentations, covering topics from railroads to agriculture to U.S. presidents. In the afternoon, enjoy opportunities to explore your surroundings by hiking trail, bike, canoe or kayak. Discover new friends, colorful history and enriching experiences, all tucked along the serene shorelines of Vermont’s Lake Morey.
Activity Level
On Your Feet

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a presentation from a railroad enthusiast who has been using photography to document the evolution of North American railroads since the 1960s.
  • Board the Cog Railroad for a scenic ride to the summit of Mount Washington, the tallest mountain peak in the Northeast.
  • Set off on an expert-led exploration of the working barns, agricultural museum, and the 1890 working farmhouse at the Billings Farm and Museum.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Underrated President
by Charles Johnson
Book on Presidency of Coolidge
Frederick Billings: Vermonter, Pioneer, Land Conservationist
by Jane Curtis, Peter Jennison
Book on history of Frederick Billings

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback