DEPARTURES 2017: October 9
Day 1 | Depart Miami
New England Fall Foliage tour members will meet their Tour Director at the Miami Amtrak Station and board the Silver Meteor for the 8:10 a.m. departure for New York Penn Station. Others will join the tour en route (see schedule below). Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Viewliner Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. Lunch and dinner will be included on the train today.
Day 2 | En Route / Rutland
Enjoy breakfast on the train this morning. Arrival into New York Penn Station is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
You will have time for an “on-your-own” lunch in the station prior to our boarding the Empire Service Train #283 for Albany.
Relax in your comfortable coach seat. Arrival in Albany is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Upon arrival we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel north 100 miles to Rutland, a southern Vermont city of 16,000. On our way to Rutland, we’ll visit the Bennington Battle Monument. The Monument is the tallest structure in Vermont, soaring 300 feet above Old Bennington.Your hotel for the next two nights is the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington. There are dinner options within walking distance.
Day 3 | Vermont
Following an included breakfast we’ll visit the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont. The museum presents a collection of original Normal Rockwell art including paintings from The Saturday Evening Post, The Four Freedoms and the best in the field of American illustration. Marble is one of Vermont’s major natural resources. It is shipped all over the world. Proctor is the home of the Vermont Marble Exhibit. One of the largest displays of its kind in the country, it illustrates the origin, quarrying and finishing of marble. You can watch a sculptor at work and visit a sculpture gallery. Displays include marble from Vermont and around the world.Following an “on-your-own” lunch in Rutland, you’ll visit Hildene, one of the state’s major attractions. Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and home to his descendants until 1975. The 24-room Georgian Revival Mansion is filled with original furnishings and personal family memorabilia, surrounded by formal gardens. You’ll return to your hotel in Rutland for a second night. The Tour Director will host a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Day 4 | Vermont / New Hampshire
Following breakfast we’ll board our comfortable motorcoach and continue the New England discovery program. First on the schedule is the Vermont Country Store in Weston. This nationally known “mercantile” features practical items that you may not find anywhere else.Continue to the Billings Farm and Museum to see both a modern, working dairy farm and a museum of Vermont farm life in the 1890s. The museum is housed in four reconstructed barns. Following an “on-your-own” lunch, you’ll continue to Quechee Gorge. Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon” lies west of Quechee. The bridge that spans the gorge 162 feet above the Ottauquechee River provides a great view of this natural spectacle. We will have time for photos.You’ll arrive in Meredith and depart on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad excursion train for a two-hour round trip to Lakeport. The train hugs the picturesque shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s loveliest and largest lake. Enjoy a full-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings on the trip.Our home for next two nights is the Hampton Inn North Conway.
Day 5 | North Conway
A Continental breakfast is included this morning. Today we’re traveling on the Conway Scenic Railroad through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Eastern U.S. On the Notch train you travel through awesome Crawford Notch past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks, panoramic mountain vistas and across the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. The destination is Crawford Depot. You’ll enjoy first-class seating. Live commentary includes history and folklore of the railroad era as well as points of interest. A boxed lunch will be served (included). An on-board snack bar offers sandwiches, snacks and beverages. We will return to our North Conway hotel.
Day 6 | Mt. Washington
Another high point of our fabulous New England Fall Foliage vacation will be the trip on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to the summit of the highest mountain in the Northeast U.S. Ride up Mt. Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway has been an exciting and unforgettable experience for well over a century. The ever-changing surroundings, the magnificent views, the sights and sounds of unique steam locomotives in action and some of the steepest railway tracks in existence, combine to place it among the best of the world’s great railway journeys. Some days the view from the summit of Mt. Washington spans four states, Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean, limited only by the curvature of the earth. We’ll stop for an “on-your-own” lunch following our Mt. Washington excursion and continue through spectacular scenery about 120 miles to picturesque Stowe, Vermont. The village of Stowe is featured on many postcards of New England. The world-class Trapp Family Lodge is a high point of this tour. You’ll spend the next two nights basking in the beauty of this magnificent Austrian-inspired lodge. The complex is exquisitely managed by the descendants of the “Sound of Music” family. Located atop the highest point of land in the area, your view of the breathtaking changing colors is endless. An exquisite three-course-dinner experience and two Vermont country breakfasts are included.
Day 7 | Vermont
A full day of northern Vermont discovery begins at 8:30 a.m. when we board the motorcoach to travel the short distance to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company for a glimpse of the step-by-step creative process required to make these jointed teddy bears.
We will then travel to the town of Shelburne where we’ll visit one of Vermont’s major attractions, the Shelburne Museum. There are 37 historic structures, many of them dismantled and moved there from various parts of New England, reconstructed and restored. Other attractions include a railroad depot, private car and locomotive, a two-lane covered bridge with a footpath, a round barn and a hand-crafted model circus parade more than 500 feet long. The side-wheeler steamboat Ticonderoga was hauled two miles over land from Lake Champlain to its landlocked berth at the museum.The collections of Americana displayed include folk art, dolls, toys, quilts, rugs, pewter, coaches, carriages and wagons as well as fire fighting, hunting and agricultural equipment. The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial houses European furnishings, sculpture and paintings by Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Rembrandt, as well as works by American Artist Mary Cassatt. Formal gardens, ornamental trees and shrubs, roses and lilacs adorn the grounds. An “on-your-own” lunch is available. You’re free this evening to enjoy an “on-your-own” dinner in the hotel or another fine Stowe restaurant.
Day 8 | En Route
Breakfast is included in our hotel. This morning we’ll visit the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury. We’ll enjoy a 30-minute guided tour, watch a seven-minute film and pay a visit to FlavoRoom to sample the newest offerings. We will continue on to our final Vermont attraction, the Waterbury Center where our travelers will visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. You’ll see cider made the old fashion way. An “on-your-own” lunch stop will be made in Bristol. Following lunch, you continue south through Green Mountain scenery to Albany. Our home for the evening is the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown.
Day 9 | En Route
A Continental breakfast is included at the hotel this morning. We will transfer to the Albany train station for the 10:05 a.m. departure of Amtrak Empire Service Train #280. Relax in your comfortable coach seat. Arrival into New York Penn Station is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. You will have time for an “on-your-own” lunch in Penn Station prior to boarding the Silver Meteor for the 3:15 p.m. departure. You will have the same accommodations as on your north bound trip. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 10 | En Route / Miami
We’ll be rolling south down the Florida peninsula today. You’ll be amazed at the large cattle ranches, citrus groves, and other attractions our train will pass by. We will arrive at local Amtrak stations throughout the day. Our final destination, Miami is scheduled for 6:39 p.m.
*Depending on time of disembarking.