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New England Fall Foliage Spectacular


Our annual expedition takes a new turn this year – to Lake Placid!


  • Visit three New England states
  • NH: Cantebury Shaker Village and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
  • VT: Shelburne Museum, Trapp Family Lodge and Ben & Jerry’s
  • 3 nights in lakeside cabins on Lake Champlain
  • NY: Lake Placid Olympic sites, Ft. Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm, John Brown Farm
  • 3 nights in Lake Placid



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

The spectacular begins with a flight to Manchester, NH. Holiday Inn

Day 2

Your thirst for New England will be immediately quenched with a visit to Canterbury Shaker Village, a Nat’l Historic Landmark preserving 25 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th Centuries, all filled with the stunning craftsmanship and handiwork of the original inhabitants. In the afternoon explore the home and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, America’s foremost sculptor. Located on the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain, Basin Harbor features a historic lodge surrounded by 74 individual cabins offering quaint, but elegant accommodations immersed in nature and peaceful tranquility. Don’t forget your flashlight! Basin Harbor Club – 3 nights (FB,D)

Day 3

Take a leisurely morning to sleep in or explore Basin Harbor’s miles of trails. In the afternoon visit Shelburne Museum. Known as New England’s Smithsonian, “the Shel” offers an collection of American art and exhibits displayed in one of 39 repurposed and restored historical homes and buildings. At nearby Shelburne Vineyard taste the bounty of the local grape harvest before heading to dinner at a local sugarhouse where every course includes maple!  (FB,D)

Day 4

Another leisurely morning precedes heading out to nibble your way across Vermont! Visit a cider mill for lunch where everything is homemade, then pay tribute to the state’s favorite sons, Ben and Jerry, with a guided tour of their ice cream-making empire. Onward to Stowe and the Trapp Family Lodge to learn the inspiring story of what happened after The Sound of Music for the beloved musical family from Austria. Back at Basin Harbor, the best has definitely been saved for last – a chef-designed four-course gourmet dinner!  (FB,L,D)

Day 5

In nearby Burlington launch on a narrated cruise of Lake Champlain, nestled between the (hopefully) colorful Adirondack and Green Mountains. At Ausable Chasm in New York State, you’ll see a sandstone gorge called the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Open since 1870, explore the famous depths of the chasm while viewing waterfalls and unique rock formations from sturdy bridges, walkways, stairs and vistas. Onward to Lake Placid. High Peaks Resort – 3 nights (FB,D) 

Day 6

A guided tour focuses on the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games hosted here with visits to competition sites and the Winter Olympic Museum. Nearby is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown where you’ll learn of a man who became martyr for the liberation of Southern slaves in 1859. (FB,D)

Day 7

After a visit to Natural Stone Bridge and Cave – the largest marble cave in the US – it’s time to nibble your way across New York. Visit with cheese makers and a family who still operates a meat smokehouse built by their grandfather in 1946 en route to Ft. Ticonderoga. Here you’ll step back in time as costumed interpreters serve you the same meal enjoyed by British soldiers stationed there in 1774. (FB,D)

Day 8

Drive to Albany, NY for your return flight, bringing the fall foliage spectacular to a happy end.  (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Sunday, October 3, 2021 to Saturday, October 9, 2021

7 Days, 14 Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners


Final itinerary and pricing for 2021 will be available late fall (after November 1st)

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