Members of Relyance Bank Destination Club recently joined another group from Searcy on the Colors of New England tour to view the fall foliage.
After their flight to Boston, the group explored the area. Several took a stroll in Boston Public Gardens. For dinner, some chose to start on fresh seafood at Legal Sea Food known for classic Boston Seafood and the best clam chowder. Others chose Boston’s acclaimed French restaurant from celebrated Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano.
The group spent the first few nights at the Boston Park Plaza hotel. The next morning the group had a choice of a three-hour Boston City tour or walk the Freedom Trail with a local guide. Both groups visited some of Boston’s iconic treasures, including the Old South Meeting House, the Public Gardens and Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Faneuil Hall has been referred to as the Cradle of Liberty. It has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since it was built in 1742 and still provides a forum for debate, according to a news release.
Most of the group had lunch at America’s oldest restaurant, The Union Oyster House. That afternoon, the group visited the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides. The vessel is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, according to the release.
The group also visited the museum and other exhibits located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is part of the Boston National Historical Park in Boston. After a day of history, the group had a chance to unwind with a cocktail at their reception before dinner.
Day three of this tour took the group to Stowe, Vermont. After a morning drive, the group stopped in Woodstock for some lunch and shopping time. Then they continued to the Quechee Gorge for a hike and photo stop. After dinner the travelers settled in for the next few nights at the Lodge at Spruce Peak.
The following morning the group’s first stop was at Cold Hollow Cider Mill where they sampled cider and apple cider donuts. Then the clubbers were on to Ben and Jerry’s for a tour and then a few samples of their renowned ice cream.
Later, they caught a gondola ride before departing for the Trapp Family Lodge tour and dinner. Everyone enjoyed hearing more of the true story behind the Von Trapp Family in the Sound of Music.
They visited the graves of the family and visited with Maria von Trapp’s grandson, Sam. Many bought Maria’s autobiography and Sam von Trapp autographed them. Dinner was a feast that began with flights of beer tastings followed by multiple food tastings before the meal came out.
Day five of this tour, the clubbers had a scenic drive to New Hampshire. Their first stop was at the Rocks estate where the group saw and learned about New Hampshire’s Maple Experience. The group learned about the details and work that goes into maple sugaring.
The group watched the movie “Pollyanna.” The group was enlightened as to why the next stop in Littleton was called “The Glad Town” named after the glad game in Pollyanna. After lunch, the travelers continued their drive on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway. This pass running through the White Mountain National Forest, is renowned for its autumn leaves. It is one of the top road trips during the fall foliage season.
The clubbers were welcomed to the Red Jacket Resort with a reception. After a short break, they departed for dinner at the Red Fox Bar and Grille.
After breakfast the group departed for a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee followed by lunch in Wolfeboro. They enjoyed another scenic drive this afternoon as they made their way to the Spruce Point Inn on Boothbay Harbor.
The group had a leisure morning, where they could choose to hike Forest trails or take a shuttle into town for some shopping and exploring. The group met at the pier in the afternoon for a lobster trap boat tour. After the cruise, they returned to the inn for a farewell dinner and drinks.
The last day of this tour ended with a stop to experience Kennebunkport and they got a chance to view the Summer home of former President George H.W. Bush. The Lower Village and the Dock Square are located along the ocean and Kennebunk River.
This town was settled in the 1600’s. It has been a long-time ship building mecca. Sea captains built beautiful mansions and many are just as lovely today as they were then. This part of the Maine Coast became a resort destination over 100 years ago and remains so today.
Those Destination Club members enjoying this tour were Jo Stanfield, Kay and John Garrison, Louise Anderson, Gail Blackerby, Rita and George Sevall, Betty Daniels and Bill Brintnall.
Cindy Cullins, Destination Club director, reminded the group that there are still a few spaces left on their Peru/Machu Picchu tour and the Scandinavian Capitals cruise for 2020, but time is running out. Also, signup has begun for the New York City tour and the Canada coach tour.