Trains of New England
Fall Colors in Vermont & New Hampshire
There’s something about fall that says “New England.” Maybe it’s the sturdy granite mountains covered with maple, beech and birch trees in colors of crimson and gold, or the clean, crisp air that draws us there. Whatever the reason, Vermont and New Hampshire and their Green and White Mountains are some of the most beautiful areas for fall colors in North America. Our trip is scheduled during the traditionally best time to see peak colors in the Northeast.
Climb Mount Washington on a cog railway—a treat for vintage railroad buffs and adventurers alike. Ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and enjoy a five-course dinner on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. Take an optional excursion on the Conway Scenic Railroad train through the steep and narrow Crawford Notch river gorge in the White Mountains, where the land descends both to north and south and ascends both to east and west. The two luxurious resorts on this trip offer outstanding views and award-winning service to enhance this amazing adventure.
Sun, Oct 1: Depart Indianapolis for Boston, Massachusetts. Head north into Vermont and stop to explore Cold Hollow Cider Mill, a leading producer of apple cider and provider of specialty Vermont food products, including pure maple syrup and homemade apple cider doughnuts. Watch as apples are pressed to make fresh apple cider and enjoy samples of their foods made with local products. Transfer to Stowe—a quintessential northern Vermont village. Check into the award-winning Lodge at Spruce Peak for a two-night stay and enjoy the amenities of this alpine-style resort in the heart of Stowe Mountain Village. A welcome dinner is included this evening. (Meal: Dinner)
Mon, Oct 2: Set out after breakfast for the Billings Farm & Museum, a premier living museum of Vermont’s rural past, surrounded by more than 200 acres of cropland on the edge of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. This thriving dairy farm is well-known for breeding an award-winning herd of Jersey dairy cows, as well as Southdown sheep, oxen, and draft horses. Tour the working dairy farm and the restored 1890 farmhouse. Next, stop in the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, Vermont with free time to explore and have lunch on your own. Transfer to Quechee Gorge with a stop to view the glacier-created gorge and falls from a scenic point. Step aboard an eight-passenger gondola for a scenic ride up magnificent Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. From the summit enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Return to the Lodge at Spruce Peak for an evening at leisure. (B)
Tue, Oct 3: Today’s adventures begin at the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. Watch granite blocks being cut from the sheer faces of the quarry and view artisans as they cut, polish and sculpt the stone. Continue to the Vermont State House in Montpelier, one of the nation’s oldest and best-preserved state capitols. Travel next to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks where the Morse family’s eight-generation maple experience is shown via video and live presentations. An outdoor museum and folklore dioramas depict early farm life in Vermont. Delight in Burr Morse’s soft sculpture and woodcarvings of Vermont folk life characters and mythical creatures. The day culminates in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire where you’ll check into the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort for the next three nights. The construction of this imposing hotel began in 1900 and was considered the most luxurious hotel of its day. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and still retains its grand atmosphere and attentive service. Tonight, savor an included dinner with seasonal offerings at the resort. (B,D)
Wed, Oct 4: After breakfast, depart for a day of train rides. Start with the Mount Washington Cog Railway train, the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway train to the Northeast’s highest peak, for spectacular fall foliage views. Then head for Franconia Notch State Park to ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and ascend 2,080 feet to enjoy the view. The day culminates with a five-course meal aboard the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. (B,D)
Thu, Oct 5: Relax and indulge in the hotel’s amenities today—hiking, horseback riding, golf or a canopy tour are just some of the possibilities. Consider a half-day optional excursion (boxed lunch included) along the Kancamagus Highway to North Conway to ride the Notch Train. Travel on a diesel-powered vintage train past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas and across the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. If you prefer, you may ride along to North Conway and enjoy leisure time for lunch and shopping in this charming village. (B,D)
Fri, Oct 6: Check out of your hotel and travel to Boston for some free time for lunch and exploring in “Beantown” before heading to the airport to board your flight home. (B)
The Lodge At Spruce Peak, Stowe, Vermont. Located at the base of Mount Mansfield, this luxury resort is a renowned four-season destination and golf resort in the northeastern U.S. Highlights: guestrooms with oversized windows, breathtaking mountain, ski slopes or pool views and outdoor balconies • custom marble bathrooms • complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access • three restaurants (two in other parts of the resort) • bar (serving an exclusive, hand-crafted beer along with other regional microbrews and signature cocktails) • fitness center • heated outdoor pool (open year round) • indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis • spa • golf.
Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, this historic Gilded Age hotel is a grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and delights guests with refined dining and luxurious décor. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Highlights: classic guestrooms • included Wi-Fi Internet access • three restaurants • two lounges • heated indoor pool and hot tub • outdoor pool and cabana complex • red clay tennis courts • golf course • full-service spa and salon • access to the Rosebrook Recreation Center, which offers racquetball courts and fitness center. Fees apply for some activities.
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