Follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers on this wonderful trip around the USA’s famous North East. Visiting picturesque villages and elegant towns, travelling via commanding mountain ranges and past glacial lakes, the stunning New England scenery offers a spectacular back drop to this fascinating and exciting trip through six different states as you take on board the history and culture of the USA.
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Travel from the UK to Boston Logan Airport and collect a car before heading to your hotel. The first evening gives you chance to enjoy one of Boston’s many restaurants, take in a show in Boston’s theatre district or stroll through lively Quincy Marketplace.
Explore some of Boston’s noted sites and architectural wonders, the bustling waterfront and magnificent museums. You may choose to take a whale watching cruise, walk around Harvard Yard in Cambridge or join a day tour to the historic battlefields in Lexington and Concord.
Drive distance – 85 miles
Travel north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a working port since colonial days and a treasure trove of historical offerings. Visit Strawbery Banke, a collection of 42 buildings reflecting four centuries of architectural and social change. Then continue up the coast to Maine. A nice stop is in Ogunquit where you can take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way, a magnificent mile-long footpath which follows the edge of the Atlantic atop rugged cliffs before heading to Kennebunkport for a two night stay.
Spend today enjoying Kennebunkport. Its reputation as a superb community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. The famous “Bush Compound” is located on Walker’s Point, a peninsula visible from Ocean Avenue. Visit the one-of-a-kind Wedding Cake House and quaint Dock Square.
Drive distance - 86 miles
Travel north to explore Portland’s historic buildings, Old Port Exchange and famous light houses. Drive through Maine’s picturesque lakes region and into North Conway, New Hampshire.
Explore the White Mountain National Forest. Venture along Franconia Notch and see natural wonders such as Indian Head, the Flume Gorge or take a tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Drive distance - 122 miles
Scenic routes and covered bridges will take you into Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Visit Morse Farm to see how Maple Syrup is made, then treat yourself further with a trip to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. A short ride up the road is the charming village of Stowe, at the base of Mt. Mansfield.
Take a ride into Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Board the Ethan Allen for a ride along the Lake and visit the Shelburne Museum - one of the nation’s most unconventional museums of art.
Drive distance – 192 miles
Head south to Manchester. Visit Hildene, the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son. Do some shopping at the centre’s designer outlet stores before winding along scenic Route 7 into Stockbridge at the heart of Massachusetts famous Berkshire region.
In Stockbridge visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses his paintings of America past. In neighbouring Lenox, see Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home. You could tour Hancock Shaker Village, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland and pasture and home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artefacts.
Drive distance – 120 miles
Wind through country roads to Connecticut’s Northwest corner, better known as “antique country”. Stop at quaint antique stores, museums and gardens en route to Mystic. Drop by Mystic Seaport, the museum of America and the Sea. In the evening visit Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, the country’s two largest casinos under one roof.
Drive distance – 50 miles
Follow along the coast into Rhode Island and onto Newport where you’ll find places such as the church where John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier, and the Old Stone Mill, believed to be built by the Vikings around 1100AD.
Tour along Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s row to see the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers, the largest of the Vanderbilt Family homes in Newport. Tour through the International Tennis Hall of Fame and enjoy lunch along the waterfront or at the historic Brick Marketplace.
Drive distance – 90 miles
Continue into Plymouth, “America’s hometown” to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World. Then, cross the Cape Cod Canal to a world of charm and beauty.
Drive along the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore lighthouses and quaint coastal communities. Visit the lively artist colony of Provincetown, take a whale watch, or just lay on one of the Cape’s many sandy beaches.
Drive distance – 70 miles
Take the final morning to relax on the Cape or return to Boston for some last minute shopping before departing on an overnight flight back to the UK.
‘Dedicated Service; Classic Luxury’
The Fairmont Copley Plaza; rich in history and full of luxury, provides impeccable service and attention to detail. Each of the 383 guestrooms is well appointed with lavish décor and has been recently renovated to reveal more of a modern look; although the classic touches have stayed the same to give guests a homely feel. In addition to excellent accommodation, the hotel features superb cuisine at the OAK Long Bar & Kitchen, which also serves creative hand-crafted cocktails. The state of the art fitness centre can keep guests busy, whereas in the Fairmont Store they will find a range of exclusive items such as Fran’s Chocolates and a selection of Couture handbags.
‘Activity Rich & Casually Elegant Waterfront Resort’
The family owned and family friendly Nonantum Resort is in the centre of Kennebunkport. Its name comes from the Algonquin American Indian word meaning blessing or pray and it celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008. The Carriage House offers several room categories with a mix of traditional and Victorian décor. Recreational options abound at The Nonantum including an outdoor heated swimming pool, fishing charters, lobster and sailing cruises, kayak and bicycle rentals, and shuffleboard. Activity schedules add a wide range of options including games, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, sing-alongs, and “S’mores” toasted by hand over a crackling fire. Sailboat and sport fishing charters are available onsite and the hotel can also arrange yacht rental, spa and salon services, babysitting and a kids club. The Nonantum also features live music several nights a week while the dining offers award-winning creative local cuisine.
‘Classically refined retreat in the mountains’
Tucked away in the foothills of the majestic White Mountains of Jackson, New Hampshire, this quaint country escape offers guests a quintessential taste of what New England is all about. And the taste you sample depends on the season. In the summer, you can enjoy outdoor swimming with mountain vistas, while in the winter, you can warm your bones under the stars around the crackle of their outdoor fire pit. But if anyone is likely to feel at home here, it’s golfers. Eagle Mountain House invites you to tee off and enjoy its manicured greens that wind alongside the Wildcat River. Cosy accommodation, romantic views, fine fairways, hearty food and relaxing drinks – a slice of heaven in New Hampshire.
‘All Season Activities, Stunning Mountain Setting’
Lodge at Spruce Peak is at the heart of Spruce Peak in Stowe's Alpine Village. This ideal setting in the middle of beautiful foliage is in close proximity to the most challenging mountain hiking and biking trails in the area as well as pristine streams, ponds, and lakes. The lodge has a world-class spa, wellness and fitness centre, upscale boutique shopping, fine and casual dining, a village green, a performing arts centre and an 18-hole championship mountain golf course. The rooms feature oversized windows highlighting the magnificent scenery of majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak while dining offers exceptionally fresh cuisine created with local and often organic ingredients in Solstice Restaurant and the lodge’s very own beer in the Hourglass Lounge.
‘A Quaint, Quirky and Quality Retreat’
Welcoming travellers to the Berkshires for over two hundred years, the Red Lion Inn is very much colonial to the core. From its beautiful timber exterior, to its classically furnished rooms and restaurant, there’s something timeless and fulfilling about its appearance. Not only does it offer delectable dining and a wealth of intriguing attractions on its doorstep with hiking, biking, golf all easily arranged. Its proximity to the Massachusetts border with New York and Connecticut gives it great access to the wider New England area.
‘Quaint village retreat’
Residing on fourteen green acres overlooking Fishers Island Sound and Mystic Harbour, the Inn provides cosy accommodation, some with ocean views, hot tubs and open fireplaces. Inn at Mystic was formerly a luxurious private estate, but now comprises a hotel, restaurant and mansion within its carefully preened grounds. A half way point between New Haven and Providence, this is a great central base from which to explore several cities and attractions.
‘Beautiful, Historic, Stylish’
The Vanderbilt Grace is a few steps from bustling Thames Street and the rest of historic Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is a very pedestrian-friendly city and many nearby attractions, including Newport Harbor, are within walking distance. The city of Newport is on the coast of Rhode Island within reasonable driving distance from New York City and Boston. Built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, the former Vanderbilt Hall is a quintessential Newport mansion, now restored to its former glory. Today it offers 33 rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa and fitness centre with indoor and outdoor pools and two restaurants while its rooms and suites offer a unique blend of grace, charm and serenity with stylish decor.
‘Family Friendly, Stunning Surroundings’
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is set amid gardens, salt marshes and woodlands just off Route 6 in Chatham, Cape Cod with grounds that celebrate each season, from colourful early spring tulips to fragrant autumn bayberry and windswept sea grasses. The property's elevated entrance with fountain and gardens overlooks Pleasant Bay, Round Cove and the ocean beyond and offers 22 historic buildings from cosy weathered cottages to spacious elegant suites. Leisure highlights beyond the two wonderful outdoor pools and a full spa are an impressive 72 par 18-hole golf course and two tennis courts. There’s also plenty for the kids here including a newly designed children’s centre offering high tech amenities such as a 135” HD screen, games consoles and a nautical themed playground.
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