Vermont Fall Foliage – October 2-8, 2024

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October 2 – 8, 2024

When it comes to Fall, there’s no place quite like Vermont. The striking leaves, the cool, crisp air, the maple syrup, covered bridges, beautiful, enchanting beauty…it’s all here! Join us as we embark on a multi-day tour that will deliver unforgettable experiences and breathtaking vistas. From historic landmarks, to quaint little towns, country stores and scenic drives, every moment is designed to immerse you in the heart of some of New England’s best Fall Foliage.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 6 Nights of Hotel Lodging – 2 Nights in Bennington, 2 Nights in White River Junction, 2 Nights in Stowe • 15 Meals – 6 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches; 6 Dinners
  • All Entrance Fees and Excursions – You will receive access to all attractions and experiences without any additional costs
  • Non-stop Roundtrip flight from Houston to Boston
  • Airport Shuttle to and from George Bush International Airport with pick-up points in Silsbee & Liberty, TX
  • Deluxe Modern Motorcoach for Land Portion of the Tour

The Green Mountain State is beautiful in every season, but Vermont in the fall is like a fairy-tale come to life. Don’t miss out on this captivating journey, where every bend in the road reveals a new vista, every meal is a celebration of local flavors, and every experience deepens your connection with the vibrant tapestry of Vermont in the fall.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Vermont’s Covered Bridges

A journey through Vermont’s countryside is incomplete without crossing its iconic covered bridges. These historic structures, often painted in rustic reds or left in natural wood, are a testament to Vermont’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. The Taftsville Covered Bridge, pictured on the right, is the oldest in Vermont at over 220 years old. Each bridge has its own story, some dating back to the 19th century, and they’ve witnessed countless seasons, from the fiery autumn foliage to serene snowcovered landscapes.

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home Step into the world of the Lincoln family at Hildene, located in the scenic Vermont village of Manchester. The Lincoln’s built Hildene as a summer home at the turn of the 20th century. The historic home was the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln to survive to maturity. He gave it the name Hildene formed from two old English words: “Hill” meaning “hill” and “dene” meaning “valley with stream”. They gave it its name because it is perched on a hill overlooking the Taconic Mountains to the west, the Green Mountains to the east and the Battenkill river flowing through the great Battenkill valley below. As you explore the beautifully preserved mansion, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by personal artifacts and memorabilia that offer a glimpse into the Lincoln family’s life.

The Old First Congregational Church

The Old First Church has been designated by the Vermont Legislature as “Vermont’s Colonial Shrine”. The Old First Church started in 1762 as the first Protestant church in Vermont. Much of the early history of Bennington and of Vermont took place in and around the original Meeting House, built in 1763, and the present church, built in 1805.

Bennington Battle Monument

Sitting atop of Mount Anthony is a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers who died during the American Revolution. It was built in 1879 and is the tallest man-made building in the State of Vermont. The monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington, a pivotal victory for American forces on the New England front of the American Revolution. On August 16, 1777, Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, the New Hampshire Militia, and volunteers from Massachusetts, defeated British troops charged with capturing provisions stored at Bennington military supply depot—the site where the monument stands today. You can take an elevator to the top of the monument for great panoramic views of 3 different states.

Park McCullough Historic House

Park McCullough is one of New England’s finest, most significant, and best-preserved Victorian Mansions. Built in 1864-65 by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor Park, the “Big House,” as it was fondly referred to, was lived in by Vermont Governors and business titans and visited by US President until 1965. After over 100 years of consistent family habitation, the house was given to the Park-McCullough House Association, who continues to manage it to this day.

Visit Vermont Country Store

Stepping into the Vermont Country Store in Weston is like taking a delightful journey back in time. The wooden floors creak with history, and the air is filled with the comforting scents of old-fashioned candies, soaps, and candles. Every nook and cranny of this iconic store is packed with a curated selection of nostalgic goods, from vintage toys and games to classic kitchenware. As you wander the aisles, you’ll discover products that evoke memories of yesteryears, many of which are still made using traditional methods and recipes. A visit to the Vermont Country Store isn’t just about shopping; it’s about reliving cherished memories and creating new ones in a setting that celebrates the charm and simplicity of a bygone era.

Billings Farm & Museum

Located in Woodstock, Vermont, it is a charming agricultural heritage site that offers a glimpse into the state’s rural history. The museum is situated on the historic Billings family farm and showcases the life and work of a 19th-century Vermont homestead. Visitors can explore the beautifully preserved farm buildings, interact with heritage breed animals, and learn about traditional farming practices.

Visit Charming Woodstock, VT

Visiting Woodstock, Vermont is like stepping into a picturesque New England postcard. This charming town is renowned for its quaint village center, lined with historic homes, boutique shops, and cozy restaurants. Woodstock’s main attraction is its beautiful village green, surrounded by 19th-century architecture and the iconic Woodstock Inn. Don’t miss the covered bridge right in the middle of town. Whether you’re exploring the village’s history, shopping for local crafts, or simply soaking in the serene landscapes, Woodstock offers a slice of Vermont’s timeless charm.

Visit Quechee Gorge

Often referred to as Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon,” Quechee Gorge is a natural marvel that promises awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. As you approach, the land dramatically parts to reveal a chasm carved by the Ottauquechee River over millennia, with sheer cliffs dropping 165 feet to the water below. The vantage point from the bridge offer panoramic views of the gorge, where the play of sunlight creates a mesmerizing dance of shadows and highlights on the rugged rock faces. The surrounding forest, with its canopy of trees, bursts into a riot of colors during the fall, creating a breathtaking contrast against the deep blue of the river. Quechee Gorge isn’t just a sight to behold; it’s an experience that resonates with the soul, reminding us of nature’s timeless beauty and power.

Visit the King Arthur Flour Mill Bakery and Store

Nestled in the scenic town of Norwich, VT, the King Arthur Flour Mill Bakery and Store is a haven for baking enthusiasts and food lovers alike. As you step inside, the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries envelops you, hinting at the culinary expertise that the brand has honed over the years. Explore the vast array of baking tools, ingredients, and artisanal products in the store, each thoughtfully curated to elevate your baking experience. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a curious visitor, the King Arthur Flour Mill promises a delightful and enriching experience.

Visit Morse Farm Family Sugarworks

Morse Farm Sugarworks is a beloved family-owned maple syrup produce and visitor destination. Nestled in the picturesque Green Mountains, this iconic sugarhouse offers a delightful experience for all ages. Visitors will learn about the maple syrupmaking process, and savor fresh, pure maple syrup. The farm’s friendly atmosphere, rich history, and commitment to sustainability make it a must-stop for an authentic taste of Vermont’s sweet, syrup heritage.

VINS Nature Center Canopy Walk

The VINS Nature Center Canopy Walk is an enchanting natural attraction located at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, VT. This elevated boardwalk winds through the treetops, offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore the forest canopy from a bird’s-eye perspective. As you traverse the canopy walk, you’ll encounter breathtaking fall foliage views of the surrounding woodlands and may even spot local wildlife. It’s an educational and immersive experience allowing you to connect with the beauty and biodiversity of the Vermont wilderness. A really unique experience awaits you.

Visit Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Studio and Store

Nestled on the banks of the Ottauquechee River in picturesque Quechee, the Simon Pearce studio is a testament to the timeless art of glassblowing. As you step inside, you’re immediately captivated by the dance of molten glass, as master artisans breathe life into elegant creations, from intricate vases to delicate stemware. The hum of the furnaces and the mesmerizing flow of the glass offer a behind-the-scenes look into a craft that has been honed over the centuries.

Beyond the studio, the complex houses a gallery showcasing a curated collection of Simon Pearce’s signature designs, each piece reflecting a perfect blend of form and function. Step outside on the deck and see the cascading waterfall. The visit to Simon Pearce is more than just an exploration of glassblowing; it’s an immersion into a world where tradition, artistry, and nature converge in harmonious elegance.

Rock of Ages Quarry Tour

In the heart of Barre, VT, the Rock of Ages Quarry stands as a monument to man’s quest to harness nature’s beauty. Gaze into the vast quarry pit, where artisans extract granite blocks that will become timeless memorials. The on-site artisans’ studio offers a glimpse into the intricate process of transforming raw stone into art.

Visit the Von Trapp Family Lodge

Nestled in the northern part of Vermont is the town of Stowe. It has been a destination for leaf peeping since 1835! The hills ARE alive and you’ll feel like you stepped into the sound of music in Stowe.

After the Von Trapp family (from The Sound of Music) fled Austria during World War II, they sought out a place with rolling hills and pretty towns that reminded them of their homeland. You will have the opportunity to step into the world where the real-life Von Trapp family once lived. The lodge, set against the backdrop of Vermont’s rolling hills, offers a blend of Austrian charm and New England hospitality. Enjoy the panoramic views, and immerse yourself in a special history program. Here, you’ll delve deeper into the captivating story of the family that inspired “The Sound of Music.” Lunch today will be an Austrian meal served at the Von Trapp Bierhall.

Stowe Gondola Sky Ride

Stowe’s Gondola Sky Ride offers amazing breathtaking views as you journey to the summit of Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak. As you ascend in the gondola, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic fall foliage views of the Green Mountains and surrounding landscapes. The Gondola Skyride provides an unforgettable experience, making it a mustvisit attraction.

Historic Vermont Route 100

Traverse Vermont’s “Main Street,” a 200-mile journey that’s a feast for the eyes, especially during the fall. Traveling on Vermont’s Historic Route 100 is a scenic journey right through the heart of the Green Mountain State. This picturesque road winds its way through charming towns, rolling farmland, and pristine forests, offering a glimpse of Vermont’s quintessential beauty. As we explore the vibrant hues of fall foliage, Route 100 is a classic New England drive that showcases the state’s rural charm and natural splendor.

Visit Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

The Ben & Jerry’s factory tour in Waterbury, Vermont, is a delightful experience for ice cream lovers of all ages. Visitors get an inside look at the ice-cream making process, from mixing ingredients to packaging the iconic pints. The tour is not only informative but also fun, as you get to sample a flavor and even see the Flavor Graveyard, where retired flavors are commemorated. It’s a sweet and educational journey that allows you to appreciate the creativity and commitment that goes into making these beloved ice cream treats.

DEPOSIT INFORMATION

Initial Deposit – $700 Per Person plus the cost of travel insurance if so elected.

FINAL PYMT DUE – August 15, 2024

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For Double or Triple category
$268 per person

Quad Categories
$237 per person

Single Rate Category
$330

I would always encourage you to purchase travel insurance as you never know what may happen that would prevent you from taking this vacation. Travel insurance gives you peace of mind that if you were to get sick or hospitalized prior to disembarking on your vacation the insurance would allow you to be reimbursed for the monies you have paid on your trip. Please note that this insurance is not a cancel for any reason type of insurance. Meaning if you decide a day or two before the date for the tour that you just don’t want to go it will not cover you. It must be a coverable reason such as sickness, death in the family, etc.

CANCELLATION PENALTIES: If canceling from day of registration to 45 days before tour begins you will forfeit $350 of your initial deposit. Additionally, if you cancel 45 days or less to trip departure date you lose 100% of total monies paid on trip. If you cancel more than 45 days before trip departure the only cancellation penalty is the $350 non-refundable portion of your deposit.

REGISTER NOW, PAY DEPOSIT IN JANUARY: If you would like you can register now and wait to pay your deposit in January.

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Tour Cost:

  • $3865 Double

    (2 persons sharing room. Price is per person)

  • $3548 Triple

    (3 people sharing room. Price is per person)

  • $3389 Quad

    (4 people sharing room. Price is per person)

  • $4665 Single

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