Did You Know? Freeport, Maine is a beautiful coastal village with over 200 Upscale Outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, B&B’s, Hotels, Great restaurants & casual cafes. It is also home to the Flagship Store of the world-famous L.L. Bean.
Day 1 – Today, you arrive in Stowe, VT and check into the Trapp Family Lodge for a three night stay. Owned and operated by the Von Trapp Family, this resort combines the charm of Vermont with the Sophistication of Austria. Enjoy a welcome reception on arrival. A European-style dinner is included tonight in the resort’s dining room.
Day 2 – After breakfast this morning, visit a Vermont Maple Sugar Farm. Watch how real maple syrup is made, from the trees to the finished product. You will get to sample the fresh-made syrup and visit the gift shop.
Next, visit one of the nation’s oldest state capitols still in use. Take a guided tour of Montpelier’s capitol where you will see the fossil embedded marble floors, the original representative’s desk and more.
This afternoon stop at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Enjoy a tour and sample some of the many flavors. Then visit Cabot’s Cheeses and savor the many flavors before a stop at the Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and enjoy the mouth watering aroma of cider donuts and see how apple cider is made. you can also explore the gift shop with a fine collection of Vermont specialty foods and crafts.
Then visit Emily’s Haunted Bridge. This 1800’s covered bridge carries a sad, haunting story of love gone bad. Only the brave dare to walk across. Then arrive in Stowe Village where you will have time for shopping at the boutiques, galleries and craft stores. Be sure to stop at Shaw’s General Store.
Dinner this evening is served in a cozy, New England style restaurant.
Day 3 – Travel this morning to the historic town of Shelburne. Start with a visit to the world-famous Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, home of Vermont’s most lovable bears. Enjoy a guided tour then visit the bear hospital and the gift shop.
Next, visit Shelburne Farms a national historic landmark on the shore of Lake Champlain. The farm was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb a s model agricultural estate. The 400-acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred Brown Swiss Cows, the Inn and restaurant, a cheese making facility, bake shop, and educational center.
Then visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums of American folk art, artifacts and architecture. Explore 37 exhibit buildings including 80,000 pieces of Americana featuring quilts, rugs and horse-drawn vehicles. You will also see the Ticonderoga steamboat, another National Landmark.
Next, stop in the quaint town of Shelburne and visit the Shelburne Country Store. This original 1859 Vermont Country Store, carries penny candy and chocolates, toys for children of all ages, books, and many Vermont -Made Items.
Enjoy a dinner cruise this evening on Lake Champlain. Savor the majestic beauty of the Adirondack and Green Mountains and a delicious dinner.
Day 4 – Depart this morning for the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Travel to Meredith and board the Winnipesauke Scenic Railroad. You will journey past the front yards of many of the luxurious resort homes, established by summer vacationers in the late 1890s and 1950s. Enjoy a specially packed “Hobo Lunch” during the ride. After lunch, enjoy time shopping in the many boutiques in Meredith. Be sure to visit the world-renown, Annalee’s Doll Shop.
Next, visit the Lucknow Estate, an exquisite New Hampshire country estate built by Thomas Plant in 1913. Known as the Castle in the Clouds the property offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesauke and 1000 feet of waterfalls and walking trails. You may want to stop for a snack in the Castle Cafe and Patio or enjoy shopping in their gift shop.
Check into your lakeside hotel on Lake Winnipesauke for an overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome reception on arrival. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 5 – This morning, visit the Canterbury Shaker Village, an internationally known museum founded to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. The Village has 25 restored Shaker buildings, over 600 acres of forest, fields, gardens and ponds. A picnic lunch is included today at the Village.
Then you travel to Maine. Along the way, stop at Len Libby Candies, home of decadent, made in Maine Confections. Don’t miss the World’s only life-sized Chocolate Moose.
On arrival in Kennebunk, Maine, embark on a walking tour through the village. See Christ Church, a handsome 1828 Greek Revival building, the Nataniel Frost House, the Benjamin Brown House, and the Horace Porter House.
Next, visit the oldest lighthouse in Maine, the Portland Head. It has long protected Portland and the adjacent area.
Then check into your downtown Portland hotel for an overnight stay. Tonight, dine on some of the freshest seafood imaginable or Maine’s specialty, fresh steamed lobster.
Day 6 – After breakfast, enjoy a narrated scenic cruise through the harbor. You will see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, seals and more. Your next stop is Freeport, home of Maine’s most famous retailer, LL Bean. There will be time for lunch on own and to explore the famous Outlet Stores and the LL Bean store. You will also stop at the 50 foot tall Big Freeport Indian for a photo op.
Next, travel to the Northern part of Maine and visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Experience the 250-acre phenomenon some are calling the “Miracle in Maine.”
Then enjoy some free time in Boothbay Harbor. See the harbor bustle with fishing vessels and browse the charming shops and boutiques. Dinner tonight is included at one of the popular restaurants in Boothbay Harbor. Afterwards, check into your hotel located near Acadia National Park for an overnight stay.
Day 7 – Begin the day with a visit to Acadia National Park. Meet you local guide and embark on a 3-hour tour in to the Park. During the tour, discover the best sights and stories the area has to offer. Some of the things you will see during your tour include: Cadillac Mountain (highest point on Eastern Seaboard), Thunder Hole and Sieur De Monts Spring (wild gardens of Acadia).
After your tour, lunch is served at the Jordan Pond House, where dining traditions date back to the 1800’s. Enjoy the amazing views overlooking Jordan Pond, Penobscot Mountain and the Bubbles.
This afternoon travel to Boston, where you will be staying overnight. Dinner tonight is at Boston’s oldest Italian restaurant, Jeveli’s. The minute you walk through the doors, you will be transported to Italy by the aromas of the Old Country.
Day 8 – After breakfast depart for home.