"Indian Summer for Quilters"
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Tour members arrive at Boston Logan Int’l Airport in the early afternoon. Take a short taxi ride to your downtown hotel, The Boxer Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the waterfront.
Meet your tour escort at “Finch” located in the hotel this evening for a get acquainted drink and to meet your travel companions.
Dinner is suggested at McCormick & Schmick’s (Faneuil Hall Market Place) – a 5 minute walk from your hotel.
Boston MA - Hampton NH
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Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Your local tour guide will join you in the lobby for a 3 hour walking tour through historic Boston along the “Freedom Trail”. You will see 16 historically significant sites such as Boston Common and Paul Revere House. Check out of hotel and depart for the short trip to Lowell, Ma. known for its heritage connected to the textile industry. Proceed to the “New England Quilt Museum.” Enjoy a guided tour of the museum by a docent, followed by a quilting workshop with a professional quilter.
Next is a tour through Lowell National Historical Park, commemorating Lowell’s role in the American Industrial Revolution. Visit the Boott Cotton Mill Museum, including a 1920s weave room containing 88 looms operating with the help of belts, shafts and pulleys – self guided. Depart for the charming village of Hampton, New Hampshire. Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Lamie’s Inn, a traditional New England Inn known for its cozy atmosphere and warm hospitality.
Meet for drinks at “The Old Salt” followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. (B, D)
Hampton NH - Portsmouth NH - Cape Neddick ME
Breakfast buffet from 7:30-8:30 in the “Old Salt”. Depart for Portsmouth, NH a delightful city on the ocean, driving along the scenic ocean Route 1A. Arrive in the Portsmouth downtown harbor area a busy and colorful area perfect for browsing and shopping. Visit Portsmouth Fabric Company, one of the largest and most unique fabric and quilt stores in New England. Next we meet your knowledgeable local guide in the heart of downtown Portsmouth for a 60 minute walking tour, exploring the streets and architecture of his enchanting New England town. Lunch is suggested at The Oar House Restaurant.
Next take the short drive to Cape Neddick, Maine to view The Cape Neddick Lighthouse that stands on Nubble Island about 100 yards (91 m) off Cape Neddick Point. Continue for the short ride to Knight’s Quilt Shop. Owner Michele Knight is waiting to welcome the group. Knight’s Quilt Shop has a large inventory of fabrics, quilts and accessories! Depart Cape Neddick for your last stop today – the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge for a refreshing walk along the saltwater marshlands, a wonderful experience during the fall foliage season. Return to Lamies Inn for the 2nd night. (B)
Hampton NH-Center Harbor NH-North Conway NH
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Depart after breakfast heading north on the back roads of New Hampshire towards the beautiful Lake District. Arrive at Center Harbor located on Lake Winnipesaukee for a visit to Keepsake Quilting – ” a quilters paradise”.
Next take the short drive to Weirs Beach and board the MS Mount Washington for a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee. After your cruise continue north through the foothills of the White Mountains and arrive in North Conway for a shopping trip at Settlers Green Outlet Village with over 60 major stores. Overnight at the Golden Gables Inn. Evening at leisure. (B)
N. Conway-Mt. Washington-Littleton, NH-Stowe VT
Travel through the spectacular White Mountains along the Kancamagus, one of the most scenic highways in America. Make a stop for a easy 1/2 mile hike to Sabbaday Falls. Continue through Franconia Notch, the most spectacular mountain gap in the east and on to Mount Washington where you will board the famous Cog Railway train to the top . Lunch break on top! On to Littleton a picturesque New England Village with covered bridges and white steepled churches a great spot for photos. Have a quilting workshop today with Beth Anderson, the owner of the “One Stitch, Two Stitch Quilt Store.” Continue on to the picturesque town of Stowe, Vermont – home of the Von Trapp family. Your accommodation tonight will be at The Stowehof known for its cozy and rustic atmosphere with its many Austrian touches throughout. Have dinner in the Fritz Bar where the food is fantastic! (B)
Stowe VT - Burlington VT
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Breakfast then check out and take the short drive to Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works just outside Montpelier, the capital of Vermont. See how maple syrup is processed and enjoy the free samples. Continue via I-89 to Burlington and arrive at the Shelburne Museum, a large complex of galleries and 25 historic structures spread over 45 acres. The museum’s quilt collection is considered the largest & finest in the U.S., known internationally for its exceptional artistic quality.This visit is one of the major highlights of your tour. Spend the remainder of the day at the museum including a guided tour of the quilt collection. After visiting the quilt galleries continue on to explore the many other collections the museum has to offer; a textile gallery; hooked rugs, fabrics; embroidery and American Folk Art. Lunch at the cafe where you can order sandwiches, soups and snacks. The Quality Inn Shelburne will be your overnight accommodation. (B)
Burlington VT - Weston, VT- Canterbury, NH - Ogunquit ME
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After breakfast depart early (7:30am) for the hours drive to Weston (VT)for a visit to The Vermont Country Store. The store offers a journey into the “general store of yesteryear” offering brands from the past…such a fun place to shop! Continue to Canterbury Shaker Village (NH). A guided tour will explain how the Shakers lived a nearly monastic lifestyle that stressed pacifism, communal ownership, celibacy, gender equality, industriousness and plain, simple living. You will see 25 restored, original buildings and learn how the Shakers lived, worked and worshiped. You will have time for lunch and shopping in the museum store.
Your next stop is the village of Henniker for a visit to Quilted Threads, called a “Quilter’s Dream.” Within the walls of a converted farm house and barn – shoppers find the most carefully selected materials for all their quilting needs. After your visit its a must to see the beautiful covered bridge in Henniker for photos. Enjoy! The final phase of today’s journey takes us east through some more New England back roads, through Portsmouth and to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Ogunquit and check in for your last two nights at the Admirals Inn. The inn is just steps from the shops, restaurants the rocky coastline and “the beach” which have made the area a famous vacation destination. (B)
Any tour should be well balanced to include ample leisure time for shopping or a walk on the beach. Today you’ll want to explore this cozy, turn-of-the-century village whose streets are lined with white clapboard cottages and picket fences. Shore Road leads to Perkins Cove, a quaint working harbor with a footbridge spanning its entrance. Perkins Cove offers specialty shops, waterfront restaurants and art galleries. (B)
Ogunquit - Boston MA - Home
Today our journey ends enjoy a leisurely breakfast then depart beautiful Ogunquit for the Boston International Airport and your flight home. We offer hotel accommodations for guests wanting to extend their stay in Boston. (B)