Springtime in Quebec City
Treat yourself to a special trip this spring with three fun-filled days in Quebec City. North America’s only walled city, with its old-world architecture and cobblestone streets, will remind you of a typical European village. This World Heritage site offers a host of activities and attractions!
Trip highlights include:
Guided tour of Morrin Centre - a National Historic Site built over 200 years ago to house a prison, it is now home to one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Visitors will discover a hidden part of the city’s history by exploring the building’s past.
Dinner at Aux Anciens Canadien - internationally known for its fine cuisine and warm hospitality. We’ll enjoy typical Quebec cuisine topped off with maple syrup pie.
Guided city tour with Marie-Pierre from Nomad Tours, a local guide who will bring Quebec’s culture and history alive. This three-hour riding/walking tour includes visits to the top sites including Notre Dame Basilica.
Visit to the Museum of Civilization, housing an expansive array of exhibits related to Quebec history and culture.
Afternoon tea at the Chateau Frontenac, the city’s most famous landmark. Tea, sandwiches, scones, and pastries will enhance your visit to this castle-like destination.
Visit the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Museum and witness how a passionate artisan brings copper to life. You will see the life of Christ told in copper panels and have the opportunity to create your own copper keepsake.
Visit Boulangerie Chez Marie, where the bread is baked daily in ancestral ovens and served with delicious maple products.
Visit Basilica Sainte Anne De Beaupre, inspiring thousands of pilgrims each year with stories of healing.
Ride a cable car to the top of Montmorency Falls and enjoy a guided tour of the area.
Enjoy a unique French Canadian sugar shack dinner complete with musical entertainment at La Cabana Pierre, a traditional sugar farm in the heart of Quebec’s “maple bush”.
Our accommodations for the weekend are in the heart of downtown Quebec City, just a short distance from the city’s historic district and fortifications. Rated 4-stars, Hotel Palace Royal welcomes guests in an environment where coziness meets high standards. The hotel provides many on-site amenities including an indoor garden with swimming pool and palm trees, elegant guest rooms with city views and a renowned steak house.
Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations (two nights), two breakfast buffets, two dinners, afternoon tea, city tour, all museum/activity tickets. Deadline to register is March 12th. No refunds will be issued after this date.
U.S. Customs requires that all citizens have a passport when crossing the border. You must bring a passport for this trip.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday May 1, 2, 3, 2020
Depart 9:00 am from Hannafords Gardiner; 10:15 pm Return
Depart 9:45 am from Waterville Sr. High; 9:30 pm Return
$649.00 per person based on double occupancy
New Hampshire Winery Adventure
Many of you enjoy our annual winery tour. This spring, let us take you a little farther afield as we sample some of the finest wines along the southern New Hampshire Wine Trail. Experience the hospitality of some of the granite state’s best known wine venues during this day of touring, tasting, and shopping.
We can’t leave Maine without stopping at the CellarDoor’s Thompson Point location. The urban sister to Lincolville’s popular winery is designed to spoil guests with elegance and city flair. We’ll sample a variety of wines that are both distinctly Maine-made and uniquely American. A charcuterie and cheese board, souvenir glasses and time for the gift shop round out our visit. In New Hampshire, we’ll first visit the Labelle Winery in Amherst where winemaker Amy LaBelle began making small batches of wine in 2005. Production has dramatically increased, now offering over 30 styles of award winning, world class wines all produced in their state of the art facility surrounded by lush vineyards. We’ll sample some of the favorites followed by plenty of time to visit the gift shop featuring all 34 varieties for sale along with the Winemakers’s Kitchen culinary line. In Brookline, we’ll visit Averill Farm Winery where the Waite family prides itself in keeping an unassuming, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere at the winery that lends itself to personal exploration and an intimate tasting. The goal is to create the best wines and provide a rich and friendly atmosphere for family, friends, and wine-lovers alike. We’ll try four varieties, enjoy snacks, and go home with a souvenir glass and wine shop purchases!
Our tour lunch will be served at the Holy Grail Restaurant in Epping where the old St. Joseph’s Church has been reborn into one of the Seacoast’s premier restaurants. The owner’s Irish roots are reflected in the food and ambience of this very unique pub. Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation, three winery tours, tastings and souvenir glasses, and Holy Grail lunch. No one under 21 may participate -must have valid ID. For liability reasons, alcohol consumption on the bus is not permitted. Deadline to register is April 15th. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Depart 8:15 a.m., Waterville Sr. High School; 9:45 p.m. Return
Depart 9:00 a.m., Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102); 9:00 p.m. Return
Depart 9:30 am Topsham Park & Ride; 8:30 pm Return
Registration fee: $199.00 per person
Thoroughly Modern Millie
We’re off to the theater - the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly Massachusetts, that is! This award winning theater in the round is kicking off the 2020 season with Thoroughly Modern Millie - and we have some of the best seats in the house for a matinee performance. “Filled with flappers, tappers, and a roaring good time, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is set in 1922 New York, when all the modern girls are sporting bobbed hair, heightened hemlines and entering the work force. Small-town newcomer Millie jumps headlong into a makeover and a dizzy plan to marry rich - until she falls for a penniless charmer. Her adventures are crowded with a flurry of jazz-age ladies, a runaway heiress, a nefarious landlady, and more. This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a mix of madcap mistaken identity, high-spirited show tunes, and tap-happy dance numbers that will have more kick than bootleg gin. (nsmt.org). We’ll plan a stop for lunch (on your own) in Portsmouth’s busy Market Square where there are a variety of choices. Registration fee includes transportation and show ticket.
Deadline to register is May 1st. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Depart 8:00 a.m., Waterville Sr. High School; 8:15 p.m. Return
Depart 8:45 a.m., Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102); 7:30 p.m. Return
Depart 9:15 am Topsham Park & Ride; 7:00 pm Return
Registration fee: $159.00 per person
Cabbage Island Clambake
Let’s spend a perfect summer day on the coast enjoying quintessential Maine! We’re headed down the Boothbay Peninsula where the world class Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens beckon. The Gardens has become one of Maine’s top attractions and one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic and compelling natural landscape—including nearly a mile of tidal saltwater frontage—make it ever-changing, endlessly captivating and thoroughly unique (mainegardens.org). We’ll enjoy a docent led highlights tour with time to explore on your own. Early afternoon will find us aboard the Bennie Alice bound for Cabbage Island. Getting there is half the fun as this one –hour narrated journey takes us past several lighthouses and miles of iconic coastline. Once on the island, Cabbage Island guests are treated to a traditional Downeast clambake including fish chowder, two lobsters, clams, golden corn on the cob, potato, onion, a hard steamed egg and Maine's finest blueberry cake. Clambakes are cooked in traditional fashion - steamed over open fires between thick layers of seaweed. After you enjoy your meal, take time to explore the natural beauty of Cabbage Island. Whether lounging under the shade of the great oak tree or exploring the wooded trails to Hawk Point, Cabbage Island's beauty has attracted artists and those seeking a peaceful reprieve for years (Cabbageislandclambake.com). We’ll round out the day with free time in Boothbay Harbor before heading home. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, garden admission and tour, and clambake. Deadline to register is June 15th. No refunds will be issued after that date.
Saturday August 1
Depart 8:00 a.m., Waterville Sr. High School; 7:45 p.m. Return
Depart 8:45 a.m., Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102); 7:00 p.m. Return
Registration fee: $149.00 per person