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Boston Yummy Walk and Shear Madness
with Diann Bailey
Discover one of the most vibrant ethnic neighborhoods in the country. Boston’s North End is rich with history and home to restaurants, markets and specialty shops that make exploring these narrow streets a culinary adventure.
Yummy Walks is about giving everyone a giant, mouth-watering taste of life in Boston - the food, the culture, the history, and the people. Our gentle stroll has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way.
We’ll visit a pastry shop for Italian confections, an authentic salumeria, a pizzeria, an old world coffee shop, a classic Italian restaurant and more. Sample authentic flavors and discover healthy Mediterranean traditions as you get an insider’s view of one of the premier food neighborhoods in the country.
Our evening entertainment is Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse. Over 9 million people around the world have seen Shear Madness, the uproarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. A mixture of improvisation and up-to-the-minute humor, the play is delightfully different every time you see it. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.
Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, Yummy Walks tour and Shear Madness ticket.
Depart 7:15 a.m. Waterville (Elm Plaza), return 10:45 p.m.
Depart 7:45 a.m. Gardiner (I-95 exit 102 Park and Ride), return 10:00 p.m.
Deadline to register is March 14. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Cabin Fever Cure
with Diann Bailey
A fun-filled getaway is a great way to cure cabin fever. Join us as we travel to the Hudson River Valley of New York to enjoy a diverse assortment of attractions and activities. Our first stop is Stockbridge Massachusetts, one of New England’s most picturesque villages and the setting for some of America’s most iconic paintings. Lunch will be served at the Red Lion Inn, one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating historic inns. We’ll have a chance to explore the village before heading to the Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to one of our nation’s most beloved American artists. From there it’s on to the Empire state where tonight’s accommodations are in New Palz at the Hampton Inn by Hilton. Friday will be a full day of historical highlights and fancy eating! We’ll visit the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park. We’ll have a guided tour of Springwood, the lifelong home of America's only four-term president who led the country through the Great Depression and into World War II. The museum and library features special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts that convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era. Our day will end with a tour of the Culinary Institute of America, one of the best incubators in the world for leading culinary professionals. Following the tour enjoy a four-course student-staffed dinner at Restaurante Caterina de Medici, where truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley. Saturday finds us on another famous American campus – this time it’s West Point, home to the United States Military Academy. Our two-hour tour tells the story of West Point, its role in the Revolution and its famous history, along with stories about graduates who shaped our nation. The tour will bring the Long Gray Line to the present as you learn of the cadet experience and West Point’s continuing role in training the leaders of tomorrow. We’ll also visit the West Point Cemetery and Old Cadet Chapel, built in 1837. Please note that a valid ID is required before entering the Academy grounds. Our buffet lunch today is at the elegant Thayer Hotel in the MacArthur Riverview Restaurant. This renowned restaurant on the Hudson River, with its Gothic windows and old world charm, sets the stage for a truly unique dining experience. The afternoon takes us west stopping for a visit at Brotherhood Winery. In business since 1839, this is America’s oldest winery. We’ll tour the network of underground cellars, learn some local history and taste some of the Brotherhood’s most popular selections. Tonight, we’ll stay at the Best Western in Cooperstown and on Sunday we’ll spend the morning at the Baseball Hall of Fame before returning to Maine. Cooperstown is a bucket list destination for baseball fans but has something for everyone. If baseball isn’t your thing, there will be other options. Registration fee includes: motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations (three nights), lunch on Thursday, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Friday and all tours. Depart 6:15 a.m. from Waterville (Elm Plaza), Return 9:00 p.m., Depart 7:00 a.m. from Gardiner (West Gardiner Service Plaza), Return 8:15 p.m. Registration fee based on double occupancy. Deadline to register is February 15. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice
with Diann Bailey
Some of the earth's most astounding and extreme landscapes can be found in Iceland - the land of fire and ice. Join Diann (who has explored much of the country's southern coastal areas) for a highlights tour of natural wonders that make Iceland one of Lonely Planets top European destinations.
We'll explore the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent geysers and waterfalls, the south coast ( a stunning region of black beaches, looming glaciers and picturesque villages) and we'll cruise through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (famed for its huge blue icebergs). We'll visit the world famous Blue Lagoon and Snæfellsnes National Park. We'll talk about culture, history, traditions, food, and more as we discover Iceland's allure for travelers.
Tips and travel resources will be offered.
Maine Lighthouse Adventure
with Sally Lobkowicz
Join an adventure by land and sea exploring the legends and lore of lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor area. Board the passenger vessel Novelty at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor for a comfortable hour-long cruise through inshore waters by Ram Island Light, Cuckolds Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Light and Seguin Island Light (some locations are weather and visibility permitting).Learn the stories behind these iconic beacons; about the lives of some of the keepers and their families - daily routines, schooling, traditions and hardships, as well as legends of the lights.
Your voyage then takes a dramatic turn as you make landfall on historic Burnt Island to explore Burnt Island Light, built in 1821 and still a working lighthouse. The group will have exclusive access to the island as your qualified Red Cloak Tour Guide leads you back in time, exploring the historically restored facilities on the island, including the keeper's residence and the lighthouse.
Go home with a new and very personal understanding, not only of the lighthouses, but of the people who manned them. Hear stories of the lives these humble keepers saved while enduring their own physical hardships as they offered those who went to the sea in ships a hopeful light toward home.
Meet at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor.
A portion of your registration fee goes toward the restoration of the original lighthouse tower which will be 200 years old in 2021.
Please register no later than May 15!
New Hampshire Winery Adventure
with Diann Bailey
Many of you have enjoyed our past winery tours! 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 the granite state’s best known wine venues during this day of touring, tasting, and shopping.
Our first stop is actually in Portland where we will visit the Maine Mead Works Tasting Room to sample their signature Honeymaker Mead. Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. They blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce a highly distinctive product.
Entering New Hampshire, 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 unique pub. We’ll likely be seated in the choir loft where the stained glass windows are easily enjoyed along with a delicious lunch.
This afternoon we visit 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 a 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.
Our last stop of the day is Fulchino Vineyards in Hollis where we’ll sample a number of wines from their extensive selections. Let’s hope for a warm spring day to enjoy the Italian inspired winery and patio.
The day will end with a surprise (think Tuscany!)
Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, three winery tours, tastings, snacks 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.
Depart 7:15 a.m. Waterville (Elm Plaza), return 9:00 p.m.
Depart 7:45 a.m. Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102), return 8:15 p.m.
Deadline to register is April 5. No refunds will be issued after this date.