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.
Mar 15 - 18th, 2018
Sun, Thu, Fri, and Sat for 1 week from 6:15 am - 9:00 pm
Gardiner High School
40 West Hill Road
Gardiner, ME 04345 Get directions