Summer in Newport
with Diann Bailey
The Vanderbilts used to enjoy summer in Newport, Rhode Island and you can too! Join us for this two-day trip to experience one of America’s most famous summer playgrounds. This will be a great trip for garden enthusiasts but will also appeal to others who want to enjoy this fabulous coastal location. Newport’s signature event, the annual Newport Flower show, will be the star attraction. Enroute to Rhode Island we’ll visit the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston Ma. Our docent guided tour leads us through a year-round display of 17 carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants. Lunch on Friday is at O’Connor’s Restaurant in Worcester where they serve New England fare seasoned with Irish hospitality. Our overnight accommodations are at the newly renovated Holiday Inn in South Kingston, Rhode Island. Friday will be a full day of activities starting with a guided tour of Newport showcasing the rich and famous who once enjoyed this seaside town. We’ll then have plenty of time to visit the Flower Show, offering visitors fun, flowers, food, fantastic shopping experiences, spectacular garden displays and so much more, all located in and around one of America's most beautiful and storied Gilded Age mansions, Rosecliff. Lunch today is something special – a “speakeasy” high tea complete with an interactive murder mystery. Whisper the password for entry, meet some prohibition boot leggars and help solve the mystery, but stay alert for a possible raid!.Late afternoon takes us to Green Animals Topiary Garden to enjoy more than 80 pieces of topiary including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs. Dinner tonight is family style at the well- known Wright’s Farm in Harrisville. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, Tower Hill tour, Newport Flower Show, guided tour of Newport, Green Animals Garden Tour, murder mystery performance, two luncheons, one dinner and overnight accommodations.
Depart 7:45 am Waterville (Waterville High School), Return 11:15 p.m.
Depart 8:30 am., Gardiner (Hannafords), Return 10:30 p.m.
Jun 21 - 22nd, 2019
Fri - Sat