FROM THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS TO THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN, NEW ENGLAND IS HOME TO SOME OF THE NATION’S OLDEST SETTINGS, STORIES, AND SAGAS.
Fact, fiction, and fantastic scenery abound on this vibrant vacation and historical journey through New England and the Hudson Valley.
This undiscovered tour appropriately kicks off in Boston and nearby Lexington, the “Birthplace of American Liberty,” where the opening shots of the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fired in 1775. Digest the fascinating history of the American Revolution before a hearty New England lunch at the historic Concord Colonial Inn which was once used as an arms and provision storehouse for the local Patriots.
Leaving Concord’s Old North Bridge, site of “the shot heard round the world,” you can hear a pin drop as you visit the storied city of Salem and head toward the peaceful vistas of coastal Maine, rural New Hampshire, and mountainous Vermont. Charming seaport villages, bucolic covered bridges, and rolling maple syrup farms sweeten the storylines across America’s historic East Coast. Swirl and sip at Vermont’s sustainable Shelburne Vineyard, enjoy a lighthouse- keeper presentation in Portland, Maine, and learn why everyone’s eyes light up upon tasting Freeport’s famous Whoopie Pie.
The plot thickens as you ferry across Lake Champlain to immerse yourself in the scene stealers of New York and Massachusetts, including the resort village and Olympic Games site of Lake Placid, the picturesque Berkshire Mountains, and the orchard- and vineyard dotted riverbanks of the quaint Hudson Valley. You’ll have time to explore the legendary sights of timeless Tarrytown, the setting of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and tour the waterfront U.S. Military Academy at West Point where you’ll want to be sure to stand up straight. You wouldn’t want to miss the spectacular views.