September 15 - 23, 2017
(based on double occupancy)
Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime to picturesque New England. Join Travel Crazy for an 9-day vacation exploring historical Boston, the Villages (including Kennebunkport) along the rocky coasts of Maine, and the breathtaking scenery of Acadia National Park. From the coastline to the majestic mountains, this tour is one to be enjoyed by all.
Our adventure begins with an overnight stay in Pennsylvania. The following day we arrive in the Boston area for a two night stay. We’ll begin the day with a tour of Boston also known fondly as “Beantown”. This city renowned for its cultural, educational, and medical institutes is unrivaled. Along the freedom Trail we’ll see the old North Church, the old Statehouse, Boston Common, the USS Constitution and many more famous sites. We’ll enjoy free time and lunch on our own at Quincy market. In the afternoon, follow the revolutionary path through Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world” was fired.
The next day, we will continue northward, passing briefly through New Hampshire and over the Piscataqua River into Maine. Maine’s coastline glistens with its jagged rocks, lobster boats and lighthouses.
We begin our visit to Maine with a short drive up the Maine coast to the popular summer resort of Kennebunkport. It’s quaint setting appeals to artists, writers and Presidents. Famous authors, Kenneth Roberts and Booth Tarkington were both residents of the area and a scenic drive along the ocean to Walker’s point passes the well-known summer home of past President George Bush. Dock Square in the center of town offers a variety of galleries and craft shops.
Continuing north, our next stop is the largest city in Maine - Portland, describe as ‘the beautiful town that is seated by the sea’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Nearby, will visit the Portland Head Light which guards the entrance to the bay. Commissioned by George Washington, it is one of the oldest continuously operating lights in the country. Located on the scenic rocky coast, it overlooks many scenic islands and is a favorite with photographers.
We’ll motor on to Boothbay Harbor and settle in for a three-night’s stay. The next day, we’ll pass see several lighthouses that guard the entrance to Boothbay Harbor and perhaps see seals, osprey, whales and other wildlife on our cruise through the harbor This fabulous 44 mile trip offers a variety of the wide open sea and close-to-shore cruising. Relive history dating back to colonial days along the Kennebec River. Then let your captain bring you up to date on the latest shipbuilding activity at bath Iron Works. Experience the thrill of passing through Hell Gates and don't forget your camera to snap the seven lighthouses, seals and historic Fort Popham. Later that afternoon, we’ll return to Boothbay Harbor, where your evening will be free to explore the village.
The next day, we journey over to the resort town of Bar Harbor, made famous by the wealthy from out of state who built large homes in the area and called them “ summer cottages”. The drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain with our step-on guide, will give us a informative panoramic view of Bar Harbor, the islands and surrounding area. No visit to Bar Harbor would be complete without spending some time in the town’s shops, parks and along the waterfront. After you have worked up an appetite shopping in Bar Harbor, we’ll head to Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes for a fantastic meal including Mussels, Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato, and a scrumptious Lobster. (For those like me who can’t stand the thought of eating a giant crawfish, you can get a strip steak.)
The next day we will begin our journey home. We will head to and tour one of the most famous military installations in the world….West Point. We will have a guided tour of the beautiful campus including the Chapel and the Cemetery. When we leave West Point we will be heading for our first overnight en route home.
Now that we have 100’s of pictures, an extra pound or two, and many fond memories, we’ll bid New England ado, and head back to Bluegrass country. We will again overnight in New York and Pennsylvania before continuing home.