The spectacular colors of fall are near their peak in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania, a town sheltered between the Allegheny Mountains, lush green forests, and horse and cattle pastures. This small-town America’s hidden gem is just waiting to be explored! It’s the perfect time to be captivated by Bedford’s small-town feel, quaint shops, friendly people, interesting history, and a fun filled foliage festival. There are unique and quirky sights to see along Bedford’s Lincoln Highway that all arise from 100 plus years of history of this first coast to coast highway.
What better place to experience all this area has to offer than from the Omni Bedford Springs, originating from the historical medicinal springs that made this town famous. We’ll be in the lap of luxury as we wander and learn the history and culture that surrounds us.
Day One: Front Porch Tea Room
Today we head west to The Alleghenies region of PA with scenic views of stunning fall foliage dotting the mountainsides along our route. Our first stop will be a Victorian tea house set atop a hill in the center of the quaint town of Hallam, The Front Porch Tea Room & Gathering Place where we’ll indulge in a delicious high tea luncheon. We are sure to feel pampered as we relax and soak in the elegant atmosphere while sipping delectable teas and enjoying fun conversation.
Day One: Haines Shoe House
Next is a tour of a shoe! Built in 1948, The Haines Shoe House, our first stop on historic Lincoln Highway, still welcomes visitors to learn its fun and interesting history and if you have room, savor some ice cream treats. Luxurious history awaits our arrival at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, an Historic Hotel of America and National Historic Landmark.
Day One: Bedford Springs Omni
For more than 200 years, the eight mineral springs located throughout the resort have served as an important gathering place resulting in the hotel becoming the site of many significant moments in American history. The Omni has been host to a long list of celebrities, wealthy clientele, corporate magnates, and dignitaries from around the world. We will be lucky enough to call this expansive resort home for the next three evenings to enjoy at our leisure. Included is a $50 dinner certificate to use at the hotel for any night of your choosing.
Day Two: Kentuck Knob
Amazing architecture is the agenda for the day. First, we visit a possibly lesser known Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, Kentuck Knob, a dramatic and serene illustration of Usonian architecture that appears almost part of the mountain itself.
Upon arrival it will be clear how his vision of architecture and sculpture are seamlessly integrated into the beautiful surrounding landscape. “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for each other.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Day Two: Falling Water
After an included lunch, we will visit the spectacular and famous Falling Water. Few words can describe the beauty and grace of this architectural wonder that best exemplifies Wright’s philosophy of an organic, harmonious union of art and nature. Even if you’ve seen this home before, a second experience will bring new wonder.
Once back at the comfortable Omni, you’ll have the choice to spend the evening here or going downtown for dinner on your own.
Day Three: Old Bedford Village
This morning our visit to the Old Bedford Village will bring the past to the present as we step back to the 18th century and discover American history firsthand. We will stroll through the village among period clothed craftsmen and women immersing ourselves in Bedford’s historic past.
Day Three: Historic Lincoln Highway
We’ll continue this historic quest for the rest of the afternoon as we travel along a portion of the Old Lincoln Highway. What once was built as the first transcontinental road for automobiles in 1913, is now a glimpse into our past showing the importance of preserving and celebrating such important parts of American history. Keep your eyes peeled for unique and quirky remnants of the olden days!
Day Three: Lunch at Jean Bonnet Tavern
Lincoln Highway Experience Museum
Lunch will be included along the route at the Jean Bonnet Tavern, a yesteryear experience of old tavern charm. Our drive ends at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, where we’ll be surrounded by authentic, articulately restored and sometimes very large artifacts from the highway. Our trip to the museum offers a slice of pie, a cup of joe, and a fun place for us to go!
Our ride back to the resort will offer you views of anything you may have missed on the way. The rest of the night can be spent enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Omni or going downtown for dinner on your own.
Day Four: Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
Time to celebrate the fall foliage season with a fun-filled festival in downtown Bedford! This charming small town was once a frontier power as the last outpost on the edge of civilization and now is home to this popular festival that brings people together through crafts, art, music, and companionship.
We’ll spend the afternoon browsing the various tents lining the streets filled with handmade apparel, jewelry, furniture, home décor and find a tasty lunch to enjoy on our own before making our way back to home sweet home New Jersey. There will also be live local entertainment, wagon rides, covered bridge tours and even square dancing!
Pricing & Departures:
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool (Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) at 7:30 AM and returns at approximately 7:00 PM.
Departs Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 6:15 PM.
Departs South Plainfield High School, at the end of Lane Ave at 9:00 AM and returns at approx. 5:30 PM.
Price per person is $1,375 Twin & $1,825 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $350 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the included address. Final payment is due August 1, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before August 1, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after August 1, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
Group Tours & Travel
1710 E. Lancaster Ave. #319 Paoli, PA 19301