Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
The Green Mountains of Vermont in The Summertime
Killington Grand Resort ~ Trapp Family Lodge ~ Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
Four Day Tour ~ July 6-9, 2021
Highlights: Three Nights’ Accommodations at The Killington Grand Resort Hotel, near the summit of Killington Mountain • Lunch & History Tour of the Trapp Family Lodge • Rock of Ages Granite Quarry Tour & Museum • Stowe, Vermont • Waterbury, Vermont • Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour • Billings Farm & Museum • Woodstock, Vermont • Quechee Gorge • Aerial Tram Ride To the Summit of Killington Mountain • Three Breakfasts • Two Lunches • Three Dinners • Fully Escorted.
Let’s head to New England, into the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, as we are treated to three nights’ accommodations in the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. Our resort has received the Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence Award and has attractive public areas, an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, spectacular scenery, walking paths and more. Highlights are many, and our itinerary reads like a short list of some of the most popular places to visit in Vermont. On day two, we take a guided tour of one of the largest operating granite quarries in the world. After lunch on our own in the charming town of Waterbury, we are treated to a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. On day three, after time to browse in the resort town of Stowe, we enjoy an included lunch in the Trapp Family Lodge, where the family from the Sound of Music made their home in America. Our visit also includes a tour of the lodge and time to explore this resort on our own. We also take an aerial tram to the summit of Killington Mountain where we enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Day 1. Let’s head north to New England and the beautiful state of Vermont. Along the way we motor up the historic Hudson Valley, and after an included lunch, we cross into Vermont. Accommodations for the next three evenings are at The Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center. Located at the base of the Killington Ski area, this resort is sure to please all its visitors with many hotel amenities and attractive public areas. All breakfasts and dinners are included in the comfort of our hotel. Prior to checking into the lodge, we are treated to an aerial tram ride to the summit of Killington Mountain. Here we view the spectacular scenery from this mountaintop overlook.
Day 2. We begin our day with a guided tour of the largest operating deep-hole, granite quarry in the world. A highlight of the tour is an overlook of its nearly 600-feet-deep quarry. Time is also provided to visit the Rock of Ages Visitors Center. Here we may watch a video about the quarrying and manufacturing processes browse the historic photos and exhibits, and shop for granite gifts and other Vermont specialty products. Lunch is on our own in the resort town of Waterbury. After time to browse in its stores, we visit the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory, and learn how Ben & Jerry’s gets so much deliciousness into every scoop! Our 30-minute-guided-factory tour shows us how ice cream is made, as we learn every step of the process. Our visit also includes a taste following the tour and time to browse in its gift shop.
Day 3. Get set for another spectacular day of touring. This morning we visit the charming resort community of Stowe, Vermont. After time to browse in the stores and stroll along its charming streets, we visit the Trapp Family Lodge. This world-famous family fled Austria and arrived in America with only $4.00. They settled in a small farmhouse in Stowe, Vermont, because the landscape reminded them of home. Here, the family lived peacefully and continued to travel the world singing. They rented out rooms at their farmhouse to skiers and ran the Trapp Family Music Camp. Maria wrote an autobiography that inspired the play and movie, The Sound of Music, and her story became an American legend. Our visit here includes an historic tour of the lodge, time to explore the grounds and gardens on our own and a lunch buffet. We return to our hotel with time to enjoy our resort’s many amenities prior to dinner.
Day 4. This morning we head east to the charming town of Woodstock, Vermont. Here we make a picture stop at the Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” which offers spectacular views of the gorge and river below. Next, we visit the Billings Farm & Museum, regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Time is provided to glimpse inside a country store, traditional farmhouse, and farm workshop, one-room schoolhouses, and the daily chores of a typical Vermont farm family. Discover what it took to prepare the soil, plant and harvest the crops, and feed the livestock. There is also an opportunity to view its many varieties of farm animals. Woodstock, Vermont, is noted for its fine New England architecture, unique stores and many restaurants. After time to lunch on our own and sightsee in this town, we depart to New Jersey. Time passes quickly on our return home as we reflect on all the spectacular things we have seen on this fun-filled getaway.
Departs South Plainfield High School at 7:30 AM and returns at approximately 7:15 PM. As you enter from Lane Avenue, park down on the left side along the fence near the gate between the two schools.
Departs from the Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street (park behind the Methodist Church) at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 6:45 PM.
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool Parking Lot (at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM.
Tour cost per person is $1,035.00 Twin & $1,115.00 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $175.00 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the address below. Final payment is due May 1, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before May 1, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after May 1, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and 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.
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