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14 Days Culinary Tour in New England, USA

14 Days Culinary Tour in New England, USA

  • Boston, USA

Culinary Vacations New England

Discover historic gems, gastronomic delights, and tranquil atmosphere of New England. Lobsters, clambakes, rocky shores off deep blue Atlantic waters, as well as three-and-a-half centuries of American architecture will be a part of this amazing culinary and culture tour. From picturesque harbors and mountain peaks to splendid forests and serene lakes, see the area's brilliant fall colors unequaled in the world. Relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of New England!

Highlights

  • Visit historic places in New England
  • Stop by Yankee Candle flagship store in Deerfield
  • Enjoy lunch and spectacular views of Mount Washington
  • Peak foliage viewing in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • Sample local cheddar cheese and homemade maple syrup
  • Try some of Ipswich's famous fried clams
  • Enjoy the famous Maine seafood
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 13 days with instruction
  • English
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Throughout the tour, you will stay in charming, historic inns. In Ogunquit, Maine, you will spend two nights in a lovely inn in the heart of this charming coastal town. In New Hampshire, your home for two days is a beautiful inn in Jackson. A charming inn, perched on the side of a mountain, will be your accommodation for three nights in West Dover, Vermont. In Newburyport, you will spend the night in a historic inn in the center of the town.

Day 1 - Arrival

Today, the tour begins at a centrally located hotel in downtown Boston. You will meet others for an afternoon walk on the Freedom Trail, with an entertaining Puritan guide, who will give you a great introduction to Massachusetts' history. This evening, the welcome dinner will be held at one of Olde Ipswich Tours' favorite restaurants.

Meal plan: Dinner.

Day 2 - Maine

Today begins with a unique tour of Bean Town. You will hop on a World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle for a Boston Duck tour and then walk through the lovely public garden to lunch at Boston’s most famous pub, Cheers! You will leave the city in late afternoon for a drive north along the Massachusetts coast to Ogunquit, Maine. Later, you will check into a lovely inn in the heart of this charming coastal town and, tonight, get your first taste of fresh Maine seafood.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3 - Southern Maine coast adventure

Today, you will explore the Southern Maine coast. From Kennebunkport to Ogunquit and York, this region is rich in both beauty and culture. In Kennebunkport, you will stroll its charming center. In York, you will see the famed Nubble Lighthouse; while in Ogunquit, you will walk the Marginal Way along the cliff and see the renowned Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Tonight, it is your choice to dine at one of Ogunquit’s many restaurants. You may also want to see a show at the local theater.

Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 4 - New Hampshire

This morning, you will visit Maine’s capital city, Portland. Its old port neighborhood is charming and has a wonderful art museum. After lunch, you will be driven west into the White Mountain region to Jackson, New Hampshire. As you climb higher in elevation, the changing foliage becomes brighter and brighter. As you reach the beautiful inn in Jackson, the trees will not disappoint you with their red, gold, and yellow colors; almost on fire against the sky. After you settle into your room, you can have a drink by the fireplace and enjoy a gastronomic dinner at the inn.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 5 - Franconia Notch State Park

This morning, you will enjoy a scenic drive through New Hampshire’s White Mountains along the famous Kancamagus Highway, one of the most beautiful roads in the United States. You will take a walk along a trail to see the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park, where the brilliance of the trees is dazzling. Next, you will have lunch at the famous Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, with its spectacular views of Mount Washington. You will return to North Conway and explore this charming town before another gourmet dinner at home.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6 - Vermont

Today, you will go leaf-peeping through New Hampshire and head west into Vermont. Visit the lovely villages of Quechee and Woodstock and, after lunch, you will travel the most scenic road in Vermont: Route 100. This rural drive takes you through one picturesque village after another. This is the real McCoy country back road Vermont. After a stop at the quintessential Vermont country store for some samples of local cheddar cheese and home-made maple syrup, you will travel to West Dover, Vermont. Check into a charming inn, perched on the side of a mountain, and enjoy a lovely dinner at the inn.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 7 - Manchester

This morning, you will be driven north to the town of Manchester, where you will visit the homestead of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving child of Mary and Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln descendants lived on this estate until 1905. The mansion is surrounded by lovely gardens and landscaped grounds. After lunch, you will stop in Bennington and see the Bennington Battle Monument, Vermont’s tallest structure that commemorates the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Tonight, you will enjoy another delicious dinner.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 8 - Berkshire Mountain region

Today, you will explore the beautiful Berkshire Mountain region of western Massachusetts. Visit Hancock Shaker village and have a tour with a local expert guide. Next, you will dine at the historic Red Lion Inn in the lovely town of Stockbridge and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, where you will see the largest collection of his work in existence. Then, take a leisurely drive back to Vermont and enjoy a casual dinner together in the pretty village of Wilmington.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 9 - Massachusetts

This morning, say goodbye to your friends at the inn and venture back into Massachusetts to historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley. No trip to Deerfield is complete without a stop at the Yankee Candle flagship store before making your way to the revolutionary town of Lexington. Tonight, you will be treated to dinner at one of Lexington’s best new restaurants, serving some of the best locally-sourced cuisine.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 10 - Concord

In the neighboring town of Concord, you will take a guided tour of the Old Manse, where you can look out over the Old North Bridge to see where the "shot heard ‘round the world" was fired. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Old Manse home for a time. Next, you fly back in time to April 19, 1775 to retrace the route of the Minute Men and British Regulars as they fought the terrible fight that changed history. In Lexington, you explore the Minute Man National Historical Park before returning to the inn to relax before dinner.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 11 - Cape Ann coast

A short drive takes you to the beautiful Cape Ann coast. You will stop in the quaint towns of Rockport and Gloucester, which give you a true feel for old New England. After lunch, you will drive to where the Atlantic coast north of Boston meets the mighty Merrimack River, the lovely port town of Newburyport. After checking into a historic inn in the center of town, you will explore the brick-paved streets of this charming maritime seaport and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 12 - Ipswich

A lovely scenic drive takes you to the home of Olde Ipswich Tours, Ipswich! Boasting more 17th century houses than any town in America, the area also claims the title "Birthplace of American Independence". In addition to beautiful ocean and salt marsh scenery, Ipswich is known for having the sweetest, freshest clams in the world! Take a guided tour to the 17th century Whipple House, known as the best example of First Period architecture in the United States. After trying some of the famous fried clams for lunch, you get your feet wet trying your luck at clamming with a biologist. Then, you will return to Newburyport for an evening on our own.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 13 - Salem

Today you will head for Salem, known not only for its witches, but for its stately sea captains' mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries. Beyond the House of Seven Gables and the old Custom House are many little-known treasures of this marvelous maritime port. Its lesser known neighbor, Marblehead, is one of the most beautiful villages in New England, with a picturesque harbor views and 300-year-old houses. After some free time to explore, you will gather one last time for a sumptuous farewell dinner.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 14 - Departure

In the morning, you will be driven to Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) for the return flight home.

Meal plan: Breakfast.

  • Drive along the famous Kancamagus Highway
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the 17th century Whipple House in Ipswich
  • Explore Newburyport
  • Explore North Conway
  • Explore the Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Hancock Shaker Village tour
  • See the Bennington Battle Monument
  • See the famed Nubble Lighthouse in York
  • Stroll Kennebunkport’s city center
  • Take a guided tour of the Old Manse
  • Take a walk along a trail to see the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park
  • Take an afternoon walk on the Freedom Trail
  • Tour to Bean Town
  • Travel the most scenic road in Vermont, Route 100
  • Visit Ogunquit Museum of American Art
  • Visit Portland
  • Visit Quechee and Woodstock
  • Visit Rockport and Gloucester
  • Visit the homestead of Robert Todd Lincoln
  • Visit to Salem
  • Visit Vermont country store to sample cheddar cheese and home-made maple syrup
  • Visit Yankee Candle Flagship Store
  • Walk the Marginal Way along the cliff in Ogunquit
  • Walk through Public Garden

This culinary and culture holiday takes place in New England, USA.

Enjoy exquisite meals throughout the tour! You will have the chance to have lunch at Boston’s most famous pub, Cheers, and enjoy fresh Maine seafood. You can also sample New England specialties such as cheddar cheese and home-made maple syrup in local store and browse the Yankee Candle flagship store in Deerfield. Dining at local restaurants, having lunch at the famous Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, with its spectacular views of Mount Washington, dining at the historic Red Lion Inn in the lovely town of Stockbridge, and trying some of Ipswich's famous fried clams for lunch will also be a part of your culinary experience.

You will have plenty of opportunities to explore the area. During your free time, you may stroll the street, try local dishes, or browse charming shops in the city you are visiting.

  • 3 lunches
  • 10 dinners
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • All tour guides, all museum, and monument entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full-time tour leader
  • Transportation by comfortable, air conditioned minibus
  • Peak foliage viewing in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • Visits to various areas in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Activities indicated as optional
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Wine or alcohol with meals, unless specified

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston.

Massachusetts, United States

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