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Duration: 10 days Visiting: United States
The autumn months are a very special time to visit America’s iconic Northeast. The tinted landscapes, quaint communities and bustling cities erupt in sensational color, making for some of the most spectacular drives imaginable. A wonderful blend of scenery, from coastal towns to lush valleys, dreamy resorts to captivating cities, offer a stunning backdrop to an array of VIP experiences and exceptional dining. With access out-of-hours, witness revolutionary history in Boston, iconic American art in Stockbridge and Gilded Age grandeur in the Hudson Valley. The season’s culinary specialties are equally enticing, with chefs serving up locally-inspired dishes to delight your taste buds.
Welcome to Boston. On arrival you'll be taken to your hotel, a historic city landmark that characterises the elegance and style of a decadent bygone age. Relax in your classically styled room before meeting your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.
Nautical Bar Harbor.
In the morning head to the Old North Church, an icon of the American Revolution, and be treated to a private tour before the church opens to the public. Depart Boston for the coastal scenes of New England, stopping to admire the fishing town of Portland, Maine's largest city, with a bustling waterfront and delicious seafood dining options. Arrive in Bar Harbor, known for its pastel-coloured harbour and quaint cobblestone streets. Your home is the West Street Hotel, situated downtown on the waterfront, with wonderful local flair and nautical vibes. Tonight, your Travelling Concierge can assist with reservations for dinner at your leisure.
The Maine Dish.
Visit breathtaking Acadia National Park. Abundant in wildlife and rich in rugged charm, it is the only national park in New England. The park protects the natural beauty of the highest headlands along the Atlantic coastline and offers an idyllic place to feel at one with nature. Join Captain John Nicolai, a lobsterman and expert on Maine's lobster industry to learn the secrets behind this delicious local specialty. Afterwards, indulge in a lobster feast at Stewman’s, the only authentic lobster pound in Bar Harbor.
Old world charm in New Hampshire.
Travel from Bar Harbor to the White Mountains along the colorful Kancamagus Highway, as you take in the beautiful autumn scenery and the land's lush citrus hues. You'll stop for lunch in the quaint village of North Conway, before arriving at your hotel in New Hampshire's White Mountains. This historic resort opened as an inn in 1866 and still boasts a captivating, old-world charm. In the evening why not make the most of the hotel's spa facilities or take a walk in its beautiful, storybook grounds?
Back to nature in Whitefield.
Take a trip to the top of the famous Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States, this iconic mountain is a nature lover's dream. Outdoorsy types will be in their element as they take in the fresh air and glorious views of this beautiful part of the world. Tonight, prepare for a pleasant Highlight Dinner at your resort.
A Sweet Serving of Stowe.
Start your day by satisfying your sweet tooth with a visit to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. Learn about the history of the farm and how the Morse family's ancestors were influenced by Native Americans to produce the delicious treats they do today. Explore the northern Vermont town of Stowe Your Way. This afternoon foodies can enjoy a tasting of cider at a local cidery, while eager adventurers have the chance to take a scenic guided hike from the the luxury Stowe Mountain Lodge.
One for the Art Lovers.
Visit Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont. The destination offers interesting shops for those who enjoy browsing small boutiques and bookstores, while its traditional architecture makes it a great place for those just looking to explore and take in the scenery. You'll move on to the unusual Hope Cemetery in Barre, known for its uniquely crafted granite memorials and tombstones, before ending up at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Famous for housing some of America's best illustrations, and of course the largest collection of original Rockwell art, you'll check out the museum after-hours on a private tour. End the day with a Highlight Dinner at the exceptional Table Six, where flawless service and world-class dishes with local flair await you. This esteemed venue is a top-rated fine dining restaurant in the Berkshires.
A Bite of the Big Apple.
Travel through the lush Hudson Valley, before joining a docent for a private tour of Wilderstein before it opens. The iconic gilded age mansion and National Historic Landmark dates back to 1852. In the evening you’ll dine in the home of local New Yorkers as you join an EatWith dinner in Manhattan. A selection of hosts open their homes (and their kitchens) so you can get a taste of local life. After an eventful day in the Big Apple, get some shuteye at luxurious Essex House. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, this upscale, Art Deco hotel is in a grand location overlooking Central Park and just minutes away from elegant Fifth Avenue shops.
Sightseeing in N.Y.C.
What better way to spend your final full day in this vibrant city than by taking in some of its most famous sights? Discover the Broadway District with a working actor on a walking tour. Take a trip to the One World Observatory, atop One World Trade Center (the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere) and appreciate marvelous views of the iconic N.Y.C. cityscape. End your day with a Celebration Dinner at Trattoria Dell'Arte, where you can indulge in fine Italian cuisine as you toast to your travels with your new friends and Travelling Concierge.
Farewell New York.
Bid farewell to your travelling companions as you are transferred to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airport for your onward journey.
Boston (Historic) - USA
Formerly the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this historic landmark has been magnificently reimagined as a luxury hotel, The Langham. Expect legendary hospitality at this charming accommodation in the heart of the city. Befitting its old school elegance, its rooms are classically styled but with the latest amenities to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. Sip on creative cocktails at the stylish Bond Lounge or take a well-deserved break at its spa and fitness centre.
Bar Harbor (Traditional) - USA
Situated downtown on Bar Harbor's beautiful waterfront, West Street Hotel is the perfect mix of modernity and tradition. Its quaint backdrop and small size of just 85 guest rooms, provides travellers the perfect intimacy needed for a tranquil getaway.
Whitefield (Heritage) - USA
Mountain View Resort opened in 1866, and since then this picturesque hotel offers the perfect storybook setting for an idyllic mountain retreat, with sweeping views over the New Hampshire countryside. Guests can enjoy locally grown, farm-to-table cuisine at its inhouse venue, Harvest Tavern.
Stowe (Traditional) - USA
Based in Vermont, this luxury hotel is more than just a popular ski resort. Stowe Mountain Resort's striking panoramic views make it an ideal location all year round. Having opened in June 2008, it prides itself on its modern aesthetics and setting a new standard of luxury.
Lenox (Heritage) -
New York (Heritage) - USA
Elegance, plush décor, marble bathrooms and striking Art Deco touches can be found at Essex House. Spread across 44 floors, you'll be presented with stunning views at this upscale Manhattan hotel, including of one of New York's finest treasures, Central Park. You'll be situated just moments away from Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Fifth Avenue.