Christmas in Vermont – December 4th – 10th, 2022

 

When the trees lose their leaves and the ground is blanketed with snow, you know it’s almost Christmas in Vermont. The holiday season is a special time of year in the Green Mountain State when locals and visitors come together to eat, drink and be merry. From festivals and parades to holiday-themed tours, there’s always something going on around town.

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Day 1 – Sunday December 4th – Portland, OR to Albany NY
We have an afternoon flight from Portland to Albany New York today. We’ll overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy NY tonight… so we can get a fresh start in the morning. Hilton Garden Inn Troy NY

Day 2 – Monday December 5th – Troy NY to Manchester VT
After breakfast we’ll depart for Vermont where we’ll meet our wonderful local guide… first stop, a tour of Bennington… this quintessential New England town is surrounded by spectacular, unspoiled natural beauty. It offers a blend of old and new, including museums, art and antique galleries, it also features a few covered bridges. We’ll explore the Bennington Monument, Old First Church, Robert Frost’s gravesite and a covered bridge. You’ll have some free time to explore this charming place on your own, before we’ll take in the Bennington Museum… it tells the stories of this region through Art, History and the New England Landscape. Here you will find a diverse and fascinating collection, including the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings, Bennington Stoneware and one of the oldest “Stars and Stripes” in existence. Next stop, Chocolatorium… This fun-filled exhibit will expand your knowledge of chocolate and features regularly scheduled demonstrations and tastings. We’ll make our way to our home for the next 2 nights the Kempton Taconic Hotel in the charming town of Manchester. This boutique hotel will bring the grand leisure of days past, enjoy a delicious dinner here before we say good night. Kimpton Taconic Hotel Inn (B, D)

Day 3 – Tuesday December 6th – Manchester Local Touring
Today we will head to Hildene… home of Robert Lincoln… the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, he became president of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy a tour of this ancestral home, a Georgian Revival mansion built in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It will be decorated for the holidays as it was in the early 1900’s. We’ll also visit his Pullman car. Next, visit Hildene’s goat dairy and cheesemaking facility connect the Lincoln family’s agricultural legacy to the 21st century. At Hildene’s cheesemaking facility you will not only tour the entire visitor friendly operation and meet the herd of Nubian goats up close, but you will see how the process works from milking to cheesemaking.  And we will have a tasting while learning how to pair it with Vermont made jams and syrups. Next, it’s the Sugar Shack – Rockwell Exhibit. Norman Rockwell lived in Arlington VT from 1939 – 1953 and used over 200 local people as models for his work. This exhibit of his work is the centerpiece of this attraction where they also make and sell pure VT Maple Syrup. You will have some time to freshen up at the hotel before dinner at one of Manchester’s favorites. Kimpton Taconic Hotel Inn (B, D)

Day 4 – Wednesday December 7th – Manchester to Stowe
After breakfast we’ll checkout and make your way to Stowe. First stop… the Vermont General Store – A Vermont Tradition. In 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton opened The Vermont Country Store in the quaint village of Weston. The Weston store became the first restored rural general store in the nation. Today, the store is filled with unique quality merchandise and will be decked out for the holidays! Lunch today is at the Mountaintop Inn… Set high atop a Central Vermont Mountain, on 700 private acres of woods & meadows with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains and a pristine 740-acre lake. Mountain Top is one of Vermont’s most unique and spectacular destinations and a wonderful setting for lunch! After lunch it’s time for a horse drawn sleigh ride (weather permitting)! Sing along to the beat of the jingle bells, listen to the clomping hooves of the horses as we dash through the snow and enjoy the magnificent views. We’ll make our way to our home for the next three nights, the Von Trapp Family Lodge… In the early 1940s, after escaping Austria, the Von Trapp family toured the United States as the Trapp Family Singers before eventually settling in Stowe, on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. Today they say, A Little of Austria… a Lot of Vermont! Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Von Trapp Family Lodge is a unique mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations, and you will love how they celebrate the season! Dinner tonight is in the Bierhall… located on the grounds of Von Trapp Family Lodge, the Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant is a gathering place for friends to enjoy “a little of Austria, a lot of Vermont,” serving fresh lager. Von Trap Family Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Thursday December 8th – Stowe – Local Touring
We’ll head to Cold Hollow Cider Mill this morning… this is a friendly delightful stop! ENJOY a sample of fresh apple cider in the viewing room while watching cider being pressed the old-fashioned way on a vintage rack and cloth press. VISIT the sample table for a variety of deliciousness. Next it is Vermont Teddy Bear Factory… a fun, clever and educational tour, you will learn how Bears are put together from start to finish as you see the creative process in action. The tour concludes in the Bear hospital where visitors can meet Dr. Nancy and check on the patients that have been sent in for care! Enjoy some free time at the Church Street Marketplace… This is a festive outdoor pedestrian mall of galleries, shops and cafes with a perfect holiday feel. It is beautifully decked out for the holidays. It has been named one of the Great Public Spaces in America for its historic buildings, thriving retail trade, carefully maintained streets and walkways. Shop, enjoy lunch and the variety of festivities. We’ll head back to the lodge… where a history tour of the lodge awaits… the fascinating story of this family’s journey – As Maria Von Trapp once said, “Our life is like a beautiful story that happens to be true.” In 1938, just before World War II, the Baron and the Baroness Von Trapp left all their possessions and estate near Salzburg. With nine children and one on the way, they fled Austria and were granted asylum in this country. Arriving with only $4, they settled in Philadelphia and through their music, turned a family hobby into a profession as the Trapp Family Singers. Von Trap Family Lodge (B)

Day 6 – Friday December 9th – Stowe – Local Touring
This morning we are off to Morse Farm and Sugarworks… the farm is a throwback to a simpler, quieter time when generations of the same family worked together to carve out a living on the land. Learn about sugarmaking, visit the sugarhouse and try their renowned maple creemee made with copious amounts of Morse Farm maple syrup. We will also take in the Vermont Statehouse… it is one of the oldest and best preserved of our nation’s state capitols. Its House and Senate chambers are the oldest active legislative halls in the United States that have preserved their original interiors. This architectural gem is also home to some of the state’s most important art. Next, it’s Cabot Creamery… it is a very successful creamery that is a co-op of farmers. Their farmers are the heart and soul of Cabot and every day produce the fresh, pure milk that makes award-winning Cabot products. We’ll head back to the lodge where you can join your fellow travelers in a Sing Along… The Trapp family are known for their singing and the Christmas season is known for caroling, so it seems natural to have a sing along with the group! Join the revelry with holiday classics, tea and cookies! Enjoy our fair well dinner in the lavishly holiday-decorated lodge. We’ll indulge in European-style cuisine in the Main Dining Room. Von Trap Family Lodge (B, D)

Day 7 – Saturday December 10th – Stowe to Burlington to Home
After breakfast we’ll head home with great memories of this fantastic tour filled with beautiful scenery, fantastic food and a wonderful heritage! (B)

$4,724 Double $5,394 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by August 25th, 2022