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Fall Foliage – The Berkshires
Massachusetts and Connecticut
October 9-12, 2018
$635 based on double/occup.
Dear Way To Go Traveler,
We travel to western Massachusetts & Connecticut for some wonderful fall foliage leaves, scenery, attractions and classic restaurants! When Yankee Magazine, a few years ago, rated the top fall destinations in New England (in 8 categories) it was amazing the number in Connecticut
especially scenic U.S. 7—we will see US 7 in both states. Read on. We are packing a lot into 4 days! Praying for some excellent sunny weather!.
Hotel: 3 Nites, Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites, Pittsfield, MA. (Rated No. 1/14)
Meals: 3 Dinners and 1 luncheon including: The Country Club of Pittsfield;
The Wiggins Tavern inside the Hotel Northampton; The Morgan House; and a
Luncheon at The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA. Breakfasts at our Inn.
Professional Tour Escort: Jerry Waldkoetter
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
14 Great Stops and Attractions
$635 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $160. Please send an $85
deposit when deciding to participate on this tour. Or, send a check for $599 by July
20th and receive a $36 discount. Balance of $550 is due Sept. 8th.
Please send check to: Way To Go Tours
580 Ward Rd
North Tonawanda, NY 14120.
Questions call Jerry or Jeff at 693-0793. Thank You!
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:00am—Bus Report time
6:15am—Depart from McDonalds, 315 Meadow Dr., North Tonawanda
6:45am—Depart Tops, Main St., at Union Rd., Williamsville. Rest stop in route
11:00am—Lunch on own at Crossgates Mall
11:45am—Depart for Massachusetts
1:00pm—Williams College, Williams, MA—chartered in 1793—“set on wide luxuriant lawns” surrounded by Georgian, Federal & Gothic Revival architecture—we will have a tour of the rare book library by the curator. Just a beautiful colonial college campus
with fall leaves!
2:15pm — Depart Williams College for Arrowhead— Home of Herman Melville during his most productive years, 1850-1863.
2:45pm— Arrive Arrowhead (which dates from 1785). We will see the room from which he wrote the novel Moby Dick. A review:…”for me it was a pilgrimage…as a student in American Literature…I went right home and read the novel again, it was exhilarating.” “Oh, the view of Mt. Greylock from Herman’s desk!”
4:25pm—Mt. Greylock Visitor Center with a great view— this is the highest mountain in Massachusetts at 3491 feet. The Park Ranger said the 13 minute film is “beautiful.”
Motor coaches are not allowed to drive the mountain.
5:30-7pm— Dinner—-The Country Club of Pittsfield.
7:15pm—Check in the Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Sutes, Pittsfield, MA.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:00am — Breakfast at our Inn
8:00am — Depart Inn. We are hoping for a bright sunny day to see the leaves along the historic Mohawk Trail with its fabulous scenery. This was America’s first scenic drive!
8:30am — Lake View Orchard Stand. About 30 minutes to snap a photo of the mountains and Hoosac Valley or pick up apples, cider, donuts, honey, etc. Next stop—Eastern Summit on the Mohawk Trail—on a clear day, visibility is about 65 miles—you can see mountains in Vermont & New Hampshire.
10:00am — A.L. Avery & Son General Store since 1861. “This is a great store that packs everything AND the kitchen sink into a place where “customers” are definitely 1st! Love it!” “Avery’s is an institution to our town and literally has everything you
11:45am—Shelbourne Falls—home of the famous Bridge of Flowers! In October, the following flowers will be blooming: asters, hibiscus, roses, sedum, & Rose of Sharon.
Noon— Lunch on your own in Shelbourne Falls! Way To Go Tours will have a list of restaurants for you—your choice bridge, lunch, shopping!
1:30pm —Head for South Deerfield, MA
2-2:15pm—Arrive Yankee Candle Village in S. Deerfield, MA—-“Scenter” of the universe and one of Massachusetts most popular attractions—according to their web site. 90,000 square feet of cool stuff! Plus a great story about their start—by a 13 year old boy in 1969! Very, very interesting!
3:30pm—Sharp—Drive 15-20 miles to Northampton, MA.
4:15pm—Tour of Northampton, largest city in the area, we will focus mainly on Smith
College—rated No.12 liberal arts college in America. Another beautiful campus!
5:30pm—Dinner at The Wiggins Tavern—in the Hotel Northhampton proud member of the Historic Hotels of America!
7:00pm—Leave for Inn in Pittsfield.
8:15pm — Back at the Best Western Plus
Thursday , October 11, 2018
7am—Breakfast at the Inn
8:00am— Depart Inn. We begin today on one of the most scenic routes in New England, U.S. Rt.7—in both Massachusetts and later in the morning Connecticut!
9:10am — West Cornwall’s covered bridge is one of only 3 in Connecticut.
10:00am— Open the Connecticut Antique Machinery Museum, Kent, CT,—one of the highest reviews of any attraction in the area—8 acres and 12 buildings, wonderful gift shop with an emphasis on gemstones and jewelry. 1830’s school, one & two cycle machines, tractors, steam trains, and much more! All reviews in the excellent and above average category!
Noon—Leave for wonderful Litchfield CT Village Green and lunch on your own at one of the 5 restaurants located across from the Village Green. We will provide a list of the restaurants and their addresses along with basic information.
2:00pm—Leave for Bunnell Farms and a wonderful horse-drawn wagon ride. Groups of 15-18 will go at a time. Meanwhile, the other groups will enjoy wine-tasting in a beautiful recently built barn that has hosted weddings, birthday, & graduation parties.
3:45pm — Wine Tasting. Walker Road Vineyards is a small, family-owned farm winery located in beautiful, historic Woodbury, Connecticut.
4:45pm — We are off to The Morgan House Inn, Lee, MA
5:30pm — Dinner at The Morgan House—an 1853 Inn that was a stagecoach stop—that claims the best Bloody Marys in the Berkshires.
7:00pm—Leave Morgan House Inn, Lee, MA.
7:30pm —Back at our hotel in Pittsfield.
Friday, October 12, 2018
7:00am—Breakfast and checkout.
9:00am—Taft Farms — Something for the ride home or share with friends tomorrow? Located in the picturesque Housatonic River Valley, they have been a pesticide free farm for 55 years. Note: Taft Farms has been a pioneer in the farming industry for over 50 years. Daniel and his brother Stanley started the Farm back in 1961 with little more than a dream and some land. The dream was to create a farm that did not need
to heavily rely on chemicals and pesticides. A farm that could act as a steward for the land instead of robbing it of it’s natural resource and beauty.
9:35am—Depart the farm.
10:00am—Norman Rockwell Museum.
11:25am—Sharp—Depart downtown Stockbridge, MA
11:40am—Lunch at the Red Lion Inn Dining room. Since welcoming its first guests in 1773, the Red Lion Inn has earned a reputation for outstanding food and genuine country hospitality.
2:00pm — Depart for Western New York
6:00pm—Dinner in route on own
8:30pm—Arrive at Tops, Williamsville
9:00pm—Final Stop McDonalds, North Tonawanda.
Itinerary subject to change.