Sue’s final words…

October 5, 2013 by

I thank each of you for joining me on the Autumn in New England vacation.  Didn’t we have a wonderful time!  I enjoyed meeting each of you and getting to know you.  We are now family and the memories will last forever.  The beauty of the trees in the mountains, the historical sites, the different architecture and styles of homes, the people and the beauty of the water all gave us a memory photo album that we will cherish forever.  We had so many unique experiences and we had many good laughs.  You were a fantastic group of people to travel with.  Hopefully, we will do this again.

May God bless each of you,

Sue

"Oh the places we'll go."

“Oh the places we’ll go.”

Friday, October 4 ~ Cape Cod – Boston – Minneapolis

October 5, 2013 by

This is our last day!  It’s hard to believe that we were in Boston last Friday and enjoyed so much history.  Now we are heading back to Boston to make our flight home.  But first we will spend some time in Plymouth.  After a hearty and very pleasant breakfast, we started on down the road.  It is a cloudy day but no rain yet.

We arrived in Plymouth to visit the Mayflower II.  Marty was able to get us up to the drop off stop and we went directly to the Mayflower II.  It is a replica of the original May flower that brought the pilgrims to the United States.  We walked throughout the boat and we were all very happy that we were flying home today rather then traveling on the Mayflower!  It was very interesting to see what their conditions were like.  Most of us thought it was a little close and a bit tight.

Waiting to visit the Mayflower II

Waiting to visit the Mayflower II

Boarding the Mayflower II

Boarding the Mayflower II

Listening to the history of the Mayflower II

Listening to the history of the Mayflower II

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Arden and Corky speaking with a chap from the 1600s.

Arden and Corky speaking with a chap from the 1600s.

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Some went over to see Plymouth rock.  Everyone was a little surprised at the size of the rock.  But the monument surrounding it is fairly large!  Maybe we should call it the Plymouth pebble!

Then we had one of our last chances for “retail therapy”.  Many found those last few items we couldn’t live without.  Also, some found ice cream or a cup of coffee.  All too soon, Marty was back to pick us up.

We visited the National Monument to the Forefathers which was awesome.  It’s huge and very inspiring.  It commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims and honors their ideals.  The center is the heroic figure of faith and is surrounded by Freedom, Morality, Law and Education.  We enjoyed this last stop.  Many had never heard of it before.  It’s kinda hidden up on a hill.

Our Forefather's Monument

Our Forefather’s Monument

Our next scheduled stop was to be John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  However, due to the government shutdown, it is closed.  So we are going to an outdoor shopping mall called Colony Place in Plymouth.  Just as we departed from the monument, it started to sprinkle.  Just a short drive to Colony Place and by the time we reached the mall, it was raining.  Marty parked by TGI Fridays.

There were a number of restaurants available along with many shopping options.  However, by now it was raining pretty hard.  So almost everyone chose to just go to TGI FRidays.  So we had time to relax and enjoy a nice lunch.  Marty drove up to the front door as it was still raining.  This was our first rain on our trip.  We have been so fortunate!

Kathleen and Sharon sharing a poncho after lunch.

Kathleen and Sharon sharing a poncho after lunch.

We headed to the airport.  Traffic was pretty busy.  It did stop raining and the sun came out.  We dropped off Kathleen at Terminal A and said farewell to a new friend.  Then we said good-bye to Marty at Boston Logan Airport.  We drove a total of 1013 miles from the time Marty picked us up last Friday and dropped us off today.  Oh the places we will go!  Check-in went smoothly and even security was ok.

We departed for Chicago.  We thought we would be on time then they put us in a holding pattern over Chicago.  So we were late.  However, they held our plane for both us and our luggage.  What a quick hike we did between concourse C and B.

We arrived in Minneapolis almost on time.  The luggage handlers were there to take care of the mounds of luggage.  We headed out to the couch and Don was waiting for us.  It is raining.  After a quick stop at the Quality Inn to drop off the folks who met us there, we were on the road again.  Another quick stop in Northfield in the pouring down rain.  The rain stopped in Owatonna.  Then on to America’s Best Value Inn in Albert and 4 Seasons.  It was 1:00 am and we are ready for our own beds!  We are tired but happy!

Thursday, October 3 ~ Martha’s Vineyard

October 3, 2013 by

What a beautiful day again!  We are loving this weather.  What a day to take a ferry.  We had a good breakfast buffet along with many, many other bus loads of people.  But all were served.

Leah, our guide, met us at the hotel and we were “on the road” again!  It took us about an hour to reach the ferry landing at Woods Hole.  Leah shared more information about the Cape and gave us some new information about Martha’s Vineyard while we traveled to the ferry.  When we arrived, we had a little down time before we headed for the meeting place so that we would all go on together.  There were many people going over to Martha’s Vineyard today, taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  Marty drove our bus onto the ferry and he will meet back up with us in Martha’s Vineyard, we hope.

Corky and Larry on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard

Corky and Larry on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard

Marilyn and Donna

Marilyn and Donna

Mike, Janet, Paul, and Arden

Mike, Janet, Paul, and Arden

It was a very enjoyable ride.  Calm and actually quite pleasant.  Everyone found seats inside or out depending on choice.  It was very pleasant outside.  We arrived at Oak Bluffs.  Marty met us at the pier and we were on our way to tour the island.

On the way to Martha's Vineyard.

On the way to Martha’s Vineyard.

Another ferry

Another ferry

Our first stop was at The Wesleyan Grove also known as Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association or “the Campgrounds”.  It has a collection of 350 gingerbread cottages which encircle the Methodist Tabernacle.  It was a high light for everyone.  They look like little play houses rather than actual living cottages.  We enjoyed walking around the campgrounds.

Corrine, Alice, and Amber at Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

Corrine, Alice, and Amber at Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

The pink cottage

The pink cottage

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The cottage President Grant stayed in.

The cottage President Grant stayed in.

In the Tabernacle

In the Tabernacle

Sharon and Kathleen

Sharon and Kathleen

Leah continued to show us around Martha’s Vineyard and explained the way of life on the island.  She explained again about “half houses”, “three-quarter houses” and “whole houses”.  Half house has a center door with a window on each side of the door.  Three quarter house has an additional window on one side and a whole house has 2 windows on each side of the door.  Interesting!

We soon stopped in Edgartown where we were on our own for lunch and some much needed “retail therapy”.  We off loaded on Church Street and were able to walk down to the wharf and return to our bus on another street making a rectangle.  Everyone enjoyed a bite to eat, checked out the many unique shops and the wharf area.  Many had to see if the ice cream was any good on the island.  It was great!  We continued our tour of the island and checked out Vineyard Haven.

Our last stop before going back to Oak Bluffs was at the “Field Gallery”.  Did we ever see “very” interesting sculptures! “Oh my!”  It was a quick stop but very artistically inspiring.  Since we are all such wonderful artists, we were inspired!

Field's Gallery

Field’s Gallery

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Back to Oak Bluffs where we had a little more time for retail therapy.  We were back on the ferry heading back to Woods Hole.  What a day we had!  It was a lovely day.  We enjoyed our day at Martha’s Vineyard.

Marty waiting to drive on to the ferry.

Marty waiting to drive on to the ferry.

Alice, Janet, Mike, Paul, and Arden waiting for the ferry back to Cape Cod.

Alice, Janet, Mike, Paul, and Arden waiting for the ferry back to Cape Cod.

Marilyn and Donna

Marilyn and Donna

Look over Marty, we want to say hello!

Look over Marty, we want to say hello!

We had a short time to relax before we went to our Lobster dinner at The Paddock Restaurant. We were seated in a private lovely dining room and we were so ready to try this out.  Some were very efficient and knew what they were doing.  Some needed help!  But boy was it good!  Some of us think it’s “too” much work!   The corn on the cob and rolls were good.  Everyone enjoyed their food.  Some have tried it and probably won’t do it again.  We were all ready for dessert.  Crepes — Yum!  When we were served dessert, we sang Happy Birthday to Ryan.  It’s his birthday on Saturday.

Tom showing Dennis how to do get the meat out of the Lobster.

Tom showing Dennis how to do get the meat out of the Lobster.

Kathleen, Patty, Tom, Sharon, and Dennis

Kathleen, Patty, Tom, Sharon, and Dennis

Amber and Larry

Amber and Larry

Rick and Ken

Rick and Ken

Bev and Rick

Bev and Rick

Alice, Corrine, and Lenora

Alice, Corrine, and Lenora

Marty

Marty

Marilyn and Arden

Marilyn and Arden

Paul and Mike

Paul and Mike

Janet and Donna

Janet and Donna

Ken, Doug, and Ryan

Ken, Doug, and Ryan

Sue, Paula, and Mary Jo

Sue, Paula, and Mary Jo

The end of a great day!

The end of a great day!

Tomorrow is our last day.  How sad!  We will miss everyone – we sure have had a lovely vacation.

Wednesday, October 2 ~ Springfield – Cape Cod

October 2, 2013 by

We woke up to another beautiful day!  We certainly cannot complain about our weather.  Our first stop was the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museum.  What fun to see our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, such as Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Thing One, Thing Two, Sam-I-Am, Sally and her brother, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.  We saw Gertrude McFuzz and Grinch with his dog.  Don’t forget Lorax and Yertile the Turtle Tower.  They also had a stick sculpture.  We thought it was “Whoville.”  We even saw Dr. Seuss at his desk.

"Oh the places we'll go."

“Oh the places we’ll go.”

Dr. Suess National Memorial

Dr. Suess National Memorial

Tom and Patty in the grapevine house.

Tom and Patty in the grapevine house.

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Back in the bus we continued on our journey to “Oh the places you’ll go” –just like Dr. Seuss said.  We were invited to lunch at the Salem Cross Inn.  What a lovely “old” inn and a fantastic place to stop for lunch.  The entire building is full of beautiful antiques.  Barry gave us a quick tour outside and then did the Apple Pie demonstration.  We actually saw our desert being made.  Some tried peeling the apples on the 18th century apple peeler.  Our apple pie was finished and put it in the oven to bake while we ate our Yankee Pot Roast or Chicken Pie!  It was all yummy!  We loved the muffins and the squash.  The pie was fantastic or was it all the “real” whipped cream on the pie.  We only had a “dollop”!  We had a wonderful relaxed lunch again with great new friends and we were stuffed.

Jerry telling us some history at Salem Cross Inn

Barry telling us some history at Salem Cross Inn

Barry talking to us in the barn dining room.

Barry talking to us in the barn dining room.

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Dennis trying the apple peeler as Arden cleans up the apple he just peeled.

Dennis trying the apple peeler as Arden cleans up the apple he just peeled.

Ryan became Jerry's helper with the pie making.

Ryan became Jerry’s helper with the pie making.

Real whipped cream!

Real whipped cream!

Paula with her home made apple pie.

Paula with her home made apple pie.

Barry then showed us more of the Inn and told us many interesting stories.  He was very informative about the area and the antiques in the building.  What fun to spend time with him. Feeling very full and sleepy, we continued on down the road.  Just when we were dozing off for a little nap, Sue says it’s time for games.  We’ve all been buying little gifts to use for playing Lobster Claw so now’s the time.  Everyone picked their numbers out of the sack and we started in.  Boy did we have a variety of gifts.   Moose items were popular.  We had a good time — maybe lost a friend or two — but it’s all in the game!  The hot item was a “Lobstah” mug!

Our prizes from Lobster Claw

Our prizes from Lobster Claw

image We were soon in Cape Cod.  The Cape Cod Canal surrounds Cape Cod and there are two bridges that will take us to the Cape, the Bourne and Sagamore.  We went over the Bourne.  We made a quick stop at our hotel, the Holiday Inn, and picked up our step-on-guide, Leah.  Leah toured us around Hyannis, Hyannis Port and the other villages that make up the Cape.  We learned many interesting facts and stories about the Cape and the Kennedys.  We were soon back at the Holiday Inn to relax and have dinner.  Another good day.

Sue checking out the Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis.

Sue checking out the Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis.

The beach in Hyannis

The beach in Hyannis

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Tuesday, October 1 ~ Berkshire Mountains

October 1, 2013 by

We are ready for a great day.  It’s a perfect day!  We had a great breakfast and loaded up.  We arrived at Hildene which was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln who survived to adulthood.  We drove by the Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont, on our way to Hildene.  The Equinox Hotel is where Robert stayed with his mother Mary and brother Tad the summers of 1863 and 1864 and why he chose to build his home in Manchester.

Hildene

Hildene

We were greeted and given a little history.  We watched a short video and then headed to the house.  We wouldn’t mind staying at the house with lots of domestic help!  We loved the house and the gardens.  Many walked up to the observatory or headed out to visit the Pullman car or the farm.

The Gardens of Hildene

The Gardens of Hildene

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Mike and Janet

Mike and Janet

Hildene has added a Pullman car on site.  It’s name is Sunbeam.  It is 72 feet long and has been restored to it’s wooden luxury.  It was brought to Hildene because Robert Todd Lincoln was the President of the Pullman Company when Sunbeam was manufactured in 1903.  It was awesome to walk through.

Many were able to visit the farm, as well, and saw the animals.  Some saw them milking the goats and where they made cheese.  We enjoyed everything!

Milking the goats

Milking the goats

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The mountain view from the farm.

The mountain view from the farm.

The shuttle at Hildene

The shuttle at Hildene

Most had time for some retail therapy before we were served lunch.  A catered meal was enjoyed in the pavilion.  We had wonderful wraps, panini and chicken salad sandwiches.  Desert was delicious cookies and chocolate brownies.  We are getting spoiled.

Lunch at Hildene

Lunch at Hildene

Our day continued at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  What fun to see many of his beautiful paintings and the covers of the Saturday Evening Post.  Sue told everyone that her favorite painting is the Winter Scene of Stockbridge.  Some walked out to his studio and checked out where he actually painted many of those paintings.  All too soon it was time to go “on the road” again.  What a day we’ve had!

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum

Arden, Janet, Alice, Mike, Marilyn, Donna, and Paul

Arden, Janet, Alice, Mike, Marilyn, Donna, and Paul

We drove down Main Street in Stockbridge.  We saw the actual buildings that had been the models for his Winter Scene of Stockbridge.  It was really cool to see it.

Upon arrival at the Hampton Inn in Springfield, Massachusetts, we were greeted by Charley and welcomed.  She had a drawing for a Yankee Candle, Tom and Patty were the lucky winners.   They had a reception of veggies, crackers and cheese, with drinks for us.  They also had pizza.  Then we all headed to our rooms to relax or find a place for dinner.  We get to sleep in tomorrow!  YEA!

 

Monday, September 30 ~ Barre – Montpelier – Killington/Rutland

September 30, 2013 by

It is a beautiful day again, but Sue made us get up early, again! After a very nice breakfast, we headed out for Graniteville, Vermont to Rock of Ages.  It’s a granite quarry.  It was amazing!  Some didn’t want to get too close to the fence – just in case!  Jerry was very knowledgeable.   When we returned from the quarry, we were able to go into the factory.  There were actually a number of people working and it was great to see what they were doing.  Some made it to the granite bowling lane.  Everyone made it to the visitor’s center.  Many watched the movie and did some retail therapy.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

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Larry, Corky, Mary Jo, Paula, and Doug

Larry, Corky, Mary Jo, Paula, and Doug

We had lunch at Millstone Lodge.  Marty tried to pull up to the lodge but a wire was hanging too low.  So he pulled up to the side of the road and Pierre came out and said he would be ok.  It is an old dairy barn that has been renovated and is now a B & B. We were served lunch in the original barn area. It is so unique. The tables were set with “antique” dishes. How fun is this going to be!?

Millstone Lodge

Millstone Lodge

We were immediately served lunch. Delicious salad and rolls. Everything was served family style, a baked chicken and mostaccioli, which is a local dish. How neat to eat local favorites. We topped it off with coffee, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and yummy chocolate brownies. We are all in heaven.

Pierre, the owner, told us the history of the Millstone Lodge and about the area. First it was a barn and then renovated into a private family home before Pierre turned it into the B & B. The outside views were incredible.

Pierre telling us about lunch and history of the area.

Pierre telling us about lunch and history of the area.

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Sue got the bright idea to take a group picture. It was a beautiful day. It took a while to get all of us ready for the picture. Hopefully it will be a good picture!

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On to Hope Cemetery. Eileen met us and jumped on our coach to give us a tour. It was so interesting. Eileen is very informative and knows a great deal about the cemetery. What a beautiful place with all the monuments made from Barre granite. We stopped at a mausoleum and saw the stained glass window and the altar. Impressive! There were some very unique monuments; soccer ball, bi-plane, racing car, a set of 2 pyramids, and so much more. Eileen shared several interesting stories. She was so excited to tell us about the cemetery. Everyone certainly enjoyed this tour.

Hope Cemetery

Hope Cemetery

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Lenora and Paula

Lenora and Paula

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Now it’s on to Montpelier, Vermont.  Montpelier is the smallest capital city in the United States.  Our first stop was at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks.  Burr led us into the Sugar shack.  Boy did we have fun!  We needed the wake up.  He told us about sugarin’ and slipped in a few humorous side notes – ok he slipped in a lot.  We especially liked the slide of his dad standing in the mud in the spring.  He said it was pretty deep – actually his dad was standing on Burr’s shoulders!

Burr at Morse Maple Sugarworks

Burr at Morse Maple Sugarworks

Enjoying Burr's talk about Maple Syrup

Enjoying Burr’s talk about Maple Syrup

Then we headed to the front of the gift shop and had sugar on snow. Yummy. We put about a quarter size drop of maple syrup on shaved ice. Then swirled it around with a fork and ate it like a piece of candy. It was good. We had coffee and doughnut holes which we dipped in syrup. Good! If it got too sweet, you ate a pickle. We had fun with this little adventure.

Tom, Patty, Doug, Paula, Mary Jo, and Dennis enjoying Sugar on Snow

Tom, Patty, Doug, Paula, Mary Jo, and Dennis enjoying Sugar on Snow

Then it was on to do a little retail therapy.  Many purchased good maple syrup to take home. Some are going to order it on the internet. Some picked up Burr’s book. Good winter reading. We all really enjoyed the visit. Even though most were full, some even had maple soft serve.

We continued on into Montpelier where Marty drove us around the “little” capital.  We saw their capital building which was very lovely.  Morse Farm has a miniature replica of the capital building on their farm.  It is really a very pleasant and vibrant community.  It didn’t take us long to visit the city and we were on the road again.  The sun is shining and the colors are lovely.

We headed to Rutland to our Hampton Inn for the night.  We will all be glad for a lite dinner and bed!

Sunday, September 29 ~ Portland – North Conway – Lincoln

September 29, 2013 by

Where is our sun?! It’s foggy in Portland. Weather report said sun! Breakfast started a little late but eventually they let us eat. We left our hotel, Fireside Inn & Suites, to pickup our step-on-guide Wendy at the Wharf to give us a tour of Portland, Maine.

Wendy took us around Portland and showed us the beautiful old homes and interesting buildings. It’s a lovely city. We visited the Portland Head Lighthouse which is the most famous lighthouse used in advertising even some that have nothing to do with lighthouses or Maine. It is really neat and we enjoyed seeing it even though it was foggy. Because of the fog we heard the horn blow every few minutes. We wouldn’t have heard that if it were sunny!

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

Wendy told us that Portland truly is surrounded by water. She said she wasn’t lying. We stopped at the visitor’s center for a rest stop and the fog was lifting a little so Wendy stayed with us and we drove back out by the water to see some of Portland without the dence fog.

We dropped Wendy off close to her home and headed out of town. We have a little ride to go to North Conway where we will have time to get a bite for lunch. Since Wendy had brought up Moose on our tour, Sue decided that the group should test their artistic skills and draw a moose.

The problem with this exercise was that you just drew 2 back legs on your moose and then traded cards with someone. Then they added another part until the moose was done. Not sure what some people think a moose looks like! Not sure any of these people will receive awards.

Kathleen received the prize for trying but just didn’t cut it. Sue N. won the prize for the one that looked the most like a moose. Mike won for the most creative and charming. Such a cute moose!

After all the laughing, we had to sit back and relax. North Conway is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It’s a small village with shopping being its claim to fame as well as a popular ski resort area. Marty dropped us at the train station in North Conway and everyone branched out to see what they could find for lunch and maybe some “retail therapy” as well. Lots of people in town today. Many told about their wonderful food.

North Conway

North Conway

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Then back on the coach to head for Lincoln. The colors are beautiful. Lots of reds, yellow, and orange. The mountains are spectacular. We are wowed.

We arrived at the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, which is part of the Franconia Notch State Park, and rode the 80 passenger cable car to the 4,080 foot summit of the Cannon Mountain. It was a little chilly up there. Many went hiking and enjoyed the view and the trail. How fun. All too soon it was time to come off the mountain.

Cannon Mountain Tram

Cannon Mountain Tram

Hiking on the Mountain

Hiking on the Mountain

Then it was time to check into the Woodward’s at Lincoln Inn. We had a short rest time – very short and we were back on the coach to go to dinner. The best two things about vacation are food and “shopping”. We had a wonderful group dinner at Woodward’s Resort. Our choice of flat iron steak, Parmesan chicken, scallops, stuffed haddock and angel hair pasta with a yummy apple crisp for desert to top it off. We surely enjoyed spending time talking over dinner. It’s now time to go to bed!

Dinner at Woodward's

Dinner at Woodward’s

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Saturday, September 28 ~ Salem – Kennebunkport – Portland

September 28, 2013 by

It looks like it will be a beautiful day. The sun is out and it should be just perfect. After a very filling and delicious breakfast we headed out.

Enjoying breakfast.

Enjoying breakfast.

Breakfast

Breakfast

We left for Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is known as the “witch city” because of the witch trials in 1692. We toured the House of Seven Gables which was built in Salem by a sea captain and merchant John Turner in 1668. Then it was sold to Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. The House of Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. We toured through the home and everyone found the secret staircase from the dining room to the attic to be very interesting. Going up once was enough for most people.

The House of Seven Gables

The House of Seven Gables

Tom and Patty

Tom and Patty

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The grounds were lovely and the water with all the sail boats was beautiful. Everyone enjoyed Nathaniel Hawthorn’s home as a young child. Most stopped in at the gift shop to do a little retail therapy.

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Then it was on to Ogunquit, Maine, for lunch at Barnacle Bill’s ETC. It is extremely busy in Ogunquit. It’s a Saturday and a gorgeous day. Seafood was the favorite choice for most for lunch. Everyone enjoyed the restaurant. Sue told everyone about the delicious lobster rolls and crab cakes. She also told about the Profiteroles dessert which is a set of 3 cream puff pastry with French vanilla ice cream filling with a special Profiteroles chocolate sauce. It is to die for! Everyone was primed. Many had the dessert and they agreed with Sue. However, the last table were served when they we’re suppose to be loading the coach. They said it was Sue’s fault because she told everyone they had to try it.

Dennis and Mary Jo enjoying Profiteroles!

Dennis and Mary Jo enjoying Profiteroles!

Sue blamed Chuck, the owner, because it was the good Profiteroles that caused the group to be late. Chuck told Sue that they knew they needed a supply because they have a note on the board in the kitchen that says they ran out last year when her group was there. He took Sue in the kitchen to show her the email she sent last year. Sue was very thankful that so many ordered Profiteroles. Good going group!

Marty, our driver.

Marty, our driver.

We finally got everyone on the coach. It’s a pretty tight squeeze in Perkins Cove. Marty did an excellent job turning the coach around. We headed north to Kennebunkport.

We made a quick photo stop in Kennebunk to view the “Wedding Cake House”. It is the “most photographed house in the state of Maine”. Neat house and we all got our pictures.

The Wedding Cake House

The Wedding Cake House

Kennebunkport was very busy. Again it’s Saturday and a beautiful day. We all did a little more “retail therapy”, some had Ben & Jerry’s and then we made our exodus out of the quaint little village. Fortunately, we didn’t get into trouble since we were outside our scheduled time! Oh well.

Who are these fabulous women?

Who are these fabulous women?

It’s on to the Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland, Maine. We took a wrong turn out of Kennebunkport so we missed the Bush Compound at Walker’s Point. It is the summer home of President George H.W. Bush. I truly am sorry! I do have some pictures. They are through the coach windows because you are not allowed to stop with a commercial vehicle.

Once we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by George and given whoopee pies which is the official snack of Maine. What a wonderful day we had and what an adventure. After a good night’s rest, we will be ready to go again tomorrow.

Friday, September 27 ~ Minneapolis to Boston

September 27, 2013 by

Boy is it early!

We were up and down for breakfast at 4:00 am! Yikes! The hotel was kind enough to provide us with a limited breakfast. We were happy for the coffee. We met the people who joined our group at the Quality Inn. We are now 29 people. Our last person will meet us at the airport in Boston. We headed to the airport where Nuri and his friend met us and handled our luggage. Most of us made it through security without too much pain!

Our flight to Chicago was a small aircraft. A little tight! However the flight went without a hitch. Upon arrival in Chicago, we found that we were in Terminal 2 and needed to be in Terminal 1. So off we went hiking. We found the gate and then everyone headed out for food. Our flight to Boston went well other then we sure taxied a long time. We did arrive late in Boston.

We gathered our luggage and then Bob, our Boston step-on-guide, met up with us. Soon Marty came to pick us up and we were good to go. Marty brought the coach out from Albert Lea. We were glad he was well rested. Driving in Boston is a challenge and then it’s really difficult with a coach.

Lunch was our first order of business. So we headed to Quincy Market. Everyone spread out and picked their favorite thing whether it was ice cream, clam chowder, or a sandwich. Many choices. Some people actually were able to do a little shopping.

Quincy Market

Quincy Market

Corrine, Lenora, and Alice having lunch in Quincy Market.

Corrine, Lenora, and Alice having lunch in Quincy Market.

Bob took us on a walking tour to Old North Church. Old North Church was built in 1723 and in those days you bought your pew. We sat in the pews and heard the story again from history of the signal using lanterns for “1 by land and 2 by sea”. It’s amazing how all that history we learned back in school came back to us. The official name of the Old North Church is actually Christ church and is still a functioning church with worship services.

Bob telling us about The Old North Church.

Bob telling us about The Old North Church.

Inside The Old North Church

Inside The Old North Church

Old North Church

Old North Church

He told us about Paul Revere’s home which is the oldest house in Boston and is now a Museum. It is actually the home where Paul Revere left on the night of his famous ride.

We then did the Boston city tour and Bob kept testing Marty’s driving skills. Marty passed with flying colors. What an historical city! We saw so many wonderful buildings and sights.

We saw the mother duck and her ducklings in the Boston Commons. They are from the book “Make Way for the Ducklings”. Bob told some interesting stories about the Frog Pond and how they used the pond for punishments. Also, how the brown stone houses around the commons are painted different colors for specific reasons. Red meant hospitality, purple was because the person worked for the king, black because the family had a death and blue was because the family had a marriageable daughter. Wow!

We drove by Copley square where we saw Trinity Church and the John Hancock building. Amazing. The new building reflects the older buildings in the glass. It’s beautiful!

We said farewell to Our new friend Bob and then began our drive to the hotel with lots of traffic. We were soon there and everyone settled in. We had a wonderful welcome dinner of baked haddock or chicken pickett. But the best part of dinner was Boston cream pie. Good food! Now we are more then ready for bed.

Donna, Janet, Mike, Arden, Marilyn, and Paul

Donna, Janet, Mike, Arden, Marilyn, and Paul

Corrine, Paula, Mary Jo, Ken, Sue, Ryan, Tom, Patty, Doug, Larry, Corky, Bev, and Rick

Corrine, Paula, Mary Jo, Ken, Sue, Ryan, Tom, Patty, Doug, Larry, Corky, Bev, and Rick

Thursday, September 26 ~ Minneapolis

September 26, 2013 by
On our way to Minneapolis.

On our way to Minneapolis.

We are ready to start our Autumn in New England vacation. We started out at the 4 Seasons departure room. Our motor coach with Don, our driver, arrived and we headed to Minneapolis. We made a quick stop at America’s Best Value Inn to pick up some of our people. It was a nice evening to begin an adventure.

We continued up 35. We stopped at the Big Steer in Northfield to pick up more people. We now had a little more than half our group. The rest are meeting us at the Quality Inn. Don tried to avoid the construction by getting off the freeway at Northfield. So we went in the back way. We did see the traffic delayed on 35. We arrived at the Quality Inn around 8:00 pm and we checked to see if the rest of our group was there. Soon everyone settled in for a very short night’s sleep. 5:00 am – really Sue!