AUTUMN in NEW ENGLAND 29-Day RV Caravan
As the leaves begin to change color, the kids return to school and the air becomes fresh and a little cooler, we know autumn is arriving. What better place to experience nature’s spectacular kaleidoscope of colors than in New England on Fantasy’s Autumn in New England Caravan? We’ve created an exceptional route and itinerary for RVers that offers countless opportunities to enjoy unique cuisine, view spectacular sights, explore our nation’s history and participate in the diverse cultures of our country’s northeastern corner.
There’s no better way to experience the charm of this region than from within your RV, particularly the rolling hills of New England (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) and the spectacular ponds and waterfalls found across New York State.
This magnificent journey of brilliant colors and seasonal flavors is one of our most treasured adventures. We travel only 815 miles over 29 days, offering a harvest of activities and sights.
Our journey begins in the historic area of Kennebunkport, Maine, a charming seaside village where former President Bush resided in his family compound (aka, the Summer White House). Here we are minutes to the ocean shores at a well-appointed RV Resort – an excellent place to begin. We will feast on local delights and enjoy the area with a scenic lobster cruise, a trolley tour of Kennebunkport and a step back in time to visit the Strawbery Banke Museum and area lighthouses. These are the sights, flavors and locals charms of Maine.
Along our route, heading west, we will visit grand sites and enjoy many breathtaking views. One such place is the ‘Castle in the Clouds,’ where on a clear day you can look across the hilltops that peek above the cloud-covered valley and ravines. Many of the greatest views you will experience are aboard bus tours, boat cruises and train rides.
We travel across New Hampshire with stops in North Conway and Meredith, two spectacular areas with much to see and do. From North Conway, we will ride the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway to the summit of Mt. Washington, New England’s highest peak. Our chartered bus will take us along the scenic Kancamagus Byway and through the heart of the White Mountains to see covered bridges and area sights. When we get to Meredith, we enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee and a tour of the Shaker Village.
Quechee (pronounced Kwee-Chee) Gorge, Vermont, is a village of New England delights and treasures. Our guided bus tour will take us to Calvin Coolidge Historic Site and the Billings Farm and Museum, two of Vermont’s treasured sites. But our tour would not be complete without a visit to the iconic flour bakeshop and café, King Arthur Flour, and a quaint local lunch.
Montpelier is much more than the capital city of Vermont – it is also home to Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works, Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Green Mountain Coffee. We include a lunch and tour at the Trapp Family Lodge as well as a stop at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tasting. We have several full days of guided bus tours and many interesting places to visit in this area. History buffs will enjoy the Gold Dome State House, the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry and Hope Cemetery; fact finders will learn that Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees in New England, resulting in the greatest display of vibrant orange and yellow colors!
On our way to Colchester, there are opportunities to stop and enjoy places like Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Dakin Farms and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. On our second day in Colchester, we visit the Shelburne Museum, one of our nation’s most diverse collections of paintings, folk art and textiles.
On our way to Lake George, New York, expect an en-route visit to Fort Ticonderoga, an 18th-century star-shaped fort built by the French at the south end of Lake Champlain. Surrounded by six million acres of the Adirondacks, Lake George is an excellent place for us to tour from. We enjoy a guided bus tour, a visit to Sagamore Great Camp and a luncheon cruise on Raquette Lake. A short drive takes us to Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmers Museum. This southern end of the Finger Lakes Region is filled with creeks, waterfalls and many great places to enjoy regional foods. Our choice is an Otesaga Inn dinner – known for world-class service and their picture-perfect setting along the lake.
On our way to our final destination of Niagara Falls, we stop in the industrious city of Bath. This historic town and village is home to boutique shops and cafes. While exploring this community, we take a short drive to visit the Corning Museum of Glass, where you can surround yourself with more than 40,000 pieces that represent nearly 4,000 years of glass-making history. The collections and exhibits are extraordinary.
Our final stop brings us to the Honeymoon Capital of the World – Niagara Falls. Bring your passport because we’re going to enjoy the exceptional view of these spectacular falls from the Canadian side. We’re not saying we saved the best for last, but the grand finale involves full days touring this great wonder of the world. From our camp on the Canadian side, we will travel by doubledecker bus, take the famous ‘base-of-the-falls’ boat cruise and the Journey Behind the Falls tour. We stop to see many of the famous sites and enjoy the local fun, including the Spanish Aero Car, Butterfly Conservatory and the ‘Oh, Canada Eh!’ Dinner Show, where you can meet Canadian Mounties, lumberjacks and possibly a Canadian hockey player. Glide up the Skylon Tower aboard a glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevator” to enjoy the spectacular views of the Falls while enjoying a superb lunch. For the famous Fantasy farewell dinner, we share the delights of another classic Niagara Falls location, historical Queenston Heights Restaurant
Fall is a time of harvests and celebrations as well as a time for the changing of seasons, filled with natural beauty that inspires adventures for the coming year. There’s no better place to spend this celebration of color than in New England with fellow RVers.