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 which offers countless opportunities to enjoy the 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 with 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 their 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, the 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 peak above the cloud cover valley and ravines. Many of the greatest views you will experience are aboard Bus Tours, Boat Cruises, and Train Rides – we know the importance of sharing these experiences.
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 thru the heart of the White Mountains to see covered bridges and area sights. When we get to Meredith we have lined up a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee and a tour of the Shaker Village.
Quechee (pronounced Kwee-Chee) Gorge, Vermont – 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 with a visit to the iconic flour brand bakeshop and café, King Arthur Flour and 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… but for the foodie in all of us, we had to include a lunch and tour at the Trapp Family Lodge and a stop at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tasting. We have two full days of guided bus tours and many interesting places to visit in this area. For the history buff, we enjoy the Gold Dome State House, the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry and Hope Cemetery. For the fact finders — 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 – but on our second day in Colchester we will be going to the Shelburne Museum, one of our nation’s most diverse museums of paintings, folk art, and textiles.
On our way to Lake George, New York an enroot visit to Fort Ticonderoga, an 18th-century star-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 will enjoy a guided bus tour, visiting Sagamore Great Camp and a luncheon cruise on Raquette Lake. A short drive, a little more than a couple hours, 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 and 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 village and city of Bath. This historic town and village is home to boutique shops and cafes but is best known for their picturesque and ideal beginnings. While visiting Bath, we will take a short drive to visit the Corning Museum of Glass where you can surround yourself with more than 40,000 pieces representing nearly 4,000 years of glassmaking 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 is three full days touring this great wonder-of-the-world. From our camp on the Canadian side, we will travel by double-decker bus, take the famous ‘base of the falls’ boat cruise and the Journey Behind the Falls tour. Stopping 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 and Lumberjacks, encounter Anne of Green Gables 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, 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.