COST: $1,495 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation, hostess service, 11 Meals (6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners), Train Ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Time to explore Old Forge, Admission to the Adirondack Experience Museum, Locally Guided Tour of Lake Placid's Olympic Sites, Admission to the Olympic Jumping Complex, Admission to the Olympic Museum, Free time in downtown Lake Placid, Admission to Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George Cruise aboard the Minne-Ha-Ha, Free time in historic Kingston, Train Ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, Guided tour of FDR's Springwood Estate, Self-guided tour of the FDR Library and museum, Guided tour of Val-Kill (the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Tour and "Liquid Taste Test" at the Culinary Institute of America, Admission to the Historical Society Museum in Honesdale, Train Ride on the Stourbridge Line, Souvenir Gift, 5 Nights' Accommodations, Roundtrip Luggage Service at all hotels, All meal, hotel, and guide gatuities, Hostess Service, and Motorcoach Transportation.
Day 1 - Wednesday, September 23
- Depart from the Terminal, with available pickups: Mansfield, Lawrenceville, Corning, Horseheads, Sayre PLEASE NOTE: These pickups are available, but you must call to confirm. We do not stop at all pickup locations, unless people are designated to get on at the pickup locations.
- FULL BREAKFAST is included at Cracker Barrel in Binghamton, NY.
- A lunch stop and rest breaks will be made en route.
- Arrive in Utica, NY mid-afternoon.
- Take a GUIDED TOUR at the BOEHLERT TRANSPORTATION CENTER AT UNION STATION for the perfect start to your "Ride the Rails" vacation!
The historic Utica station was opened for the New York Central (NYC) Railroad on May 24, 1914. It became a union station in late 1915 when the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad moved their services to the riverside facility. Three stories high, this monumental building includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above.
Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are 13 bays across the facade and 15 on the side elevations. Each bay consists of a tall arched window on the first story, a square-headed window with bracketed sill on the second and a simple square-headed window on the third. Two story pilasters frame each bay on the upper levels, while a prominent cornice casts a deep shadow at the roof-line. A brick parapet crowns the building; over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures.The interior is as impressive as the exterior. The main waiting room rises to a coffered, varrel-vaulted ceiling 35 feet at its peak. The vault is supported on each side by a row of concrete and steel columns faced with Botticino marble, and the floor is made of durable terrazzo. Grey Vermont and Knoxville marbles are used on the interior wall facings and ticket windows. Long wooden benches furnish the waiting room, and a restaurant originally sat at the west end of the building.
- After the tour, board the coach and travel less than 10 minutes to your FULL-SERVICE HOTEL for a one night stay. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.
- Gather for an INCLUDED DINNER served in the hotel's casual MOOSE RIVER RESTAURANT. This eatery offers and ideal way to unwind and enjoy good food after a busy day of travel.
Day 2 - Thursday, September 24
- BREAKFAST is included and served at the hotel.
- Check out and depart the hotel.
- Arrive at the ADIRONDACK SCENIC RAIL STATION located just minutes from the hotel. Board the 9:30 am train and travel to Thendara, where you will arrive at 11:30 am. The tracks take you through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, past tranquil ponds and streams and into the magnificent beauty of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's bounty and watch for the many animals and birds along the way.
- Once you arrive in Thendara, board the coach and travel just a short distance to OLD FORGE, NY. Visit the charming shops and have lunch on your own in one of the local eateries.
- Depart Old Forge in the early afternoon and travel deep into the Adirondacks to the ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE. The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.
With Blue Mountain rising behind and Blue Mountain Lake sparkling below, the Adirondack Museum's vast campus features displays in 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings. The exhibitions tell the unique story of the Adirondacks and its people, through outdoor recreation, boats and boating, transportation, the fine arts, work, and industry and tourism.
- Depart the museum in the late afternoon and travel to your RESORT HOTEL in Lake Placid, set on the shores of Mirror Lake.
Surrender yourself to the natural and untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. Rejuvenate in the HEATED INDOOR POOL, take off the chill with a beverage in the hotel's LOUNGE or take a stroll on the resort's PRIVATE BEACH.
- This evening, gather for an INCLUDED DINNER served in the resort's restaurant and enjoy casual dining with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains.
Day 3 - Friday, September 25
- Start your day with a HEARTY BREAKFAST served in the hotel before checking out and departing. Today's outing will give you an up-close-and-personal experience to witness the challenges of our Olympic athletes.
- A LOCAL GUIDE will meet you at the hotel and join you for an immersion into the Olympics. It is often said that Lake Placid is where "miracles are made." It was at Lake Placid Olympic Center, in 1980, that the US men's hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal. This is where 16-year-old figure skater, Sonja Henie, won an Olympic gold medal in 1932 and charmed the world.
You will also visit the SKI JUMPING COMPLEX and the site of the OLYMPIC FLAME CAULDRON. At the Jumping Complex, you will board a double chairlift for a 4-minute ride to the elevator at the ski jump. Then, board the glass elevator for a 2-minute ride to the observation deck. Once at the top of the elevator, the glass-enclosed observation deck offers spectacular, 360-degree views and the breathtaking realization of the steepness of the ski jump! As you depart the Complex, you will witness the Olympic Cauldron located across the street.
- Return to downtown Lake Placid and arrive at the OLYMPIC MUSEUM. Here, you will explore the legacy of the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games with many great exhibits, which include video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, collections of Olympic Games' torches, mascots and medals including the first gold medal ever awarded. During your visit, watch a video of the "Miracle on Ice."
- After our "OLYMPIC TOUR," say goodbye to our guide. Venture out to have lunch on your own at one of the local eateries.
- Depart Lake Placid early afternoon and travel south to Ticonderoga, NY. Late afternoon you will step into history at FORT TICONDEROGA, a large 18th-Century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain.
Experience the story of how the blood spilled to create an empire in the French and Indian War, resulted in the struggle for America's history when nations fought to control a continent. Venture out to explore the museum, grounds and King's gardens, and witness the activities of the day such as the musket demo and fife and drum corps. Your visit includes a 30-MINUTE INSTRUCTION led by a COSTUMED GUIDE.
- We will depart the Fort at about 5:00 pm and travel to LAKE GEORGE, NY. You will arrive at your FULL SERVICE HOTEL at about 6:00 pm for a one night stay.
- After you have refreshed, have some dinner on your own in the casual on-site restaurant. From lighter fare to hearty entrees, there's a selection certain to please any appetite!
Day 4 - Saturday, September 26
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel before checking out and departing for the shores of Lake George.
- Upon arrival, board the MINNE-HA-HA, an authentic stern-wheel Steamboat for a tour of Lake George's Southern Basin. Imagine the way people traveled this lake over 100 years ago. Step back in time, as the Calliope, powered by steam from the vessel's boiler, serenades you while you board. Enjoy beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and see stately homes along the water's edge.
- Upon your 11:00 am return to dock, board the coach and travel to KINGSTON, NY where you will arrive about 12:45 pm. Have lunch on your own in one of the local eateries located near the Catskill Mountain Railroad's station.
- Gather at the station at about 2:45 pm and prepare to board for your 3:00 pm departure aboard this heritage tourist railroad that began operations in 1982.
Steam locomotives were the technology that helped build America's railroads. This steam locomotive was built by Baldwin in 1924, for the American Viscose Company of Roanoke, Virginia. In the 1960s, it was sold to Gem City Iron & Metal in Pulaski, Virginia. Scott Skymans of Dunkirk, NY, purchased the locomotive in 2004 and restored it to operating condition in 2007. Because of its small size, it can be trucked anywhere in the country to operate on any railroad. During your ride you will witness the natural beauty of the Catskills as you travel along in vintage coaches.
- Disembark the train at 4:30 pm and travel, for a TWO-NIGHT STAY, to your full-service, overnight destination located just minutes from the station. There will be time to settle in and relax before dinner.
- An INCLUDED DINNER is served at a locally-owned restaurant located just minutes from the hotel. Winner of many Mid-Hudson Valley Choice Awards, this eatery recently celebrated 25 years in business. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the food...delicioso'!
Day 5 - Sunday, September 27
- Rise and shine for a HEARTY BREAKFAST BUFFET served in the hotel. Then, board the coach and head out for a day steeped in history.
- Travel south along the HUDSON RIVER to the National Historic Site of the home, museum and library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt where you will arrive about 9:30 am.
Your visit begins with a GUIDED TOUR
of the home of FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
. This National Historic Site preserves the Springwood Estate, the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States. Learn the story of the Roosev
elt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II. You will also visit the Presidential Library and Museum.
- By this time, you will be ready for lunch. You can visit the on-site, Uncle Sam's Canteen, for lunch on your own.
- Your next stop is VAL-KILL, the ELEANOR ROOSEVELT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. FDR encouraged Eleanor Roosevelt to develop this property as a place where she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers and women. She named the spot Val-Kill, loosely translated as waterfall-stream from the Dutch language common the the original settlers of the area. Val-Kill was the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home. It was here that she pursued her political and social interests, wrote her "My Day" column and worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Depart Hyde Park mid-afternoon and travel a short distance to the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, the world's top culinary school that began in 1946, with a daring vision shared by two extraordinary women.
From humble beginnings at a storefront cooking school in New Haven, CT, to multiple campuses around the
world today, it's been a remarkable story defied by amazing achievements, academic and professional excellence, diverse and accomplished individuals, and great food! Today, The Culinary Institute of America is widely recognized as the world's premier culinary college with an industry-wide reputation for excellence and more than 49,000 alumni serving their professions as living testament to the quality of a CIA education.Your visit begins with a BRIEF HISTORY
of the college followed by a LIQUID "TASTE TEST."
Use your senses of smell and taste as you discover how they are connected in how we perceive the "taste" when we place something in our mouth.
- Depart campus at about 4:00 pm and return to the hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.
- Board the coach and travel a short distance to your dinner destination situated on the banks of the Hudson River on the historic RONDOUT WATERFRONT.
The building is part of the former Cornell Steamboat Company shops. The Cornell Steamboat Company was the dominating towing company on the Hudson from 1880 to the 1930's. The building was a "boiler shop." Boilers for the ships were both built and
repaired at this site.The menu seeks to celebrate the fresh and inspired cooking and culture of the American South with an inventive twist on classic Southern cuisine. THE SOUTH
is about succulent fall-off-the-bone barbecue, fried chicken and pecan pies as much as it is about great bourbon and craft beers. This is certain to be one of your new favorite restaurants!
- Return to your hotel after dinner.
Day 6 - Monday, September 28
- Say goodbye to the historic Hudson Valley after BREAKFAST in the hotel. Board the coach and depart the hotel at 7:00 am to travel west to Honesdale, PA, where you will arrive at about 9:00 am.
Honesdale is home to the first commercial steam locomotive run on rails in the United States, the Stourbridge Lion. On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion started in Hoensdale, ran three miles to Seelyville, and returned; Honesdale, therefore, is known as the birthplace of the American Railroad. Your first stop upon arrival is at the WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. This museum contains a full-scale replica of the Stourbridge Lion. It also displays many historical photographs, artifacts and other exhibits. During your SELF-GUIDED TOUR, there will be time to visit the permanent exhibits such as Movin' Energy. Wayne's Glass and Faces in Clay that interprets the Native American history of the upper Delaware Valley.
- After departing the Museum, we will walk down the street to the STOURBRIDGE RAILROAD COMPANY.
The railroad traces its beginnings to the Delaware & Hudson Canal transporting barges of coal up from Pennsylvania and destined for the Hudson River and eventually the ports of New York City. A gravity railroad was built to carry coal over the mountains from Carbondale to Honesdale in 1829. Coal would be transferred from train to canal boat at Honesdale. Seeking to haul greater amounts, the idea of steam-powered locomotion was proposed. The leaders in steam technology at the time were in Great Britain, and so three engines were ordered and delivered to America. According to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, this is the site of "the first commercial locomotive on rails in the western hemisphere!" Your "TICKET TO RIDE" includes a HEARTY, MOBILE LUNCH to enjoy in the dining car prior to your noon departure. During your hour and a half train ride through the Northern Poconos, the engineer will share tales of the region's rich history as you gaze out at the beautiful countryside along the Lackawaxen River Gorge.
- When the train returns to the station at 1:30 pm, board the coach and begin the travel back to Wellsboro with wonderful memories of your vacation! Along the way home, a comfort stop will be made, returning around 5:00 pm.