2009 New England & Quebec Province Fall Foliage Bridge Holiday

On September 24, 2009, join Fred Theurkauf on a 15-day Fall Foliage sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, French Canada’s Quebec Province and Maine. We’ll retrace our revolutionary history on Paul Revere’s ride from Boston to Lexington & Concord. We won’t miss the brilliant fall colors for which this region of the U.S. and Canada is so very famous. We’ll meander through Maine’s quaint coastal villages from Bar Harbor (Acadia N.P.) to Portland. And we’ll enjoy the hospitality of local bridge players in Boston MA, Burlington VT, Montreal, Quebec City, Bangor & Portland ME. Come join in the fun, history, super natural beauty, and bridge all along the way.

Dates: September 24 to October 8, 2009 - 15 days
Cost: $4,866 USD (land Only)


Tour Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Boston
 

The Boston Skyline at night
Arrive Boston Logan Airport. Our Meet & Greet person will arrange your transfer to the Sheraton Boston Hotel. This evening join Fred Theurkauf & fellow travelers for our Welcome Cocktails & Dinner.
Hotel: Sheraton Boston
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Boston
 

Enjoy lunch in the historic Quincy Market
Today we capture the spirit of the American Revolution on a tour of the U.S.S. Constitution, the Old North Church, Boston Common and Beacon Hill. After free time for lunch at Faneuil Hall and bustling Quincy Market, we head to Cambridge for a glimpse of the campuses at MIT and Harvard.
Hotel: Sheraton Boston
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 The Bridge Spot Club players in Woburn, MA invite us to join them for our first evening of dinner and duplicate bridge in New England. This will be a fun and lively evening.
Day 3 Boston
 

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables
We depart this morning along the North Shore to Salem to visit the Witch Museum and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables. After included lunch at Pickering Wharf, we’ll follow Paul Revere’s historic ride for Lexington and Concord, the birthplace of the American Revolution. At the Old North Bridge, where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, we’ll hear the story told.
Hotel: Sheraton Boston
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Boston - Franconia NH
 

Franconia Notch
This a.m. we depart for New Hampshire’s White Mountains and famous Mount Washington, breathtaking foliage on the Kancamangus Highway and lunch in North Conway. We’ll then head for Franconia and a spectacular ride on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram with views of Franconia Notch. We’ll enjoy dinner at the Attitash Grand Summit Resort together tonight.
Hotel: Attitash Grand Summit Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Franconia NH - Burlington VT
 

Vermont Capitol Bldg. in Montpelier
We head northeast this a.m. into Vermont to it’s charming capital, Montpelier. We’ll stop for a photo of this brilliant gold-domed building. After a gourmet lunch served by the students of the famous New England Culinary Institute at Vermont College, we’re off into Ethan Allen’s Green Mountains. We’ll stop at Morse Farm to experience the making of authentic maple syrup as well as time at famous Cabot Annex Store for everything you couldn’t image from Vermont. We then continue on accross Vermont to it's largest city, Burlington, right on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Hotel: Basin Harbor Club
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Mike Farrell, along with local Burlington players, invite us to join them for a social evening of dinner and duplicate in Vermont.
Day 6 Burlington VT - Montreal PQ
  Following a brief tour of historic Burlington right on the shores of Lake Champlain, we’ll head for the celebrated 45-acre Shelburne Museum devoted to American memorabilia. Then it’s north into Canada and the lively French city of Montreal.
Hotel: Marriott Chateau Champlain
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Most charming Monsieur Kamel Fergani, owner of Le Mirage Club de Bridge, has invited his French Canadians players to join us this evening for dinner and a social session of duplicate bridge.
Day 7 Montreal PQ
 

Montreal skyline looking south towards the St. Lawrence River
Along with our English-speaking French-Canadian guide we’ll tour old Montreal including the Basilica of Notre Dame, Mont Royal, Olympic Park, St. Joseph’s Oratory and a brief walking tour of famous McGill University. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Hotel: Marriot Chateau Champlain
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 8 Montreal PQ - Quebec City PQ
 

Lower Quebec City looking up at the Chateau Frontanec
Today we travel along the St. Lawrence River to the famous walled-city of Quebec. We’ll have time to wander the lower city on our own and enjoying lunch, before checking into our hotel right at famous Saint Jean City Gate.
Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Quebec
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 This evening we are guests of Madame Pauline LeMonde and Quebec City players for dinner and our last session of bridge in French Canada.
Day 9 Quebec City PQ
  We’ll start our tour with the Changing of the Guard at the Citadel. Then visit Parliament and the Cathredral of the Holy Trinity before lunch together at historic Aux Anciens Canadiens. We’ll continue to the shrine of St. Anne-de-Beaupre and famous Montmorency Falls.
Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Quebec
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Quebec City PQ - Sugarloaf Mountain ME
 

Maine countryside stream


New England covered bridge
We cross the St. Lawrence River into Maine and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors as we whisk through small hamlets en route to Sugarloaf Mountain. Afternoon at leisure at the resort. Included light lunch.
Hotel: Sugarloaf Grand Summit Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch

 Be prepared for fun and games tonight bridge style with our own Fred Theurkauf for merriment and silliness - bridge is the "subject", if not the "object."
Day 11 Sugarloaf ME - Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor) ME
 

Acadia National Park Lighthouse
After a hardy breakfast this morning we'll set out for Bangor. It's our lunch stop with local players. Following bridge our journey carries us through Bangor to the Atlantic coastline at Acadia National Park. Originally called Eden by early settlers, Bar Harbor’s natural beauty and Down East hospitality make it a visitor’s delight. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a traditional lobster bake with our own group.
Hotel: Bar Harbor Regency
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Local directors Pat Feeney and Stephen Dyer invite us to join Bangor area players for luncheon and most social duplicate.
Day 12 Acadia National Park
 

Acadia National Park - Otter Point
Today we explore Acadia National Park. The area’s pine and spruce forests mixed with autumn colors, rocky granite cliffs and hidden coves are characteristic of the North Atlantic seaboard’s rugged beauty. We won’t miss Thunder Hole or Cadillac Mountain, where the sun first rises on continental U.S.A. This afternoon you’ll have time to explore Bar Harbor on your own.
Hotel: Bar Harbor Regency
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 13 Bar Harbor ME - Portland ME
 

Township of Bar Harbor
Winding along Maine’s scenic, rocky coast, we’ll stop to take in the color of lobstering villages, tidy boatyards such as Camden, Rockport, Damariscotta and Wiscasset. No matter what time we arrive in Freeport, Maine, the L.L. Bean store will be open for us.
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Portland
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Local Portland players have been invited by local Maine expert Dorothy Kelleher & Horace Gower to join us for an evening of dinner & duplicate.
Day 14 Portland ME
 

The famous Portland Light Head
Today we take in the sights and sounds of the Portland Waterfront, the Old Port Exchange, Congress Street and a scenic drive to the famous Portland Head Light. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a toast to great memories and friends new and old at Farewell Cocktails and Dinner at DeMillo’s Floating Restaurant –“here’s to us…”
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Portland
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 Portland ME - Boston MA - Home
  Following a hearty breakfast, transfer to either Portland Airport or Boston Logan Airport for your flight home. Fly safe.
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Portland
Meal(s): Breakfast


Your 15-Day Package Includes

 First class & deluxe hotel accommodations throughout

 14 full breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners

 Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach throughout

 Full-time New England tour manager - plus local expert guides in Boston, Montreal, Quebec City & Acadia National Park


 7 sessions of ACBL sanctioned bridge with locals

 Airport transfers, porterage, and hotel service charges

 All bridge expenses including card fees and prizes


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