Travel Tour: Gems of Vermont

Thursday, September 6th – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Join us as we travel to the Green Mountain State to enjoy Vermont’s many architectural and bucolic treasures. We will explore Burlington – the “Queen City” of Vermont – and visit three of the state’s nationally-known architectural gems.

$1,689 Landmark Society Member Double Occupancy

$300 single supplement                        $50 nonmember supplement

To register, download the registration form HERE to complete & return to The Landmark Society, or call (585) 546-7029 x11. Registration closes June 1st, 2018.

Our home base for this trip will be in Burlington, which has earned an embarrassingly long list of accolades, including “Prettiest Town in America,” “Most Green City in America,” and even “America’s Best Downtown” from Forbes Magazine and many other publications. We will stay 3 nights at the Hotel Vermont, two blocks from Church Street, the focal point of downtown. Hotel Vermont is a destination in its own right, a LEED-certified building with an emphasis on all locally made products in their rooms and restaurants. Church Street is an award winning brick-paved pedestrian mall that sets the standard for people and small business friendly downtowns. Over 70% of the shops, restaurants, and galleries are locally owned. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with Preservation Burlington guides, exploring the historic buildings ranging in style from mid-19th century to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. You’ll have time to explore on your own as well.

Day One: We will travel in our luxury motor-coach to Burlington, with a leisurely stop for lunch at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery in Lake George. Upon arrival in Burlington we’ll check into Hotel Vermont, then regroup to walk to a welcome dinner at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, an gastropub known for its farm to table cuisine.

Day Two: The first gem we will visit is The Shelburne Museum, an unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art, and design. Designed to allow visitors the pleasure of discovery and exploration, the Museum includes thirty-nine distinct historic structures on forty-five acres, each filled with beautiful, fascinating, and whimsical objects celebrating the best of American art. Lunch included at your leisure.

We’ll end the day with a Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise on Lake Champlain, aboard the renowned Spirit of Ethan Allen.

Day Three: After a morning walking tour with Preservation Burlington guides and lunch downtown, we’ll visit our second gem. Shelburne Farms, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a working farm and nonprofit educational institution that invites visitors to enjoy learning about sustainability. There are tours of the historic barns, Inn, farmyards, cheese-making, and incredible views of Lake Champlain. If you are so inclined, you might even milk a cow or participate in the chicken round up. You’ll certainly want to sample the amazing cheeses made on site. It’s simply one of the most beautiful and quintessentially Vermont places you will ever see. Dinner this evening is on your own, so you can explore some of the smaller eateries that can’t accommodate a group.

Hildene, A Lincoln Family Home

Day Four: We will head to the southern part of the state to take in the third gem: Hildene, A Lincoln Family Home. His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. The site includes the mansion, a restored Pullman train car and exhibit about the Pullman workers, and a farm and garden. A visit to this spectacular site will be a fitting conclusion to our Vermont trip.

Included in your trip: luxury motorcoach transportation, three nights at Hotel Vermont, all admissions and gratuities, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, two dinners, and expert guidance from Landmark Society staff on the trip.

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