Enjoy this tour exploring Central and Western Massachusetts' historic Inns. The Publick House in Sturbridge got its start before the country did. The doors to this elegant inn were opened in 1771, and the original innkeeper, Colonel Ebenezer Crafts, entertained Revolutionary troops hearthside with culinary feasts and generous drinks.
NEW in 2022!
2-night stay at Tillyer House at Historic Publick House
Oakwood Farm Christmas Barn
Historic Salem Cross Inn
Historic Deerfield Inn
Historic Deerfield Village (Museum and Homes)
Historic Red Lion Inn
Berkshire Cottage driving tour
Insider's tour of Trinity Church
Tour of The Mount, former summer home of Edith Wharton
Free Time in Stockbridge, Norman Rockwell's 'picture postcard' town
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Meals Included
Requires Extended Amounts of Walking
Today we depart on a 5-day tour to Massachusetts, the "Bay State", featuring Historic Inns of Central and Western Massachusetts. Our first two nights will be spent at the Tillyer House at Historic Publick House in Sturbridge. Dinner is included at the Inn this evening, followed by a fun craft activity.D
This morning after breakfast we will depart for Spencer to visit Oakwood Farm Christmas Barn, an old fashion Christmas shop that will put you in the spirit of the Holiday Season any time of year! This 160 year old barn features a dazzling display of ornaments, nativities, Santa's, and carolers. The vintage decorations on display will bring back memories of Christmas past. From here we will travel to West Brookfield to the Historic Salem Cross Inn, where we will meet our local guide for a driving tour that delves into the intriguing history of how and why the Quabbin Reservoir was built during the Depression. Four of the towns in the Swift River Valley were flooded to create a drinking supply for Boston and surrounding towns. It was a controversial move at the time, but it gave people struggling to find work a government-funded job. Though the project uprooted many families and homes, the end result is a majestic, pristine, protected area for wildlife, and a park for people to enjoy, in addition to being Boston's water supply. Back at the Salem Cross Inn, you are welcome to take a wagon ride around the grounds. Let the Fireplace Feast begin! Relax by the fieldstone fireplace as the crackling fire roasts your prime rib "to a turn" by rotating it slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. This jack is the only known 1700's antique roasting jack that was used to roast fowl and beef in New England that is still in use. The flavor of the fireplace roasted prime rib is unsurpassed. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's Best Apple Pie served from an antique wooden bowl. After our feast, we will return to the Publick House Inn. A craft activity will be available followed by dinner on your own this evening.B, L
Breakfast will be included this morning before we check-out and depart for Deerfield. Here we will visit the Yankee Candle Company flagship store, the Disney World of candles. You can lose yourself for hours in the large showrooms where you will find the largest selection of Yankee candles in an endless array of fragrances and colors. There are kitchen and home accessories, New England crafts, collectibles, a toy shop and more. Lunch is included at the Historic Deerfield Inn. After lunch we will visit the Historic Deerfield Village (Museum and Homes). You will start with an orientation video and your docent will then present an overview of Historic Deerfield. She will then share some "Mystery Objects" with you, for you to learn what they are and about life in the village. There will be a cooking demonstration at a fireside hearth. We will then tour the Stebbins House. Continuing west, we check-in to the Fairfield Inn Great Barrington for our next two-night stay. Dinner is included this evening at the Historic Red Lion Inn. Built in 1773 as a stagecoach stop, the inn's emblem is a bright Red Lion with a green tip on his tail. The green symbolizes rebellion against the crown! Take time to stroll the inn, see the antique furniture and admire the famous "teapot collection" from all over the world.
This morning after breakfast we will meet our local guide for a full day of touring, which begins with a Berkshire Cottage tour. On this driving tour you will hear stories about the characters and explore the era of the "Gilded Age". The Berkshires are known as the Inland Newport and display mansions built during the turn of the century before the days of income tax. These estates, also called cottages, were the homes of Andrew Carnegie, Harley Proctor of Proctor and Gamble Co., George Westinghouse, the Vanderbilt's, and many others who formed the American Aristocracy. See the exteriors of these fine homes. (This tour includes many Historic Inns that used to be Berkshire Cottages.) This tour also includes an insider's tour of Trinity Church in Lenox, which was the Church of the Cottagers. Welcome to a tour of The Mount, which was the home of Edith Wharton, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize, for her work "The Age of Innocence" (1920). Edith Wharton oversaw the design, construction, and furnishing of The Mount and its gardens. A National Historic Landmark, the tour reveals the history of The Mount from its building to its restoration, and chronicles Wharton's life, her remarkable achievements, and her literary legacy. The house tour features three floors of elegant formal and private rooms. Highlights include Wharton's library, her newly restored bedroom suite, and back of the house areas, including the old kitchen. Tours appeal to lovers of architecture, restoration, history, and literature. One of the skilled guides will lead you on an hour-long exploration of Edith Wharton's gracious summer home. We will then enjoy some free time in Stockbridge, for lunch and shopping on your own. This is where Norman Rockwell lived and worked. You will enjoy a variety of small restaurants to choose from in this quaint, "picture postcard" town. Our guide will conduct a tour of Stockbridge. Stories are told about the founders of the town and others who have had an impact on its growth. See the former Norman Rockwell Museum at the Old Corner House. You will see the First Church, the Children's Chimes Chapel, the village cemetery, where the first slave to be legally freed in the U.S. is buried, and many other points of interest. This is a light and informative tour with history, humor, and facts. We will then visit the Norman Rockwell Museum…see many of the illustrator's works in the original oil paintings at your own pace. Learn about this beloved artist and his iconic paintings of small-town Americana. The Museum presents the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms. Dinner is included this evening.B, D
This morning after breakfast we will depart for home. With stops for rest and lunch, arrival home is scheduled for late afternoon.B
Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.
Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.
Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.
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To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.
B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Allentown - Motorcoach|| Calvary Temple Church |
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
|Easton - Shuttle|| William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10 |
Rt 33, Easton, PA
|Montgomeryville - Shuttle|| Quality Inn |
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
|Pennsburg - Motorcoach|| Perkiomen Tours Office |
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
|Reading - Shuttle|| Homewood Suites |
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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