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									daily itinerary
Northeastern Coast & Canadian Maritimes Aviation Tour
September 18–27, 2009




Day 1         ·   Friday, September 18

Arrival in Boston for 3pm check-in at Copley Square Hotel, a historic
boutique property in the city’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood. Opened to
acclaim in 1891, this landmark hotel has recently undergone a scrupulous
17 million dollar renovation. Copley Square has been host to generations,
including luminaries such as President McKinley and baseball legend Babe
Ruth. This evening we’ll introduce ourselves over a meal at the
incomparable Locke-Ober, a restaurant whose very name is synonymous
with the city itself. Meals: D


                                      ”Possibly dating back as far as 1868, [Locke-
                                      Ober] is old-school Boston, so expect lots of
                                                                                                       The historic and newly renovated Copley
                                       leather, dark wood, and fantastic classics of
                                                                                                               Square Hotel in Boston.
                                           bygone era...” - Gourmet Magazine




Day 2         ·   Saturday, September 19

Breakfast at the hotel, and a pilot briefing to discuss the procedures we’ll be
following on the trip. For pilots who are renting aircraft, today is checkout day
at Hanscom Field (BED). Others are free to tour the city on an optional
excurion, perhaps in a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle with Boston’s
famous Duck Tours? This evening’s dinner is in true Boston-Irish style at
upscale pub Solas. Meals: B | D
                                                                                                                    The bar at Solas.


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Day 3         ·   Sunday, September 20

Big, bold day ahead! After an early breakfast and a pilot briefing at the
hotel, we’re off to Bar Harbor, Maine. Coastal Maine is a series of
dramatically chiseled peninsulas and salty waterfront... and a darn nice fly
over. Our base in Bar Harbor is the impeccable Bass Cottage Inn, where
exceptional design and hospitality reign supreme. We’ll have lunch near
the harbor, then we’ll spend the afternoon partaking in one of Maine’s
foremost activities: lobster fishing on a true “downeast” vessel. You’ll be
captivated by Captain John’s lobster tales, and the nearby seals.

                                     We’ll have time to unwind at the Inn before                     “Captain John Nicolai runs his authentic
                                     we’re off for lobster tails of our own — a whole               lobster boat out of Bar Harbor. Along the
                                     Maine lobster, boiled and served with drawn                    way, he steers close to harbor seals and
                                     butter (other choices available). Bib optional,                 lighthouses and even hauls up lobster
                                     but recommended! After dinner, you might                          traps. Full of tales, Nicolai keeps his
                                     choose to walk the Shoreline path with an ice                  guests entertained—even small ones with
                                     cream cone and a smile. Meals: B | D                           short attention spans.” -Boston Magazine




Day 4         ·   Monday, September 21

You probably won’t want to depart the comfy down cocoon of your Bass
Cottage bed, but we predict the scent of homemade banana bread wafting
from the kitchen will do the trick. After a happiness-inducing breakfast and a
briefing, pack up...and don’t forget your passport! After a fly-over of Acadia
National Park upon departure of Bar Harbor, we’ll make the first leg of the
day an international flight to Saint John, New Brunswick — a truly photo-
worthy flight. After passing through customs, we’ll head to town for a casual
but exceptional lunch of lobster roll or fish and chips, then you’ll have some
                             time to stroll through the historic City Market,                        We’ll fly by Acadia National Park as we
                                      a bustling mélange of local vendors occupying                  depart Bar Harbor.
                                      an edifice built in 1876.

                                      Next, on to pretty Prince Edward Island, with a fly-by of the Bay of Fundy cliffs and a circle
                                      of the island before landing. Tonight, a sampling of the local oysters and other culinary
                                      delights await us at Claddagh Oyster House. We’ll overnight at Shipwright Inn, a B&B built
 You’ll never settle for              in the 1860s by a local shipbuilder, which has been restored as a cozy and comfortable inn.
 cornflakes again. Bass                Meals: B | L | D
 Cottage breakfast.




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Day 5         ·   Tuesday, September 22

After breakfast at the Shipwright, you have the morning to yourself,
perhaps for a leisurely walk of the town and lunch on the town’s quaint
Victorian Row. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the less-traversed areas of
the island, starting with Point Prim Lighthouse, the oldest on the island.
                                   Ever had blueberry wine? Today you
                                           will. We’ll have a tour and a tasting at
                                                                                                    Sample Rossignol’s truly unique, award-winning
                                           the Rossignol Estate Winery, where the
                                                                                                    fruit wines.
                                           vineyards stretch to the Northumberland
                                           Straight. Next up is a boat tour of the
                                           island’s largest seal colony, where we’ll learn about mussel farming and local fishing
                                           traditions, all the while taking in stunning coastal views. We’ll then dine in picturesque
                                           Montague before heading back to the Shipwright. Meals: B | D


                                            “This island is still steeped in the slower pace of an earlier era; milkmen still make their
                                           quiet rounds, and you return soda bottles for refilling, not only recycling. Gas attendants
                                             cheerfully pump full-serve style and wash your windows without your needing to ask.
 Point Prim lighthouse.                     Indeed, the island's population has only grown from 109,000 in 1891 to about 140,000
                                                      today. Take your cue from this comfortable cadence... - Frommers




Day 6         ·   Wednesday, September 23

After breakfast and a briefing at the Shipwright, we’re headed back down to
the States to visit our friendly customs agent (and have lunch at the airport)
in Bangor, Maine. Then we’ll fly over the Green and White Mountains—which
will more likely to be a multicolor mosaic — and do a quick loop of Lake
Champlain before landing in Burlington, Vermont, a city so comfortable and
                           so charming, you might just be tempted to stay
                                     forever. Your home for the next two nights is the
                                     Willard Street Inn, a private mansion built in
                                                                                                          “A light-filled solarium, where a
                                     1881, restored to a 14-room guest house.
                                                                                                       gourmet breakfast is served, looks out
                                     Blending classic New England grandeur and warm
                                                                                                       at exquisite gardens that mask the city
                                     hospitality, the inn is immersed in English gardens
                                                                                                            from view, yet Church Street,
                                     and perched atop a hill overlooking Lake
                                                                                                        Burlington's main shopping drag, is a
                                     Champlain. Relax on the grounds, or take an
                                                                                                             stroll away.” -Concierge.com
                                     optional tour of the Magic Hat Brewery. The tour is
“Is this the best pizza
                                     free, as are samples of their stylish brews.
experience in the world?
It just may be.” - Fodors
                                    We’ll meet up for an early dinner at Vermont’s best pizza place, American Flatbread Pizza.
                                    Linger in Burlington or head back to the Inn at your own pace. Meals: B | D


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Day 7         ·   Thursday, September 24

Have a leisurely breakfast in the Willard Street’s sunny solarium, and
spend the morning relaxing or enjoy Burlington on your own. Consider
renting a bike and following the waterfront bike path, or shopping on
lively Church Street. Later, we’ll meet at the pier and embark on a
lunch cruise of Lake Champlain. Freckled with nearly 80 islands and
with foliage ablaze at this time of year, your ride will be a feast for the
eyes as well.

This evening we’ll dine at Trattoria Delia. You’ll think you’ve landed in                      Decisions, decisions! Breakfast options at
Tuscany, but the fresh fare here is sourced from local Vermont farms.                          Willard Street Inn.
As the New York Times says, it’s a great find. Meals: B | L | D

  “Locally foraged mushrooms served over polenta with fontina -- if that causes you to sit up and take notice, this is your
  place. Serving the best Italian food in Burlington, Lori and Tom Delia's eatery is in a low-traffic location, almost hidden
 through a speakeasy-like door beneath a large building. But locals never fail to find it; be sure to reserve ahead if you're
            coming. Inside is culinary magic, with genuinely Italian specialties.... It's a great find.” - New York Times




                                              Day 8         ·   Friday, September 25

                                              Breakfast and a briefing at Willard Street Inn, then we’re off to the airport to embark
                                              on a colorful flight down the Hudson River Valley. We’ll land at secluded Columbia
                                              County airport, then make a scenic road trip (just a little one—you’ll like it) on winding
                                              Route 9, stopping for lunch in the town of Rhinebeck, a popular destination for fans
                                              of the quaint. This lovely village
                                              has become a hot spot for
shopping and the arts as well as dining, so we’ll take some time to
explore the shops, nearly all locally owned with nary a chain to be
found. From here, it’s a short drive to Hotel Mountain Brook, our
home in the Catskills. Luxuriate in your room, walk to nearby
Tannersville, or take a leaf-peeping hike. There are many options for
food and entertainment, and you are free to discover the area on your
own for dinner this evening. Meals: B | L

   ”When I drive in the valley...I’m struck by how unspoiled the area
   remains.... You can still see stretches of the riverbank that Henry                        A cozy place for some down time at the Hotel
                                                                                              Mountain Brook.
      Hudson admired as he sailed the wrong way toward China.”

                              - Town & Country Travel




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Day 9         ·   Saturday, September 26

Get ready for the aviation experience of a lifetime, and permanent membership
in the Too Much Fun Club. After a through briefing and breakfast, we’re going to
fly down the Hudson River, transitioning from quiet countryside right into New
York City. The Hudson Corridor will bring us right by Ellis Island, Lady Liberty,
and the site of Captain Sully’s heroics, not to mention possible sensory
overload! Left turn, and over to Montauk and its sweet beachside runway. Walk
down the beach (shoes optional!) and we’ll have lunch. How about fish? Back to
                                           the plane for our final leg back to Bedford and                 A view of Lady Liberty from the cockpit.
                                           soon we’ll be back to where it all began:
                                           Boston, at the Copley Square Hotel. A final
                                           farewell to our newfound friends with Italian
                                           cuisine at Piattini on lively Newbury Street. Meals: B | D




Day 10            ·   Sunday, September 27

Breakfast at the Copley, check out at noon, and a transfer to the airport if needed. Thank you for flying with us! Meals: B




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