Please arrive at McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA by 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 22nd. Bus departs promptly at 7:00 a.m. Bus returns to McLean Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 25th at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Few cities have a history as rich and colorful as that of Newport, Rhode Island and fewer still retain as much evidence of their great past. Come and relive the glories of the past and present in Newport this fall when the foliage should be spectacular! Enjoy a stroll along cobblestone streets or oceanfront walks, revel in the magnificence of the world famous Gilded Age mansions and feast on the finest cuisine New England has to offer. For three days we will be touring some of the most fabulous estates in the United States: The Breakers – built by Cornelius Vanderbilt; Rosecliff – location for the movie “The Great Gatsby”; Marble House – the most expensive and ornate of the summer mansions and The Elms – modeled after a French chateau. The Marriott, located conveniently on Newport harbor will be our home for three days. We will arrive late Sunday afternoon with dinner at the Marriott that night.
Day 2 begins with breakfast and then a narrated driving tour of the famous Ocean Drive where many of the most beautiful private residences can be found. Our first mansion tour will be Marble House owned by William Vanderbilt and designed by noted architect, William Morris Hunt. Built to dazzle the competition, Marble House was the most expensive and ornate summer house when it was completed in 1892. Lunch will be at the White Horse Tavern. America’s continuously run oldest eating establishment which opened in 1687. That afternoon is a visit to the Breakers, owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, son of the “Commodore, America’s richest man. It is the largest of the Newport “Cottages” and some say the most expensive. Dinner on Monday night will be on our “own” choosing from several that are right on the harbor, close to our hotel.
After breakfast on Day 3 will be a tour of the Elms, owned by coal baron, Edward J. Berwind and is modeled after an 18th Century chateau outside of Paris. Lunch will be at La Forge, located in the old Newport Casino and now part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame property. Following lunch is a guided tour of the Tennis Hall of Fame where the first U.S. National Tennis Championship was held in 1881. Our last Newport mansion will be Rosecliff, which was commissioned by Nevada silver heiress, Theresa Fair Oerichs. The architect was Stanford White who modeled it after the Grand Trianon which was the garden retreat of the French kings of Versailles. Dinner that night will be at the Moorings on Narragansett Bay which has elevated the Newport dining experience.
Day 4 has us heading home but first a stop in Mystic, Connecticut to see the famed Mystic Seaport. This unique museum is totally dedicated to the sea and all things maritime. It was founded in 1929 to save the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past. This will be a chance to stroll through the historic streets and view what life was like in the mid-nineteenth century. A box lunch will be provided on our way home remembering the history, gourmet dining, and beauty of Newport, Rhode Island in October.
Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, 3 nights at the Marriott Newport Harbor, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, all admissions, guided tours, snacks, taxes and gratuities.
$1,260.00 per person double McLean residents, non-residents $1,285.00. $1,672.00 per person single McLean residents, non-residents $1,697.00.
A $500.00 deposit is due as soon as possible in order to reserve rooms and hold the group rate and no later than March 30, 2017. The balance of the trip is due by June 15, 2017. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire and mail to Maureen Cyron at 5205 Olley Ln., Burke, VA 22015.
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Questions? Maureen Cyron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-323-9040.
October 22-25, 2017
per person, double McLean residents
$1,672.00 per person single McLean residents, non-residents $1,697.00