SENIORS VISIT NEW ENGLAND ISLAND HAVENS

Aug 7th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

New England Calls Senior Tourists

New England.  What a great place to visit. What do you think of when you hear New England?  Which states?  Can you name all six that are usually included?  Well then, I’ll help a bit: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Did you leave any out? These are the ones listed on a site called VisitNewEngland.com.

New England offers four distinct seasons. In summer, you may wish to travel to the many beaches or jump aboard a river- or whale watch cruise. Fall brings colorful fall foliage and driving tours among brilliant maple groves that seniors love. In winter, ski resorts welcome skiers and snowboarders of all persuasions. Spring is a time to tour the museums or to stay at a bed and breakfast for a weekend of shopping and dining. Hotels, inns, resorts, vacation rentals, and B&Bs are located everywhere.

Let’s Become Senior Sailors

But let me invite you aboard a New England vessel on an escorted tour with small-ship itineraries to visit classic seaside retreats like Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island in Rhode Island.  Check out this 6-day cruise adventure called “Islands of New England 2012″ that will take you through whaling and maritime history and where you can admire Rhode Island’s rugged coastline. Add a day to this one as it is a 7 day trip that includes Providence, New Bedford, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Bristol, Fall River, Newport and Block Island.

Collette Vacations

If you have traveled much you have undoubtedly heard of Collette.  They offer an 8-day boat cruise tour highlighting the natural beauty and traditional charm of New England. Your tour begins in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.  On Day 2 enjoy a sightseeing tour of Providence, “America’s Renaissance City.” Following the city tour, seniors visit a community enrichment center for underprivileged youth that is sponsored by the Collette Foundation.

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines offers their own version for 8-days on board one of their luxury crafts. You’ll take in New Bedford still known as “The Whaling City”, with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront. The New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world’s largest collection of whaling artifacts, including a ship model so large, you can climb aboard!  We saw these and you will be amazed at the super collection. You can just smell the sea and the fish at this port as you fly over in this small plane.  You will also hear some Portuguese being spoken as it was settled by those fishermen years ago.

Globus is rated Deluxe

Globus has another version starting in “Bean Town.” It is rated FIRST CLASS and invites seniors on a super cruise for 9 full days that starts off in Boston. Here your guided sightseeing focuses on the city’s most prominent landmarks, such as the historic sites near Boston Common including the Old State House; Old North Church, where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; and Faneuil Hall, with an opportunity to browse through Quincy Market. Next, board a harbor CRUISE which takes you to see the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the Boston Tea Party Boat. Balance of the day at leisure. If you have never been to Boston, it needs to be on your “Bucket List” as it is an awesome city.

On Day 3 your group will head south to Plymouth, where the pilgrims landed more than 389 years ago (1620) and founded the first permanent settlement in New England. See the famous Plymouth Rock and board a full-scale replica of the MAYFLOWER II. Pilgrim Memorial State Park is one of the most heavily visited parks in the state parks system.  Nearly one million people a year come from all over the world to visit “The Rock” and the town where in 1620 Europeans first made a home in New England. Next, explore PLIMOTH PLANTATION and learn about how daily life was for the Pilgrim forefathers. We loved Plimoth as my wife’s relatives came over on the Mayflower and we were able to speak with a fellow there who “knew of them.” jeb



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