September 4 - Animal Sanctuaries of Maine - Lunch @ Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse
Join us in visiting two animal sanctuaries in Maine - one for native animals, one for not so native! We will first stop at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, where we will have a guided tour and the opportunity to see and photograph over 30 species of Maine wildlife in natural habitats. Next we’ll have lunch at Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse in Waterville, after which we’ll head to the Siesta Sanctuary, a home for rescued parrots. There are around 80 birds that have come to live out their retirement years as part of their flock. Come support animal welfare efforts in Maine!
September 18 - Old Man of the Mountain Museum & Cannon Mountain Tramway
The Old Man of the Mountain will forever be the symbol of New Hampshire. Join us at Cannon Mountain, the former home of the Man, for a trip to the Old Man in the Mountain Museum and a trip up the famous Cannon Mountain Tramway. At the base of the mountain is the museum, gift shop and memorial garden, while at the top of the mountain you'll find scenic walking paths, a 360 degree observation deck, a cafe, and bar.
October 2 - Sunset Blvd., North Shore Music Theater - Lunch @ Evviva Cucina
We’re going to the theater! We’ll be seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award winning Sunset Boulevard. It’s the story of faded, silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, and impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, who stumbles into her reclusive domain and is persuaded to work on her film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras. Before we watch this dramatic story unfold, we’ll stop for lunch at Evviva Cucina.
October 16 - Historic Churches of Boston (ISBCC Mosque, Christian Science Mother Church, Trinity Church, Old North Church, & Jewish Cultural Center (if open)) - Lunch @ Cheesecake Factory
We’ll be taking tours of some of the many faiths and old churches represented in Boston. We’ll begin our day with a tour at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in New England, to learn about the Muslim faith and how they worship. Next stop will be a tour of the Christian Science Mother Church where Mary Baker Eddy began the religion, followed by lunch at the nearby Cheesecake Factory. After lunch we head to a tour of the Trinity Church, a National Historic Landmark, followed by a tour of the Old North Church, made famous during the American Revolution for its role in Paul Revere’s famous ride. We’ll close out the day, if its ongoing renovations are complete, with a tour of the Jewish Cultural Center, to learn about the synagogue and the Jewish faith.
October 30 - Salem, MA
Join us as we spend Halloween Eve at the home of all things Halloween! Salem’s weird and wonderful will be shining bright as you spend the day exploring the rich history, culture, shopping and food that the town has on offer.
November 6 - MGM Casino, Springfield, MA
Try your luck at one of Massachusetts’s newest casinos! This complex has all the games you can play, as well as restaurants, shopping, bowling, and more!
November 20 - John F. Kennedy Library & Edward M. Kennedy Senate Institute
Today we’ll learn all about the life and times of John F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, as well as learning about the institutions in which they served. The JFK Library takes us from Kennedy’s time serving during WWII, to his time in Congress, his campaign and his short time in the White House. We’ll then head across the parking lot to have lunch at the Senate Institute Café before heading into the Institute itself. Here we’ll learn about Kennedy and his duration as one of the longest serving senators of his time, as well as the history of the Senate itself. We’ll take part in the mock debate of the day and listen to presentations of historic Senate moments.
December 4 - New Hampshire Historical Society, Millyard Museum - Lunch @ Puritan Backroom
It’s time to learn about New Hampshire’s history! We’ll start our day with a tour at the NH Historical Society in Concord. The Society has permanent and rotating exhibitions we can take in, before heading to lunch at the Puritan Back Room in Manchester. After lunch we’ll head to Manchester’s Millyard Museum, to learn about the history of Manchester itself, dating from 11,000 years ago to the mills that made it a manufacturing powerhouse.
December 18 - Faneuil Hall
Join us on our annual Holiday Shopping Trip! Do some last minute shopping, eat lunch at Quincey Market, or just enjoy the historic and fun area!
January 8 - Museum of Fine Arts
A Boston staple! The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. Its collections house nearly 500,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. Lunch can be purchased at one of the museum’s cafes.
January 22 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston - Late Lunch @ Polcari’s
The ICA was founded in 1936 as the Boston Museum of Modern Art—a sister institution to New York’s MoMA. Although it eventually parted ways with MoMA and changed its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948, it has remained a driving force in the art world as a leader and resource for emerging artists. After moving locations several times over the years, its post-modern water-front museum opened in 2011. We’ll head to Polcari’s for a late lunch on the way home.
February 5 - Skywalk, Boston - Lunch @ Prudential Center
Come see all of Boston with 360° views from 700 feet above the street! Here at the top of the Prudential Center, we’ll be able to see the spectacular scenery (complete with audio guide of what we’re seeing!), visit the Dreams of Freedom Museum, and watch two short films in the multi-media theater. There will be time for lunch and shopping at the Shops at the Prudential Center.
February 19 - Concord Museum, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Concord MA - Lunch @ Colonial Inn
Concord, MA is steeped in history. We’ll first stop at the Concord Museum to see exhibits about Concord & Lexington’s role in the Revolutionary War and what came after that fateful battle. After the museum we’ll head to lunch at the historic Colonial Inn, which has been in operation since 1716. Next we’ll be heading to Orchard House, most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set her beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868. Since approximately 80% of the furnishings on display were owned by the Alcotts, the rooms look very much as they did when the family lived here!
March 11 - Boston Flower Show
Another perennial favorite! Visit vendors, view displays and lighten your wallet at this massive flower & garden show! Lunch can be purchased at one of the many food vendors in the show.
March 25 - Route 4 Antique Alley - Lunch @ Northwood Diner
Bring your wallets for this one! We’ll visit five different antique shops along Route 4, and stop for lunch in the middle of the action at the Northwood Diner.
April 1 - Heritage Farm Sugar Shack Tour & Pancake Breakfast/Tilton Outlets
Join us at Heritage Farm for a tour of how they make real NH maple syrup, then we’ll enjoy the fruits of their labor at breakfast! You can try their 24 different varieties of pancakes, or their other delicious offerings. Weather permitting, we’ll have time for a horse-drawn wagon ride and a trip to their petting farm before heading for an afternoon of shopping at the Tilton Outlets.
April 15 - Harvard Museum of Natural History & Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology - Late Lunch @ Kelly’s Roast Beef
We’ll be visiting two of Harvard’s museums today. The Harvard Museum of Natural History opened in 1998 as a combination of the former Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. They describe their mission as enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it. The Peabody Museum was founded in 1866 by philanthropist George Peabody, and is among the oldest anthropology museums in the world. It is well known for its significant collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials from around the world. After the museums we’ll stop for a late lunch at Kelly’s Roast Beef on the way home.
April 29 - Portland, ME
Last of the perennial favorites! You can be dropped off at the waterfront or at the Portland Museum of Art, and spend the day finding all the great things this little city has to offer.
May 13 - Zimmerman House by Frank Lloyd Wright & Currier Art Museum
The Zimmerman House was designed in 1950 and is the only structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in New England. We’ll have a private tour of the house, then have the afternoon to enjoy the museum. Lunch can be purchased in the Museum Café. Due to size restrictions for tours of the Zimmerman House, this trip is limited to 10 participants.
May 27 - Mount Auburn Cemetery Tour & Harvard Sq.
Bostonians founded Mount Auburn in 1831 for both practical and aesthetic reasons: to solve the problem of an increasing number of burials in the city and to create a tranquil and beautiful place where families could commemorate their loved ones in an inviting and natural setting. Today Mount Auburn continues as a sacred site and pleasure ground, serving as both an active cemetery and a "museum" preserving nearly two centuries of architecture and landscape design. Recognized as one of the most significant designed landscapes in the country, Mount Auburn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003. After our tour of the grounds, we’ll have time for lunch and exploration in Harvard Sq.
June 10 - Hammond Castle & Gloucester
Hammond Castle Museum is on the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was constructed between the years 1926 to 1929, by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. as his home. Its architectural style is that of a medieval castle, and was custom built to encompass his private collection of artifacts spanning from ancient Rome through the Renaissance. We will have a tour through the now-museum to learn about the building and collection. The afternoon will be spent in the waterfront downtown of Gloucester.
June 24 - Isles of Shoals Cruise & Walkabout - BYO Picnic Lunch
The Isles of Shoals were first spotted in 1614 by English explorer Capt. John Smith. The century and half before the American Revolution, the islands became a bustling fishing port, but were evacuated during the war and the population never recovered. The little dots seen on the horizon from the NH Seacoast seem so close and yet so far from Portsmouth. Today we’re taking care of that! We’ll take a cruise out of Rye Harbor and get a walking tour of Star Island, free time to picnic or explore the island, and a boat tour around the other islands before heading back to Rye.=historical>