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The Majestic Hudson River Valley
Sunday, Sept. 23 – Wednesday, Sept. 26

The Hudson River is an ancient river that goes back 75 million years and cuts its valley between the Catskill and Taconic mountains, continuing down the Hudson Highlands and flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Its beauty is rarely surpassed.

Day 1
After boarding the bus and on the way to the Hudson River Valley, we will stop at the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. This glorious mansion was designed by Stanford White and is an excellent example of “The Gilded Age.” The Beekman Arms in historic Rhinebeck, N.Y., will be our home for three nights. First established as a traveler’s inn in 1704, the Beekman Arms has hosted a wide range of guests, from George Washington and Alexander Hamilton to Nicole Kidman and Billy Joel. A continental breakfast will be included every morning. One of the highlights of the Hudson River Valley is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site and Val-Kill Cottage, the retreat of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Day 2
This will be a busy day that includes guided tours of both Springwood, FDR’s birthplace and home, and Val-Kill Cottage, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Lunch will be at Coppola’s which has been a fixture of Southern Italian cuisine in Hyde Park for 55 years. Dinner Monday night will be at the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and there will be a guided tour preceding dinner. The CIA is the premiere culinary school in the United States whose students graduate to jobs at the top kitchens all over the world.

Day 3
Our morning begins with a tour of Staatsburgh, which was the elegant country home of Ruth and Ogden Mills. This grand masterpiece was enlarged and remodeled by the prestigious architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. It is an outstanding example of the country estates that were built by industrial leaders in the late 1890s. Lunch will be in the town of Kingston, which was the first capital of New York in 1777. This trip would not be complete without a boat ride on the beautiful Hudson. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating on the Rip Van Winkle Cruise Boat while hearing the history of the mighty Hudson River. Dinner that night will be at Terrapin Restaurant in historic Rhinebeck.

Day 4
On the way home, we will be stop at Locust Grove, a villa designed for artist and inventor, Samuel F. B. Morse. The group will enjoy a box lunch as we travel back to Virginia with fond memories of the majestic Hudson River Valley.

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Activity No. 7001.318
$1,345 per person, double occupancy/$1,320 MCC district residents. Single Supplement: $1,712/$1,687 MCC district residents. Fee includes deluxe motor coach transportation, three nights at the Beekman Arms Hotel, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, admission for guided tours and boat ride, snacks, taxes and gratuities. Please arrive at location (TBD) at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. Bus departs promptly at 7 a.m. Bus returns to location TBD* on Sunday, Sept. 26, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

A $500 deposit is due as soon as possible to reserve preferred rooms. The balance of the trip is due by Friday, June 15. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or  cyronfam@aol.com.

Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, Oct. 16

Discover the fascinating lifestyle of the Amish people on a day spent in Lancaster, Pa. The day begins with a 45-minute narrated ride on America’s oldest operating railroad. Nestled in the low hills of the Amish countryside is the Strasburg Rail Road, which has been operating since 1832. This beautifully restored train car is pulled by an historic steam engine on a nine-mile roundtrip journey to Paradise, Pa.

Lunch will be a very unique experience in an actual Amish farmhouse where the Stoltzfus family will shares stories of life in Lancaster. After a hearty meal, there will be time to visit the pony barn, the Stoltzfus wood working studio and to shop for baked goods and other handmade items. In the afternoon, there will be a driving tour led by a woman who grew up as Old Order Amish. She will tell stories of working the farmland and raising a family in Lancaster.

This promises to be a very special day to learn about the Amish people, eat a delicious meal and view some spectacular fall foliage in Lancaster, Pa.! 

Activity No. 7002.218
$160/$155 for MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, train ride, Amish lunch, guided driving tour, a morning snack and a driver’s tip. Pick-up and drop-off location TBD.* Arrive at 7 a.m. Bus leaves promptly at 7:15 a.m. and returns at approximately 7 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire. Questions? Contact  Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.

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Albemarle County, Virginia
Wednesday, Dec. 5

James Monroe, our fifth president lived at his home named Highland (now named Ash Lawn) for 25 years. It was Thomas Jefferson who encouraged Monroe to purchase Highland which was adjacent to Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Unfortunately, due to increasing debt, Monroe was forced to sell his beloved estate in 1825. Fittingly, the home is now owned and operated by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary. Our guided tour consists of the house and any additions that Monroe made. Just recently archaeologists discovered the foundation of a much larger house now presumed to be Monroe’s home.

Lunch will be at Michie Tavern, opened in 1784 and is designated as a Virginia historic landmark. The lunch will be traditional and homemade southern fare. The Tavern Gift Shop and General Store will be filled with holiday goodies.

Monticello is our last stop of the day because there is so much to explore. Jefferson began creating and building Monticello at the young age of 26 and modeled it after the designs of the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio who Jefferson greatly admired. For Jefferson, Monticello was an ongoing project. Started in 1772, this grand estate started out as a plantation house but after Jefferson’s trips to Europe as Secretary of State, many of the classical buildings of Italy and France influenced Jefferson’s designs. The outbuildings and slave quarters may also be visited.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about the lives of two presidents who helped shape our great nation and enjoy a delicious lunch at the famed Michie Tavern. Ash Lawn and Monticello will be decorated for the holidays.

Activity No. 7001.218
$160/$155 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to Highland and Monticello, buffet lunch, a morning snack and a driver tip. Please arrive by 6:45 a.m., bus leaves promptly at 7 am. Tour returns approximately at 7 p.m. Pick up place TBD. Please make check to Excursionaire.

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.
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Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options

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