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Gardens of New England
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Gardens of New England

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Discover the vibrant Gardens of New England and explore this historic and fascinating region of the USA.

From the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Sakonnet Gardens in Little Compton to the James P Kelleher Rose Garden, each garden has its own collection of unique plants and marvelous landscapes.

You’ll also travel around New England and see other cultural gems. Tour The Mount, a country house and the home of the acclaimed American author Edith Wharon and experience the lives of the ‘Shakers’, a Christian sect founded in the 18th Century in the Hancock Shaker Village.Visit the birthplace and learn more about the life and work of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most famous poets. Follow the Freedom trail and enjoy a tour of Boston,  a historic city and the scene of many key events during the American Revolution. 

This Gardens of New England holiday will inspire all aspirational gardeners and it’s the perfect way to see the northeastern region of the USA. 

Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced Garden Expert and guide, escorts this tour. Frances will be on hand at all times to assist you with any queries you may have.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time -5 Hours
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Airport/Journey Time

Hartford Bradley International Airport is approximately 100km from the hotel.  Boston Logan International Airport is located approximately 6 km east of Boston. 

Climate

The climate in Massachusetts is known for its unpredictability, and it varies throughout the region. Autumn is a relatively warm, but you should pack a warm rain proof coat just in case. 

Food & Drink
New England is a truly beautiful place, and famous for its food. Being mostly a coastal region, it is essential that you taste their famous New England Clam Chowder, a cream based seafood chowder, and the local fresh fish is also highly recommended. As a city, Boston has one of the highest populations of Irish American citizens in the country, so there are plenty of Irish pubs that serve traditional Irish grub at reasonable prices!
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne  

Holiday highlights

Berkshire Botanical Garden  

Established in 1934 is a showcase of horticulture and garden design featuring displays that are educational, functional and highly ornamental. 

The House of the Seven Gables

Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007 it is best known today as the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. 

Boston

Enjoy visiting the highlights of this vibrant, thriving city, renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, and its prominent place at the forefront of American history.  

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dollar ($)   
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time -5 Hours
Passport
Irish / UK citizens are required to carry a machine-readable passport when travelling to the US. All passengers travelling to the United States are now required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program.  This is called ESTA - The Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Click here for more information
Airport/Journey Time

Hartford Bradley International Airport is approximately 100km from the hotel.  Boston Logan International Airport is located approximately 6 km east of Boston. 

Climate

The climate in Massachusetts is known for its unpredictability, and it varies throughout the region. Autumn is a relatively warm, but you should pack a warm rain proof coat just in case. 

Food & Drink
New England is a truly beautiful place, and famous for its food. Being mostly a coastal region, it is essential that you taste their famous New England Clam Chowder, a cream based seafood chowder, and the local fresh fish is also highly recommended. As a city, Boston has one of the highest populations of Irish American citizens in the country, so there are plenty of Irish pubs that serve traditional Irish grub at reasonable prices!
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: $3.70
  • Beer: $4.70
  • Glass of wine: $7.00
  • Meal: $12.00
  • Soft Drink: $2.00
  • Bottled Water: $2.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A Northern American plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A warm coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne  

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to the USA

Full Day

Travel to USA

Depart Dublin for your flight to the USA. On arrival in Hartford International Airport transfer to your hotel in Stockbridge.

Evening

Evening Meal

Evening meal included in your hotel tonight.

Day 2 - Edith Wharton’s House & Hancock Shaker Village

Morning

Edith Wharton's House

This morning’s visit and guided tour is to the Mount, home of noted American author Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and considered it her ‘first real home’.

Afternoon

Hancock Shaker Village

This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Hancock Shaker Village which illustrates the lives of the religious sect that founded the village in 1783.

Day 3 – The Berkshire Botanical Garden & Emily Dickinson Museum

Morning

The Berkshire Botanical Garden

After breakfast depart for a visit & guided tour of The Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge - established in 1934 it is a showcase of horticulture and garden design featuring displays that are educational, functional and highly ornamental.

Afternoon

Emily Dickinson Museum

Depart the Berkshire region this afternoon for the maritime city of Newport with a visit to the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst included before transferring onwards to your hotel in Middletown.

Day 4 – Rough Point, Newport & Sakonnet Gardens

Morning

Rough Point, Newport & Sakonnet Gardens

Known as the retreat of the very wealthiest American families of the country’s Gilded Age, Newport is most famous for its mansions, know as cottages. This morning visit Rough Point Cottage before enjoying a guided tour of Sakonnet Gardens in Little Compton. On the scale of a cottage garden, this hidden garden has evolved into a series of intimate garden rooms

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure for sightseeing, shopping or enjoying your hotel’s facilities.

Day 5 – Blithewold Mansion & Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Morning

Blithewold Mansion

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Blithewold Mansion on Rhode Island. On the grounds your guide will take you to each of the ten gardens, the Bamboo Grove, the Summerhouse and the Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex.

Afternoon

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Enjoy an afternoon at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets to do some shopping before continuing on to your hotel in Boston.

Day 6 – Boston City Tour

Morning

Boston City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel meet your local guide for a city tour of Boston. Highlights will include the architecturally significant Back Bay neighbourhood, Copley Square, Beacon Hill, the historic Freedom Trail and Quincy Market.

Afternoon

At Leisure

With so many attractions on your doorstep, you will have the remainder of the day to explore Boston at your leisure.

Day 7 – Gardens of Elm Bank

Morning

Gardens of Elm Bank

This morning travel to Wellesley for a guided tour of the Gardens of Elm Bank which features both traditional and modern gardening styles.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Boston.

Day 8 – Longhill Gardens & The House of the Seven Gables

Morning

Longhill Gardens

This morning depart for Boston’s North Shore for a visit to Longhill Gardens and a guided tour of the garden which includes wetlands, forests, fields and orchards.

Afternoon

The House of the Seven Gables

This afternoon head to the city of Salem for a visit to The House of the Seven Gables which is surrounded by the Seaside Gardens that contain colonial era flora, hand-pruned and enclosed using historical methods.

Day 9 – Cambridge & James P Kelleher Rose Garden

Morning

Mount Auburn Cemetery & Arnold Arboretum

Today spend the morning across the Charles River in the neighbouring city of Cambridge for visits to Mount Auburn Cemetery and Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University.

Afternoon

James P Kelleher Rose Garden

Return to Boston this afternoon for a visit to the James P Kelleher Rose Garden, which dates back to 1931 and features over 1500 roses behind its tall green yew hedge in the Back Bay Fens.

Evening

Evening Meal

Dine together as a group on your final night in New England with an included evening meal.

Day 10 – Return Home

Return Home

After breakfast check out of your hotel and enjoy some free time at leisure before transferring to Boston airport for your return overnight flight to Dublin.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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The Red Lion Inn 3

Located in Stockbridge The Red Lion Inn is an iconic landmark hotel in the Berkshires. With unique accommodation and onsite facilities that include a restaurant,  bar and outdoor year-round heated pool it is an ideal touring base.... read more read more read more

Located in Stockbridge The Red Lion Inn is an iconic landmark hotel in the Berkshires. With unique accommodation and onsite facilities that include a restaurant,  bar and outdoor year-round heated pool it is an ideal touring base.

Hotel address
The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St
Stockbridge
MA 01262
Stockbridge
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Wyndham Newport Hotel 3

Situated in picturesque Middletown overlooking the Atlantic Ocean the Wyndham Newport Hotel offers guest rooms that are comfortable and well equipped it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.... read more read more read more

Situated in picturesque Middletown overlooking the Atlantic Ocean the Wyndham Newport Hotel offers guest rooms that are comfortable and well equipped it is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Hotel address
Wyndham Newport Hotel
240 Aquidneck Ave


Middletown
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Hyatt Regency Boston 4

Centrally located in Boston, your hotel offers easy access to an array of shopping, dining and sightseeing options. The Hyatt Regency Boston is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite restaurant, coffee shop and bar.... read more read more read more

Centrally located in Boston, your hotel offers easy access to an array of shopping, dining and sightseeing options. The Hyatt Regency Boston is contemporary and stylish, with comfortable bedrooms and facilities that include an onsite restaurant, coffee shop and bar.

Hotel address
Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston
Massachussets 02111
Boston
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