Brew New England

6 night tour - Starting and ending in Boston, Massachusetts

Escorted Tour with tourmappers.

Tourmappers, based in Boston are experts in New England, these small group departures have been carefully planned to showcase New England at its most colourful.

This tour celebrats the Craft Beer industry in America - and there’s no better places to do that than in the region where the craft brew industry has exploded, New England. Tours are led by Beer Aficionado Tour Guides, knowledgeable not only in the destination, but in the history, diversity, flavors and proliferation of the craft beer industry in each region. Group members share a common interest and Sites are spectacular. 

2019 Guaranteed departure dates: TBC
 
The above tours are guaranteed to depart.
 
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: CALL US ON FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 OR EMAIL US RESERVATIONS@PURELYTRAVELGROUP.CO.UK
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Day 1: ARRIVE BOSTON

Check-in to hotel and this evening mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 7-day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, we’ll taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.

Hotel: Aloft Boston Seaport

Day 2: Boston—Portsmouth—Ogunquit (78mi/126km) 

This morning we’ll take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country—as well as craft beer, but we’ll save the tastings for the last day. In the afternoon we head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings we’ll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”. 

OPTIONAL: Tonight, enjoy an inventive dinner menu to match a selection of beers that would make any beer geek proud. 

Hotel: Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit 

Day 3: Ogunquit—Portland—Ogunquit (75mi/121km)

MORNING OPTIONAL: Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise. See traps hauled and lobsters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. The tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way.

This afternoon we’ll travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs. We’ll tour several that interpret historic styles with unique twists. We’ll return to Ogunquit. Evening is free to explore the village shops and restaurants.

Hotel: Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit 

Day 4: Ogunquit—Jackson (88mi/142km) 

This morning we’ll travel through the lakes region and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets.

OR OPTIONAL: Travel to Mt. Washington and ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. The Cog is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, one can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

OPTIONAL: This evening enjoy a hearty, New England-style dinner paired with the best of New Hampshire’s booming craft beer scene. 

Hotel: Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

Day 5: Jackson—Stowe (125mi/201km) 

Today we drive along the Kancamagus Highway, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation. Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. We taste our way to Stowe, a charming resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield.

OPTIONAL: For dinner this evening we’ll savor fresh, farm-to-table dishes featuring Vermont products, all expertly paired with Vermont craft brews. 

Hotel: Topnotch Resort, Stowe

Day 6: Stowe—Northern Vermont—Stowe (65mi/105km) 

One can use the amenities of the resort this morning or choose an optional.

OPTIONAL: “Cooking with Vermont Beer“ will be the subject in this cooking class led by a Cook Academy chef. Learn the most delicious ways to incorporate local brews into cuisine.

OR OPTIONAL: Take a guided, relaxed horse back ride through the foothills of the Green Mountains. Ride through serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch. Keep the camera at the ready to capture pictures of wildlife and beautiful scenery. 

This afternoon we’ll follow Vermont’s IPA Highway to some of the state’s most sought-after breweries renown for their India Pale Ale (IPA) and in between there’s lots of scenery and quintessential New England places to stop.

OPTIONAL: Final night dinner at the Trapp Family Lodge, owned and still operated by the von Trapp family, made famous in the movie The Sound of Music. Their beer is brewed on site and pairs perfectly with each course

Hotel: Topnotch Resort, Stowe

Day 7: Stowe — Woodstock—Boston (212mi/341km) 

We’ll make a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine, while en route to Boston. Upon arrival, we’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are worth the visit.

Departing members will dropper to Logan International airport by late afternoon or choose to extent your stay in Boston on your own or continue with the group for another 2 nights of fun and Beer !...

Continued Group members who are participating in the post-tour will be dropped off at the hotel for a day of leisure.

DAY 8 Boston This morning board a catamaran for a halfday whale-watching cruise. Naturalists narrate as you cruise to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more. This evening enjoy a Boston Pops or Boston Symphony concert (program depends on season) or, if playing at home, you’ll have the option to attend a Red Sox baseball game at historic Fenway Park.

DAY 9 Boston Morning at leisure for shopping or visiting some of the sites in downtown Boston before leaving for the airport. 

Your Tourmappers Tour Highlights

 
Main Tour Inclusions:
6 nights Accommodation
3 Breakfasts
Welcome Reception
Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter, or Van
Professional Guide/Beerologist
Scheduled Brewery Tours/Tastings
Sightseeing to include: Boston and Cambridge including the Freedom Trail, Harvard Yard, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth’s Historic Center, Portland Headlight, Portland’s Old Port, White Mountains of New Hampshire, Kancamagus Scenic Byway, Woodstock VT, Stowe VT including Von Trapp Family Lodge
 
Post-Tour Inclusions:
2 night Accommodation
Half-day Whale Watch Cruise
Boston Symphony or Pops Concert, or if available, substitute Red Sox Baseball Game

Mini coach: Tour buses have air conditioning and a non smoking policy operates on each vehicle. 

Hotels: All are guaranteed to be 3 star or higher. All rooms are based on the hotel's standard room category and all have private facilities.
 
Breweries
(Alternate breweries may be substituted on some occasions)
Smuttynose Brewing Company
SoMe Brewing
Tributary Brewing Company
Rising Tide Brewing
Allagash Brewing Company Rock Art Brewery
Alchemist Brewery
Hill Farmstead
Samuel Adams Brewery
Harpoon Ale Brewery 
 
Optional dinners and Excursions:
Optional Package 1: 4 Beer Pairing Dinners
Optional Package 2A: Marginal Way with Lobster Cruise and *Cooking Class
Optional Package 2B: Cog Railway and Horseback Ride
Optional Package 3: 4 Beer Pairing Dinners + 2A and Cog Rail 

Tour Only Cost: All prices quoted below are per adult person, per tour in British Pounds (GBP)

Departure Dates

Single Twin/Double
May 19th and June 02nd 2018 £2,039 £1,569
Sep 29th 2018 £2,425 £1,789
Oct 06th 2018 £2,549 £1,835
18th Nov 2018 (Special Thanksgiving itinerary - Please call for more details) £1,675 £1,184
 
Not included in your tour cost:
Flights – we can package your tour with flights at very competitive airfares using our airline partners. Please call us to discuss the best airline for your itinerary.
Pre or post accommodation - If you want to extend your stay at the start or the end of your escorted tour or add another destination to your booking please call us and we will be happy to provide a quote.
Meals, other than those listed in the itinerary.
The customary gratuities for the Tour Director and local drivers are not included.
 
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TO BOOK YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:

Please call us on FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 or EMAIL us reservations@purelytravelgroup.co.uk we are open 7 days a week.

We will be happy to answer any questions, check the availability of your tour, offer a quote for flights and any pre or post nights you would like to add.

When you are ready to go ahead with the booking, a non-refundable deposit of 10% will be due at time of booking or the full balance if you are due to travel within 8 weeks.