* Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Portland Museum of Art
* Harbor Cruise & Lobster Dinner
Farm & Nursery Plainview
Monday, June 20-Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|All photos: B. H. Freeman/CMBG|
Day 1: Our deluxe motorcoach whisks us northward, where our first stop is picturesque
We’ll have time to wander among the galleries and boutiques that line
Portland’s waterfront while enjoying the Old World ambiance of lobstermen at work along the wharves.
Then we continue along the coast to
to spend two nights at the Boothbay Harbor Inn and its lovely rooms at the harbor’s edge. We'll enjoy the around-town trolley, full breakfast and welcome dinner in the waterfront restaurant. Boothbay Harbor
Day 2: We visit the amazing Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens where Bill Cullina, director of horticulture, welcomes us. A guide tours us through the new children’s garden, fragrance garden and fairy houses. There will be time to explore the gardens, well-groomed trails and the gift shop.
We freshen up at our hotel before embarking on a narrated cruise of
, whose sights include lighthouses, sea life, the rocky shoreline, boats and working shipyards. Boothbay Harbor
A lobster dinner awaits us at McSeagulls Restaurant on the water. Menu: clam chowder, steamers and mussels, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, beverage and, if you still have room, pie!
Day 3: Wake up to a delicious breakfast overlooking the harbor before we head south for a treat: a visit to Plainview Farm Nursery and Garden Center. This outstanding nursery features over 25 gardens (the nursery grows more than 95 percent of the plants it sells), and discounts will be offered to CHS shoppers.
We stop for lunch in
Kittery at the Weathervane restaurant before heading for home with memories of our delightful vacation. Maine
Cost: $489 per twin member based on 30-45 passengers; $589 per single member; plus $40 per nonmember. Includes: deluxe motorcoach, two nights hotel; two full breakfasts, one lunch, welcome dinner and
lobster dinner; sightseeing; driver gratuity; $35 per person donation to CHS. Escorted by Lois Isaacson. Deposit: $100 per person with reservation by March 18, 2011. Final payment by May 5, 2011. Maine