IMFRA’s Autumn Tour Through Colorful New England to Bretton Woods
September 29 – October 4, 2012
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Note: This tour is only open to current members of the IMFRA’s Retirees Association
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The vast forests of New England have long drawn autumn visitors to marvel at the vibrant, changing colors. During the excursion experience the vibrant palette in gold, orange, and red as the changing leaves transform the landscape. Visit the sublime Springwood Estate, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, stay at an historic inn, ride an historic mountain train, and tour the celebrated collections at the Norman Rockwell Museum. At the Mount Washington Resort, home of the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, choose among a variety of outdoor adventures and activities or spend some time in the spa and relaxing on the resort’s exquisite grounds. Guest speaker James Boughton, IMF historian, retired, has been invited to join us on this autumn excursion and will speak about Bretton Woods on the last evening.
- Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home, Springwood, in Hyde Park on the Hudson River and learn about the estate’s history and the Roosevelt family on a private guided tour.
- Tour the Norman Rockwell Museum, which celebrates the art and spirit he brought to the field of illustration.
- Spend a relaxing evening at the historic Red Lion Inn in the Berkshires, renowned for its hospitality and beautiful setting in charming Stockbridge, MA.
- Take a trip up Mount Washington on the historic Cog Railway and view the vibrant autumn forests of New England, at its peak this time of year.
- Gather with colleagues old and new at the Bretton Woods hotel where the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference first gathered in 1944. Learn more about the conference from IMF historian James Boughton.
- Enjoy a full day for personal explorations at your Mount Washington Resort, with its host of indoor and outdoor activities.
Saturday, September 29:
Arrive in Albany, NY, and check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In the evening meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)
Sunday, September 30:Hyde Park, Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshires
In the morning visit the Presidential Library, Museum, and home of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park, beautifully situated on the Hudson River. Take a private guided tour of Springwood; learn about the estate’s history and the 32nd President, who was born—and now laid to rest—here. View Roosevelt’s collection of artwork, his library, and bird specimens he collected as a boy. This afternoon head north to Stockbridge, a charming village in the beautiful Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts. Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, which is
dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. Continue to the historic Red Lion Inn for the evening. (B,L)
Monday, October 1: Bretton Woods
Depart for Bretton Woods and your luxury accommodations at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. It was here that the Bretton Woods Conference was held in July 1944. Officially called the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, the meeting of world leaders met to discuss plans for an international monetary system to ensure more global financial stability in the years following the Great Depression. En route to Mount Washington, stop for photo opportunities of the vibrant fall foliage at its peak during this time of year. Take in the colorful array of oranges, reds, and golds against the blue autumn sky. In the evening gather with your companions for dinner at the resort. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, October 2: Mount Washington Cog Railway
Take an excursion up Mount Washington on the historic Cog Railway, a breathtaking trip through spectacular mountain landscape that includes a 3-mile-long trestle. At the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak—6,288 feet—visit the observatory and museum. Learn about the history of the Cog, the first mountain-climbing railway, which took its first trip in 1869 and is now a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Afterward have lunch at Fabyan’s Station. One of the original railroad stations from the era when most visitors traveled by train, this was the stop for those venturing into New Hampshire’s magnificent Crawford Notch. After lunch, head back to the resort to relax and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B,L)
Wednesday, October 3: Bretton Woods Resort
Today is free to enjoy all the amenities of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Take a hike or walk through the forest, play a round of golf or a game of tennis, have a swim or a spa treatment. In the evening celebrate your reunion with friends new and old at a farewell dinner. Guest speaker and IMF historian James Boughton will speak about the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. (B,D)
Thursday, October 4: Manchester, NH • Flights/Travel
After breakfast, depart for the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH, for independent flights/travel
back home. (B)
Albany’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is located in New York’s historic capitol district just one block from the state capitol and Times Union Center. All rooms and suites are newly renovated (Wi-Fi included), and the hotel has a fitness center, two restaurants, a café, and indoor pool and hot tub. The historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, offers charming,
individually decorated rooms. The antique-filled inn is a statement to its 200-year history and offers personalized hospitality. Main building rooms have complimentary WI-Fi and cable television. The inn offers excellent, regional cuisine in its historic dining room, plus casual dining and nightly entertainment. In addition there is a heated outdoor pool and hot tub for year-round use. The luxury Omni Mount Washington Resort offers something for everyone, from relaxing spa treatments to outdoor adventure packages, the resort is perfectly situated in New Hampshire’s mountains. Each room is beautifully appointed and includes Wi-Fi. Restaurants include fine dining in the Dining Room; Stickney’s, a pub and steak house; and The Cave, offering a unique speakeasy atmosphere and live entertainment. There is also a bar and separate cocktail lounge.
Land Cost, Double Occupancy
Land Cost, Double Occupancy (if booked by November 30, 2011)
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