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(Tuesday, October 22): Our fall foliage adventure begins this morning as we head to the original site of the legendary Woodstock Festival of 1969 in Bethel, New York. The Museum at Bethel Woods relives Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary, the civil rights movement, the race to the moon, fashions of the decade and video footage of the Woodstock Festival. This year’s special exhibit, “We Are Golden” showcases one of the most celebrated music festivals in history. Later, we check into our hotel for two nights, The Hotel Anthracite, in the former mining town of Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Your restored hotel offers a beautiful ambiance, modern rooms, excellent dining and rich history. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Dinner included)
(Wednesday, October 23): After breakfast we will ride the rails through the fall colors along the Lackawaxen River and the beautiful Poconos Mountains aboard the Stourbridge Line Rail.We’ll enjoy an historic narration along with colorful splendor. Upon our return, we head to Scranton, Pennsylvania known for its era of coal mining and railroading. We will enjoy a buffet lunch at the stunning Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.Within the walls of this elegant hotel is what is considered the most beautiful train station ever built in with its original 1908 splendor.
After lunch we will go down in history–300 feet beneath the surface of the earth at the restored Lackawanna Coal Mine. On this guided tour we will see where the men and boys worked to heat a nation and fuel the conversion of the nation’s economy from agricultural to industry. Later in the afternoon we return to our hotel where we can relax and enjoy dinner and the evening. (Breakfast and lunch included)
(Thursday, October 24): After breakfast, we head to the nearby Anthracite Museum. Enjoy the stories of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite coal mining and textile industries. You’ll be welcomed into their homes, neighborhoods and lives as you relive this historic bygone era. Returning to our hotel’s ballroom late morning, we take our seat to enjoy fun, food and music at their annual Germanfest. Enjoy a strudel making demonstration by the chef; open bar with draft beer, wine and soda; music and dancing; and a German Show with the Joe Lastovia Band. Enjoy a spirited mix of German music, old favorites and contemporary classics. Traditional costumes, an Alpine Horn and Bavarian Act, German Olympic games and authentic German dishes will make this an entertaining experience. Our return travels home begin by 4pm with fond memories of our fall foliage adventure. (Breakfast, lunch and entertainment included)