Hudson Valley Trip - Vermont Council of the Blind
THE VERMONT COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
15 YANDOW DRIVE
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT 05403
The Vermont Council of the Blind is pleased to announce their annual trip,
specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired, for 2019. This year’s trip
will be to the historic Hudson Valley of New York State. The dates of the trip are
Wednesday September 4 to Friday September 6.
On Wednesday, our first stop will be Saratoga Spa State Park. The park has the
only spouting geyser east of the Mississippi. After the your picnic lunch (that you
bring), taste the spring water. Our next stop will be at West Point, where we will
have a tactile tour and a narrated bus tour. We then will proceed to our hotel, the
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Next, we will go to the Mill House Brewing Co. and
learn about the brewing process and sample their product. Dinner will be at
Shadows on the Hudson with views of the river.
On Thursday we have breakfast at the hotel, then on to Hyde Park. We will visit
the home and library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for a special tour. Then on to
Val-Kill for a guided tour of Eleanor Roosevelt’s special place. Lunch will be at
Uncle Sam’s Canteen, including a picnic lunch of a sandwich, chips, cookie/fruit
and chocolate. Next is the Vanderbilt Mansion to see how the wealthy lived in the
early 1900’s. Again, we have a guided tactile tour. Departing the Vanderbilt’s we
will travel to the Culinary Institute of America for a taste test. Back to our hotel
for a brief rest before dinner at Amici’s, where the chef will welcome us and share
stories of his time at CIA.
Friday finds us heading north after breakfast at the hotel. Our first stop will be in
Albany for a narrated cruise on the Hudson. Lunch will be at Jack’s II, a
traditional diner. After lunch we will visit the Albany Institute of History and Art.
Again we have a guided tactile tour, with time to visit the gift shop. Leaving the
Albany area, we head back to Vermont. Our final stop will be at Rosie’s in
Middlebury for a farewell dinner.
Cost of the trip includes all meals (except the picnic lunch you bring on
Wednesday), all admissions, hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, a
tour manager, snacks and water on board, and all gratuities.
The cost, per person, is as follows:
Members (subsidized price) Non-members
Double - $495.00 $740.00
Single - $650.00 $895.00
Triple - $460.00 $705.00
Travel insurance can be purchased directly from Gwendy at Notch Above Tours,
(802)881-0661. The cost is $87.00 per person.
A deposit of $250.00 is due by April 1, 2019. The remainder is due by June 1,
2019. WE ONLY HAVE MONEY TO SUBSIDIZE THE FIRST 25 MEMBERS.
Naturally, this itinerary may be subject to minor changes as the date approaches.
Please send your deposit to:
Carol Ann Richman, Treasurer
The Vermont Council of the Blind
15 Yandow Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403