Hudson Valley Trip - Vermont Council of the Blind

11 February 2019






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,


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

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HC 2 South, 280 State Drive
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