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Excursion information

We are looking forward to our time with you at The 2017 Gladney Cup. While you are in the Boston Area, you are invited to choose an optional excursion to participate in that we have arranged exclusively for you.

Both excursion options will be offered on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Be sure to register at the link below before the deadline of September 1, 2017, in order to sign up for the excursion of your choice. Please note: we anticipate the tours will fill up quickly, as there are a limited number of spaces on each tour.

Italian Gastronomy North End Market Tour


Guests will travel back in time to the historic North End. Arriving by private, deluxe sprinter vans, your group will experience a hands-on, culinary walking tour of one of the most vibrant, ethnic neighborhoods in the U.S. Led by a seasoned, professional chef and consultant on Italian food, the group will embark on a 3-hour-long walking tour that is like a laidback cooking class on foot.

Guests will learn how Italians eat and how their food traditions were adapted to this country, pick up insider cooking tips, and gain resources and knowledge on how to identify and where to purchase the very best ingredients. This is a foray into the food traditions and marketplaces of the most authentic “Little Italy” remaining in America. Along the way, guests will learn why the Mediterranean diet is believed to be the world’s healthiest and how to distinguish the “real deal” from the multitude of “fraudulent foods” flooding the supermarket shelves.

At nearly every stop, guests will enjoy small tastes of specific Italian food ingredients, so they can incorporate the benchmark flavors into their own cooking and dining adventures. This tour is like visiting Italy – no passport required!


Saturday, September 23
3 ½ hour tour from 9:45 am to 1:15 pm
Cost: $168


Italian Gastronomy North End Market Tour is now full.

Minimum of 13 guests required. If minimum is not met, this excursion will be cancelled, and registered guests will receive a refund.

An Autumnal Journey: Concord & Lexington


One of the best times of the year to visit New England is during autumn, when you can see the spectacular fall foliage. September is certainly the most favorable time to see the “fireworks” of fall colors. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see New England in its finest time. Cider donuts and apple cider are two of New England’s specialties that are enjoyed locally in autumn. The morning of the tour, these will be provided on the coach transfer.

On April 18, 1775, William Dawes and Paul Revere were dispatched from Boston to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that “the British were coming” to arrest them. On the way to Lexington, Dawes and Revere also warned the minutemen, who made themselves ready to greet the British soldiers upon their arrival in Lexington. This day would be remembered as the start of the American Revolution.

Traveling west of Boston, your guide will recount the historical events that took shape that day. You will arrive at Lexington Green, where “the shot heard round the world” was fired, followed by the battle between the minutemen and the British soldiers. Perhaps a Colonial dressed Minuteman will join the group on the Lexington Green and share tidbits of a “personal account.”

You will continue in the footsteps of the British soldiers as they marched on to Concord, making a house-to-house search for colonial armaments. After arriving in Concord, you will have lunch at Trails End Café. A quaint café with farm to table meals, all baked, prepped, and cooked in-house daily with the help of local vendors!

Following lunch, you will board the bus and head to the North Bridge, where the first victory for the Americans was won over the British. In addition to being a major battle site of the Revolution, Concord is rich in literary history. This treasured town is the home of the Transcendental Club that created an all-American literary movement. See The Wayside, home over the years to such literary greats as the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriett Lothrop. The Orchard House, perhaps familiar to Little Women readers, was the home of Louisa May Alcott. You also will hear about Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the final resting place of the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Emerson Family, and Henry David Thoreau.

En route back to Boston, pass the place where Henry David Thoreau spent two years philosophizing in the surrounding woods and writing Walden. This picturesque area is now a state reservation and a beautiful final stop on the tour, before you board the motor coach to head back to the hotel.


Saturday, September 23
5 ½ hour tour from 10 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $240


The Autumnal Journey Tour is now full.

Minimum of 13 guests required. If minimum is not met, this excursion will be cancelled, and registered guests will receive a refund.