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How we rode the Adirondack, the Vermonter and th Downeaster in 5 days

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 05:24 PM

 I wanted to ride all three of these NE trains.  We left LCH 9-15.  Of course, we had to spend the night in NOL :( .

On 9-16 we rode the Crescent to NYP.

We stayed 9-17 at the Stewart Hotel across the street from the NYP station. Even from the 19th floor, NYC is very noisy. We rode the subway, (not our favorite experience) over to the 9-11 Memorial.  It is really beautiful and so moving. The Stewart Hotel is nice (sort of expensive, and they add those pesky "resort fees").

9-18 They did give each of us a to-go boxed breakfast.

We had a lounge pass, so we checked out the Acela lounge while waiting for #69 Adirondack.  It went along the Hudson River for a long time. It was a nice ride.  We saw a few turned leaves, but we knew we were too early for much Fall foliage. We arrived at Port Kent, NY, about 3:00 pm. Contrary to some posts, there is a small town there with a few motels, restaurants and a Dollar Store. Although the "station" is just a patio cover and bench. We had arranged to stay at the Villa Motel (a 1970s roadside type).  The owners (the Khans) were very nice. They picked us up at the station and even stopped on the way back to the motel for us to take pictures of the Ausable Chasm. Wow, it is really beautiful with waterfalls and rapids. This night was a lot different from the night before in NYC! So quiet. We walked to a great little family restaurant.

9-19  Mr. Khan took us to the entrance to the Ausable Chasm (it's about a mile or so). This was our first time to visit this area. It was well worth the trip!  We spent about 2 hours walking  part of the Chasm trail along the river.  We loved it. We caught a trolley back to the Welcome center then called Mr. Khan to come pick us up.  We retrieved our suitcases and he took us to catch the ferry to Burlington. It stops running about 9-24 for the winter, After tipping Mr. Khan, we walked on to the double-decked ferry. It was a beautiful ride (about 1 1/2 hours) across Lake Champlain. We had reservations at the Essex Culinary and Spa Resort in Essex Junction. Their shuttle picked us up and gave us a bit of a tour through Burlington. The Essex resort is beautiful .

9-20 The shuttle took us to Essex Junction to catch the Vermonter. The station manager was very nice and friendly. We got off at Springfield, MA to wait for the Lakeshore Limited to Boston. We had about 3 hours to wait so we walked around Springfield a little while. it was  our first time to have to pay $10.00  to leave 2 suitcases at the station for about 1 1/2 hours. We made it into Boston about 9 pm and stayed at the Club Quarters hotel. We had been to Boston in June, so we didn't sightsee.  To be continued


Trains ridden: Downeaster, Adirondack, Vermonter, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Crescent, Cardinal, Capitol Limited, Lake shore Limited, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Texas eagle, Sunset limited, Coast Starlight, Empire Service, City of New Orleans. Scenic excursion trains-Combres & Toltec from Chama NM, Georgetown Loop in CO, White Pass & Yukon in Alaska.  I also rode the KCS passenger train from Shreveport, LA to Dequincy, LA many times, and Lake Charles to Kansas City,  before Amtrak.  This shows my age . My father and brother worked for the KCS, so I guess trains are in my blood! I have added the Pacific Surfliner (to San Diego) and the Pere Marquette (to Holland and St. Joseph, MI) to my list.  Both were lovely rides. I have also ridden the Maple Leaf to Niagara Falls.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:06 PM

Great report so far!

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