Monday, June 9, 2008

Pembrook Newsletter

Updated on July 17, 2014

TRIPS PLANNED… 2014 - 2015 - 2016

Kathy Didier
PO Box C, Woodstock, NH 03293


Be it  a weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or travel to a more distant location, I hope that you will consider joining the excursions offered below. Listed first are the weekend trips in NH. Scroll down farther and you can read about the more distant trips that I and my co-leaders have planned.

Portugal - Italy -  Bulgaria - Romania -  Brazil - India - Singapore - Malaysia - Bali - Borneo - Uganda- Alpine Europe - Greek Islands

and the White Mountains of New Hampshire

This is a sampling of trips being offered. Read descriptions below. If you have interest in any of the trips, ask to be put on an information list. As soon as trip plans are completed, you will be among the first to receive information. Many of these trips fill quickly.
Join us for hikes during all seasons of the year. We also enjoy holiday celebrations such as New Years, Presidents, Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Columbus Day Weekends. We are in an excellent area for summer sports - hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. In the winter, there are opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing all around us.

Consider joining one of our world wide tours.  In January/February 2015, escape the cold and join us on a tour through Mexico - Mexico City to Puebla to Oaxaca to Chiapas.  See information below.

Spaces available for our November, 2014 Puglia and Southern Italy.

Thank you..... Kathy Didier

The first trips listed are in White Mountains of New Hampshire. Further down, we have listed trips which take place outside of New England.  With the sale of Pembrook, we have transferred our White Mountain trips over to The Mountain Fare Inn, in Campton, NH. 

Mountain Fare is a classic White Mountain ski lodge/ bed and breakfast located between Franconia Notch and Squam Lake in Campton’s peaceful Upper Village. The Inn sits on 6 acres in the heart of New Hampshire’s ski, hiking and biking country near Waterville Valley Resort just north of Plymouth, home to Plymouth State University and the Holderness School. Also nearby are Loon and Cannon Mountains.

August 22-23, 2014 (AMC) GENTLE HIKING AND SUMMER THEATER WEEKEND IN THE WHITES. Five mile hike to scenic overlook or pond in Whites at an easy going pace followed by a refreshing, optional swim in Mirror Lake or Pemigewasset River. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at local restaurant and Professional Summer Theater to see the stage production of Hitchcock’s “ The 39 Steps” On Sunday, we will hike another WMNF trail. $235 covers cost of lodging at Mountain Fare Inn , theater ticket, two breakfasts and restaurant dinner. Limited space. Register early with Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553 Carol Fyfe

October 3-5 (AMC) FALL FOLIAGE - GENTLE HIKING AND THEATER WEEKEND IN THE WHITES. Enjoy Fall Colors on five mile hike to scenic overlook or pond in Whites at an easy going pace. After dinner at popular local restaurant, we go to Jean's Playhouse to see the stage production of “Greater Tuna”. On Sunday, we will hike another WMNF trail. $245 covers cost of lodging at Mountain Fare Inn in Campton, NH , theater ticket, two breakfasts and restaurant dinner. Limited space. Register early with Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553 and Marilyn Pomerantz,

October 10-13, 2014 (AMC) Columbus Day Hiking Weekend in the Whites. Foliage at its best. Something for everybody. Four leaders offer choice of two hikes each day…. 4000’ers and easier scenic hikes. $360 for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 2 restaurant dinners . Reg. with Kathy Didier 603-726-3553 Nancy and Bob Dimeo, 978-649-6255 , Anna Panszczyk Dianne Alperin

January 9-11, 2015 – (AMC) Gentle Snowshoe Weekend in the White Mtns.. EASY snowshoeing for those who would like to explore the White Mountain National Forest during the winter season. Four to five miles hike each day. Elevation gain under 1000’ If you prefer to ski….feel free to go to local ski touring and downhill centers rather than showshoeing with the organized group. We are staying a few miles from Waterville Valley Ski Area. $190 covers lodging at Mountain Fare Inn , two breakfasts, Saturday dinner.  Reg. With Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553. or  Marilyn Pomerantz 603-726-3144

Nancy DiMeo and Anna Panszczyk plan to lead a New Years and Presidents Day weekend trips out of Mountain Fare Inn. Contact them early to register. Email addresses above.

May 30 – June 6, 2015 – Eight women sharing water-front house rental in Harpswell, Maine. Six kayaks plus canoe. $450 for the week covers the is extra.

June 6 – 13, 2015 – Monhegan Island, Maine. Five women sharing island house. $400 covers rental. Food is extra.

September 6-14, 2014 – (Adventurebug) Portugal
Join Matt Butler from Adventurebug for a journey that combines the best of Portugal´s natural, urban and historically rich treasures.  From Lisbon´s enchanting lanes to wonderful coastlines, national parklands and the verdant hilltop forts and majestic castles of medieval times.  This is a special edition of his Portugal tour.  Follow him through vineyards and cork forests, seeking out the wide range of flavors on offer, including a special visit to Porto with a boat journey up the Dauro River, home to the world´s best port and some of the Iberian Peninsula´s most spectacular scenery.  Light daily walks offer insight of historical, natural and cultural features, while authentic rural hotels provide for a comfortable experience Contact Kathy Didier Waitlisted

November 6-17, 2014….Puglia and Southern Italy – (GoAhead) 12 day trip. Sip cappuccino in a café where only Italian can be heard. Wander underground through Neolithic caves. Travel back to simpler times in untouched Alberobello. Everywhere you go in Southern Italy, authenticity presides. From the soothing shores of Sorrento to the quaint homes of the Trulli Valley, discover the soul behind the “boot heel” of Italy. Contact Kathy Didier There is room for two more people...sharing a room.

Jan. 16-18, 2015 Craftsbury MLK Holiday Weekend at Craftsbury Outdoor Ctr, VT. Cross Country Ski or snowshoe out the door at this Northeast Kingdom, Vermont resort. Wide Groomed Trails for all levels. $365 fee covers trail passes, 3 nights lodging (two to a room), all meals Friday dinner through Monday lunch. Register with Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553 , Leaders: Nancy DiMeo, Janet Hall, and Anna Panszczyk Space for one more man

January 28 - February 12, 2015 - Mexico....Mayan History ...from Mexico City to Chiapas....Spend time exploring Teotihuacan and Aztec site in Mexico City....the homes and studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo....  Puebla, Mexico with nearby Cholulua.  Historical Oaxaca with Zapoltec Ceremonial sites of Mitla and Monte Alban.  Crafts villages near Oaxaca.  Hike in the mountains outside Oaxaca. Chiapas - San Cristobal de las Casas, a day with the Zapatistas, San Juan Chamula Market, Sumidero Canyon, Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak....and so much more.  For information contact:   Kathy Didier

March 14 – 29, 2015 ...extension throught April 1. - Northern India….foothills of the Himalayas. Once again we will be with Matt Butler of Adventurebug and with our Indian guide and friend Kapil. Contact Kathy Didier This trip is waitlisted.

April 26 – May 4, 2015.- Umbria, Italy – Visit this scenic area of Italy at the most beautiful time of year. Poppies in bloom, cuckoos singing, festivals being celebrated.. Walking and sightseeing through ancient hill towns of Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Perugia,. Taste wines and olive oils. Cooking class. Local hiking and tour guides. Private or double occupancy rooms and baths in lovely bed and breakfast. Gourmet dinners. - $2100 - $2400 (depending upon number of participants) covers lodging, most meals, sightseeing, and transportation in Italy. Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553

July 13-26, 2015 – Jewels of Alpine Europe. (GoAhead). Experience rich culture, impressive architecture and culinary delights against a backdrop of soaring alpine peaks. Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix valley, before heading east to Italy’s Lake Como. Cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck, Austria, before heading north to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Possible to add a two day extension in Salzburg, Austria..
or contact Kathy Didier. 603-726-3553

September 9-21, 2015 - Bulgaria to Romania The Black Sea Coast to Transylvania (GoAhead). Transylvania traditionally conjures images of forested hills, crumbling churches, and of course, “Dracula’s Castle.” While Romania’s heartland definitely delivers all of the above, it also harbors some of Europe’s best-kept secrets, including Sibiu, the city recently dubbed a “Capital of Culture.” Before uncovering Romania’s cosmopolitan capital and quaint Saxon villages, soak up the sun in Bulgaria’s under-the-radar resort towns and golden beaches lining the Black Sea coastt. Three night extension to Belgrade, Serbia. Arrive home on September 24. Kathy Didier

November 1-13, 2015 Brazil…plus travel days. One of the world’s most captivating places, Brazil is a dazzling country of pristine rain forests, wetlands, conservation areas and of course eccentric, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil is a traveler´s paradise for all ages and interests.  Capturing a balance of dramatic landscapes and unique natural gems with the Brazilian Alegria (Joy), this journey promises the very best Brazil has to offer.  From Rio´s music filled quarters to the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls, the Amazonian experience, stunning coastal islands and frozen-in-time colonial towns. We uncover what makes Brazil one of the world´s emerging nations.  In addition, expect a wide range of Brazilian gastronomy and of course a taste of caipirinha as we venture off the beaten path at times to meet the real Brazilieños and acquaint ourselves with some important social and environmental projects in process. Areas to be visited: Rio de Jaeiro, Iguassu Falls, Manaus and Amazon Basin, plus Salvador. This trip is designed and led by Kathy Didier and Matt Butler (of Adventurebug Worldwide). Cost is $4650. Includes three internal flights, 12 nights hotel and jungle lodge, guides, and most meals.

April 6-17, 2016 and September 30 - October 11, 2016 Greek Islands - Adventurebug Tour with Matt Butler Because there is much interest in this trip, we are offering two separate trips one in the spring and one in the fall.     
Kallos irthatay steen Ellatha (Welcome to Greece!)
Greece is a fascinating place.  It offers a balance between ancient history, outstanding nature, tasty cuisine, friendly local hosts and a Mediterranean lifestyle that is unrivaled - after all, this is where the new world began.  In 2016 we are offering a spring and autumn tour of the Greek Islands.  These tours will be focused on Light Walking and Cultural Discovery.    From Athens we explore the islands of Crete, Santorini and Mykonos over a 12 day (11 night) period.  Our visits range from historic archaeological sites to white washed villages, breathtaking coastal scenery and lush foliage of gorges and volcanic slopes.  We`ll meet a host of local personalities on route, sample the delicious and healthy diet and most probably taste Ouzo and Raki at some point on our journey!  Our travels include an air transfer between Athens and Crete, followed by scenic ferry journeys between Santorini, Mykonos and Delos.  We´ll explore much of the highlights on foot - taking in short, easy walks both in the villages and rural countryside and utilize a private bus to shuttle us around.  Accommodation is in comfortable tour class hotels in historic centers and there is time allotted for self exploration, souvenir hunting and relaxation in sun drenched cafes - watching the world go by.  Join us for either the spring wild flower season or a pre-winter exploration of one of Europe´s most enchanting destinations.
Trip price and all final details will be announced.  This trip is designed and led in conjunction with Matt Butler from Adventurebug Worldwide - a European based tour outfitter.  If you are interested in this trip.....respond to Kathy Didier to be on "the list" of people who receive first notification when plans are complete.  This trip will fill early!

February, 2016 – Gorilla Treking and village stay in Uganda. Get on the information list if interested in this trip.

Borneo, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bali will be offered at a future date.

Thank you for your interest in my trips. Feel free to get back to me with questions. Kathy


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Thursday, June 5, 2008

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As an AMC Leader, I guide trips in the White Mountains of NH. On my own....I lead adventure vacations all over the world.