Monday, June 9, 2008

Pembrook Newsletter

Updated on December 21, 2016

TRIPS PLANNED…    2016 - 2017 - 2018

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.
Australia -  Mexico - Colombia -  Ireland - Guatemala - Honduras - the Dolomites, Italy - Israel - Jordan  - United Arab Emirates - Oman - Bhutan - Cuba - The Balkans...Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia
 - Cinque Terre, Italy and Umbria, Italy

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. There are spaces open on the trips to Mexico, Colombia,  Ireland, Australia, Israel....and more.

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, NH. Also nearby are Loon and Cannon Mountains.

2016-17 - Nancy DiMeo and Anna Panszczyk plan to lead   New Years, Presidents, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day trips out of Mountain Fare Inn.  They also have a Craftsbury, VT, cross country ski trip over the Martin Luther King weekend in January  Contact Anna or Nancy early to register. , 


March 3-5, 2017 - AMC - Annual "Gentle Snowshoe Weekend in the White Mountains" .  Enjoy exploring some of the easier trails in the White Mountains on this late winter trip.  Days will be getting longer and temperatures a little warmer.  We always have a fun group of participants.  This trip will fill quickly.  Register NOW.  $215 covers the cost of two nights lodging at Mountain Fare Inn in Campton, NH, two breakfasts and one happy hour plus dinner.  No extra charge for the fun!  Leaders:  Kathy Didier,, 603-726-3553 and Marilyn Pomerantz,, 603, 254-5826. 

July 14-16, 2017 - AMC - Gentle Hiking and Summer Theater in the White Mountains.  Hike on White Mountain National Forest trail up to five miles on Saturday, shorter hike on Sunday.  There will be opportunities to take a swim in local river or mountain lake.  In the evening enjoy a performance of the the musical "The Adams Family" at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln, NH.  $250 covers lodging at Mountain Fare Inn, Campton, NH, two breakfasts, restaurant dinner on Saturday night, and theater tickets.  Register with L. Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553,  CL:  Marilyn Pomerantyz,  603-254-5826.

August 18-20, 2017 - AMC - Gentle Hiking and Summer Theater in the White Mountains.  Hike on White Mountain National Forest trail up to five miles on Saturday, shorter hike on Sunday.  There will be opportunities to take a swim in local river or mountain lake.  In the evening enjoy a performance of the the musical "Annie" at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln, NH.  $250 covers lodging at Mountain Fare Inn, Campton, NH, two breakfasts, restaurant dinner on Saturday night, and theater tickets.  Register with L. Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553,  CL:  Marilyn Pomerantyz,  603-254-5826.

  2016, 2017, 2018


Central Mexico, January 10-21, 2017.  Our explorations with friend and guide, David Reyes, will continue. On this trip we will visit five different  Colonial Cities/Towns -   Guadalajara (Tlaquepaque) , Urupan, Patzcuaro, Morelia, and Guanajuato.  Along the way, we will enjoy food and tequila tours...a boat tour on Lake Chapala...volcano hike...hikes to archeological sites....museums...and vists to Craftspeople.  Cost will range from $2575 - $2660 depending upon the number of participants.  Contact Kathy if interested.

March 14 - 25,  2017 - Colombia, South America with Matt Butler, Adventurebug.  Areas that we visit include Bogota, Colombia's thriving capital.  Salento region/Coffee Estancia & Cocora Valley - A taste of rural Colombia.  Medellin - the City of Eternal Spring.  The Caribbean - Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park and Koralia Coast (tropical).  Cartagena - The Colonia Heart of Colombia.    $3100.  Itinerary is now ready. 


April 19-29, 2017 - Cinque Terre with Matt Butler, Adventurebug.
ITALY´S CINQUE TERRE - Hiking and Discovery Tour 2017

For over a thousand years people have lived in this dramatic part of Italy´s North West Mediterranean coast - traditionally cultivating the steep hillsides and fishing the sparkling blue waters.  Centuries later we find breathtaking seaside villages with lush forests, vineyards and craggy hillsides between them.  This is the Cinque Terre, the 5 Lands and one of Europe´s most sought after coastal hiking destinations. We welcome you on a unique journey to the Cinque Terre, one of Italy´s premiere National Parks on the Liguria coast with visits to Florence and Pisa to round off the journey.  Join us in 2017 and experience a side of Italy that is truly magnificent and exquisitely preserved.  The tour is 8 nights / 9 travel days in total.  There are 2 levels of hiking (easy and moderate), and we stay in 3 locations (Florence, Levanto and Pisa).  Cost depends upon the number of participants.  $$2100 - $2300. Most meals are included and all guiding, transportation (train, bus and boat), are organized by us.  Contact Kathy Didier for information.  


May 3-11, 2017 - 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 is an option. Local hiking and tour guides. Private or double occupancy rooms and baths in lovely bed and breakfast. Gourmet dinners. - $2100 - $2300 (depends upon number of participants) covers lodging, most meals, sightseeing, and transportation in Italy. Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553  

June 25 - July 3, 2017, ....July 5...with a two day extension to Dublin.  Ireland Walking Tour with GoAhead Tours
10 days Walking

Explore Ireland from the ground up on a walking tour through the country’s small cities and most dramatic landscapes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the rocky Burren to the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll come face-to-face with the natural beauty that separates Irish landscapes into a league of their own. And in Galway, Connemara and Cork, you’ll stroll right through history (and hopefully, into a few pubs too).

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep stairs. ONE Space open. 

Contact Kathy Didier to register or for more information. 

Australia and Barrier Reef to Sydney, Nature and Wildlife.  September 11 - 24, 2017. GoAhead Tours.   I plan to extend my trip for an additional week in Sydney.  Experience the allure of the land Down Under when you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, gaze at Ayers Rock and explore the Sydney Opera House. But these iconic adventures are only the beginning. From multicultural Melbourne to the vast Outback, Australia is full of surprises for you to discover and savor.

November 4 - 12 (16 with extension) GoAhead Tours - The Wonders of Ancient Israel....with Jordan Extension.  For an ancient spiritual epicenter, Israel still feels surprisingly contemporary and fresh. Uncover cosmopolitan Tel Aviv’s laid-back vibe and hip Haifa’s Bauhaus style. Then, descend into the holy lands that set the foundations for many faiths—including Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.   A four day extension to Jordan is planned.  A hightlight will be time spent in Petra. 
Register with Kathy Didier.

February 8-16 (19), 2018    United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi  with a Three Day Extension to Oman....$1699 GoAhead Tours
As the wealthiest country in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is often associated with glamour and opulence, and the centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi live up to the reputation. Be dazzled by these cosmopolitan cities, both meccas of culture, finance and innovation. Then, set off into the desert to discover how civilizations lived for centuries, long before skyscrapers rose to reach the clouds.
Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including unpaved roads and desert paths, with some hills and stairs.

April 21 - May 2, 2018 - Highlights of the Balkans:  Serbia to Croatia - 13 days.  Visit Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia.   Possible to extend your trip in Croatia.  GoAhead Tours.  Steeped in history, rich culture and stunning landscapes, the Balkan Peninsula is a region waiting to be explored. From Belgrade, Serbia’s stimulating capital city, and the timeless traditions of Albania to the picturesque shores of Lake Ohrid and Croatia’s epic coastal beauty, you’ll discover the diversity of these former Yugoslav republics and what makes each unique.
Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some steep hills.
 Priced at $2959.  Subject to change.   Read more at:
Or contact Kathy Didier at

July of 2018 - Planning an EASY hiking trip to the Dolomites (Italy) with Matt Butler (Adventurebug).   Do you look at your friends photos of hiking trips in the Dolomites and wish that you had the same stamina to do these beautiful hikes?  We have found a solution....use the gondolas and lifts...and make it an easy excursion.  Will soon have the exact dates and itinerary ready.  Get on the information list as this will be a popular trip.

October 22 - November 3, 2018 - Guatemala and Honduras Guided by David Reyes.   Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Antigua, Guatemala.  Prior to that we explore the archeological site of Copan in  Honduras.  Visit Guatemala Cloud Forest - National Park Biotopo Quetzal.  Travel  by 4x4 through the Guatemala Highlands to Nebaj, Quiche.  Spend time on Lake Atitlan Santiago Atitlan.  Grand finale will be the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1, in Antigua.  Cost: $2760 covers most meals, lodging, transportation during trip, local guides, entrance fees.   Register with Kathy Didier,

2018 - Once we have total freedom to visit Cuba....  We will be there.  Plans are underway for a visit in 2018.  Get on the trip list....  Contact 

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



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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.