Get Away, with Glenmeadow Getaways

Get Away, with Glenmeadow Getaways

September 2, 2016

Diane and Jeff Shinners of West Springfield take regular annual trips to Florida and the Caribbean, but until this summer, they had yet to see much of the United States and were yearning to explore it. We offered up their ticket west, where they visited national parks and lodges.

Diane learned of our travel program through her various connections to us. Her aunt was a resident here; her sister Susan Bruce holds a Lifestyle Pass; and Diane herself had attended some of our Glenmeadow Learning programs and so was on our mailing list.

She says when she and Jeff saw a communication about our July trip to America’s picturesque national parks and lodges of the Old West, the couple signed up right away. “It was something we always thought we’d love to do,” Diane says.

Stops on the trip included the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota’s Spearfish Canyon and the 1,078-mile long Snake River. “There were so many great aspects,” Diane says. “Just the scenery itself was spectacular, and so different from anything you see in the Northeast.”

Diane also enjoyed the company of fellow travelers and the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. She said many of the accommodations also impressed her. “While we were bunking near Jackson Hole, all the travelers had their own cabins,” Diane says. “You wouldn’t believe the interior. We opened the door, and it was just five-star quality.”

Glenmeadow Getaways began with a Travel Expo in May 2014 that generated much interest in day-long and more extensive ventures. We officially launched the popular program in March with a trip to the Berkshires, and we have since offered 10 day trips—ranging from the opera to the ballet to a cooking class—with five more planned for this fall. And we have taken travelers to Peru and the National Parks.

We take pride in providing the level of service and quality that you have come to expect from us, and we routinely partner with top-notch partners and tour guides such as the Springfield Museums and Springfield Jewish Community Center, locally, and Andean Discovery and Orbridge for our longer trips.

Our 10-day trip to Peru in April is what caught the eye of Lynn Papale, who traveled with us along with her husband, John, and 26-year-old son Michael to explore Peru’s ancient civilizations. “We were pleasantly surprised as the meals were incredible,” says Lynn, a frequent traveler. “As amazing as the meals and accommodations were, Machu Picchu was even more amazing.”

Lynn remembers the comfort of traveling on the tour bus with guide Celinda Humilde, a native Peruvian who opened the doors for travelers to have memorable, traditional Peruvian experiences through her connections and extensive understanding of the country.

We are sure there is an upcoming Glenmeadow Getaways trip that could catch your attention. We have two extended trips planned for 2017 as well as six day trips coming up this fall and winter. Learn more about our longer getaways online and at info sessions to be held on Oct. 13.

Our longer trips are:

The Wine and Arts Trails of Napa and Sonoma

With breathtaking scenery and over 500 vineyards, the California valleys of Napa and Sonoma are a must-see. The trip, which is scheduled for April 23 to 28, 2017, includes tours of San Francisco’s extraordinary museums and stops at the best of the region’s art galleries, wine tastings and artisanal festivals.

The trip fee is from $2,995 per person for double occupancy, plus airfare. Learn more Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Springfield Museums in Springfield and at 5 p.m. at Glenmeadow.

Ship Exploration of Southeast Alaska

The 143-foot, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream will take travelers up the beautiful Alaska coast from June 23 to 30, 2017. The trip includes a stop at the Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains with a native Huna Tlingit interpreter. A pre-tour extension to Denali National Park and Preserve is an optional add-on.

The trip fee is from $2,995 per person for double occupancy, plus airfare, and from $2,795 for the optional land tour. Info sessions for the Alaska trip will also be held October 13 at 2 p.m. at Springfield Museums and at 5 p.m. at Glenmeadow.

Day trips in upcoming months include: “Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut; the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, the Tony-award winning musical “ONCE” and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, all at UMass Amherst’s Fine Arts Center; and Guiseppe Verdi’s “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Learn more about all of these trip options, or contact Linda Edwards at 413-567-3951 or

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