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New England Fall Foliage Adventure by the Book

September 27, 2021 - October 5, 2021

New England Fall Foliage Adventure

About the Adventure


A dramatic explosion of color awaits on our New England Fall Foliage Adventure by the Book!  Savor the brilliant glories of New England in this unique nine-day, four-state experience which melds the region’s stunning landscapes with its rich literary culture, colonial history, famous cuisine, art, and architecture in the height of its colorful splendor! Travel through time meeting local authors and artisans while discovering the fascinating lore of the land.

Your Fall Foliage Adventure Includes

9 day, 8 night Adventure is scheduled to include:

Exploration into four states (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine)

Welcome dinner in Boston, joined by some special literary guests (perhaps NYT bestselling author Hallie Ephron)

Exclusive cocktail reception at the home of international and NYT bestselling author Jenna Blum

 Visit to Boston’s famed GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center (with director and bestselling author Christopher Castellani)

Private Beacon Hill historic home tour with Boston author Jeanne Blasberg (whose home is a featured destination)

All group transportation by motor coach with private driver and private tour escort

Breakfast every day, one lunch, four dinners

Entrance fees to included attractions (which include walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail, Lexington & Concord, the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott, historic wool mill in Quechee, Simon Pearce historic glassblowing workshop, historic farming community of Woodstock, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, Robert Frost museum, New Hampshire White Mountains and forest/valley, Portland Head Maine Lighthouse, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, New England wooden lobster boat trip, Maine coast exploration including historic seaport city of Portsmouth)

Farewell dinner, joined by some special literary guests (perhaps phenom debut author Whitney Scharer)

Signed copies of featured authors’ books and custom Adventures by the Book travel tote

Intimate, exclusive tour group

The unique opportunity for a literary travel opportunity

Early bird pricing, travel insurance, and single supplements available (restrictions apply)

…and much, much more!

For a detailed itinerary, pricing, or to reserve your Adventure, click here, or call Gina Ruggiero (Avant-Garde Travel) at 623-680-0853


Some of our participating authors may include (based on availability and scheduling):

Jeanne Blasberg is the author of The Nine and Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction.

After graduating from Smith College, Jeanne embarked on a career in finance, but she always had an interest in writing. She made stops on Wall Street, Macy’s, and wrote case studies at Harvard Business School before turning seriously to fiction.

Jeanne is the founder of the Westerly Memoir Project as well as a board member of the Boston Book Festival. She is a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers.


Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family, as well as the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection Grand Central. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers.

Jenna is based in Boston, where she has taught fiction and master novel workshops at Grub Street since its opening in 1997. From 1993-1997, she interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

A prolific national and international speaker, Jenna loves speaking at universities, libraries, and book clubs.



Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants who currently lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street.

He is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004— The Saint of Lost Things, a BookSense Notable Book; and All This Talk of Love, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award.

His newest novel is Leading Men, for which he received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



Hallie Ephron is a New York Times bestselling author, Edgar Award finalist, and 5-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clrk Award and writes books she hopes readers can’t put down.

Her newest suspense novel, Careful What You Wish For explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients—showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred.

In a starred reviewPublisher’s Weekly called it “outstanding.” Reviewing it for TIME magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “Careful What You Wish For is not scary–it’s thrilling and suspenseful.”



Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The Telegraph, The Tatler, and Bellevue Literary Review. 

Her blockbuster first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was was a Boston Globe and IndieNext bestseller, People Pick of the Week, Amazon Book of the Month selection, and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.

Whitney teaches fiction in the Boston area and is a co-founder of the Arlington Author Salon, a quarterly reading series.