American Landscape
Tours Presents:
“Country Christmas and Holiday Lights” Tour

Thursday, December 5 th , 2019 
Dear Tour Guest:

 Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Just a reminder that Friday was the deadline to provide menu selections for lunch at The Publick House Inn. Due to the fact that not everyone has responded, I have extended this deadline for one more day until Saturday. If you have not already sent your selection in, please do so as soon as possible as I need to provide selections to the Inn. Selections not provided by Saturday will be put in as Publick House Salad with choice of dressing and Roasted Native Turkey .

  Please note: There was an omission in the original Itinerary sent out. Please indicate which departure location you will be using ( Ocean State Baptist Church 600 Douglas Pike, Smithfield RI or Sharon Heights Plaza 366 South Main Street, Sharon MA)

 The weather for tour day is mostly cloudy and 40 degrees.
Spotlight on The Publick House Inn in Sturbridge MA
 Located in Sturbridge MA population 7,800, The Publick House Inn was established in 1771 by Colonel Ebenezer Crafts, built on land won in a card game with a local doctor. Originally it was called Crafts Tavern and consisted of 13 overnight rooms which held 4 people per bed (YIKES). The Inn, adjacent to the picturesque Sturbridge Town Green, quickly became a popular stop over for horsemen riding the roads from Boston to New York and Providence to Springfield.

The Inn is known for its magnificent Elm trees that surround the property that were planted by the original inn keeper in 1791. It is amazing they have not succumbed to Dutch Elm disease that has wiped out most mature Elm trees in the state. Some of the guests over the years have included George Washington (he certainly slept around), Ben Franklin, John Travolta and Bill Murray. Many of the original buildings remain.

The Inn is listed on the National Historic Register and is the 10th oldest operating inn in the country. The inn has never closed its doors in 248 years. The Publick House Inn recently completed a 10-million-dollar renovation and expansion, but still is dedicated to providing the old-fashioned Yankee hospitality that it was founded on more than two centuries ago.

 Today, arriving at this Historic Country inn is like stepping back in time. We will dine in the original barn beautifully decorated for the holidays. For those that are interested, I have arranged a tour of this historic inn.
Spotlight on The Publick House Inn’s 18 th -Century Bake Shoppe and Gifts
 The heavenly scent of home baked goods will greet you at the door of this 18th century bake Shoppe. In addition to supplying all the fresh baked goods for the inn, there are homemade bread, pies and decadent cakes & desserts for sale. Featuring the Inn’s selections of Publick House favorites from apple butter and strawberry rhubarb to New England cookbooks and gifts. Upon arrival you will be provided with a coupon for the bakery, and "yes" there will be time to visit.
 Looking forward to seeing everyone All Aboard our “Country Christmas and Holiday Lights” tour next Thursday December 5 th . We have four tickets left should you have someone that would like to join you, just let me know. These 4 tickets are the only remaining way to see Night Lights at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden as the event has sold out in advance.

Peter Pineo
Tour Director
American Landscape Tours
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The Publick House Inn in Sturbridge MA