Tours and Trips

Reservations are necessary by stopping in-person at The Groton Center, calling 978-448-1170 or online through the MyActiveCenter link

NHs Fall Foliage Splendor

Wednesday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (approximately)
Price: $125 per person- Includes: Transportation, Luncheon, Meal Tax/Gratuity, Touring, & Service of a Best of Times Travel Tour Guide w/ Gratuity Included.

Please Make Checks Payable to the Town of Groton. The last date for refunds/ cancellations is September 23, 2022

Pick up at The Groton Center at 9:00 a.m. and drop off at The Groton Center at approximately 4:00 p.m. Maximum of 40 people, Minimum 40 people. Registration required by August 26, 2022.

The Groton Council on Aging and Best of Times Travel proudly presents New Hampshires Fall Foliage Splendor. Below are the details of the day and all of the beautiful and exciting opportunities you will get to experience on this trip! Our day starts at the Granite State Candy Shoppe! The Granite State Candy Shoppe located in Concord, New Hampshire; established and managed by the Bart family in 1927 where they have been delighting cus-
tomers for three generations. Today, the same homemade chocolates, candies and nuts are prepared daily and available to everyone. Granite State Candy Shoppe has also won the coveted Best of NH award for years. Our visit today includes a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the candy making process, samples of their magnificent chocolates, and of course time for some shopping. Following the candy shop we will be having a luncheon at the Common Man Restaurant. Enjoy an UnCommon Meal at the Common Man with a Little History to Boot!! The Common Man opened in Ashland, NH in November of 1971. .. And now has branched out to its 17th location throughout the state of NH. The facility offers the Old New England charm patrons have come to love about the Common Man properties. Our last stop is a Visit to Meadow Ledge Farm in Loudon, NH – This is a farm and store full of country goodness and charm. The Meadow Ledge Farm features fresh baked goods, farm fresh fruits and vegetables and locally made products all in a unique, charming atmosphere. They are well known and are one of the original Orchards in New Hampshire making Apple Cider Donuts. Our stop includes a tractor ride through the orchard, some hot apple cider, and a cider donut. Plus Everyone will receive a gift of Meadow Ledges delicious Apple Cider Donuts to take home.

MEAL CHOICES: Apple Walnut Chicken or Baked Haddock House Salad, Homemade Breads, Homemade Mashed Potato, Vegetable, The Common Mans signature Dessert, Coffee/Tea. Meal Choice decision is required at time of registration.


Peabody Essex Museum Tour and Howling Wolf Taqueria. Salem MA

Friday, September 30, 9:30 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Museum Admission is $18 per person. Lunch is not included in the price.
Transportation will be provided to the museum from The Groton Center by the COA Van. There are 16 spots available and a minimum of 10 people for the trip to run.

The bus will leave The Groton Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return from the tour at 4:00 p.m.

The van will be stopping for lunch after the tour at Howling Wolf Taqueria. The Peabody Essex Museum is going to be providing a guided tour of their exhibits. The current exhibits include their ongoing Fashion and Design, Japanese Art, Asian Export Art, and Maritime Art. Also temporary exhibits featuring Zachari Logans Remembrance Exhibit; Down to the Bone by Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman; and so much more.

Please register for this trip by August 18 with Lauren Marcello, Community Engagement Specialist.

Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays

Thursday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (approximately)

Price: $139 per person  Price Includes: Transportation, Luncheon, Touring, and the Services of a Best of Times Tour Director and Tour Director Gratuity. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE TOWN OF GROTON. Payments due by October 7, 2022.

Bus departs from The Groton Center at 9:00 a.m. and returns to The Groton Center at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Minimum and Maximum of 40 people.

Enjoy a luncheon at the historic Red Lion Inn. A “must see”, The Red Lion has been serving travelers since 1773. Antique filled rooms and public spaces along with the original Country Curtains retail store and Red Lion Inn gift shop on premises make the Inn a destination unto itself. Following an amazing luncheon you will have time to explore Main Street; an inspiration for many of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. Lastly you will get to go to the Norman Rockwell Museum for a guided tour! During the holidays, Norman Rockwell’s anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans. The “Home For The Holidays” exhibition features original Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets and includes many of Norman Rockwell’s most memorable and enduring holiday images. This beautiful museum tour allows us to take a walk down memory lane.

Meal Choices: Delicious Hot Soup of the Day The Red Lion Inn’s Daily Bread Basket CHOICE OF: Yankee Pot Roast with Pan Gravy or Hand Carved Native Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy and Holiday Dessert with Coffee/Tea.

Meal Choice decision is required at time of registration.


Funds are available to subsidize or pay for COA classes, activities, day trips or programs for Groton residents. Contact Ashley Shaheen, Director, for further assistance.