By Jim Keogh
MethuenLife Columnist
Since last month’s issue of MethuenLife, we have enjoyed several great bus tours. Some of our day trips took us to various venues where we took in some wonderful entertainment.

These 47 travelers from Methuen recently enjoyed a three-day bus trip to the Pennsylvania Dutch community in Lancaster County, Pa. Here, they pose for a group photo in front of the home of an Amish family where they were the guests of honor for a multi-course family-style meal.

For a concert by the Texas Tenors at the Danversport Yacht Club, we chartered 2 buses to accommodate 100 of our VIP clients. We attended an outstanding performance of the musical comedy “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. And we enjoyed a production of the Tony Award-winning “Oklahoma!” at the Reagle Music Theatre.
In addition to these one-day trips, we also hosted groups for two extraordinary multi-day itineraries. In June we traveled to the Amish countryside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A highlight of that itinerary was a 2-night stay at Amish View Inn, widely recognized as the best hotel in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The inn has all the charms of an elegant B&B, combined with the finest amenities found in a luxury upscale hotel.
With a local guide on board our chartered motor coach, we toured the region’s spectacular farmlands and off-the-beaten-track back roads. We made stops at a few locations where several of our passengers purchased magnificent quilts, blankets and other creations designed by Amish artisans. One evening we had the honor and pleasure of being dinner guests at the family home of our gracious Amish hosts Josiah and Anna and their young sons. They pulled off the daunting task of serving 49 guests in their home without a hitch. And all of the courses of the wholesome, homemade family-style meal were delicious and nutritious.

At the 2,000-seat Sight and Sound Theater, we were amazed and enthralled by the pageantry of “Moses,” the epic Biblical story told by way of breathtaking stage settings, live animals and special effects. Our June excursion to bucolic Pennsylvania Dutch Country was a meaningful travel experience we will long remember.

Our overnight trip in July featured Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket. After an interesting and informative narrated afternoon cruise along the historic Cape Cod Canal, we checked in to our Hyannis hotel. After time to freshen up, we headed to Baxter’s, a popular waterfront restaurant famous for its wide variety of expertly prepared fresh seafood. For this included dinner, our guests ordered anything they desired from Baxter’s wide-ranging menu.

The next day, we checked out of the hotel after breakfast and drove a short distance to the Hy-Line Ferry Terminal to board the fast-speed Grey Lady catamaran. The ferry took us from Hyannis to Nantucket in one hour. On the island, free time for shopping and exploring was paired with a tour of Nantucket, conducted by driver-guides in air-conditioned vans. After our day on the island, we returned to Hyannis via high-speed ferry in time for dinner at one of Hyannis’ finest Italian restaurants. From there, we headed back to Methuen, filled with pleasant memories of time well-spent.
Next on our agenda are several other escorted bus trips from Methuen. Since many of them are already sold out, you are encouraged to check with our office to inquire about being added to the wait list.

Jim Keogh is president of Cosmopolitan Travel and Olde New England Tours, Methuen.