2014 Cabin Fever Mystery Trip Revealed

The Boarding House to the Left Was Once a Women's Dormitory
The Boarding House to the Left Was Once a Women's Dormitory
Our Group Toured the Boott Cotton Mill First
Our Group Toured the Boott Cotton Mill First

After several weeks of severe cold, temperatures turned milder and a 40 degree day was predicted.  And so it was; the sun came up and bathed our ninety-one passengers in enough light so that we all knew the coming of spring was inevitable.  We started loading our coaches about an hour before departure and by 7:45 we were headed to Lowell, Massachusetts for a visit to the Lowell National Historic Park, a U.S. National Park Services property. 

The Canals by the Mills are Frozen in Winter
The Canals by the Mills are Frozen in Winter

The water-powered cotton mills in Lowell catapulted our nation and early female workers and immigrant families into an uncertain new industrial era.  Nearly two hundred years later, the changes that began here still reverberate in our shifting global economy.  With the assistance of our local guides, Steve and Victor, we explored Lowell by motor coach, and learned that this city is a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution. 

A Ranger Explaining About the Cotton Mills
A Ranger Explaining About the Cotton Mills

We toured the Boott Cotton Mills and saw entire floors devoted to machinery that dates back to the time when this factory employed thousands.  We saw samples of textiles produced here and heard the story of production as told by Park Ranger guides.  We also took in a film at the Visitor’s Center theater about the development of Lowell’s factories and mills before settling in for lunch at Cobblestones Restaurant at 91 Dutton Street.

Cobblestones is in a Landmark Building on Dutton Street
Cobblestones is in a Landmark Building on Dutton Street

Cobblestones Restaurant occupies Lowell’s majestic “Yorick Building”, which was built in 1859 during the Industrial Revolution as a men’s dormitory.  In later years, the structure served as a men’s club.  Today, Cobblestones is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is completely refurbished with stunning gaslight fixtures, elegant draperies, and light-filled private and public dining rooms.  The restaurant features traditional tavern fare, classic cocktails, a separate pub with over 70 American craft beers, local seafood delivered daily, and hand-cut Midwestern steaks.

We Enjoyed an Excellent Buffet Lunch
We Enjoyed an Excellent Buffet Lunch

Our group of 91 people occupied the main dining room on the first floor where we enjoyed a buffet dinner of pasta, salads, and sandwiches that are listed below.  Conversation was lively and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.  We particularly liked the competent, well-mannered staff, and they seemed to enjoy our group.

 

~Cobblestones Pub Style~

LUNCHEON BUFFET

 

House Garden Salad with Tomato Basil Dressing

 

*****

 

Deli Style Sandwich Wraps to include:

Roasted Beef with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Roasted Breast of Turkey and Swiss Cheese

 

Cole Slaw and Potato Salad

 

Sautéed Scallops and Shrimp with Penne Pasta

in a Light Basil Butter Sauce

 

Chicken Piccata in a Light Lemon Butter Sauce

 

*****

Rolls and Butter, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks Included

Cash Bar

 

The Large Dining Room at Cobblestones was Filled to Capacity with our Group
The Large Dining Room at Cobblestones was Filled to Capacity with our Group
Old Engine and Railroad Cars on Exhibition
Old Engine and Railroad Cars on Exhibition

After dinner, everybody had two hours of free time for independent exploration.  There wasn’t much shopping, but there dozens of pubs, some good bakeries and home-made candy shops, the Quilt Museum, the National Trolley Museum, the James McNeil Whistler birthplace, and the Boarding House Experience.  The town itself was interesting and filled with landmark buildings.  The place was well worth a visit.

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell.

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.

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