Dust Off Tour 2019

Hello Fellow Packard Enthusiasts,

This year we are building on the overwhelming success of our past two years’ Dust Off Tours.

We have put together a tour venue that will take place in the picturesque and historic areas of the North Shore of Boston.

We will start with our lodging conveniently located on Route 1 in Peabody. The Holiday Inn and Suites has a Bertucci’s Restaurant and Bar attached to the property. Within 10 minutes of the hotel is a Steak House, Asian Cuisine, Mexican Restaurant, American Food Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant and at least two other Italian Food Restaurants. So, if you arrive early on Sunday, May 19, 2019, you can dine at a restaurant that will suit your palate.

On Monday, May 20, 2019, we shall drive to historic Salem, Massachusetts. We have reserved parking for 30 Classic Automobiles at the famous House of The Seven Gables. We shall then tour the property.

From there, we shall drive to Gloucester, Massachusetts, a fishing port of historic signifigance. We shall stop at the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial and then at a fairly new memorial that was erected to honor and remember the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. Both bronzes are located on Stacy Boulevard.

From there we shall drive to the Seaport Grille where once again, we have 30 reserved parking spots, located behind the restaurant. We shall order from a menu specifically arranged for our group. The dining room overlooks a part of the waterfront.

After lunch we have a scheduled tour of the Maritime Museum. This museum offers very interesting exhibits and, as can be expected, has many historic references to the areas’ fishing history.

From there, we drive on a scenic tour of both Gloucester and the wonderful town of Rockport hugging the shoreline and taking in all the beauty that it offers. This driving tour is about 20 miles long and will take us about an hour to complete. At the end of the route, we shall head back towards the hotel, about another 25 minute drive.

Monday evening, at 6:30 pm, located in a banquet room at the hotel, we will be having a “cocktail hour” complete with a selection of hors d’ oeurves and a portable bar. A choice of domestic beers, imported beers, wine and liquor will be available to purchase. Afterwards we have a wonderful dinner prepared that will be served buffet style. A drawing of door prizes shall commence after dinner. A five minute break will then occur with our General Membership Meeting to follow. The evening should conclude by 9:30 pm.

Tuesday morning, May 21, 2019, the festivities continue with a drive to downtown Salem. The City of

Salem is holding 30 parking spots for our group on the roof of the public parking garage.

A short 5 minute walk away is the wonderful 1629 Witches’ Museum. The exhibits are extremely well done, informative and will hold your attention throughout the tour as you either renew or discover the history of the witches of Salem.

After the tour, we have 2 hours of time that you can take to walk and explore the area and sit to enjoy an afternoon lunch.

From there we return to Gloucester where we have a scheduled visit at the Hammond Castle. This will be an exciting tour. The museum was built and decorated to resemble a real European Castle.

The completion of the tour of the castle, will be the conclusion of our tour. This should be around 3:30 to 4:00 pm.

I am very hopeful that all of you reading this will attend the event. It is one of the premiere events that our group sponsors and promotes. We are hoping to have 30 vehicles and 60 people in attendance.

This year we have invited our friends from the Ocean Bay Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club to join us. We are hoping to have a wonderful group assembled to participate and celebrate our vintage automobiles. We look forward to your participation and encourage an early response so that the proper number of hotel rooms, meals and tour group sizes can be established.

Get in touch with the Holiday Inn & Suites at 976-536-3550 as soon as possible and ask for the special rate being given to the North Atlantic Packards. Reserve your room now! The rate for the room is $144.09 per night which includes a very complete buffet breakfast.

Robert Nuss, our Treasurer, will be collecting dollars, in advance, for our tour exhibits. The cost of Monday’s participation with the tour and dinner meeting is $110.00 per person. The cost to attend Tuesday’s events is $15.00 per person. Do the math and kindly send in your payment to:

Mr. Robert Nuss
764 Route 6A
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Start dusting off those cars and take out the polish.

See you there! – Joel Stern, Activities Director