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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Apr 27 — May 2, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, The Lodge at Bonclarken is a great place for adults and professionals to gather. Wifi Internet access is available throughout the facility. A kitchenette is in the Mike and Lib Patrick Conference Room with refrigerator and a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby. The building is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors, roll in showers and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited.

Contact info:
5 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731 USA
phone: 828-692-2223
web: www.bonclarken.org

Room amenities: Wifi Internet Access, queen-size beds, private baths

Facility amenities: Furnishings in each Lodge room include queen-size beds, ironing board and iron, a large dresser, a nightstand and a writing table with two comfortable wing chairs. Wifi Internet service is available throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machines are available for your convenience. A laundry room is located inside the facility as well.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $76.00
Guests are welcome to stay the night before and the night after if housing is available. The rate is $76.00 for a single and $97.00 for a double.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 27 - Check-in and pick up program materials, orientati...
Check-in and pick up program materials, orientation, and reception to meet the staff and your new friends.

Arrive To: Check in to rooms beginning at 3:00pm. Registration begins at 4:30pm. Prepare for an exciting week, exploring the surprisingly sophisticated and historic city of Asheville, NC. You will take in the grand home and breathtaking gardens of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, as well as other unforgettable western North Carolina attractions.

Dinner: Dinner at the Bonclarken Assembly dining hall overlooking the wooded areas of the region. All meals at the Bonclarken Assembly Conference Center unless otherwise noted.

Evening: Dinner will be followed by an orientation and reception, getting the week kicked off in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Participants will receive written material to supplement the educational and historical values of their week.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, The Lodge at Bonclarken is a great place for adults and professionals to gather. Wifi Internet access is available throughout the facility. A kitchenette is in the Mike and Lib Patrick Conference Room with refrigerator and a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby. The building is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors, roll in showers and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited.

Contact info:
5 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731 USA
phone: 828-692-2223
web: www.bonclarken.org

Room amenities: Wifi Internet Access, queen-size beds, private baths

Facility amenities: Furnishings in each Lodge room include queen-size beds, ironing board and iron, a large dresser, a nightstand and a writing table with two comfortable wing chairs. Wifi Internet service is available throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machines are available for your convenience. A laundry room is located inside the facility as well.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $76.00
Guests are welcome to stay the night before and the night after if housing is available. The rate is $76.00 for a single and $97.00 for a double.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 28 - Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center, the North ...
Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center, the North Carolina Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cradle of Forestry and Looking Glass Falls.

Note: There is a considerable amount of leisurely walking today as we explore the vast lands that George W. Vanderbilt owned. Our visit to the Cradle of Forestry includes a 1.3 mile hike on a paved trail.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: George Vanderbilt's Western North Carolina estate once encompassed 125,000 acres. After breakfast we'll board the coach and begin our adventure over these vast lands. First we'll visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center where we will learn about the parkway's history, climate and habitat through innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The parkway is America's longest and most narrow national park, 469 miles long, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The remainder of the morning will be spent on the 434 acre North Carolina Arboretum, a public garden in the Pisgah National Forest that serves as a center for botanical education, research, conservation, economic development and garden demonstrations. It's springtime in the mountains so there should be plenty of blooms!!!!

Lunch: A delicious lunch included along the way!

Afternoon: From the NC Arboretum we'll travel approximately 18 miles to the south, meandering through the rocky tunnels and climbing in elevation to the peaks of Mt. Pisgah and Fryingpan Mountain. Exiting the parkway at the Cold Mountain overlook, we'll travel down the ridge to the Cradle of Forestry, the site of the first forestry school in America. The school was founded by Dr. Carl Schenck, chief forester for George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. The wonderfully restored buildings, including a schoolhouse, a commissary and student quarters, a portable saw mill and logging locomotive, give visitors a glimpse of life at the school in the early 1900's. A short drive from there will bring us to Looking Glass Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in North Carolina.

Dinner: Full buffet dinner at the Bonclarken Assembly

Evening: This evening a local historian will present a program on the unique and beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina, in preparation for tomorrow's visit.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, The Lodge at Bonclarken is a great place for adults and professionals to gather. Wifi Internet access is available throughout the facility. A kitchenette is in the Mike and Lib Patrick Conference Room with refrigerator and a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby. The building is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors, roll in showers and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited.

Contact info:
5 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731 USA
phone: 828-692-2223
web: www.bonclarken.org

Room amenities: Wifi Internet Access, queen-size beds, private baths

Facility amenities: Furnishings in each Lodge room include queen-size beds, ironing board and iron, a large dresser, a nightstand and a writing table with two comfortable wing chairs. Wifi Internet service is available throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machines are available for your convenience. A laundry room is located inside the facility as well.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $76.00
Guests are welcome to stay the night before and the night after if housing is available. The rate is $76.00 for a single and $97.00 for a double.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 29 - A Gray Line Historical Trolley Tour of Asheville ...
A Gray Line Historical Trolley Tour of Asheville will be the highlight for today!!!

Note: Learn of the history, culture and architecture of Asheville aboard the Gray Line Trolley, then enjoy the remainder of the day visiting the sites of your choice at your own pace.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning learn more about Asheville's early settlers, famous citizens and authors aboard the historic Gray Line Trolley. The tour will give you a first hand glimpse into the architecture, the history and the arts that make Asheville a very unique and special place.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in one of the many quaint eating establishments in downtown Asheville.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy the hop-on and hop-off services of the Gray Line Trolley. Visit the sites that you want to see...the River Arts District, Pack Square, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Grove Arcade...you decide. Simply hop-on and hop-off at the designated stops along the tour route. Trolleys run throughout the day and pick up in 30 minute intervals.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: Cultural Presentation.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, The Lodge at Bonclarken is a great place for adults and professionals to gather. Wifi Internet access is available throughout the facility. A kitchenette is in the Mike and Lib Patrick Conference Room with refrigerator and a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby. The building is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors, roll in showers and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited.

Contact info:
5 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731 USA
phone: 828-692-2223
web: www.bonclarken.org

Room amenities: Wifi Internet Access, queen-size beds, private baths

Facility amenities: Furnishings in each Lodge room include queen-size beds, ironing board and iron, a large dresser, a nightstand and a writing table with two comfortable wing chairs. Wifi Internet service is available throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machines are available for your convenience. A laundry room is located inside the facility as well.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $76.00
Guests are welcome to stay the night before and the night after if housing is available. The rate is $76.00 for a single and $97.00 for a double.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 30 - After an early morning of free time, we'll enjoy...
After an early morning of free time, we'll enjoy a lecture on the Vanderbilts and the Estate. We'll then board the coach for a visit to the the Folk Art Center and then on to Antler Hill Village and the estate winery at Biltmore.

Note: Spend your early morning free-time relaxing or hiking on the beautiful assembly grounds. There will be a fair amount of afternoon walking as we visit the Folk Art Center, Antler Hill Village and the estate winery.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: Free early morning. Optional activities: Enjoy a walk around beautiful Bonclarken Lake or bring your fishing gear to take advantage of free fishing! Mid-morning a noted lecturer will tell us about the Vanderbilt family and the magnificent Biltmore Estate.

Lunch: Full lunch buffet.

Afternoon: Before our first visit to the estate, we'll make a brief stop at Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center, home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This beautiful facility showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. Then on to the magnificent Biltmore Estate. While there, you will visit the Biltmore Estate Winery and Tasting Room, where you can enjoy complimentary wine or grape juice. You will tour the historic cellars and learn the steps of quality wine production. Just outside the entrance to the Winery, you will have time to explore Antler Hill Village, an area of exhibitions, live entertainment, dining and shopping.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: Learn about the architecture and treasures of the Estate as well as receive glimpses into tomorrow's visit to America's Largest Home!

Lodging: The Lodge at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, The Lodge at Bonclarken is a great place for adults and professionals to gather. Wifi Internet access is available throughout the facility. A kitchenette is in the Mike and Lib Patrick Conference Room with refrigerator and a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby. The building is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors, roll in showers and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited.

Contact info:
5 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731 USA
phone: 828-692-2223
web: www.bonclarken.org

Room amenities: Wifi Internet Access, queen-size beds, private baths

Facility amenities: Furnishings in each Lodge room include queen-size beds, ironing board and iron, a large dresser, a nightstand and a writing table with two comfortable wing chairs. Wifi Internet service is available throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machines are available for your convenience. A laundry room is located inside the facility as well.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $76.00
Guests are welcome to stay the night before and the night after if housing is available. The rate is $76.00 for a single and $97.00 for a double.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 01 - Spend the day at the Biltmore Estate during the m...
Spend the day at the Biltmore Estate during the most lovely of times, the Festival of Flowers.

Note: This is your day! Spend it in the grand house, in the gardens, and on a special guided behind-the-scenes tour. Bring your walking shoes and your camera!

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning we will return to the Biltmore Estate for a self-paced, self-guided tour of the 250-room Vanderbilt home. There, you will see the luxurious living areas of the Vanderbilt family, lovingly restored to the grandeur of Vanderbilt's time, and filled with priceless, carefully preserved artworks and furnishings. You will also enjoy a special behind-the-scenes guided tour where you will see additional rooms that are not on the self-guided tour.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Biltmore Estate. The Stable Cafe Restaurant has a nice selection of sandwiches and gourmet lunches.

Afternoon: Afternoon continues at the Biltmore Estate, as you spend time wandering the gardens and shops or enjoying the beautiful views afforded from the home itself. Biltmore is famous for creating a wonderland of tulips in early spring. In addition to tulips, the gardens boast acres of azaleas, forsythia, spirea, magnolia, flowering cherries, dogwoods, redbuds, poppies, pansies and many other varieties of flowering shrubs and trees. Visit the glass-roofed Conservatory, which was designed by Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt, and which operates much as it did in Vanderbilt's Day. There, thousands of flowers and plants for Biltmore Gardens are nurtured before transplant. The central room of the conservatory is a Palm House, where a large collection of palms, ferns and other foliage plants have thrived for many years. Annexes include a cool house, a hot house and an orchid house.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: Use this free time as an opportunity to visit some of the many local points of interest or prepare for departure on Friday.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 02 - Final presentation (includes information about Ch...
Final presentation (includes information about Christmas at the Biltmore Estate) and departure

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: Final presentations, wrap-up questions and answers, passports, and check-out. Approximate end time is 10:30 AM.

Lunch: Box lunch provided upon request

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Bonclarken Assembly, Flat Rock, North Carolina
Bonclarken LakeBonclarken Lake, surrounded by the beautiful mountains offers free fishing and a half-mile walking trail around the lake. Within easy walking distance of the housing facilities, Bonclarken Lake is a great place to visit during your stay!
For additional information, visit: www.bonclarken.org
Carl Sandburg HomeThis National Historic Site is located a couple of miles from the conference center. The gift shop, short film and tour of the house ($5.00 charge) are very interesting for history or literature buffs. The two mile relatively easy climb to the top of Glassy Mountain is a good hike to a good view. The best way to take the hike is to turn left at the lake trail and take the trail that begins to ascend at the other end of the lake. There is also a short trail around the lake with a number of wild flowers for those who look carefully.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/carl/
DuPont State ParkA short thirty minute drive will take you to three excellent waterfalls within an hour’s (round trip) walk of the parking lot. From the Hooker Falls parking lot Triple Falls is about a 7 minute walk upstream, though the main trail is quite steep as you approach the Falls. High Falls is about 15 minutes farther upstream from Triple Falls on moderate terrain. Both of these Falls are worth the hike. At the base of High Falls you can stand under the falls, swim in the pool or slide down the rock on the left. Upon returning to the parking lot you can take about a 6 minute walk downstream to Hooker Falls. Another favorite is Bridal Veil Falls which requires a hike of a couple of hours.
For additional information, visit: http://www.dupontforest.com/
Historic Flat RockAn online guide to the village of Flat Rock, North Carolina.
For additional information, visit: http://www.historicflatrockinc.org/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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