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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, Founders is ideal for adults and professionals. Recently refurbished, Founders Hall provides a comfortable setting on the upper campus, only a short walk away from the Dining Hall. It is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited. Founders is a beautiful facility with a large porch with several rockers for relaxing and enjoying the fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. It's a great place to spend a wonderful week in the mountains!

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

Room amenities: Wifi Internet service. Queen-size beds. Private baths.

Facility amenities: Wifi Internet service is available in all rooms. Rooms have queen size beds and private baths. The kitchenette in the Jean White Meeting Room on the first floor has a refrigerator as well as a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby of the facility. Courtesy phones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machine is available for you convenience as well as a laundry room.

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 an additional night before or night after if housing is available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - We welcome you to Western North Carolina in the b...
We welcome you to Western North Carolina in the beautiful fall season. Arrive, check-in, and prepare for a wonderful week of interesting and fun adventures!

Note: Today you'll check-in to your room, register and pick up your program materials, have dinner, and attend a program orientation.

Arrive To: Check in to rooms beginning at 3:00pm in Founders Hall on the campus of Bonclarken Assembly. Registrations begins at 4:30pm in the hall lobby. Prepare for an exciting adventure in beautiful Western North Carolina!

Dinner: Program begins with a full dinner buffet inside the spacious Bonclarken Assembly Dining Hall. A salad and hot food bar are yours to enjoy, accompanied by drinks, coffee and desserts. Vegetarian, low-salt and gluten free items are available as well as sugar free desserts (by request). All meals are served in this facility unless otherwise noted.

Evening: As we gather after dinner you'll have time to get to know your fellow travelers and your program leaders. We will review the schedule and printed materials for the week, give you information about the campus and answer any questions you might have.

Lodging: Founders Hall at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, Founders is ideal for adults and professionals. Recently refurbished, Founders Hall provides a comfortable setting on the upper campus, only a short walk away from the Dining Hall. It is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited. Founders is a beautiful facility with a large porch with several rockers for relaxing and enjoying the fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. It's a great place to spend a wonderful week in the mountains!

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

Room amenities: Wifi Internet service. Queen-size beds. Private baths.

Facility amenities: Wifi Internet service is available in all rooms. Rooms have queen size beds and private baths. The kitchenette in the Jean White Meeting Room on the first floor has a refrigerator as well as a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby of the facility. Courtesy phones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machine is available for you convenience as well as a laundry room.

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 an additional night before or night after if housing is available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Spend the day exploring the beautiful estate of G...
Note: Self-guided tour through the Vanderbilt home; see the gardens and the conservatory; visit the estate winery and other exhibits at Antler Hill Village. A late afternoon stroll in the North Carolina Arboretum will be a perfect way to finish the activities of the day!

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast.

Morning: After breakfast we'll learn about the Biltmore Estate. Mid-morning well depart for a self-paced, self-guided tour of the 250 room Biltmore mansion. 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.

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

Afternoon: Our afternoon continues on the estate with an opportunity to walk through the beautiful estate gardens and visit the conservatory. Early-afternoon we'll depart for Antler Hill Village, home of the estate winery. The first vineyards were planted in 1971 and eight years later in 1979 the first bottle of wine was sold. You'll have an opportunity to tour the winery complex and enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting. Several exhibits and shops are in Antler Hill Village for your enjoyment as well. Late afternoon we will travel to the North Carolina Arboretum. The arboretum's 464 acres is nestled in one of the most beautiful settings in America.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: This evening a noted scholar and researcher will present an enlightening program on the trains of Western North Carolina. Trains have played a major role in the development of this area. The Murphy Branch of the Western North Carolina Railroads carried thousands of mountaineers from the wilderness of their landlocked hills. All aboard on Thursday as we travel on part of the tracks of the Murphy Branch on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad!

Lodging: Founders Hall at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, Founders is ideal for adults and professionals. Recently refurbished, Founders Hall provides a comfortable setting on the upper campus, only a short walk away from the Dining Hall. It is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited. Founders is a beautiful facility with a large porch with several rockers for relaxing and enjoying the fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. It's a great place to spend a wonderful week in the mountains!

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

Room amenities: Wifi Internet service. Queen-size beds. Private baths.

Facility amenities: Wifi Internet service is available in all rooms. Rooms have queen size beds and private baths. The kitchenette in the Jean White Meeting Room on the first floor has a refrigerator as well as a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby of the facility. Courtesy phones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machine is available for you convenience as well as a laundry room.

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 an additional night before or night after if housing is available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Gray Line Trolley Tour will highlight your day in...
Note: Learn about 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.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning learn about Asheville's early settlers, famous citizens and authors aboard the historic Gray Line Trolley. As we travel around the city you will learn of the diverse Montford Historic District, the stately Grove Park Historic District with the legendary Grove Park Inn, the art deco downtown, the ever artsy River Arts District and the Biltmore Village. You'll also learn of the architecture, the history and the arts that make Asheville a very unique and special place.

Lunch: Enjoy a delightful lunch at Pack's Tavern in historic 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 explore... 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 provided

Evening: This evening we will enjoy a presentation on the Cherokee Indians and the land of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Cherokee roamed these lands for thousands of years before the arrival of early European settlers. Overcoming many obstacles, the Cherokee have developed a government and a society that match the most civilized cultures of the day. They are a proud nation as they well should be. They treasure their heritage and continually strive to keep their Cherokee traditions alive. Tonight we welcome a tribal member who will share his story of the Cherokee!

Lodging: Founders Hall at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Quality Inn is located in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Cherokee Indian Reservation beside the Oconaluftee River. All guest rooms include coffee makers, free wireless high-speed Internet, local calls and a free weekday newspaper. The hotel also offers guest laundry and free Cherokee shuttle service.

Contact info:
Hwy 441 Bypass
Cherokee, NC 28719 USA
phone: 828-497-4702
web: www.qualityinncherokeenc.com

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


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Museum of the Cherokee Indians, Oconaluftee India...
Museum of the Cherokee Indians, Oconaluftee Indian Village and Smoky Mountain National Park

Note: Exploration into the history and culture of the Cherokee.

Breakfast: Full Buffet Breakfast.

Morning: This morning we depart for a two-day visit to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee are the second largest Indian tribe in the United States. They reside on land that is federally-recognized as a truly sovereign nation, not a reservation. En route to Cherokee, NC we will enjoy an educational video of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once in Cherokee we'll spend the remainder of our morning visiting the recently renovated Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The museum combines computer imagery, special effects and audio with an extensive artifact collection to tell the story of the Cherokee and their ancestors from twelve thousand years ago to the present.

Lunch: A buffet lunch of local flavor will satisfy your appetite before we begin our afternoon adventures!

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll visit the living Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community. Cherokee guides will explain the history, culture and life-style of their ancestors. Watch Cherokee craftsmen demonstrate their skill in making arrowheads, baskets, blowguns, beaded belts, ceremonial masks, dugout canoes, pottery and wood carvings. You'll also enjoy the 7-sided Council House and replicas of typical Cherokee homes as they were 250 years ago. You will have the opportunity to walk through the woods and see a variety of trees and plants indigenous to the western NC area. We will finish our afternoon with a drive into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a visit to an old mountain homestead.

Dinner: A delicious dinner will be provided following our day's visit to the reservation!

Evening: Enjoy a free evening after your busy day in the Great Smoky Mountains and the land of the Cherokee. Shop in the village, take a relaxing stroll, try your luck at Harrah's Casino or simply kick back and relax... you decide!

Lodging: Cherokee Quality Inn

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

Description: Featuring queen-size beds, private baths, and interior access, Founders is ideal for adults and professionals. Recently refurbished, Founders Hall provides a comfortable setting on the upper campus, only a short walk away from the Dining Hall. It is equipped with special needs accessibility features including ramps, wide doors and other features to ensure accessibility for those who are physically limited. Founders is a beautiful facility with a large porch with several rockers for relaxing and enjoying the fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. It's a great place to spend a wonderful week in the mountains!

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

Room amenities: Wifi Internet service. Queen-size beds. Private baths.

Facility amenities: Wifi Internet service is available in all rooms. Rooms have queen size beds and private baths. The kitchenette in the Jean White Meeting Room on the first floor has a refrigerator as well as a nice coffee pot for lots of fresh coffee. A television is located in the lobby of the facility. Courtesy phones are located on each floor of the facility. Vending and ice machine is available for you convenience as well as a laundry room.

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 an additional night before or night after if housing is available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and the scenic...
Note: Travel in style through the Great Smoky Mountains and see the beautiful fall foliage from your "Crown-Class" vintage train car . Afterwards, lunch and a scenic ride along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, "America's Favorite Drive."

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast included.

Morning: Today we'll depart Cherokee and travel to the small quaint town of Bryson City, approximately 10 miles southwest. There you will have time to explore the town and visit the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum before we board the train. The museum has over 7,000 "Lionel" engines, cars and accessories with impressive realistic displays. Several toy trains travel all day meandering through the crafted villages and mountain settings. As a guest on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the area as the train journeys across fertile valleys and across river gorges in a spectacular region called the Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western NC offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes, especially beautiful during the fall color season. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, you will ride a real train in one of their crown vintage cars. You will receive a souvenir tumbler to fill with fountain sodas, coffee or hot chocolate in the Conductor's Cafe Car during your ride, a souvenir for you to take home to remind you of your journey.

Lunch: Today we'll enjoy a nice lunch at the Jarrett House in the quaint town of Dillsboro, NC. The Jarrett House, established in 1884 is a beautiful bed and breakfast inn with Victorian style furnishings and family style dining. The old passenger trains from Asheville used to stop in Dillsboro for 20 minutes at noon for lunch. Food reservations were telegraphed ahead from the Balsam Mountain stop so it would be ready for the passengers upon their arrival. Unlike the train passengers of olden times, we'll have plenty of time to savor and enjoy our meal!

Afternoon: After a leisurely lunch and a brief time to explore Dillsboro, we'll return to Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway! The Parkway runs 469 miles along the Blue Ridge, a part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, connecting the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Seeing the fall colors from some of the highest peaks of Western North Carolina is an amazing experience that you don't want to miss! We'll stop for pictures, so be sure to bring your camera!!

Dinner: Full dinner buffet provided.

Evening: This evening we'll have a cultural presentation featuring some of our local talented musicians or performers from the region. These performances are always a big hit with our groups!

Lodging: Founders Hall at Bonclarken

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destinat...
The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destination at Christmas. We will end our week with a presentation on "Christmas at Biltmore." Check-out and program wrap-up will follow.

Depart From: Program usually ends at approximately 10:30 AM.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet provided.

Morning: Asheville and the mountains of Western North Carolina have become a major holiday tourist destination in the winter. This morning we will wrap-up our week with a presentation on "Christmas at Biltmore," followed with an opportunity to ask questions and say good bye to new friends.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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