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BLACK MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA

America’s “Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, and the Biltmore Estate

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Program #18143RJ
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Lodge has all the modern facilities, plus a nice lobby with a large fireplace, glass enclosed dining area to frame the beautiful views, hotel type rooms with private baths, and an elevator. All activities are in the same building. A television room is on the first floor, and for all the "early risers" there is plenty of coffee available in the lobby each morning. Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. Two laptop computers are set up in the meeting room for individuals to surf the internet and check e-mail during free times.

Contact info:
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA
phone: 828-669-8422
web: www.blueridgeassembly.org

Room amenities: Telephones, private baths, clock radio.

Facility amenities: Tennis courts and mountain trails

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - 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: After a short drive on the beautiful wooded entrance road you will check-in to your room at the Blue Ridge Assembly Conference Center. Check-in begins at 3:00pm. Early arrivals may opt to relax and enjoy the comfortable lobby. Taking a leisurely walk around the landscaped grounds and streams is also an option. For the more adventurous, there are marked trails to hike. Guided trail maps are available at the customer service desk. Program registration begins in the Conference Center Lobby at 4:30pm.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is in the Blue Ridge Assembly Dining Hall, a facility with large windows giving beautiful views of the wooded areas outside. All meals will be in this facility unless noted otherwise.

Evening: Dinner will be followed by a program orientation meeting and a reception, getting the week kicked off in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We will go over the schedule and answer any questions about the week. Participants will receive written materials to enhance their educational experience. An informal reception will be held in the Conference Center Lobby, providing you an opportunity to wind down from your day and get acquainted with your new friends.

Lodging: Blue Ridge Assembly- Blue Ridge Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Lodge has all the modern facilities, plus a nice lobby with a large fireplace, glass enclosed dining area to frame the beautiful views, hotel type rooms with private baths, and an elevator. All activities are in the same building. A television room is on the first floor, and for all the "early risers" there is plenty of coffee available in the lobby each morning. Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. Two laptop computers are set up in the meeting room for individuals to surf the internet and check e-mail during free times.

Contact info:
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA
phone: 828-669-8422
web: www.blueridgeassembly.org

Room amenities: Telephones, private baths, clock radio.

Facility amenities: Tennis courts and mountain trails

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - A day of adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway!!
Note: Touring the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Caverns, Mount Mitchell and the Folk Art Center

Breakfast: All you can eat breakfast buffet, with hot and cold food items.

Morning: This morning we'll tour parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the North of Asheville. En route, the video "The Blue Ridge Parkway - America's Favorite Journey" will provide insight into the construction of the parkway as well as highlight some of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Our first stop will be Linville Caverns where we'll venture inside Humpback Mountain for a unique educational experience, learning first-hand about the geological make-up of the surrounding mountains. We will then continue on to Little Switzerland where we'll have a wonderful lunch.

Lunch: Lunch in Little Switzerland, NC

Afternoon: After lunch, you may choose to visit some of the craft shops in the quaint village of Little Switzerland or simply take a short stroll and enjoy the cool mountain breeze. We then head south on the parkway we'll stop at Mt. Mitchell State Park, the first state park of North Carolina, established in 1915. Mount Mitchell, with an elevation of 6,684 feet is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. While there, we'll enjoy a brief lecture by a park ranger, tour the exhibit center and take a short hike to the park's observation deck that affords a 360 degree span of spectacular views. Our final stop of the day will be at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center, home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Dinner: Full buffet dinner at the Blue Ridge 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: Blue Ridge Assembly- Blue Ridge Center

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

Description: Lodge has all the modern facilities, plus a nice lobby with a large fireplace, glass enclosed dining area to frame the beautiful views, hotel type rooms with private baths, and an elevator. All activities are in the same building. A television room is on the first floor, and for all the "early risers" there is plenty of coffee available in the lobby each morning. Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. Two laptop computers are set up in the meeting room for individuals to surf the internet and check e-mail during free times.

Contact info:
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA
phone: 828-669-8422
web: www.blueridgeassembly.org

Room amenities: Telephones, private baths, clock radio.

Facility amenities: Tennis courts and mountain trails

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Gray Line Historical Trolley Tour of Asheville
Note: Learn about the history, culture and architecture of Asheville aboard a 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. You'll also learn of the architecture, the history and the arts that make Asheville a very unique and special place.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many 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 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: Dinner at the Blue Ridge Assembly

Evening: Evening cultural presentation

Lodging: Blue Ridge Assembly- Blue Ridge Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Lodge has all the modern facilities, plus a nice lobby with a large fireplace, glass enclosed dining area to frame the beautiful views, hotel type rooms with private baths, and an elevator. All activities are in the same building. A television room is on the first floor, and for all the "early risers" there is plenty of coffee available in the lobby each morning. Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. Two laptop computers are set up in the meeting room for individuals to surf the internet and check e-mail during free times.

Contact info:
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA
phone: 828-669-8422
web: www.blueridgeassembly.org

Room amenities: Telephones, private baths, clock radio.

Facility amenities: Tennis courts and mountain trails

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Another day of exploration in the beautiful mount...
Another day of exploration in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina!

Note: Tour the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education; Stop at the scenic Looking Glass Falls; Tour the Cradle of Forestry; Travel another section of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: Today we'll spend another wonderful day exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. We'll make our first stop at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education where exhibits and programs focus on the wildlife and habitat of this southern Appalachian region. Looking Glass Falls will be out next stop on our journey. Looking Glass is one of the state's best known and photographed waterfalls, being one of two hundred fifty that make up this "Land of Waterfalls." After a delightful picnic we'll visit the Cradle of Forestry, a 6,500 acre historic site within the Pisgah National Forest. We'll learn about the birthplace of forest conservation in America through exhibits and a guided tour of the Biltmore campus, restored historic buildings representative of the first school of forestry.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch in the Pisgah National Forest

Afternoon: Early afternoon we will continue our exploration of the Cradle of Forestry. We'll have an opportunity to hike the Forest Festival Trail to see the old sawmill, a 1915 restored locomotive and many other interesting exhibits pertaining to forestry. From there, we'll travel to the top of the mountain where we'll begin our travel on another section of the Blue Ridge Parkway that descends into Asheville.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: After dinner we will view a wonderful presentation on the Biltmore Estate and Gardens, giving us a glimpse into tomorrow's visit.

Lodging: Blue Ridge Assembly- Blue Ridge Center

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

Description: Lodge has all the modern facilities, plus a nice lobby with a large fireplace, glass enclosed dining area to frame the beautiful views, hotel type rooms with private baths, and an elevator. All activities are in the same building. A television room is on the first floor, and for all the "early risers" there is plenty of coffee available in the lobby each morning. Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. Two laptop computers are set up in the meeting room for individuals to surf the internet and check e-mail during free times.

Contact info:
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA
phone: 828-669-8422
web: www.blueridgeassembly.org

Room amenities: Telephones, private baths, clock radio.

Facility amenities: Tennis courts and mountain trails

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Spend the day exploring the beautiful Biltmore Es...
Note: Self-guided tour through the château; walk through the gardens and conservatory; visit the estate winery and other exhibits at Antler Hill Village

Breakfast: Full breakfast dinner.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart for the Biltmore Estate to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of George Vanderbilt. We'll spend our morning visiting the 250-room château, America's largest privately-owned home where you will view priceless, carefully preserved artworks and furnishings.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Biltmore Estate, with selections ranging from sandwiches to the gourmet lunches at the Stable Cafe Restaurant.

Afternoon: Our afternoon continues on the estate with an opportunity to walk through the beautiful estate gardens and visit the conservatory. Mid-afternoon, well 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. Besides the winery, the village includes many historical exhibits and shops for your enjoyment.

Dinner: Full dinner buffet.

Evening: Free evening. Opportunity to visit some of the many local points of interest or prepare for departure on Friday. Optional activity will be provided.

Lodging: Blue Ridge Assembly- Blue Ridge Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Final presentation (includes information about Ch...
Final presentation (includes information about Christmas at the Biltmore Estate) and departure

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet.

Morning: Final presentation: Christmas at the Biltmore Estate, followed by wrap-up question and answer time, passport stamps, and check-out. Approximate end time is 10:30 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Blue Ridge Assembly
Airport Ground TransportationFor information regarding ground travel to and from Asheville Regional Airport please see the enclosed website. or for Ground Transportation service, call 828-209-3660
For additional information, visit: www.flyavl.com/ground-transporation/

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12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
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