| Breakfast: ||Full breakfast buffet.|
| Morning: ||The story of a city is told by the architecture of its buildings; and for Asheville, which has one of the best collections of art deco buildings in the country, this story is both unique and beautiful. As you learn more about the city, you will understand more about the stories of the people, architects, masons, artisans, and the stories told by the stones. With the arrival of the railroad, Asheville became a mountain escape for the wealthy and was transformed into a resort town as well as a center for therapeutic health treatments in the 1880's. When the Crash halted Asheville's architecture in 1929, it was a boom town, a home for the Vanderbilt's and Edwin Wiley Grove, a resort for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and other historic luminaries, and a mecca for rising young architects following in the footsteps of one of the masters, Richard Morris Hunt, who designed the lavish Biltmore House in 1895.
| Lunch: ||Full lunch buffet provided.|
| Afternoon: ||We'll spend the afternoon in downtown Asheville, where you'll have the opportunity to view the magnificent architecture, buildings that have been preserved and converted to modern facilities of businesses and shops today. Site visits may include the Grove Arcade, said in its time to be the most elegant building in America; as well as the "Old Kentucky Home" birthplace of world renowned author, Thomas Wolfe, and other destinations.|
| Dinner: ||Full dinner buffet provided.|
| Evening: ||Biltmore Estate is more than it's beautiful exterior. It is a place rich in personal history, national society and wealth. The gentleman and lady, George and Edith Vanderbilt, endured struggles and triumphs, and made contributions to
Western North Carolina that are still visible today. Our evening program will introduce you to the Vanderbilts, explain their connection to the Northeastern Vanderbilt family, their diverse and breathtaking art, tapestry, and furniture collections, and their contributions to farming and forestry, including the first school of forestry in the United States.|