Afternoon: Check-in and registration the between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. After receiving your room keys, stop by the registration table to pick up your program information packet.
Dinner: The dining room is open from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, serving a selection of entrees, salads, fruits and beverages buffet style.
Evening: An orientation meeting with an ice cream social will be held at 6:45 pm.
Breakfast: Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast served from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.
Morning: Strap on your hiking boots, grab a change of clothes (if you plan to play in the stream) and we'll head into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to hike the Smokemont Loop. The trail follows along one of the most beautiful streams the Smoky's are known for.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail.
Afternoon: On our way back to the trailhead we will pass an old homestead and Bradley Cemetery, reminders of what the former settlers gave up so that we could have this beautiful national park. On our way home we will visit the Visitor's Center to learn about the park itself.
Dinner: Full buffet served from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Evening: Enjoy a movie in the hospitality room, or try your hand on the volleyball courts.
Activity note: Clothing may get soiled while panning for gems so wear something you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Don't foget a light jacket for tonight's outdoor drama!
Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet served in the dining room.
Morning: Depart for the Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine in Cherokee. There's gems to be found in "these hills" and you might find a big one!
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the river in Cherokee.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit the Oconoluftee Indian Village, and authentic Cherokee community depicting life in the 18th century. Cherokee guides will tell of their history, culture and lifestyles of their ancestors as we meander through the village and observe artisans demonstrating their crafts.
Dinner: Enjoy a family-style buffet at Granny's Kitchen in Cherokee.
Evening: This evening we will visit the Mountainside Theater, home of the eternal flame of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. There we will see the outdoor drama "Unto These Hills," the story of the Cherokee eons ago, up through the heartbreaking Trail of Tears and ending with the Cherokee people of today. "Unto These Hills" is one of the oldest dramas in the nation and has sold almost six million tickets!
Activity note: A fair amount of walking at the Biltmore Estate and in Downtown Asheville.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served in the dining room.
Morning: This morning we will visit the magnificent Biltmore Estate. En route, a video will introduce us to the world of the Vanderbilt's. After our tour, relax and enjoy a nice scoop of Biltmore Ice Cream in the estate creamery shop. Touring will be at your own pace so enjoy your visit!
Lunch: Following our visit to the Biltmore House we will enjoy a picnic lunch on the estate grounds.
Afternoon: Laugh your way through town! The Kids' Comedy Tour of Asheville, on the bright purple LaZoom bus, will introduce us to downtown Asheville. Everyone will get an idea of streets & places to visit during the afternoon free time downtown.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in downtown Asheville
Evening: The Asheville Tourists are a minor league baseball team based in Asheville, North Carolina. They play in the Class A South Atlantic League and have been a farm team of the Colorado Rockies since 1994. There's nothing like a summertime evening game of baseball!
Activity note: Paddling in the raft!
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast provided in the hotel dining room.
Morning: Depart for the quaint town of Bryson City, approximately 10 miles southwest of Cherokee. We will 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. All abord the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! We 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.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
Afternoon: The afternoon we'll raft down the Nantahala River, one of America's most popular rafting runs. We will begin our adventure with a paddling orientation and then depart for our 8 miles fully guided rafting journey. There is no guarantee that you won't get wet! So, bring a change of clothing. If there is anyone who does not want to raft, they may return to Bryson City via the train.
Dinner: Buffet dinner served in the hotel dining room.
Evening: The evening is unplanned. Enjoy a walk around the scenic lake or venture into Waynesville and explore shops. Venture into nearby Maggie Valley and play miniature golf. Our hospitality room will have a selection of games available.
Activity note: Hiking to the top of Water Rock Knob is steep but the trail is well maintained and the view is unforgettable.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served in the hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel via the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob. Explore the Visitor's Center, take panoramic photographs and trek to the top of Waterrock Knob for a breathtaking view of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains at more than 6,000 feet elevation..
Lunch: Return to the hotel for lunch and a late check-out.