FALL WILL BE IN THE MOUNTAINS
ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
per person doubles for non-McLean residents
(see below for more pricing)
Oct 20-24, 2019
Arrive at the McLean Community Center at 7:15am. Bus leaves promptly at 7:30am. Tour returns at approximately 7:00pm.
Asheville, North Carolina is at its very best in the month of October. The colorful fall leaves and spectacular scenery looks like an artist’s palette from the rolling rivers to the towering mountain peaks. Asheville is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Day 1 * Stop for the night at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia. This luxury Inn with its colonial ambiance and delicious food sets the mood for our upcoming adventures. After a lunch on our own, we will be treated to a production of the “Producers” at the famed Barter Theater. Dinner that night will be at our hotel.
Day 2 * Monday starts with breakfast and our picturesque drive to Asheville. After a North Carolina barbeque lunch at Buxton Hall, we will meet Ken Richards, our local guide and author. Ken will lead us on a comprehensive tour that introduces us to the various areas and neighborhoods of Asheville. Late that afternoon we will check into the AC Hotel that sits right in the middle of historic Asheville. Dinner that night will be at our hotel.
Day 3 * After breakfast on Tuesday, Ken Richards will join us again giving us information on the Biltmore Estate before we begin our tour. The magnificent Biltmore Estate is the crown jewel of Asheville. The mansion was completed in 1895, by the famed Gilded Age architect, Richard Morris Hunt for George Vanderbilt. The Biltmore is the largest private home is America. We will tour the house with an audio guide, narrated by the curators of the Biltmore which will enhance our experience. Lunch will be at the Deerpark restaurant which is located on this grand estate. Dinner Tuesday night will be on our own and there are many good restaurants near the hotel from which to choose.
Day 4 * Wednesday begins with breakfast at the hotel and a visit to the River Art’s District of Asheville where we will tour the various working art studios and see a demonstration. Lunch will be in the Arts District at the Smoky Park Supper Club which has a unique architectural structure as well as good food. Next is the spectacular vista of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a stop at the Visitor’s Center where the award-winning film, “The Blue Ridge Parkway – America’s Favorite Journey” will be shown. A must visit on the Parkway is the Folk-Art Center operated and owned by the Highland Handicraft Guild. Dinner will be at Rhubarb, known for its farm-to-table New American fare and whose head chef was nominated for the James Beard Award.
Day 5 * An early start after breakfast on Thursday morning finds us heading back to Virginia with fond memories of Asheville and its history, architecture, fine dining and not to be forgotten views of this fascinating destination.
Deluxe motor coach, 1 night at the Martha Washington Inn, 3 nights at the AC Hotel, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, all admissions, expert Ashville guide, snacks, taxes and gratuities.
Doubles: $1,615 per person doubles for McLean residents, $1,640 double non-residents.
Single Supplement: $2,080 single for McLean residents, $2,100 per person single non-residents.
Deposit: $500 deposit is due as soon as possible and in order to reserve preferred rooms.
Trip Balance: Due Monday, July 1, 2019, make checks payable to Excursionaire.
Trip Cost Include: Deluxe motor coach, 1 night at the Martha Washington Inn, 3 nights at the AC Hotel, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, all admissions, expert Ashville guide, snacks, taxes and gratuities.
Arrive at MCC at 1234 Ingleside Dr., McLean, VA on Sunday, October 20 at 6:45 a.m. departs promptly at 7 a.m.
Returns to MCC on Thursday, October 24 at approximately 8 p.m.
Please contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.