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Jamestown, Virginia

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

 

In the year 1607, our country began the first permanent English2016 12 14 ARM Y main entrance settlement in North America with the settlement of Jamestown. Spring 2019 marked the completion of a $10.6 million restoration of the Jamestown Settlement Gallery. There will be an overall guided tour upon our arrival with time on our own to view the exhibits, which highlight the beginning of the Jamestown Colony and how it evolved in the 17th Century. “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” is a very special exhibit that portrays the struggles real women endured and the many contributions they made in the early colonial days of the New World.

 

Lunch will be at Riverwalk Restaurant on the shores of the York River. The choice will be either Riverwalk Crab Cakes or Herb-Roasted Chicken with Southern Barbecue Sauce. Please note your lunch choice on your check.

 

After lunch we will take a guided sampler tour of the totally redone American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This museum tells the story of how our country fought and struggled for independence—from the Revolution to the Battle of Yorktown. It is the story of an emerging nation that did not give up.

 

Do not wait to sign up, as this promises to be a very popular tour. Offering history, fine dining on the York River and a beautiful fall day, this tour will be filled quickly.

 

Activity No. 7012.219
$180/$175 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, all admissions, full lunch, a morning snack and a driver’s tip. Arrive at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs MCC promptly at 7 a.m. Tour returns at approximately 8:30 p.m. Please make check payable to Excursionaire.

 

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

 

Image of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Sunset at Craggy Gardens webAsheville, North Carolina

Sunday, Oct. 20-Thursday, Oct. 24

 

Asheville, North Carolina, is at its very best in the month of October. The colorful fall leaves and spectacular scenery look like an artist's palette from the rolling rivers to the towering mountains peaks. Asheville is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Day 1Asheville skyline 1

 

The tour group stops 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 having lunch on our own, we will be treated to a production of “The Producers” at the famed Barter Theatre. Dinner that night will be at the hotel.

 

Day 2

 

Monday starts with breakfast and a picturesque drive to Asheville. After a North Carolina barbecue lunch at Buxton Hall, we will meet Ken Richards, our local guide and author. Ken will lead us on a comprehensive tour to introduce us to the various areas and neighborhoods of Asheville. Late in the 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 3BH CROP2

 

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 Arts 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 great 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 Craft Guild. Dinner will be at Rhubarb, known for its farm-totable, New American fare and whose head chef was nominated for the James Beard Award.

 Grove Arcade

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 the not-to-be-forgotten views of this fascinating destination.

 

Activity No. 7010.219
Doubles: $1,615 per person for MCC district residents; $1,640 all others.
Single Supplement: $2,080 per person for MCC district residents, $2,100 all others.
Deposit: A $500 deposit is due as soon as possible to reserve preferred rooms.

 

Balance is due Thursday, June 20. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire. Trip fee includes deluxe motor coach, one night at the Martha Washington Inn, three nights at the AC Hotel, four breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, all admissions, expert Asheville guide, snacks, taxes and gratuities.

 

Arrive at MCC on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 7 a.m. Tour returns to MCC on Thursday, Oct. 24, at approximately 8 p.m.

 

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com

 

Photographs courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com.