Note: All Conference Sponsored Excursions include transportation and require use of our transportation.
Tour the Biltmore Estate
Cost: $70 adults, $10 kids and teens
Included: Transportation to/from, admission to the Biltmore, self guided tour. Dinner is available at an additional cost.
Depart time: 3:00pm
Pick-up Time: 7:30pm
Return time: 8:00pm
Dinner option: Eat at one of the Biltmore restaurants, prices for main dish start at $20.
Description: “Welcome to America's Largest Home®
Bask in the glory of summer, when longer days mean more time to enjoy the estate’s fun-for-all-ages appeal. Delight in our spectacular Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition, outdoor concerts, wine tastings at America’s most visited winery, and the opportunity to explore our 8,000-acre backyard via kayak, Segway, horseback, bike, Land Rover, and more.”
“In addition to Biltmore House and Winery, our 8,000-acre estate offers three overnight properties, nine gardens, 13 shops, 15 dining venues, and over 20 tours and outdoor activities designed to make your time at Biltmore a truly memorable experience.”(excerpt from the Biltmore website)
Tube the French Broad River
Included: Tube, transit and fun! A dinner option is available, but not included in the price.
Depart time: Various times starting at 1pm…see the registration page for availability.
Return time: Between 4-6pm
Dinner option: After tubing, change into some dry clothing and we will shuttle you to a great, reasonable barbecue joint for dinner (most likely Phil’s BBQ).
Age: 4 years and older
Description: “Our river routes can’t be beat. Tubing times vary with water level and weather conditions.….our Midtown location floats you past some of Asheville’s finest breweries, the vibrant River Arts District and finishes upstream from the Bywater! You’ll be floating those routes in the cushiest, comfiest tubes to ever ride the river with their built-in back rests, closed bottoms and ability to hook together for groups and families. And finally, one of the greatest perks of tubing with us: coolers are welcome*! That’s right, bring a cooler!” (excerpt from the Zen Tubing website)
Whitewater Raft the Pigeon River
Included: Transportation, rafting, all the gear, a guide and dinner!
Depart Time: 1:30pm
Return time: 7:30pm
Dinner Included: After the excitement of the river, dry off, relax and enjoy a great smoked pulled pork sandwich for dinner!
Age: 8 years and older
Description: Enjoy rafting the exciting Pigeon River through the Great Smoky Mountains in one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Tennessee.
- Experienced raft guide.
- 6 people plus guide in each raft
- Exciting fast rapids (class II, III & IV rapids)
- 2-hour total trip time (1 hour on water)
The Wildwater facility offers a clean shower house with changing rooms, two cozy shops to browse through. After rafting we will use the two pavilions and picnic tables to enjoy a picnic style dinner!
Dinner & Beer Tasting
Our first stop will be at New Belgium Brewing. This is a very large production brewery overlooking the French Broad River. After a short stay here we will drive to the South Slope Brewery District where you will find at least 6 different very small craft breweries all within a 5 minute walk of each other. You will be on foot and free to explore these breweries, try their beers, and grab some dinner! Sure to be a great time!!
Below is a list of the options in the South Slope Brewery District.
Buxton Hall, some of the best barbecue around! http://www.buxtonhall.com/
- Wild Wing Café. http://www.wildwingcafe.com/locations/asheville-nc
South Slope Breweries:
- Catawba Brewing- food available - “Purple People Feeder”, simply fantastic Hibachi Chicken! https://catawbabrewing.com/locations/south-slope-asheville
- Burial Brewing- brewery, no food. https://burialbeer.com/
- Funkatorium- brewery and food. https://www.wickedweedbrewing.com/locations/funkatorium/
- Twin Leaf Brewery- brewery, no food. http://www.twinleafbrewery.com/
- Green Man Brewery/The Green Mansion - brewery, no food. http://www.greenmanbrewery.com/
Chimney Rock State Park & Lake Lure
Cost: $25 (16 years and older), $17 (5 to 15 years), Free (0-4 years).
Included: Transportation and admission to the state park. A dinner stop will take place, but is not included in the price.
Depart time: 1pm
Return time: Approximately 8pm
Description: Chimney Rock is a granite beacon for nature lovers––it even seems playfully crisscrossed with spectacular, yet safe, WNC hiking trails. They combine into North Carolina mountain adventures in as near to postcard perfect settings as you’ll find.After hiking and exploring Chimney Rock we will stop at one of the most beautiful lakes in North Carolina, lake Lure. There we will explore the lake and the quaint town (a site where many movies were filmed). We will grab some dinner in town before heading home. (excerpt adapted from the Chimney Rock Website)
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