Celebrating the Gilded Age & The Roaring 20s
September 23-26, 2019
Bus Tour Inclusions:
*Private Gilded Age Evening at Biltmore Estate
– Butler Service Arrival
– Dinner at the elegant Deerpark Restaurant
– Live Jazz Music
– Candlelight Tour of the Biltmore Mansion
* Roaring 20’s Evening with Zelda Fitzgerald
– Champagne & Jazz Reception
– Cordon Bleu Dinner
– Flapper & Gangster Costume Competition
– Dance Lessons: The Charleston & The Lindy
* Historical Tour of the Biltmore Mansion
* Visit to the Gardens
* Tastings at the Biltmore Winery
* Shopping at Antler Hill Village
* Blue Ridge Parkway Tour
* Three Nights Hampton Inn Lodging
* Three Hotel Breakfasts
* One Lunch at Pisgah Inn
* Three Dinners
*Prices are per person
Day 1 Monday, September 23
Three Nights Lodging, Hampton Inn
Following a day of travel from Myrtle Beach, you arrive Asheville, NC for a 3-night stay at one of the local Hampton Inns. (300 miles).
Dinner this evening at Stone Ridge Tavern. Once seated choose from limited menu of four-five entree’s.
Day 2 Tuesday, September 24
Blue Ridge Parkway Tour
This morning a local guide will board your coach at the hotel for a day of of sightseeing on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Leaving the city your bus quickly motors out of traffic and onto a beautiful two-lane road lined with trees and overlooks. This section of the parkway also features a dozen tunnels each opening into mountain views. It’s a wonderful day filled with natural history, native and early American history, flora, fauna and photographic dreams.
Lunch at The Pisgah Inn
Your lunch during this tour will be at the Pisgah Inn on top of the Parkway at 5,000 feet of elevation. This motor inn, restaurant and gift shop sits on the mountain side with gorgeous views of forest-clad mountain peaks, mist filled coves and slopes of fragrant balsams, rhododendrons and mountain laurel.
Returning to the hotel you will time to freshen up before this evening’s excitement.
Dinner at the Deerpark Restaurant
This evening’s dinner at the Deerpark Restaurant is one you will remember for years to come.
A Butler will greet your coach on arrival and explain the evening agenda. It is a casual relaxed night in an elegant setting that is not to be rushed but rather savored.
The Deerpark is in a peaceful, natural setting with plenty of rustic charm and sweeping views of estate pastures. A wall of windows overlooks an interior courtyard where a Jazz Band sets the mood while the light of day twinkles less and less beyond the distant Blue Ridge providing a warm and wonderful moment for enjoyment after your meal.
Private Gilded Evening at the Biltmore Estate
After dinner your group will be dispatched to the Mansion House. Winding your way along the Approach Road, the Estate will suddenly appear as the sun sets beyond the mountains. The lights will twinkle in the autumn night and the Butler will open the entry doors for a Candlelight Tour of this 250 room home. As you stroll through you will find docents to describe the décor and history of things, and musicians who add yet another dimension to the enchantment.
We have the Estate reserved exclusively for the evening, providing you an opportunity to experience The Mansion as the Vanderbilt’s may have during the Gilded Age.
Day 3 Wednesday, September 25
Biltmore Estate Tour & Gardens
Start with the historic tour of the Biltmore House. Step into a world of beauty virtually unchanged for more than a century. The main house on the estate, is a Chatequesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space and is still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, standing today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the “Gilded Age.”
After touring the house, you will have time to visit the gardens, stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking trees in America’s first managed forest, to the Rose Garden with more than 250 varieties.
Tastings at the Biltmore Winery
Then visit the Biltmore Winery where you delight in free wine tastings and a redesigned self-guided tour to learn how to make award-winning wines.
Shopping at Antler Hill Village
You also have time to browse Antler Hill Village. Stepping into the everyday lives of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops and working at Biltmore Dairy in the 1890s. The Barn in Antler Hill Village – once the social and work center for these families – is alive again with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craft demonstrations. The Barn Door features a unique selection of American made arts and crafts items and a Smokehouse offering Carolina barbeque, quick sandwiches, and other Southern favorites.
Fashionable Evening with Zelda Fitzgerald
Another private event awaits, it’s a fashionable Evening with Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Known for her beauty and high spirits, she is an icon of the Roaring 20’s, a time of social and political change. In this era women won the right to vote. They began to exercise newfound freedoms, smoking in public, dressing dangerously in short skirts, drinking and dancing to the new Jazz Music; and Zelda led the way. She was dubbed by her husband to be “the first American Flapper. She was the inspiration for the character of Daisy in her husband’s novel “The Great Gatsby” and we use that character to bring whim and frolic to the night.
Champagne & Jazz Reception
Zelda will meet groups on arrival and pose for photos, a Jazz Band will be playing and champagne flows freely during the reception. A cash bar continues.
Cordon Bleu Dinner
Dinner is a nicely prepared Cordon Bleu with traditional accompaniments of salad and dessert.
Dance Lessons: The Charleston & The Lindy
Entertainment follows through the night and dancers will cavort with guests in the subdued light of our ballroom. There will be lessons on how to dance The Charleston and The Lindy.
Flapper & Gangster Costume Competition
As the evening draws to an end we will sponsor a costume competition with prizes in several categories. We encourage patrons to dress in the period clothing.
Day 4 Thursday, September 26
Depart for Home
This morning you depart for home.
Minimum of 30 pax required
Check payment only
$100 pp nonrefundable deposit
$150 2nd deposit due 6/26/2019
Final payment due 8/6/2019
Optional Travel Insurance is available for $58.00 per person due at final payment date (Credit Card or Check Payment)