Asheville: Christmas at Biltmore
Visit NC Concierge’s commitment to providing uncommon access to North Carolina’s treasures takes us to the thriving city of Asheville in the southwest part of our state in November. Known as both a culinary haven and a center for creative arts, Asheville offers the gilded age grandeur of the Biltmore Estate alongside modern cuisine, craft brewing, and the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. Highlights of this trip include a private tour and dinner at the east coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada brewery, an immersive creative experience at the River Arts District, and time to explore while enjoying chic, urban accommodations. Without a doubt, the centerpiece of this travel experience is our Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore Estate on Wednesday evening. Wrapped in the scent of fresh evergreens, we’ll travel back in time to the splendor of a bygone era as we explore America’s grandest home. Join us for this exciting and carefully curated trip to one of the most vibrant cities in our state.
Photo used with permission from The Biltmore Company, Asheville, North Carolina.
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Christmas Raleigh-Style: Dinner & a Show
In this mini-version of A Capital Christmas, join Visit NC Concierge for dinner and a show. Depart in the afternoon and experience a driving tour through Raleigh’s historic neighborhoods, decorated in holiday splendor for Raleigh’s WinterFest. We’ll make our way to one of the city’s popular downtown restaurants for a delicious four-course dinner, and then be transported to Memorial Auditorium to enjoy the 45th season performance of A Christmas Carol. This annual event has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.” Truly, it is unlike any other production you’ve ever seen of this holiday favorite, having thrilled over one million guests, as it will you. We hope you’ll join us on December 12th.
Raleigh: A Capital Christmas 2019
Raleigh: “A Capital Christmas” – North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh, comes alive with the magic of the holiday season. Join us in Raleigh on Friday afternoon with a narrated driving tour of the diverse, vibrant city center, as we make our way to the Governor’s Mansion, decorated in full holiday splendor. A special four-course dinner precedes our celebration of the 45th annual production of Theatre in the Park’s “A Christmas Carol”. Saturday features an exploration of the city’s new Morgan Street Food Hall, reminiscent of the grand food halls of Europe. On Saturday afternoon, enjoy the 48th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. Our day concludes with a festive evening reception at the Gregg Museum (formerly the NCSU Chancellor’s Residence). Sure to become a North Carolina holiday tradition, “A Capital Christmas” is a terrific addition to any December calendar.
Tryon Palace & Historic New Bern
Travel east to New Bern, North Carolina’s colonial capital, and see “where American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born.” Visit the North Carolina History Center; enjoy lunch with the group; and see the state’s royal colonial history come alive through costumed interpreters during a tour of Tryon Palace. Take time to visit the Tryon Palace gardens and additional historical buildings associated with the site before boarding our deluxe motorcoach for the return trip to Raleigh. Full Day Tour: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
We are pleased to offer this experience in collaboration with the Meredith College Alumnae Association.
Edenton: Easels in the Gardens
“Easels in the Gardens“, featuring plein air artists working amongst public and private gardens in this charming, historic town, is only offered biannually. This fundraiser for the historic Cupola House continues to attract visitors near and far. Begin your day with floral and garden workshops before an afternoon of exploring the gardens, chatting along the way with artists, all at your own pace. We’ll regroup at 5pm for the Garden Party, an opportunity to browse artists’ works available for purchase, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and libations, before returning home. Full Day Tour: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Step Into the Garden
Year-round, the Triangle region boasts nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned gardens that provide a delightful introduction to the rich botanical history of North Carolina. Join Visit NC Concierge for a half- or full-day experience at one of the following area gardens:
J.C. Raulston Arboretum – a biodiverse living laboratory spanning ten and a half beautiful acres on the campus of North Carolina State University;
North Carolina Botanical Garden – the premier university-affiliated conservation garden in the United States, located on the beautiful campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens – a living collection that promotes the vital connections between people and plants. Located in the heart of the Duke University campus, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are known world-wide for horticultural excellence, environmental awareness, and sustainable practices.
Full day tours include luncheon at Iris Cafe inside the North Carolina Museum of Art and time to explore the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibits, as well as its 164 acre Museum Park, the largest museum art park in the country.
Raleigh: Historic & Innovative
Join us for a half day immersion experience into the history and dynamic entrepreneurial synergy that defines North Carolina’s capital city. A driving tour of the city’s core will provide the framework for our exploration of state sites, educational institutions, and a thriving innovative business community. Stops include the State Capitol, area colleges and universities, and one of downtown’s coworking spaces where the whole concept of “the office” is being redefined. This 4-hour tour around North Carolina’s Capital City will inspire and invigorate you, whetting your appetite for more!
The ‘Grande Dame’ of Blount Street
Since the late 19th century, the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion has been one of the finest examples of Queen Ann Victorian architecture in the state. Known as “The Grande Dame of Blount Street,” the building’s construction incorporates native materials: bricks molded from Wake County red clay; oak and heart pine; sandstone and marble. Inside, more than 35,000 square feet of space house art, antique furnishings, and many beautiful architectural features. This half-day tour takes you to the Executive Mansion and includes a tour of its gardens (if available on your tour day), as well as a driving tour of the NCSU and Meredith College campuses, the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine, and time permitting, a visit to one of downtown’s co-working spaces where the whole concept of “the office” is being redefined.
North Carolina: A Royal Colony
Travel east to New Bern, North Carolina’s colonial capital, and see “where American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born.” Visit the North Carolina History Center; have lunch at Lawson’s Landing; and see the state’s royal colonial history come alive through costumed interpreters during a tour of Tryon Palace. Take time to visit the Tryon Palace gardens and additional historical buildings associated with the site before boarding our deluxe motorcoach for the return trip to Raleigh.
Full Day Tour: 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM