Fall Favorites in the North Carolina Foothills

Winston-Salem, NC, USA

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Oct 17 - 19, 2018
Group size: 30 - 45
Fall Favorites in the North Carolina Foothills
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Patty
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90 reviews

$439
Deposit: $100
Oct 17 - 19, 2018
Group size: 30 - 45

About this trip

This trip features scenic fall foliage and the iconic North Carolina destinations of the famed Seagrove Pottery Highway, the National Landmark Moravian Village of Old Salem, Mount Airy, the town that inspired “Mayberry” and the scenic Yadkin Valley Wine Country. Trip highlights include visits to several pottery studios and shops in American’s largest pottery community, a tour of the Andy Griffith Museum, touring the cobblestone streets of Old Salem, American’s most comprehensive living history attraction and a tasting and tour of award-winning Raffaldini Vineyards. Our State Magazine touts Raffaldini as one of “Prettiest Places in North Carolina” The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular!

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If paying online is not your preferred way of paying, please simply contact Patty, the Trip Organizer for other options.  

What’s included

  • Transportation
    On a 55 passenger luxury coach
  • Accommodations
    At the Historic Brookstown Inn in Winston Salem
  • Cookies & Milk at night
  • Breakfast
    Full breakfast buffet each morning
  • Guided tour
    Step-On guide joins our bus in Mount Airy for a tour of the town
  • Admission
    To the Andy Griffith Museum
  • Tour & Tasting
    Vineyard Tour and tasting of 5 award winning wines at Raffaldini
  • Admission
    Admission & self-guided tour of Old Salem
  • Dinner
    Farewell Fall Harvest dinner & social at Brookstown Inn
  • Taxes & Gratuities
  • Water & Snacks on bus
  • Welcome glass of wine
    Complimentary glass of wine each night at the hotel
  • Meals
    Dinner on first night and lunches. Options described in the itinerary
  • Cash Bar
    A cash bar will be offered during the farewell dinner and social

Available Packages

Double package - per person price
Available until Sep 30, 201820 left
$439
Deposit: $100
Single package
Available until Sep 30, 201810 left
$562
Deposit: $100
$439
Deposit: $100

Double package - per person price
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Itinerary

3 days/2nights trip
Fall Favorites in the North Carolina Foothills

Day 1  -  Look for a departure from Brunswick Forest and perhaps Wilmington between 8am and 8:30am.  This will be firmed up once I see what is most convenient for registered passengers.    We travel toward the rolling hills of the North Carolina Piedmont.  Our destination is Seagrove, speckled with pastures and over 100 pottery studios.  Seagrove is the largest working community of potters in the Country.  We spend the afternoon walking in the Village to visit shops and studios as well as driving to a couple situated in the colorful hills of this scenic Pottery Highway.     The focus will be on the history and culture of these 4th generation potters and experiencing  the different techniques, glazes and styles of their craft.  


Our final destination for the day is Winston Salem, where we check-in to the Historic Brookstown Inn.   Enjoy the History Exhibit in the hotel lobby, then make your way to the Cotton Mill Lounge for a Wine & Cheese reception.  Each guest receives a complimentary wine voucher.   Dinner can be enjoyed at any of the three restaurants within walking distance.  These are the Meridian Restaurant, Willow Bistro and Dilisio's Italian Restaurant.  Traveling solo?  Join Patty and other solo diners for dinner.  


Day 2 - 8:30am departure westward!   It does't take long to get to Mount Airy (45 minutes) and en route we enjoy the picturesque views of Pilot Mountain.  We arrive in Mount Airy and are joined by one of the local guides for an educational and entertaining tour of the town, known to be the real "Mayberry".   Each of you will have a favorite site along the route.  Mine was actually the Quarry.   You won't believe the size of of it!  After all, it is the world's largest open-faced granite quarry.  

We end the driving tour with a self-guided tour at the Andy Griffith Museum which has the largest private collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia as well as special exhibits on Betty Lynn and the Siamese Twins.  Following the Museum visit, there will be time for lunch, browsing shops and exploring on your own in Downtown Mount Airy.  Be sure to sample some of the famous "sonker" which resembles either a pot pie or cobbler depending on the local baker.  It comes from blending fruit in unshaped dough and is sweetened with sugar or molasses.  

Back on the bus, we enjoy a scenic hour's drive to end the day at Raffaldini Vineyards.  The setting is reminiscent of the rolling hills of Tuscany and Our State Magazine claims it to be "One of the Prettiest Places in NC".  We enjoy tasting award winning wines and a tour of the Vineyard.   We conclude our visit at Raffaldini and travel back to the hotel for a a private farewell social and dinner with a fall themed menu.  


Day 3 - 9:15am  Departure for Old Salem  -Today, history of the Moravians and their unique culture comes to life.   We begin at the Old Salem Visitor Center which is literally minutes from the hotel where we pick up our self-guided maps of the village.  Cross through the Heritage Bridge and travel back in time to start your living history experience.  We have four hours to stroll the acres of historically restored buildings and landscape, enjoy the world class Museum of Early Decorative Arts and interact with Moravians performing daily tasks as they were done in the 18th & 19th centuries.  Autumn is a special season here, with beautiful fall leaves, the scents of harvest (be sure to visit Winkler's Bakery) and carved pumpkins.  Grab some lunch on your own before we make our journey back Leland and Wilmington.  A stop at the Farmers Market in Raleigh for North Carolina apples completes this fall themed trip!  







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Patty
90 reviews
I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

Reviews

For me, there was not enough information given about the house and the man that built it. We spent the better part of two days in the bus traveling and only spent about two hours touring the house. And for me, but not my wife, there was way too much time allotted for shopping. I can appreciate those who enjoyed the Downton Abbey display, but I had not watched the tv show and would much rather spent time in the Biltmore house or on the grounds. I did get some information from photographs and writings on the wall of the hotel and from the lecture in the church in the village. But, with so much to learn, I did not think we allocated our time efficiently. Jim Gunther
By Jim Gunther for Christmas at Biltmore on Jan 13, 2020
We had a great time. Very organized and the lights were terrific.
This trip was alot of fun. Patty did a great job organizing this event. Looking forward to another trip in 2020.
This was a fun trip. We had a great time with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Mike's Farm. Patty did a great job organizing this trip for us!
A fun experience. We would definitely go again. The southern cooking was plentiful and delicious. We were excited to see a patriotic and religious light show. A great family outing.
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