Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

      Bryson City NC

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      Patty
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      352 reviews
      Oct 29 - 31, 2024
      Group size: 35 - 42
      Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
      Bryson City NC

      Patty
      • Email address verified
      352 reviews

      Oct 29 - 31, 2024
      Group size: 35 - 42

      About this trip

      Join your neighbors on a motorcoach trip that travels to western North Carolina for a 4 1/2 hour  scenic heritage railroad excursion featuring extraordinary sights that you can't access by car.  You will have a front-row view of Fontana Lake, the historic Fontana Trestle, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Forest and Gorge, historical structures and fall foliage. The trip includes a one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a world class whitewater destination, where you can stretch your legs and usually enjoy watching students tackle this beautiful river.   Beyond this historic steam engine trip, there will be time to explore Bryson City including the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum boasting 7,000 Lionel engine, cars and accessories in impressive operating layouts.  Other afternoon options afford you the opportunity to stroll around this very walkable town and enjoy mountain artisan studios and galleries, specialty shops and explore the Swain County Heritage Museum.  There will also be an optional ride on our bus in the afternoon to nearby Darnell Farms.  This is a large second generation family Farmers Market set on the banks of the Tuskegee River and home of the famous "Dream Whip" (sort of a soft serve ice cream in many creative flavors).  

      On departure day, we stop in the town of Columbus before leaving the mountains for a visit to the House of Flags Museum.  This is the only House of Flags Museum in American and every one of the over 300 flags has a story to tell as shared by the Museum curator.  We also enjoy lunch at the Rural Seed, a local favorite before traveling back to the coast.  ** Scroll down to see what is included in this trip and read about the itinerary detail.  

      Deposits and Cancellation Policy

      A $300 deposit is required to book this trip.  Final payment is due on September 15th.  After that date, a cancellation refund is only issued if the participant or trip organizer is able to resell the purchased trip.  A wait list is maintained by the trip organizer for this purpose.  Trip insurance is also available through this website.  

      What’s included

      • Coach transportation
        On a luxury 56 passenger coach
      • Rail Excursion
        In a First Class dining car
      • Brunch
        During our rail excursion
      • Admission
        To the Smoky Mountains Train Museum
      • Accommodations
        Two nights at the Stonebrook Lodge in the heart of Bryson City
      • Breakfast
        Continental breakfast in the Lodge each morning
      • Trip Host
      • Lunch
        At the Rural Seed Restaurant in Columbus

      What’s not included

      • Dinner
        On own in Bryson City with plenty of options within walking distance
      • Museum donation
        The House of Flags Museum accepts donations
      • Gratuities
        Bus driver and train car attendant gratuities are optional

      Available Packages

      King with balcony -Double Occupancy
      Sold Out

      Per person price for two people sharing room

      $615
      Deposit: $300
      King Room - no balcony double occupancy
      Sold Out

      No balcony - per person price for two people sharing room

      $605
      Deposit: $300
      Double Queen - balcony- double occupancy
      Sold Out

      Per person price for two people sharing room

      $615
      Deposit: $300
      Double Queen no balcony double occupancy
      Sold Out

      No balcony - per person price for two people sharing room

      $605
      Deposit: $300
      Queen with balcony- Single Occupancy
      Sold Out

      Price for one person in room with balcony

      $763
      Deposit: $300
      Double Queen - Single Occupancy
      Sold Out

      One person in room without a balcony

      $753
      Deposit: $300


      Itinerary

      3 Days/2 Nights
      Great Smoky Railroad Trip

      This is an approximately 7 to 7 1/2 hour trip including a lunch stop and rest area breaks.  

      Day One:

      8am - Departure from Harris Teeter parking lot in Leland

      Approx. 4pm - Check-in at Stonebrook Lodge in Bryson City

      Evening on own for dinner

      Day Two:

      7:30am - All aboard!  Boarding time for the Train Excursion

      8am - Train departure

      10am - 11am - One hour layover at the Nantahala Gorge Outdoor Center

      12:30pm - Return to Bryson City Train depot

      Afternoon and evening on your own to enjoy and explore.  The optional visit to Darnell Farms will also be offered during the afternoon.  

      Day Three:

      8:45am - Depart Bryson City for Columbus NC

      10:30am - Tour of the House of Flags Museum

      Noon - Group lunch at the Rural Seed followed by eastward journey to Leland

      Approx. arrival time in Leland between 6:30/7pm

      Your Organizer


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      Patty
      352 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

      AT
      Super trip! Patty and her bus driver Donny are wonderful! Patty always gives us a great time with snacks on the way, water bottles throughout the day to keep us hydrated. The homes, gardens and historic sites we saw were well worth it. A great day trip. Be sure to see Beaufort, NC.
      By Alice T for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 04, 2024
      We had a great time! Donny was the best bus driver and Patty was an awesome event organizer! Hope to go on another fabulous bus trip soon!
      By Diana P for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 01, 2024
      Patty always runs a first class trip. Luxury coach, snack and water; rest area stops on longer trips. Patty provides tons of information in advance on the trip itself and area. Always enjoy her trips!
      By Susan S for Old Homes Tour and More on Jun 30, 2024
      DD
      We had a wonderful time. Met some great people from other communities and enjoyed the bus ride, as well as the accommodations, tours and eateries. Patty is a great host with lots of helpful advice, attention to our needs, and tips for travel. We look forward to another trip with Patty in the future!! Deb & Mark Delekto
      By Debra D for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 19, 2024
      We had a great time. This is my 6th trip with Patty. Another great job!
      By Elaine D for Lion King The Musical on Jun 17, 2024
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