North Carolina Zoo and North Carolina Pottery Highway

Asheboro, NC, USA

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Patty
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May 5 - 6, 2020
Group size: 35 - 46
North Carolina Zoo and North Carolina Pottery Highway
Asheboro, NC, USA

Patty
  • Facebook verified
92 reviews

$254
Deposit: $100
May 5 - 6, 2020
Group size: 35 - 46

About this trip

Trips by Patty is guessing that you don't  know that North Carolina is home to the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and the largest colony of working potters in the United States.  This is an overnight trip that offers visits to each of these destinations located in the Heart of North Carolina, 3 1/2 hours west of Compass Pointe.   Day One focuses on experiencing Star and Seagrove.  Star is home to StarWorks which is an arts centered work community, gallery and cafe located in a restored sock factory building.  This is a good spot to launch our exploration of the NC Pottery Highway in neighboring Seagrove with a tour of the arts center including a History of Clay exhibit.  We spend the afternoon enjoying the scenic rolling hills of Pottery Highway, visiting potters and learning about their family history, varied pottery styles and techniques.   There will be demonstrations and time to visit some of the pottery shops as well.


Day Two is a full immersion of the Zoo. We begin with an Ambassador Animal Program where we meet 3 animal ambassadors and interact with one of the Park Educators.  Your Zoo experience also includes the Expedition Africa Virtual Reality experience and the Giraffe Deck where you can feed these graceful creatures.  There will be plenty of time to explore all of your favorite habitats on your own.  Choices include the North American habitats ranging from prairies to honey bee gardens and African habitats featuring chimpanzees, gorillas, zebras, elephants and rhinos to name a few.   You also won't want to miss the Aviary with 100 exotic birds and 3,000 tropical plans.  In between all of this exploration we will also enjoy a catered cookout lunch under a covered pavilion.  


 

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Motorcoach transportation
  • Accommodations
    Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Asheboro
  • Breakfast
    Full breakfast at the hotel
  • Reception
    Welcome Reception at the hotel
  • Tours
    StarWorks Tour and Pottery Studio Tours
  • Lunch
    Lunch at StarWorks on Day One
  • Cook Out lunch
    Cook Out lunch at the Zoo on Day Two
  • Zoo Admission
    Zoo Admission and programs
  • Guide services
    Guide services by Patty
  • Gratuity
    All gratuity and taxes
  • Snacks
    Snacks and water on the bus
  • Dinner
    Dinner on own in Asheboro's Historic District. A list of dining options will be provided.

Available Packages

Double per person package price
Available until Mar 15, 2020
$254
Deposit: $100
Single package price
$307
$254
Deposit: $100

Double per person package price

Itinerary

Heart of Carolina trip
NC Zoo and NC Pottery Highway overnight trip

Day One - May 5th

8am - Depart Compass Pointe for Star and Seagrove

Approx. 11:30am - Lunch and tour of Starworks followed by afternoon tours of Pottery Highway

5pm - Hotel check-in and Welcome Reception.  Dinner on own that evening in Asheboro's Historic District.  

Day Two - May 6th

Following breakfast, we check out and make the short drive to the Zoo for our Animal Ambassador program and Zoo Orientation.  Once oriented and armed with maps, spend the day enjoying the Zoo.  

We will need until 3pm to thoroughly enjoy all the Zoo has to offer and our cookout lunch. 

Approx. 6:30pm arrival back at Compass Pointe

Your Organizer


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Patty
92 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

Really enjoyed visiting New Bern and watching the musical. The city is beautiful and we will definitely return to do more exploring. Many thanks to Patty for arranging this trip.
By Regina Ross for Honour, The Musical on Feb 05, 2020
We had a relaxing trip. Had time for a very good lunch and some fun shops. The play was interesting. I enjoyed learning about that time in history.
By Verona Whipple for Honour, The Musical on Jan 28, 2020
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.
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