Hendersonville | May 30 - June 2, 2024

Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and Flat Rock

Experience Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and Flat Rock as we explore these charming and distinctively different towns in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains.

Soak in the splendid scenery of Lake Lure on our pontoon boat cruise, enjoy the mountain valley view at our Burntshirt Vineyard dinner, and laugh along with Michael Reno Harrell during his “Appalachian Wit and Grit” music and storytelling concert during our mountain getaway.

May 30 – June 2, 2024
 

Package Includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodations at the Hampton Inn Hendersonville
  • Thursday dinner at Burntshirt Vineyard and Winery
  • Friday lunch at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa
  • Friday dinner at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse
  • Saturday dinner at Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn
  • Breakfast daily
  • Our State host
  • All sightseeing and admissions

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Lake Lure boat tour
  • Flat Rock Playhouse performance of Jersey Boys
  • See the rare antique music boxes at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn
  • Flowering Bridge at Lake Lure
  • Chimney Rock visit, including “Radical Raptors” presentation
  • Guided tour of Hendersonville
  • “Appalachian Wit and Grit,” a private concert with Michael Reno Harrell

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Thursday, May 30

Arrive at the hotel – Hampton Inn Hendersonville, NC – where Our State hosts will greet you in the lobby and assist you in getting situated.

Enjoy a late afternoon wine tasting and a guided winery production facility tour at Burntshirt Vineyards and Winery.

Tonight, enjoy an exclusive dinner for Our State guests at Burntshirt. Bring your camera because the views from the veranda are spectacular.

After dinner, enjoy a private concert of storytelling and original music from Michael Reno Harrell, titled “Appalachian Wit and Grit.”

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter, a published author, a nationally known storyteller, and a visual artist. He is from the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where all these things are as much a part of life as breathing.

Our motor coach will take us back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before the next day of touring.

 

Day 2: Friday, May 31

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a day of exploring.

Depart hotel for the resort community of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.

Meander across the beautiful Flowering Bridge at Lake Lure with exclusive tour guides from Flowering Bridge. The history of the project and the intricacies of the garden are truly inspiring on every level.

Next up, we board our pontoon boats, where we lean back and relax during our Lake Lure Boat Tour and Talk. You will be regaled with stories of the homes and special insights into the making of the movie Dirty Dancing.

After the pontoon boat ride, we go to The 1927 Lake Lure Inn to enjoy a brief tour of the rare antique music boxes. You will be amazed at the beauty, the history, and the sounds of the music boxes.

Afterwards, settle in for a delicious Our State lunch at historic Lake Lure Inn.

Our visit to Chimney Rock begins with the “Radical Raptors” program atop Chimney Rock. Take in the sweeping views and history of the grand rock. You will have time to take the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock.

We have a scenic drive back to Hendersonville for a bit of rest before dinner.

Dinner tonight will be at the local Hubba Hubba Smokehouse. Festive and fun, this is a true local hangout for those who appreciate good barbecue.

 

Day 3: Saturday, June 1

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a fascinating tour of Hendersonville.

Meet local historian Eva Ritchey as we travel back in time to downtown Historic Hendersonville.

Visit Historic Main Street of Hendersonville.

Stroll through the Henderson County Curb Market for a glimpse of a real local market.

Revel in the history of St. John in the Wilderness Church (Flat Rock).

Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Hendersonville.

We attend a matinee of Jersey Boys at the Flat Rock Playhouse (North Carolina’s official state theater). On Broadway, Jersey Boys won a Tony Award for Best Musical and takes the audience behind the scenes and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Afterward, we return to the hotel for a rest before our farewell dinner.

Dinner tonight is at Season’s Restaurant at Highlands Lake Inn – where historic charm meets contemporary cuisine. Tonight’s dinner includes a glass of wine or beer.

 

Day 4: Sunday, June 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and say goodbye to your fellow travelers. On the way out of town, you may want to stop in Hendersonville to visit a shop or two that you may have missed the day before. Safe travels home!

 

Tour Rates:

$1325 per person, based on double occupancy

Single rate available – $1550.00

 

For reservations or more information:

AAA Vacations
Beth Rackham
919-832-0543, ext. 16012
barackham@acg.aaa.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.