Join Our State as we visit some of the most iconic spots in four charming towns in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains, July 21-24, 2022.
- Three nights’ accommodations at the Hampton Inn Hendersonville
- Thursday night welcome reception and dinner
- Friday lunch at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa
- Breakfast each day
- Friday dinner at Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn
- Saturday dinner at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse
- West Side Story at Flat Rock Playhouse
- All admissions and sightseeing per itinerary
- West Side Story at Flat Rock Playhouse
- “Appalachian Wit and Grit,” a private concert with Michael Reno Harrell
- Guided tour of The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and the rare, antique upright music boxes
- Lake Lure Flowering Bridge – Lake Lure Boat Tour
- Private tour of Nichols Nursery (Mr. Maple) to learn from Japanese maple tree experts
- Chimney Rock visit, including Radical Raptors presentation
- Guided tour of Hendersonville
- Free time for shopping and dining in Historic Hendersonville
Day 1: Thursday, July 21
Arrive at the hotel – Hampton Inn Hendersonville where Our State hosts will greet you in the lobby and assist in getting you situated.
Tonight, enjoy an exclusive dinner for Our State guests at a local establishment. Afterward enjoy “Appalachian Wit and Grit,” a private concert with Michael Reno Harrell, an award-winning songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He has appeared at MerleFest, National Storytelling Festival, and International Storytelling Center, among many other places around the world.
Day 2: Friday, July 22
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a day of exploring. Depart hotel for the resort community of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Delight in a private tour of Nichols Nursery (Mr. Maple) to learn about Japanese maple trees from the experts – the beauty of the nursery is refreshing. Meander across the beautiful Flowering Bridge at Lake Lure with exclusive Flowering Bridge tour guides. The history of the project and the intricacies of the garden are truly inspiring on every level.
Next up, we head to the 1927 Lake Lure Inn to enjoy a private presentation of the rare antique original upright music boxes. Your senses will be amazed as the expert in the history of the music boxes charms you with his knowledge. Afterwards, settle in for a delicious Our State lunch at Lake Lure Inn. After lunch, lean back and relax during your Lake Lure boat tour and talk. You will be regaled with stories of the homes and gain special insights into the making of the movie Dirty Dancing.
Last stop of the day – visit Chimney Rock and attend The Radical Raptors Program. Take in the sweeping views and history of the grand rock. Then enjoy a scenic drive back to Hendersonville for a short rest time before dinner. Dinner tonight is at Season’s Restaurant at Highlands Lake Inn.
Day 3: Saturday, July 23
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a fascinating tour led by local historian, Eva Ritchey, as we travel back in time to downtown Historic Hendersonville. We will visit historic Main Street, 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), and enjoy the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club display and Museum at the Historic Hendersonville Depot. Then there is free time in the bustling downtown Hendersonville to dine & shop.
Dinner tonight is at the local Hubba Hubba Smokehouse. Festive and fun, it is a true local hang-out for those who appreciate good barbecue.
After dinner, we will attend the musical West Side Story at the Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina’s official theatre. Return to the hotel filled with good memories of your time in the mountains of North Carolina.
Day 4: Sunday, July 24
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and say goodbye to your fellow travelers. Perhaps stop into a shop or two in Hendersonville on the way out of town that you may have missed the day before. Either way, safe travels home.
$1,798 per couple, based on double occupancy; $1,145 for a single.
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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.
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 email@example.com.
COVID-19 Travel Precautions:
At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.
Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:
Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.
We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.