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Welcome to the first edition of the visit NC concierge newsletter! 

North Carolina is an amazing state. From the mountains to the coast, the diversity and beauty of its natural terrain combined with a rich history, diverse  multifaceted economy, interesting people and culture makes North Carolina the sixth most visited state in the country. Our mission at visit NC concierge is not only to provide opportunities to visit the state’s outstanding sites and attractions but also to offer unique experiences normally not available to the individual tourist. AND all of our travel proceeds at a leisurely pace, savoring local sights, sounds and tastes.

WHO wants to travel right here in their own home state? Approximately 50% of North Carolinians were born outside the state. With its growing retiree population, many new residents are anxious to learn more about their adopted state. Many long-time residents find there are places they’d like to explore as well.

WHY travel so close to home? Because it’s easy. There are no long airport lines or time zones to pass through. The biggest bonus is the variety of sites and experiences available within the state.

WHAT is a visit NC concierge travel experience like? The details are taken care of. You will experience the best in local accommodations, dining and attractions. You’ll come home having had an immersion experience into the history and culture of the Tar Heel state while making new friends along the way.  

WHERE will visit NC concierge travel experiences take you? From the tallest peak east of the Mississippi with flora and fauna that thrive in Canada to the sub-tropical wetlands of Bald Head Island, the state’s rich biodiversity is amazing! And in between are colleges, universities, cities and towns that make North Carolina the wonderful state we call home.

WHEN should you make your reservation? NOW! Review the offerings for 2016. Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight one, make your reservation at visit NC concierge to explore a part of North Carolina you’ve been interested in seeing and learning more about.

Each month I’ll be writing about something special right here in North Carolina. In the meantime I encourage you to tune into UNC-TV for Our State, NC NowExploring North CarolinaNorth Carolina Weekend and Flavor, NC. These programs give amazing insights into this state we call home. They celebrate the people and places of North Carolina showing viewers the diverse landscape and unique natural features within the state’s borders. Pressing issues of the day are examined and our arts and culture celebrated on these programs.They inform us of numerous leisure activities that abound across the state and teach us about our rich agricultural history.

Begin exploring North Carolina from the comfort of your home and then come along with visit NC concierge to see it up close and personal! 

If you have any particular questions about North Carolina or suggestions for trips within its borders please send me an email. I welcome your thoughts and ideas!

Cordially,
Mary Esther
A Capital Christmas 
A beautiful December day set the stage for our first annual "A Capital Christmas" tour! Here is a brief recap:

We began our excursion with a scenic drive through the city’s core. Expert local tour guide Parker Call built a foundation for our group explaining the city’s layout. Raleigh, chosen as the site of the state capital in 1788 and incorporated as such in 1792, is an early example in the United States of a planned city. We explored the city center beginning with the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the site of the Governor’s Mansion from the early 19th century until 1865), the Capitol, the Museums of History and Natural Sciences and other notable government buildings, new downtown offices and residential towers, and the current Governor’s Mansion, followed by a stop at Mordecai House & Park. This driving tour was a rich immersion experience into the history and culture of North Carolina’s capital city!

Caffe Luna, one of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants, was the ideal pre-show dining experience.Then it was off to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and Ira David Wood’s beloved version of “A Christmas Carol." Performed annually since 1974, the show was all it was touted to be and more. The traditional story, beautifully performed with elaborate costumes and spectacular sets was augmented with satire, pathos, burlesque, humor, rock & roll, and current political jabs. It’s easy to understand how this show has been has been cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history."

"A Capital Christmas" was a terrific addition to the community’s holiday calendar and sure to become a seasonal favorite for new and long-time North Carolina residents. “A Capital Christmas” 2016 tour will take place December 9-11. Save the date on your calendar! 
Our tour group on the steps of     The Mordecai House. 
The Governor's Mansion  decorated for Christmas. 
2016 Tours
Edenton|April 15
 
(Day trip) Our tour of this beautiful riverside town will feature “Easels in the Gardens," the biannual event benefiting The Cupola House. The Cupola House was built in 1758 and has been called the finest Jacobean house south of Connecticut, as well as “North Carolina’s most significant early dwelling.” Tour highlights will include: private gardens; plein air artists; garden party and art sale; strolling musicians; and workshops in floral design, gardening and outdoor entertaining.
Washington|May 4

(Day trip) Situated on the Pamlico River, this charming Inner Banks community is home to one of North Carolina’s most innovative environmental centers and the world’s first Estuarium. After touring the Estuarium we’ll cruise by charming waterfront homes. 
 
Asheville|May 17-19

(3 days, 2 nights) Our tour will include “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” a costume exhibition at Biltmore House; a tour of the Western Governor’s Mansion Residence; and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a drive along “America’s Favorite Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway," including a visit to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Coinciding with the National Park Service centennial celebration, Winston-Salem's Reynolda House is showcasing an Ansel Adams exhibit which we will visit on our return to Raleigh. 
 
Charlotte|September 26

(Day trip) We'll visit the historic Duke Mansion and lunch in this beautifully restored boutique bed & breakfast. After lunch we’ll visit the Levine Museum of the New South whose centerpiece exhibit tells the story of how the Central Piedmont of North Carolina reinvented itself from field to factory to finance after the civil war.
 
New Bern|November 8-9

(2 days, 1 night) Our tour will feature New Bern, including a visit to Tryon Palace and historic Eastern North Carolina. The state’s colonial history is deeply rooted in this region, often referred to as the Inner Banks. New Bern and Bath are the state’s oldest European-American towns, and a variety of experiences (on and off the beaten path) await us! 
Raleigh|December 9-11
“A Capital Christmas”

(3 days, 2 nights) Experience the magic of the holiday season in North Carolina’s capital city celebrating the 42nd annual performance of "A Christmas Carol," a tour of the Governor’s Mansion decorated for the season, and the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour.
Book Your Tour!
visit NC concierge is a premier hospitality company dedicated to providing the discriminating traveler unique experiences savoring North Carolina’s history, geography, and culture at a leisurely travel pace while enjoying the state’s finest sites, cuisine, and lodgings. Itineraries are subject to change at the discretion of the company. Group size: minimum 10; maximum 30. Registration for each tour closes 30 days prior to tour start date. For more information, visit us at visitncconcierge.com
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