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Wherever I turn it seems anniversaries are being celebrated across North Carolina in 2016. Last month’s newsletter noted the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, as well as North Carolina State Parks. Mount Mitchell State Park, home to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, also is celebrating its centennial this year. Meredith College, the largest private college for women in the Southeast, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding in February. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the USO in Fayetteville. And, throughout 2016, Old Salem is celebrating its founding in 1766 by the Moravians – a Protestant religious group that first organized in what is now known as the Czech Republic in the 15th century. Join the celebrations!

Preview of Our Spring Trips     
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

Spring is in the air in North Carolina, and there’s no prettier time to travel. Already the beauty of native redbuds is visible along city streets and busy highways. Daffodils are popping up in yards. Come along with us to savor springtime splendor across the Tar Heel State.

There are still a few spaces available on our April 15th excursion to Edenton for Easels in the Gardens. We will tour 14 private gardens where artists will be painting and have the opportunity to attend floral and garden workshops. The deadline for registration is March 15. Email or call to register. You can learn more by clicking here.

Visit NC concierge’s tagline “Don’t just see North Carolina – Experience It” rings true on all our trips. The May 4th visit to the Estuarium in the “Original Washington” offers a unique opportunity to learn about and explore North Carolina’s Inner Banks. Celebrating the sounds and coastal rivers of eastern North Carolina, we will learn the importance of the estuaries formed where rivers meet the sea. Blending fresh and salt waters into thriving ecosystems, these areas are essential nurseries for thousands of species of fish and shellfish – including over 90% of those we eat as seafood. Reserve your spot by clicking here. You don’t want to miss this fun day that includes a boat trip cruising past the Washington waterfront and natural scenic beauty of the Pamlico River.
 
Among the many wonders of our state is its diverse topography. Traveling from the coast to the mountains, one can enjoy the advent of spring over a period of weeks. When arriving in Asheville on May 17th the azaleas will still be prolific, giving us a “second spring.” Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers awaits us along with the special exhibit “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film." Our immersion experience into western North Carolina includes a visit to the Western Governor’s Residence, which is a testament to the state’s heritage, particularly its Appalachian roots. Throughout the home, every sculpture, musical instrument, pillow, lamp and painting has ties to a regional artist.
 
North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South, and Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. The city was first named Beer City USA in 2009 and has swept the competition almost every year since. There will be plenty of opportunity to try the city’s many offerings. Along with the small, locally owned breweries, Sierra Nevada Brewery’s east coast operation is located in Asheville. We’ll tour this state-of-the-art facility which includes a tasting! Learn more about this immersion experience into one of the state’s newest economic drivers.
 
Visit NC concierge is committed to exploring, learning and sharing this great state with you. Come with us and other like-minded travelers to experience North Carolina. And be sure to send me your ideas of places you’d like to explore across the state.
 
Cordially,

maryesther@visitncconcierge.com
(919) 302-0574
2016 Spring 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.
 
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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.  
 
Learn More About our Washington Trip
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. 
 
Learn More About our Asheville Trip
Contact us to book your tour! 
919-302-0574
info@visitncconcierge.com
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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