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Oprah concludes each issue of her magazine with a column entitled “What I know for sure." That little phrase resonated when I read Our State magazine’s story of the Van Staalduinen family who settled near Pantego (where I grew up) more than 70 years ago. The family emigrated from Holland and began growing cut flowers on the rich Beaufort County farmland.

A prosperous mail-order bulb business evolved when my grandmother was the postmistress in Pantego. She and Mr. Van Staalduinen became good friends. Keep in mind this was long before UPS and FedEx! Whenever I see or smell peonies in the spring, I remember those beautiful flowers he often brought to her at the post office. “What I know for sure” is that the language of flowers knows no boundaries. They brighten our landscapes, our homes, our joyful celebrations and our sad occasions.

My husband, a native of Minnesota who moved progressively east and progressively south during his career, recently shared with me how surprised he was to find a flowering bush in his yard in December when he arrived in North Carolina. We simply take those winter sasanquas and camellias for granted. “What I know for sure” is that sometimes we just have to pinch ourselves as we remember how lucky we are that naturally flowering specimens grow all year long here in North Carolina!

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, especially the gorgeous spring and summer blooms.

Thanks to all visit NC concierge guests for joining us this spring on our day trips to Edenton for Easels in the Gardens and to Washington to visit The Estuarium, as well as our three-day, two-night trip to Asheville. And a special note of appreciation to all who completed the tour survey. Your feedback is very important. You may recall there was incentive for completing the survey! The names of those who completed the survey were entered into a drawing for a North Carolina paperweight. We’re happy to announce Phyllis Rosenbaum is the winner! Congratulations Phyllis!
 
Hope to see all of you on a visit NC concierge trip in the fall!
 
Cordially,

maryesther@visitncconcierge.com
(919) 302-0574
Welcome Blueberry Season! 
There are few things finer than a handful of sweet North Carolina blueberries, warm from the sun and bursting with flavor. Be sure to visit your local farmers market this month to pick up a basket!  
Spotlight on NC Beaches
Headed to the beach this summer? A beach vacation is the perfect vacation for every generation. With the second longest coastline on the eastern seaboard, North Carolina beckons native beach lovers as well as those from many other states. Whether the bright lights and rides along the board walk at Carolina Beach call you or the quiet, peaceful strand along the Cape Hatteras Seashore is your preference, you’re sure to find your perfect beach along the North Carolina Coast. Check out this guide to our state's beautiful and diverse beaches
Spring Tour Recap: Washington
Visit NC concierge’s trip to the original Washington to visit The Estuarium was not only a delightful day trip, but a unique environmental educational experience. Sometimes called “Little Washington”, this eastern North Carolina town is located on the Tar-Pamlico River. With over 200 exhibits, The Estuarium tells the story of the nation’s second largest estuarine system through film, living aquariums, unique environmental artworks, hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, historic artifacts and boats. Check out our pictures!
Spring Tour Recap: Asheville
“Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film" is an amazing exhibit. These forty costumes are exquisite. The pristine antique look of these beautiful clothes is something you don’t want to miss. The exhibit closes July 4. Reading about the recreation of Cornelia Vanderbilt’s beautiful 1924 wedding dress by world-famous costume designer John Bright reminded me of North Carolina’s esteemed costume designer William Ivey Long. Click on his name to follow the link and learn more about this six-time Tony award winning costume designer. To see his amazing work right here at home this summer plan to attend "The Lost Colony"on Roanoke Island. The country’s longest-running outdoor drama is one of North Carolina’s crown jewels.
 
Another highlight of the Asheville trip was the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In celebration the centennial of both the National Parks System and North Carolina State Parks it’s good to think of the many scenic areas across North Carolina that connect us to nature, calming our spirits and enriching our lives. Ansel Adams is famous for his photography within our National Parks System. An exhibit of his works at Reynolda House in Winston Salem deepened our understanding of and appreciation for the vision of those who are the creators of this legacy.
2016 Fall Tours
Charlotte|September 26
 
(Day trip) Come with us to learn about and explore Charlotte. Charlotte is considered a region as well as a city. Sixteen counties, including four in South Carolina make up the region known as Charlotte, with the city of Charlotte as its hub. visit NC concierge's trip to Charlotte will focus on its history, particularly its history since the Civil War. Upon arrival in the city we will go directly to the Duke Mansion, one of the best examples of Colonial Revival architecture in North Carolina. James B. “Buck” Duke profoundly influenced the region and the state from his home where his most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Power Company, and The Duke Endowment took shape. Following lunch a step on guide will point out highlights of North Carolina’s largest city before dropping us off at The Levine Museum of the New South. Following a tour of the museum, we’ll re-board the bus for our return to Raleigh, stopping for a casual dinner along the way.
 
Learn More About our Charlotte Trip
New Bern & Bath|October 25-26

(2 days, 1 night) Our tour will feature New Bern and Historic Eastern North Carolina. The state’s colonial history is deeply rooted in this region, often referred to as the Inner Banks. Bath and New Bern are the state’s oldest European-American towns, and a variety of experiences (on and off the beaten path) await us! Tryon Palace captures imaginations, telling the story of North Carolina when it was a Royal Colony. Bath‘s most famous visitor, Blackbeard, continues to intrigue 21st century adventurers of all ages. 
Learn More About our New Bern & Bath Trip
"A Capital Christmas" in Raleigh|December 9-11

(3 days, 2 nights) North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh, comes alive with the magic of the holiday season. Friday afternoon we’ll board a motor coach for a scenic driving tour of the city’s core with our step-on guide pointing out the highlights you’ll surely want to explore further. Preceding the award winning performance of “A Christmas Carol,” we’ll enjoy dinner at one of the city’s most popular pre-show restaurants. The decked halls of the Governor’s Mansion will be our first stop Saturday morning and the afternoon is devoted to the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. Sure to become a North Carolina holiday tradition, “A Capital Christmas” is a terrific addition to any December calendar. 
Learn More About "A Capital Christmas"
What Our Guests are Saying About Us
"Beautifully organized down to the last detail."
~ Anne F.

"The time of the trip was well-balanced -- a good format -- not too rushed, not too slow, and interestingly balanced."
~ Billie M.

"This day tour was a particular treat, and set a high standard for future reference. Well done!"
~ John B.

"What I appreciate is that you provide guests an opportunity to learn and experience a part of North Carolina while you take care of all the logistics and details!"
~ Dana R.

"This was a very educational and enjoyable trip from beginning to end."
~ Jean G.
Contact us to book your tour today! 
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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