North Carolina's Sublime Mountain Retreats

October 20 - 23, 2020

Spruce Pine  |  Penland  |  Roan Mountain  |  Burnsville

Vistas, Architecture, Scenic Drives, And Secret Stories, In Autumn’s Glow

Let’s explore the North Carolina mountains by small group, featuring up close encounters with painted vistas, locally-sourced stories on tap, and mountain retreats – a term intended to loosely describe a range of cozy mountain residences and retreats, called “home” by some, over the years. Our exploration will take us along the North and South Toe River valleys, and to the summits of Mt. Mitchell and Carver’s Gap – on the upper shoulder of Roan Mountain. We’ll explore parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the quaint mountain settlements of Burnsville, Penland, Bakersville, Spruce Pine, Crossnore, and Linville. We’ll learn stories about the railroad, mining, and native crafts. And we’ll enjoy the hospitality of a mountain bed and breakfast (an historic mountain retreat, itself) for three nights. This will be a capstone adventure in local history and beautiful, fascinating places…and you’re invited!


• Mountain bed and breakfast inn hospitality; delicious home-cooked breakfasts; dining in atmospheric local eateries

• Fascinating local history, stretching from pioneer stories, to early mountain industry, to the establishment of mountain retreats

• Fall foliage; delightful panoramas; opportunities for short hikes to places of interest

• The fun of small group exploration on the small roads; relaxed pace travel


$1,720 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $265)

Price includes comfortable transportation, accommodation with breakfast for three (3) nights, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, all activities / admissions per the itinerary, guide and concierge service throughout the trip. Price does not include alcohol, other meals, personal expenditures, or optional trip insurance.

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(864) 384 - 6947

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PO Box 9537
Greenville, SC 29604