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An African American Focus in North Carolina Past and Present
An African American Focus on Slavery and the Civil War
Cruisin' Coastal Carolina
The Foothills Experience
From the Piedmont to the Mountains
Gardens of North Carolina
High Point Discovery
Holiday Winter Wonderland
Mayberry Days
The Muse of the Mountains
North Carolina Arts and Gardens Tour
The Outer Banks
Swing Through the South
Stroll Into The Past
White Water - White Wine!!

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Civil War Related Southern Samplings Packages

Touring the Great Battlefields of the American Civil War
In the Footsteps of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
North Carolina in the Civil War
North Carolina and Virginia Civil War Sites

Student Tour Related Southern Samplings Packages
(Group Size = 40)

Mountain Fun In North Carolina
Myrtle Beach
Raft and Rail Excusion




North Carolina Arts and Gardens Tour
6 Nights/7 Days

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Day 1

Arrival in Asheville, NC
Group will be met by your Asheville host
Lunch included
Tour Biltmore Estate, Gardens, and the Winery
Guided Garden Walk with self-guided tour with audiotape
Hotel check-in
Family style dinner at Pisgah View Ranch


Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel
Proceed on guided tour of Asheville Historic District and Black Mountain; Basilica of Saint Lawrence; Drive through the Montford Historic District; The Grove Arcade (this building is an Architectural treasure, constructed in 1926 as one of the first indoor "shopping malls" in the country. Recently renovated.)

The River District Art Studios: Possible artisan demonstrations of Glass Blowing, Marbling (fabric and/or paper), Painting, Pottery, And/or Sculpting.

The Folk Art Center
The Ben Long Fresco at Montreat Chapel
Lunch on own in Black Mountain Historic District; depart for Chimney Rock; Lake Lure Guided Boat Tour
Dinner at the Esmeralda Inn or the Lake Lure Inn
Return to the hotel

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel; depart for West Jefferson; visit the Episcopal Parish of the Holy Communion. View the Ben Long Frescoes at both small parish churches: Holy Trinity and St. Mary's.
Family style lunch at Shatley Springs Inn; proceed to the Penland School of Crafts Gallery. (The Penland School was established in 1929; this is a national center for craft education. Instruction is given in ten craft media. The Gallery is the information and display area of the school. Work by Penland instructors, resident artists, students and neighbors are on display and sold. A knowledgeable staff provides information about craft processes, the school program, the artists, and studios in the area.

Time allowing: Gem mining in Spruce Pine
Dinner in the village of Little Switzerland
Return to the hotel

Day 4

Check out of the hotel; breakfast; depart from Asheville; say Good-bye to your Asheville host.

Welcome to Winston-Salem (about a 1 1/2 hour drive)!!


You will proceed to Old Salem, where you will visit: MESDA
(Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts), The Toy Museum,
St. Philip's Church, and visit the town/buildings in this charming
Community with lovely private gardens.

Lunch on your own in Old Salem: Personal favorite is the Salem Tavern with their pumpkin muffins!!


Check-in to your comfortable accommodations, The Brookstown
Inn, an historic B&B; a wine and cheese reception is held each
Evening and milk and homemade cookies are served before bedtime.

Dinner at a lovely historical restaurant.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Inn

A tour of Mrs. Hanes Handmade Moravian Cookies; each person will receive 6 delicious cookies on this tour!!
Enjoy a private tour of Reynolda House and the Gardens in Reynolda Village

Art Experience in The Arts District!! WOW!! You will love this!!
Note: Only 2 of these may be chosen for your group, with a minimum of 8-10 Participants per class. (If your group is 30 or larger, three of these workshops may be chosen.)

Proceed to the Arts District in downtown Winston-Salem. Twenty artist studios, galleries, artist co-ops, unique gift shops and restaurants await. The Arts District is home to the Piedmont Craftsmen, a regional guild of contemporary and traditional craftsmen; Jon Kuhn Studio, nationally recognized glass artist; Fiber Company, a hand-weaver co-op; Artworks Gallery, a co-op of painters, sculptors and mixed media artists; Ron Propst Studio, nationally recognized ceramic artist; Urban Artwear, featuring primitive and outsider artist; Textures, beads and gift shop; several antique shops and many, many more!! The first Friday of each month the Arts Director hosts a Gallery Hop from 7 to 10PM. Live music is performed each Saturday night, 7-10PM, starting in may until the first weekend in October. Both of these events are free and open to the public. (Many of these shops are closed on Monday, so plan accordingly, please.)

Workshops in the Arts District
BASIC WIRE WRAPPING - Julie Knabb of Textures will demonstrate basic wire wrapping techniques and use of tolls. During a hands-on workshop you will create a dramatic necklace using stained glass, wire, finger wrapping techniques and tools. All supplies included. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (2 hours)

BEADED SAMPLER - Embellishing fabric with beads and sequins can add life and individual flare to clothing , personal and home accessories. This workshop at Textures will offer you the opportunity to create a beaded sampler and learn an array of beaded fringe techniques, bead embellishment and embroidery techniques. All supplies included. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (1.5 hours)

FLOWER GARDEN BROOCH - An artist from Textures will share with participants how mixing the old with the new in an exciting approach to creating a piece of jewelry. With basic skills and a collage of supplies including fabric, lace, ribbon, trim, buttons and beads, you will be instructed how to create a vintage style flower garden brooch. All supplies included. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (1.5 hours)

VACATION PHOTOGRAPHY - A professional photographer will guide the group on visual garden and landscape tour through the camera. You will discover how to take beautiful images of the gardens, architecture and landscapes. Bring your camera. Maximum # of students is 12, minimum is 5. (2 hours)

WIND CHIMES - Lucy and Gordon of Earthbound Arts will assist participants in creating a unique wind chime made of ceramic, metal and find objects. A true treasure from you visit to Winston-Salem. All supplies included. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (2 hours)

THE ART OF GIFTING - Piedmont Craftsmen's Executive Director will share her vision of creating unique gift baskets using items found in the Art District. Something for everyone, young or mature, male or female, this will be the answer to "What do I give them". Participants will enjoy this creative experience This workshop is lecture/demo. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (1.5 hours)

IS IT HOT OR IS IT ME? - Fiber Company's artist will inspire you in creating a handmade fan for those warm days of sightseeing. Paper weaving, yarns, beads, lace, ribbons and other items will be incorporated in your one-of-a-kind fan. All supplies included. Maximum # of students is 8, minimum is 5. (2 hours)

Dinner at a lovely restaurant this evening.

Day 6

After breakfast, proceed to Sea Grove, N. C. to discover a tradition that started over 200 years ago. Sea Grove is a tiny town with over ninety potters in the area. The artists in Sea Grove create tradition pottery, such as functional bowls, plates, and mugs to contemporary one-of-a-kind pieces.

Your visit includes the NC Pottery Center, Ben Owen III Studio,
Gallery and Museum, see nationally known Phil Morgan's
Crystalline porcelain stoneware and the studios of 5-7 other
Pottery studios, including McNeill's Pottery, Sea Grove Pottery,
Village Pottery Marketplace.

Lunch (on your own) at the Westmoore Family Restaurant or Jugtown Café before continuing to explore the riches of Sea Grove.

Another delicious dinner this evening!!

Day 7

Check-out of your comfortable accommodations; have a good Breakfast, and say good-bye to Winston-Salem and your JWT tour escort and head Charlotte.

We hope you will have a wonderful visit, and return again and again!

PS: Of course, somewhere along the way, there will be a Krispy Kreme Donut visit!! As, Winston-Salem is the home of the KK donuts!!!


Package Includes:

Hotel accommodations for 6 nights, RT baggage handling, 6 breakfast meals, 2 lunches, 6 dinners. Tour Escorts Admission to the attractions and activities as included in the itinerary. 2 comps per 30 paying for escort and driver.

For more information call Jean Wells at:
336 725-1624 (Fax: 336 724-5852)
OR email:


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Newsletter Date:
Tues, 01/30/18
JEAN WELLS TRAVEL presents: Macdougall Honeymoon to Australia

Hello Everyone,

Pam Davis, Indep. Contractor with JWT, had such a great experience working with the MacDougalls on their honeymoon to the "Land Down Under."  This couple really knows how to plan a honeymoon! Check out their commentary and a few of their pictures on the "Journeys" tab!


Warmest regards,



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