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Southern Samplings Group Packages
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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

 

 

 

Swing Through The South (North Carolina, South Carolina, & Georgia)


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Day 1


Group arrival in North Carolina!! Welcome!! Meet and Greet from a Jean Wells Travel tour escort. A very warm WELCOME RECEPTION will be held for you at the Winston-Salem Visitor's Center. A very special treat will be here for you: KRISPY KREME DONUTS!!! ENJOY!!!

Check-in to your comfortable accommodations; freshen up; relax. Excellent dinner in a historical restaurant with entertainment.


Day 2



After breakfast, you will enjoy a private tour of beautiful Reynolda House; enjoy masterpieces of American art displayed in the gracious American country home built in 1912-17 by Katherine Smith and Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the tobacco manufacturing company. The comfortable setting with original furnishings provides a relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

Stroll the beautiful gardens of Reynolda Village; each person will have discounted shopping vouchers for boutique and specialty shops in the Village. Depart for Old Salem Mesda and Old Salem's Toy Museum-one of the most authentic and inviting living history towns in the United States-costumed interpreters carry on the work of European and African American Moravians in the backcountry church town and trading center of Salem. Visit the Winkler Bakery and take home a very special treat baked in the wood-fired beehive oven.

Lunch on your own in beautiful Old Salem. A suggestion would be the Salem Tavern---be certain to sample the Moravian chicken pie and the delicious Pumpkin Muffins!! Yummy!! You'll be touring the buildings on your own, and you will be eating at your leisure. (Choice of 3 restaurants)

Depart from Old Salem and head toward Korner's Folly, "The Strangest House in the World"---and not to be missed!! Twenty-two rooms on seven levels-the first private Little Theatre-Ceilings from 6 to 25 feet. Though words can create an appreciation of the uniqueness of Komer's Folly, there is no substitute for a leisurely stroll through its singular wonders.

What a Day!!! Back to your comfortable accommodations-relax; freshen up!!!

Another FABULOUS dinner in a historical restaurant for you this evening!!

Day 3
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After breakfast, depart for a very special day: The Farmstead Revival!! Environmentally friendly farms that provide the opportunity to experience farm life. Without question, one of the most important influences in the historic and cultural development of North Carolina has been the family farm. Three working farms have joined together to create a wide variety of learning experiences.

THIS WILL BE ONE OF YOUR MOST SPECIAL DAYS!!!

Enjoy the Uwharrie Farm (an organic vegetable farm), the Goat Lady Dairy (a goat cheese dairy farm), and Rising Meadow Farm (a sheep farm). Lots of hands-on experiences with the owners of each of these farms.

You will enjoy a DELICIOUS lunch at the Goat Lady Dairy Farm that has been prepared just for you. You will truly enjoy this day.

You will first visit the Uwharrie Farm-lunch at the Goat Lady Dairy Farm- and finish your day at the Rising Meadow Farm---each stop will be wonderful!!

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR CAN BE DONE ONLY ON A THURSDAY and
must be booked far in advance, availability pending.)

Depart for Winston-Salem; relax---freshen up!! You will love dinner!!

Dinner will be at the HillBilly Hideaway! You are in for another very special treat!!!
The cooks are hometrained. The food is rolled out on the carts. The waitresses are the BEST---you will be served family style, all that you can eat!! ENJOY!!! (We may get lucky and enjoy some music this evening after dinner: Gospel, Bluegrass, or Country.)

Day 4


After breakfast, we are heading to Mrs. Hanes Handmade Moravian Cookies Factory-the most delicious cookies in the world. These cookies are made from an old family recipe handed down for generations. Each cookie is rolled and cut by hand the same way it was made a century ago. The flavor is literally rolled into the cookies taste and see!! You will sample 6 delicious cookies: Ginger, Sugar, Chocolate, Lemon, Butterscotch, and Black Walnut.

It is time for a tour of Shelton Vineyards-wine and cheese tasting. Shelton Vineyards is a family-owned estate winery located in Yadkin Valley. The Vineyard covers 200 acres, making it one of the largest on the East Coast. Shelton cheeses is located on the property offering a variety of delicious Artisan cheeses, using the traditional methods. This wine and cheese tasting will be a definite highlight for you!!

Depart for Mount Airy---Mayberry Hotspots---and home of Andy Griffith. Time for lunch at Snappy's Grill!! Try their delicious WORLD FAMOUS Pork Chop Sandwich---this is to die for!!! Visit Floyd's City Barber Shop and visit the Andy Griffith Memorabilia Museum. A very fun stop!!

Time permitting, on to the Lazy 5 Ranch; this ranch features 400 animals from around the world. On your 3 1/2 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands, you will experience animals from six continents. Be sure to bring your camera. There is no other collection of animals like this in the Southeast. You will ride on the back of a horse-drawn wagon, holding a bucket of food-the animals will come up to you--- eat----and, slobber!! Enjoy!!!

Time to head back to Winston-Salem to relax-freshen up-prepare yourself for another GRAND FEAST!!!
Another very delicious dinner at a historical restaurant.

Day 5



Wave good-bye to Winston-Salem!!
Depart for Asheville---You will meet your guide at the entrance to the beautiful Biltmore Estate. You will enjoy the estate, the Gardens, and the Winery. Lunch will be at the Deerpark Restaurant, on the grounds of the estate. You will have some FREE time in Biltmore Village, before checking into your comfortable hotel.

Depart for Hot Springs!!! You will love this!! One hour will be spent in the mineral water tubs at Hot Springs Spa- Dinner at the Magnolia Inn in Hot Springs.

Day 6



Off to Dillsboro, N.C.-for a fantastic ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad-a beautiful Fall Foliage ride through the scenic mountains that includes a boxed lunch.

Time permitting, you will also visit the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, The Folk Art Center, the Mast General Store or TS Morrison Mercantile.

Dinner and relaxation at Pisgah View Ranch.

Day 7


It is time to leave Asheville; depart for Chinmey Rock Park; enjoy lunch On The Meadows in the Park.
Head toward beautiful Savannah, Georgia. You will begin with a guided CITY TOUR of Savannah's historic district as it showcases its southern charm. Along the picturesque waterfront discover cobblestone-paved Factor's Walk and River Street where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, taverns and restaurants. An afternoon LOW COUNTRY TOUR features TYBEE LIGHTHOUSE, the Thunderbolt shrimping community, Bonaventure Cemetery, Victory Drive and Savannah's famous palm-lined avenue of mansions and azaleas. Tonight, DINE in the famous (and some say, haunted!) Pirate House.

Day 8


Beaufort / Charleston, South Carolina
Begin the day with a breakfast before departing for Beaufort, a picturesque port that retains the atmosphere of an earlier day. Your step-on guide will briefly show you the highlights including more than 100 homes dating back to 1717. Many movies have been filmed here---The Big Chill, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and Forrest Gump. After lunch, on your own, continue to Charleston, for two nights. As you arrive, your local guide will escort you through the evening enjoy DINNER at a local restaurant featuring gracious Southern hospitality.

Day 9



Charleston / Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
After breakfast and a brief CITY TOUR, visit MAGNOLIA PLANTATION. This 500 acre estate was acquired in 1676 by the Drayton Family, whose heirs still own it. Tour the Greek revival plantation house and the magnificent grounds and gardens. A BOX LUNCH is included for you to enjoy as you gaze at America's Oldest Garden, started over three centuries ago with the wedding gift of a tropical plant. This afternoon travel north to Myrtle Beach with its variety of entertainment and broad sandy beaches. Check-in at your hotel for two nights and enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 10


Myrtle Beach
Begin with BREAKFAST, before a morning CITY TOUR of historic Myrtle Beach. Stop for a visit at BROOKGREEN GARDENS, containing more than 500 sculptures by 19th and 20th century American artists. This afternoon is free to enjoy-perhaps on the golf course, or on the beach, or just relaxing. Tonight, gather for a farewell DINNER and an evening of ENTERTAINMENT at Myrtle Beach's famous CAROLINA OPRY.

Day 11
Time to depart for home!! We hope you have had a lovely visit and will return again and again!!!

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

jean@jeanwellstravel.com


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Sun, 06/11/17
Jean Wells Presents 12 great friends in CanCun

Hello All--  Get your friends together and call me;  there are so many fabulous choices to go, and have a really fun time!
Hope all is well!!

Click on the "Journeys" tab to read about a recent trip a JWT traveler made to Cancun!

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JWT introduces Seth Martin in Reykjavik, Iceland.  When he came to my office and we started talking about Iceland, he said he wanted to go to this country by himself as he knew exactly what he wanted to do, and indeed he did.  With a flight from RDU, and car rental upon arrival, he began to explore this beautiful country and did all the things he wanted to do.

Click on the "Journeys" tab and read his commentary; enjoy his pictures, and you will feel as if you were in Iceland enjoying it all. Thanks, Seth, for sending this to me.

Warmest regards,
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