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Southern Samplings Group Packages
(Group Size = 15)

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




The Foothills Experience

Printable Version

"Mayberry Hotspots," Home of Andy Griffith - Chateau Morrisette - Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
- Historic Bethabara Park - Reynolda House - Old Salem, MESDA, and The Old Salem Toy Museum -Körner's Folly

Package Includes:
3 night's Superior Class Accommodations - Deluxe Continental
Breakfast, Baggage Handling
Tour of "Mayberry Hotspots" - in Mount Airy, Home of Andy Griffith
Tour of Chateau Morrisette and wine tasting
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
Historic Bethabara Park
Körner's Folly
Reynolda House & Shopping in historic Reynolda Village with 10 discounted vouchers per person
Old Salem, MESDA, and The Old Salem Toy Museum
FULLY escorted by Jean Wells Travel tour escort

*Excellent dinner and lunch recommendations

*Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability
*1 complimentary package per 15 paying participants
*2 complimentary packages per 30 paying participants

"Mayberry Hotspots" Mount Airy - Home of Andy Griffith

Mount Airy is the once-sleepy small textile town that has become a favored destination for vacationers seeking something different. Mount Airy has a vibrant, small-town atmosphere with lively entertainment, friendly people, scenic beauty, and a rich heritage that locals love to share. Walk the streets where Andy Griffith grew up: visit Andy's Home place, Snappy Lunch (famous for their pork chop sandwiches), Floyd's City Barber Shop, and enjoy the Andy Griffith Memorabilia Museum. Your tour also includes the Gertrude Smith House, in Grand Victorian style!
*If your tour is planned on a Thursday night anytime throughout the year: 7-8:30 PM Old-time and Bluegrass Jam Session can be enjoyed at the Andy Griffith Playhouse!! Anyone can bring an instrument and dancing shoes and enjoy a foot-stomping good time! And, if your tour is in Mount Airy on a Saturday morning, you can enjoy the same Bluegrass Jam Session, plus watch the Merry Go Round, which is the country's third longest running Bluegrass and Old-time radio show, at the Downtown Cinema Theatre. (Free Admission) A FUN DAY FOR ALL!!!

Chateau Morrisette

Chateau Morrisette -- nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains above the Rock Castle Gorge Wilderness Area -- you will have a tour of the winery as well as a wine tasting experience! If time permits, a delicious lunch will be prepared for you -- lunch at the Chateau is an event of elegance and taste, as garden fresh vegetables and herbs blend together with the tranquil surroundings to make this a refreshing and fabulous day.

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

At Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina, a multi-year project is underway to reconstruct the physical environment and seasonal work cycle of a North Carolina family farm from a century ago. Visitors may encounter archaeologists investigating the site of an early farm building or watch as staff experiment with traditional log construction techniques. You can try your hand at cutting grass with a scythe or listen to an eighty-year-old woman explain how to make lye soap. Horne Creek Living Historical Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about our rural past.

Historic Bethabara Park

Visit Historic Bethabara (be-THA-ba-ra) for an imaginative journey to the Carolina Backcountry of nearly 250 years ago. A small group of Moravians daringly settled this religious village and trade center in an 18th century wilderness full of bears, wolves, Indians and outlaws. Today's Bethabara evokes this era. A National Historic Landmark, this 1753 site of the German-speaking, Protestant settlement nestles in a picturesque, wooded 175-acre wildlife preserve (with 126 kinds of area birds.) The museum features a unique, restored and furnished 1788 church, archaeological ruins, Visitor Center with introductory video, exhibits and tours with costumed guides, as well as a reconstructed village, a French and Indian War fort and colonial and medical gardens. Explore the nature trails to the mill site, stroll the boardwalk over the beaver pond (an spot otters, mink, foxes, deer and woodchucks) or picnic overlooking the village.

Körner's Folly - Kernersville, NC

The Strangest House in the World! The Folly defies simple description. It is said that no two doorways are exactly alike. It has 20 fireplaces of differing designs. Its cubbyholes and trap doors fascinate; its pivoting "windows" and other openings anchor a unique air distribution system. Its murals and artworks add a sense of fancy. Children-sized rooms give way to an airy elegant, high-ceilinged Receptions Room. A former stable becomes a library and a sewing room. Superlatives fail - from tile to woodwork, brick to decorative murals and frescos by German master Caesar Milch, the Folly is truly like no other home in the world. And it is one whose charms and enchantments deserve to be shared with generations yet to come.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art
Browse in the 1917 estate of industrialist R.J. Reynolds which contains original furnishings, including the only unaltered Acolian residence organ still in its original site, handsome family clothing dating from 1905, and charming children's toys. The sixty-four-room home had some furniture added in the 1930's when a second generation moved in and built elaborate recreational facilities in the basement. The extensive art collection, dating from 1755 to the present, now housed in this National Historic Property, is considered to be the best selection of American art south of Washington DC. Visit the beautiful formal gardens and the estate's original outbuildings, now converted to specialty shops, and lunch in historic Reynolda Village. The Village is now the home of many shops, restaurants, and offices. The beautifully maintained grounds are open 365 days of the year. Take time to explore the historic significance and charm. Come visit. . .and enjoy!

Come let us show you how it all began...

At Old Salem, 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. Every day, in all seasons of the year, the town comes to life with the household activities and trades common two hundred years ago. Residents enjoyed one of the first public water systems, one of the first fire departments, and one of the first schools for girls in America. Enjoy the beautiful gardens - Visit the Winkler Bakery and take home a very special treat, baked in the wood-fired beehive oven.

MESDA - in Old Salem
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the regional decorative arts of the early South. With more than twenty period rooms and six galleries, MESDA showcases the furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver, and other metalwares made and used in Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee through 1820.

The Old Salem Toy Museum

The Toy Museum is a 1700-year survey of toys dating from 225 A.D. to 1925 A.D., presented in an informative and exciting format -- and places in context those toys that were owned and used by the Moravians that settled Salem, North Carolina (1766-1850s). The Toy Museum appeals to "kids" of every age. It is also regarded by collectors as one the most prestigious antique toy collections in the world.A centerpiece of the new museum are the toys owned by Moravian children of Piedmont North Carolina. These are a rare regional survival, and include a unique collection of wooden German toys and locally made dolls cherished by generations of Salem residents.

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336 725-1624 (Fax: 336 724-5852)
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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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