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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 Muse of the Mountains

Printable Version

Beautiful Gardens- Lake Lure - Chimney Rock - Biltmore House - -Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains

Package Includes:
Asheville, North Carolina
3 Night's Superior Class Accommodations, Deluxe Continental Breakfast,
Baggage Handling
Tour of the Biltmore Estate & Gardens
Biltmore Winery - Sample wines and learn about winemaking
Biltmore Village (30 shops)
3 Dinners
Chimney Rock Park
Lake Lure Tour (a guided 1 hour boat tour)
Folk Art Center of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild
North Carolina Arboretum
Step-On Guide Service

*Excellent dinner and lunch recommendations
*Reservat ions must be made in advance and are subject to availability
*1 complimentary package per 15 paying participants
*2 complimentary packages per 30 paying participants

Biltmore Estate
Welcome to the Summer cottage of George Vanderbilt! Come explore the 250 room French Renaissance chateau, with its formal gardens, walking trails, winery and restaurants. The Estate is open year-round and features a winter treat for the entire family: Christmas at Biltmore Estate. The house was formally opened in 1895.

The Gardens at Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park, to create the stunning backdrop for his chateau. The resulting gardens and grounds are as spectacular as the house itself. The ten acres of gardens feature a remarkable array of flowers. In mid to late April, tulips and other spring bulbs,

Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock Park is a privately owned, natural scenic attraction nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 1000-acre park provides breathtaking views from its many trails and from the top of the 315-foot monolithic "Chimney Rock." You can climb a trail to its top, or take the 26-story elevator carved out of solid rock if you wish. The park features three hiking trails that lead to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. The movie "Last of the Mohicans" was filmed at Chimney Rock, and you may recognize part of the Cliff Trail from scenes in the film. Picnic tables and grills are located along the roadway to the Chimney Rock. There is also a nature center on the access road where you may learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the park.

Lake Lure Tour
Step on board a luxurious boat and discover why National Geographic named Lake Lure one of the "10 most spectacular man-made lakes in the world." The first stop of the hour-long tour is the film location for the blockbuster hit "Dirty Dancing." Hear the story of Snake Island, and delight in the legend of the church said to be in the center of the lake 70 feet down. Enjoy!

Folk Art Center of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild

Opened in 1980 on the 50th anniversary of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, the Folk Art Center is home to Allanstand Craft Shop, one of Appalachia's oldest and best-known craft shops. Allanstand sells the work of more than 200 members of the SHHG. Both the finest in traditional mountain crafts of the region as well as the very best in contemporary American crafts are available for the discriminating visitor. The center's upper level contains the museum space of the SHHG. The changing exhibition schedule showcases the works of SHHG members in addition to specially selected traveling exhibitions reflecting the traditions of the Southern Highlands.

North Carolina Arboretum

Established in 1986 as an inter-institutional facility of the University of North Carolina, the Arboretum is located within the 6300-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest and is surrounded by the 480,000-acre Pisgah National Forest. The 426-acre site is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the Southeast. The Arboretum has wonderful varied gardens, walking trails, and natural habitats.

Single, Double, Triple, Quad Rates Available
Group Rates Available
(*Minimum group size is fifteen)

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



The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

ALL ABOARD for year-round train trips!
Within an hour's drive from Asheville, choose from over 700 scenic half-day and full-day round trip excursions in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Open cars -coaches - club cars - dinner trains.

Flat Rock Playhouse

This theatre was established in 1952, and is now rated one of the top ten summer theatres in the nation. In 1961, the playhouse was given special status with the honorary title of The State Theatre of North Carolina by the N.C. State Legislation in recognition of its high production standards. As the State Theatre, the Playhouse strives to offer a variety of presentations each year with an emphasis on diversity.

Unto These Hills

Set against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, "Unto These Hills" is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee Indians. The drama is presented under the stars on three stages in a beautiful mountainside theatre. The theatre is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Shindig On The Green

Held every Saturday night during July, August and September on the green at Asheville City/County Plaza. Bluegrass music, dancing, and clogging.

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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