The Biltmore Estate is one of the most impressive properties in the United States. The 250-room mansion was built in the late 1800’s by George Vanderbilt and was officially opened on Christmas Eve in 1895.
The home is a handsomely appointed and attendees will visit all three floor and the basement taking in all of the homes incredible décor and furnishing including original paintings by both Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent and a multitude of priceless artifacts, all from the private collection of the Vanderbilt Family.
After touring the home, attendees will be able to stroll the estate’s impressive grounds and gardens, designed by the country’s foremost landscape architect of the time Frederick Law Olmsted. Finally, attendees will visit the Antler Hill Village & Winery for a self-guided tour and complimentary wine tasting.
Asheville, North Carolina has more breweries per capita than any other American city. This tour will offer attendees an opportunity to get a taste of the burgeoning microbrewery industry in Asheville and will visit three local microbreweries; New Belgium Brewery, Green Man Brewery and Catawba Brewery. The tour will be led by a guide familiar with both Asheville and its microbreweries.
At each location attendees will hear each microbrewery’s story and taste their locally brewed beers. This tour is a must for anyone looking to see a little of Asheville while enjoying some locally crafted beer.
After a long day, it is time to relax, unwind and listen to some bluegrass. The evening will be headlined by Unspoken Tradition, a five-piece bluegrass band from Cherryville, North Carolina.
The band, featuring guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and vocals will play a mix of originals, traditional bluegrass numbers and inventive bluegrass covers of popular songs.
This evening of food, drink, conversation and bluegrass is the perfect way to finish off a productive conference, bluegrass-style.
Price: Free for Registered Attendees
Modern science-based forest management was born in North Carolina. This tour will offer attendees an opportunity to follow modern forestry all the way back to its roots in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Once known as the Pisgah Forest, this expansive tract of timber inspired the notions that define so many of the basic tenets of modern forestry. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore interpretative trails and the Forest Discovery Center filled with informative exhibits, displays and films.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the birthplace of this country’s modern working forests.