October 17, 2018 - October 24, 2018

Blue Ridge Mountains, Music & Memories

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Early Booking Discount 3%

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Tour Description

Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 16 meals.

Be sure to bring your cameras and your dancing shoes with you on this excursion deep into Kentucky and Virginia.  Everybody is bound for loads of smiles as this trip takes us to see the incredible Blue Ridge Parkway in the all its rugged, mountainous, golden autumn glory.  While the beautiful fall colors are more than enough reason to undertake this journey, this country has a whole lot more to share with us.  This land happens to be the birthplace of country music so some dancing may be in order. We’ll also be checking out Pikeville, KY where comes the incredible story of the Hatfields and McCoys (the most famous family feud in American history.)  So, come join us as we journey to see a dazzling mountain landscape of autumn colors steeped in rich history and mountain music.

Day One:

Our journey begins as we travel across Missouri and into Kentucky.  Sit back and let the anticipation build as our travels take us closer to the mountains.  Leave your cares and troubles behind you.  Let us take care of YOU, all YOU have to take care of is making great memories.  Our overnight will be in Kuttawa, KY.

Day Two:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you should be able to see some beautiful fall colors as we drive through the heart of Kentucky.  We’ll be arriving in Winchester KY where we will be enjoying lunch as well as taking some time to visit the Blue Grass Heritage museum, where we can learn a little about the history of Bluegrass.   So, guess what’s next, A visit to the birthplace of Loretta Lynn – Butcher Holler.  Nestled between two fog-shrouded mountains up a "holler” the region that inspired her to write some of her most famous songs, most notably “Coal Miner’s Daughter.  Overnighting in Pikeville we have one more little treat for everybody tonight.  Tonight, we have planned for everyone a buffet dinner on the roof complete with some good ole country music.

Day Three:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our day start off with a tour of Pikesville where we will all have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the past as we learn about the most famous family feud in American history and see some the locations where the Hatfields and McCoys lived, worked and feuded.  After this fascinating experience, the Ralph Stanley Museum is waiting for us.  A monument to Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley, an American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing.  We’re then going to be making our way to the Inn at Wise, in Wise, VA where we will check in and enjoy our lunch before hitting the road for an afternoon of fun.  This afternoon we go check out a number of different museums and experiences including a Coal Museum, a house dating back to the turn of the century, and much more before returning to our hotel for the night.

Day Four:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll start our morning off right with a tour of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.  This museum is dedicated to one story, an event that Johnny Cash called The Big Bang of Country Music.  For lunch today we’ll be dining at the Original Burger Bar, famously known as the last place Hank Williams, Sr. was seen alive.  Next we will enjoy a guided tour of Abingdon and stroll shaded, brick sidewalks and savor the ambiance of the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  During our guided tour, we will be stopping at White’s Mill, and Abingdon Olive Oil Company Gallery.  After our tour, we head over to check into our hotel but the fun doesn’t end yet, because we have some evening entertainment arranged for your enjoyment.  How does some Memphis style barbeque at Abingdon’s Bonefire Smokehouse sound, well the good times keep coming as our dinner is followed by a trip over to the Carter Family Fold.  Take your seats in one of the most historic music venues along The Crooked Road.  In rural Virginia, it’s time for toe-tapping old time country and folk music with a big touch of friendly country hospitality. You can get up and flatfoot with the regulars if you want to!

Day Five:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Say good bye to good old Abingdon as our journey takes us to the Mansion at Fort Chiswell which has been lovingly restored by its proprietor is now a private residence listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia State Historic Landmark and it is ready to be shared with you. We will also be enjoying our lunch here at the mansion before we start out on a stunning scenic drive along the Blue Ridge taking us to the Meadows of Dan the most photographed place in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  One look tells it all, the stunning vistas from this mountain plateau affords breathtaking views all year long but during the autumn months it’s transformed by the dazzling colors of fall into a paradise of panoramic photo opportunities.  Afterwards we return along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Floyd VA for dinner and our overnight.

Day Six:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Soon after departing our hotel this morning we will be arriving in Galax VA where a walking tour of downtown is ahead of us.  Our tour will include a visit to Barr’s Fiddle Shop and see handmade and vintage banjos, fiddles, autoharps, and more! Learn where the term Hillbillies came from.  Visit the Chestnut Creek School of The Arts and learn some flat footing, so you can dance with locals at the music venues we visit.  After a delicious lunch of southern barbeque, we make our way to the Blue Ridge Music Center to enjoy the music of local performers.   This afternoon brings us to the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail for a first-person experience earning about the history of the wilderness trail and how this impacted our nation.  We will also be checking out Natural Tunnel State Park.  This Park is centered on the Natural Tunnel, a massive naturally formed cave that is so large it is used as a railroad tunnel.  Our hotel tonight is in Middlesboro KY.

Day Seven:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We may be making our way towards home but we have another day in store for everyone, as this morning brings us to Cumberland Falls State Park.  The Falls here are known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic any time of the year, but the beauty truly comes out when the landscape is cloaked in the magnificent colors of autumn.  Now after leaving here our hotel in Kuttawa KY is waiting for us, as is a Farewell Dinner at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement.

Day Eight:

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, we’re ready to make the journey home.  As you ponder your recently made memories, you should be seeing fall foliage abounding all around us!  Thank you for coming with us and sharing in the amazing experience together and we hope we’ll get a chance to travel together again sometime.