North and South Carolina and Georgia Trip
OCTOBER 17 TH – 29 TH, 2018
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Oct. 17th (Wed .): FLY DAY ONLY TO RALEIGH - DURHAM (RDU) AIRPORT ! Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express, Raleigh Airport for two nights. (919) 653 - 2260 Continental Break fast included and free shuttle service from the airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 18th (Thurs.): Depart our hotel and drive a short distance to the Start/Finish , North Carolina Museum History Information Center for 2 walks, Wolfpack and Oakwood . We will be here all Day! The Oakwood Walk passes through Historic Oakwood neighborhood and the Oakwood Cemetery. Walk through Mordecai Park, a "village street" of 19th century homes; past an historic railroad station; into the State Capitol and Legislative buildings; past the Museums of Natural Science and History; and into City Market, a downtown Farmer's Market with restaurants and shops. The Wolfpack Walk goes through downtown Raleigh , into the State Capitol Building, through historic Pullen Park that features a carousel built in 1911, onto the campus of NC State University, the Raleigh Rose Garden, and into the Cameron Village shopping district. Return to our hotel.
Oct. 19th (Fri .): Depart our hotel and drive to Greensboro for year round eve nt. This trail is mostly on city sidewalks and a paved park trail. See February One Place and Woolworth Building - site of 1960 sit - in that helped to launch the civil rights movement - museums, stately homes, and Greensboro College. In the afternoon, drive to Winston - Salem for another walk event. Trail winds through downtown, quiet neighborhoods of the Historic West End, along the stroll way a segment of Rails - to - Trails, and Old Salem - a reconstructed early Moravian town. Hotel accommodations in Winston - Salem at the Best Western Plus, (336) 893 - 7540 . Breakfast included.
Oct. 20th (Sat .): Drive to Black Mountain for a walk in this picturesque, quaint town. This town is called the "front porch of Western North Carolina" with its specialty shops an d great dining. Meander along a serene greenway and around Lake Tomahawk. Visit the "Oaks" mansion repurposed for use by Montreat College. Continue to Asheville for our hotel for 2 nights, the Comfort Suites, (828) 665 - 4000, Continental Breakfast included.
Oct. 21st ( Sun .): Drive a short distance from our hotel to the Biltmore Estate area for tour and walk ! We will be here all day! Stroll through gardens, newly renovated conservatory and along paths and trails throughout the Estate not normally seen by visitors. Water and camera are musts. Trail shoes or hiking boots are recommended for the walk, and a walking stick would help. Carry a snack. For an additional 2 km, walk through 250 room chateau built by George Vanderbilt at the end of the 19th Century. Return to our hotel.
Oct. 22nd (Mon .): Drive a short distance for the North Carolina Arboretum walk. The 5K includes formal gardens, a walk along a stream and through woods. 10 & 11 Km pass through formal and informal gardens and along fore st roads and trails. Continue our journey to South Carolina and to the city of Greenville for walk. Beautiful walk through Falls Park with spectacular falls and along the Reedy River. Pass the site of the "Swamp Rabbit" railroad, the Zoo, Cleveland Park, Statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Liberty Bridge. Search for the "Mice of Main St", 9 bronze mice that are placed discretely (some would say hidden) along the sidewalk, on both sides of Main St. . Continue onto Columbia, South Carolina for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown, (803) 744 - 4000 Continental Breakfast included.
Oct. 23rd (Tues .): Participate in the Capital Walk and River Walk, hopefully from our hotel!!! The Capital walk takes you through the USC campus and the historical section of Columbia and around the State House grounds. See the Governor's Mansion, stroll along man made waterfalls in a scenic park and through a memorial park honoring South Carolina servicemen. The River walk is primarily on eight foot concrete walkways or boardwalk paths along the pristine Congaree River. You can walk through history in a still functioning, 122 year old lock that was constructed in 1891 that still controls the flow of the river. This piece of working history will not be missed as the walk goes right through it. You can view natural wonders, and man made excellence all the while walking through South Carolina's wildlife habitat.
Oct. 24th (Wed .): Drive to Charleston, South Carolina to the Magnolia Plantation for a tour and then the walk . We will be here most of the day! Walk through the Audubon Swamp Garden and see a typical black water cypress and tupelo swamp, complete with gators. See myriad of shore birds along banks of Ashley River. Drive a short distance t o our hotel for 2 nights at the Springhill Suites, (843) 571 - 8084. Continental breakfast included.
Oct. 25th (Thur . ): Drive possibly to an area where we can start both walks in historic Charleston. (Would like not to have to pay for parking permit to enter historic area) The Historic Walk strolls on sidewalks, cobblestones and stone pathways, as you walk through this historic town. Walk through the Historic District, a waterfront park, White Point Gardens, the Market area and The College of Charleston. The Ravenal Bridge Walk offers spectacular views of Charleston and the water front, Mount Pleasant, Fort Sumter and the ships at Patriots Point. Bridge crosses a marsh and the Cooper River . Return to our hotel.
Oct. 26th (Fri . ): Drive to Beaufort, South Carolina for walk. This event walks through a classic old Southern port city with a National Cemetery, beautiful homes, a quaint downtown, and a picturesque waterfront. Site of many movies. Recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of a "dozen distinctive destinations." Continue onto Hilton Head to participate in year round event. (Hopefully we will be able to do the walk from our hotel .) Enjoy the sound of the surf and seabirds as you walk along a pristine beach. Stroll through exquisite neighborhoods, along shaded paths/walkways/bridges sheltered from busy streets. Enjoy a rest at a quaint little park with refreshing water features, or on swings overlooking the beach. Fantastic shopping and eating along the way. Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel located just a couple of blocks from the beach. (843) 842 - 6662 Continental Breakfast included.
Oct. 27th (Sat.) : Depart our hotel and drive to Savannah, Georgia for year round event. We will be here all day long! The walk starts at the Savannah History Museum and goes into one of the most walker friendly cities in the USA, filled with colonial and American Civil War history. Savannah takes its historical heritage quite seriously, and you will pass marvelously restored homes dating back to the 1700's. Stroll through the beautiful park squares with their statuary. Relish the Spanish moss draped live oak trees. Relive the thrills of John Berendt's book and the movie, "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil." Visit the unique shops and restaurants along River St. and in the Old City Market. The city provides a diverse collection of museums. Hotel accommodations for one night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, (912) 965 - 9777, (Outside the city) Continental Breakfast included.
Oct. 28th (Sun.): Head South, with a stop in St. Mary’s, Georgia for a walk before we end in Jacksonville Florida for the end of our journey. The walk is rich in history, natural beauty, and southern hospitality. St. Mary ’ s is the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The walk will take you through the historic area, the Oak Grove Cemetery with graves dating back to 1801, and along the scenic waterfront with glimpses of Cumberland Island in the distance. Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express at Jacksonville Airport, (904) 421 - 5000 Continental Breakfast included.
Oct. 29th (Mon .): FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO OUR HOME DESTINATIONS !! (Free shuttle service to airport)
Thank you everyone for your deposit!
Price Per Person: ( EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT ! )
SINGLE: $ 2600 .00 DOUBLE: $ 1750 .00
SINGLE: March 20th - $ 1300 .00 August 15th - $ 1300 .00
DOUBLE: March 20th - $ 875 .00 August 15th - $ 875 .00
The cost of the trip will include:
- Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation by Gunther Charters
- 12 nights of Hotel Accommodations
- Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast included in all hotels
- Entrance Fees in to Biltmore Estates, parking of bus at NC Arboretum and Magnolia Plantation tour of House and possibly nature train tour.
- All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
- Credit Only Walk Fees (16 walks)
Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to the following address:
Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
(702) 523 - 4920