Members Conference Additional Activities

Asheville Act

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October 24th  – 28th, 2017


Asheville Microbrewery Tour.  This fun and informative tour begins at a brewpub where participants will enjoy an all-inclusive beer tasting lunch, followed by stops at several Asheville microbreweries where they will be provided with brew-master access, insight into the beer brewing process, tastings of many local craft brews and seasonal varieties on tap, and an educated introduction to the diverse brewing scene of Asheville and its history.  Not only will guests 21 and older sample some of Asheville’s greatest craft beers, they will also get to immerse themselves in the eclectic ambiance that is the local beer scene of Asheville. Micro Tour
Each of the Downtown Asheville microbreweries on this tour has a distinct style in their brewing and in their incredibly varied atmosphere. Participants will get behind-the-scenes access to several Downtown microbreweries, including meeting some of the brew-masters (when available) and understanding their craft and brewing process that leads to their final product on tap. Our guide is a friendly beer connoisseur and brewing enthusiast who is interested in expanding your taste and palette of unique ale, not just reaping beer’s great intoxicating benefits! This tour includes round-trip transportation with professional guide, water on the coach with an ample sampling of local beers. Time permitting, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Green Man Brewery.

PRICE: $30 per person   LUNCH IS PROVIDED

Chimney Rock Park & Lake Lure.  Chimney Rock Park is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the mountains. Take a deep breath of cool, clean mountain air, then head for the top where you can reach the Chimney and the Trails. You can take the elevator up 26 stories inside the mountain to the Sky Lounge gift shop and snack bar, or hike along an exciting trail to the top of the 500 million year old rock on the edge of a tall mountain. CRP rocks
CRP boat Alternately, if you prefer, you may take a leisurely stroll that leads through several different  habitat types including stretches of rhododendron and laurel, oak-hickory forest, and meander – by way of a boardwalk –through a small wetland area where most of the Last of the Mohicans  movie was filmed. The trail loops from and
returns to the top of the Park Meadows. Before returning to the Inn, guests will tour Lake Lure aboard a pontoon boat and enjoy the lake vistas seen in the film “Dirty Dancing.” This tour includes round-trip transportation with guide, admission to Chimney Rock Park, the Lake Lure boat tour and bottled water aboard the coach.

PRICE: $25 per person   LUNCH IS PROVIDED

Bilt Biltmore Estate Day Tour.  If you only had the opportunity to do one thing while in Asheville, this is it! Your excursion includes a self-paced, self-guided tour of the restored rooms of Biltmore House, America’s largest privately owned residence, acres upon acres of beautiful Gardens, and a tour of Biltmore’s award-winning Winery followed by a wine tasting for guests 21 and older. Surrounding the Winery is Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village which has something for everyone including a petting farm, kitchen garden, historic barn, interpretive farm exhibits, shopping and Biltmore’s Legacy museum. This tour includes round-trip transportation with professional tour guide from the Renaissance hotel, admission to Biltmore Estate and wine tasting, bottled water, as well as a complimentary wine tasting in Antler Hill Village.

PRICE: $40 per person Children age 9 and under free  LUNCH IS PROVIDED

Along The Blue Ridge Parkway.Our talented guide will accompany your group on a tour highlighting the most scenic stops and attractions along a portion of America’s most scenic highway, The Blue Ridge Parkway. Departure will be from the Main Lobby of the Asheville Renaissance Hotel on Wednesday October 25th at 9:30AM.  MORE INFO BRPTour

PRICE: $15 per person   LUNCH IS PROVIDED