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Blogger Tours of Asheville

27 Aug Posted by kelby in Activities, Logistics | 5 comments
Blogger Tours of Asheville

Type-A Mom Conference isn’t simply a chance to network and learn, but it’s also an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of parenting and blogging. That’s why my friends in Asheville want to be sure you bloggers have a great time here. We are doing that with optional free blogger tours before and after the conference. Be sure you register below, and book one ticket for each person going on the tour (spouses and children as well). Seating is very limited. Also please only register for one or the other, but not both.

I am very excited to announce the tours will have an extensive itinerary at Biltmore both days, as well as stops at two of my favorite local attractions: North Carolina Arboretum on Thursday and The Health Adventure on Sunday.

The Biltmore part of the tours was designed especially for Type-A Mom Conference attendees. It will highlight the New Rooms that opened in Biltmore House this year. Perhaps the true heart of Biltmore, this suite of rooms, known as the Louis XV Suite, is where two generations of the Vanderbilt family were born.

The rooms are the most grand in Biltmore House, and were lovingly and authentically restored during an extensive three-year project by our Museum Services team. Your day with us begins with a short presentation by one of our Museum Services team members, followed by guided tours through the Louis XV Suite and the Grand Ground Floor of Biltmore House.

After a lunch break, your tour continues at River Bend Farm and Barnyard. Here you’ll discover what it was like to live and work on the estate in the 1890s. You’ll see craft demonstrations, farmyard animals, antique farm equipment, a kitchen garden, and more.

Here is the itinerary for the Thursday:

  • 8 a.m. Depart Crowne Plaza
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrive in front of Biltmore House for special “Type-A Moms” House Tour
  • 8:40 a.m. Stable CafĂ© Loft - Overview of New Rooms with Museum Services staff member
  • 9:15- 11 a.m. Louis XV and Grand Ground Floor Tour
  • Break for shopping, restroom stops (Stable Shops) and front of house photos, etc.
  • 11:45 a.m. Box Lunch at Deerpark
  • 12:45 p.m. River Bend Farm and Barnyard
  • 1:30 p.m. Depart for North Carolina Arboretum
  • 2:45 p.m. Return to Crowne Plaza

Here is the itinerary for Sunday:

  • 8 a.m. Depart Crowne Plaza
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrive in front of Biltmore House for special “Type-A Moms” House Tour
  • 8:40 a.m. Stable CafĂ© Loft - Overview of New Rooms with Museum Services staff member
  • 9:15- 11 a.m. Louis XV and Grand Ground Floor Tour
  • Break for shopping, restroom stops (Stable Shops) and front of house photos, etc.
  • 11:45 a.m. Box Lunch at Deerpark
  • 12:45 p.m. River Bend Farm and Barnyard
  • 1:30 p.m. Depart for North Carolina Arboretum
  • 2:45 p.m. Return to Crowne Plaza

If you’d like a little taste of what to expect, here is what Biltmore House looks like. It is America’s largest home:

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Here is one of the new rooms. This is the Louis XV Room featuring Cornelia’s crib. Edith Vanderbilt chose this room in which to deliver Cornelia, in 1900. Years later, when Cornelia was a young wife, this is where she gave birth to her two sons, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil and William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil.

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Here are kids learning pottery at River Bend Farm at Biltmore.

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Thursday we also visit North Carolina Arboretum. I have a Flickr set of pictures I have taken both in spring and fall at the Arboretum. This will give you an idea of how lovely it is there (and I am hoping some of the bonsais will begin showing off their fall foliage in miniature… it’s way cool):

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Last but of course not least, on Sunday afternoon we will hit The Health Adventure. It is a wonderful local children’s museum, and the new Grossology exhibit is openings just a couple days before the tour.

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5 comments

  • Tiffany says:

    I registered for 4 on Thursday, but one is a toddler and one a baby. Hope I did that right!!

    How is transportation being handled for those of us with car seats? Will we just take our own car?

  • Tiffany says:

    BTW, this is FABulous. I’ve been trying to get my husband to Biltmore at Christmas for years, but he wasn’t interested. This glimpse inside will sway him, I’m sure! And I’ve never been to the Arboretum!!! Love love love all you’ve done for this Conference!

  • Colleen Lanin says:

    Am I the only person who is going to the conference without the fam? Will I be totally out of place on the tour sans kids?

  • biltmore house - ??? says:

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  • Linda @www.newyorkcitysinglemom.com says:

    I wish I could on the tour but wont be arriving until noon.
    I am not bringing my daughter so hopefully I wont feel out of place. I thought about it but wanted mommy time. Single moms need their time too.

    http://www.newyorkcitysinglemom.com

    so looking forward to the conference, my first as a blogger.


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