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April 22-24, 2016

FayettevilleAll-American Sampler Tour

During your All-American Sampler pre-tour of greater Fayetteville, N.C., we will enjoy world-class meals at award-winning restaurants. We’ll tour the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, which tells the history of U.S. Army special operations from test platoon to present day. We will also tour the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden and have time to enjoy a hallmark event, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. We’ll close your tour with a 2.5-hour ZipQuest zipline experience. View itinerary

Music ParkA Culinary Journey along the
African American Music Trails

This tour focuses on food, spirits and the blues, jazz, gospel and funk that led to the creation of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a cultural tourism project highlighting some transformative figures in the history of jazz, gospel and popular music. Stops include Vivian Howard’s Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, N.C., which is the subject of the award-winning PBS series “A Chef’s Life.” Kinston is also home to Mother Earth Brewing, the first production brewery in the country to achieve Gold certification in the LEED program, the highest rating ever attained by a brewery; you’ll visit the recently-opened Mother Earth Spirits, tour the new arts and cultural district, public and private art galleries. A little Civil War and American Revolutionary history will be thrown into the mix. You’ll also visit the four-acre Kinston Music Park, a signature stop on the African American Music Trails, enjoy music from the region and talk to musicians. View itinerary

SheltonNew Wine Country with Hints of the Old World

The Yadkin Valley is a burgeoning wine region in the rolling hills of the N.C. Piedmont region. This federally-designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) is home to more than 40 wineries growing mainly European vinifera grapes and focusing on classic dry wines. "The Yadkin Valley is like stepping into France and Spain and Italy right here in the foothills of N.C.," says Louis Jeroslow, winemaker at Elkin Creek Vineyard. "The soil is very much like Tuscany, our latitude is in line with Sicily and our climate is most of all like Bordeaux." The tour is based in Surry County, the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region. We’ll tour a variety of wineries and the $5-million N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College. And we’ll enjoy two gourmet dinners at restaurants in the vineyards. View itinerary


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