Candlelight Christmas Tour & Dinner
Saturday – December 8, 2018
Enjoy a candlelight tour of the historic homes of Murfreesboro, NC. Begin by exploring the homes and enjoying a serving of soup. Proceed to the next home for another tasty tidbit, then finally, to a traditional Christmas dinner.
Along the way enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, beautifully decorated homes, the sounds of carolers singing and the joyful laughter of young and old. It will be an experience you won’t forget. Bring your children for a historic experience of what Christmas was like in the Colonial days.
Christmas at the Jefferson Hotel!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
A Christmas tour of Richmond is not complete without a visit to The Jefferson Hotel, a Richmond Landmark since 1895.
As Richmond’s premier hotel, The Jefferson takes pride in its reputation as Richmond’s host, a leader in the city’s tradition of gracious hospitality. It is in the National Register of Historic Places and is a charter member of the distinguished Historic Hotels of America. A delicious plated lunch is planned overlooking their signature Christmas tree. Please choose between Grilled Pork Loin or Lemon Salmon. Entrees served with salad, rolls, and butter, dessert and coffee or tea. Please write your entree selection on your check.
Next, travel a short distance for a visit to the Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the oldest continuously-occupied governor’s home in the country (1814.) You will have a chance to tour the first floor, decorated for the holidays. While half the group is in the Governor’s Mansion the other half will have a chance to explore the nice exhibit hall and gift shop located in the Virginia State Capitol building (there will be no formal tour here due to time constraints).
The late afternoon will be spent at Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate and public park in Richmond. It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and Children’s Farm.
James Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer, and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. They lived here from 1893 to 1925. According to their wishes, after their deaths, Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. It’s a special place where the man-made elegance of art and architecture is surrounded by natural beauty. Today, enjoy a tour of the Mansion, adorned with period holiday decorations.
Before heading home, see a few of the best Tacky Lights homes, for which Richmond has become well known.
“Pride and Prejudice”
Sunday – March 24, 2019
Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts the Quill Theatre production of the classic, Pride and Prejudice. It is adapted from the novel made famous by Jane Austen. Once arriving at the museum enjoy a guided tour of their permanent collection, plated lunch in their beautiful Marble Hall and then matinee show in the museums’ quaint theatre. The story is about Mr. and Mrs. Bennet who have five unmarried daughters. When the wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sees a perfect match for her beautiful daughter, Jane. Mr. Bingley is not alone, however, and the combustible chemistry between the brooding stranger Mr. Darcy and the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet will soon rock the family’s very foundation and change all their daughters.
Departure: 7:30/8:15/9:00 AM Return: 6:00/6:45/7:30 PM
2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Tour
Monday – April 8, 2019
There is always something new and exciting to discover in Washington, D.C. and this “Spring” is certainly no exception. In a city of bronze statues and concrete monuments, the cherry blossoms triumph as an exquisite and wondrous tourist attraction. The perfect way to enjoy the scenery is aboard the Odyssey Luncheon Cruise. Its unique design allows for travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac and its glass-atrium dining rooms offer spectacular panoramic views. Choose from a delightful menu of creative appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared daily. Following the cruise, enjoy a guided, riding tour highlighting the history of the Cherry Blossoms. A short walk along the C & O Canal in Georgetown is included. (Please note: Peak bloom for blossoms is subject to mother nature, but this date is, on average, the best time to visit).
Departure: 6:15/7:00/7:45 AM Return: 8:00/8:45/9:00 PM