Appalachian Mountains & Coal Mine

Appalachian Mountains & Coal Mine

Welcome Aboard! Enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage along every turn of the highway as we leisurely drive through the countryside to "The Mountain State," West Virginia.

Appalachian Mountains & Coal Mine

Including Bunker at The Greenbrier

Appalachia Mountains, West Virginia

 

Included:

  • Fully escorted Gunther Motor Coach transportation

  • 2 nights at Country Inn & Suites 

  • 2 buffet breakfasts

  • 2 dinners (including 1 culinary cooking class)

  • 1 evening of live entertainment

  • Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

-New River Gorge Bridge Visitors Center

          - Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia

          - Coal Camp Memories: A One Woman Show

          - Historic Coal Camp & Mountain Homestead

          - Daniel Vineyards Wine Tasting

          - Culinary Cooking Class & Demonstration

          - Bunker Tour at The Greenbrier

  • Baggage handling (1) per person

  • Driver and Tour Manager Gratuities

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage along every turn of the highway as we leisurely drive through the countryside to "The Mountain State," West Virginia. Our first destination is the New River Gorge Visitors Center in Lansing, West Virginia. Here, you can find maps, information, interpretive displays, and a bookstore. The visitor center features an exhibit room filled with photographs and exhibits on the people, towns, and industry of the gorge. Also, there are displays that focus on the recreational activities and natural history of the area, and you can view videos on the construction of the New River Gorge Bridge, and how the forces of nature created the massive V-shape gorge. The most easily recognized attractions of the site are the views of the gorge and bridge, so bring your camera! The back deck of the center offers a two-mile view southward into the park. You can discover the striking size of the gorge with one of the world's oldest rivers at the bottom. A short hiking trail descends into the gorge on a wooden boardwalk. The boardwalk has two observation decks that offer unobstructed views of the longest steel arch span in the western hemisphere and the mile-wide gorge it spans. A fully accessible ramp provides access to the upper observation deck. Next, we continue onto Beckley, West Virginia, where we spend two nights at the Country Inn & Suites. Our accommodations are set amidst the natural beauty and scenic landscape of West Virginia's Appalachia Mountains. You will have time to unwind and freshen up before we go out for dinner, shopping and entertainment at Tamarack: The Best of West, Virginia. Tamarack is the nation's first showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine. The large arts and crafts facility is run as a West Virginia economic development project and sells West Virginia craft products, such as wood, glass, textiles, pottery, metal, jewelry, as well as specialty food items, fine art, and West Virginia books and recordings. It features a retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, and A Taste of West Virginia food court. Enjoy specialty food items for dinner from the Food Court. Following dinner, we take our seats for Coal Camp Memories: A One Woman Show. "Coal Camp Memories," is a poignant, occasionally humorous, but realistic look at a girl's life in the Coal Camps. The scenes represent events from her life at the ages of 6, 16, 26 and then a reflection on her life from the age 60. After the show, we return to our hotel for a restful night's sleep.

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Day 2

After a buffet breakfast, we depart for a day of West Virginia sightseeing. Our touring begins at the Historic Coal Camp & Mountain Homestead in Beckley. This morning we take a different type of rail trip. We will ride on a track through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine in an authentic "Man Car". At 1,500 feet beneath the surface, a veteran coal miner explains the history of low-seam coal mining, from the early days of mining to the modern era of mechanization. Back above ground you walk into a Coal Camp, learning of the time when the company owned the store, the church, schoolhouse and even the miner's homes. The coal miner's life was immortalized in song by Tennessee Ernie Ford - "You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go. I own my soul to the company store". Next, we visit Daniel Vineyards in Orchard, West Virginia for wine tasting and a self-guided tour of the vineyards. Founded in 1990, Daniel Vineyards is a family-owned and operated conservation grape farm and estate winery nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Formerly a popular local golf course known as Twin Oaks, the 192-acre property boasts 30 acres of perfectly manicured West Virginia-grown grapes. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and exquisite wines that Daniel Vineyards has to offer. We end our day of touring in Daniels, West Virginia at The Resort of Glade Springs with a Culinary Cooking Class featuring a Culinary Cooking Demonstration and a buffet dinner. We return to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

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Day 3

After a buffet breakfast, we depart for White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and The Greenbrier for a Bunker Tour. The secret is out for a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history! Step inside America's Secret Agent-Era Past! Exposed in 1992 by the Washington Post, the Bunker at The Greenbrier was one of America's most closely guarded Cold War secrets. The vast underground relocation center for the U.S. Congress was in readiness from 1962-1992, complete with House and Senate chambers, dorms, power plant, clinic, cafeteria…even a decontamination area. Step through the 18-ton blast door to learn its secrets and how it was kept hidden for more than 30 years. Before departing for home, you will have time to visit The Greenbrier's distinctive shops and have lunch on your own in a local restaurant. As we head for home we conclude our fall foliage get-away with many fond memories of the Appalachia Mountains and a new appreciation for West Virginia's rich history, its people, coal country, the artisans, regional cuisine and unique West Virginia wines, and the secrets of the Bunker at The Greenbrier.

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B=Breakfast, D =Dinner

October 19-21, 2020 (Monday-Wednesday)

 

Price:

 

$579.00 Double/PP

 

$559.00 Triple/PP

 

$539.00 Quad/PP

 

$739.00 Single

 

Deposit:  $125.00/PP

 

Balance Due:  September 5, 2020

 

 

                          Depart                 Return

Gunther                6:00 AM               8:45 PM

Carney                 6:45 AM               8:00 PM

Woodbine             7:45 AM               7:00 PM

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
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Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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Woodbine Park & Ride Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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