Optional Activities and Tours

Optional Afternoon Sessions

1. Biltmore House Self-Guided Tour.  This tour requires walking and stair climbing.  With a minimum of 10 tickets, the discounted tour rate is $47.08 (including tax).  Available Monday-Thursday, no reservation and no deposit required.  Transportation by carpooling among people going.

2. Downtown Trolley Tour Hop On/Off.  Also for walkers, this is of interest to newbees as well as returnees.  Tickets are sold at the Visitors Center (36 Montford Avenue), $28 each.  Carpool to Visitor Center can be arranged.

Stops include:

  • Downtown Asheville
  • Montford Historic District
  • The Grove Park Inn and Grove Park Historic District
  • Thomas Wolfe District
  • Pack Square and Asheville Art Museum
  • Grove Arcade· River Arts District
  • Biltmore Village

3. Visit Local Quilt Shops.  Information on local shops will be provided with registration materials.  Transportation is on your own.

Friday Evening Session

  1. Guided Evening Tour of Biltmore House and stay for dinner.  This tour requires walking and stair climbing.  30 person minimum, tour is 60-90 minutes long, carpooling, cost is $55.60 per person, 100% deposit required at time of Symposium registration.  Cost of dinner not included.

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  1. Private Trolley Tour – For non-walkers – riders stay on this private trolley. Requires a minimum of 20 people, $21 per person.  Trolley will pick and return people to campus at no extra charge.  Trolley holds 32-34.