Architecture, Art & Craft in Asheville

Architecture, Art & Craft in Asheville



Just as the flanks of the Blue Ridge Mountains burst into autumn majesty, National Trust Tours invites you to join a privileged group of members on a custom-designed cultural escape in Asheville led by David Brown, former Chief Preservation Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Oct 17, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021


The Haywood Park Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America program, and its perfect location in the very heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown makes it an ideal base for our touring. Housed in the original Bon Marché building (1923), this upscale boutique hotel offers only 40 suite-style rooms, grouped around an airy 4-story central atrium. Just steps from the Grove Arcade and many great downtown eateries, the Haywood Park provides comfort and spaciousness, all in the confines of a beautiful historic structure.


  • David J. Brown

    David J. Brown

    Few names over the past twenty-plus years have been as synonymous with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as David J. Brown. David served as the organization’s founding Chief Preservation Officer, where he led the Trust’s advocacy, educational, field work, research, and historic sites programs. During his career with the Trust, he also served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Development. A national leader, speaker, and author with a four-decade record of achievement in saving historic places and supporting thriving communities, David was an affiliate fellow at the American Academy in Rome.


Cancellations & Refunds: Cancellation by participant must be made in writing to ISDI and is effective only upon acknowledged receipt by ISDI. There is a non-refundable registration and planning fee of $500 per person regardless of cancellation date. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or before July 30, 2021: full refund minus $500 per person registration and planning fee. Exclusively for cancellations received by July 30, 2021, $250 of the withheld fee may be applied as a credit to a future National Trust tour operated by ISDI in 2021 or 2022. Written cancellation received by ISDI between July 31 and September 2, 2021: full refund minus $1,750 per person cancellation fee (includes registration and planning fee). Written cancellation received by ISDI on or after September 3, 2021: no refund. Tour registration is non-transferable. In the case of cancellation, substitutions are not allowed. After the tour has commenced, no refunds will be issued for any reason including, but not limited to, unused portions of tour. If the tour is cancelled by ISDI or National Trust Tours due to low enrollment, active registrants will receive a full refund of all tour payments.


  • day 1

    OCTOBER 17, 2021 A Gracious Blue Ridge Welcome

    Upon arrival in Asheville, North Carolina, transfer independently to the gracious Haywood Park Hotel, a 1923 beauty directly in the heart of downtown Asheville. The suite-style accommodations offer ample space and southern comfort. As an introduction to Asheville’s architectural heritage, we’ll follow an expert local historian on a leisurely guided walk
    through downtown visiting Art Deco masterpieces like the City Building, the Courthouse, and the eclectic Grove Arcade. Our stroll ends with sky-high cocktails and drinks at the rooftop bar atop Asheville’s signature 1927 Flatiron Building. Get to know your fellow travelers this evening during our welcome dinner at a top downtown restaurant.

  • day 2

    OCTOBER 18, 2021 Private Homes and Art Treasures

    Encounter Asheville’s artistic side this morning during a special curatorial tour at the Asheville Art Museum, an intriguing mix of artwork by top 20th-century regional artists, artists of international acclaim who worked at the nearby Black Mountain School, Cherokee artists and artisans of the last 200 years, and numerous local masters of contemporary craft and studio glass. The museum truly celebrates Western North Carolina’s unique blend of artistic interests. Enjoy a delicious “farm-totable” lunch at a downtown restaurant complemented by one of the great local craft beers for which Asheville is known. This afternoon, we are the special guests of leading Asheville preservationists, moving around town to learn about active projects and also being invited into two fascinating private historic residences to meet with the owners. Dinner and the evening are on your own.

  • day 3

    OCTOBER 19, 2021 Grove Park & Biltmore

    Today is dedicated to the lavish early 20th-century architectural gems that bring special renown to the Asheville area. We begin in historic Biltmore Village, largely built by George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. Our expert guide will uncover the area’s fascinating history, from Richard Morris Hunt’s lovely Cathedral of All Souls to other historic structures. We then drive through Grove Park, Asheville’s most beautiful early 20th-century neighborhood, admiring old homes before arriving at the Grove Park Inn for a magical lunch at one of Asheville’s true historic gems, opened in 1913. This afternoon, we embark on focused touring at the otherworldly Biltmore estate, with private tours focusing on the majestic gardens and on the mansion’s never-ending preservation work. After dinner on your own, experience the music of the mountains at a bluegrass performance by local musicians.

  • day 4

    OCTOBER 20, 2021 Autumn Colors & Folk Art

    You can choose to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the hotel or partake in an optional early morning excursion out into the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains dressed in their autumn best for a sunrise hike to Craggy Pinnacle, with the area’s best 360º mountain views. This morning, we will visit two local places renowned for beauty of different types. First, take a guided walk through the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, focusing especially on autumn colors. Then, explore the galleries of the Folk Art Center just outside the city, with the area’s best collection of contemporary craft and studio glass, all housed in a lovely new facility. Return to Asheville in time for a free lunch and independent afternoon before rejoining your fellow travelers for a gourmet farewell dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants.

  • day 5

    OCTOBER 21, 2021 Farewell to Asheville

    Transfer independently to the Asheville airport for return flights home.

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