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Sunset at Craggy Gardens webAsheville, North Carolina

Sunday, Oct. 20-Thursday, Oct. 24


Asheville, North Carolina, is at its very best in the month of October. The colorful fall leaves and spectacular scenery look like an artist's palette from the rolling rivers to the towering mountains peaks. Asheville is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Day 1Asheville skyline 1


The tour group stops for the night at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia. This luxury Inn with its colonial ambiance and delicious food sets the mood for our upcoming adventures. After having lunch on our own, we will be treated to a production of “The Producers” at the famed Barter Theatre. Dinner that night will be at the hotel.


Day 2


Monday starts with breakfast and a picturesque drive to Asheville. After a North Carolina barbecue lunch at Buxton Hall, we will meet Ken Richards, our local guide and author. Ken will lead us on a comprehensive tour to introduce us to the various areas and neighborhoods of Asheville. Late in the afternoon, we will check into the AC Hotel that sits right in the middle of historic Asheville. Dinner that night will be at our hotel.




After breakfast on Tuesday, Ken Richards will join us again giving us information on the Biltmore Estate before we begin our tour. The magnificent Biltmore Estate is the crown jewel of Asheville. The mansion was completed in 1895 by the famed Gilded Age architect Richard Morris Hunt for George Vanderbilt. The Biltmore is the largest private home is America. We will tour the house with an audio guide, narrated by the curators of the Biltmore, which will enhance our experience. Lunch will be at the Deerpark Restaurant, which is located on this grand estate. Dinner Tuesday night will be on our own and there are many good restaurants near the hotel from which to choose.


Day 4


Wednesday begins with breakfast at the hotel and a visit to the River Arts District of Asheville, where we will tour the various working art studios and see a demonstration. Lunch will be in the arts district at the Smoky Park Supper Club which has a unique architectural structure as well as great food. Next is the spectacular vista of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a stop at the visitor’s center where the award-winning film, “The Blue Ridge Parkway: America’s Favorite Journey” will be shown. A must-visit on the parkway is the Folk Art Center operated and owned by the Highland Craft Guild. Dinner will be at Rhubarb, known for its farm-totable, New American fare and whose head chef was nominated for the James Beard Award.

 Grove Arcade

Day 5


An early start after breakfast on Thursday morning finds us heading back to Virginia with fond memories of Asheville and its history, architecture, fine dining and the not-to-be-forgotten views of this fascinating destination.


Activity No. 7010.219
Doubles: $1,615 per person for MCC district residents; $1,640 all others.
Single Supplement: $2,080 per person for MCC district residents, $2,100 all others.
Deposit: A $500 deposit is due as soon as possible to reserve preferred rooms.


Please make checks payable to Excursionaire. Trip fee includes deluxe motor coach, one night at the Martha Washington Inn, three nights at the AC Hotel, four breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, all admissions, expert Asheville guide, snacks, taxes and gratuities.


Arrive at MCC on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6:45 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 7 a.m. Tour returns to MCC on Thursday, Oct. 24, at approximately 8 p.m.


Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com


Photographs courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com.

Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip

Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Activity No: 8403.219
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Relive the summer with us at an indoor waterpark. It will be a day filled with speedy water slides, lazy river floating and arcade games. Admission and arcade cards are included in the fee. Bring $20 for lunch and additional money for snacks and the arcade as desired.




Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8404.219
$90/$80 MCC district residents

Prepare to be blown away! iFly is an indoor skydiving adrenaline rush activity that has you floating in mid-air. Following our flight, we will watch one the newest movie releases at a nearby movie theater. Admission to iFly, lunch and movie tickets are included in the fee. Bring additional money for movie concessions as desired.




Old Firehouse Friday Night Trip

Friday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.
Activity No: 5303.219
$50/$40 MCC district residents

Spend a night watching not one, but TWO blockbuster features! Join The Old Firehouse as we head to the theaters for two movies and dinner at the food court. Movie tickets and dinner are included in the fee. Please bring money movie concessions as desired.

christmas wreath over door webRichmond, Virginia
Thursday, Dec. 12


One of the most festive ways to celebrate the Christmas season is a holiday house tour. This year, the destination is the West End of Richmond, Va. The West End is a combination of several interesting neighborhoods and includes the campus of the University of Richmond. There will be a total of five homes in all shapes and sizes with a mix of redevelopment, additions and newer homes. Homes styles are varied, anywhere from the 1920’s era to the Victorian era to modern day.

Lunch will be buffet style and will be served in the University of Richmond Center.

This is a “must” tour for the holiday season.

Activity No. 7013.219
$143 per person for MCC district residents/$148 all others, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, tickets to homes, a buffet lunch, a morning snack and a driver’s tip.

Arrive at MCC at 7:15 a.m. Bus leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m. Tour returns to MCC at approximately 7 p.m. Please make check payable to “Excursionare.”

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Internet registration is not available for this activity. Please contact us at 703-790-0123 during regular business hours for registration information.

Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip

Monday, Dec. 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8301.219
$60/$50 MCC district residents

Watch the latest space battles and character adventures set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Geek out over the latest Star Wars franchise: “The Rise of Skywalker.” Prior to the film, we’ll start our Jedi training at an indoor trampoline/ninja warrior training facility and enjoy lunch prepared in front of you at a nearby hibachi restaurant. Movie tickets, admission and lunch included in the fee. Bring additional money for movie concessions as desired.





Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip

Thursday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8302.219
$70/$60 MCC district residents

Eat, drink and play games! Dave and Buster’s offers one of the best dining and entertainment experiences around. Buffet lunch and a $25 game card with unlimited arcade game play are included in the fee. Bring additional money for ticketed arcade games as desired.






Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip

Friday, Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8303.219
$50/$40 MCC district residents

Explore all that this one-of-a-kind facility has to offer as we journey to the St. James. At St. James will we bounce on trampolines, dive into the VR gaming world, test our skills on their ninja warrior and ropes course and enter into the Nerf battle zone. A signed waiver is required by St. James for participation. Lunch and admission are included in the fee. Appropriate exercise clothing is required. Bring money for additional snacks as desired.





Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip

Monday, Dec. 30, 8 a.m-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8304.219
$80/$70 MCC district residents

Speed lovers experience a thrill like no other at this state-of-the-art indoor go-karting facility! Please wear appropriate clothing for the activity, as well as closed-toe shoes. A signed waiver is required for participation. Lunch and races are included in the fee.






Old Firehouse Winter Break Trip

Thursday, Jan. 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8305.219
$60/$50 MCC district residents

Chill out racing down snowy hills on the tubes or take the ice, lace up your skates and glide around the rink. During the day, we’ll warm up inside by having an amazing lunch! Admission for tubing/ice skating and lunch included in the fee. Bring additional money for snacks as desired.