Many of our passengers have met Don Adams, founder and owner of Kelly Tours. This year, Don invites you to join him on a pioneer trip which the “man himself” will escort and preside over! With Don’s wonderful sense of humor, vast travel knowledge and company credit card, this trip will not be one to forget!
Double Occupancy – $699 Per Person – $659 if booked by May 1, 2020 (with deposit)
Single Occupancy – $859 Per Person – $819 if booked by May 1, 2020 (with deposit)
Tour of Abingdon & The Appalachians
Virginia Creeper bicycle trail
Holston Mountain Artisans, Arts Depot & William King Museum of Art
Behind the scenes tour of the Barter Theatre
Wine tasting at Abingdon Vineyards
Martha Washington Inn
Barter Theatre show production
Transportation roundtrip by motor coach
3 Nights’ Lodging
4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
Kelly Tours Escort
All taxes, baggage handling and travel arrangements
Jump onboard your coach this morning, but don’t be late, the boss is very punctual! Mrs. Kelly Adams, Don’s boss/wife will send us off with breakfast to munch aboard the coach as we head to Virginia and the town of Abingdon nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did you know Abingdon was recently named the Best Small-Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today’s 10 Best? We’ll begin to understand why after checking into our hotel and enjoying a welcome dinner together. We’ll spend the night in Abingdon – someone please bring a spare toothbrush in case Don forgets his! 🅑🅓
After breakfast it’s time to tour! We’ve arranged for local guide Jim to show you all there is to see in this fascinating area. (If he looks familiar, it’s because he appeared on The History Channel TV Show “Mountain Men.”) As we tour the local Appalachians, Jim shares stories about the area’s connection to Daniel Boone, The Revolutionary and Civil War periods.
Tonight, we’ll attend a festive dinner hosted by a local band providing entertainment with music and fascinating stories of the region. The food’s pretty tasty, too! 🅑🅓
For the adventurous, we’ve planned a special outing this morning. After an early breakfast, we’ll provide a bicycle, helmet and water and shuttle members of the group to the top of White Top Mountain. Meet your bike guide and follow the Virginia Creeper trail on a breezy (all downhill!) bike ride flanked by stunning scenery the entire route.
If you prefer strolling over pedaling, join a docent guide for a tour of the vibrant art scene in Abingdon. Peruse Holston Mountain Artisans, one of the oldest artisan collectives in the country, where juried members keep traditional Appalachian crafts alive through demonstrations and classes. Visit artists working in their studios at the Arts Depot, housed inside a vintage train depot. Finally, we head over to the William King Museum of Art and tour the galleries showcasing international art, contemporary regional art, cultural heritage works and folk art.
Take free time for lunch on Main Street before a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Barter Theatre. The venue, which opened its doors in 1933, boasts a rich and storied past. Did you know that four out of five theatre-goers used to pay their admission with vegetables, dairy products or even chickens?!
Reconnect with our intrepid bikers this afternoon as we find ourselves at Abingdon Vineyards for a wine tasting along the shores of the South Holston River.
Don’s big finale this evening is dinner at the historic Martha Washington Inn. Originally built in 1832 as the home for General Robert Preston of the War of 1812 fame, the property was converted to a hotel in 1935. Since then, famous guests like Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, Lady Bird Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Elizabeth Taylor have graced her halls – now it’s your turn! During dinner, a historian explains the history of the inn and following dessert, you’re free to wander the corridors and admire the memorabilia.
After dinner, we return to the Barter Theatre for their latest production. Don’t worry about tickets! Don’s already paid for your seats with his prize-winning tomatoes. 🅑🅓
Take one last snap of the Blue Ridge Mountains as we begin our trip back home. We’ll break for an included lunch stop along the way. Don’t forget to give Don helpful suggestions as to where you’d like to go next year for Travels with Don Adams. 🅑🅛