The Great Train Trip

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The Great Train Trip

This Happy Hearts trip will prove to be memorable, so sign up early and reserve your place!

Dates: September 19-21 – Depart 7:00 a.m.

Where:  Bryson City, NC

Lodging: Hemlock Inn

Train trip aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Lodging Cost: $225.76 per person for two nights (includes four meals, all taxes, gratuity).  Double room, two per room, with single or double beds.  Single room:  $397.50.

Train tickets: Crown Class $65.48 per person. (Senior discount and tax included.  No veteran discount unless all are veterans.)  Crown class car Includes a souvenir tumbler with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day.  Lunch is on your own at Nantahala Gorge stop, or you can purchase a box lunch on the train.   To insure we will all be on the same train car and have a seat, we must pay in advance.  The church will pay by credit card on line.  The deadline for your train tickets is July 1.  Make checks payable to Cary FBC.

Deposit: $100.00 to reserve room.  I have six rooms on hold pending our deposit to actually reserve rooms.

Other costs:  Lunch on trip to Bryson City and return trip.  Supper on return trip if the group  desires.  Souvenirs.

Total amount due by August 15:  $175.76 per person, double room (less $50.00 previous deposit per person).  Make checks payable to Cary First Baptist Church, memo line Happy Hearts.

The Hemlock Inn, located above Bryson City, has a beautiful mountain view from its rocking chair-lined front porch.  The dining room is large and features seating around big lazy Susan tables.  The food is family style, delicious, and never runs out!  Grace is said before every meal before you are seated. Service is cordial and entertaining.  Hiking trails, shuffle board, and plenty of rocking chairs to make new acquaintances are just some of the things offered at the inn.

The train ride from Bryson City to Nantahala Gorge is fun with gorgeous views of the Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and it also crosses part of Fontana Lake.  A story teller will fill you in on the latest fables.  Google Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for more information.

Cool temperatures should welcome us to this beautiful part of North Carolina.  There is much more to see and do than we have planned, so you might want to go back and explore the area on your own.