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Each of our sites is located in a unique setting to provide a place apart to Get Inspired.  Whether you need to be on hundreds of acres an hour from Atlanta, or in close proximity to the airport, we have a location that can meet your needs. 

In the mountains, at Lutheridge or Lutherock, enjoy adventure activities like rafting, caving or rock climbing, spend a day touring the Biltmore House, or wandering the streets of downtown Asheville.

If warmer climates are what you’re hoping to escape to, or if you’re looking to canoe down a river and watch one of the hundreds of species of birds at the Paynes Prairie State Park, Luther Springs has plenty to offer.  Near Gainesville, Luther Springs is in close proximity to museums and wildlife while still only an hour and a half from the coast!

Or, escape into the foothills at Lutheranch where there is expansive land for exploration just an hour away from Atlanta. Spend the afternoon canoeing on the lake or blaze your own trail across the wooded, hilly terrain that goes as far as the eye can see.

Scroll down for more information about local attractions. Or use the menu to the right to view area attractions for a specific site.


 

Lutheridge

Located between Asheville and Hendersonville and just off of Highway 25, Lutheridge is situated in the perfect location to be close to many attractions, while still giving the guest that "place apart" feeling.

Biltmore Estate: The Biltmore Estate is America's largest privately owned home built by George Vanderbilt over 100 years ago. Tour this 250-room chateau with its cutting edge 19th century technology and souvenirs from Vanderbilt's world travels. Visit landscaped gardens and grounds that showcase Western North Carolina's seasons and then travel to the nation's most-visited winery. Enjoy dining and shopping all located on the Biltmore Estates. Reduced price tickets are available through Lutheridge or you can visit the Biltmore website to order tickets (for groups up to 10) and enter promo code "lridge".

Chimney Rock Park: Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air and become invigorated by the hiking trails at Chimney Rock. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park offers a spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, Nature Center, Native Plant Nursery, a variety of special events and much more. Reduced price tickets are available through Lutheridge.

Fly-fishing: Western North Carolina boasts some of the best trout fishing on the east coast.  The Mills River is a short 15 minute drive from Lutheridge. We also enjoy the Green, Davidson, and many more.  If you stay with us, we'll share our secret spots.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial: The early-twentieth-century boardinghouse called "Old Kentucky Home," was the childhood home of novelist Thomas Wolfe, perhaps the most overtly autobiographical of this country's major novelists. The twenty-nine-room house is has recently re-opened after being closed for restoration following a fire that damaged much of the structure in July 1998.

Carl Sandburg Home: Located close to Flat Rock, NC, visit Carl Sandburg's home with its 264 acres of trails, forest, lakes, and beautiful views. The home and grounds of the Pulitzer Prize winning writer is open daily from 9:00AM until 5:00PM (Closed December 25) for self-guided or guide-led tours. Trails to hike or benches to sit and enjoy the view. Goat barn and lively goats are a hit with kids!

The Grove Arcade: One of Western North Carolina's most historic buildings located in downtown Asheville, the Grove Arcade features local crafts, fresh food, and an array of restaurants representing the area's distinct mountain heritage. Public Market open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday hours vary.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: With an entrance located just four miles from Lutheridge, the Blue Ridge Parkway is was designed as a recreational motor road connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. The Parkway winds 469 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia. A drive down any part of the Parkway will provide the visitor with a cross-section of Appalachian mountain history. And ask our staff about different local hikes that can be found along the Parkway.

Pisgah National Forest: The Pisgah National Forest is located west of Lutheridge with over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah. Once part of the Biltmore Estate (Mt. Pisgah can be seen from Mr. Vanderbilt's bedroom), the land was purchased, along with other sections of land, from Vanderbilt's widow in 1917. Hike through Pisgah and visit Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, and the Cradle of Forestry (the birthplace of forestry conservation).

More information about Asheville area attractions can be discovered at www.exploreasheville.com, Asheville's Official Tourism website. Or visit www.historichendersonville.org for more information about Hendersonville and Flat Rock.

Lutherock

Located near Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and Beech Mountain, a visit to Lutherock puts your group in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery, vast outdoor adventures opportunities, and unique shopping experiences in Western North Carolina. Read below to learn about a few. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Grandfather Mountain: The tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge, Grandfather Mountain is the only private park in the world that has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. Walk across the mile high swing bridge, hike one of the 11 different trails, or visit the habitat enclosures. Tickets: $14 for adults 13-59, $12 for seniors 60+, $6 for children 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

Boone, NC: Only about 45 minutes from Lutherock, Boone, NC, sits along the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers something for everyone. Visit the Tweetsie Railroad or the Mast General Store with the family. Or take on outdoor adventures such as skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and so much more.

Blowing Rock: An immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, Blowing Rock overhangs Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below and is NC's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Visit and discover the legend of an Indian Brave that jumped off the cliff for the love of young Indian Maiden, but was brought back up to the cliff by the strange winds that cause even snow to fall upside down.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: The Blue Ridge Parkway is designed as a recreational motor road connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. The Parkway winds 469 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia. A drive down any part of the Parkway will provide the visitor with a cross-section of Appalachian mountain history. And ask our staff about different local hikes that can be found along the Parkway.

Beech Mountain: Get away from the fast pace of life and visit the highest town in the Eastern United States. Located at 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain has many outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and golfing to seasonal events to unique shopping experiences that can only be found in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Tweetsie Railroad: Take a ride back in time and leave the high-tech world behind. Located in Blowing Rock, NC, live your childhood fantasy of being a cowboy or Indian. Or even a train engineer. And don't forget to take a ride on the historic steam locomotive, Number 12, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Admission prices vary. Please visit the Tweetsie Railroad website for pricing.

Luther Springs

Paynes Prairie State Park is biologically, geologically and historically unique.  More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds.  The park offers a 50 foot observation tower, eight trails for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling.  Trails include a 16 mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.  Fishing and canoeing are also available on the lake.

Florida Museum of Natural History -- one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing natural history museums.  Permanent exhibits allow you to explore butterflies at the butterfly rainforest (or indoor exhibits), research, Florida fossils, energy, and regions of Florida.

The Butterfly Rainforest is a living exhibit that is a part of the Natural History Museum.  It boasts free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish!  The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path.  Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience.

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts theatre in Gainesville on the University of Florida campus.  The center presents some of the most established and emerging national and international artists on the main stage. 

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park celebrates The Yearling for which Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the Pulitzer Prize.  Visitors to the homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek.  The home has been restored and preserved as it was when she lived there and wrote The Yearling.

Lutheranch

Six Flags over Georgia is an 100-acre theme park located west of Atlanta on I-20. Opened in 1967, it features awesome rides, great shows, and incredible attractions. Located about 40 miles away from Lutheranch, Six Flags provides a great day outing for the group. Visit the park website for ticket information and hours: http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia/index.aspx.

Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex just north of Talladega, Alabama. NASCAR enthusiasts prepare for a day of car racing and fun. The International Motor Sports Hall of Fame museum is located on 35 acres of land next to the Talladega Superspeedway housing more than half a dozen different Halls of Fame as part of its display. Visit the Superspeedway website for more information and racing schedules: http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.


 
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