August 12 – 19, 2018
ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!!!!!
- Luxury Motorcoach Transportation
- Tour a Thoroughbred horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky
- Buffalo Trace Distillery
- New River Gorge
- Coal Mine tour
- Tour Cold War Bunker
- Ride Historic Cass Railway
- Ride Cheat Mountain Railway with lunch
- Ride the Durbin Rocket Steam Locomotive
- Cruise to Blennerhassett Island with lunch, guided mansion tour and horse drawn island tour
Come and experience the beautiful “Mountain State” of West Virginia. Enjoy nostalgic steam and coal powered locomotives as they wind their way beside mountain streams, green meadows, and scenic mountains. Experience the life of a coal miner, and discover the secret far below a secluded resort. Feel like you have come home to West Virginia!
$100/pp if booked by April 30, 2018
Deposit: $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: Monday, June 25, 2018
Day 1, Sunday, August 12
Today is a leisurely travel day as we venture to Lexington, Kentucky. Tonight we will enjoy our hotel and a good nights rest!
Day 2, Monday, August 13
Start the day with a fascinating visit to one of Kentucky’s premier horse farms. We have the opportunity to tour the facility and get an inside look at the business of thoroughbred horse racing. You will marvel at the beauty and grace of these magnificent and amazing animals! This afternoon we will tour a fantastic Bourbon distillery to round out our day in Kentucky. Then we are off to West Virginia for a night in the capital city, Charleston. (B,L)
Day 3, Tuesday, August 14
This morning we will enjoy a scenic drive through rolling hills to the New River Gorge.
A visit to the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center gives us breathtaking views of one of the continents oldest rivers, as it crashes through the spectacular gorge. This afternoon we will visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide first hand accounts of the daily responsibilities and travail of past and present day miners. We will have a wonderful dinner and reflect on the days activities . (B,D)
Day 4, Wednesday, August 15
Today we take a tour of the Cold War Bunker built during the late 1950′s, to house the members of Congress and their families in the event of a nuclear strike. You will be amazed at what is hidden below the surface and how the secret was kept for so long. We then wind our way up the mountain to take a ride on the historic Cass Railway. This rail line was originally laid in 1901 to haul lumber from the mountain camps to the mills in town. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass, and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than half a century. Many of the passenger cars are old logging flat cars that have been refurbished. We will head to Elkins for our first of two nights. (B,L)
Day 5, Thursday, August 16
Our train adventure continues as we double the fun and nostalgia today! First we board the Cheat Salamander for the exhilarating ride up to the falls on the high Cheat River. The 150 ft wide and 80 ft tall waterfall is five miles from the closest human habitat. After a stop to explore the falls, we continue further into the wilderness. Here we meet our coach that will transport us to another rail line: The Durbin Rocket. This steam locomotive will take us on a 10 mile ride along the Greenbrier River. At the conclusion of our train excursions, we head back to Elkins for dinner at the historical Graceland Mansion on the campus of Davis and Elkins College. (B,L,D)
Day 6, Friday, August 17
On to Parkersburg, West Virginia and a visit to Blennerhassett Island. On this island, Harmon Blennerhassett built a sumptuous mansion home in the same style as President George Washington’s “Mt. Vernon”. Here he entertained the rich and famous, most notably Vice President Aaron Burr. Mr. Blannerhassett lived quite a colorful life, and the island showcases it wonderfully. We have the afternoon to enjoy lunch, a mansion tour, and a horse drawn tour of the island before checking in to our hotel for the evening. (B,L)
Day 7, Saturday, August 18
As we start our journey home we venture out of West Virginia and on to Effingham, Illinois, where we will overnight. (B)
Day 8, Sunday, August 19
Sadly, all good thing must come to an end, but we will always have our memories of West Virginia, its mountains, railroads, and beautiful scenery. As our way of saying “Thank You” for traveling with Sunnyland, we will enjoy a Farewell lunch together before arriving home in Springfield. (B,L)