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Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tours

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Summer of Glass VIP Weekends are certain to be a ‘glass-lovers’ dream trip! These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, but also include your ticket to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the splendor of Biltmore Estate; local Southern hospitality; the flavors of Asheville’s foodie culture; and a fun-filled weekend to remember.

Summer of Glass VIP Weekends Dates

Book online now! July 13-15 | August 17-19 | September 7-9

Exclusive Summer of Glass VIP Weekend packages include:

  • Welcome at the NC Glass Center with glass blowing demonstration
  • Private visit to the North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement exhibition, with a welcome and overview from the curator
  • Reservations at a premier partner restaurant featuring glass art
  • Guided tour of Asheville galleries with glass exhibitions; meet the owners/directors and hear their perspectives.
  • Ticket to Chihuly Nights at Biltmore
  • Guided day-long tour to four professional glass artists’ private studios; lunch and transportation included. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often!
    • June: Robert Stephan; Carl Powell; Alex Bernstein; Courtney Dodd & Nick Fruin.
    • July: John Littleton & Kate Vogel; Rick & Valerie Beck; Mark Peiser; Dean Allison.
    • August: Hayden Wilson; Pablo Soto; Alex Bernstein; Robert Stephan.
    • September: Robert Levin; Billy & Kate Bernstein; Kenny Pieper; Jeff & Yaffa Todd.
  • Glass Collector Home visit offered in two of the four VIP weekends (June and August only)*
  • Private brunch at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery with guest glass artist
  • A hands-on glass-making experience at the NC Glass Center
  • Ticket to return and tour Chihuly at Biltmore during the daytime
  • A swag bag for each participant, with gifts and Asheville art-insider information.

*June and August VIP weekends include a Collector Home visit. July and September VIP weekends include studios in the beautiful Toe River Valley near Penland School of Craft.

Click here for rates and full VIP Weekend itineraries!

Book online now! July 13-15 | August 17-19 | September 7-9

Please note: Accommodations are NOT included in Summer of Glass VIP Weekends. Click here to search hotel rates and availability for your desired travel dates.

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