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The Virginia Autumn Special
Charlottesville, Va. – Saturday, October 12th
             
            Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday’s “Virginia Autumn Special” will again offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity.  Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of the Carolinas and the western part of Central Virginia. Spectacular views of the Dan, Roanoke and James Rivers will be seen as the train crosses above. The train will even pass by Schuyler, the mountain town fictionalized in the television show “The Waltons.”
At noon, the “Virginia Autumn Special” will arrive in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. Here travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. A short walk takes you to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy. Departing Charlottesville at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 6:45 p.m. and Spencer at 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Oct. 12
7 a.m. - Depart Spencer
8 a.m. - Arrive in Greensboro
8:15 a.m. - Depart Greensboro
12 p.m. - Arrive in Charlottesville
2:45 p.m. - Depart Charlottesville
6:30 p.m. - Return to Greensboro
6:45 p.m. - Depart Greensboro
8 p.m. - Return to Spencer


The Blue Ridge Special
Asheville, N.C. – Sunday, October 13th
 
          The “Blue Ridge Special” will travel through the western Piedmont into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. The train will climb the famed "loops" of the Blue Ridge Mountains and pass through several tunnels before arriving in Asheville at noon. Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village.
Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and take walks along brick sidewalks that parallel tree lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains.
          Departing Asheville at 3 p.m., the “Blue Ridge Special” will return to Spencer at 8 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 13
7 a.m. - Depart Spencer
12 p.m. - Arrive in Asheville
3 p.m. - Depart Asheville
8 p.m. - Return to Spencer


PLEASE NOTE: No refunds, except in case of medical emergency.  All refunds will be subject to a $50 processing fee per ticket (physician's note required) and will be limited to 10 days following the trips.