EXPLORE ASHEVILLE EXCURSIONS
New in 2018 are these micro-events within the larger Christian Investment Summit. Thanks to the support of our hosting Partners, small groups of Summit attendees will participate in one of six different excursions into the city of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround it. The environment, landscape, and culture of this region steep into the experience of attending the Summit at the Billy Graham Training Center. Through these excursions, we hope to more directly help you experience what is a world renowned travel destination.
The goal for these is to create and deepen relationships within those participating in the Summit through a more relaxed and extended time together. Each of the excursions is planned and curated by our host Partners to help connect money and investing to the other integrated parts of our lives to show how we can flourish in all of them.
Listed below are the excursions for 2018. We hope you enjoy this new and unique experience.
Trolley Tour & Creative Cuisine
Hosted by Cornerstone Management, this excursion features a private sightseeing tour of Asheville. Our group will enjoy narration highlighting the architecture, history, and cultural arts of this iconic city. Our journey will take us through the vibrant city center, into the heart of Biltmore Village, and along the celebrated Rivers Arts District. Finally, the nostalgic trolley will carry us to 48 Biltmore Avenue where we have dinner reservations at Chestnut—offering classics done right with a touch of cutting edge.
Hosted by Cornerstone Management
Hike & Dinner at Catawba Falls
Hike the Catawba Falls Trail through a mossy, shady forest valley to a beautiful series of waterfalls on the Catawba River. Along the way we will enjoy God’s creation as a Cru trail guide will lead us in an experiential learning exercise. Snacks, water, dinner, and any necessary hiking gear will be provided as well as transportation to and from the trailhead. This is a non-strenuous, 2.5 mile round trip hike with about 300 feet in elevation gain, and we will take breaks along the way.
Hosted by Eventide Funds
Faithfully Farm to Table
Good food, local color, and farm to table stories. Join a local Asheville personality as your host as you restaurant hop across some of downtown Asheville’s best dining establishments. One of the nation’s premiere food destinations, Asheville boasts some of the most exciting and memorable food in the South. Arrive
hungry! We will sample some of Asheville’s finest cuisine.
Hosted by Eventide Funds
Farm to “TABLE”
Join GuideStone at Table, the first of three ventures in Asheville NC built by husband and wife team, Jacob and Alicia Sessoms. With Table, the Sessoms set out to create the space that they wanted to frequent – a real farm-to-table, creative, service driven, urban minded restaurant with an interesting wine list and cocktails. Since Table’s inception in 2005, many of Asheville’s top chefs have passed through its doors and the inventive chef has earned an array of accolades, including being named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast in 2010. Such a history has earned Chef Jacob Sessoms the nickname of, “the grandfather of creative cooking” in Asheville.
Hosted by GuideStone Funds
The Sweet Taste of Impact: Asheville!
See, hear and TASTE the power of impact investing. Join Praxis Mutual Funds, in partnership with Self-Help Credit Union, in exploring the many ways investing can transform lives in marginalized communities. We’ll begin with a tour of the historic Edington Center—once a segregated school for African Americans, now a hub for community development organizations and home to our host, Green Opportunities (GO). GO trains, supports and connects people to sustainable employment through a variety of programs. Following our tour we’ll enjoy a multi-course tasting menu featuring the talents of their Southside Kitchen culinary social enterprise and hear additional stories of impact and transformation from community partners of Self-Help Credit Union Asheville. Making a difference never tasted so good!
Hosted by Praxis Mutual Funds
From Glassworks to Market Place
This excursion will visit Lexington Glassworks in Downtown Asheville. They will be doing a glassblowing demonstration from start to finish, using century old techniques and locally source materials to create unique pieces of art. Glass art is available for sale in their shop as well. Afterwards, we will walk to the Market Place Restaurant, a fixture in Asheville since 1979, and featured on Andrew Zimmern’s Delicious Destinations. They are renowned for their fresh food prepared in a creative manner.
Hosted by Timothy Funds