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Hillwood Estate & National Cathedral

This day-long coach tour includes visits to two inspirational venues: the Hillwood Estate and Gardens and the Washington National Cathedral.
Hillwood is a decorative arts museum and home to one of the nation's finest orchid collections. The Washington National Cathedral holds a unique place at the intersection of sacred and civic life, serving as a space where the country gathers during moments of national significance.

We will depart from the Farmer's Market in Harrisonburg at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival at Hillwood Estate, we will take a guided tour of their spectacular 13-acre formal gardens. A tour of the estate will follow and includes a special exhibition titled Perfume & Seduction, a Givaudan collection of 18-century luxury objects presented for the first time stateside. This special exhibition features elegant silver, gold, and porcelain accessories that combine luxury, novelty, and exoticism. These objects were used in a daily performance known as la toilette, an elaborate ritual adopted by wealthy Parisians that included luxurious pampering, primping, wardrobe assessment, and even meetings with special visitors to discuss current events.

Following a sandwich buffet luncheon at Hillwood Estate, we will depart for the National Cathedral, where we will be greeted by a docent tour of the spiritual home for our nation. The Cathedral features various Gothic architectural styles and several other works of art including over two hundred stained glass windows. We will depart after touring the Cathedral.

Please be advised that this is an active walking tour and is not recommended for those who have difficulty navigating garden terrain or using stairs unaided.

Price per person: $80 per person with meal included; limited to 50 participants. (Register by May 7)

Please note that an additional $2.00 tip is recommended for the bus driver and will be collected during the return trip.

7:00 a.m. Depart from Harrisonburg
10:00 a.m. Arrive on site
3:30 p.m. Depart from National Cathedral
6:00 p.m. Arrival in Harrisonburg

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