August 24-28, 
Asheville, North Carolina

Transportation.The driving force of a strong economy.

Conference Events

Agenda

Please keep in mind this agenda is tentative and will change before the conference.

 

Saturday, August 24

Time Event
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Location: Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open Location: Coolidge, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Internet Café open Location: Eisenhower, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
Varies by Tour Guest Tours ★ Optional Activity (separate registration required) Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NC, LA, Tenn. - SASHTO Planning Meeting ★ Invitation Only Location: Hoover, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
6:05 p.m. Asheville Tourists Game ★ Optional Activity Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing at 5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. CEO Dinner ★ Invitation Only Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing at 6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Shindig on the Green ★ Free Activity Location: Downtown Asheville

Experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia at this weekly summertime event sponsored by the City of Asheville. Concessions are available. City ordinance prohibits dogs, alcohol and smoking in Pack Square Park. Transportation via regular conference shuttles.

Sunday, August 25

Time Event
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Location: Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open Location: Coolidge, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Internet Café Open Location: Eisenhower, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Golf ★ Optional Activity Location: Omni GPI Golf Course - Transportation will be provided from conference hotels. Buses will pick up at the Aloft and Renaissance Asheville Hotels at 6:00 a.m.
Sponsored by: Hatch Mott McDonald
Varies by Tour Guest Tours ★ Optional Activity (separate registration required) Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. USDOT/States Roundtable Discussions ★ Invitation Only Location: 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
  • Safety, Performance and Asset Management (Wilson)
  • Planning and Program Delivery (Taft)
  • Freight Planning (Roosevelt)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AGC Caucus ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Committee ★ Invitation Only Location: Hoover, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Opening Night Networking Reception Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
Sponsored by: Carolinas Association of General Contractors and Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association

Monday, August 26

Time Event
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Location: 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open Location: Coolidge, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Internet Café Open Location: Eisenhower, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Delegate Breakfast Location: Blue Ridge Dining Room, 10th floor, Vanderbilt Wing and Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. AGC/ARTBA Breakfast ★ Invitation Only Location: Wilson, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Opening Session Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
Varies by Tour Guest Tours ★ Optional Activity (separate registration required) Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Detour Ahead! Preparing today for tomorrow’s challenges Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing

Issues Impacting the Future of the Transportation System: Energy supplies, fuel sources, freight movement and operations, extreme weather events, and population demographics are all changing and will impact our transportation system. A panel of experts will discuss these changes and how to plan for the challenges they will present to our industry.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Location: Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chief Engineer's Luncheon ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Finance Director's Luncheon ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Procurement Strategies and Services Luncheon ★ Invitation Only Location: Taft, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CEO's Spouse/Guest Luncheon ★ Invitation Only Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing at 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions Location: Sammons Wing
"Get 'Er Done!" Faster Process and Project Implementation
Room: Heritage A
  1. Georgia’s GUPS System for Faster Permitting, Michael J. Bolden (State Utility Engineer, GDOT)
  2. Effective Utility Coordination, Keith Garry (Vice-President, So-Deep/US—P.C.)
  3. Evolution of NCDOT’s Bridge Delivery Program, Jon Nance (Deputy Chief Engineer, NCDOT) and Paul Garrett, (Bridge Program Manager, NCDOT)
“On the Tracks” to Development Opportunities
Room: Heritage B
  1. “PIP My Ride”—The Piedmont Improvement Program: Enhancing Safety and Capacity for Rail Between Raleigh and Charlotte, Paul Worley (Rail Director, NCDOT)
  2. Florida’s on the Right Track in Using Partnerships, Fred Wise (Executive Director, Florida Rail Enterprise)
  3. Charlotte Light Rail Planning and Implementation, Carolyn Flowers (Public Transit Director, Charlotte Area Transit System)
Developing the 21st Century DOT: A Whole Lot of Shaping Going On
Room: Heritage C
  1. Drivers of Change: Future Roles and Responsibilities for DOTs, John Wiegmann (Senior Associate, Booz, Allen, Hamilton)
  2. Who Moved My Cheese—Change in the World of State DOTs, Mike Kerlin (Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company)
  3. The Nimble DOT, Gerry Chaput (Assistant Deputy Minister of Provincial Highways, Ontario, Canada Ministry of Transportation)
Making the Most of What You’ve Got: Optimizing Existing Resources
Room: Laurel
  1. Risk-Based Assessment Management, Shobna Varma (President, StarIsis Corp.)
  2. Alabama/Mississippi Maintenance Management Partnership Success Story, George Conner (State Maintenance Engineer, ALDOT)
  3. Using Asset Management for Better Decisions, Lonnie Watkins (State Management Systems Engineer, NCDOT) and Steve Varnedoe (Senior Director for Relationship Management, Agile Assets Inc.)
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boards and Commissioners Meeting ★ Invitation Only Location: Roosevelt, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trade Show Exhibitor Set-up (Grand Ballroom Securely Locked until 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday) Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. FHWA/CEO Meeting ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Tech Sessions Location: Sammons Wing
Looking at Design in a New (3D) Way Room: Heritage A
  1. Modeling Subsurface Utility Designs, Robert Garrett (Senior Product Engineer, Civil Design, Bentley Systems)
  2. Evolution of Roadway Design and the Challenges of Constant Change, Jim McMellon (Roadway Design Project Engineer, NCDOT)
Landing the Big Fish—Transportation Investment and Economic Impact
Room: Heritage B
  1. Logistics Planning: Is Manufacturing Coming Back from Asia?, Charles Edwards (Executive Director for the NC Center for Global Logistics)
  2. Honda and Fed Ex Example in Triad Region – Kevin Baker (Executive Director, PTI Airport)
  3. Nissan and Toyota Site Examples in Mississippi, Chad Wages (Principal, Wages Consulting)
Don’t Detour the Message: A Roadmap to Effective Communications and Community Engagement
Room: Heritage C
  1. Garold Smith (Partner, Public Involvement Director, Eydo)
  2. La Detra White (President and CEO, Noble Insight)
  3. Colleen Gants (Principle, PRR)
  4. Neil Spiller (Program Manager, Office of Operations, FHWA)
If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It! Marketing Our Assets
Room: Laurel
  1. Hazard-Free Event Planning—How to Prepare for the U.S. Open, Reggie Jones (Senior Director for the U.S. Open Championship, USGA)
  2. N.C. Scenic Byways, Jeff Lackey (Scenic Byways Coordinator, NCDOT)
  3. Is There Gold in Your Assets? How to Look for It, Jim Ray (Principal, KPMG Infrastructure Practice)
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Industry Hospitality Events Location: Throughout Omni GPI

Tuesday, August 27

Time Event
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set-up (if needed)
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trade Show Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Delegate Breakfast at Trade Show Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Registration Location: Grand Ballroom Pre-function Area, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open Location: Coolidge, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Internet Café Open Location: Eisenhower, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Tech Sessions Location: Sammons Wing
Eeny Meeny Miney Mo? Better Project Selection Processes
Room: Heritage A
  1. Project Prioritization? Who Needs That?, Jeff Carroll (Principal Planner, CDM-Smith) Dale Janik (Special Consultant, CDM-Smith)
  2. Using Strategic Prioritization for STIP Development, Don Voelker (Director of Strategic Prioritization, NCDOT)
  3. Safety Project Prioritization Methods, Kevin Lacy (Mobility and Safety Director, NCDOT)
Stretching Your DOT Dollar: Financial Options
Room: Heritage B
  1. Project Finance Fundamentals and Tools, David Miller (Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Inc.)
  2. How Project Finance Tools Fit with Different Delivery Models, Tim Carden (Managing Director of P3 Consulting Group, Public Financial Management, Inc.)
  3. The I-65/I-265 Louisville Bridges: A Single Project Procured and Financed Separately by Indiana and Kentucky, Russ Romine (Chief of Staff, KYTC)
DOTs on Steroids: Performance-Enhancing Technology
Room: Heritage C
  1. Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing System Performance, Stephen Popper (Senior Economist, RAND Corporation)
  2. Executive Sharepoint Site—A Data System for Better Communication and Decisions, David Ulmer (Chief Information Officer, NCDOT)
  3. How Do You Define Success? Performance Metrics, Dashboards and Much More, Ehren Meister (Director of Performance Management, NCDOT)
Where is the Data Driving Us? Traffic Operations and Safety Evaluations
Room: Laurel
  1. Travel Time Performance Data, Kevin Lacy (Mobility and Safety Director, NCDOT)
  2. Kentucky’s Rural Safety Countermeasures, Karen Mohammadi (Engineering Manager, Neel-Shaffer) and Jarrod Stanley (Transportation Engineering Specialist, KYTC)
  3. Evaluations of Systemic Safety Programs, Shawn Troy (Safety Evaluation Engineer, NCDOT)
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. SASHTO Board of Directors Meeting Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
Varies by Tour Guest Tours ★ Optional Activity (separate registration required) Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break at Trade Show Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Concurrent Tech Sessions Location: Sammons Wing
Good Grief! Still Trying to Speed Up NEPA
Room: Heritage A
  1. Federal Streamlining Initiatives, Gloria Shepherd (Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment and Realty, FHWA)
  2. NEPA/Planning Integration, Dan Thomas (Transportation Planning Unit Head, NCDOT)
  3. Using GIS and LIDAR in Project Planning, LeiLani Paugh (ICI/Mitigation Group Leader, NCDOT)
Public.gov meets Private.com: Public-Private Partnerships
Room: Heritage B
  1. Atlanta’s HOT Lanes, Russell McMurry (Chief Engineer, GDOT)
  2. Norfolk’s Elizabeth River Tunnels, Charlie Kilpatrick (Chief Deputy Commissioner, VDOT)
“You Did WHAT?” Innovative Project Delivery
Room: Heritage C
  1. Milton Madison Bridge: Innovative Procurement and Construction to Accelerate the Replacement of a Vital River Crossing in Kentucky, Aaron Stover (Project Manager, Michael Baker)
  2. Using New Program Management Procedures to Replace Old Bridges, Jerry Jennings (Division Engineer, NCDOT) and Jeff Thatcher (Program Manager, RK&K)
  3. Performance-Based Contracting in Canada, Gerry Chaput (Assistant Deputy Minister of Provincial Highways, Ontario, Canada Ministry of Transportation)
Getting Blood Out of a Turnip: Freeway Optimization Strategies
Room: Laurel
  1. Actions for Maximum Reliability, Paul Degges (Chief Engineer and Deputy Commissioner, TDOT)
  2. Ramp Metering—No Pain, No Gain, Keith Golden (Commissioner, GDOT)
  3. Bus on Shoulder System Implementation in NC, Meredith McDiarmid (State Systems Operations Engineer, NCDOT)
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Delegate Lunch at Trade show Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ARTBA/CEO Lunch ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chief Engineers’ Spouse/guest Luncheon ★ Invitation Only Location: Meet at Atrium Lobby, 7th floor, Vanderbilt Wing at 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FHWA Caucus ★ Invitation Only Location: Renaissance Asheville Hotel
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Tech Sessions Location: Sammons Wing
Making the Fix Fit: Context Sensitive Design
Room: Heritage A
  1. Supporting Economic Development and Community Goals through Complete Street Implementation, Jay Bennett (State Roadway Design Engineer, NCDOT)
  2. The Most Dangerous Road in Raleigh—Is There a Fix?, Mike Rutkowski (Southeast Operations Transportation Leader, Stantec)
  3. Corridor Improvements—Big Benefits with Minimal Impacts, Darrell Skipper (Skipper Engineering)
Pennies from Heaven…How Can We Get More Money Down Here? Creative Revenue Solutions
Room: Heritage B
  1. Georgia Local Option Taxes, Russell McMurry (Chief Engineer, GDOT)
  2. Arkansas Issue #1, Lori Tudor (Chief Engineer for Planning, AHTD)
  3. Virginia Sales Tax Approach, John Lawson (Chief Financial Officer, VDOT)
What’s at Risk? Beyond Traditional Design-Build
Room: Heritage C
  1. The National Overview, Craig Actis (Project Management Engineer, FHWA)
  2. NC’s Express Design-Build, Rodger Rochelle (Transportation Program Management Director, NCDOT)
  3. Innovative Project Delivery—TXDOT Experience, Katie Nees (Deputy Director for Strategic Projects, TXDOT)
Got Geritol? Prescriptions for Aging Interstates
Room: Laurel
  1. Rapid Renewal: Maximum Return With Minimal Delays, Mike Hancock (Secretary, KYTC)
  2. Rebuilding I-40 Business through Winston-Salem, Pat Ivey (Division Engineer, NCDOT) and Michael Penney (Project Development Engineer, NCDOT)
  3. I-95 Financial Analysis, Paula Dowell (Principle, Cambridge Systematics)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break at Trade Show Location: Grand Ballroom, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony and AASHTO Awards Location: Heritage Ballroom, 10th floor, Sammons Wing
  1. America’s Transportation Awards, Mike Lewis (President, AASHTO)
  2. Future of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, Jack Basso (Parsons-Brinkerhoff) and Janet Kavinoky (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  3. Passing of the Gavel, Anthony Tata (Secretary, NCDOT)
  4. Invitation to SASHTO 2014, Sherri LeBas (Secretary, LDTD)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trade Show Concludes and Exhibitor Breakdown
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Buses to and from Biltmore Estate
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Closing Reception ★ Badge Required Location: Biltmore Estate

Dinner will be served on the South Terrace and lawn of the Biltmore House against the back drop of a breathtaking sunset over the Pisgah National Forest. Delegates will be offered special candlelight tours of Biltmore House. Additionally, the shops at the Biltmore Estate will be open to guests for the evening and will be accepting SASHTO Dollars.

Please note: Group transportation will be provided from the conference hotels to the Biltmore Estate Tuesday night; no personal vehicles will be allowed. Buses will begin departing from the conference hotels at 5:30 p.m. and will provide transportation for delegates back to the hotels until 9:30 p.m.

Ticket to Biltmore Estate will also be valid all day Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 28

Time Event
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hospitality Room Open Location: Coolidge, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Internet Café Open Location: Eisenhower, 8th floor, Vanderbilt Wing
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. NC, LA, Tenn. Closeout Breakfast and Planning Meeting ★ Invitation Only Location: Skyline Room, Sammons Wing

Closing Reception at Biltmore House

The Tuesday night closing reception will be on the South Terrace and lawn of the Biltmore House. This 250-room house is the largest in America. It was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a country retreat for entertaining friends and family. The house sits on 8,000 acres of land that boasts spectacular gardens and views of the Pisgah National Forest, a winery, numerous restaurants and a four-star inn. This will be an evening under the stars, so dress comfortably. Appropriate attire is business casual with comfortable shoes (no jeans or tennis shoes, please). To top off the evening, candlelight tours of Biltmore House will be offered. Delegates and registered guests also will receive a ticket to Biltmore Estate that can used all day Tuesday for the winery and gardens and all day Wednesday to tour the entire estate, including the house. No individual tickets will be sold for this event.

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Golf Tournament

Due to high interest, the SASHTO Golf Tournament is sold out.

The unique mountain layout of the Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course makes it one of the finest classic courses anywhere, featuring many design elements made famous by Donald Ross.

Not long by modern standards, the layout will challenge players in more subtle ways. The use of elevation changes makes for an enjoyable experience on these few glorious acres beneath the Sunset Terrace. Fairways are contoured to accept properly shaped shots; bunkers are devilish and should be avoided; and the greens are pitched and sloped to severe, but not impossible standards. As with most Ross courses, a good game plan directs your tee shot to the fairway and approach shot below the hole.

How do I sign up?

  • Before signing up for the Golf Tournament, please register as a Delegate for the conference.
  • You can sign up for the Golf Tournament from the Confirmation Page, at the end of the Delegate registration process.
  • If you forgot to sign up during the registration process, you can sign in to your Delegate Registration using this link. The link to sign up for the golf tournament is on the final page, after the payment screen.

General Questions

For more information about the Golf Tournament, contact Don Lee at (919) 707-2920.


Course Photos


Tournament Details At-A-Glance

When Sunday, August 25, 2013
Where Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course
Schedule
  • 6:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 6:30 a.m. - On-course sign-in begins.
  • 8:00 a.m. (sharp) - Shot gun start
Entry fee
$100
Includes
  • Transportation to the course
  • Green fees
  • Cart
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Tournament prizes
Attire
  • Proper golf attire is required!
    • Collared shirt
    • No cutoffs
    • No jeans
    • No t-shirts or tank tops
  • Soft spikes only

Note: No practice range is provided at Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course.

Special Prizes!

New at the 2013 SASHTO Golf Tournament. Special prizes for each participant during the luncheon awards presentation.

Golf Registration

  • Golf Tournament registration closes July 31, 2013 and all 2013 SASHTO registered delegates and guests are welcome to participate.
  • Participation is limited to the first 140 players. There will be no registration refunds only substitutions.
  • No onsite registration.
  • Rental clubs are available for $55.00.

Format

  • Four-Person Scramble/Captain's Choice format
  • 13 official state teams. Each official state team must be comprised of current or retired state employees.
  • Three additional flights based on golfer provided handicaps.
  • Special contests for:
    • Longest Drive
    • Closest to the Pins
    • Closest to the Line
    • Hole-in-One

Rules

  • Players will hit their drive and the team will select the best drive and play their second shot from that location. This procedure will be used until the ball is holed. The team will record their score.
  • If a team is less than four players, the team will rotate the player hitting two shots from each location.
  • The position of the ball can be improved no more than one club length and no closer to the hole, but the ball must stay in the same condition. Examples: ball in the rough must be played from the rough, ball in the sand trap must be played from the sand trap. The ball may be cleaned.
  • A team may pick up after two putts and record the score as if the third putt was holed. Also, no team shall record more than a double-bogey in hopes of speeding up play.

Transportation

  • Transportation will be provided to the Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Course.
    • A resort shuttle will transport golfers from the main entrance of the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    • Transportation will depart from the Renaissance and Aloft Hotel at 6:00 a.m. to take golfers to the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Prizes

  • Teams will be flighted, and first through third places in each flight will receive prizes.
  • Prizes will also be awarded to the special contests winners.
  • All prizes will be presented at lunch, immediately following play.

Guest Tours & Activities


Asheville Tourists Baseball Game

Sign up while registering for the conference.

The Asheville Tourist's logo

Join the 2012 South Atlantic League Champions, the Asheville Tourists, at McCormick Field.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Ticket
  • Delicious, hot-off-the-grill, all-you-can-eat meal (served from when the gates open until the top of the 2nd inning)
  • Side dishes, dessert and soft drinks
  • Reserved picnic area
  • Seats for the game
Cost
$25
per person
Date
Aug. 24
2013
Time
6:05pm

Omni Grove Park Inn Spa

Separate sign-up required. Request an appointment.

For those who want to pamper themselves, the The Spa at Omni Grove Park Inn Resort is the place for you. The Spa has only one warning: prepare to be pampered beyond your wildest dreams!

Discount
18%-30%
off services
Dates
Aug. 26-29
2013

Other Activities at Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a 50,000-square-foot Sports Complex that is the home to indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a racquetball court, an indoor pool, a Fitness Club, a cardio room, table tennis and pool tables, a Tennis Pro Shop and lounges and locker rooms for guest use. The Sports Complex also offers fitness training, yoga classes, tennis clinics and children's programs. Some activities require an additional fee and reservations.


More Activities & Tours

SASHTO 2013 has partnered with Accents on Asheville to offer several exciting tours unique to Asheville.

  • Tours require separate registration & payment through the Accents on Asheville registration web site.
  • These tours are not a part of the SASHTO 2013 registration process.
  • Deadline Aug. 16 to register for tours.
Tour Registration Info.

Whitewater Rafting on the French Broad River

One of the world's oldest rivers, the French Broad River winds through the Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of North Carolina. Its Class I-III rapids offer a perfect introduction to whitewater. Please wear bathing suits (or shorts and tee-shirt) and secure footwear (sandals are not appropriate). Optional: sunscreen, sunglasses and glasses strap. For after your trip: change of clothes, dry shoes and towel.

Children must be eight years old to participate in the raft trip. Please notify us if children are on this program. A parent or guardian is required to sign waivers for children or youth under 18 years of age.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Whitewater rafting excursion
  • All necessary equipment
  • All-inclusive lunch with beverages
  • Professional guides
  • Taxes
Cost
$99
per person

Treetops Adventure Park

Treetop Adventure Park is Asheville's newest attraction, an exhilarating treetop park, and the only adventure of its type in the Carolinas. The park features about 50 unique climbing, ziplining, walking, jumping, swinging and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 trees and towering poles nestled in the wooded park. There are four voluntary “trails” to maneuver, one easy, two intermediate, and one advanced. Each trail includes 10-15 different challenges that complete a circuit. Guests get to choose the trails they are comfortable with, deciding how much they would like to be challenged, and maneuver the trails at their own pace because each guest moves around the park individually instead of in a group.

The park is akin to ski slopes in the trees, a true "jungle gym" for all ages, strengths, and adventure levels. This is made possible by a new technology called "smart belays", which is designed to assure guests are attached to safety systems at all times and they cannot detach themselves from the system until they have completed the aerial trail of their choice and are back on the ground. Some of the elements found on the treetop trails include a cargo net climb, several swinging bridges, and a treetop sliding board into a zipline. There are several themed ziplines at the park, including a flying kayak, a "giddy-up" horse swing, a hang glider, and an aerial snowboard allowing guests to catch some air time. There is also a rock climbing wall that hangs 45 feet in the air, treetop tunnels, a disk golf challenge (called 13th hole), dancing Hula Hoops, a Tarzan traverse, fireman's pole, and the bottomless Burma Bridge.

Requirements: The park is designed for participants of average mobility and strength who are in reasonably good health. All guests must be less than 265 pounds, 7 years old and over (some trails require participants to be at least 10, and all children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult), and guests must also sign a waiver and release of liability. Closed-toe shoes are required, and we recommend collared shirts and modest, longer shorts or pants, dependent upon the seasonal weather. We suggest anyone with medical concerns (such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiac and coronary artery disease, pulmonary problems, pregnancy, arthritis, tendonitis or other joint and muscular-skeletal problems, fear of heights or other psychological/psychiatric conditions) consult a physician before making a reservation.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • All necessary equipment
  • Gourmet box lunch with beverage
  • Light snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes
Cost
$109
per person

Epicurean's Tour of Asheville with Lunch

A talented guide will accompany our group on a tour featuring some of Asheville's most unique culinary offerings based on the following itinerary:

  • Depart the Omni Grove Park Inn's Atrium Lobby.
  • Arrive at Biltmore Village, a community of unique shops, restaurants and galleries. Our first stop will be at The Tree & Vine, a gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting Shop.
  • Arrive at Rezaz Mediterranean Restaurant for an all-inclusive group lunch. Rezaz is named after chef/owner Reza Setayesh and is located in a historic building in Biltmore Village. The sophisticated menu emphasizes the fresh eclectic and traditional flavors of Mediterranean countries including North Africa, Italy, Spain, Morocco and the Middle East. Chef Reza's eastern Mediterranean background and his travels within this region enable him to showcase a wealth of flavors.
  • Next, you'll arrive at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Downtown Asheville. A sacred space for chocophiles, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge features their own handcrafted artisanal chocolates, scrumptious pastries, confections and savory bites, local and organic beers, small production and biodynamic wines, varietal coffees, espresso, sipping chocolates, herbals, teas, housemade sodas and locally made ice cream. The manager of the Lounge will conduct a private chocolate and wine tasting for our group, featuring some of the Lounge's most special chocolates and wines.
  • Lastly, you'll arrive at The Spice and Tea Exchange in Downtown Asheville, which offers spices and herbs from around the globe, hand-mixed blends and rubs, exceptional sea and mineral salts, unique and exotic teas, naturally flavored organic sugars and a variety of other gourmet gifts and accessories.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Professional guide
  • Bottle of gourmet oil or vinegar
  • All-inclusive lunch
  • Chocolate & wine tasting
  • Bottled water in iced coolers
  • Taxes
Cost
$99
per person

Maximum of 20 guests, so book early!


Asheville Art Safari

A talented guide will accompany our group on a tour of some of Asheville's most noted arts and crafts venues according to the following Itinerary:

  • Enjoy an all-inclusive group lunch at one of Asheville's finer restaurants.
  • Arrive at the Folk Art Center on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Owned and operated by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, the Center is a museum with revolving exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the finest crafters in the Blue Ridge region. Here you can also purchase the works of more than 200 members of the Guild.
  • The Asheville River Arts District is the hip and upcoming warehouse-turned-art-district along the French Broad River. More than 100 artists in the district represent nearly every artistic medium. More than 65 prominent artists are regularly open on Fridays and Saturdays, and they welcome groups into their studios to talk with them, see their latest artwork and to watch live demonstrations.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Professional guide
  • All-inclusive lunch
  • Bottled water in iced coolers
  • Assorted snacks
  • Taxes
Cost
$59
per person

Maximum of 30 guests, so book early!


Arboretum/Farmers Market Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the NC Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by the dense folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America. Your group will enjoy a one-hour self-guided tour of the Arboretum’s core garden areas. Features include native plants, new cultivars that grow well in mountain gardens, streamside plants, a profusion of flowering container gardens and the Quilt Garden, featuring a variable star quilt pattern in blooming flowers. One of the most significant of the core garden areas is the newly developed Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which features a selection of the Arboretum’s extensive bonsai collection. After the tour, you will have an opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s hiking trails and greenhouses. After a group lunch at the Café, the group will visit the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market. This regional farmer’s market is a one-stop destination for an incredible cornucopia of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, lawn and garden supplies, and local crafts.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Professional guide
  • Admission to the Arboretum
  • All facility and parking fees
  • All-inclusive group lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes
Cost
$69
per person

Biltmore Estate Gardens, Village and Winery with Lunch

En route, a guide will give your group a windscreen tour of Asheville and provide you with an informative and entertaining background about the history of the city, the impact of George Vanderbilt and his Biltmore Estate on the region, and Asheville’s phenomenal Art Deco architecture. Your self-guided tour of the Biltmore Estate Gardens will allow you to stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America's foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the formal beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking presence of ancient trees in America's first managed forests, Biltmore's lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted's genius. The Estate’s horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including its All America Rose Garden featuring more than 250 varieties.

Enjoy a group lunch in Biltmore Estate's Deerpark Restaurant, part of a series of handsome outbuildings designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the 1890s for Vanderbilt's farm operations. Originally a dairy barn, Deerpark has been renovated into a unique open-air restaurant in a beautiful pastoral setting. After lunch, enjoy a self-guided tour of Biltmore's Antler Hill Village & Winery.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Professional guide
  • Admission to the Biltmore Gardens, Village & Winery
  • All-inclusive group lunch
  • Bottled water in iced coolers
  • Taxes
Cost
$69
per person
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