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Luxury Tuscan Retreat 
Ongava Game Reserve African Adventure
Scottish Highlands Escape 
A Week on Kiawah Island
18 Seaboard Four Course Wine Dinner for Ten
Second Empire Chef's Table for Eight
Year of Flowers
Duke Champion's Club VIP Basketball Experience
The Lyricosa String Quartet Private House Concert 
Carmen Walk On Role
 
LUXURY TUSCAN RETREAT AT VILLA BELLA CORTONA 





The villa is located a few minutes outside of the town of Foiano della Chiana. It’s ideal hub location is perfect for those with a car to explore the many nearby must-see towns of Tuscany.  
The villa, gardens, olive grove, gym & pool sit on several acres of fenced land with a private gated entrance. The patio & outdoor sitting spaces are perfect to view the Tuscan sunsets. The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs with views of the olive trees.
The home is adorned with beautifully restored Tuscan antique furnishings, including a dining table that seats 12 guests. The house has 6 bedrooms, and each has a private bathroom (equipped with amenities such as hairdryers, robes & slippers), European queen-sized bed (a couple of inches wider than a US/Canada queen-sized bed), personal iPad and speaker to stream music, tv & movies, air conditioning, and beautiful views of the hills or garden.  Just a few steps from the main house is a gym suite outfitted with brand new exercise equipment including a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bicycle, multi-directional resistance weight center, free weights & sound system. Top of the line wi-fi spans the entire property.
 
Customize your vacation with these optional services:
Nightly chef’s dinner: 4 course dinner prepared by local Tuscan chef onsite in the villa’s kitchen, Italian wines included.
Cooking Classes: Learn to cook traditional Italian dishes by a local Italian chef.
Cigar Room, stocked with Toscanino and Cuban cigars
 
Driving distance from the villa:
Cortona - 20 minutesMontepulciano - 25 minutes
Siena - 30 minutes
Pienza - 35 minutes
Montalcino - 45 minutes
Orvieto – 1 hour
Assisi - 1 hour
Perugia - 1 hour
San Gimignano - 1 hour, 15 minutes
Florence - 1 hour, 15 minutes
Rome - 2 hours




ONGAVE GAME RESERVE AFRICAN ADVENTURE 





Five-day, four-night, all-inclusive stay for four in first-class luxury at Ongava Wildlife Preserve in Namibia. The timelessly chic of Ongava Game Reserve turns your dream of an Out of Africa experience into a magnificent, memorable reality. Adjacent to the wild beauty of Etosha National Park, Ongava Lodge is your air-cooled home base from which you embark on game drives and guided hikes and observe elephants, big cats and zebras, and abundant exotic birds. The Ongava Research Centre is devoted to stewardship and preservation of this magnificent region of our planet. Make Ongava the keystone to your African dream trip! 

"The Ongava game preserve, next door to Etosha National Park, in Namibia is a top destination for game watching.  We were not disappointed!  Our first evening safari included nine white rhinos that came within 20 feet of our vehicle ... and our days just got better from there! The Ongava facilities - both lodge and tented - are well appointed.  The food was excellent and plentiful.  Our safari guides were genuinely concerned that we see as much wildlife as close and as safely as possible.  We could go there again and again." - Claude and Sarah Snow, NC Opera patrons and winners of the Ongava trip from the 2017 Opera Gala 

Consider adding Capetown, the Skeleton Coast or Victoria Falls to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Julian Harrison at Premier Tours, specializing in African Tours, will help you design a dynamite trip. Must book 120 days in advance; does not include airfare or transfers.



SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS ESCAPE, ONE WEEK STAY AT THE GLEN MHOR COTTAGE IN GLENELG, SCOTLAND 



Enjoy a one week stay surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Glen Mhor Cottage is a warm and friendly family cottage in the highland village of Glenelg, a coastal village overlooking the Isle of Skye.  This self-catering cottage is in a wonderful location for many outdoor activities and is next door to the famous Glenelg Inn. The cottage is a three-bedroom property with a double room, twin room and single room.  It also has one bathroom, a main reception room and a kitchen accommodating dining for four. 

Local activities include climbing, walking, fishing expeditions, mountain biking, field sports, sailing, sand and shingle beaches, pony trekking, seal trips, kayaking, glass bottom boat trips and 9-hole golf courses at Lochcarron, Gairloch and on the Isle of Skye. Castle Stuart is the main golf course in the area and is near the Inverness airport.




 A WEEK ON KIAWAH ISLAND

 


Head to Kiawah Island for a week where you will enjoy a wide array of activities and relaxation on this beautiful low country barrier island.  This five bedroom and four and a half bath home has expansive marsh views and sleeps 10-12 -- perfect for two families!  Enjoy relaxing on the wide beaches, riding miles of scenic bike trails, and canoeing and kayaking.  Kiawah is a golfer’s paradise and the number one tennis resort in the nation. It is only 20 miles to beautiful Charleston, SC, for shopping and award-winning restaurants. 


18 SEABOARD FOUR COURSE WINE DINNER FOR TEN

  

Enjoy dinner for 10 at 18 Seaboard, “where southern hospitality celebrates seasonal ingredients.” You and your guests will delight in a four course chef’s menu complete with wine pairings at one of Raleigh’s finest restaurants, 2015 winner of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. As Chef-Proprietor of 18 Seaboard, Jason Smith celebrates straightforward American cuisine with a modestly contemporary edge. By marrying all that he’s learned from his mentors with his enthusiasm for cooking, it’s certain that he’ll leave his mark on North Carolina dining just as those excellent chefs left their indelible mark on him. Winner of multiple Metro Magazine Bravo awards as well as other local media rankings for "best chef", "restaurant", "power lunch" and "best service", 18 Seaboard has become the favorite place for your special occasion.


SECOND EMPIRE CHEF'S TABLE FOR EIGHT  

 

Imagine a dining experience that combines an atmosphere of classical history and elegance with a selection of cuisine that is as exquisitely unique as it is delicious. When you and seven of your friends enjoy dinner from the Chef’s Table at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, you will interact directly with Chef Daniel Schurr and his staff throughout your dinner and experience firsthand the techniques utilized by them. Then imagine delighting your senses with a world-class wine selection. It’s not your imagination. Located in the beautifully restored Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh, Second Empire satisfies the highest of standards. Its delectable menu, spectacular wine list and polished service have won the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award, the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other!


YEAR OF FLOWERS BY TEACUP FLORAL



Each month Teacup Floral will deliver a seasonal, handcrafted flower arrangement perfectly sized for a kitchen island, credenza, or dining room table.  From consultation through delivery, Teacup Floral provides a boutique style experience. The owner, Kelley starts from scratch designing art from nature's most beautiful creations. Emotion and beauty are behind every detail.  By pairing unique, seasonal blooms with gorgeous flower favorites, Teacup Florals creates awe-inspiring designs to brighten up your home and heart. 


DUKE CHAMPION'S CLUB VIP BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE

 

Two tickets to the February 16, 2019 men's basketball matchup between the Duke Blue Devils and NC State Wolfpack with access to the private Duke Champion’s Club at Cameron Indoor Stadium and VIP parking pass.
 
Champions Club is the most exclusive way to enjoy a basketball game in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. The members-only club provides an exciting pre-game to post-game atmosphere complimented by a posh furniture selection and wall to wall TVs. The private restrooms and ever-changing variety of food and beverage options ensure that each visit to the Champions Club is enjoyable, efficient and always different from the last. Champions Club will open 1.5 hours prior to tip-off through 1 hour after the conclusion of the game • All-inclusive upscale food selections • Complimentary full bar available • Early access and entry line into the Champions Club • Complimentary coat check during the game • Champions Club members-only restrooms • Multiple HD TVs

 
THE LYRICOSA STRING QUARTET PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT 

 

Enjoy a live concert of string quartet masterworks in the setting for which they were originally intended – in the intimacy of your own home! The Lyricosa Quartet is a vibrant new string quartet made up of freelance musicians from the Triangle area, including your own North Carolina Opera concertmaster Carol Chung. Carol is joined by violinist Lyda Cruden, violst Simon Ertz and cellist Rosalind Leavell. Their combined goal is to reach a vast depth of intimacy and understanding in each work they play. They seek to fully immerse themselves artistically in their repertoire. 


CARMEN WALK ON ROLE



Ever wondered what it’s like to be on stage, in a costume, under the lights, hearing the orchestra and voices from the best place in the house? Here’s your chance to do exactly that! Appear onstage in a walk-on role as a “supernumerary” (an on-stage, non-singing role) in the upcoming performance of Bizet's Carmen. The alluring gypsy Carmen can have any man she wants and today she wants the army corporal Don José. But when she leaves him for a dashing bullfighter, the soldier’s obsessive attraction proves fatal. You’ll recognize all the melodies because every song is a hit—from the smoky “Habanera” to the seductive “Seguidilla” to the rousing “Toreador Song.” Bizet’s beguiling score along with the hypnotic dancing and pulsating human drama will make you powerless to resist this Carmen conducted by conducted by Keitaro Harada (NCO’s Turn of the Screw).

Starring Aleks Romano, Sean Panikkar, Richard Ollarsaba, Raquel González and YOU! In addition to the performances, the experience also includes participation in rehearsals, costume fittings and backstage activities, an inside experience being part of an NC Opera production! Don’t just support opera, be in it!