Visit ASHEVILLE with your students and meet New York Times Best Selling author, Robert Beatty.

Provide your group with a unique educational experience in Asheville, North Carolina and meet award winning author, Robert Beatty.  Tour the historic Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt's "little mountain escape" built in the 1890's and the setting for the Serafina book series.  After lunch, meet Robert Beatty and learn about his journey writing the Serafina book series. 

The Biltmore House guided tour gives students an up close view of Gilded Age architecture and include historic artifacts and engaging stories of life in the early 1900’s.  Each Serafina event includes an interactive discussion with Robert Beatty on the Serafina books and the creative writing process, a showing of the exciting book trailers from the first three books, and an in-depth look at the characters, setting, and the plot lines.  After a Q&A session, Mr. Beatty will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with the students. 

Serafina Events will be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple theatre and are based on a minimum of 150 paying participants.  Smaller groups will be combined until the minimum is met.  The maximum for any one event is 400 total participants.  Travel packages including round trip motorcoach transportation, guided student tour of the Biltmore Estate, lunch, a travel team member on each bus, and meet the author event are provided by Orange Sky Travel.  Inclusive day trip packages start at $129 per student.  Additional options available.


Available dates listed below.  For additional pricing information please contact 864-214-6499 or email

2019 Fall DAtes:


Wednesday October 30






Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina series published by Disney Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. When the third book, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, came out in July 2017, it earned a Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews and propelled the Serafina Series onto the New York Times Best Selling Series List.

Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.  Learn more at


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