Our Day at The Biltmore Estate

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today I wanted to share some more vacation pics. I can't believe it's been over a month since we have returned from our trip. I am finally starting to get around to editing my 250+ pictures. I love my DSLR camera, but there are some drawbacks to trying to take nice pictures, and that involves a little time with Photoshop. Hopefully I'll be able to finish recapping my trip before the holidays :)

We spent a full day at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The Biltmore Estate is America's largest private family home and was built by George Vanderbilt. The estate consists of 8,000 acres and the home alone is 4 acres of floor space featuring 250 rooms, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces! The home was opened to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895, and it has been restored to how it would have looked at that time. The estate is still privately owned by the family, but has been turned into a tourist attraction in order to help with the upkeep of the house. I believe the family has since then moved out, but I heard still lives within miles of the estate, and visits frequently.

We arrived around 10 am and immediately took the house tour. The house is amazing, but unfortunately you cannot take any pictures inside. This time around I ended up buying a book that had many pictures of the house and it's different rooms. I wanted something to remind me what it looked like, and to also be able to share with my family and friends. If you ever get a chance to go, definitely take a day and visit! 

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{ On the back porch, I could spend all day here }
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{ I mean check out the view! }

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{ From the Italian Garden }

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{ Loved his little bright blue tail! }

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{ The Conservatory -- I told Rick when we get a bigger place, I wanted this in my back yard }

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{ A total Pinterest project! }

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{ These were the roots of this tree, and I thought they looked like little meerkats }

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{ Bass Lake -- so serene }

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{ We had lunch at The Stable CafĂ© }

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{ It was literally the old stable house }

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{ The booths were built into the old horse stables }

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{ I had this salad that was similar to a black-n-blue salad, but it had grilled peaches on it. So good! }

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{ They had a little farm and garden on the property as well }

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{ This little guy reminded me of Abby, gettin all in his food dish! }

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{ This guy was being a bully. Rick said he was just a ladies man and
working on bringing more chickies into the world. Oh the circle of life...ha! }

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{ I don't know how this one was comfortable, but he was snoozing
away like this the entire time. Reminded me of Brynn }

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{ I loved this little eggplant. Such pretty color }

That recaps our trip. We also visited the winery and did a little wine tasting, but I didn't get any pictures of that. The wine was very tasty, and we ended up bringing a couple of bottles back home.

Have you ever been to The Biltmore Estate?


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1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness...this looks like such an amazing trip! I love touring old homes and mansions...I'll have to put this on my list of must see places!


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