Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Biltmore Estate

 This morning we drove to Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore estate. I only found out yesterday that my sister, Rebecca, and her children would be meeting us there. Sadly, we were one child short because one of my nephews was sick today and stayed home with his father.

We toured the house first. It was reasonably crowded, but not uncomfortably so. Every time we passed a window it was open and the loveliest breeze was blowing in! Just delightful. Photos are not allowed inside the house so I don't have any to share. We took a few shots outside after we were done, but everyone was pretty hot. (The photo below does not include Pickles or Miss Moppet.)

We drove through the estate a few miles from the house and found a very nice place for a picnic lunch.

Look at these two adorable cousins!!

There was a bridge over a waterfall right by our picnic spot. 

The fathers sitting in the shade while the children look for fish.

More cousins!

After lunch we drove on through the estate until we got to the Antler Hill Village where they have various shops, blacksmith, woodworking, etc., set up. They also had a petting farm where the children got to pet a gigantic (but friendly) rooster - including Miss Moppet! There were 192 eggs collected that day from the chickens at the farm. All of the produce goes to the restaurants on the estate including the restaurant at the inn. I was too busy keeping Miss Moppet from putting her hands in her mouth to get pictures at the petting farm.

It was a delightful day!


  1. I'm so glad you had a great day! We loved visiting the Biltmore back in June, such a wonderful place. I'd love to work there as a host one day. We usually get to Western North Carolina at least once a year. It's one of our favorite places in the world and we have family in Maggie Valley. I hope you continue to have a relaxing, joyful trip.

    1. Father and I went before we were married, fall break of 1994 I think. We stayed with my aunt who lived in Brevard at the time. There have been lots of changes on the estate (regarding what you can go see) since then! The kids really enjoyed it.

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    1. The BREEZE coming in the windows was really the loveliest part! The loggia at the back of the house felt deliciously cool with the breeze coming off the mountains.


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