Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mary – 10-01-15 NC Trip – Asheville, NC

Today was fabulous and a big bucket list checkmark for me. We went to the Biltmore Estate.
They don’t allow pictures to be taken inside, so here’s a little of the history:

Biltmore Estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 & 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in America at 178,926 square ft. That’s over 4 acres of floor space. It is 4 stories, built with limestone. It contains 252 rooms, which includes 33 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens. It has a library with over 10,000 books, a billiard’s room, an indoor 70,000 gallon heated pool, and a gym.  

There is also a 90 foot Tapestry Gallery that features 3 16th century tapestries.

During World War II, the National Gallery of Art in D.C. moved 17 sculptures and 62 paintings there for protection against an attack on the U. S. 

Unfortunately, it rained most of the day but it didn't dampen our time. Although we visited the Biltmore many moons ago, I didn't remember or recognize anything. Fortunately for Conni, we saw parts of the house we'd not seen before.  
So, after touring many rooms - some pictures from the outside. Unless you hike about 200 yards or so out, it's impossible to get a picture of the entire front.
View of back from middle covered terrace
South Terrace
View from back
We ate at the Stables Cafe, housed in the stables at Biltmore, and went to the winery for tasting and stocking up, another first.  

Inside Stables Café
Warm Pimento Cheese Dip
Oh my gosh, that warm pimento cheese dip was wonderful!!!!! Can't say enough, except wish some restaurants at home would start offering it.
Couldn't pass up the Christmas shop!

The rain stopped just in time for Conni to visit the gardens and take beautiful pictures. 


Hummingbird's respite from the rain 
It was a nice sight-seeing day, despite the rain. 

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