I'm in Asheville, NC!! Drove down yesterday from Huntington and it only took about 4-1/2 hours and not on interstates!! A few weeks ago Chris asked me if I'd be interested in sharing a trip to the Biltmore Estate with him. He's been numerous times and loves it plus he really likes all the photo opportunities it provides. So, what mother could refuse an offer like that and here we are.
We met at the Visitors Center and got here in time for a late lunch - had delicious gyro sandwiches at a restaurant called Three Brothers within walking distance of the Center. Then came over to the Biltmore Inn which is the Biltmore Estate's hotel and got ourselves checked in and unpacked. And then it was off for a drive through the acreage for want of a better term. Drove up as close as you can get to the house (250 rooms!!) in a car and took one quick picture...
Then on to the greenhouse which is beautiful. I took a picture but was real disappointed with it so will get another one on Saturday, hopefully.
We drove around the lagoon, with its many, many geese and their little ones...
Then we went over to the Biltmore Winery which is in the new-ish (I guess) Antler Village. We took the winery tour which included free tastings, and it turned out that, actually, there were free tastings for residents of the Inn any time you visited the winery. So before the tour I sampled reds and Chris sampled whites and after the tour, we switched. The tour was kind of a hoot. Our guide was quite personable and had lots to say, but very little about wine. We got a lot of information on the clock tower,
a lot of info on a 1913 car that sits in a specially built room, both of which "talks" were interesting and entertaining. Then on to the winery which consisted of looking at lots of steel tanks that we were told is where the wine ferments. Then downstairs to see an oak barrel sawed in half and a room where they have kept two bottles of each year's wines in storage since the winery's inception.
We decided we were hungry finally and had dinner at The Bistro, a restaurant in the Biltmore Estate at the Antler Village. It was quite wonderful - I had a roasted carrot soup with tiny little bits of country ham dumplings and a dollop of creme fraiche on top, a liver pate served with a kind of strange green jelly on top (I liked the pate better without the jelly), and an almond-crusted, fried Brie cheese served with greens and absolutely luscious apple salsa. Chris also had the carrot soup (we both loved that) and ordered a flatbread with mozzarella, pancetta and carmelized onions and I think something else. We shared everything and pretty much stuffed ourselves.
This is a picture of a portion of the lobby of the Biltmore Inn.
Being our first day and having driven a good part of it, that's about all that transpired I think. But a nice start to the whole adventure.
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.