After a delightful trip to the Grove Park Inn Spa and tasting out the local fare at Limones, we were ready to start our day of historical exploration with a tour of the infamous Vanderbilt and Cecil families’ Biltmore Estate. If you haven’t been to see the Biltmore House in Asheville it’s definitely a trip to take while you’re young…and maybe even again and again…worth it to just take in not only the history but also the mass of décor, collections of art, sculptures, tapestries, books and furniture, and the facts of how this exquisite chateau became the country’s largest privately owned residence.
There is something striking about this house but also even more about the family, the history and the stories left behind (including speculation on how much it actually cost Vanderbilt to build the home and what that would amount to today). At a time when our country was struggling to enter the 20th Century and entering The Great Depression, George W. Vanderbilt decided to build a home that would later become a famous tourist attraction and continues to be so to this very day.
Upon completing the self-guided tour of the 250 room mansion (no, you don’t get to see them all of course) my friends and I decided to take a few more photos on what was a very, very windy (beautiful) day and then headed to the Biltmore Estate Winery. Now I have done a few wine tastings in my time, (classy, right?) and I have to say, The Biltmore Winery was the best gig yet! Not only did they have 23 wines to choose from on their wine tasting list, but you didn’t have a limit!! Seriously, you could taste as many of those 23 wines as you wanted…and so I enjoyed…
To pair off our afternoon of “high tea” at the winery, we indulged at the deliciously modest Tupelo Honey Café…A-M-A-ZING... To say I stuffed myself was an understatement…and those homemade biscuits…a hit by all!
So to sum up the weekend I may have to say that I think we’ve actually grown up a bit. We relaxed, had some wine, enjoyed good meals, relaxed by the fire, toured historical locales and had good ‘ole conversation…just a good time with great friends.
Cheers to your trip to Asheville!