Asheville, North Carolina: Day 1

May 5th, 2013

The first vacation of this year was a three day get away to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. It has been several years (since High School so at least 12) since I have been to the Asheville area, so it was time to make the trip up there. Our destination? The house and grounds of the Biltmore Estate, the largest home in the US, built by Mr. George Vanderbilt.

Lobby looking onto the 'library' dining area.
Lobby looking onto the ‘library’ dining area.

It rained nearly the whole way up, but we were excited about our little getaway, and our first stay at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate. We had several indoor plans for the day, which started with lunch in the ‘library’ at the inn.

Flower on our table overlooking the landscape... Antler Village and the Broad River in the distance.
Flower on our table overlooking the landscape… Antler Village and the Broad River in the distance.
Looking out over the landscape...
Looking out over the landscape…

While we decided what we wanted off the menu, my mom took the opportunity to a snap of me watching the rain. (They had a record rain on Sunday, and many of the roads around the estate were flooded.)

It was nice to hear the rain falling against the windows while we ate our meal, but I’m sure you can imagine that we were hoping for better weather to come along.

Cream of Asparagus and Mushroom Soup
Cream of Asparagus and Mushroom Soup
The fries were delicious, but I wasn't a fan of the over peppered turkey.
The fries were delicious, but I wasn’t a fan of the over peppered turkey.
Strawberry Salmon Salad, my mum had the right idea with this one. I got to have a little bit of her salmon so I wouldn't be starving when tea time came around.
Strawberry Salmon Salad, my mum had the right idea with this one. I got to have a little bit of her salmon so I wouldn’t be starving when tea time came around.

We got totally soaked after leaving the Winery, and to add to our misery it was freezing cold… thankfully I had noticed a grey zip-up sweatshirt back at the hotel gift shop… which would help against the cold going forward!

We returned to the inn, for the afternoon tea, eager for some good food, and a chance to get out of the weather.

First we had to choose our tea...
First we had to choose our tea…
Assam Gold Leaf
Assam Gold Leaf
Wild Blossom and Berry Herbal Tea.
Wild Blossom and Berry Herbal Tea.

I had to go with an caffeine free option, due to the too-much-caffeine disaster at our last tea experience.

With the whole dairy issue, the Inn had created special sandwiches for me.
With the whole dairy issue, the Inn had created special sandwiches for me.
  • Dill and Mayo
  • Berries with Apple Butter
  • Egg Salad
  • Sliced  Turkey
  • Chicken Salad and apricot
  • Ham and Mayo
Curd, Jam, Cream
Curd, Jam, Cream
Assam
The teacup/and teapot with Vanderbilts initials.
My fruit and specially made Lemon Curd.
My fruit and specially made Lemon Curd.
Sweet Treats
Sweet Treats
During our tea, the rain stopped and the sun broke through for awhile.
During our tea, the rain stopped and the sun broke through for awhile.

When the time for our spa appointment rolled around, we were definitely ready for some relaxation.

View of one of the light fixtures in the relaxation room where we began and ended our spa experience.
View of one of the light fixtures in the relaxation room where we began and ended our spa experience.
Our toes...
Our toes…

I now know that I love raspberry colored nail polish… a nice color in-between pink and red! My mum went with a ballet pink, but we’re working on getting her into some darker shades. (She helped pick out mine!)

Around 9pm, we were feeling a little hungry, so we had some soup sent up.

Grilled chicken, pearl onions, mushrooms, carrots aka the best chicken noodle soup I've ever had.
Grilled chicken, pearl onions, mushrooms, carrots aka the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had.

Stay tuned for Day 2.

~theavidpen

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