Asheville, North Carolina: Day 2

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I took a picture of these flowers before we went down to breakfast. They are quite beautiful aren't they?
I took a picture of these flowers before we went down to breakfast. They are quite beautiful aren’t they?
Getting ready to eat breakfast...
Getting ready to eat breakfast…
Breakfast Day 1
Breakfast Day 1

They really did have a lovely breakfast at the Biltmore Inn. I quite liked the ‘make your own omelette’ station, the fresh fruit and bran muffins.

Mum loved the cheese blitzes with cherry sauce.
Mum loved the cheese blitzes with cherry sauce.
Loved the glass jar with colorful fruit displays.
Loved the glass jar with colorful fruit displays.

We decided to head out right after breakfast (while the weather was nice, albeit very cold!) and started our day with the 2 mile round trek down to the gardens/conservatory. They were pulling up the tulips when we got there (as the cold weather had finally done them in.)

Statue at the beginning of our trek.
Statue at the beginning of our trek.
Wisteria was still in bloom.
Wisteria was still in bloom.
Close up of wisteria, one last view of the house... before the walking began.
Close up of wisteria, one last view of the house… before the walking began.
Directions, and the sky fighting on who was going to win. Rain or Sun?
Directions, and the sky fighting on who was going to win. Rain or Sun?
We took a picture in front of this fence on one our very first trips to Biltmore.
We took a picture in front of this fence on one our very first trips to Biltmore.
An Insta-pic of the conservatory.
An Insta-pic of the conservatory.
Gerber Daisies... My favorite!
Gerber Daisies… My favorite!
My mum's umbrella... and proof of her presence. =)
My mum’s umbrella… and proof of her presence. =)
We picked up some treats from the shops, and had them sent back to the room.
We picked up some treats from the shops, and had them sent back to the room.
Got ourselves a little snack... blueberry muffin and orange juice... love!
Got ourselves a little snack… blueberry muffin and orange juice… love!

With our spring celebration package, we got a audio tour… One of the things I noticed, was that many of the rooms we had seen on previous tours of the house, were now closed off and separated into different tours.

Interest facts:

  • Edith Vanderbilt was 6 ft tall.
  • Cornelia Vanderbilt (later Cecil) was born in 1900.
  • George Vanderbilt was 33 and unmarried when Biltmore was completed. He was also the youngest of 8 children, and never had a job. So when he built the estate he knew that he was going to have to come up with a way to make the estate pay for itself. (Wine, Dairy farm, Cattle, Sheep etc)
  • His father left a 200 million dollar fortune (worth 4 bill in today’s money) and it was all untaxed.
  • George Vanderbilt died at 51 from complications due to an appendectomy.
  • Cornelia was only 13 when her father died, and she was married to a Englishmen John Cecil in 1924 at 23 years of age.
  • Only 8,000 acres remain to the Biltmore Estate’s lands, most have been sold to the government for parks and real estate.

After our walk through the estate, we headed back via shuttle to Antler Village where we stopped at Cedric’s Tavern for a ‘spot’ of lunch. Cedric’s is named after the favorite of 5 St. Bernard’s owned by the Vanderbilt family.

Tea to wake us up a bit.
Tea to wake us up a bit.
Pickles and Brown Bread
Pickles and Brown Bread
Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad

Tired from our long day, we headed back to the hotel for a bit.

A view of the lobby...
A view of the lobby…
Looking out onto the porch...
Looking out onto the porch…

We made a brief trip out the Biltmore Village to check out the olive oil shop Tree and Vine.

Tree and Vine
Tree and Vine
Headed back through the gatehouse...
Headed back through the gatehouse…

We called for room service around 7pm (available 24 hours a day, and quite a good value!)

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Salmon with baby carrots and french fries (low salt and very yummy) for me, and chicken breast, whipped potatoes and baby carrots for mum.

All in all a very exciting busy day! Stay tuned for Day 3.

~theavidpen

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