Asheville, North Carolina: Day 3

May 7th, 2013

Breakfast Day 2, you can see I loved the bran muffins and the strawberries...
Breakfast Day 2, you can see I loved the bran muffins and the strawberries…
Mum had some hot tea with her breakfast...
Mum had some hot tea with her breakfast…

Following another delicious breakfast, we found out our previously scheduled ‘Legacy of the Land’ tour had been canceled due to many of the normal routes being flooded. Despite the missed opportunity of seeing more of the grounds, were were provided with another opportunity to see more of the house… with the Architect’s Tour.

Now I know what you’re thinking, she doesn’t like heights or cramped spaces… but when you get the change to get up on the roof of the Biltmore Estate, you don’t say no.

We started our tour outside...
We started our tour outside…

Did you know that this staircase is only held up by these walls? Nothing else holds the massive stone staircase up. (Kinda of scary right?)

This is one of the views from the top balcony... we got to it through a 4th floor room (and up a narrow winding steel staircase...) not a lot of room up there for a relatively large group like ours...
This is one of the views from the top balcony… we got to it through a 4th floor room (and up a narrow winding steel staircase…) not a lot of room up there for a relatively large group like ours…
George Vanderbilt's initials are everywhere...
George Vanderbilt’s initials are everywhere…
George was into Gargoyles, which are meant to ward off evil-spirits. Some of the faces were modeled after the artists who created them...
George was into Gargoyles, which are meant to ward off evil-spirits. Some of the faces were modeled after the artists who created them…
View from one of the balconies at the back of the house. (Only accessible to those on this tour, the balcony off of the 1st floor gallery is accessible to everyone when the weather is nice.
View from one of the balconies at the back of the house. (Only accessible to those on this tour, the balcony off of the 1st floor gallery is accessible to everyone when the weather is nice.

If you love taking photographs, I definitely recommend this tour, as it’s the only one that you can take photos during. (Only outside of the house of course…)

After all of the walking, (over 250 stairs etc) we needed to get a little lunch at The Bistro. (It’s my grandfather’s favorite restaurant on the estate, so we had to make a stop in there.) The Chicken Milanese that I had was quite good.

Chicken Milanese from The Bistro
Chicken Milanese from The Bistro
Soup of the day...
Soup of the day…

We walked out onto the balcony on the far side of the hotel (where most of the conference rooms are) and got to take in this lovely view… it made us wish that we had just one more day at the inn…

The next time we visit the Inn we are going to eat food on this balcony...
The next time we visit the Inn we are going to eat food on this balcony…

~theavidpen

2 Comments

  • Reply Paul Cahill May 18, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Looks like a fantastic trip. I have been in Asheville a number of times but have not made it to the Biltmore. These photos have inspired me to stop in next time.

    • Reply Christa L Sagmoe May 18, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Glad to hear you’re inspired to visit Biltmore!
      ~theavidpen

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