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.
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.
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.
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.
I had to go with an caffeine free option, due to the too-much-caffeine disaster at our last tea experience.
- Dill and Mayo
- Berries with Apple Butter
- Egg Salad
- Sliced Turkey
- Chicken Salad and apricot
- Ham and Mayo
When the time for our spa appointment rolled around, we were definitely ready for some relaxation. The spa at the Inn at Biltmore is located on the third floor of the hotel and guests can enjoy some relaxation both before and after their treatments in the Moroccan themed relaxing room. Also available for your enjoyment… hot teas, flavored water and snacks. Yum!
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.
Stay tuned for Day 2.