Friday, December 22, 2006

trip pics!

As promised here are pictures from our trip to the Biltmore in Asheville, NC last Friday. We enjoyed it so much. This was my fourth time there, Caroline's first. Did you know it is most visited historic tourist destination in the nation? Here's a tidbit about it...
The Biltmore house is most recognized for its position as America's largest home. It is certainly that, with four acres under one roof and 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and bowling alley. However, it is what the house contains that is most remarkable. It is decorated with thousands of original furnishings, including original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, more than 40 bronze sculptures, Napoleon's chess set, and a library with 10,000 volumes.
This is my favorite picture of Caroline from that day. We had just gotten there and she was excited. The main driveway is more than a mile long and was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted. He also landscaped a little place you might have heard of called Central Park in NYC. The drive is incredible. Once you get to the parking lot, they have this sign that lets you know you will still have to walk a bit...


The house is astounding. Amazing. Awe-inspiring. It was completed in 1895 for George Vanderbilt. He and his wife and one daughter lived here with loads of servants and houseguests. They entertained all the time. Every room had a Christmas tree, some more than one. The movie Richie Rich was filmed there. Most of the scenes were actually the house, only the office, his room and the basement were not. So if you've seen that film, you've seen inside it. Here's the house outside...

One of my favorite things about Biltmore House is the selection in the gift shops. They have a toy store, candy store, bakery, cafe and main gift shop in what was formerly the stable area. Here's a picture of the outside. It is very dark on the inside of the hallway, kind of like a tunnel. Very European with lamp-light.

I enjoyed sharing the house with Caroline and telling her details I had learned on my previous trips. A guide told us that no one has lived there since the early 1950's and that the place they lived is now a storage for artifacts. I would love to see every inch of the house. In the Spring, they have a garden full of tulips in bloom. I've been to that also but Christmas-time is the best.

Hope your Friday was great! I did some cleaning and laundry and took Caroline to the Dr. She has a sore throat and drainage. Nothing serious. He gave her Cingulair again and Rhinocort. Then tonight we finished up our shopping for Mike's family. Now I have about 10 more gifts to wrap! Whew. I'm tired of wrapping.

Happy Saturday!

1 comment:

Hollye said...

Great photos. I have always wanted to go there. Maybe after we move back.