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The Biltmore

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm currently in Greece on my honeymoon! In the meantime, I have a series of travel posts scheduled until I return.
For Valentine's Day 2013, we decided that instead of giving each other gifts, we would give each other a trip to The Biltmore instead. We stayed at Honey Hill B&B, and when we woke up on Sunday there was snow!

We drove over to The Biltmore in the morning and spent some time walking around taking pictures, until it was time for our tour.

I got a wide angle lens for Christmas, and this was the first time I was able to use it.

From Wikipedia, "Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space (135,280 square feet of living area) and featuring 250 rooms. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States."
George Vanderbilt was the son of William Vanderbilt, and I was able to see Mr and Mrs William Vanderbilt's "summer cottage", The Marble House when I went to Newport, RI in 2009.

The architecture was so beautiful! Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos inside.
After our tour we walked around the grounds, but it was very cold so we didn't spend much time lingering.

The Greenhouse had some beautiful flowers, and thankfully it was toasty warm inside!

In the afternoon, we scheduled a carriage ride. Ride as we were starting on the carriage tour, a couple snowflakes fell, but thankfully it didn't start snowing heavily. It was COLD!

The carriage ride took us to see the back of The Biltmore house, which is a view most visitors don't get to see. I snapped these two pictures and then jumped back into the carriage and snuggled under the blankets they provided in the carriage.
We wanted to spend some time in Asheville, so we walked a couple blocks downtown. The wind was blowing SO hard and it was freezing cold, so we popped into Malaprop's bookstore and had some snacks and drank some coffee.
Afterwards, we gave up on walking around Asheville and headed back to the B&B. We spent the rest of the evening laying on the floor in front of the fireplace, watching "Hello Dolly". It was incredibly romantic and Sam told me it would be the perfect time to propse if he had a ring.

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