Today's Grand Adventure was the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. When I first looked into going there it was 80 dollars a ticket. This summer, I found out that if you pre order tickets, you can get them for 50 dollars and kids get in free! It sounded like a great day trip!
We got a little bit of a late start, I overslept and then we forgot a couple things at home. We were finally on the road at 6:42 am
I splurged on getting valet parking. It was very worth it. I pulled up to the front of the house, there was no waiting for a shuttle or long walks. It worked really well!
Set with Bacarat Crystal.
The tapestry room.
There are three beautiful tapestries on the wall. This room is the corridor to the library
George Vanderbilt loved books. The library has about half of his 23,000 books.
The party was in 1925
On the way to the pool they had changing rooms one row for ladies, one row for gentlemen. The audio phone mentioned that the ladies changing rooms did not have mirrors. Their lady's maids would have made sure they looked good.
One the way to the servant's hall was a gym, even by today's home gym standards the gym is amazing. Showers, parallel bars, a rowing machine.
The Vanderbilts also supplied clocks and time pieces to the staff so they could be on time.
They had 5 refrigerated rooms. The ice cream made on the estate was said to be the best anywhere. They had pantries galore.
The laundry room was gorgeous, giant mangles to iron the giant table clothes. No linens were hung out side to dry. There was a special room that had electric heat to dry the linens on big hanging racks they could slide in and out of the warm room.
The kids menu had a good selection for Lon and it was generous portions. He also had the dark chocolate fudge cake (lava) with homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. His burger was a good 1/4 pound and had Tillamook cheddar on it. He was in heaven! I had a chicken salad sandwich that was just okay. I had a bite or two of Lon's dessert. The honey almond layer cake did look good though, next time!
Waiting for our car. They were fairly quick too.
They had the a/c on so we would not be in a very hot car. Nice touch.
It was worth going to, it was wonderful. We will be going back!
We passed a place called Antler Village, more shopping, but they also had a petting zoo with baby goats! We have to go back for that!!