Last Thursday, I had the chance to take the rooftop tour at the Biltmore Estate, along with other people attending the Type-A Mom conference. I’ve been to the Biltmore Estate numerous times, but I’ve never taken the rooftop tour. (Get ready – there are a lot of photos, but I think they’re worth the time to look through.)
We were picked up at the Renaissance Asheville hotel, and driven to the front of the Biltmore house. It was nice not having to worry about making my way onto the estate grounds, and then walking (though I’m okay with a nice walk. It was just REALLY warm that day.)
The regular house tour was skipped, and when we went inside, we just started climbing stairs. Lots of stairs.
And we got to go past where the normal tour goes. We took a look at the room leading to the roof, and then climbed more stairs to get to the rooftop. When you get on top of the roof, you see the dome that is actually holding the chandelier. Amazing that it’s holding that entire structure.
Some views from the rooftop.
The bear with the honeypot (that I have never noticed before from the ground!)
And more photos from the estate:
My favorite of the day:
And I even made it into a photo!
The visit was fantastic, and the Biltmore staff was excellent, as usual. They really take pride in the Biltmore house, and go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience.
Following the rooftop tour, we did take a walk through the gardens, but it was really warm to enjoy it too much. There was then a toast in the winery, and we finally headed back to the hotel.
I think the rooftop tour would be beautiful later in the fall, after the leaves change colors. I doubt I’ll do it in a few weeks when I go back to the house, but it would be nice to try it one more time.