One of my favorite things about Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. I can often see it from the interstate (locals know where I’m talking about) and as a job perk, I get free tickets. I can also cover certain events (Christmas tree raising being the biggest) and see really cool behind-the-scenes things at the Estate.
I took today off, grabbed my two free tickets and headed to Biltmore around noon. My mom and Jason joined me. Get ready. This is a picture-filled post! (Click on the photos to see a really huge version!)
The house from the Vista. I love the lawn (they had recently laid down new sod) but I’d hate to be the groundskeeper:
This was Jason’s first visit EVER to the house! What?!?!? Yep. First visit. I usually drag the husband there on Veteran’s Day, when he’s out of school and when I realize I haven’t used my free tickets yet. This year, I took advantage of the tickets and the fact that the Festival of Flowers starts tomorrow!
Now, the flowers:
Want to see more? I created a gallery…just click here to check it out.
After the gardens, we headed to the winery for a tasting. I didn’t taste…I was along for the ride.
All in all, it was a good day. We spent over 5 hours and took a ton of photos. I’m definitely going to hit up the estate again in the spring. There’s a race there in May. Maybe I’ll look into it!
And I hope the family enjoyed all of the pictures 🙂 Scroll down to see more from earlier tonight!