For the second stop on our road trip/move, Billy and I went to Asheville, NC and spent the day at the Biltmore Estate. The Estate was built by George Vanderbilt and is still owned by the Vanderbilt family today. It is the largest house in the U.S. at over 135,000 square feet.
We started our visit with the house tour. There are no pictures allowed inside, so you’ll just have to visit yourselves some time 🙂 During our visit, there was a special exhibit called Dressing Downton, which showcased outfits from the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, in different rooms of the house. Billy and I are both fans of the show so we were thrilled when we saw that it was going to be there. I really enjoyed the way the storyline from the show was integrated with the history of the house and country when the Biltmore was a working estate.
After the house tour, we set out to explore the gardens. We really lucked out with our timing. The azaleas were out in full force. Having not had a proper spring for the last 7 years while in Florida, I didn’t want to leave! Fortunately, the next part of our visit did not disappoint either.
The Biltmore has it’s own wine collection. Tastings are included with admission so we stopped by to check it out right before they closed for the day. Turns out we like their wines a lot and left with several bottles despite there already being no room left in the car. Whoops, cheers!