I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as ours was. Our weekend started on Friday with a delightful visit to the Biltmore Estate with friends. I’ve written several times about the wonderful Biltmore Estate in Asheville. We live 35 miles from Asheville, and enjoy visiting the estate often.
The Biltmore house is, of course, an amazing architectural and historical treasure. However, the 8000-acre estate has much more to offer. Landscape architect, Frederick Olmsted, who also was responsible for the design of Central Park in New York, designed the landscape of the entire estate property, so just driving through the estate is a scenic delight. There are also hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, ponds and streams, not to mention amazing mountain views to enjoy. There are several restaurants, a winery, several shops, and two hotels on the property.
One of my favorite Biltmore features is the gardens, both formal and informal. The formal gardens are replanted 4 times each year, and I make it a point to visit during each blooming season. We visited Biltmore a few weeks ago but at the time the flower gardens weren’t yet blooming. So, when fellow St. Augustine snowbird friends contacted us last week and said that they would be stopping in Asheville on their journey back home to Massachusetts, we were thrilled to join them to tour Biltmore last Friday.
After touring the house, we had a leisurely lunch in the Stable Cafe, one of the on-site restaurants. Then we moved on to enjoy the gardens. First we walked through the Greenhouse Conservatory. The Conservatory includes a wide variety of plants including some beautiful and unusual orchids.
…gardenias, begonias, kalanchoe, azaleas, and assorted green plants
After we left the gardens, we drove to another part of the estate, Antler Village, where we visited the winery, the Biltmore Legacy exhibition hall, and the gift shops there. Finally, we got some ice cream and sat at an outdoor table listening to live music in the courtyard of Antler Village until dusk. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with our friends enjoying the special treasure that is Biltmore Estate.
If you are interested in visiting the Biltmore Estate, check out the details of all it has to offer here. If you purchase tickets 7 days in advance you save $10 on the admission. And, right now there’s a special (40% off regular price) on the purchase of an annual pass which allows you unlimited daytime admission to the estate and discounts on a variety of services and purchases, so if you visit twice in the year, you would already have saved money by purchasing an annual pass.
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