Azalea Afternoon at the Biltmore Estate

DSC_0817ew titleHere in the Western North Carolina mountains last Friday was a beautiful, warm day that actually felt more like summer than spring. Weather like that beckons us to spend time outdoors. Mr. MT Nest and I decided on the spur of the moment to pay a late afternoon visit to the Azalea Garden at the Biltmore Estate. When we visited the Estate on April 1st, (Read about that visit HERE) the azaleas weren’t blooming and I have been wanting to return to enjoy the beautiful blooming azaleas. On Friday, we spent a couple of hours strolling the path through the Azalea Garden and the trail  to the Bass Pond. Although the azaleas were a bit past their peak blooming season, the garden was still magnificent. It contains many varieties and colors of azaleas. Each is beautiful.

Azaleas Collage 1 wThe winding paths lead visitors through the garden among azaleas and varieties of trees, some of which are ancient and tower 150 feet in the air.

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By the time we reached the Bass Pond, it was the golden hour. The sun on the water reflected like a glass surface. Geese were swimming lazily around the pond.

DSC_0869eclwDSC_0876ew DSC_0882ew DSC_0888ew DSC_0887ew DSC_0913ewDSC_0915ewAfter our stroll, we had dinner at Cedric’s Tavern on the Estate, and then sat in the Antler Village Courtyard listening to live music. It was a wonderful way to begin our weekend.  We always enjoy spending time on the Biltmore Estate and there is so much to do and enjoy there.

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