A Little Mountain Vacay

I just got back last night from a great long weekend at the The Inn at Biltmore in North Carolina. What a gorgeous part of our country I’ve never seen! It’s always nice to go back down south with the hubs since he’s from there, and it makes me so glad a married a southern gentleman!  There really is more of a sense of propriety and chivalry down south.

This was the view we had from the hotel porch…. amazing, right?

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There is a winery on the property, which of course made me happy.  I loved the pink label on the sparkling one.

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We took a lot of walks on the property, especially down to the farm where they had a big kitchen garden and lots of animals.

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 Chickens, especially.

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The first morning we decided to take a long walk and came upon the most magnificent field of sunflowers that completely blew my mind.

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It went on forever along the walking path!!!

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After lots of exploring, they had the perfect porch to imbibe in some of their wine on.

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We also got over to the Grove Park Inn, which has the MOST amazing patio for dining I’ve ever seen in the States. I mean, every table is outside with this view. Andrew’s sister is getting married here in the fall and I can;t wait to see this area during that season!

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 I was soooooo excited to see the actual Biltmore Estate- the Downton Abbey theme song playing in my head as we drove up.

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I mean, this thing is massive beyond your wildest dreams!  And so full of intricate details and history that you could spend a whole day walking it’s halls and gardens.

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A stunning stairwell.

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Equally stunning conservatory (I wasn’t supposed to be taking pictures but I snuck a couple in!)

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The ceilings were all magnificent- and each one different.

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And the gardens, oh my, the gardens.

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But the best view? My ADORABLE niece (who is quite enamored with her “Big Unc”)

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A big thanks to my in-laws who took us on this trip (among many others) and to the girls at The Good Hound, who babysat my furry lovebugs while we were gone (call them if you live in my area- great for walking and playgroups too!)

 

 

24 Responses to “A Little Mountain Vacay”

  1. Biltmore has long been on my list of must-sees. Thanks for sharing your photos. It looks gorgeous!!

  2. Anne says:

    Asheville is my second home and the Biltmore Estate is AMAZING! So happy you blogged about your trip and, hopefully, introduced many people to it. Next time you’re in A’ville, head to The Grand Bohemian hotel in Biltmore Village (just outside the Estate gates) for cocktails. It’s fab.

  3. Jan says:

    I’m so glad you had a great weekend in my part of the world… I sometimes forget how pretty is really is until I see it in pictures. Thanks for reminding me not to take it for granted! And you will LOVE Asheville in the fall… the autumn view from the Grove Park will be stunning. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us!

  4. Dina @ Honey & Fitz says:

    The ONLY thing prettier than the Biltmore at Christmas (which you MUST go back for) is the Grove Park in the fall. That wedding will be sick. Glad you had a great trip! These pics just made me miss NC so much!

  5. CC says:

    Fellow New Englander here. I went to the Grove Park for a wedding, and over the weekend noticed one other aspect of the southern gentleman: They seem a lot more comfortable with dancing. [Swoon.]

  6. Erin Gates says:

    Oh, Southern boys LOVE to dance. :) Mine is a MACHINE.

  7. Leigh says:

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. Spent many summers going to Asheville for camp and going to Grove Park was always mandatory. We spent Christmas there as a family not too long ago. It was beautiful with the big fireplaces roaring. I hope you guys have many memories to come with the wedding in the fall. Congrats to Andrews sister. So happy to hear she is getting married!

  8. Andrea says:

    Goodness what beautiful countryside, it’s like a cross between England and France. I asked my hubby to guess where in the world the first photograph was from and be said Shropshire which is in the West Midlands bordering Wales lol. Never been to the US but it makes me want to go right this minute!

  9. Caroline L. says:

    Soooo dreamy! I feel like this is just a secret garden-esque world that’s tucked away from the crappiness of real life ;)

  10. I have always wanted to go to there. The Biltmore looks amazing.

  11. Kelsie says:

    Dying over that sunflower path!

  12. Hannah says:

    Asheville is my home away from home. I love that place. Next time you go, stay at the Grand Bohemian and go to the spa at the Grove Park Inn. Hands down, their spa is the best. You’ll love Asheville in the fall.

  13. smash says:

    what a gorgeous trip! love all the pics. xo

  14. This looks awesome and the pictures capture a summer’s trip so nicely. Great job! I’m looking up rates and dates right now!

  15. Susan says:

    Just added the Biltmore to my list of must see places! Stunning!

  16. Franki Parde says:

    We went to the Biltmore for Christmas several years ago and it was
    S P E C T A C U L A R!! Now, I’d like to visit in the spring as “the hills are alive with…Rododendrom, etc. franki

  17. kate says:

    Love the south! Can’t go wrong with a vineyard on the property;)

  18. Jennifer says:

    Amazing! It’s now on my bucket list.

  19. susie gates says:

    Happy Birthday. We enjoyed it as much as you did. Lets do more trips.

  20. Mandy says:

    You visited my favorite place in the world! I love Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. I have visited there every few years since I was little, and my husband and I were married at the Inn on Biltmore over 6 years ago. Our ceremony was outside, and it was beautiful being surrounded by the mountains. The wedding at Grover Park Inn in the fall will be so gorgeous.

  21. Kasey says:

    Oh sweet girl, you missed the best part. The Spa. Right this second book a massage with Mo early-ish in the morning on a day you will spend at The Spa at Grove Park Inn. It will blow. your. mind. There are waterfalls to massage you. There is tranquil music playing UNDER THE WATER. The Spa view makes the restaurant view seem lame. There is a Turkish steam room inspired by those on the Titanic with eucalyptus infused steam. The dry sauna is citrus infused. There are plunge pools that can cure the world’s worst hangover. There are underground tunnels leading to The Spa. Not to mention the fact that the massage itself will add years to your life (all of which you will spend dreaming about going back to The Spa.)
    Liz Lemon said it best when she proclaimed “I want to go to there!”

  22. You captured some amazing images of this place. I took my youngest daughter there when she was 11. We were still living in Amelia Island, FL at the time so it was a 8 hour drive for us. We just loved it when we arrived. It was like a dream really. The bowling alley inside the house was really cool. These images make me want to take my husband who has never been. I think it would only be a 5 hour drive for us from TN.

  23. Victoria says:

    I love that you snuck in some pictures! My husband got yelled at by the photo patrol. I absolutely loved the floral room in the lower level. Aahhh to have your own team of florists!

  24. Stunning gardens and ceilings. My favorite is the stairwell