Friday, May 29, 2009

here’s to the next 20 years

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We have landed squarely back in the real world, but our time at Biltmore Estate was wonderful – it exceeded our expectations. If you need grown-up time away, this is the place.

Most people think of George Vanderbilt’s home (above) when they think of the estate. The house is gorgeous, with new rooms open since our last visit. We soaked in every detail of the tapestries, lush fabrics and ornate details. We actually spread our house tour over two days, which was perfect. I think we really came away with a sense of the family who lived there.

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Ahh, the Inn. Do stay at the Inn. Our room was spacious, immaculate and luxurious, with an incredible view of the winery and the mountains. The staff went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay memorable. (The sparkling wine, above, was waiting for us in our room on our anniversary.)

And when you stay at the Inn, do eat in the Dining Room. While the vegetarian and the carnivore had very different meals, we agreed they were magnificent. Few places do both equally well, but in this case, the chef (and our server) were perfect.

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Biltmore Estate has become a destination in its own right. We spent quite a bit of time touring the gardens and walking some of the many trails. We also toured the winery and sampled some of the estate’s wines (er, twice). One of our favorite things was the Chocolate and Red Wine seminar, where we became amateur sommeliers. (I liked the merlot. He preferred the red zinfandel. We know that now.)

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We had long walks, morning coffee on the veranda and a leisurely vacation pace that we haven’t experienced in years, if ever. And I had him all to myself.

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We can hardly wait to go back.

(More photos here.)

2 comments:

mom said...

How wonderful to find someone else who celebrates a May anniversary! Congratulations! What a wonderful getaway place to spend some time away...I'm totally envious!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

momishome2 said...

We went to the Biltmore in October and LOVED it! It's about 2 1/2-3 hours from our house and definitely on our to-see-again list. We didn't stay at the Inn on the property, although we ate at the public restaurant (yum!).

Our 16th anniversary was this past Friday. Love those Memorial Day weekend weddings/anniversaries!