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Have you ever been to the Biltmore? While February is probably not the most exciting time to visit, go when you can! The house is beautifully decorated all year but Christmas is exceptionally wonderful. The Christmas trees and decorations are inspiring. I could go on and on about the house and the Vanderbilt family, but just trust me on this, you need to go and see it for yourself!
This is not MY front door 🙂
If I lived here I would sit on the porch and look at the mountains all day.
This is probably the most photographed private home in the United States.
We toured the inside (where they won’t allow photos) and then walked next door to the Stable Cafe for lunch.
The Stable Cafe is in the original horse stables. The stalls are still in place, just cleaned up a bit. Those horses didn’t have it so bad!
Cousin Suzanne and her husband Steve started off with a bowl of Northern Bean and Virginia Ham Soup. They said it was delicious with slow-cooked Northern white beans, smoked ham and vegetables in a savory broth. Yum!
I was thrilled with my lunch. I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Burger with quinoa topped with grilled portabellas and onion, roasted tomatoes, melted provolone and roasted garlic mayonnaise. I didn’t finish the Kaiser roll which was just so-so, and I shared some of my fries, but I ate every last bite of the burger. It was terrific. Moist and full of flavor.
My husband ordered the Stable Cafe Sampler with spice-rubbed baby back ribs, smokey pulled pork barbeque, rotisserie chicken, coleslaw, collard greens, bourbon baked beans and house-made sweet pickles. He said it was all good but thought the beans were really great. The BBQ was not smoked, just roasted so it wasn’t full of that hickory taste but was well prepared.
Steve and Suzanne ordered the same thing – for two!
I thought the greens looked great but didn’t swipe any from unsuspecting family members.
Steve and Suzanne shared a cherry cobbler that looked lovely. They said it was good too.
My husband just never gets enough pie at home so he has to order it when we go out! (Just kidding dear!) He said he was doing field work for me. Trying out the competition. I haven’t made lemon meringue pie … yet! He let me have a taste and it was good. Nuff said.
After touring the house and doing a little shopping, we headed over the to Conservatory to see the wonderful green house. I took so many pictures of the orchids and plants I had to make a separate post for tomorrow! If you’re looking for a little breath of Spring, you’ll like this.
Next we headed over to Antler Hill Village and Winery. We watched a short video about the Biltmore and the Vanderbilt family, then took the winery tour which was very interesting. If we’d had more time, I would have enjoyed the ‘behind the scenes’ winery tour. At the end of the tour you can taste some of their finest products. Our tour guide mentioned that the Biltmore Winery is the most visited in the United States. We headed over to the winery store to shop!
Everything at the Biltmore is clean and classy. The staff are helpful and nice and the products unique.
Wine, wine everywhere!
I love these new bottles, so clean and crisp.
They have all kinds of pickles, chow-chow and even had pickled garlic (top right) and pickled beans!
Lovely displays and unique home accents. We had a fun day at the Biltmore.
More from the Biltmore tomorrow!
Thanks so much for stopping by!