Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Vacation - Visiting The Biltmore Estate

Our after Christmas break included an overnight at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate
and a Christmas Candlelight Tour of the Biltmore House.
This amazing gingerbread creation and a beautiful Christmas Tree
were only a few of the beautiful decorations in the Inn.
This is a replica of the Inn. The front of the Inn is above, and the back is below.

The aroma was delightful.  Every time I walked through the lobby,
I stopped to admire the gingerbread creation and saw candy I hadn't noticed before.
The panels on the truck and parts of the roof were made with Hershey Bars.  

The snow on the Gingerbread Inn was "wishful thinking."
The warmer than normal temperatures and sunshine added to our fun visit.  
The location of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains was a perfect vacation
for George and Edith Vanderbilt and their friends and family.
Of course visitors are not allowed to take photos of the inside of the
Biltmore House.  This was Glenn and Austin's first time to visit during
the Christmas Candlelight Tour.  There were various musical groups
throughout the house and hundreds of Christmas trees. 
Below: the tree in the lobby of the hotel.
I called too late to make afternoon tea reservations (3 weeks before).
As result we had lunch in the Library Lounge.  My guys enjoyed
having more savories at lunch and less sweets, as compared to afternoon tea.  
Attention friends who enjoy visiting the Biltmore Estate as much as I do.
Remember the Downton Abbey costume display at the house in 2015?
The next event, February 12 - July 4, 2016 will be:

A couple of these award-winning gowns were on display with the above sign.


relevanttealeaf said...

What a fun place to visit while decked out in its Christmas finery. I'm sure it was breathtaking! Happy you got to enjoy it!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh how DREAMY!

I've only been there once - during roses in bloom season early summer - I cannot imagine how lovely it is - magical even - during Christmastime.

I am so happy for you - what a great way to finish off the season. I wish I were closer!

Hubs has a new job and gave up 9 weeks vacation, I think we will notice the change for not being able to do last minute things now, but that's ok. He's much happier now, and that is all I care about.

May need to grab girlfriends, nieces or daughters now though.............


Beth said...

Hi Linda, I enjoyed your post. We have a trip to Asheville planned this spring. Lucky us, we'll get to see the wedding gowns! I think a visit to Biltmore at Christmas would be fantastic. Our upcoming trip will be our first time there.
May God bless your New Year!

Ruth W said...

Wonderful! Sounds like a wonderful lace for a special visit, especially at Christmas!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

I've always wanted to visit the Biltmore. The candlelight tour must have been stunning with the Christmas decorations. The afternoon tea must be very popular with that long of a reservation time.
Happy New Year!

Joy said...

The Biltmore house is indeed a beautiful place. It's been quite a few years since I visited it, I think it is time for a return visit! Living in the Blue Ridge mountains, sometimes we forget to play tourist once in a while. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

Angela McRae said...

Christmas at Biltmore is simply magical, isn't it? And thanks for the alert about the wedding gown display. I bet it will be gorgeous! (Sorry to hear you can't comment on my blog! I cannot figure out what is going on with that!!!)

Carrie said...

Hi Linda! Thanks so so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! Yours was one of the first tea blogs that I found and started reading, so your comment was extra special. I had the chance to go to the Biltmore in 2014 and did a Candlelight tour of the house--it was gorgeous! I didn't see a cool gingerbread house like that though! Happy New Year :)


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