Thursday, June 29, 2017

Biltmore Estate Visit

We had a "new to us" experience at the Biltmore House last week. 
We participated in a one-hour rooftop tour.  
The times available and numbers of participants are limited. 
 We experienced the Biltmore House and grounds from a different angle from
previous visits.  The tour included various locations on the roof in the front and back
of the house, and a visit to the attic. 

The rooftop tour was an interesting and unique experience.
The special display in the house was:
The costumes on display were lovely. I was so happy The Biltmore House relaxed 
the no photography rule to allow phone camera photos with no flash. 

In addition to the tours and outdoor activities, we enjoyed several
lovely meals in the Inn Dining Room with amazing views all around.
The Estate is a great place to visit and relax. 
The schedule of future events:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Outdoor Adventures

 Austin and Glenn took an off-road Segway adventure
Tuesday morning and went kayaking on the French Broad River
in the afternoon on the Biltmore Estate.   
No photos from the kayaking due to not wanting to ruin camera phones
from the water.  And, the guys came in soaked from water
 coming up through the bottom of the boats. 

 Wednesday morning included sporting clay shooting. 
After lessons, Austin beat Glenn by hitting 9 out of 10.  
Could that have been because of his new glasses?  
Thank goodness he got those before starting college in late August. 

There were several more outdoor adventures available, 
but impossible to do them all on a three-day stay. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Estate

We arrived and checked in at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Afternoon Tea service in the Library Lounge is 2:30 - 4:30.  
Our reservations were for 3:30.  
The Amuse Bouche was a small cup of cold honeydew melon soup.
The tea selection below.  Each of us had a different pot of tea. 
The sandwiches and savories were served plated. 
Austin and I enjoyed gluten free afternoon tea everything was the same
 except for the substitution of gluten free bread and instead of the tiny quiche,
we had the sliced egg sandwich.  These were very easy substitutions of Udi's gluten free
whole grain bread for all the open-faced sandwiches. Three were made of toasted
bread and two were not.
The pimento Cheese Truffle was naturally gluten free.
Note:  I keep Udi's gluten free breads in the freezer and
take out a slide or two when I need them. 
I toast the frozen bread. 
 Our desserts and scones were different from Glenn's.  
You can compare in the photos. 

The bottom tier held a variety of cheese with honey and blueberries.
Glenn was served butterfly-shaped crackers.
Also note:  Gluten free crackers can be easily found in grocery stores,
 and would have been a nice addition to our cheeses. 
Afternoon Tea is served in the Library Lounge of the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
(photo below was taken during my lunch on Tuesday as the space was being set for tea.)
 Our window table provided amazing views of the estate.
This was a perfect beginning for our three-night stay.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gluten Free Lunch in Asheville

 We began our journey on Monday morning, June 19th.
The drive to Asheville is about four hours when you don't 
take into account long delays due to interstate highway construction.  
As result, we scrapped our original early lunch plans in downtown Asheville,
and stopped at the Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe in the Biltmore Village. 
Anyone who previously visited Chelsea's Tea Room before it closed
a few years ago, will recognize this as the same location. 
They have a good selection of gluten free and vegan items on their menu
in addition to the "regular" items. 
Austin's crustless quiche and kale salad below.  
And, so many delicious and amazing gluten free and gluten filled desserts. 
Please Note:  
For gluten free travelers, I highly recommend the 
phone app, Find Me Gluten Free.  
Asheville is by far the best city I have found for 
delicious gluten free food opportunities.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Visiting the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is one of our absolute favorite places
to visit in the USA.  Photos and details of some of our adventures 
 this week will be posted soon. 
(this photo is by Austin)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Busy Week with Family

 We celebrated Father's Day on Sunday
 The guys played soccer with Jordan from England. 
Golf galore!
 It was pool weather every day!
Art Camp for Peyton and his buddy Mateo
 And, oh my!  Glasses for Austin before college begins. 
We can't wait to see what next week brings! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pineapple Lomon Blend

I ordered Pineapple Lemon Tea from Elmwood Inn.
The description says it is a summertime blend of black tea from Sri Lanka,
with lemon, lime and lemongrass  
I plan to try it as iced tea, but in the meantime made a pot of "hot" tea.
This is a very, very tart blend of tea.  I don't sweeten my tea,
but tried sugar in this one. With the current temperatures in 90s and high humidity here
in Kentucky, I will make the iced Pineapple Lemon brew tomorrow.



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