Day 2 of the vacay and I was able to spend some time at one of my favorite spots – the Biltmore Estate. This day also happened to be my birthday.
After departing from Billie’s Monday night, we got back on the road and headed over to Asheville. I debated whether to take Kaleya there; I was not sure if she would appreciate it. But, she loves flowers and they have a great garden. And, I thought she may get into the opulence of the house. So.. off we went! This was my 3rd visit to the estate – I’ve gone before with Kelli. My last time there was in 2004, when I was pregnant with Kaleya. So much has changed since then. Upon arrival, they now have a center where tickets are purchased, and parking is no longer on the same plaza as the house – there are several lots and you can take a shuttle over. Fancy. But, how can you NOT love this house!
As I imagined, the house was spectacular. There were additional rooms open this time that I’d not seen before. I also did not do the audio tour as I already know plenty about the house. Instead, I focused on describing everything for Kaleya. I wasn’t able to clearly explain the relationship between the house and Vanderbilt University (where I work), but that’s okay.
One of my favorite places in the house is the Loggia – a patio on the entry floor with the most AMAZING views.
After touring the house we went down to the gardens. Unfortunately, Kaleya was highly concerned about the bees to really enjoy it. You can see the trepidation all over her face.
All in all, we have a great visit.
After Biltmore, I hopped back on the highway and went to visit another genealogy buddy – my friend Lorraine. She has roots in Plymouth, NC – same area as my maternal grandmother. I loved hanging out with her and her family! Her daughter even made me a birthday cake! After dinner, we chatted a bit more and then I had to head on home to my father’s house in Greensboro.
Thanks Lorraine for the hospitality! What a great way to spend my birthday.
By the end of the day, we traveled 214 miles.
The rest of the pictures from this day are here.