Friday, December 26, 2008

Biltmore @ Christmas



Around Thanksgiving I proposed that I take my wife to visit the Biltmore Estate while it was decorated for Christmas. We'd talked about visiting the Biltmore for a couple of years and sometimes you just have to say "now is the time" or things turn into "one of these days". So, I chuckled when I read my buddy, Michael (conchscooter) had visited a few days before us. But then again, we both have pretty good taste and ideas, so why am I suprised we both had a good idea?



As we were touring the Biltmore Estate, my wife commented that it would make a good blog post. I replied, "It's been done. Michael did it two days ago." But she insisted that I should post my pictures, so I yield to her prodding.



What can you say about a 175,000 square feet 255 room house sitting on an 8,000 acre estate that was originally 125,000 acres? Breath taking. The craftsmanship and the pure grandeur is overwhelming. Tapestries cover the walls of a 90-foot room. A two-story library with a circular staircase contains 10,000+ volumes. A Billard room, a banquet room worthy of Kings and Queens with a 40 foot dining table, an organ loft with a pipe organ, and in the basement a huge swimming pool and a two lane bowling alley. The tour for the common peasants views 30 of the 255 rooms. Pay more and you get to see "behind the scenes". Pay more and you get to walk on the roof.



Visitors bathrooms, dining areas, and gift shops are housed in what was once the horse stables. I dare to say that the stables and hay loft that now is a dining room exceed the quality of many U.S. homes. I bet someone somewhere is giggling that commoners pay to eat in their stables.

The visit was well worth the 3 hour drive. We will have to return again and take in the estate itself.

-Peace

10 comments:

Lady Ridesalot said...

We also want to visit the Biltmore some time. I would like to spend an Anniversary there sometime. Maybe for our 30th, which is still a couple years away, but it would be a nice experience.

A was right. Thanks for posting your pics! Glad you had a nice visit.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Webster World said...

I have always wanted to go there. It must be so grand to stand right there and see it up front.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Very cool. AAHHHH to have that kind of money!, Nah, I've already got my friends, family and health. (Oh yeah, and the Harley!) Couldn't be richer.

"Joker" said...

For the benefit of us ignorant Yankees, where's this place at?? Who was Biltmore? What's the history of the place? It looks like an amazing place to visit. Only 2 lanes in the bowling alley though? What was he thinking? Thank God for the Nintendo Wii.

Oh, and Happy New Year by the way!

Allen Madding said...

The Biltmore Estate is outside of Asheville, NC. It was built by the Vanderbilt family. For all the inside info, surf over to http://www.biltmore.com

I thought the horse stables would be a great place for a Harley shop :)

Baron's Life said...

It's certainly a place I want to visit. Thanks for the heads-up on this and for sharing

Biker Betty said...

Two summers ago we drove past it while visiting my in-laws. We hope to do a visit again this summer and I will have to see if we can't stop at the Biltmore this time. My kids hate that stuff, so I will probably lose.

Allen Madding said...

so leave the kids at the in-laws for the day :)

Conchscooter said...

Dude, thank God you did. I was stumbling around like a grumpy popsicle that day so your pictures make up for my struggle to sound cheerful on my Christmas Day post. How you managed to wander out to the far end of the lawn for the panoramic shot beats me. I got hypothermia walking to the outdoor loo.

TRT said...

Very cool that you were able to do this. I think it is fun to find the little adventures close to home. I think we all focus on the big trips like Sturgis, Daytona, or multi-state trips and we have a lot of fun stuff in our own back yards.