Hello! I know I've been absent from Blogland for awhile. I have good reasons, I assure you. First of all, my husband and I took a much needed vacation, just the two of us, to Asheville, North Carolina. I had such a wonderful time, it was such a romantic adventure. And, because my blog is about 'anything of creative interest to me', I'm going to share it with you.
Our trip to Asheville was mostly to see the Biltmore Estate. It's advertised on HGTV and Splitcoaststampers all the time, so I'm sure most of my readers are aware of it. Although I was surprised at how many of my husbands and mine friends and co-workers never heard of it. It is 'America's Largest Home'. It sits on 8000 acres in the beautiful Smokey Mountains and has beautiful grounds and gardens. There are 225 room, 40 some bathrooms, 63 fireplaces, and indoor pool, conservatory, sun room, library, bowling alley......the lists is endless! I won't bore you with the history of the home and all the details of the house, because I know you can google it and find all this information yourself.
Because we weren't allowed to photograph the inside of the home, I can only show you pictures of the outside grounds and gardens.
First up is me sitting in the beautiful Carriage Courtyard having a delicious Cafe Latte in the sun. This would have been the place where the horses and carriages came through to enter the Carriage house. It now contains quaint gift shops and great places to eat. We had pizza for lunch, it was so good and reminded me of the pizza I ate in Italy: Thin crust, covered with feta cheese and spinach. Yum! My favorite!
This is the carriage house. Can you believe this beautiful structure actually just held horses? The stable boys lived above and there were also different rooms belows for work related to horses (like tack rooms for example)
This is me anxiously waiting to go in to the house!
My husband and I in front of the house.
I have no idea why my pictures turned themselves sideways after I put them upright. Sorry. I'm not a computer geek! Anyway, I wanted to show you this photograph because it was one of the wonderful unexpected surprises of our trip. I was expecting to see beautifully decorated rooms, but I was not expecting every single room in the house to be filled with gorgeous fresh floral arrangements. There were fresh spring flower garlands hanging from every fireplace mantel and post. There were flower arrangements on all the tables too. And they were GORGEOUS! Probably the best flower arrangements I've ever seen anywhere. The only one I could photograph was this one since it was located outside the house just as you enter through the doors.
In addition to seeing Biltmore, my husband and I spent a lot of time in historic downtown Asheville, hiking the Smoking Mountains, and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. More to come soon!
Have a great day! Amy