When we found out we were pregnant in January, Wayne and I joked around that we better take a babymoon before another baby joined our family and we went back to sleepless nights lol. After losing the baby we still felt it would be great to have some adult time, just the 2 of us. Sooo, my parents were kind enough to take the girls back home with them after our time in Gatlinburg, and Wayne and I drove on to North Carolina. The drive was AWESOME. We took the scenic route through the mountains into Cherokee, NC, and we left at 6 am that morning so the fog was just beginning to lift on the mountains. It really was breathtaking. I think Wayne pulled over and told me to take pictures every ten minutes lol. I thought we'd never make it to North Carolina!
I reserved a room in Ashville at a brand new hotel about a mile from the Biltmore. Thanks to our saver's guide I got the room for a GREAT price. When I checked the price of a King room with a whirlpool tub on one website, it listed it for $249 a night, but I checked the actual hotel's website today, and the price was $139 a night. BUT I only paid $86!! Whoo hoo!! And the room was WONDERFUL! The whirpool was HUGE, and we loved it. For more information on how YOU can save money on shopping, vacations, etc., email me for information. I'll be glad to call you and explain how it all works.
We spent the entire next day touring the Biltmore. It was beautiful, and we had a really good time.
We arrived early-as soon as they opened- and were able to be among the first to enter the house for the tour. I highly recommend purchasing the audio guide. You have to pay $10 per person more for the audio, but it's well worth it. We were able to tour the house at our leisure and really take the time to look at everything. It wasn't crowded since we were there so early, and I think we spent anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 hours in the house itself.
After leaving the house, we decided to look around the gardens. They were really pretty, but it was a hike! If you decide to walk the gardens be prepared! We ended up turning around before going all the way down to the bass pond because we were HOT and thirsty lol.
We ate lunch at the Stable Cafe, and our cousin Jan suggested we have the hamburgers so we did. They were YUMMY! I thought Wayne would flip when he saw the bill though lol. Two burgers with fries and two drinks cost us over $40. It's safe to say the Biltmore made a good bit of money off of us that day lol.
After lunch we headed back to the car and visited Antler Hill Village and the Winery for the rest of the day. The village is so neat, and we enjoyed the barn/animals as well as the tour and tasting at the winery.
Overall, a very neat place to visit if you ever get the chance. The history behind this home is great, and it's amazing that they were able to build it and have the luxuries they did at that point in time.
The two days we spent in Ashville were definitely not enough! There were so many other things we wanted to do and didn't have time for like zip lining, white water rafting, and a visit to the farmer's market. On our way home, we did get to stop in GA to get to meet the newest addition to the Morgan family, little Miss Skylar. She is such a sweetie, and it was great to get to visit with everyone!
A great ending to an awesome vacation :)