Here we are visiting a little cottage in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmorehttp://www.biltmore.com/ is all decked out for Christmas right now. This is the best time to visit. Every fabulous room sports at least one brilliantly decorated tree and there are more holiday lights and plants than you can shake a fist at.
We are accompanied by Emerson and Liam and their parents who so generously gave us this experience for Christmas.
Biltmore With Grandkids
Even though the kids have been to the Biltmore on Christmas many times, they were still excited and enjoyed counting all the decorated trees: almost fifty.
The air on the day of our visit was crisp and quite chilly. But we were still able to sit outside and sip a hot apple cider and cocoa for the kids. The gift shops are filled with great stuff to remind you of your trip. There is even a bookbinding shop ….
I fell in love with the desk belonging to lady of the house.
Mrs. Vanderbilt’s desk.
I could easily replace my old desk with this much more charismatic one. Don’t you think?
This bright and colorful fireplace lives in one of the guest rooms. Look at the artwork. Lovely.
There are a lot of stairs. Up and down and down and up. Worth every step. Very reminiscent of Downton Abbey. In fact, they had a Downton exhibit a year or so ago.
Giant Christmas tree
There was no way to get a photo of this entire tree. It resides in the main dining room and is magnificent.
I have long been saying I would eventually visit Biltmore. But I really wanted to wait until I could see it all dressed up in its holiday dressing. And so this was truly a magical time. The best part was sharing it my husband and the grandkids and my daughter and her husband, Chris, who so graciously did all this on his birthday: Christmas Eve. Thank you so much for this generous gift. An experience we will always remember as one of those great days! Merry Christmas everyone!
Note: I am working on my review of THE LAST CASTLE by Denise Kiernan. This amazing new non fiction book is all about the building of the Biltmore.
The Last Castle
Now that I have been inside this amazing and magical place, I can offer a much more comprehensive post. The generous publishing people at Touchstone provided me with a gorgeous finished copy of the book. Wonderful.
You can purchase your copy of THE LAST CASTLE by Denise Kiernan at Copperfish Books in Punta, Gorda, Florida. We have copies available in-store or online. See you soon!