My second trip to the Biltmore’s Greenhouse was just as exciting as the first. Unfortunately, the flowers were out just yet in the outside garden, but the flowers indoors were beautiful! Since the pictures truly speak for themselves…
One of the pleasures of going to the Biltmore is being able to ride in their horse drawn carriages. On my last trip to the estate I stopped by the stables to see the beautiful animals. My first impression was “wow…this is quite small.” The stables is in fact one of the smallest parts of the Biltmore estate.
The lion is part of the Vanderbilt’s family crest and is seen on both buildings in the stable area. Inside the first barn were the Biltmore Draft Horses. I wasn’t able to get close enough to touch them, but they look so lovable don’t they?
In the second area of the stables were the smaller horses that I’m sure probably pull the smaller carriages.
The horse on the end, “Ol’ Paint” as my Dad called him, seemed interested in what we were doing there. I imagine they don’t get a lot of visitors there.
Behind the stable area is a pasture for the rest of the horses to “horse” around in. Yuck yuck yuck! lol…they were pretty calm until I started taking pictures. They got a little rowdy (nipping at each other) the longer we stood there, so we didn’t stay too long.
A couple of years ago I went to the Biltmore during Christmas. The trip was enjoyable, but all of the plants were in hibernation for winter and the gardens were barren. I just got back from the North Carolina where I had planned on going back to the Biltmore to see it in all it’s glory during the Spring. Unfortunately, I got there about a week too early!
The skies were overcast and the wind was very chilly. All of the trees were still without blooms and the garden just had small green shoots of tulips showing. So, I guess I’ll have to go again…this time in the summer when it’s guaranteed to be bloomed out.
I’m not normally a wine person, but I enjoy a white wine now and then. Could I name the top wine makers? Nope, probably not. I just know what I think tastes good. I do enjoy going to wineries and tasting their different selections. It’s the best way to be introduced to new wines.
When Mike and I went to the Biltmore, I was excited about going to their winery. Conveniently the hotel is quite close to the winery. Coincidence? I don’t think so!
We didn’t go inside the hotel, but I’m sure it’s quite lavish given the rest of the Estate.
The winery itself is a nice building with a little bit of an old world feel.
There are large barrels of Champagne as you walk in. The entire room is very clean and sterile looking. I love the way the barrels look stacked together.
Then when you walk a little further down you enter “The Cellars”. This is where they keep all of the old bottles of wine.
I can’t remember the oldest bottle they had, but the cellar area with the cool stone walls and the dusty bottles definitely gives a feeling of age. They also had some champagne cellars but I wasn’t able to get a picture of that.
When you’re finished taking the self-guided tour, you can go to the tasting room where there are many employees ready to wait on you. This was one of the best parts of the winery! They also have grape juice so if you have kids they can “taste” with you.
When you’re finished taste testing, go over to the food area where you can pick up Biltmore wine, tons of good and rare foods, wassail, and other accessories. Each year Biltmore has a different Christmas wine. This particular year the Christmas wine was outstanding. I can’t speak for any other year!
The first time I visited the Biltmore Estates, it was winter so all of the outdoor flowers and trees weren’t in bloom. I will be going back this march and hope to add more pictures here of the garden and grounds in bloom.
As you start exploring the garden you’ll spot the original garden keeper’s house. I love the stone walls…beautiful!
While the flowers were not in bloom, you could still make out the design the different gardens have. There were four separate designs, with a wooden walkway going on direction and a gravel walkway going the other in between each one.
The walkway leads to a greenhouse that’s full of beautiful plants and flowers. Since it was Christmas time there were several poinsettias as well.
The flowers were gorgeous…not a brown spot anywhere.
They also had some odd plants that I had never seen. Like this pineapple bush, or whatever it is!
Once we finished with the gardens we went walking some of the trails on the grounds. There was a nice lake and a pond we came upon.
The walk was very relaxing and enjoyable. If they would let me build a small cottage over by the pond, I would be a happy camper!
We had a cardinal that seemed to be following up as we were walking the trails closer to the house.
I’m looking forward to my second visit when the estate should be flourishing in color!