2013 North Carolina travel blog

View of the Entrance




Coffee Time


Looking out a window

This morning we got up at 6 am to see the entire area enveloped in fog, couldn’t see more than 50 feet. Our plans today are to visit the Biltmore Estate, it sounds like quite a place to see. Candy made her scrambled eggs for breakfast so we all would have a full belly before leaving.

We left the campground at 9:30 am for Biltmore because we have tickets for the mansion 1:00 pm tour. The fog had mostly cleared and we only had 3 miles to the Biltmore Estate...

We arrived at the estate, got our tickets and drove over to the Antler Hill Village & Winery. This area is a small village with several shops, an outdoor adventure shop which you can enjoy segway off road tours, biking, land rover driving experience and other outdoor adventures. We passed on all that and went to the Winery which has a large store for you pleasure to purchase some expensive wine. I didn’t realize that Biltmore had their own grapes and sell the wine in 26 states. We also saw the antique car that Vanderbilt owned, 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-6, 1 of 10 in existence. We needed to drive over to the mansion to be ready for the 1:00 pm tour we had purchased tickets.

When you get your first view of the mansion you are in amazement on how large it is and this belongs to a family. The outside is so impressive with the architect on the building, it is something you need to see to understand it. The outside is very majestic, but wait unit you go inside. It would be to difficult to explain, need to go to www.biltmore.com to understand what all this is. Unfortunately they will not let pictures be taken inside the house because there were some pictures that would have been nice. The library would have been one picture to have with all walnut book cases for 23000 books. We did enjoy the tour, but it is huge and that means a lot of walking for some people, not me I rode. After the tour it was time to return to the motorhome so everyone could rest. We just sat around and watched the President’s Cup golf the rest of the day and started to get ready for the trip to Kernersville tomorrow. We only have about 160 miles to Bruce’s home so it will be a short day on the road, my type of day.

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