Doug, can we have a house like this?

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Lizzie Note:

Today was awesome! It is possibly my favorite sight seeing day so far. We are staying at the Biltmore Inn on the Biltmore Estate. The Inn is a few hills away from the Estate. We can see the Biltmore from our room. Right below our hotel is a small village with a creamery, winery, bistro and cavern. The Estate sits on 8000 acres and is quite picturesque. 

We got up with the sun (7:02 am) and went for a walk/run. It started as a run, but ended with an uphill walk. We also walked by this beautiful field of sunflowers and corn. There was a funny moment where I was pointing at a spider in the tree and a huge drop of water hit my arm. As you expect, I screamed and DB cracked up. After that I was a bit jumpy...

We went back, cleaned up and headed to breakfast in the hotel. We got a package online for the hotel that included breakfast. It was a buffet, but not a typical buffet. (For the Peyroux's - it was like the Metairie Country Club breakfast buffet times 10).  Doug had piles of food on his plate. He was most excited about the thick bacon and bread pudding. It was an amazing amount of food to see. I should take a picture of it. 

We headed to the Biltmore Estate - I was most excited to start the tour. We had the audio tour with our room package as well. It was AMAZING. My favorite things to see: the staircase, the grand hall, and the grand suites for the owners of the house. There are no pictures allowed inside the Biltmore so I cannot show you my favorite spots, but you can see them online if you want to search them. The house has over 250 rooms and 101 of them are bedrooms. There are 47 bathrooms and they have toilets, electricity and all the things we have in our restrooms today. The only thing missing in all the rooms are sinks! This was because they were to be waited on and would call for assistance to wash their hands. I would like to point out this house was built in 1895! It had power, refrigeration and bathrooms. I bet the world was jealous.

After the audio tour, we went on a behind the scenes tour which took us into the Bachelor Wing, the organ balcony, the power room, the refrigeration creation room and the freight elevator. The tour was fantastic! I strongly recommend it. My favorite place to see was the Mrs. Vanderbilt's closet! She had a Louis Vuitton trunk! A TRUNK. It was about 3 feet long by 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall with the same LV logo we know today. This was from the 1800's! Sadly, no photos allowed. 

We then headed to lunch in the stables. The original stables are still there, but now as booths. I will take a picture tomorrow to show you :) The food was really good and we stopped for a cookie on our way out. 

After this fantastic day of walking, we headed back to listen to a little Percy Jackson and take a nap. It was lovely. It is at his point that I want to discuss how great Doug Brown is. He really makes my life great with is patience and thoughtfulness. I really have the best boyfriend in the world. Happy 3 year Anniversary baby!

After our glorious nap, we headed down to the little village (Antler Hill) for dinner at the Bistro. We walked down during the sunset and walked back up a dark, steep hill back to the Inn. It sounds wussy, but the walk up was kinda scary. I heard howling and started freaking out. As we listened longer, we realized it was an ambulance a few miles away. Lizzie = Wuss. :)

Tomorrow we leave this glorious estate. I am sad to leave, but ready for our next adventure. Hugs to you all. I can't wait to meet Emma Mae and Riley when I get home. 
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Miss Gay on glad you got to experience the place........amazing and spectacular, yes?
Safe travels. Can't wait for you to meet Riley.

Patti on

It is fabulous, especially the swimming pool!! The fields of sunflowers look beautiful. I am so happy you are having a good time. Be safe.

Jackie on

AWESOME! And I love you two! That picture of Doug in the wreath made me literally LOL!

Janessa H. on

Beautiful!! I must definitely get Matt to take me before we leave NC! What an awesome trip you guys...

PS Lizzie I ate at Panera yesterday in Chapel Hill and thought of you :)

Ginger on

Did you have time to stop by your Uncle Dave's? Safe traveling.

Becky on

Wow! Looks beautiful. I am glad you two are having a great time!

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