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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas At Biltmore

I really enjoyed our trip to the Biltmore Estate on Sunday. I did not take my camera as I did not want to have to lug it around the house and I thought my iphone camera would be sufficient if I wanted to take pictures. BUT, no pictures are allowed inside the mansion. And they mean that!! One poor fellow had his camera out, ready to take a picture and a docent let me know that he should put his camera away, right away!  Lanier and I found the perfect picture book in the bookstore and it was on sale so we were happy gals. I thought I would share some photos from the book...I suppose that is allowed.

When you first crest the hill and get a glimpse of the Biltmore House, you cannot help but be in awe of the beauty of the setting.

Wouldn't you like to host a dinner party in this magnificent room? I have never seen a Christmas tree that was so huge inside a house! It was beautiful. Also present in this room is a pipe organ and someone was playing Christmas Carols on it when we first arrived! We were definitely overwhelmed by the splendor.

One of my favorite rooms was the Tapestry Room....being a needleworker I had to admire the labor of many hands. It was the most comfy room and apparently this is where the Vanderbilts gathered for tea in the afternoon.  One thing you cannot see from the photograph is that this room looks out on the loggia to a beautiful view of the mountains.

Another beautiful tree outside the mansion.


Another favorite room was the library. You can be sure this reader would have spent lots of time checking out the Vanderbilt collection if she had a chance!!


Being a lover of nativities I was in awe of this large nativity laid out on a table in the Tapestry Room.

According to the docent, there were 65 decorated trees adorning the mansion while we were there. Also there were Fresh Flowers in each of the main rooms. They are grown in the green house on the grounds and arrangements are refreshed each day. We did not have time to check out the green house but on my next visit it will be on my list of things to see! If you have a chance to visit  this grand old house you should take it. I know I hope to go back and see the gardens in their  spring or summer glory!

4 comments:

Terri D said...

I love the Biltmore. What an amazing way of life it was to live there (I imagine!). If you ever get down to Sarasota, Florida, don't miss the Ringling Mansion. Not quite the Biltmore, but still impressive. Docents are wonderful volunteers, aren't they! Happy new year!!

Mrs R said...

Happy New Year, Arlene! We hope to visit the Biltmore some day. Sooo beautiful! It reminds me of Downton Abbey. Love that Christmas tree!

Arlene Grimm said...

Yes it is breathtaking...and Mrs R you need to drive over and visit!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's been one of our favorite places to visit over the years. You went at such a beautiful time of year. I love seeing it decorated for Christmas! Sweet hugs!