The Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina surpassed my expectations! I arrived at 8:30am to take photos of the gardens before the sun was up too high. It was freezing out…but I was so excited…I forgot my gloves. The estate is located on 8,000 acres and has 250 rooms! They employ 1800 employees! Some of the other offerings are–a winery, restaurants, a hotel and spa, and a variety of outdoor activities.
This is the greenhouse…
Walking through the gardens…snapping photos like a wild woman…I was amazed at the profusion of color! I had talked with a local the night before and she had said there wouldn’t be much to look at in the gardens…hah!
Most of my photos don’t have any people in them. That’s another reason to get an early start!
I arrived in Asheville yesterday and stopped at the Visitor’s Center to pick up maps and information. A representative from the Biltmore was there, so I bought a ticket for $49 ($10 less than at the door) and she talked me into purchasing a ticket for a self-guided audio tour that was $10 extra. It was worth it. Most likely I’ll never go back…too many new places to see!
The vistas were beautiful!
After touring the gardens and the “mansion” (where you’re not allowed to take photos), I hopped in my car and kept pulling over on the side of the road to get out and take photos. There were so many interesting paths and beautiful spots! Luckily, it wasn’t very crowded because of the weather the day before!