We left Wednesday afternoon, arrived in Asheville, NC at night & went to the Biltmore Estate the next day. Still one of my all-time happy places.
The kids absolutely love it there, too. What's not to love? Beauty, history, nature, lots of room to run...the perfect field trip!
We walked the grounds & gardens, went into the shops & ate lunch at the Stable cafe.
The manager at the cafe told the kids that if they colored him a picture he'd give them ice cream. In the end, he gave us a code on his business card to take to the Biltmore ice cream shop & they gave ALL of us huge ice cream cones, not just the kids! Their generosity made our day.
When I went to the Biltmore as a child with my family, my mom & sister took a picture in front of this statue, posing like the figures. While we were there I recreated it with both girls.
We toured the house late in the afternoon. I wish we could go back now to see it decorated for Christmas!
Next we drove to the other side of the estate & took the kids to the petting zoo. There was also a kids maze made out of trees.
They had a blast running through it & Kate was very happy to win.
There was live music & the kids were running around dancing. They stayed with Ray while I went into the winery for a tasting.
What a relaxing end to an already relaxing day!