This past weekend I was in Asheville with my mom, my aunt, and 2 of my cousins. My Aunt Julie, for my 21st birthday (I’m 24), promised to take a girls trip with her daughters and my mom and me. I honestly didn’t even realize we never did it until a few months ago when my mom called me to let me know we still hadn’t gone and my aunt was calling to find a weekend we were free in November to take a trip. We decided on the date and then decided on the destination. The Biltmore in Asheville. When my mom called to tell me I think I squealed. The Biltmore has always been on my bucket list and I was SO EXCITED.
Ok — before I get to the deets — it’s worth noting: I FORGOT my camera. WHO AM I!? So all of these pictures are iPhone pics. (And it was pretty cloudy all weekend…so there’s that to explain my picture quality! 😉 hahaha!) SO — We packed up Thursday night and headed out, stayed the night half way in a hotel, and finished the trip Friday morning. When we arrived we were greeted by the most BEAUTIFUL fall landscapes and the friendliest hotel and estate workers. We stayed at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, a beautiful 4-star hotel that was everything it was cracked up to be. From the minute we pulled in we were met with accommodation after accommodation, friendly staff, beautiful amenities, and fresh fall air. The Inn itself is quaint and beautiful with gorgeous interiors that speak for themselves. Giant chandeliers, plush couches, a gorgeous terrace with breathtaking mountain views, a warm fire dancing in the library, a pianist playing the prettiest sounds, bellhops opening doors, golden elevators — the works. It was the most inviting little place.
Our rooms were waiting for us with chocolates on our pillows, fresh robes, and complimentary slippers to name a few things. As soon as we checked in we caught the estate shuttle and headed down to Antler Hill Village. Oh this place. SWOON CITY. It was the most adorable little place. I seriously felt like I was right in the middle of a Hallmark Christmas movie. OH – did I mention it was the first weekend it was decorated for Christmas!? YES. ALL THE HEART EYES, PEOPLE!!! We enjoyed lunch at The Bistro — MAJOR recommendation if you are ever there. They had DELICIOUS food. After lunch we walked around the village and checked out the little shops, bought a few things, and then we decided to relax for a minute in the beautiful village green. We shared a bottle of Biltmore’s very own Riesling and laughed and chatted as the sun sunk down behind the mountains. B L I S S. We finished our night with their complimentary wine tasting inside their lovely little winery. We ordered a little cheese plate and enjoyed the samplings they offered as we chatted and laughed some more. We really had so much fun. We ended our night at Cedrick’s tavern for dinner. None of us were super impressed — the service was subpar and the food wasn’t anything special…however we were all pretty tired and not super hungry. So maybe that was the problem. We finished the night by grabbing the shuttle and driving past the Biltmore Estate in all of it’s beautiful giagantic glory. If you have seen the commercial or if you Google ‘Christmas at Biltmore’ — that’s what I’m talking about. A huge lit up christmas tree in the front of the GORGEOUS estate. Stunnnnnning! We just did a little drive by because we were coming back there the next day. And that was day 1. I was completely captivated.
Saturday morning began with a delicious breakfast in the Inn’s main dining room with a gorgeous view of the mountains. After breakfast we headed out to the back balcony of the Inn (think long beautiful porch that stretched across the back of the Inn and overlooked the rolling hills and mountains). We were just in time for the wedding that was about to start down below. As cheesy as it sounds, it was all so magical! Seriously…everything was perfect. I was able to watch the bride walk down the aisle and then I had to head up to the spa for my massage. (I know, right? This is the LIFE). I had a 50 minute massage that was literally everything. It was SO relaxing. Once we were all finished with our spa appointments we got ready and headed out for the day. It was cold and rainy on Saturday but that didn’t keep us from going out! We headed to the Estate to check out the little shops over there (The Biltmore Estate is 30 minutes from the Inn…but they are all on the same property…that’s how big this place is. Can you IMAGINE!?) and spent most of our day there. Then we came back to the Inn for dinner in the library which was delightful. We freshened up a bit and then headed back to the Estate for our Candlelight Christmas Tour. We walked through the GIANT Biltmore Estate (this place is big enough to hold THREE White Houses…jaw drop.) Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take pictures inside the estate but if you Google it you can see it. Listen…just promise me you will Google it, ok? The entire place was decorated for Christmas and it was seriously amazing. George Vanderbilt literally thought of everything with this place. Not to mention he and his wife sounded like such wonderful people to work for. I wish I could put into words how stunningly detailed and beautiful it was and how interesting and intricate each room and story was, but there are no words. It took us 2.5 hours to walk through and we didn’t even see every room. Just trust me and GO THERE before you die, okay?! Because WOW WOW WOW. We ended our night with dessert in the Library lounge at the Inn and headed to bed. **Don’t forget to Google the pictures of this place, ok?! I’ve said it multiple times now. Do it. I am so serious. Okaaaay??!! These pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice. Ok! I think you got it.
Sunday started with another lovely breakfast in the dining room and then we packed up, headed back to Antler Hill Village one more time, and headed home. The car ride home was definitely a lot less exciting than the way there, but we were all still swooning over the beauty of the weekend we had just shared. Aside from the beautiful sights and wonderful service and all the lovely things we got to do and see, just having time to simply be with my mom and with Laura and Becky and my Aunt Julie was so so good for my soul. I am so incredibly grateful for these women. They are the people who will always be there. They know me inside and out. They are the definition of what family should be and I am just so thankful. We had SO much fun.
If we had more time I would have loved to check out downtown Asheville, but we’ll have to save that for another trip! Maybe next year…since we’re going to make this a yearly thing and everything ;)…or at that’s what we kept saying!! And believe me — if you EVER get the chance to go to the Biltmore and especially to stay in the Inn, DO IT! It was so so lovely and so worth it. I cannot wait to go back!
Until next time, Asheville…xoxo
*first picture in this post property of biltmore.com