Category Archives: Asheville, North Carolina

…childhood wisdom

Love this building wall from a photo we took in Asheville, North Carolina combined with a favorite quote…

Pixlr makes adding a frame and words super simple and it’s free…

Asheville “Trash” Tea…

the Asheville area has so much to offer…

surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains…

a friendly walking town with a magical Friday night Drum Circle in Pritchard Park that delights and moves all ages…

lots of special places to eat and linger a while… 

my friend Lisa sent us with a list of great spots to visit…

one fun and different place was a store called TRASH which was a well organized large space loaded with a variety of great recycled items

we could not resist a photo op out front with our traveling tea cup…

“Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.” ~  Jason Kravitz (quote compliments of Alan Cohen)

Biltmore Garden Tea

our recent getaway to Asheville, North Carolina

(all thanks to generous and kind friends for letting us stay in their beautiful Asheville home!!!)

would not have been complete without a visit to the National Historic Landmark Biltmore Estate  built during the years 1889-1895 by America’s leading architect of that time, Richard Morris Hunt

 still known as America’s largest home the house covers 4 acres, totaling 175,000 square feet with 250 rooms which includes 35 guest and family rooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens….

    George W. Vanderbilt worked with the best architects and craftsmen to build a grand escape for family and friends…

inspired by French chateaus but all made in America with gargoyles and all…

no one has lived in the house since the 1950’s but it is still family owned…

we got a two day ticket and spent an entire day in the gardens  tootling around just a small portion of the 8,000 acres…

on the second day we took a really nice audio tour of the inside of the house which gave insight into what it was like to live and work at Biltmore…

the fact that photography was not permitted inside the house proved to be a nice break as I can get a little crazy snapping photos even though it is something I always enjoy…

we did bring the traveling tea cup along and my pretty parasol which gave welcome shade from the sparkling sun…

the Blue Ridge Mountains make a most beautiful backyard and you may find it of interest to read a little bit about the strides in forestry that Vanderbilt started with his vision here

 the Italian Garden with its enchanting lily pools kept calling us back again and again…

it is worth noting that Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, also designed Central Park in NYC and the US Capitol in Washington DC to name just a few of his many accomplishments…

he considered Biltmore his crowning achievement…

it was such a lovely getaway in so many ways…

thank you again Lisa    OXO

next week I have an Asheville “Trash” Tea planned to share with you…

Asheville Eye Candy …