A Day with Anderson Cooper’s Family

19 Apr

The weather was not cooperating for our hike yesterday, so we moved onto Plan B; The Biltmore House.

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly an architectural and historical wonder. In 1930, the family opened the house to the public as a way to re-stimulate the economy following the Depression and bring tourist to Asheville. 

We weren’t able to take pictures inside but to say this house and property were gorgeous would be an understatement. It was  interesting to learn about the inspiration that George Vanderbuilt had for the house. As an advid traveler, he loved France, specifically Paris. Phil and I could see the similarities having just spent some time there in October. The house has 43 bathrooms (most houses at the time only had outdoor!), over 200 rooms, one of the first in-home bowling alleys (with pins that were reset by servants), several kitchens and a two story library that houses a chess set from Napoleon. This place was no joke. We really enjoyed seeing the property and learning about Anderson Cooper’s distant relatives. 🙂

Hello, you handsome devil.

After touring the home, you drive up to Antler Village where the farms, animals, restaurants, a museum and winery sit.

After some sampling, we went in the store to purchase some vino when we realized the artist who designed the bottle was onsite for a signing.

Following wine, we were ready for some eats and headed back into downtown Asheville. We did some wandering and landed at a cute restaurant, Solace.The food was awesome – great flavor combos.I had the pork loin with sweet potatoes.

Phil had the polenta crusted catfish with ratatouille. It was amazing!

And what night in beer city USA would be complete without a trip to a brewery?! Our pick was the Asheville Brewing Company.It was a change of plans, but an great day soaking up Asheville.

Now, we are off to tackle that hike and then drive down to Charelston. Catch ya later!




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