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Biltmore Estate Travel Diary

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Hey friends! Last weekend, my family and I took a trip to Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. This spring they have been hosting Biltmore Blooms, and the gardens and floral arrangements in the home did NOT disappoint. It was so pretty and I'm glad we chose to visit during this time.

We booked a time to tour the home at 12:15 and arrived at the house around 11:20 so we had time before to tour a few of the gardens and take some photos. When we went inside the home at our scheduled time, there are signs directing you through so it's a pretty consistent flow of people moving through the home and you loop through so there are almost no places where people are going and coming in a small space. I thought it was done very well for both COVID-19 guidelines and just a general traffic flow. 

We were in the home for about 45 minutes. There are a lot of rooms that are open for you to view, but we also noticed quite a few doors and areas that were closed off. Most of the areas are also roped off so you can get a glimpse without touching the furniture, wallpaper, etc. One of the staff members mentioned that her first time visiting the home as a guest was in the 70s and only 4 rooms were available to view! 

My favorite part besides that amazing pink and orange display featured above was definitely the Biltmore Gardens Railway! At first when I saw the signs, I thought it was going to be a train ride through the gardens (wishful thinking I guess because I was not prepared for all the walking involved!) but it was actually a model train through the greenhouses filled with plants! It was so pretty and such an interesting walk through. I loved the tiny model versions of the Biltmore house and other buildings on the property. I am not sure if this area is available year round or only a feature of Biltmore Blooms. 

As I hinted to above, my feet were deceased after 3 hours of walking the home and the grounds, so there were a few areas we decided not to explore on the property. We left around 2 pm and went to visit the Dolly Parton and RuPaul mural that is only about 13 minutes away from Biltmore and so worth the detour! You can find it by typing in "Beauty Parade Salon" on your Maps app. 

I wouldn't be the Snack Queen without discussing some of our eats along the way! After our mural stop, we grabbed Cookout for a late lunch and made our way to Boone. Once there, we stopped at the Tanger Outlets and got ice cream from Kilwin's. I got Marshmallow S'mores flavor and it was a 10/10. If you have a Kilwin's near you, I definitely recommend this fun summer flavor. 

For dinner, I tried the KFC Nashville Hot Tenders that are so popular on TikTok! I thought they were SUPER spicy and quite salty so I really didn't enjoy them too much, but I think they would be good if you really love spicy food. 

For breakfast before we made our way home, we stopped at Hole Lotta Doughnuts in West Jefferson, NC and got some large doughnuts in fun flavors. I got the Strawberry Funnel Cake Doughnut and it was tasty! My only complaint is that there is so much doughnut and only a little topping/flavor. All in all, definitely a stop to make if you are in the area! 

And that's a wrap! If you want more of a peek into the Biltmore, check out my videos on TikTok or Instagram Reels