This post goes along with my last post which was a photo tour of The Biltmore Estate.
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The Lobby and Pool
The lobby at the Inn at Biltmore is grand. At the far end of the lobby is a gorgeous fire place and the library. The pool, of course, is located to the back and off to the side of the hotel.
After having been hiking all day, we found the Inn to be a relaxing oasis. Set amid the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, just minutes away from Asheville and The Biltmore Estate. The room was very spacious and comfortable with a beautiful view from our window. We stayed in the Premier King Room.
Dining in the Library Lounge
That evening we choose to eat at the Library Lounge instead of the Dining Room. We choose this area because of the large porch overlooking the property and the mountains. To top it off we were fortunate enough to see a beautiful sunset from our dining table.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal and I enjoyed some wine from the Biltmore Winery. For dinner we ordered lite, or so we thought. We started with an Artisan Cheese Plate that had the most amazing goat cheese. I had a Pit Ham and Cheese Panini with fries while Steve had a Chicken Caesar Salad. Both were delicious with generous servings. A big shout out to our waitress, she was spectacular. Not only was she informative about the wine and dinner, but she was also informative about the Inn, Estate, and anything else we asked her about the area. She really enhanced our dining experience with her friendly personality and knowledge of the area.
Sunrise at the Inn at Biltmore
We awoke early the next morning and enjoyed a beautiful morning walk and sunrise over the mountains.
A couple of deer were out enjoying the morning as well and crossed right in front of us on the path.
Biltmore Estate Tour
After that we went and toured The Biltmore Estate. It was great that the Inn offered complimentary transportation to everywhere on the property including the Estate, town of Asheville, and winery. Even though we checked out, the Inn allows their guests use of amenities until 5 PM. They also offer a discount to The Biltmore Estate Tour. You can click here to see my photo tour of The Biltmore.
The tour is self-guided, regardless, it took us a couple of hours to see the massive home of the Vanderbilts. Even though we would have loved to see more of the extensive property unfortunately, we were pressed for time.
Lunch in Asheville
Consequently, after our busy morning we were starving, somehow we had forgotten about breakfast. That was a first! We stopped for lunch in Asheville at a wonderful place called Mayfel’s. There we enjoyed home cooked southern food. Steve enjoyed shrimp and grits an I enjoyed BBQ pork, grits, and corn with bacon! Again huge servings!
We headed to Raleigh to see Steve’s son and daughter-in-law and made plans to return to this beautiful area June 2020! There is so much to do on the property of the Biltmore that we need a couple of days to not just explore there, but explore Asheville as well.