This Labor Day my husband Rich and I decided to go back to one of our favorite summer destinations, Biltmore House in Asheville. Most people know it as America’s largest privately owned home, built in the 1890’s for the Vanderbilt family. This amazing destination was designed by two of America’s greatest architects Richard morris Hunt, and Frederick Law Olmsted. You can see their work everywhere you look, not only in the French Chateau style home but also in the hundreds of acres of gardens and forests.
On this particular trip we focused on the kitchen garden and petting zoo for our picture-taking. Needless to say the kitchen garden is huge and beautifully planted. With beds containing everything from strawberries and herbs to sunflowers that were at least 8 ft tall. The petting zoo has a great variety of animals from horses, to Angora sheep, goats, and tons of unusual varieties of chickens. Everywhere you looked there were kids scooping up chicks and exclaiming in delight when they realized that the young chicks actually liked being held. Hand-washing stations are located right out side of the barn, making it really easy to clean up the kids before dinner.
If you’re going to be eating dinner at Biltmore I highly recommend Cedric’s. It is named after the family’s beloved Saint Bernard, and pictures of him along with the Vanderbilt family line the walls of this more relaxed eatery. While still being a bit pricey the food and service are impeccable. Make sure you try the pretzel rolls with mustard butter. Delicious! Afterwords you can go for a stroll around the gorgeous Antler Hill Village, try a complimentary wine tasting or get some tasty ice cream at the creamery and listen to the live music performed at the bandstand. There is so much at Biltmore for the whole family to enjoy!