Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anniversary trip Part 1

Michael and I's 4th wedding anniversary was back on January 3rd.  To celebrate Michael planned a surprise  trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville since neither of us had ever been.  I have a million pics to share because it was absolutely beautiful so I'm going to split them up into two posts, but be prepared it is going to be a pic overload!

We left first thing in the morning on our anniversary and keep in mind I had no clue where we were headed, this would bother most but I love love love surprises so I was beyond thrilled to be left in the dark. We stopped for some grub on the way out and what better way to start off the celebration than with breakfast from Chick Fil A!
A chicken biscuit toast to 4 years of wedded bliss!

We arrived in Asheville around 11am and that's when I realized where we were going, what I didn't know is that we would be staying at the only hotel on the Estate property, the The Inn on Biltmore Estate! Oh my goodness this place was gorgeous, we checked in and then jumped on a shuttle to the Biltmore house.  You would think that it would just be a quick maybe five minute ride, guess again!  I had no idea that the Estate property is thousands of acres so it was more like a 15 minute ride, it was really neat because the shuttle driver gave all the history behind the Estate and the Vanderbilt family.  They did a really good job of building the suspense as you are climbing the drive way to the house, so when we finally did reach the top and turned the corner to enter the gate to the house it really does kind of take your breath away!  It is huge and just incredible to see in person! So we jumped out and started exploring!  No cameras are allowed inside the home, so I don't have any pics, we did the tour with the audio recorders which you basically walked around with a little cell phone looking thing that you hold up to your ear and it gives you history and facts about each room you enter.  I'm not going to lie we looked like dorky tourists walking around with our little handsets but hey everyone else had them so I guess that made it better haha!
Once we finished our tour we headed outside to take some pics and explore the gardens. The views were amazing and the gardens well lets just say the phrase of the day was "I bet this is beautiful in the spring" haha, they still were pretty cool and that just means we need to go back and visit in the spring, hint hint hubby.

Pretty impressive!

Everything the light touches!

Some of the Gardens

The hubs checking it all out!

Once we were done exploring for the day we hopped back on the shuttle and headed back to the Inn to relax and get ready for dinner.  To be totally honest after seeing the lobby earlier that morning I was more than anxious to see our room, and I was not disappointed   Our room was gorgeous and the views were breathtaking.  

Robes and slippers, What?!?

A little bit of bubbly and an amazing view!

We set our bags down and decided to do a little exploring around the Inn, the grounds were gorgeous as well so I wanted to get some pics.

The back of the Inn

The sun was starting to set!

A bet this is more enjoyable in the spring haha!

Once I had taken all the pics I wanted we headed back to our room, to relax drink some bubbly and get ready for dinner.  Funny story when I was opening the Champagne clearly I wasn't thinking and was moving the bottle around trying to wipe the condensation off the bottle and nearly shot myself in the face with the cork, it was rather entertaining to say the least.

Oh la la!

And the aftermath

After a couple glasses of champagne and some relaxing we got dressed and headed to dinner.  We had reservations at the restaurant in the Hotel so all we had to do was hop on the elevator!  Dinner was de freaking licious I tell you!! Both Michael and I had the lobster and Filet, so good! Once dinner was finished the hubs and I headed to the lobby where they had live music, we relaxed by the fire for a little while and then headed back to our room to turn in for the night.
Michael enjoying dinner.

Our dessert

Cozy fire!

Just being our usual dorky selves!

So that's it for part 1, stay tuned for part 2!


  1. So jealous! What a beautiful trip. Happy anniversary :)


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