Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Lady of the Hillside Manor

Ah! The day you've all been waiting for!


We arose Sunday Morning to a delightful cover of fog, though it didn't reach the ground. We packed our things and had breakfast at the inn. These were our last moments there. Nearly as soon as we had eaten we said goodbye to the squire and to our new friends and headed off down the road.

As we drove we watched the sun slowly burn off the fog. It was going to be a beautiful day! When we turned into the Biltmore exit I put in my "Anne" Soundtrack. For background. It was perfect.

We stopped at the visitor's center to get our tickets and saw that they had menus and prices for every one of their restaurants. This was when we discovered TEA! We thought about it and realized that since we had spent all day Saturday with Aunt Sally, and she had payed for our meals, we saved enough to have Afternoon Tea at The inn on Biltmore!!!

And so with the Anne of Green Gables Music Playing steadily in our ear we passed through the second gate And drove toward the parking lot. We were then loaded onto a bus that took us right to the front door.

Parking lot C2

on the bus

We immediately toured the house, taking the audio tour. The new rooms were amazing! They included the fourth floor, maids rooms and observatory, and the room Cornelia, the daughter, was born in. That room was my absolute favorite! It was decorated entirely in Maroon and off white. And against the far wall, there were a few steps down to a bench that looked out a window over the front lawn and Esplanade. They were covered in beautiful scalloped Curtains. I couldn't help but be stunned!

After our tour we went into the stable gift shop. As promised I got mom the newest Biltmore cookbook, (Which I'm enjoying just as much!) A Picture guide to Biltmore, some postcards, and a Mini book on table etiquette.

Trying on hats, I loved this one! but it was way too expensive!
While in the stables we mad reservations for tea, for 2:45. Lady Weaver bought a print of the most accurate sketch of Biltmore and it just so happened that the guy who'd drawn it was signing copies out in the entry. He was 14 in 1993 when he started it. He was a very nice guy and his name seems to have slipped my mind. I'm sure Lady Weaver could tell you. :D

From there we walked out of the stable, across the house and down into the gardens. We had a mini photo shoot of our dresses. :D (Enjoy!)

No sooner had we walked into the greenhouse and ask the time did we turn and run. It was 3:00. Weaver nearly had a heart attack! She was so stressed because we didn't read the clock on the stable right! (It could've been dead and we just didn't know it... I had just figured if nothing else, they'd keep that running)

We were late and we did have to wait 15 minutes for a table, but that was only so we could have a choice of tables. We chose...

Well I think I'll wait 'till next time to tell you about tea, that way I can go into detail.

The last roses of Summer

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sunshine in Small Towns

We awoke Saterday morning to the echoeing beginings of sunshine. We got up early so we could make it down to breakfast. As we ate, Npr played in the background and the sun continued to light up the day. This was exciting because it was supposed to be raining all morning.

Mrs. Emma fed us breakfast, and we met our "Neighbors" We talked with them for most of the morning. We were given our own pots of hot water for tea, making it extra good!

We had baked apples to start, and a breakfast casserole and muffins after.

After breakfast we went upstairs to get ready for the day. We did our nails on the upper balcony. Then as Lady weaver finished hers, I explored the garden. It was a beautiful little garden, though I'm sure it is better in the spring when the rest of the flowers are in bloom.

one Lowly flower. :D

After we had finished we left to explore downtown Dillsboro. It's such a quaint little town! and we found so many neat little odd shops!

This little shop had everything from Gormet foods to antique/ vintage clothes!

And this one was a soda fountain and general store that we never got to use *Sniffle*

From there we joined Lady Weaver's "Aunt Sally" (Who is actually her mom's best friend from high school) Aunt Sally has chickens.... nuff said


Later that afternoon Aunt Sally and "Uncle Chuck" took us to Waynseville where the "Mast General Store" Resides. This is a neat little place with LOOOOOTS of candy!!

After yet another romp, but this time in Downtown Waynesville we returned to the Squire. And after another dip in the claw foot tub, we once again slept like babies, but this time with visions of parasols dancing in our heads. :D