So far, it’s the best Easter weekend ever. Let’s see if we can make today live up to yesterday. We ate breakfast in the hotel lobby as typical. We loaded up the car and checked out of the hotel. Jim had mapped out a few RV parks in the area for our “inspection”. There’s nothing wrong with where we’ve stayed a couple of times previously but there might be something better out there. Maybe a more spectacular view? In the end, they all seemed to have their pros/cons. We’ll decided later for our June trip.
The long line of cars funneling onto the Biltmore estate was surely a bad sign. Parking in an overflow type lot that we had never been to previously also alarmed us. We figured no big deal since we didn’t plan to tour the house… just see the gardens.
The gardens were gorgeous. This time the focus was on tulips (a prior visit was roses). So nice. We also walked to areas of the garden we hadn’t previously done such as Bass Pond. It was a long walk but a beautiful day and we could certainly use the exercise. We had to cool off in the breezy shaded areas from time to time. Ahhhh, a breeze. I have awesome pictures to share:
Above/Below: The gorgeous tulips.
Above: These had a strange name but had “Chinese Lantern” in parentheses.
Above/Below: Bass Pond.
We decided to stroll through the house. Maybe they opened different rooms? Maybe they were decorated for Easter? The crowds weren’t bad especially since we walked through it like we owned the place. This will probably be the last time we’ll be at the Biltmore estate since our annual passes expire shortly. There were lots of flower arrangements throughout the rooms. They were very nice. We whizzed through it all pretty fast which was good since we were hungry.
It was getting late and we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. We went back to the car and drove to another section of the estate called “Antler Hill” where they have the winery, shops and restaurants. We parked, walked an eternity to a restaurant, looked at the menu and wasn’t interested in anything. The price was high but doable. Jim suggested several chain restaurants as alternatives. I himmed and ha’d and thought, it’s late, we just walked here, etc, etc. Then he added Olive Garden to the choices. Since we toured various gardens, wasn’t it fitting to squeeze one more “garden” in? I love Olive Garden. You can hate, I don’t care. I love their Pork Milanese with tortellini in a cream sauce. Breadsticks with Alfredo sauce. Endless salad. Mmmmmm, I’m hungry again. We ate so much I’m ashamed to admit. I know, there we were in Asheville with so many unique dining choices and we chose that. I know, I know, but normally we do unique stuff there. It was a holiday, leave me alone…
It was 3pm already! We wished we could take a nap. We were full and tired. Sun weary. Just plain ole beat down. We hit the road. A 2 hour drive home. We got home, unpacked, I did laundry and some blogging. We didn’t even eat dinner. Jim had cereal, I had popcorn.
What a fantastic weekend!