I will begin by sharing a couple of pictures of the lovely cabin that we stayed in while visiting Ashville, NC for a week of birthday celebration. For those that are on FB with me then you saw where I posted daily pictures of our outings. I will not post them all on the blog. WAYYYYYY to many. To be honest...I think I could have have stayed in the cabin all week without leaving. Of course having a hot tub sure made it enticing.
If you are bacon lover and a sweet lover then my man says this bacon donut is a MUST! I'm your regular glazed donut kinda girl so that did not appeal to me at all. He said that anything with bacon on it was good. If you have a Ducks Donuts in your area it's worth a stop. You would not BELIEVE the different types of donuts they offer! My plain donut with a cup of hot chocolate with extra whipped cream suited me just fine.
The Biltmore has four acres of floor space, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. This doesn't even begin to cover the ground area!
The Biltmore house was wonderful. It was COLD. My man layered up but ladies, I put my "if it snows" jacket on! LOL! Of course while inside the Biltmore I winded of carrying it. But, not outside for sure! BRR.....
I'm just sharing a couple of pictures we made on the inside. It was so beautiful. The history was awesome. They are running a special through May where they are displaying replicas of the clothing from that era of time. I loved it.
Even though the outside gardens was in the midst of being prepared for Spring and Summer in which I can only imagine the beauty of it, the green houses held tons of flowers and all kinds. So beautiful! We spent 7 hours at the Biltmore and this behind end was dragging. Ate at a lovely place and though the meal was wonderful, the sitting down and resting was GREAT! LOL!
We went to visit the Cove. Oh we enjoyed it so much. We had two different tour guides, a husband and wife team and we loved them.
See the Cross? It is actually 8 feet tall.
The chapel was beautiful! Only members of the Billy Graham family are allowed to get married in the chapel. There was so much history there as well.
We met another lovely couple while touring and winded up connecting. Of course kindred spirits usually do connect. The Bible says that Spirit will know spirit. SO TRUE. Our last thing to do while at the Cove was simply to take time to kneel and pray. Five us knelt here that day and each one of us prayed. We prayed for one another as we traveled as well as for things near and dear to our hearts that day. It was a very sweet time in the Lord.
The beauty of the Lord is our strength.
We made a trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock one day. Absolutely breathtaking views.
And....before you ask the question I will go ahead and give you the answer! NO, NO, NO I did not attempt to walk 26 flights of stairs to the top of Chimney Rock. See here...I walked straight to that thing called an elevator and mashed that button that said UP! And....I got to see the beautiful view all the same!
Needless to say, Ashville is a happening place! I was actually shocked at all the activity that goes on there, even for the off months for tourists. However, we went at a good time. Weather was cold, cold in the mornings and especially if there was wind. But the days would turn into lovely rays of sunshine. YOU STILL NEEDED A JACKET FOR SURE! We didn't wait in line for anything. That's a huge plus for someone like me that gets claustrophobic quick!
He was in hog heaven looking at the tools.
We even went to an old tobacco barn that had been turned into an antique barn. It was quite amazing. I couldn't believe the things they displayed that was over 100 plus more years old. NOR THE PRICES! When I saw some of the same dishes there that I have and the price.....I told my husband that he better be real good to me because I was worth a fortune! LOL!
And this was my favorite time.....YES, PJ's, fireplace and coffee! Thank you Jesus!
I have more pictures and stories to share with you all so stay tuned. Next week I will try and post a few more pictures and outings. We went on a walking food tour, waterfalls, the Billy Graham Library and more. We had a wonderful time. Needless to say, I winded up getting sick after returning. That's another story for another day. Let's just say this mild- stone age afforded me a birthday celebration the whole month that was grand...but this mild-stone body reminded me that I can't do everything, 100 mph either!
I will leave you with this today in case you need to drool.......One of my favorite places we visited. I went twice!
I hope that you all have a lovely week. I am counting on a week of good health.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy