joy magnetism: Life is a highway - GAR Day #2

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Life is a highway - GAR Day #2

Magnet #85 - Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

So, I'm cheating a tiny, tiny bit. The Biltmore wasn't ever on the GAR itinerary, mainly because the GAR roadtrippers did it several years ago together. But it's technically on the way from Raleigh to Tennessee, so, it could have been on the itinerary.

All we were planning today was driving from Raleigh to Nashville, with a stopover in Gatlinburg, TN, for the Highlands festival and maybe the car museum, and the skytram thingy. Oh, and a picture of the Dollywood sign in Pigeon Forge, TN.

But, like I said, Asheville's sort of on the this magnet should do. Built in the late 1800s by George Vanderbilt, it was one of the largest American residential homes ever. I mean, the man used something like 11 million bricks. Jeepers.

For schoolkids growing up in North Carolina, it was just another field trip to another boring house. It used to be just a house tour, but to keep itself alive (it's still privately held by the Vanderbilt descendants), the owners had to branch out into a million other things. Biltmore's expanded to wine, home furnishings and decor, and greenhouses. They even have an Inn on the estate now.

The last time we went, I was the designated driver.

Yeah, there's a winery, complete with a wine tasting. Let's just say that my girlfriends are lightweights. I swear all they were served were little cups, but all three of my friends had Asian blushes before the end.

And two aren't even Asian!

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