This past weekend my husband and I were blessed with a weekend alone. The kids stayed with their nanny, and we took off on a short weekend adventure. It's not often that we get time alone with one another anymore.
-(begin soapbox) When I was first married, one of the pressures that seemed to daunt most young married couples weighed heavily on my mind, "when were we going to have kids"? At the time I wasn't really wanting to wait very long, I loved kids, and I wanted my own. I was young, and I had yet to learn the importance behind waiting for children. Fortunately for me, I married an older man. My husband was pretty determined that we would wait to grow our family, and it didn't take long before I came around to the idea of waiting too. If I had any advice for young couples, it would be to enjoy every minute of your time together before you decide to have children. My husband and I waited 7 years, and I wouldn't change that for anything! The time before children will define the type of parents you will be. The longer you wait, the more time you will have to develop the parental foundation you will need when you do become parents. (end soapbox)-
Back to our weekend getaway...
We took this short time away to head into the mountains of North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate (a frequent destination pre-babies). We both really enjoy everything about the Biltmore, but I wanted to show you a few of our favorites.
First up is the architecture:
The view from the outside is spectacular, I always feel like I'm looking at a painting because the lines almost look unrealistic.
But once you stop drooling over the exterior and make your way inside, you realize that it's indeed a real building with tangible items. My most favorite part of the house is the servant's quarters. It may be because I like cooking, or it could be because I'm a sucker for almost anything that has been around for centuries, either way, I always love slowing down once we get into the kitchen and pantry areas.
Just take a look at the sheer size of this kitchen! In addition that, they have a roasting room designed only for roasting meat! Don't even get me started on the pantry. I didn't count them, but they had separate rooms for canned goods, fruits, veggies, meats, and perishables.
Next would be the advanced technology.. the Biltmore was built in 1895 but within the house, you will find several mind-blowing features.
The grand cantilevered staircase, with its 1,700-pound electric chandelier suspended by a single bolt (which, by the way, has only been replaced once since the house was built) down the middle.
You'll also find two elevators, one of which is still running on its original motor. A swimming pool, a bowling alley, and an in-home gym, not to mention, the call buttons in every room, and a telephone.
On the property, you'll also find plenty of dining options. One of our favorites is the Stable Cafe.
We also enjoyed grabbing a hot beverage before walking the gardens on the property. This time we didn't get to do all the outdoor activities, but we certainly enjoyed the views from our brief stroll.
The greenhouse is spectacular! I even found this pineapple growing there. Naturally, my wheels started turning and I may or may not be thinking about growing one myself!
So if you're ever in the mountains of North Carolina, be sure to stop by the Biltmore. Make sure you carve out a day or two because you definitely can't see it all in an afternoon.