|View from our cabin!|
|Our cabin-had 3 bedrooms & a game room-so nice on the inside!|
This was also Sadie Mae's very first vacation with us, our first family vacation. She had so much fun! She got to go on a hike, play in a creek, track mountain animals, and roast marshmallows.
|Sadie Mae after her hike|
|Checking out the creek|
On our first day, we explored around our cabin and went to Asheville for dinner. We walked through downtown and shopped. If you ever visit Asheville, you must stop at Chocolate Fetish. They have delicious chocolates and cakes! And of course we made a stop at the grocery store for marshmallows and graham crackers. Chris got the wood fire going in the house and we roasted marshmallows...perfect for such a cold night.
Our second day, we went to the Biltmore Estate. Chris visited when he was a little boy and this was my first time. I absolutely loved the Biltmore House; however, I was VERY Annoyed that I could not take photos inside. There were little details in the trim work, stone, etc that I knew would not be in the book (close up shots that is). The amount of detail was absolutely stunning.
|In front of the Biltmore House-I love the Biltmore!!|
We went horse back riding on the estate too! That was my favorite part! I love horses and have been talking about going horse back riding, with Chris, for about 3 years now. And we finally got to do it! I got the horse that was the slowest of the bunch, and Chris' horse was the oldest horse, 20 years (apparently domesticated horses can live to be 20-35 years old). We got to see areas where parts of Last of the Mohicans and Patch Adams were filmed. I cannot wait to go back!
Here's a fun fact about the Biltmore:
-The Biltmore House is open every day of the year, and will not shut its doors to the public even for the President....no one is that special!
We met up with Chris' grandmother, Aileen, for dinner. She drove us on the Blueridge Parkway, which is said to be one of the most beautiful drives in the nation. And it was beautiful! We had a wonderful dinner and it was great spending time with Chris' grandmother!
It was a quick trip, but well worth it! We had such a wonderful time, and it was so relaxing! We've already started planning our next trip back next year! And maybe next year Chris will actually get to see his black bear :)