Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Long & Winding Road Back Home

 Our Asheville vacation ended on Friday morning.
Julep {our back seat co-pilot} was ready to guide us home to the eastern shore of Maryland.
We made it home in approximately 10 hours with 3 stops.
 The long and winding gravel road next to our rental home.
There is another rental at the end of this road called Eagle's Nest.

 Julep nice and comfortable in her car seat.
... The last of the Biltmore photo's ...
 Corn Fields of the Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate has always been a working, self-sufficient estate supported by diverse farming operations .  When George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914) first envisioned his estate in the late 1880's, agriculture in the mountains of North Carolina was primitive and suffered from years of misguided land management practices.  Vanderbilt was committed to brining new knowledge and farming technology to the region.  
 The mountains glow with the colors of autumn - fiery oranges and yellows, russets and burgundies.  In Biltmore House, fires were lit and tea was poured; books from the Library were shared aloud; and George Vanderbilt's friends retreated to the Billiard Room for after-dinner cigars and fine brandy.  Couples drifted outside to feel the brisk autumn air and enjoy the round full moon lighting the hills and valleys below.  Guests would finally bid one another good night and upstairs, thick down comforters were layered on the beds, and fireplaces cracked with the sound and smells of an October evening.
 We purchased this cookbook
BILTMORE Our Table to Yours ... Chef's Selection Cookbook
A sample of the Autumn Harvest Menu
Fennel & Tomato Soup
Fall Salad with Biltmore Vinaigrette
Roasted Quail with Country Bacon Jus & Lemon Grits
Braised Short Ribs with Gingered Sweet Potato Mash & Cherry Barbecue Sauce
Corn & Cheddar Biscuits
Apple Tart
Pecan Pie
 Cedric ... the Vanderbilt's dog.
 Last Bloom ... Antler Village
 Through the flowers ... Antler Village Ice Cream Shop.
Biltmore Dairy ice cream was stuff of legend.  By 1896, the Dairy had become a popular attraction of estate visitors.  Virtually every estate get-together included ice cream from the Dairy. 
 Back at home our fall flowers are blooming.
 Vacations are nice but there is no place like home.
Back into our routine and trying to find time to make something out of our new Biltmore cookbook.
Julep on the look-out for squirrels and bunnies.
I hope you enjoyed our vacation photo's of Asheville and the Bilmore Estate.
... Happy Fall ...


  1. Wonderful photos. Love the gravel road covered in leaves.
    Take pictures of the recipes you create from your new book. The shortribs with sweet potatoes and cherry sauce sound inviting :D

    Wyatt and mom

  2. Catching-up on your blog. I have enjoyed your Asheville posts. It is one of my very favorite American cities.

    I am happy y'all are home safely.

    Ricki Jill