While staying at The Yellow House, we took all day Saturday, May 30th to explore Asheville, North Carolina. Unfortunately I had a lot of writing to do, so after we finished breakfast on the porch of the inn, we drove to a coffee shop in downtown Asheville.
Waking Life Espresso was exactly what we needed to get our work done while in the mountains. This little coffee shop is located in a remodeled house and is light filled and airy. In the front there are bar seats and in a smaller room in the back there are couches and a table. The coffee was no-frills and especially delicious. To see how serious they are about their coffee, watch this video.
I worked on my articles and Dustin just hung out. (Perhaps working? I’m not sure.) At about 2:00pm, we drove the ten minutes to The Biltmore, the main attraction for the day.
When I was a little girl, I remember visiting The Biltmore. This mansion is known as the largest privately owned house in the United States. It’s interesting because Dustin had also been there with his parents when he was eighteen. We remembered bits and parts (like the indoor swimming pool) but wanted to go together. The Yellow House was about thirty minutes from Asheville, where The Biltmore is located.
The price tag was enough to shy us away, but we decided since we were close we should go. My love for interiors and art history really helped to sway the decision to drop the $120 ($60 per ticket) and spend the day there. I also used my vacation money to buy the tickets.
Words and pictures really don’t do this place justice. It took hours to tour and there was a room dedicated to arranging flowers. The Vanderbilt’s, who owned the home, were fascinating people who loved art and each other. An example of architecture from The Gilded Age, the mansion has 252 rooms.
Pictures and videos are prohibited of the inside. George Vanderbilt shared a love for technology and entertaining guests. It was really interesting to see the parallels between the couple, George and Edith, and us. He loved technology and had electricity throughout the home and Edith loved books and taking care of guests. You should see her library! It reminded me of the library in Beauty and the Beast! This couple was madly in love and took the best care of those they employed. Even the servants quarters were nice!
Dustin and I found ourselves staring on multiple occasions at the craziness of it all. The massive dining room had three fireplaces and there were separate rooms dedicated to guns, smoking, and games. I personally loved seeing the restored furniture and paintings by famous artists.
You can easily spend more than a day at The Biltmore. Along with the mansion, there is shopping, dining, a winery, hiking trails, gardens, and entertainment. There are hotels on site and even tours for taking horseback rides. We didn’t have enough time to see everything, but after going through the mansion we enjoyed the gardens for a bit. We drove over to Antler Hill Village where there were shops and a winery. While there, there was also live music in the center gazebo.
We brought our own snacks and got an appetizer at Cedric’s Tavern located at the Antler Hill Village. We had hoped to eat dinner at Cedric’s, but after seeing the menu, nothing seemed that good. The place was over-priced. Since we were hungry and still had more to see, we ordered an appetizer. It was way too salty and not very good. After wasting $20 on an appetizer and water, we asked for our bill.
The winery wasn’t anything too special. We tried a few wines but didn’t like waiting in line. (Wine tasting is free with your ticket.) After buying a book about the mansion, we left to eat somewhere outside of the park.
Overall, it was a really neat experience. A $60 ticket only included admission to the mansion and property. The audio tour was an additional amount and there were other behind-the-scenes tours we didn’t take. I felt that the $60 ticket was fine for us. We saw plenty and I purchased a book to learn even more.
Dustin and I said we loved it, but wouldn’t go back anytime soon. It was one of those places that you go once and don’t need to keep going back. I would like to see it decorated for Christmas though. The property was very romantic.
In the future, we’d go back if we had kids. It’s one of those places that’s so out of this world, but very expensive. If you plan on going, eat ahead of time or bring snacks. We left and ate at an amazing place called The White Duck Taco.
While walking about, we acted like we owned the place. We laughed and told stories about our day to day lives as millionaires. It was fun to dream.
Above, Dustin always carrying my purse while I take pictures. Haha.
You could go and spend a day just going through the gardens. It felt like I was transported into the book The Secret Garden. It was hot and we were hungry so we only walked a short ways and drove the rest. I don’t usually suggest buying more than a one day ticket, but for The Biltmore, it would be worth it.
This stop on May, 30th was one of our favorite places on our Southern Road Trip. To see an overview of all we did on this vacation, click here!
Have you been to Asheville? Have you seen the massive Christmas tree at The Biltmore?
Love & Laughter,
Now is the time to grab you debit card and buy both of the Target Beauty Boxes! They’re up live for back to college and are GREAT deals. I purchased both and an extra one for my sister-in-law who starts back at college in the Fall.
The Target Beauty Boxes are basically Target’s response to the beauty box fad. They highlight different beauty products and release boxes at different times of the year. I’m not sure if there’s a schedule but I saw a link on a forum (BeautyBoxes) I follow on Reddit. Here is what is included in each individual box:
Back To College Honor Roll Box (pictured above)
This box is my favorite of the two. It includes a lot of products I’ll use on a regular basis. It’s also the one I bought my sister-in-law. Here’s what’s included:
Bathery Delicate Pouf, $1.99, full size
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment, 1 ounce, sample size, $2.25
Olay White Strawberry Body Wash, 3 ounces, sample size, $0.99
NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait, full size, $4.99 (it might be a tad bit smaller)
Goodie Ouchless Elastics, 3 bands, $0.99
CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer, full size, $9.79
Burt’s Bees White Tea Facial Wipes, 10 wipes, $2.99
That’s a total of $23.99 worth of products for only $5! I personally would spend $5 alone on an NYX butter gloss. I think that’s what caught my eye first. I like that there’s the perfect mix of makeup items and skincare/hair items. You can never have enough bath poufs, body wash, or elastics! This is an excellent deal and comes with free shipping. You can order it here. Act quick though, these sell out quick!
Back To College: Head of the Class Box (pictured above)
Even though I won’t use a few of the items like the fashion tape and the pumice stone, I think this kit is still a steal. The mascara and Covergirl lip color are what sold me. Here’s what it includes:
Goody Ouchless Effects, 3 bands, $0.99
Bathery Pumice Stone, full size, $1.99
Hollywood Fashion Tape, sample size, $4
Covergirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss, full size, $5.99
wet n’ wild Max Volume Plus Mascara, full size, $4.99
Herbal Essences Wild Natural Illuminating Dry Oil Spray, full size, $5.99
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes, 10 count, $2.99
This box has a total of $26.94 worth of products! Even though the value is higher, I still liked the other better because I’ll use more of the products. I’m not sure what the hair oil will be like. I use a lot of other brands like Beauty Protector and Bumble and Bumble so I may end up giving it away. I do, however, like the Covergirl lipgloss. I’m curious what color will come. Again, you can purchase this box here but order quickly! They may sell out by tonight! Each comes with FREE SHIPPING.
Which box sounds the best to you? Are you going back to college? Would you like one of these in your mailbox?
Love & Laughter,