The Biltmore Estate

During our trip to North Carolina Mr. Bean and I managed a day trip to the Biltmore Estate with no children.  Back in May, before we knew we were Germany bound, we bought season passes for the Biltmore and as I had never seen it decorated for Christmas, we thought we better seize our last opportunity.

It was the best!  We just happened to go on the same morning the Santa Claus rode in on his sleigh to deliver the 30 foot tall Christmas Tree for the dining hall.  What a great sight!  We had coffee while we stood outside watching the festivities and then toured the house purely to see it in all its Christmas frills.  We were there back in May so the history was still pretty fresh in our minds.  We really just enjoyed seeing all the holly and mistletoe and tiny trees with lights and Christmas platters spread around.  What a great way to get in the spirit before leaving the country. 

We then had lunch in the Stable Cafe and enjoyed some seasonal drinks along with Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and Bar B Que fried bread.  So delicious! 

 We had a great time and the waiter was happy to take our picture.  The close-up, my handy work!

My new friend.  :)
Enjoy the pictures and will talk to you all again in a few days after we get internet set up at the new house.  We move in...TOMORROW!


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