A Biltmore Kind of Christmas
|December 11, 2011||Posted by Ashley Marie under Food, Holiday, Places to Eat, Travel|
Ashamedly, I’ve lived in Charlotte for six years and have never quite seemed to make it up to the Biltmore in Asheville. Wow, what a mistake that was. But waiting until the winter time to go to the mountains is the best thing anyone could do when planning a trip to Asheville.
No one wants to drive up loops of windy roads in bad weather, but if you time it just right, late November (and if you’re lucky, early December) will offer up the most elaborate Christmas decorations set upon a mild day of about 50 degrees with not a lick of snow. It’s called, North Carolina. The second best thing that I could have done was to empty off all of the old pictures from my DSLR and make plenty of space for new. From 60-foot-tall, tawdrily-dressed pine trees, to a 250-room French château lit by candle, to five star dining at the Inn’s most sought-after restaurant, this place is nothing short of magical.
There’s tons of toys, gingerbread homes laced with treats, a warm fireplace to nestle near.
There’s afternoon tea and sandwiches, a list of warm after-dinner cocktails, and enough complimentary wine tastings to let you sample all of the libations that the estate has to offer.
There are gift shops and wine and chocolate seminars. And I mean, really, there are seven different food outlets to choose from. This piece of land has it all wrapped up in it’s decorated gates before you even step off property.
And to top it all off, dinner was exceptional. Yukon potato gnocchi with crab, roasted sweet corn, and parmesan cheese. Blue cheese risotto with Gorgonzola, pancetta, toasted walnuts, and pickled pears. Ashley Farms duck with duck and chestnut ravioli, roasted mushrooms, and butternut squash. And the special of the night, plain ol’ (minus the plain) surf and turf, prepared by someone who clearly knew what they were doing. Need I say more? (I’ll let the pictures do the talking.)