We returned to Biltmore Estate on Day 4 (May 14) of our North Carolina vacation, using the next-day passes that we purchased the day before. After taking in the view of Biltmore House from the statue of Diana and exploring the Italian Garden, we drove to Antler Hill Village and Winery. There is a Farmyard, a Barn, a museum, and a few shops and restaurants located at Antler Hill Village. Our first stop was at the Farmyard, where we saw chickens, goats and cattle.
We walked through the barn, where we saw a variety of exhibits — wood making, blacksmith and mercantile — and lots of farm equipment.
We ate lunch at Cedric’s Tavern, which our friends Pete and Karen had recommended.
Bob ordered a Reuben Sandwich, described on the menu as “corned beef piled high on rye bread with melted Swiss, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Tavern chips”. I ordered Cedric’s Tavern Tuna Melt, described on the menu as “tuna salad served open faced on an English muffin,melted provolone, tomatoes, and “comeback” sauce, with whole grain vegetable salad”. Pete and Karen said that the food was excellent at Cedric’s Tavern. We agree 100% with Karen and Pete!
After lunch, we walked through The Biltmore Legacy museum, where we learned about the lives of the Vanderbilts here and abroad. The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition was interesting and very informative. No photography was permitted inside the museum. For a glimpse of the stories and collections provided in the exhibit, please refer to the link highlighted above.
We walked to the Winery when we completed our tour of The Biltmore Legacy museum exhibit.
When we visited Biltmore Estate in May 2008, we took a tour of the winery. We were not interested in another tour of the winery, nor were we interested in participating in any wine tasting. What brought us to the winery was to see a rare automobile that is housed at the winery.
We departed Biltmore Estate at 1:30 pm. You may have noticed that we enjoyed gorgeous weather in Asheville, particularly while visiting Biltmore Estate. The weather was about to change, dramatically. As a result of the imminent change in weather, we cut our stay in Asheville from 3 nights to 2 nights and arrived in Maggie Valley a day early. More on that subject in my next blog post!