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North Carolina Vacation – Day 4 of 9: Biltmore Estate Revisited (Antler Hill)

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.

P5144863 4x6The Farmyard

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P5144891 4x6As we were leaving the farmyard, making our way to the barn, we saw cattle in a distant field.

P5144865 4x6See that building behind Bob?
That building is the barn.

We walked through the barn, where we saw a variety of exhibits — wood making, blacksmith and mercantile — and lots of farm equipment.

P5144901 4x6Woodworking Exhibit

P5144906 4x6Blacksmith Exhibit

P5144913 4x6Mercantile

WP_20140514_014 4x6There was farm equipment that we were encouraged to climb up on.

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We ate lunch at Cedric’s Tavern, which our friends Pete and Karen had recommended.

P5144926 4x6Cedric’s Tavern

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!

P5144928 4x6This bronze sculpture of Cornelia Vanderbilt and Cedric
sits between Cedric’s Tavern and the Creamery.

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.

P5144930 4x6These two photographs taken, as we were leaving Antler Hill Village behind.

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P5144938 4x6Antler Hill Winery

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.

P5144939This is a 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-6” automobile —
one of 10 in existence.

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!

2 Responses to “North Carolina Vacation – Day 4 of 9: Biltmore Estate Revisited (Antler Hill)”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Glad you enjoyed your time at Biltmore –and glad that your weather was good… We’ve never taken the wine tour —and have no interest in doing it.. But–we’ve been to all of the other places you were that day. WELL–we didn’t eat at Cedric’s —choosing Deerpoint instead… I do like Reuben Sandwiches and have had them all through the years…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Eileen

    Linda, beautiful shots from your tour of Biltmore.. I love the farm with the animals.. The lunch sounds delicious.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

    Reply

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