We spent Days 3 and 4 (May 13 and May 14) of our North Carolina vacation at Biltmore Estates in Asheville NC. After admiring Biltmore House and the Library and South Terraces, the Walled Garden and Conservatory, and the Azalea Garden and Bass Pond, we returned to our car by shuttle bus and drove through the estate grounds to the lagoon.
At the lagoon, we spread a blanket on the ground under the shade of a tree. The photograph of the lagoon shown above was our view, as we ate a picnic lunch. Our picnic fare was the same as other days: tuna salad and crackers, peaches and a couple sugar-free chocolate chip cookies. We should go on a picnic more often. Lunch was so relaxing. After lunch, I entertained myself by watching and photographing the many geese and baby geese at the lagoon.
We drove to the other side of the lagoon and were rewarded with a magnificent view of the backside of the Biltmore House.
Lagoon view of Biltmore House
While on the shuttle bus ride, the driver pointed out two barns, one housing sheep and the other housing horses. We stopped at both barns on our drive through the estate.
The sheep and lambs were in the pasture grazing.
Carriage and trail rides are available at the horse barns. We didn’t go on a ride; however, we did enjoy looking at the horses.
Carriage & Trail Ride Barns
A farrier was in the barn shoeing this horse.
This is a smart dog. It is staying out of the way of the horse’s hoofs!
We returned to our hotel around 2:30 pm, where we relaxed until it was time to leave for dinner.
Dinner was at Cracker Barrel Restaurant. We met our friends, Karen and Pete, at the restaurant. Pete and Bob used to be coworkers. Karen and Pete moved to North Carolina several years ago. Whenever we visit this part of North Carolina, we make arrangements to meet Karen and Pete for dinner. Dinner was good, as was the conversation. Karen and I are Facebook friends, and we keep in touch there. However, nothing compares to a face-to-face conversation. Much of the conversation centered around Bob’s workplace and coworkers that Bob and Pete both knew. Before leaving the restaurant, Pete gave me a painting of two Carolina Wrens. We now own three Pete Ferry original paintings!
This covered bridge scene was the first painting that Pete gave to us.
Pete mailed this painting to us.
Pete gave us this painting of the ocean last year, when he and Karen visited us at our home.
This is the newest addition to our Pete Ferry original paintings.
Pete is a talented painter. His paintings are gorgeous! Thank you, Pete, for your wonderful gifts. We will treasure them always!
We returned to the hotel around 6:30 pm. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our room. Before retiring for the night, we watched a movie on Amazon Prime (Bob packed the ROKU). The movie that we watched was called “Flight of the Phoenix”. The movie was about survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert working together to build a new plane. We enjoyed the movie. Hugh Laurie was one of the characters in the movie. It was interesting to see him cast in a different role than that which he was cast in the TV show “House”.