Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

The House

The House and the view

Flower Garden (small portion)

Rose Garden

Guess where this player piano was?

Guess where this ceiling was?

Guess where this fireplace was?

Monday, May 29, we drove to Asheville, NC. The holiday traffic leaving Pigeon Forge was terrible. It took 25 minutes to get down the side road over to the main road. It took another 20 minutes to get down the main road, which is 3-lanes each direction. Then most of the traffic turned west, toward Knoxville. We turned east to head for Asheville. This road was only 2-lanes and was a very windy, hilly road. There was only a few hundred feet of strait road. Carol did not like this road, but it was only about 35 miles long. We then reached I-40, which was not much straighter, but at least it was 4-lane. It was the most beautiful scenery we have seen so far, but the top speed on the interstate was 55 MPH because of the many curves. Some curves required trucks to slow to 40 MPH, which I did also. Southeast bound, which was our direction, was mostly down hill grade. Sure glad we were not going northwest which was mostly up hill all the way. Rolling, tree covered hills with a rock filled creek along side the highway was marvelous scenery. We arrived at Taps RV Park by mid afternoon. Our parking pad has our motorhome backed up to another creek and out our east window a very large hill. What scenery!!

Tuesday, we went to the Biltmore Estates. It is an 8,000 acre piece of property that contains a house, stables, flower gardens, farm, winery and recently added, four star hotel. George W. Vanderbilt, whose family made a fortune in shipping and railroads, owned the estate. The center piece is the house. It was started in 1889 and finished Christmas eve 1895. It has 250 rooms, 35 bedrooms, 65 fireplaces within 4 floors plus the basement. The whole house had electricity and running water, which was uncommon in those days. In the basement was a swimming pool, 2-lane bowling alley, kitchen and all the storage and prep rooms. There was a rotisserie room for roasting meat and game. They even had several refrigerator rooms, which were mechanical refrigerators, which was unheard of in those days. The audio player we rented, took us to and told us about 60 of the rooms on five floors, total. We were tired. They did not allow photos to be taken inside the house. We then drove through the garden area. We stopped at the farm and winery and looked around and then left the grounds to eat a very late lunch. Just outside the estate entrance, was a very stately designed McDonalds. See the "guess where" pictures above.

I saw a program on the Discover channel that talked about the most unique McDonalds in the world and the one outside the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC was one of the features. We had to check it out. Heading to Bryson City, NC next to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

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