A Family Vacation to Tennessee and North Carolina

Heather at Biltmore

It has been a while. And that is entirely my fault. Jacob started a new job this year and our weekend schedules are different so we don’t get to travel as much as we used. And we really missed it. I did get to go to Tennessee in May with my family for a cousin’s high school graduation. I wanted to as much as we could while we were there but I was only allowed to pick two things. My parents keep telling me that they are old and can’t do as much as me. Lies I tell you.

Biltmore Manor


On our first full day of visiting my aunt, we spent in Asheville, NC exploring Biltmore Manor. Construction on the manor began in 1889 by George Vanderbilt and opened to family and friend on Christmas Eve 1895. And it is truly magnificent. The manor contains 33 family and guest bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, three kitchens, and an indoor swimming pool.


The indoor boiling alley was my dad’s favorite room in the manor. The bowling alley was one of the first built in a private home.


The Halloween Room was my favorite room in the manor. Each section of the wall is different because guests of the Vanderbilts painted the scenes during a party one Halloween Night. You can see more of them here.


All the bathtubs in Biltmore Manor have these buttons on the back wall above the tub. As we were touring the house one of the guides gave us homework to figure out what exactly these buttons do. Well, the tubs in the manor are deep and it’s hard to get in and out of them. THe ladies of the house used the buttons to call for servants to help them get out of the tub.

My Hat

Every time I travel, I always try to come back with something different. In New Orleans, it was my masquerade mask. At the Biltmore, it was this awesome cloche hat. Hats are one my favorites accessories.

There is my visit to Biltmore Manor, and we had an amazing time there. We hope to go back one year for Christmas. It is supposed to be amazingly beautiful that time of year. and we want to see it. For my photos from my trip check out my Flickr Album.

You can find out more about the Biltmore Manor at their website.