This will be a very long post, but I promise it’s beautiful! For the past 2 months I kept thinking about my dire need of a vacation. Maybe not a real vacation, but a quick getaway that would refresh my mind and empower me with new energy. Seeing beautiful, new places stimulates my soul and my mind and usually after 2-3 months of intense work, I need to just run away somewhere. Many times my mind would just fall into some reveries about the Southern Islands or even Europe, but this time, I kind of didn’t want to deal with airports, so I looked for some exciting place not far from my home. I found Biltmore Estate, situated in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. The pictures I found on internet convinced me right away to pack my stuff and hop in the car and just drive there. Mountains, lakes, gorgeous gardens, fresh rose blooms, an imposing estate, beautiful weather…just everything I needed at the moment. As a matter of fact, Biltmore has been created as an escape from everyday life back in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt. He did a great job! If you are from Europe or if you ever desire to visit Europe, then Biltmore is the place to be. It recreates the European feel of the castles and European valleys in an exquisite way. All the time I stayed there I had the feeling I was somewhere in Italy or France. Simply amazing and extremely relaxing, and at the same time a genuine learning experience. The house itself is truly sophisticated and awfully huge. If one is not in a good physical condition, he/she would find it extremely tiresome to just walk and study the gorgeous interiors of the house. The things that impressed me the most inside the house was the huge library that has about 30,000 books (pretty impressive ), the breakfast room, which was a real dream, Mrs Vanderbilt’s golden bedroom with silk fabrics and furnishings in the Louis XV style, and the exquisite exhibition of the costumes from Downtown Abbey PBS Masterpiece Series. It looks like there are some striking similarities between the fictional Crawley family of Downtown Abbey and the real-life Vanderbilts at Biltmore. The costumes were a piece of art and I was looking at those dresses and just imagining and dreaming about how I would look in them. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures and but you can certainly take a look at those beauties here Dressing Downtown.
Soon after I finished visiting the house, I hurried to the gardens. I was so eager to see them and to stroll around that beauty. I was curious if the gardens would look as good as they did in the pictures. I had no idea I would wake up in paradise! The Italian gardens took me right away to the island of Capri, an Italian island that continues to inspire me to this day, even though I visited it in 2008. The gardens at Biltmore had those twisted trees that are so common in the Southern Italy. It was great just to sit down and admire the landscape far away from the daily worries and responsibilities.
If you love to go back in time, if you want to escape your daily activities and have a short getaway, if you love history and beauty, if admiring the mountains and green valleys energizes you, if you want to have some great food and legendary wine, then I fully suggest you and dare you to visit this amazing place and just enjoy the pure beauty.
As for my outfit, I opted for an easy, boho style dress, a hat, to add a bit of elegance and a lot of positive energy to transform this experience into a wonderful memory.