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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Anniversary Weekend Getaway

Hello friends.  Doug and I are away this weekend celebrating our thirty-third wedding anniversary.  We are visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  We have been to Biltmore twice previously with our family, but this is our first solo trip and our first trip during the Christmas Season. 

I ordered tickets to the Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate late last summer.  The Estate can be visited during the day throughout the Christmas season, or for a special treat, you may purchase Candlelight Evening tickets. 

I am looking forward to seeing all of the rooms decorated for the Christmas.  I confess that I am itching to decorate my own home, though somewhat LESS dramatically than the Biltmore decorators!  I have been receiving daily updates on decorating and seasonal events at the Estate... building the anticipation.

Did I mention that prior to our eight o'clock evening tour time we have dinner reservations on the estate?  I will have to keep you posted on what all of the details.

The Candlelight Evenings are supposed to include seasonal entertainment throughout the house:  dancers, choirs, and musicians, all to the glow of candlelight.

Did I mention that you can also take sleigh and carriage rides?  You can participate in many outdoor activities during the daytime hours.  Biking, hiking, and horseback riding to name a few.

 Info about Candlelight Christmas Evenings:

November 7, 2014–January 3, 2015

Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. This year, book a Candlelight Christmas Evening at Biltmore to make holiday memories with your family that will last a lifetime.
Your evening admission includes:
  • Reserved evening visit to Biltmore House
  • Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day as your evening visit or the next day
  • Free parking

For more information, including ticket prices and other details, click THIS LINK.  Remember you may also make your dining reservations and hotel reservations on the Biltmore website.


  1. Wow, these pictures are so beautiful Susan!! Happy Anniversary to you and Doug. I pray that Dwayne makes it to our 33 rd anniversary. I'm glad that you and Doug got away just for yourselves, you so deserve this beautiful getaway!! Hugs, Brenda

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Happy Anniversary!

  3. Happy Anniversary. Sounds like an amazing time. My parents live really close to the Biltmore. We haven't visited it yet, tho. You certainly sold me on it, looks like a fairy tale.