Monday, May 16, 2011

Biltmore for a Mothern Daughter Retreat

As you read this, my daughter Katie and I are indulging ourselves in the splendor of George and Edith Vanderbilt's style . . . and lifestyle by staying at the Inn on Biltmore Estate for a little mother daughter time before her wedding in June.

We may be touring the Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC.

Or maybe we're touring the Biltmore Gardens with director of horticulture Parker Andes, who is responsible for maintaining the natural beauty of the estate and its historic authenticity - inlcuding the estate’s 75 acres of gardens and grounds and the three-mile Approach Road, extensive woodlands and pastoral landscapes -- and a crew of 50 expert horticulturalists. We'll have a lot to chat about since he was landscape supervisor at Longwood Gardens in another lifetime.

Or maybe we're getting a behind the scenes peek at the Tiffany at Biltmore exhibition with the 6' X 24" living wall, the dragonfly garden and the Winter Fountain being turned into a living Tiffany lamp. This exhibition opens July 1 and runs through the end of October.

Or maybe we're having lunch with LeeAnn Donnely, one of Biltmore's many able PR professionals. She keeps us on our toes -- and laughing while we work.

Or maybe we're grabbing some Homer's Cookie Doh! with Rebecca Reed from Southern Living and her daughter Phoebie at the Ultimate Ice Cream on Charlotte St. in Asheville.

Or maybe we're having our massages together at the The Spa at Biltmore - after which we'll have a glass of champagne on the porch.

Or maybe we're feasting at the Inn on Biltmore Estate Dining Room on culinary delights harvested from Biltmore's fields, including seasonal vegetables, fresh beef, and lamb - hmmm my favorite -- all prepared by their renowned chefs.

Or maybe . . . well you'll just have to wait and see. But I can guarantee Katie and I are having a wonderful time at Biltmore - and you should, too.

Suzi, from Biltmore for the Garden Media Group

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