Road Trip to Jersey Part 3: Asheville, NC

This part of the trip was so worth it. It was only about 3 hours and 40 minutes away from Chattanooga, which was a good thing because by the time we made it to Asheville, I was so tired of driving for the third day in a row, I swore I would never get back in the car again.

We spent the day at the Biltmore Estate which was just lovely and exceeded all expectations. They even had Gidget-approved dog kennels while I toured the estate so I wouldn’t have to worry about returning to a baked Beagle if I left her in the car.

The Biltmore Estate, the largest home in America with over 250 rooms.

Side view of the house from the courtyard.

View of the Smoky Mountains from the courtyard. Just breathtaking.

A scenic lake on one of the estate hiking trails.

More along the trail… It’s just so beautiful and serene.

View of the Biltmore house from afar.

To top it all off, there is also the Antler Hill Winery located on the estate to celebrate the Vanderbilt’s love of fine wines. This was the perfect end to the afternoon.

Of course I had to pay a visit. I didn’t think the trip would be complete if I skipped this.

There were also complimentary wine tastings.

The many options… cheers!

After that we made our way into Downtown Asheville. Every street reminded me of Monmouth Street in Red Bank, NJ multiplied 15 times. For those of you that don’t know what that implies, it means that every store smelled like incense and there was an overpopulation of hipsters. The only difference was the Southern accent.

Downtown Asheville.

One day closer to New Jersey!


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