| Breakfast: ||Breakfast is served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the dining room. Is breakfast your favorite meal? Then you're in for a treat this week. Selections vary daily, but always incorporate
Sliced fruit, Assorted cereals,
Yogurt, Granola, and pastries. Assorted fruit juices and coffee will start your day off right! Things to look forward to: Scrambled eggs
•Bacon & sausage
•Waffles or pancakes
•Grits (of course!) or Oatmeal (not the packaged kind either!)|
| Morning: ||Righton McCallum will present two topics this morning, both related to the Biltmore Estate. "The Men Who Built the Biltmore" and the "Vanderbilt Family History." Morning classes will be broken up with a 30 minute refreshment break.|
| Lunch: ||We will enjoy a quick "early" lunch and board the transportation to the Biltmore Estate|
| Afternoon: ||Arrival at the Biltmore House for a self guided walk though the House (audio tapes available), gardens and conservatory. From there, we'll travel down to the winery, farm and barn areas,
We depart from the Biltmore around 5 p.m. for our return to Montreat.
Info from the Biltmore Estate website:
The History of America's Largest Home.
Building Biltmore was, at the time, one of the largest undertakings in the history of American residential architecture and the results were astounding. Over a six-year period, an entire community of craftsmen worked to build the country's premier home. The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three-mile railway spur for transporting materials to the site.
A New World Château.
The celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt modeled the house on three châteaux built in 16th-century France. It would feature 4 acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The basement alone would house a swimming pool, gymnasium and changing rooms, bowling alley, servants' quarters, kitchens, and more.
An Environmental Wonder.
The grounds of the 125,000-acre estate were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York's Central Park and the father of American landscape architecture. He not only developed acres of gardens and parkland, but in his efforts to protect the environment and reclaim over-farmed land, Olmsted established America's first managed forest.
A True Family Home.
George Vanderbilt officially opened the home to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895. He had created a country retreat where he could pursue his passion for art, literature, and horticulture. After marrying the American Edith Stuyvesant Dresser (1873–1958) in Paris during the summer of 1898, George and his new bride came to live at the estate. Their only child, Cornelia (1900–1976), was born and grew up at Biltmore.
| Dinner: ||Assembly Inn Dining Room, Dinner, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.|
| Evening: ||Bobbie Pell joins us for "Moonstore Minstrel," a storytelling concert. Games/cards and tv available in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship.|