Friday, April 13, 2018

Biltmore House and Gardens is Featuring "Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie"

In 1997 "Titanic the Movie" came on the scene and was a huge success. The movie was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11. I found this article from Wikapedia very interesting, as it delves more into the main characters portrayed in the movie. Some of them were fictional and others were actual people who were sailing or working on the Titanic when it collided with an iceberg in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. More than 1500 people were said either to have died when the luxury liner sank or froze to death in the cold waters that night of April 15, 1912.

George Vanderbilt, who built Biltmore House known as Biltmore House as the home for he and his wife Edith. They traveled extensively and were, in fact, transatlantic travelers. Clothing worn on such voyages would have been the very latest in fashionable attire.

The Vanderbilts had actually been booked to sail on the Titanic's maiden voyage. Anxious to get back home, they and their daughter decided to take an earlier sailing on the Olympic, another luxury liner of the Cunard line at that time. They set sail  for America on April 10, 2012.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie, the Biltmore is currently featuring the greatly anticipated costume collection from Titanic the Movie. The exhibition will continue through May 13, 2018. Check out this exhibition and other upcoming events here on Biltmore's website. Ornate furnishing within the palatial Biltmore House combine with fabulously colorful floral creations and plant displays  to add special touches that carry the collection into the realm of spectacular.
Costumes Worn by Captain and Women Passengers Dressed in Fashionable Dresses in Dinner Scene in "Titanic the Movie" Costume Collection
Biltmore House Exhibition of Costumes of "Titanic the Movie"

Costumes Worn by the Little Girl and Women in Tearoom Scene of  "Titanic the Movie" at Biltmore House
Following are several photos of some of the costumes worn by Kate Winslet who played the part of Rose DeWitt Bukater in "Titanic the Movie" from the stunning collection on exhibit at Biltmore House. Note how each of these gorgeous ensembles has been stratigically placed in specific locations and rooms in the house. Each room has obviously been chosen for its particular rich color scheme, ornate furnishings a'nd floral arrangements provides the perfect accents and staging for each select costume.

I think this picture of Rose's suit dress is fabulously smart looking and chic!

Suit Dress Worn by Kate Winslet in "Titanic the Movie"

The dress and coat in the picture below was worn by Kate Winslet as Rose Dewitt Bukater. This dress, according to the poster in the room where it is displayed, was constructed of especially durable fabrics and materials so that it would hold up in the underwater scenes being shot before and as the wrecked Titanic was in the process of sinking. 
Dress Worn by Kate Winslet While Underwater Scenes from the Sinking Titanic were Being Shot from the Collection "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie" at Biltmore House 

Below are more costumes from "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie." These were worn by various actors who portrayed passengers. on board the Titanic. 
Costumes from "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie" on Exhibition at Biltmore House
Costume from "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie" at Biltmore House

Costumes Worn in "Titanic the Movie"from the Exhitition "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie" at Biltmore House
Costumes Worn in "Titanic the Movie"from the Exhitition "Glamour on Board: Titanic the Movie" at Biltmore House

 In this last photograph, the Billiard Room of Biltmore House makes a perfect backdrop for these costumes worn by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio during some scenes from "Titanic the Movie."
Costumes Worn by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio in Scenes from "Titanic the Movie" Exhibition at Biltmore House
The pictures I have posted here are only a few of these gorgeous costumes. This collection of the actual costumes worn by the cast of  Titanic the Movie consists of some 45 costumes! Lovers of the movie and/or the fashion history of the early twentieth century will surely enjoy this collection. 

You can read the Biltmore Blog to see more about how meticulously each aspect of the event was planned, even down to fitting and dressing up of the mannequins on which each costume is featured; even the paper-style wigs they wear.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy taking a look at some other fabulous collections that have been on exhibit at Biltmore House. Dressing Downton and Fashionable Romance Wedding Gowns in Films.

Biltmore House and Gardens is a great place to visit. Because of its romantic settings, it is the perfect location for showcasing this kind of period exhibit.

I truly hope you enjoyed this post and that you will visit my blog again. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Create A 3-Demensional Paper Star Ornament Or Tree Topper

Simple D.I.Y.  Paper Star Tree Topper
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed holiday season. It's beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas down here in South Carolina. The weather is chilly and things look so festive everywhere we go. It is hard not to get in to the spirit of things.

Ever since the tree in the living room went up this year, it has looked really nice except it was really bare at the top.

We are very old fashioned around our house when it comes to what goes on our tree. In other words, we are not into cookie cutter or one color scheme or one-themed decorations. We load every single branch and sprig with ornaments, some of which are close to a half century old. Yes, we have been married going on fifty years now and we have some ornaments from the first Christmas we shared as newly-weds! It's a collection of memories of places, events and experiences with family and friends. Those are things that are important to us.

The quest to find something lightweight and traditional is something I struggle with every year. We really wanted a star and we have actually purchased several over the years. The problem with the ones we have purchased in the past is that they are a bit heavy and tend to topple unless we(I) rig up something like a wooden skewer and pipe cleaners to use as a back brace. You can imagine how that turns out!

In the quest for a solution, I began to look for a better solution. I wanted something that would simply rest on the branches at the top of the tree. It wasn't long before I found a little tutorial with pictures and templates for making several different sizes of a 3-D, five pointed paper star. If you are interested in creating one of these stars, you can click here to find both the easy to understand instructions, pictures and links to the templates for putting one of these together. If you are new at making 3-D paper stars, as I was, I recommend this easy to read and follow tutorial I discovered on Instructables and written by Fungus Amungus.
Our Christmas Tree With New 3-D Paper Star Topper
I chose the mid-sized template for my star, since our tree is not huge but is fairly substantial.  couldn't find my card stock supply right away so I simply used Crafters Pick non-toxic super glue I found at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago to glue another blank sheet to the back of each of the copies of the printed template. When the pages were dry, I cut out the templates and found they made a pretty sturdy base for assembling each point of the five stars.
A Handmade 3-D Paper Star Tree Topper
I used the same Crafters Pick Non-toxic super glue to glue each point together and then to glue the points to each other. I allowed all that to dry overnight and the next morning I spray painted a base white of Krylon Semi-Gloss White. After the white paint dried, I then sprayed several coats of Krylon Shiny Silver Metallic paint to finish the look. I then found some little antique rhinestone buttons in my very large button collection. I made a small hole in the middle of the front and back of the star at the intersection of the points. I used the same glue to place one of the little buttons on the front and back of the star.

Paints Used To Paint My 3-D Star Tree Topper

I was very pleased with the way the star looked after I was finished making it, especially since it was my first time making a 3-D paper star. The two paints I used give it the appearance of being made of tin and I love that. The best part it is not as heavy as tin would be and it sits nicely on the branches at the top of our tree.
Our Christmas Tree With Its New Paper Star Topper
I hope you enjoyed by little post about our new tin-look 3-D Paper Star Tree Topper. It was a lot of fun and easy to assemble. A great solution to an on-going dilemma!

Thanks so much for paying me a visit at Mimi Mine blog spot! I really do appreciate your taking the time to drop by and I hope you will come back soon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Christmas to All of My Friends

As some of you may know, one of my feet has been giving me a lot of discomfort since the beginning of this year. Traditional x-rays did not reveal any fractures and so my case was treated as a bad sprain. The chronic pain increased over the months until late in October I suffered a fall in my back yard. Unfortunately, attempting to walk on the foot resulted in a loud popping sound and searing pain.

After a visit to a prompt care facility in town and undergoing more x-rays, it was now obvious that the navicular bone located at the top of my foot had snapped. I was in denial, even after they directed me to an orthopedic specialist/surgeon.. Three days later, the specialist advised me that the area the fracture was located in was virtually impossible to occur in the manner in which the fall had occurred and was a stress fracture. This explained the many months of previous months and months of discomfort and pain in that foot. The only treatment was to be surgery and months of down time and recovery. 

This news was especially difficult for me to accept, seeing as it was coming at the most busy holiday season of the year. It has been a real downer for even me--the eternal optimist! After more than seven weeks in the fiberglass cast, the new air boot/splint allow me to put the injured foot down and take some steps on my own with both feet. Praise the Lord!

My daughter and her family are currently residing with us while they are in the process of building a new home. The dear girl was determined we were going to put up a tree and decorations and she took that task upon herself. My son-in-law helped my husband to get the things down from the attic and out of closets and she decorated the tree, etc. and it has been a real blessing to see it all lit up and festive. This has done a great deal to lift my spirits too! I love and appreciate you, my sweet Stephanie!

Meanwhile, I am still enjoying playing around with all the new graphics and illustrations I have been downloading and told you about in my previous post . I used one of the beautiful watercolor floral illustrations and one of the new fonts to design a new blog header. It's been a lot of fun playing around with some of the animal character creator sets, for example is this whimsical llama character:
Merry Christmas to All Lama Friends!
I'm hoping to stay healthy and well and be getting back into the swing of things. I hope to be getting in more posts in the future.

Meanwhile, I extend the warmest of greetings to all who visit my blog and other social media. May you enjoy peace and love and the very best the season has to offer and in whatever way is the custom and tradition to you and yours. Please know that I truly appreciate each and every visit I receive from those who drop by and for the time you spend here, I most sincerely thank you.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Every Day Blessings

Don't you just love this owl graphic illustration I recently purchased from The Hungry Jpeg at I think this illustration is truly gorgeous! The bundle I received this and many, many more graphic illustrations and dozens of new fonts to add to my collection. Would you believe that nearly every single item included in this bundle and almost everything purchased from The Hungry Jpeg comes with a commercial license. Whatever you get is yours to use and at reasonable pricing. For those who use such items in your "for sale" creations, this can be a really big deal!
Image From The Stellar Autumn Bundle at The Hungry Jpeg
Some of you might already have discovered this but, for my fellow creative crafting friends who have yet to discover them, here is a link to their Facebook page. They post on Facebook when deals like The Stellar Autumn bundle(available for three days more) and other great bundles as they are offered. You might want to check them out.

This site also offers countless frames, headers and many other things that might be uses in your crafting projects. The image below was one of hundreds included in the Stellar Fall Collection. This and numerous others are included in this bundle. It contains much more than just Fall/Autumn selections! It blew my mind when I downloaded the fabulous items in this digital download package! Going through them has kept me busy for hours. Many hours of pleasure!
Image From The Hungry Jpeg Stellar Autumn Bundle
I hope you are enjoying all the great weather and beautiful Fall colors, festivals and activities that happen this time of year. I truly do miss getting out and about to enjoy this, one of my favorite times of the year. One thing that has helped me to get through some lonely, long days recently is I have been so busy checking all these items out. Hours, people, hours to see everything. Read on if you are not aware of why I welcome some fun diversions right now.

Indeed, I certainly would love to be out enjoying everything more often than I am. Still, I can rejoice because there are so very many special reasons to celebrate every day as I heal from the surgery for a broken foot. The blessings are more numerous than I could ever count.

For instance, I am happy to say that today, Thursday, marks exactly 2 weeks in the current sky blue leg and foot cast I now adorn. That might not seem like a blessing but that is a real blessing to me! In fifteen more days, just a little over two weeks, I am scheduled to go back to the doctor. A total of 31 days wearing this blue beauty)! Yes, I admit that I am counting each day. The days sometimes tend to run together and I seem to lose track of what day of the week it is. I freely admit, some days seem to drag by ever so slowly. Yes people, the struggle is real, for sure!

Yes, I am grateful that in just a couple of more weeks to go and there will be a really big milestone and accomplishment for me! I am not sure what the new leg gear will be like but it will be my friend for quite some time. I am supposed to wear the next one for yet another month. Hopefully, after that month I will be able to walk again on both feet! Slowly but surely, I am moving forward with the progress.

The gift of every day is a blessing and an accomplishment and the weeks and months are all milestones for me along the way.

I am thankful for each day and each blessing that comes with it!

If you read my blog post today, I thank you for spending some time here with me. Please come back when you can. I appreciate each and every visit from you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Patience During Trying Times: I Am A Work In Progress

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4. And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5. And hope maketh not ashamed: because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:1-5 
Sixteen days after surgery I was back at the surgeon's office today. Temporary splint on my foot in the picture below was taken off and surgical sutures were removed. I was told that the wound had healed and looked good.

This new Sky Blue fiberglass cast was put on. It's much more cheerful looking and seems somewhat lighter than the other and those are good things. There will be no walking with this cast either. It will be coming off in four weeks and yet another will go on for another four weeks and still no walking. The thought of the long weeks ahead can be disheartening. I am so very impatient.

I am not patient with myself and so I asked God early in this process to grant me patience to get through this time. Still, I have been impatient and downright irritable at times. 

Having this unexpected event has given me time to ponder and to appreciate the blessings of mobility and independence I have so often carelessly taken for granted. There are those of all ages and for many different reasons who have not and may never have these abilities. My temporary condition will not last.This is a very humbling thing for me to consider. Thanks to God for giving me this unexpected time.

He answers our prayers in His own way and on His timeline--not our own. He is the Great Teacher and I am still a work in progress. He is teaching me how to be patient, even though I am exasperatingly slow sometimes to catch on. I'm not there yet, but I am still learning. Yes, there is truly glory in this tribulation and it is working patience and that patience is giving me experience and experience is giving me hope. 
Thank you God for bringing forth patience out of my tribulation, that I might gain experience and, with that experience, know that only from you comes hope and faith. Amen.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall for Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. It always has been. It reminds me of  a gorgeous and outrageously flamboyant and free-spirited lady who walks into an affair where the mood in the room has become sort of stuffy and stale. Everyone has become bored and is wishing for a break in the monotonous tone of things. Sort of like the devil-may-care Miss Phryne Fisher. Everyone stops and takes note when she makes an appearance. You just never know what she has up her sleeve or in her garter, but you can bet it will be something outrageous. Everything she wears is anything but boring. She truly knows how to shake things up and she does precisely that. That's how Fall is. It really does spice things up!

Another reason I love Fall is that though my husband and I met in late Summer (on a blind date arranged by my roommate), our true courtship began in early Fall. We fell in love during the Fall of that year. Yes, we fell hopelessly and head-over-hills in love while Fall was putting on her show. I think it may have started when he took me to the county fair on a wonderfully crisp and cool evening. He showed off by playing every game and he must have spent his whole week's pay. He won so many prizes for me that we could hardly carry them out of there. They were really wonderful things that we don't see at most fairs and carnivals these days. I'll never forget the big black and white Panda that I am sorry to say I do not have today. It was such a perfectly sweet and wonderful date!

The first day of Fall, which was the day before yesterday, I fell again!

This time I really fell hard, really hard! Literally. That day that won't be soon forgotten. There was a mishap in my backyard in which I fell and it left me with a broken foot. What a way to start the season!

Still, I enjoyed the first day of the season right up until I fell. Early in the day, I had been out back taking pictures of  these Sunflowers, which I had about given up on once or twice after I planted them. These were welcome late bloomers, for sure, and have brightened up our yard.
Bee on Sunflower in My Garden
Sunflowers in Our Backyard

Sunflowers in Our Back Yard
We had experienced some lower than average temps for a week or so and it appeared they had stopped growing. Then the weather heated up again and they started growing quickly. Then the very windy conditions our area experienced from Hurricane Irma came through and blew many of them over and broke some of them off. Again, I feared they would not survive. I was wrong. Survive they did and made developed some wonderful flowers. I had never had much success with Sunflowers in the past and so I am truly thrilled with the ones that made it through to maturity. There are some that are a Giant variety and some that are not quite as tall or large flowering, but they are all beautiful to my husband and me! The blooms are all very large but this is one of the smaller variety. You can see the difference in the shape of the petals. Isn't this one lovely though?
More Sunflowers in Our Flower Bed

The color yellow is one of my favorite colors and sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers. On our last visit to Biltmore's Antler Hill Village, we were inspired by the wave upon wave of giant sunflowers planted in the fields. They were wonderfully romantic. I wrote about those flowers in this blog post  Here is a photo of my sweetheart and me taken at one of those fields:
Photo at Sunflower Fields at Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village
I took some photos of our Sunflowers later in the evening too(before my fateful fall). Those in the photo below are some that were blown over and are leaning forward. They are still gorgeous though.
Our Garden of Sunflowers

The flowers in this picture are a smaller variety as well and the petals are yet a different shape:
A Smaller Variety of Sunflower in Our Garden

I think they are all simply marvelous and showy. Enjoy some more pictures! Notice the yellow moth on the yellow flowers. Smart to camouflage itself on this bright yellow flower!
Yellow Moth on Yellow Sunflower
Sun Beginning to Set Behind this Sunflower
Isn't God good to give us such wonderful things to enjoy?
Sunflowers 2017
It will be sad when they fade away but I am hoping to get a crop or two from the seeds I hope they will leave me with. We'll find out next year, won't we? 

I hope you enjoyed my little peek into my sunflower beds and I thank you for stopping by to see what is going on here at Mimi's house as I am trying to be patient and stay off my broken foot! I am finding that more difficult than it sounds!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Vanderbilt Travels Railway Train Display at Biltmore

In my previous post I mentioned the model/miniature train display  at Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. This exhibit will continue through September 4, 2017. It is located at The Antler Hill Village area on Biltmore properties. We were so glad to have the opportunity to see it when we visited in mid July. It seems there is always something fun and exciting to do at Biltmore.

It is always a treat for us when we can tour little model villages, especially when they have model trains scooting along railways running through them.Vanderbilt Travels Railway was definitely one of the highlights there during our stay. It is a delightful outdoor model train display in which the structures, buildings and scenery which appear along the railway are composed of natural elements, such as leaves, twigs and other materials acquired from nature. It's amazing what has been achieved through the use of mostly natural materials.

You can read a bit more of the history relating to each of the architectural elements on display at this site on Biltmore's official blog and I referred to the post for the bits of Vanderbilt family history which the exhibit is centered around. A biography,  The First Tycoon-the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt written by T.J. Stiles is full of information  about CorneliusVanderbilt's fortune building and other facts. I am also in the process of reading this book. I saw the book for purchase at "Bookbinders", a book store located among the shops at Biltmore House. Fortunately, I had already scored a real deal several months back on a very nice paperback copy of it at our local S.P.C.A. thrift shop. It is a large book and a good source of Vanderbilt reference,

Much of the Vanderbilt fortune was built around the building of and use of enterprises related to waterways(both national and internationally), beginning with George Vanderbilt's grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt. The photograph at the top of the referenced blog post is a model of New York's Grand Central Terminal. A bronze statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt is located at the Grand Central Terminal and can be seen by as many as 82 million commuters each year at the terminal.

This wonderful model train display at the Biltmore was created by Applied Imagination Ltd. The folks there did a really fabulous job. The detail in each tiny element depicting some of the places and things that are a part of Vanderbilt family travels and Biltmore history have been artfully and imaginatively recreated. Readers of this post might wish to visit Applied Imagination's Facebook page and see the little Vanderbilt Travels Railway and some other projects which the artists there have been working on by visiting this link.

Please take a ride with me as we tour Vanderbilt Travels Railway!

Upon entering the tiny village, we followed the scenic pathway to the right and one of the first models we saw was an intricate reproduction of Biltmore Passenger Station. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, replaced an original train depot which was the first train depot in Asheville area.
Model of  Passenger Station in Biltmore Village
Another view of the Biltmore passenger Station is pictured below as the train races by. Isn't the little water tower and the scenery wonderful?
Another Picture of  the Train Depot on Vanderbilt Travels Railway at the Biltmore

Little Train Depot on Vanderbilt Travels Railway at Biltmore Estate & Gardens
This is a model of a seasonal home built by George Vanderbilt's brother Frederick Vanderbilt and Louise Vanderbilt. The Beaux-Arts style home was built in Hyde Park, New York.
Model of  the Hyde Park, N.Y. Mansion-A Seasonal Home of  Frederick & Louise Vanderbilt
According to the Biltmore House & Gardens blog, "The Vanderbilt family line originated in Holland in the village of De Bilt, not far from Amsterdam." It is fitting, therefore, that a tiny windmill, as well as classic Canal Houses. Again, the attention to detail in these precious little structures is amazing
Vanderbilt Travels Railway Runs Past Classic Canal Houses Near  Tiny Windmill

Miniature Windmill Located Along Vanderbilt Travels Railway at Biltmore Estate & Gardens
Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, founder of the Vanderbilt family fortune ventured in to various types of enterprise. He went into the shipping and railway industries and established the reputation and influence in America for future generations to follow.

The USS Vanderbilt was originally provided transatlantic transport of mail and passengers but was eventually donated to the Union after the Civil War started. A model of the USS Vanderbilt is in the miniature waterway flowing through the exhibit.
Model of USS Vanderbilt in Vanderbilt Travels Railway

George Vanderbilt and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser were married in a civil ceremony in Paris, France (Edith's adopted city). The apartment Edith shared with her sisters in Rue Vernet was a short distance from the Arc de Triumphe. The wedding party had breakfast at the apartment after the ceremony.

Vanderbilt Travels Railway Arc de Triumphe Model
George Vanderbilt rented an apartment in London, England in June, 1897 so that he and his guests could watch the procession celebrating Queen Victoria's 60th year of reign. The huge procession stretched all the way around the River Thames could be viewed from the balcony of his apartment by George and his guests. The replica of the Tower Bridge is representative of that occasion and his love for the capital city. He future wife Edith was said to be among the guests present.
London's Tower Bridge Replica 
Another view of the Tower Bridge Model:
Picture of the Model Tower Bridge in London
  A replica of the Eiffel Tower symbolizing George and Edith's times spent in Paris, France:
Model of Eiffel Tower at Biltmore Village
No scenic railway trip would be complete if there wasn't at least one waterfall. Isn't this one beautiful?
Tiny Waterfall on the Train Route in Vanderbilt Travels Railway

A train's got to pass through a tunnel every now and then. Can't you just imagine it?! It looks so realistic.

Model Train at Vanderbilt Travels Railway
Gotta wonder what other wonderfully fanciful places we could go on this little train. Our imagination is the only limit!
Vamderbilt Travels Railway
It's hard for us to pass up an opportunity to visit one of these dreamy little train displays. If you would care to visit some of the other little railways and villages we have visited you can check out a couple  in this post and also here.

Thanks for taking a few moments out of your day to spend some time with me. I hope you enjoyed our little visit! It was delightful to have you visit!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Biltmore Antler Hill Village and the Village Hotel

My husband and I took a road trip for a couple of relaxing nights in Asheville, North Carolina. Since we had planned another visit to Biltmore House and Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and shops at Biltmore Antler Hill Village, we decided to book a room at the Village Hotel at Biltmore's Antler Hill Village. Staying on Biltmore's grounds is something we had wanted to do for the past couple of years.

The thing that stood out as we approached the hotel was the field of gigantic sunflowers which were standing, row upon row, alongside the road in front of the resort entrance. Absolutely beautiful!
Sunflowers at Biltmore Village Hotel
Sunflower Fields at Biltmore's Village Hotel
Sunflower Fields at Biltmore's Village Hotel
We found our room at the hotel was very comfy and lovely with a quite neutral combination of colors, including black, dark gray, light gray, white and off-white, with a splash of red thrown into the mix. The style was somewhat modern and sleek with a bit of farmhouse appeal in the accent pillows and bathroom fixtures. A barn style sliding wooden door provides privacy between the beautifully tiled walk-in shower/toilet area and the vanity/dressing area.
I took only a few pictures in our room. There was a nice spacious sitting area with a large window seat with cushioned seating and throw pillows, as well as a built in desk. Below are a couple of photos. The first is of the bed and sleep area. The other is the coffee/beverage/bar area.
Our Guest Room at Biltmore's Antler Hill Village Hotel
Guest Room Coffee/Bar/Beverage Bar-Biltmore's Antler Hill Village Hotel
Our room was located on the second floor which is where the Village Social Restaurant and Bar is located. Link here to take a look at this great restaurant.  It was very convenient for us to just take a short stroll up the hallway to experience a really good meal, which we did a couple of times. We visited once for a late lunch on the afternoon we arrived at the hotel and the other for a delicious breakfast. I really enjoyed the Artisan Lettuce Salad I ordered for lunch and the Crab and Pesto Egg Scramble I had for breakfast the morning we departed.

The Village Hotel stands right next to Antler Hill Village Shops and Winery. Upon arriving, we took a leisurely stroll over to the the shops. We enjoyed a double dip of ice cream (I had Raspberry Sherbet) at The Village Ice Cream Shop. Some great pastries can be purchased in the ice cream shop too.

There was a wonderful outdoor display set up at the village. My husband and I adore miniature train sets and consider watching them and seeing how the props are set up a real treat. The weather was so pleasant that we stayed quite a while out there taking pictures and talking to the nice gentleman who was overseeing things there. I plan to do another post about that fascinating display

We also visited a barn built on the site that is still standing and has been maintained in fine condition. It is housing some wonderful antique farm equipment used during the days the farm operations and dairy operations were running at full speed. So much there for those who enjoy studying the agricultural machinery and techniques used before we had modern day conveniences.

Our second day was the first full day of our visit. We grabbed a quick breakfast sandwich at the little sandwich shop on the ground floor of our hotel. We toured the house this day, which is always a treat and we ate a late afternoon lunch at one of our favorite restaurants at Biltmore House & Gardens. We dined at the Stable to Cafe' which is located within what was once the original stables that serviced the Biltmore House. Our favorite meal in the cafe' is the Stable Cafe' Sampler for two. The vegetable sides on the platter vary seasonally, but the main sampler of meats always includes smoked baby back ribs, smoked pulled barbecue pork and rotisserie chicken. The current menu can be seen on the site I referenced in this article. It is a fabulous meal!

After taking the shuttle back over to our hotel that afternoon, we went back to the wine shops and purchased some gifts before heading home the following morning.

We truly enjoyed our relaxing little stay on the Biltmore properties.

This is the first time I have posted anything on my blog space in over a year and it feels pretty good to put a little post out. I sincerely appreciate the time you take to drop by and spend a few moments with me and my thoughts. Thank you very much for visiting!