Do you remember where I mentioned that this was an East Coast College Tour? Well it finished in the Triangle. While we didn’t make it to all schools we did make it to UNC and Duke.
The University of North Carolina has a men’s basketball museum. It was fascinating to walk through and to see the Letter of Intent of Michael Jordan. It was even more interesting to see a section on academics… Google UNC men’s basketball academics if you don’t know what I’m talking about…
A stop and walk around Duke led us to the beautiful chapel and of course Krzyzewskiville, named for the famous Duke coach. I’ve been here a couple of times and always love seeing some of the most beautiful bathrooms in college athletics. They are renovating the upper part of their football stadium to give permanent concessions. It looks like it will be quite wonderful when it is done. Nearby are the Duke Gardens where are FREE and worth visiting if you have the time. I didn’t go this time but have in the past.
Near the UNC campus is a house that’s a stone castle!
An evening in Asheville and delicious food at Salsa’s led us to the Biltmore the next morning, the largest house in America.
The family still owes it but does not live in the main house. It is an enormous property that now includes two hotels and a winery. The winery has a great setup and can accommodate a large number of people. Our pourer mentioned that it is the largest winery in the country which isn’t surprising when you figure that every ticket comes with a free tasting.
The house is enormous and was designed to be fireproof, therefore made out of stone and cement without wood elements. It has a beautiful garden conservatory and V for Vanderbilt throughout the house. They only had the child, a girl I believe, she was the one who opened it up to the public after her parents died.
I found it fascinating that there was not an outdoor pool and only an indoor one. There were a large number of changing rooms to accommodate changers. They didn’t have bikinis in those days.
The balconies of the house looked out forever. There is now a highway that runs elevated through part of the property. Stone was used to decorate the base as part of the agreement to let it go through in the first place.
While we were there, the rooms were decorated with costumes from Finding Neverland.
There are beautiful gardens and property that you can both walk and drive through.