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Asheville, North Carolina

An evening in Asheville and delicious food at Salsa’s led us to the Biltmore the next morning, the largest house in America. 20170601_140300141_iOS

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.20170601_162555686_iOS

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.20170601_142353643_iOS

While we were there, the rooms were decorated with costumes from Finding Neverland. 20170601_144145713_iOS

There are beautiful gardens and property that you can both walk and drive through.

Big Dog Vineyards

While looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon we discovered Big Dog Vineyards. It’s in the hills above Milipitas with a view of the valley and some good wine. 


Each Saturday from 12-5 they have wine tastings and live music. Wine tasting is $10 or $20 if you want to keep the glass. Daisy (the Big Dog) greets visitors and Socks (the cat) shows them to the patio. While they don’t bring tastings to your table like at some places, they do allow you to enjoy your tasting out on the deck and patio. You can then take turns with your guests as to who has to get up and get the next round. 

Overall it provides an excellent place to relax on a Saturday afternoon in the shade (or sin) with some wine and music.