For our fourth wedding anniversary last week, Cam and I spent a night at the gorgeous Biltmore Estate. The house is the main attraction, but my jaw dropped at the grounds and amazing gardens. As you can tell from the bulk of my photos! The peonies and roses in full bloom in the walled garden made my heart skip a beat. John Shea didn't miss us for a second while he played and played with his Grandparents and Uncle Mikey, and we loved getting a night away just the two of us to celebrate the best four years of our lives.
Both meals we had at the estate were in-cred-ible and showed off the chefs' farm-to-table approach to food. We had a dinner date in Antler Hill Village at Cedric's Tavern -- spicy buffalo calamari (so creative!), Carolina bison burgers, and the beer made on the estate that was unbelievably delicious. Dessert, too, of course... ice cream bars from scratch with a layer of caramel. For breakfast, we ate at the buffet on the terrace of the Inn and honestly felt so thankful. It overlooked the Blue Ridge Mountains, with just the very top of the Biltmore Estate peaking out from where it's tucked into the hills. The food was insane. Local eggs and veggies made into omelets, cheese blintz with fresh fruit compote, smoked bacon, hash browns with cheddar cheese, house-made granola, a whole table of pastries and other breakfast dishes we never even got to because our bellies were so full, and our usual coffee date of lattes. The whole trip was so wonderful.
We got caught in an afternoon thunderstorm and were totally soaked in these photos. Every now and then I'm asked how we get candid shots like this one. I have a self-timer app on my phone, leaned it against a wall, ran back to my love and resumed smooching him. Voila ;) Every time I pull this little trick, Cam laughs and makes fun of me, which makes me laugh hysterically. But it's how we've gotten some of our most favorite photos while traveling. The pouring rain drove everyone away except us -- we walked around the estate with no one else in sight. I felt like Lizzy, transplanted in America. Though Mr. Darcy has nothin on my Cam!