Put Some South in Your Mouth (Vacation Day 4: May 17)

Wednesday was history day.  We decided that we would go to the Biltmore after going out to breakfast at Biscuit Head.  As we were getting ready, Rocky came to visit us again.  He was not happy with us when we were leaving, barking as we left.  We headed to Biscuit Head, a place we had seen on the Travel Channel. 

 Rocky came for another visit

Rocky came for another visit

Biscuit Head was a tiny, hole in the wall type place with eclectic decor and an interesting menu.  In addition to the regular menu items, there were gravies, sides, bacons, and beverages of the day.  So there were lots of options that morning.  We tried most of the gravies in our group, along with the giant biscuits.  Mike enjoyed the gravy flight, where he could choose 3 different types of gravy.  The red eye gravy was really interesting, as it was thin and comprised of coffee from the previous day along with other seasonings.  Most of the gravies had a bit of a kick to them, which was a little surprising to some members of our party.   

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 Biscuit with a Gravy Flight

Biscuit with a Gravy Flight

 Cajun Biscuit Sandwich

Cajun Biscuit Sandwich

From Biscuit Head, we went to the Biltmore Estate.  The Estate or Village is one of the major employers in Asheville and it was interesting to see the combination of historical and modern features.  Per the suggestion of my friend, Becca, we decided to do the tour with the audio devices.  The audio tour really described each room in detail and almost painted a picture of what it was like to live on the Estate.  The house and gardens were beautiful and it was cool to learn more about the history of the building and the Vanderbilt family.  We got a bit warm in the gardens, so we decided to go to the winery to cool off a bit.  We were able to sample several different wines and even brought a few home. 

 Biltmore

Biltmore

 History Day! 

History Day! 

 Tapestry in the Biltmore

Tapestry in the Biltmore

 Chandelier

Chandelier

 Kitchen

Kitchen

 We finished the tour! 

We finished the tour! 

 Part of the Gardens

Part of the Gardens

 From the winery

From the winery

Many of our friends who had been to Asheville in the past recommended that we go to Tupelo Honey for a meal.  We had a little bit of a drive as there was traffic, but we got there and got seated.  Our waiter was fabulous, giving us recommendations and pointing out some of his favorite menu items.  We started off with fried pickles and nachos along with our drinks while we made our dinner selections.  Mike and I had a really yummy peanut butter and jelly beer from Catawba that tasted just like peanut butter and jeally.  Our food was okay, but we did have a long day and may not have been super hungry to fully enjoy it. 

 Nachos at Tupelo Honey

Nachos at Tupelo Honey

 More Biscuits! 

More Biscuits! 

 Chicken Sandwich and Tater Smashers

Chicken Sandwich and Tater Smashers

 Fried Chicken BLT with Brussel Sprouts and Hominy

Fried Chicken BLT with Brussel Sprouts and Hominy

By Wednesday evening, we were all starting to get a little tired, so we made it an early night.  We had several more things on our list to do/see and were rapidly running out of time and energy to conquer them all.