24 Hours at the Biltmore Estate

24 Hours at the Biltmore Estate

Last month, I had the pleasure of exploring the magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve wanted to visit America’s largest residency for years, and finally had the opportunity to stay during our family road trip to the Outerbanks.

Built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt and his colleagues, the estate is teeming with fascinating history — for the full history of the Biltmore, click here. With everything from beautiful architecture, incredible food and wine and a lovely staff, it’s easy to see why thousands flock to the estate year after year.

Our visit lasted little more than 24 hours, but you could easily spend a week at the estate and never be bored. We stayed at the Village Hotel located in Antler Village on the 125,000 acre estate. Upon our arrival, we freshened up in our hotel rooms and headed out to explore. The first stop for my mom and I? The winery for some wine tasting!


We shipped home four bottles of exclusive Biltmore wine. I opted for the Library White – a sweet, Reisling-esque flavor – that includes an image from one of George’s favorite novels Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; this also happens to be one of my favorite books of all-time so I just had to have it! My mother chose the classic rosé, not only because of the taste, but because of the gorgeous illustration of the main house featured on the bottle.

We spent the second day exploring the main house and it’s gardens. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our adventures:

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George Vanderbilt was a well-read individual with a passion for literary works of all kinds. As you can see in some of the images, at this time, they are currently featuring costumes from some of his favorite novels that were turned into movies. I, being a lover of literature myself, was so inspired that I just HAD to pick up some of Mr. Vanderbilt’s favorites from the gift shop.

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This was, easily, one of my favorite places we visited during this trip. I will most definitely be making a return trip in the future — I already told my boyfriend I will be dragging him here for a long weekend!

I highly, highly recommend taking a trip here and eating at the Bistro restaurant in Antler Village next time you are looking for a getaway!

-K.

A Day in Detroit

A Day in Detroit

This past Sunday, my friend and I ventured down to Detroit for the day. Although it’s only 45 minutes south of where we live, there’s so much to do and see no matter how many times you visit, especially with this new “renaissance” taking place. Our original plan was to go to our sorority sister’s jewelry party at her apartment in the heart of Downtown, then go to a new restaurant and a museum we’ve never been to. While we stuck to the plan for the most part, we didn’t realize what adventure the day had in store.

10a.m. – In typical Kourtney-Bri fashion, we grabbed some Starbucks and hit the road! I opted for my usual skinny caramel macchiato and some apple crisps for the ride.

My favorite brand of apple crisps by far

11 a.m. – Finally found a spot to park and head into our sister’s Stella + Dot jewelry party, where I spent entirely way too much money, but everything was SO CUTE! I’ll definitely end up hosting a party to get more goodies! I bought the Sutton necklace in mixed metals, as well as the Deco cocktail ring which I’m super obsessed with. What’s really cool about the vast majority of their jewelry can be worn in multiple different ways; for example, the Sutton necklace can be lengthened, shortened, and you can take off different layers and wear them separately or together!

Honestly, I couldn’t be more obsessed if I tried

12:15 p.m. – head to lunch at Wahlburger’s in Greektown, but our plans changed quickly when we found out that there was a wait. After walking around Greektown Casino looking for the steakhouse and discovering it’s closed during the day, we stumbled upon Fishbone’s a New Orleans-inspired restaurant with everything from cajun cuisine to sushi to pasta, there’s something on the menu for everyone! I decided on chicken piccata without sundried tomatoes, a side Caesar salad, and the love potion martini – all of which were absolutely phenomenal.

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2 p.m. – Arrived at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). I could visit it time and time again and forever be in awe at these amazing works of art; It’s one of my favorite places to visit.

Kresge Court – a beautiful little cafè at the heart of the museum
Channeling my inner Hermione in the cafè

 

European Renaissance art has always been my favorite

If you’ve been to Detroit or a city near you, what’s one of your favorite things to do/see on a day trip?

-K

 

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

If you follow me on Instagram  or Twitter, you’ll know that Friday night Ryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary before he travels off to Europe for the next couple years at Detroit’s premiere restaurant, Coach Insignia located in the heart of downtown Detroit on the 72nd floor of the Renaissance Center.

Dressed in black and ready to hit the town, Ry and I were greeted with breath-taking views of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, phenomenal food, and an absolutely scrumptious dessert! If you’re in the area I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!

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What’s your favorite date night destination? Comment below and Ryan and I will check it out when we’re in your city!

-K

**2017 UPDATE: Coach Insignia is no longer in business. Another restaurant is to be taking it’s place some time in 2018.