After we filled up on sugar, we walked around some more. Asheville has become known for its craft breweries and the locals really like to celebrate BEER. The Thirsty Monk is a well known pub with beers from all over the world. They have a separate upstairs and downstairs beer menu at their downtown location. There was lots to try. It was great place to relax and kick back after the three hour drive from Atlanta.
|Beer at Wicked Weed Brewery|
With a house entry time a little after noon, we made our way to The Biltmore! Although touring The Biltmore House is enjoyable itself, we were extra excited to see the exhibit “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.” We have really enjoyed watching the show together, and were excited to see all the costumes that beautifully tell the story of the 1920s and 1930s.
I was pleasantly surprised that every single room on display had at least one (if not more) costumes from the show. All of the costumes were well lit to show off every exquisite detail. They also each had a sign that showing a picture of the actor in the costume or a still shot from the show and had a story about the piece of clothing explaining which parts were original, how the garment was constructed, or about the costumer’s inspiration.
To see the costumes and the Biltmore together really told the story of the time period. I imagined the Vanderbilts taking a stroll on the terrace; Lord and Lady Grantham dining with dinner guests in grand style. Both Pat and I really enjoyed the exhibit, it really exceeded our expectations and was very well designed and curated.
|photo from www.biltmore.com/|