Saturday, April 18, 2009

Biltmore Flower Festival with a Blog Friend

Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC has their annual flower festival during April and May. Every week there is something new popping up. Today was a SPECIAL day to visit Biltmore Estates, because I got to meet a blog friend in person for the first time! Jeanne from Backyard Neighbor lives about 2 hours from me. She purchased one of my mosaic pieces a while back and instead of shipping it to her we decided to meet at Biltmore Estates during there flower festival and bring our husbands with us!

Here are some of the beautiful tulips blooming at Biltmore right now. These are outside of the winery and the Bistro where we met for lunch.

Here we are! Isn't Jeanne just adorable? She was exactly as I thought she would be. Full of warmth and charm!

Jeanne and I soon realized that we had a lot in common. We both have 4 sisters and a brother. We both were born in Michigan. But it didn't end there. Our husbands both worked for the same company in Florida - though at different times and places. Here are our husbands below. Do you notice that they are almost dressed alike?

Some more beautiful tulips. Please click on these pictures to enlarge them so you can see how beautiful the flowers are at the Biltmore.

My lunch at the Bistro. Salmon salad. Jeanne had the same.

My husband had mushroom ravioli and Jeanne's husband had the trout.

Some orchids in the greenhouse at the Biltmore.

Hydrangeas - also in the greenhouse.

These tulips were yellow, red and almost black. My fav decorating colors!

It was so much fun meeting Jeanne and her husband! We really had a great time. I would love to meet all of you! So if you are ever in the Asheville NC area, let me know!
Welcome Home,


Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my goodness, the flowers are just spectacular! How wonderful to spend some face time with a blog friend and enjoy such a beautiful day:>)

TattingChic said...

Penny! What beautiful flower photos! Did you take those yourself! The colors are just eye-poppingly gorgeous!

Glad you got to meet up with a friend! It's always fun when a couple of couples gets along so well! It makes thing so much the more pleasant! :)

Nancy said...

Penney, you are only 2 hrs away from me! It has been a couple of years since we've been to I think its about time to go again! Don't you agree... ;) I am so glad you had a wonderful time! Nancy

Nancy said...

I mean Penny!!! Please forgive me!

kate said...

How Fun, ck out our Blog, were going to the Biltmore, next Thurs.
can't wait. thanks for the preview!!
kate and Gina

Dragonlady said...

I love the Biltmore, got to go at Christmas one time and toured the home at night........Beautiful!
Love the pics, those tulips are gorgeous...

glad you had a good time with your blog friend..

tardevil said...

So glad you got to meet her and her hubby! I wanted to go to that, but won't get to this year, so thanks for "taking me along!"

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful day and how special to spend it with friends!
I will admit to being a little envious of Jeanne but I am so happy for both of you! I would have loved seeing Biltmore in the Spring! We were last there in the Fall and it was gorgeous. I loved seeing your, so pretty!

Someday soon I hope it is Bill and me meeting up with the two of you!


Jojo said...

The tulips are gorgeous!! Penny, you look beautifully dressed and well coordinated for a tulip tour!

glorv1 said...

Wow Penny, what beautiful flowers and yummy food. Oh you must have had a grand day. How nice and I'm glad you shared your day with us. Thanks ever so much. Take care.

Lynns Lovelies said...

Oh I LOVE the Biltmore! Went there several years ago in October with my mom. We had our own 'girl trip'! It is just magnificent in every way. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful flowers, food and memories!


Beverly said...

Jeanne told me what a wonderful time you all had together. It seemed like fate that the two of you meet. And, she is so loving her tray.

You both look beautiful. You are two extra special blooms in the many beauties at The Biltmore.

Vee said...

You gals look so lovely and sPrinGy! You've shown the Biltmore before, but the photos today are exceptional. What great fun to meet new friends and find that you have so much in common.

bj said... fun to meet yet another blogging buddy. I would love to meet one...DOES ANYONE IN BLOGLAND LIVE IN WEST TEXAS??
So so glad you had such a great visit...Which hubby is yours?
hugs, bj

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh My Word Penny!! what GORGEOUS pictures!! totally stunning! it looked like a perfect day too! I was there years ago, but still remember every detail, what a beautiful day trip!

Happy Spring!

btw, That windows live writer was really neat , but I haven't figured out how to get my pictures to appear in the updates, so I might just stick with blogger posts till I can figure it out one day, lol....

Hugs, Cynthia

jeanne said...

Hi Penny, you are so good to post our fun day yesterday. I will post it later this week. I loved what you said in your post. It was very special to meet you and your dh. We all look pretty spiffy in our photos. A good camera. Big smile. The flowers are awesome. I need to download mine. I had a chuckle when you inadvertently used Beverly's name instead of mine.
It shows you were thinking of her and that's nice. Another BIG smile.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Linda/"Mom" said...

* Somehow "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"!~~~ And, how LOVELY to see!!! Thanks for the heartwarming smile-maker, ladies! (And gents!)... Best, Linda *

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Penny,

What a very small and wonderful world we live in :) The festival sounds like a lot of fun too!


CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello From Michigan. WOW, today I discovered you lovely blogs thru Tatting Chic, Your Mosaic creations are truly beautiful. Thanks for taking on a visit to Biltmore Estate the flowers are gorgeous. Hugs Judy

tam said...

What a fun post Penny, Looks like a wonderful day there and how nice to meet another blogging buddy!
The flowers are beautiful! We were suppose to go to the tulip festival in the Skagit valley this weekend but our son got sick :( so next Saturday for sure! I will take some photos to share. Enjoy your weekend~Smiles~Tam!

Lavender Dreamer said...

Oh, what fun! Looks like a perfect day for a visit to the Biltmore! You got some wonderful photos of everyone! It's so special to meet blog friends! Hope we get to the Biltmore soon! The Bistro is our favorite place to eat!

Brenda said...

I think you may be the leader in getting to meet the most bloggers! Good for you, Penny!

Donna said...

How fun! And how nice to meet a blogging friend. The flowers are beautiful! I love visiting the Biltmore, but have never been there in the spring.


LW said...

Beautiful flowers, great story, our world is becoming smaller..

I thought the two hubbies were brothers at first....


Rhondi said...

You are having great success meeting so many bloggers! I see that you remebered to take photos of lunch this time! The flowers at Biltmore look so beautiful. I'm glad you two had a good time.

Smilingsal said...

Hi, I came from Jeanne's blog. I couldn't help buy sigh as I viewed those gorgeous tulips and that yummy lunch.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I'm playing catch up tonight. I am so glad I got to see these gorgeous tulips! They are lovely...and it sounds like you had a wonderful time, Penny.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Penny, thoses flowers are gorgeous. Sounds like you all had a lovely day. It is a small world!!!


Kris said...

How wonderful you got to meet Jeanne. She has such a wonderful blog and seems like such a nice person. The two of you look like long time friends in the photo.

I love the Biltmore. I've not got to visit during the spring, YET!!
Infact I just love North Carolina. I would move to the Asheville area in a heartbeat if I could convince Phil. We also love to visit Black Mountain area.

Have a happy day