Mid-December at Biltmore Estate
Spending a cold day at Biltmore Estate just before Christmas can offer many surprises. The best one is finding the orchid house inside the Conservatory, and discovering the most unusual orchids I’ve ever seen.
Without a doubt, this is the most complicated and unusual orchid I have ever seen. It appears to have a small Calla Lily as a hat, a small face peering out from under the hat, and a receptacle to attract some unsuspecting pollenator suspended under the face. I had to look twice.
A hallway window at The Inn at Biltmore looks out toward Mount Pisgah. This is one of many decorated trees along this hallway.
From the Inn, you can barely make out the Biltmore House far to the east. The estate grounds are virtually unchanged from 100 years ago when George Washington Vanderbilt spent his first Christmas in the North Carolina Mountains.