This is my bro and my mom at the Pittock "Mansion" in Portland, Oregon (last year). A nice fancy big house up on a nice big hill with some nice land around.
This is my friend Cathy in front of the Biltmore "House" in Asheville, NC. A nice big mansion on a hill with some 100 acres around.
You tell me which family had a bigger ego. I mean a house that they call a mansion or a mansion they call a house. I think Pittock "Mansion" has some 15 rooms. Biltmore "House" has about 250 rooms. I guess we'll agree they're both beautiful, but completely different :) Anyways - theres nothing like going through Biltmore at Christmas time. I wanted to do the candlelight tour this year, but ended up with the regular day tour as everyone else in the group hadn't been (well I think one person had been once before). Theres nothing like seeing the sun set from the amazing windows that look out over the mountains.
Sunday the group did a tour of the house. We had "day" tickets but weren't assigned times until we got there at 2:30ish. Our time wasn't until like 4:15 so we had time to roam around the gardens and have a little lunch under the heat lamps in the carriage house garden. It was a great time to just hang out together and get to know each other.
In the greenhouse down from the house.