Each guided tour begins with training conducted by the guide. Twenty minutes of getting used to the mechanics is more than enough. We all felt like masters of our universe by the time we got out of the practice field. That tour was on a paved surface with not a bump or a rock. Easy, peaceful and the scenery was spectacular.
During Thanksgiving quite of few of the young adults (that means 18 – 30 here) decided to tackle the “Off Road Tour” at The Biltmore Estate. Some areas of the estate that guests do not usually see are part of the scenery. A beautiful lagoon with ducks, a field of sunflowers, the pasture where they filmed Forrest Gump’s “run Forrest run” scene and a bamboo thicket are among the sights. The guides are knowledgeable and fun. The guide on the both tours was really funny. They shared lots of local facts and tidbits about the estate that stuck in Tori’s mind. Tori remembers cool facts and wipe out statistics (Definition of wipe out: who fell, how they fell and how far they fell) so I asked her what she remembered the most. Here are a few of her
- Every tree on the Biltmore property, and there are over 4,000, was hand planted.
- The Biltmore Estate is split into two plots of land. Both plots are 4,000 acres totaling 8,000 acres. They are separated by the French Broad River and could only reach one side from the other via a 25 minute ride on I-40 up until recently when they finished a bridge stretching over the French Broad to connect the two sides for the first time since the 1800s.
- A tour guide watched a lady drive her Segway into the lagoon by accident.... Oops.
- And another guy caught the side of the walking bridge with his wheel and flung himself into the French Broad River.
I would like to have been a fly on that bridge when that last one happened! Jessica had a near scare in the field where Forrest Gump ran until his leg braces fell off. She definitely felt a bump. She did not have any leg braces but she jumped off her Segway anyway. Neither she nor the Segway fell over so she claimed it could not be counted as an incident In reality, she wouldn’t even concede any lack of coordination….sheeesh, kids! It will be a great family story in the future as soon as I figure out how to embellish it.
Before turning back, the crowd took a break and enjoyed a beautiful view of Biltmore House.
This two hour jaunt through hill and dale will be one of our highlights for 2011. If you get a chance you really should try on a Segway. You will find out that it fits fine!
We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!
John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC