The last leg of our North Carolina journey was Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate. But on our way we stopped in Winston-Salem, NC. Now this may sound like just another town to you, but this my friends is the HOME of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Yes I know, pretty cool! I remember when Krispy Kreme was all the rage in Arizona when it first came out and then when they all randomly closed it was a sad day. But Krispy Kreme is still going strong out here. We wanted to go to the original Krispy Kreme, but unfortunately it doesn't exist anymore. Instead we stopped at one in the city and relished in the gloriousness of the doughnuts. My mom looooves doughnuts (or is it "donuts" I've never really known the difference); she hasn't had one in over 2 years so this was the day to indulge. However, she did note that VG Donuts in Cardiff, CA (near San Diego) still has WAAAY better donuts, and I have to agree. In fact VG Donuts has been rated to have the best donut in San Diego. So if you are ever in San Diego, definitely go there for your donut fix.
It was so gorgeous, which is probably why I took so many pictures and why there are so many in this blog. Another reason is that my Mom has a new beautiful Canon camera that takes the most amazing pictures. You know when you see something beautiful and you take a picture and it doesn't really capture the beauty... well this camera does capture that beauty. It was so fun to experiment with all the different settings on the camera. We tried to learn a new technique every day, which didn't turn out so well because we ended up playing with all the buttons and gadgets on our own. The pictures below are the products of my attempts to be artistic. Key word is attempts :).
Alright, now that we've had some sugar, back to the Biltmore Estate. My mom has always wanted to go. We used to watch Good Morning America (and still do) every morning and during Christmas they would broadcast from the estate when everything was decorated. It was so stunning and beautiful. Although we didn't go during the Christmas season it was just as stunning. I didn't feel like I was in North Carolina at all; in fact I felt like I was in some European country touring one of the grandiose castles in the country side.
The second day we walked around the gardens and the conservatory. The gardens were so gorgeous! This is where we did a lot of our experimenting with the camera because I mean who doesn't like taking pictures of flowers or looking at pictures of flowers. They just make you happy looking at them.
You name any type of flower and I'm pretty sure they had it. There were also vegetables (squash, tomatoes, weird gourds, pumpkins, etc) and lots of fruits (apples, pears, grapes). There was also this shell hanging with a strange plant coming out of it. Not too sure what that was...
The grounds were also gorgeous! There was the little windy road that ran around the entire property and it took about 30 minutes just to drive around the whole place. There were creeks and ponds and waterfalls. We even saw a sea otter in one of the ponds. Not too sure how he got there, but he was cute none the less. The entire place was so peaceful. Everywhere you looked it was green and the only sounds were nature. My mom was saying that she would enjoy a place like this more than a beach vacation in terms of relaxation. But, give me a hammock by the ocean and I am the most relaxed person without a care in the world. However, this place does come in a close second.