365 Challenge: Day 197 – Estate

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Estate: A ‘few’ pictures of the Biltmore Estate from yesterday’s tours in Asheville, Nort Carolina


Ryder is on vacation in NYC. He sends me pictures and videos each day of his walks, playtime and morning treats. He wanted to tell you all that he’s very happy and wishes he was on the trip with me. He’ll return for his own posts next week. As for the Dads, we spent most of Saturday and Sunday touring the Biltmore Estate. I could generate tons of posts from this part of the trip, and I may do a few special ones upon returning; however, for now, it’s just the pictures from the basic tour. I went on an Upstairs/Downstairs Tour which shows you everything basically comparing it to Downton Abbey. I then took the Roof Top tour which shows you all the inner workings of the estate’s technology, construction and rooftop peaks. Yes, I was all over the roof and thru crawl way spaces and attics. And the final tour was in an outdoor vehicle all over the grounds. More to come, but enjoy the pics from today’s general tour of America’s largest privately owned estate home.




About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


37 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 197 – Estate

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 25, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Spectacular! I can’t wait to hear more! Totally on my bucket list!!

    Liked by 1 person

    foodzesty said:
    September 25, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    ufff missed the previous posts…:)

    Liked by 1 person

    Mischenko said:
    September 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    I’m thoroughly amazed! So beautiful… ❤ Thanks for sharing your pics!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2017 at 8:47 AM

      You are welcome. I love this estate. 2 days is not enough. I could spend a week here and still miss so much.

      Liked by 2 people

    tylerus said:
    September 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Wow. Some folks had/have way too much money. LOL It’s beautiful. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like to grow up on an estate like this. (I hope they count their blessings.)

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    Patty said:
    September 25, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Beautiful! Believe it or not I have never been there. ha! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    AJ said:
    September 25, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Thanks for the pictures. Touring grand estates is one of my favourite things to do on vacation

    Liked by 1 person

    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Beautiful area! I live just on the “other” side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. Beautiful here, too!

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Wow, just wow. I can’t imagine living in such luxury and yet totally want to live in such luxury. Guess I better get to work on making my cards and paper crafts if I want to be able to achieve that! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Wowww!!! Beautiful place and pictures. Now I need to fly out of my country. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    janieleeds said:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Jay thank you! I want to go there! It’s so beautiful! I think I was a Princess in another life. lol Hugs to Ryder. Tell him we missed his post today

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    Run Wright said:
    September 25, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    So grand. I love the pics. The one with the chair over the toilet is kind of hilarious. Love the huge dining room with a table that seats 4. Having lived in NYC for so long, I am kind of obsessed with having space to do things like that. I would love to visit this estate someday.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM

      Did you have a good trip? This place is a must for anyone in NYC!!


    Victran said:
    September 25, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    What a day challenge! Your photos have such color quality. I will continue to follow your post to see what is next. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    September 25, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    I love big beautiful houses. I looked through your photos on Facebook of this place and was just in awe. It’s absolutely stunning.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2017 at 7:09 PM

      It is stunning. Tomorrow’s post has all the outdoor photos from the Roof Top tour. I posted a few of them on Facebook earlier today. I wish I could stay forever!


        BrizzleLass said:
        September 25, 2017 at 7:51 PM

        Well if you do stay save a room for me! 😉

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    anne leueen said:
    September 25, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    What a place . I would have loved to go through the attic spaces. And the toilet…..one of those chain pull ones. It took me a couple of years of living in England to learn how to get a good flush with one of those! Very entertaining post. Thanks

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    foodzesty said:
    September 26, 2017 at 5:50 AM

    Hi there, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. 🙂 Congrats…Sophie


      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 26, 2017 at 7:45 AM

      Thank you! I will work on it when I return from my vacation. Much appreciated!

      Liked by 1 person

        foodzesty said:
        September 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

        Your welcome…truly enjoy reading your blog and Ryder’s posts. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    September 26, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Wow this looks so cool!

    Liked by 1 person

    Atwood Cutting said:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Nice photos

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    September 28, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Even though I lived near that part of the country for nineteen years, I never toured the estate you feature. Now, thanks to your excellent photos, I can say I have experienced it! THANKS.

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