Monday, April 13, 2015

Biltmore Estate Meet-Up "Dressing Downton" April 24, 2015

Please join us at Biltmore Estate for a day of fun and touring !

We plan on meeting in the morning at 9:30 for the first tour of the mansion of the Vanderbilts, who were contemporaries to the Crawleys in the Downton Abbey PBS Masterpiece series.  There are 45 dresses and suits from the TV Show displayed throughout the three floors of the estate.

After the tour, we will be having lunch at the Stables Cafe right by the estate.  The afternoon will be free to roam the gardens or winery.  The flowers should be in full bloom by the end of April.

Please purchase your tickets online at before April 17, 2015 for the best pricing.  There are senior rates and possibly a AAA discount that may apply.  Region III Representative, Lori Popelka highly recommends the audio tour, especially if you have never been before.  It will be an add on once you select your ticket date, as part of the checkout process.  A second day may be purchased for a deeply discounted rate on the day of the visit, if you plan on making a weekend of it.  Hotels are plentiful in the area.  The Biltmore website has a link for local hotels.

The day of the event you will need your ticket to enter the parking lot area.  The bus will take you from the parking lot to the house.  It takes a little over 2 hours to tour the home with the audio tour and plenty of time to see the garments.  The dresses are set back from the tour line by about 8-10 feet.  If you would like to REALLY see details of the garments, you may want to bring opera glasses or small binoculars.  The garments are truly works of art.

Please rsvp to with your name and contact information.  Lori will have some local recommendations for other things to do in the area that she will send seperately.

The Meet Up is open to all SAGA members and friends from all regions. Come join the fun!

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