Biltmore never ceases to amaze us with new offerings. We toured the estate once again to experience "A Vanderbilt House Party." The entire house had new displays featuring reproduction clothing and jewelry from the Vanderbilt's own wardrobe. We sure do get our money's worth with our annual pass.
We took a side trip on our way home from Atlanta to check out the Southeastern Railroad Museum in Duluth, Georgia. This nice little museum is the official transportation museum of Georgia. It has trains, buses, taxis, fire engines, and a bunch of other transportation-related items. You can just wander around the yard, take a ride on the full-sized train or miniature train, or even railfan the adjacent Norfolk Southern line.
We piled into the Jeep for a road trip to the Atlanta Model Train Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre. It's a nice show but a little on the small side. Oh, and parking sucks! We spent less than an hour looking around but did manage to pick up a few tools and supplies. With this show being so far away and just being okay, we will probably skip it in the future.
Peg spent her bonus money this year on getting new engineered wood flooring for the first floor. We had Cook's Carpet and Flooring of Waynesville rip out the old ugly laminate flooring and replace it with Palmetto Road's "Keowee". It's a hand-scrapped birch in three different widths. It took the crew two days to finish but they did a very nice job. We will keep them in mind when we decide to upgrade other parts of the house.
Once again, we attended the WNC Model Train Show held at the WNC Agricultural Center. This is always a great show and usually has something for everyone. There is both train stuff to see and to purchase.
We hopped in the car and set off for the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the show was more "Home" than "Garden" and we didn't stay long. We did a little shopping and enjoyed the Q&A seminar with Laura LeBoutillier of Garden Answer. It is an okay show if you are looking for home renovation ideas but skip it for the gardens.