Accommodation, Restaurants, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Solo trip to Biltmore, staying at the Inn at Biltmore Estate, & the best breakfast buffet ever!

On a trip to Newport, RI, I noticed a poster advertising the best privately-owned homes to visit in the US. The largest and most impressive was Biltmore Estate, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. The unique architecture of the mansion was what really caught my eye – it’s amazing! I knew right then that I had my next holiday destination!

I read about it online and found that they decorate the estate for Christmas. Since Christmas is my favorite holiday and I usually visit Walt Disney World in December for Christmas, I decided to add an extra three days to my holiday and stop by North Carolina on my way back home from Orlando. This would be a solo trip as I would be spending one week at Disney with my sister, and then we would fly home separately since we live in different states. So how was staying right on the estate as a solo traveler during Christmas?

Inn at Biltmore Estate Exterior

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Disneyland Paris: Sunday brunch buffet at Inventions restaurant

I recently visited Disneyland Paris during the holidays with the aim of not only taking in the parks (or “parcs” as they say in France)  in all their holiday splendor, but also to experience the bounties of the Sunday brunch buffet at Inventions restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. Today, let’s travel to Paris to see what the Inventions buffet has to offer for brunch.

I first read about this buffet in a review about five years ago on the Disney Food Blog. Looking at the photos of this buffet, where food is treated and displayed like works of art, made me understand what Tina Fey as Liz Lemon meant on 30 Rock when she said the phrase “I want to go to there”. I mean, this buffet is glorious! Before we check out the food, let’s set the scene.

Since the restaurant is located within the Disneyland Hotel, you don’t have to worry about buying a ticket for the parks to eat at this wonderful restaurant. Disneyland Paris is unique in that the Disneyland Hotel also serves as the entrance for Disneyland Park, so you’re never too far away from the rides and entertainment.

Disneyland Paris Christmas

However, during my visit with some friends, our only goal this day was to eat brunch at the buffet, and we saved lots of room by barely eating any breakfast. Our anticipation for our leisurely meal was heightened as we approached the Disneyland Hotel.

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The simplest way to savor an incredible Swedish Smörgåsbord

The Swedes know how to do a buffet. Smörgåsbord literally means sandwich table. But what I had at the Veranda in the Grand Hotel on a sunny, but cold, Stockholm day was way beyond this. I was traveling with a friend on this trip, and we definitely wanted to have a proper Swedish meal here. Sidenote: We couldn’t afford to stay in the hotel but figured we could treat ourselves to one superb meal while on Easter holiday break from our PhD studies. Splurging a bit on a nice meal while traveling is an excellent way to indulge without spending a fortune. As I learned, the best way to savor a Swedish Smörgåsbord is to show up early and follow the rules.

Now, join me as I experience a traditional smörgåsbord at the Veranda! Let’s set the scene, shall we?

I spotted the Grand Hotel in the distance, the flags on its roof drawing our attention to its stately exterior.

Stockholm Sweden Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel is the building on the right.
Stockholm Sweden Grand Hotel exterior
Grand Hotel

Upon arriving, I realized that I was in for a truly unique and enjoyable meal.

From the elegant front doors…

Paris in Boston Stockholm Sweden Grand Hotel Sign

to the luxurious entrance of the hotel….

this was indeed a tranquil and refined atmosphere, perfect for whiling away the time with an unforgettable meal.

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