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Biltmore: A beautiful estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Biltmore Estate is a truly fantastic place to visit. The location in Asheville, North Carolina, which is about 2 hours outside of the Smokies and 2 1/2 hours from Charlotte. Whatever airport you decide to fly in, such as Knoxville or Charlotte, it is an impressive drive to get to the Estate.

The Estate is the largest privately owned and is the most substantial home in the United States; it currently has 8000 acres. It boasts 65 fireplaces with more bathrooms than bedrooms. George Washington Vanderbilt II and family occupied the house between 1889 and 1895.

The Estate is humongous with 187,926 square feet, which inclues178,926 square feet of living space. The Vanderbilt’s descendants are still owners. This mansion represents the gilded age.

Gilded age: Represented the future

The gilded age introduced technology, government, and social customs in America. It transpired a significant input into the modernization of society and brought small communities together. However, the gilded age had such fast growth in technology and industrial areas that it brought a sinister side to the picture. It became complicated during this time with more greedy and corrupt people, including politicians, bankers, and industrialists. It was very hard for the working class.

Today the mansion is open to the public. In 1930 the Estate was opened; due to the depression era. The large home needed to generate income and keep the Estate going. It’s fun to see how the gilded age might have looked in the day.

Fantastic wines of the region

The Biltmore Winery is on the premises, too, with free wine tasting. They have about 1000 tastings a day and on busier days, of course, a lot more tastings. It’s 32nd as a producing winery, and the wines are available in 30 states.

Several hotels to stay at

In 2001, the reality of Vanderbilt’s plans decades earlier was to open an Inn on Biltmore estate so people could experience what it was like to live on the Estate. There are six restaurants, beautiful rooms to choose, tons of things to do. The reviews are exceptional; people do enjoy all the amenities offered as well.

Exhibitions to explore

If you loved Downtown Abbey, you have to check out there latest exhibition. This exhibit portrays British history, where they show the clothing worn and elaborate sets. This exhibit will only last so long, but they will have another display that might interest when “Downtown Abbey” closes.

Beautiful gardens to enjoy

Architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens at the Estate. He also was famous for Central Park in New York. Olmsted quoted, saying, “that natural scenery had the most powerful effect on people, especially those who needed to relax and unwind.” Walking through the walled garden in the Spring is beautiful. Tulips planted months before are filled through the gardens. Their colors are bursting with vivid colors and picturesque. They get continuous color due to how they plant: “six bulbs per hole,” they say. Also, the Vanderbilts loved tulips and mentioned that they chose these flowers due to their Dutch heritage. Whatever the reason, people come from all over the world to see the tulips. However, even before it became a tourist attraction, the Vanderbilts invited people in each Spring to enjoy the bounty.

Come anytime throughout the year.

Any time of the year is an exciting time to visit — Christmas time in particular. It’s spectacular to see 50 decorated trees, miles and miles of garland, wreaths, and beautiful poinsettias everywhere. Every area on the premises is magical, with live music enjoyed by all.

Several tours to enjoy

Touring the home takes about 6 to 8 hours to see it all. Discounts offered if you book online or use tripster.com. There are several tours to check out. A great idea is doing the audio tour so you can get the information about the Vanderbilts. And the history behind this home. The banquet hall has a 40 ft table, shows how the Vanderbilts entertained in the day. They would have the meal served in the Great Hall. It consisted of a seven-course meal that served 18 people, with beautiful dishes that would even impress a Queen.

Did you know that it is on the national historic landmark? Knowing this will make it even more inviting to check out. Of course, you need to walk through the gardens if you haven’t already done so. And check out the winery too!

Antler Hill village

A must to see is Antler hill village, which connects to the Estate. Dining, shopping, and exhibits. The daytime pass lets you in. They have an outdoor adventure center that is fun for the kids. The maze will keep everyone busy. You will almost feel like you are in the 1890’s century farm. Everyday life centuries ago shows the visitor how people worked on the dairy, raising livestock, and taking care of crops. The Barn also has blacksmiths, crafters, and woodworkers.

Incredible Bass Bond area

You have to check out the Bass pond. It is stunning. Walking through the gardens to the pond has an incline, but a gradual climb. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes for your stroll.

There are many outdoor activities you won’t be bored. You can rent bikes, go horseback riding, Segway tours, shooting clays, fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, and more. What a gorgeous place to do outdoor activities for you and your family.

Wedding and event venues

Speaking of gorgeous, they have several wedding venues. The Inn at Biltmore offers an indoor and outdoor choice that will hold 50 to 100 people. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as you say your nuptials? How about an intimate wedding venue; try the champagne Cellar at the winery. It has a fantastic distinctive European flair to add to the ambiance. It is so romantic while you and your guests walk through the stone corridor with lit candles. It makes it inviting for everyone and something that all will remember. Or try Cedric’s garden. This venue will hold 40 -75 guests with a charming village that has a European flair. Location is convenient, in Anter Hill village and very close to the village hotel. You can choose between an outdoor wedding or use the loft area. Either way, this would be a special celebration for everyone.

Other places that would make a beautiful celebration is the Amherst venue. The entrance is enthralling, welcoming you and your guests to a breath-taking and unforgettable space. Magnificant doorways and spectacular chandeliers set the stage for what’s to come.

A fantastic location. It is adjacent to Deerpark, the Biltmore’s newest and impressive setting. You can choose an indoor or outdoor space, which includes a ballroom, most significant on the Estate.

The ballroom is something out of a beautiful movie set. It boasts a 17-ft ceiling, impressively sized windows with plenty of natural light streaming in, and an open design. The color scheme is a neutral decor so that you can add your touches to your special day.

Lioncrest is another venue that has a southern porch to enjoy your festivities. Doesn’t that sound romantic? The Barn, which built for the Estate: renovated in 2006, presents itself as a beautiful event place.
A ballroom is available too, for 100-175 guests.

Another option is The Conservatory, built-in 1895. Wow, how fun would that be to have your wedding or party here? There are windows with tall arches that you enjoy while looking at the walled garden, butterfly garden, and exotic plants. This venue will hold 30-75 guests.

A special place that impresses everyone

The Estate offers so much for everyone. Is it time that you made a trip there to see it for yourself? It is a fun place to visit that will interest everyone. It’s an entity in itself, lots of history, and any time of the year holds special events, so check it out for yourself.