It’s always fun to see how the world’s wealthy live. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina offers that opportunity. The grand estate is located on 8,000 acres built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. Designed as a French chateau it is a stunning piece of architecture offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of a tycoon from the 20th Century. The estate is still owned and operated by members of the Vanderbilt family. Admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm. Located in Ashville, North Carolina, this stunning mountain estate offers a lot of fun and a history lesson, for the cost of admission.
The most popular way to see the property is to take a self-guided tour of the Biltmore House and Gardens. For an additional cost, audio and specialty guided tours are available. To truly experience the magnitude of the estate you should allow two days to take advantage of all there is to see and do. See suggestions for One and Two Day itineraries. Visit the opulent estate followed by the gardens designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted who also designed Central Park in New York City. The gardens were named one of the Top Ten Botanical Gardens in the World by Travel + Leisure.
For a limited time, see the Tiffany at the Biltmore beginning July 1 – October 23, 2011. 45 stunning stained glass lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios. Organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, the exhibition showcases Tiffany’s nature-inspired designs. Elsewhere, around the estate, Tiffany is the inspiration for many unusual floral displays and landscaping including 40-foot “dragonflies,” a “stained glass wall,” themed flower beds, and more. Admission is included with your admission ticket to the House & Gardens Tour.
In addition to the tours of the property, you can participate in a myriad of outdoor activities on the expansive estate such as Segway Tours, Land Rover driving classes, or a trip down the French Broad River. You can also enjoy fly-fishing, sporting clays, bike rentals available from the Bike Barn in Antler Hill Village, and horseback and carriage rides available at the Deerpark Carriage and Trail Ride Barn. Estate outdoor activities are available by reservation to estate daytime guests, Biltmore Twelve-Month Passholders, and Inn on Biltmore Estate guests. Call 800-411-3812 for more information.
The Biltmore also hosts a Summer Concert Series beginning in July through October 2011. Click here for a listing of performances.
For an added touch of luxury stay on the Biltmore Estate at either the Inn on Biltmore Estate or the Cottage on Biltmore Estate. The Inn on Biltmore Estate is celebrating its tenth anniversary and offers exquisite accommodations, relaxed elegance, luxurious spa services, and fine dining in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They were awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide, Four Diamonds by AAA, and the inn has been on Condé Nast Traveler‘s Gold List for seven years in a row.
The Cottage on Biltmore Estate is a two-bedroom, two-bath home serving as an exclusive oasis on the 8,000-acre estate. Live like the Vanderbilt’s with your own personal butler and chef ready to make every detail of your stay special with gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and evening cocktails.
Getting there: For best fares from San Francisco to Asheville, North Carolina, book through kayak.com.
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