The Biltmore Estate

 The Biltmore Estate is perhaps the most popular attraction in the area, and for good reason! Built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, the 178,926 square foot mansion is the largest privately owned house in the United States.  It is the most prominent remaining relic of the Gilded Age.  A visit to the Estate is all-encompassing.  It’s wise to devote a full day to touring the home, the gardens and the trails (though if you can give 2 days to the task, even better!). Though there are many activities from which to choose, we’ve outlined a small portion of them below.
 
Things to Explore:
 

The House

The main house is truly a sight to behold. With more than 250 rooms spread out over the house, it is perhaps the largest home that most of us will ever encounter. When considered within its place in history, the house becomes a kind of wonder - there are electric elevators, forced air heating, an intercom system - things that we take for granted in our modern and advanced world but were truly groundbreaking in the 19th century.  


As you tour the house, you’ll notice small but impressive details in the home. One of the dining rooms has embossed leather wallpaper. A guest room is outfitted with velvet from floor to ceiling. George Vanderbilt’s bedroom is wallpapered in 24 carat gold on burlap.  Portraits painted by James Whistler hang on the walls. Rare Flemish tapestries dating back to the 1500’s decorate the grand dining room. Hidden panels are everywhere, leaving you to wonder where they lead, who used them, why they were installed. A visit to the house never becomes passe - each visit reveals something new and exciting that you missed on the last tour.  



The Gardens

The gardens at the Biltmore Estate are, in a word, breathtaking. Depending on the season, visitors to the Estate will see roses, rhododendrons, pansies, peonies, tulips, daffodils, flowering trees and shrubs, lush green foliage, and so much more. The Walled Garden is perhaps what immediately comes to mind for those who have glimpsed the Estate - it consists of two arbors entwined with vines. Symmetrical flower beds are laid out in intricate patterns. The blooms are progressive - each season is marked by a new explosion of color and scent.


Trails weave through the Estate, showing off the work of the horticultural geniuses who are responsible for maintaining the plants. Forsythia and Japanese maple, wisteria and willow - these are just a handful of the sometimes generations old trees and shrubs adorning the walk ways.  


Several ponds are nestled into corners of the Estate. Some are stocked with fish, some are home to waterlilies, but all are beautiful in their own right. A picnic by the water is always a fantastic idea - though from time to time, guests may be visited by a goose or two!



The Restaurants

The Biltmore Estate is home to many restaurants. Your dining choice will ultimately depend upon the sort of outing you had planned when you came to the Estate. The restaurants in Antler Village are many and varied - Cedric’s Tavern is designed after a British pub and the menu reflects that style - fish and chips is a classic choice. The Bistro has a seasonally based menu, with many of the items grown on property. The Smokehouse embraces the delicious theme of Carolina Barbeque and other Southern Favorites.

 

Next to the Biltmore House in the Stable area is the Courtyard Market - a casual food court that offers thoughtful yet quickly prepared meals. They are downright famous for their gourmet hot dogs and smoked sausages. Surrounding the Courtyard Market are various specialty shops such as an icecream shop and a bakery.

  

Check out our guide to dining at The Biltmore - while it’s not all inclusive, it does provide a nice introduction to your choices.


 
 

Mountain Discovery Pass

We want you to experience the full majesty of our gorgeous area. To that end, we’ve created an amazing package to make the best aspects of our community even more accessible to you! With every Carolina Mornings reservation, our guests will receive one complimentary ticket to the Biltmore Estate, one adventure with French Broad Rafting and Ziplining, and a complimentary lift ticket at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort! This fantastic gift can save you more than $180 in area amenities and is offered exclusively by Carolina Mornings.



Staying Local

Carolina Mornings has dozens of vacation rental options available in and around the Asheville area. Our dedicated and professional Vacation Planners will work with you to find the vacation home that best meets your needs and wants. A beautiful home-base is the most important part of a vacation, and when your jumping off point for adventures in the area is a Carolina Mornings home, you’re sure to have a memorable vacation.

 

 

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