Travel to Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina
Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ William Cullen Bryant
It is hard to believe that fall is already upon us. It seems as though the seasons literally changed overnight here in the Southeast. Cool mornings give way to clear sunny afternoons with splendid temperatures. As the sun goes down earlier in the evenings, there is a nip in the air reminding us that mother nature will soon be repainting her canvas of green with brilliant shades of red, yellow, and gold. Fall foliage will then be at its peak.
Fall is a perfect time to travel in this part of the country, especially to Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is one of our favorite places to visit any time of year, however, the area really excels in the fall. If you are planning a trip to “The Land of the Sky,” as it is known, I would highly recommend spending time at Biltmore Estate. It had been many years since our last visit to the estate and over the last several months we have had the opportunity to return several times. I had forgotten just how spectacular and enjoyable a visit to Biltmore can be.
We often forget there are so many treasures close to our own front door. Many times we choose travel destinations that are great distances from home in search of the perfect vacation, when perhaps the best places are in our own backyard. Biltmore Estate is one of those places. If you have never been, fall and the holiday season offer some of the best times to visit. This area is rated one of the top places in the United States to experience the spectacular colors of fall foliage and enjoy the changing of the seasons. If you wait until closer to Christmas, Biltmore House is in all its splendor, bedecked for the holidays and bustling with many special events taking place on property.
If you are not familiar with the estate, Biltmore House is the largest private residence in America. Situated on 8,000 acres of scenic rolling hills with majestic views, the structure was designed by Richard Morris Hunt. This 250-room French Renaissance château was originally home to George W. Vanderbilt, grandson of the industrialist Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who amassed a personal fortune during the industrial revolution building railroads, steamboats, and other industrial businesses. One look at the home and the breathtaking views from atop its perch on the mountain and you will understand why George Vanderbilt fell in love with this particular piece of property in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He originally owned 125,000 acres surrounding the site but gifted 117,000 to the community as a land preserve.
Oh, how I love Asheville! My husband and I travel there every fall for our anniversary, but we’ve never been to Biltmore. It looks incredible!
You really need to take a day and visit Biltmore. The home and grounds are beautiful and there is so much to do while on the estate. Fall is the perfect time to visit, so I hope you make it there this year.
Such a great place to visit. I think I’ve been there at least five or six times, and am always happy to go back again. I’ve read biographies of various members of the Vanderbilt family, as well, just because I love history so much.
We found buying a membership there to be an excellent value, with our family of four, and it gave us an excuse to go back twice in a year. Win/win!
I don’t think you could get bored visiting, especially with a family. If you take advantage of all of the activities, tours, and restaurants, you can fill up a day in no time. The photo opportunities are worth the visit alone.
I went one year during the Christmas holidays and loved seeing the house decorated. It was a totally different experience.
How marvelous! Feels like I was there with you! This is what I call the real armchair travel experience until we get there one day.
wonderful and beautiful… it too had been years since we visited Biltmore, we did so a couple of months ago… I was so glad to see so many more rooms open on the tour and we took 3 private tours as well (including the Butler’s tour) that really showcased behind the scenes and opened more into the marvelous world of the estate… I too found it interesting of how much self-sufficient it is, from the food grown, the solar panel field that also houses the chickens which is supplying just about enough eggs for the many restaurants… the list goes on… Wm. Cecil has done a wonderful job in preserving the land, life and love of George’s dream.
This is the first time that I am learning of Asheville. This estate is magnificent, rich with history and a place that I will definitely visit and stay at someday. I certainly would love to see the mansion decked during the holidays.
Beautiful pictures and very nice write up to go along with it. My wife and I have been 12 month pass holders since we were married in November of 2007. We are from the Upstate of South Carolina and took our honeymoon to Asheville and visited the Biltmore House. From that moment on we were hooked, and go at least once each season. Our favorite time of the year is Fall and Christmas time. Seeing the house decked out with the thousands of Christmas lights, miles of garland, and 50+ Christmas trees will surely get anyone in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t been during the Christmas season, it is a definite must!
I enjoyed amazing Biltmore Estate in the snow 2 days ago.
I really like a nice photo of the biltmore estate, who can give me what you take?
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