The Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina

On a recent last minute trip to Asheville North Carolina I had the pleasure to tour the magnificent Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore was built by George W Vanderbilt and first opened in 1895 to friends and family and to the public in 1930. This 250 room chateau is the largest home in America and spans 4 acres inside. Every fact and figure I learned about the Biltmore was more impressive than the last.

2 Mile Drive from the Visitors Center to the House

2 Mile Drive to House

My original plan was to spend 24 hours in Asheville. I had originally planned to tour the Biltmore in the afternoon the first day, have dinner at The Dining Room and then in the morning walk around the town of Asheville. Once I started walking around the Biltmore, I changed my plans. I have never been to an attraction more welcoming. I personally felt like a guest of GW Vanderbilt. Everyone that worked on the estate was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Biltmore

With lion statue outside front door

After I took the self guided audio tour of the Estate I realized that I wanted to learn and see more. I was able to join the last sold out Butler’s tour of the day and I also bought a ticket for the first Architect tour for the following day.

Pictures from the Architect Tour

Street Level View

House

View from GW's Private Room

View From Roof

GV Trim (George Vanderbilt)

Rooftop View

Gargoyle

Details

There are no pictures allowed inside but I can tell you that everything about the Biltmore is spectacular. You will just have to go and experience it for yourself!

 

 

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