Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #26: The Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

Biltmore Estate.  Ashville, North Carolina.  Nov 2013.

Overview:


Biltmore is a privately owned estate. It is America's largest home and one of the largest estates around. But the interesting thing here is not its size but the fact that it serves as a tourist destination as well. George Washington Vanderbilt II built the main house in the estate between the years 1889-1895. To date, the house is still the largest privately owned house in the U.S. This house hosted 62 paintings and 17 sculptures from the National Gallery of Art during the World War 2. This was in a bid to protect these pieces of art should there be an attack on America.


Top Tourist Attractions 


The estate lies on an 8,000 acre piece of land. Noting this, there is enough space for the garden. There is 75 acres set aside for formal garden. The garden here is well maintained and provides a good ambiance for visitors.

The Cottage
There is an historic two bedroom cottage that serves as getaway for guests here.

Library
There is a two-story library in this estate. The library has the history of the estate dating from its construction date.
Other attractions in the estate include swimming pool, spa, winery, bowling alley among others.

Biltmore Winery and Antler's Hill Village
Be sure to check out the America's most visited winery in Antler's Hill Village on your way out from the estate, and enjoy free wine tasting which includes in Biltmore Estate admission.  The wine cellar is pretty impressive.  


How to get to Biltmore Estate 


The exact physical address of Biltmore estate is 1 Lodge St. Asheville, NC 28803, United States. It is recommended that you use a personal car for it will also be needed when traveling from one destination to another in the same estate. There is free parking inside the estate.  Admission is quite expensive. Regular admission is $59 at the gate, and $5 higher during Christmas season.  I got my ticket for $55 from my hotel front desk.  You get a better price if you buy 7+ days ahead of time from Biltmore's web site, but there's no coupons or student discounts offered.

"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them."  - Pablo Picasso

21 comments:

  1. un·be·liev·a·ble! You went to best places..

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  2. Looks really elegant and beautiful! Kind of like a queen would live there. Anyways, I've never been to North Carolina, but I suppose I can change that soon.

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    1. I love Ashville. Highly recommend it.

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  3. I can only imagine how exciting it would be to step inside this place, especially the library. I wonder what kind of books they have in it. I love visiting these old places, that have a lot of history behind them. Makes me wonder if any films were actually made there.

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    1. Unfortunately visitors are not allowed to touch those books at the library.

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    2. A lot of movies including Hannibal and Forrest Gump were filmed at Biltmore.

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  4. Love it so much! You're awesome

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  5. the estate is well organized. How I wish I had a setting like that to admire daily. I guess the library is well equip with historical arts. the structure itself has an artistic appeal. you keep on sharing these awesome destinations.

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    1. Library is huge. (: Yes, I will share all my future travel photos.

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  6. Hey Kate! Great post on biltmore estate. I have been silently reading your blog for months now, thanks for all the great posts and wonderful pictures!

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    1. Gotcha! (: so I finally heard from you.

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  7. Great article! Thanks Kate!

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  8. I would love to spend a few hours roaming the formal gardens with my sweetheart. I'm sure that would have been such a romantic thing to do for Valentines day. Maybe we can make this amazing destination part of our anniversary celebration. So elegant!

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    1. The garden must be very colorful in Spring and Summer. It was snowy in Nov.

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