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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Beautiful Biltmore Estate In Asheville North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville NC is an amazing place to visit. The Biltmore is open 365 days a year for you to tour.

I'd suggest going when they first open or shortly thereafter because you can take the entire day to see everything...the main estate, the gardens, conservatory and eating & shopping there. The parking lot is conveniently located to where the trams can pick you up or you can enjoy the scenery and take the walk to the main house entrance.

While there, make sure to enjoy the self-guided House tour (they do offer the option of a recorded tour via headset), the Italian Garden, Shrub Garden along with the Walled Garden, Conservatory, Spring Garden and Azalea Garden. (note, if you're afraid of or allergic to bees, you may not want to visit the Walled Garden or Azalea Garden in spring/summer)
In 1895 the building of The Biltmore was completed. It was home to George Vanderbilt. He raised his family in this 250-room French ch√Ęteau. It is America's largest home. I'd allow for at least two to three hours to tour the home. You are not permitted to take photographs in the house. They do offer a photo opportunity on the first floor of the home though for a nominal fee. Inside the home, you will still find original artwork, furnishings, indoor pool, bowling alley, antiques.

The Walled Garden is a 4 acre garden that utilizes the style of gardening near the close of the 19th Century. Each season the colors and details of the Walled garden change.

The Conservatory is located near the Walled Garden. The Conservatory features a glass-roofed building to grow and raise orchids, ferns, exotic palms as well as providing all the plants and flowers for the main Estate.
The Spring Garden comes alive in the spring, with a large variety of blooming trees and plants. The Azalea Garden covers 15 acres. It's the biggest garden at the Biltmore. It is renowned for its extensive collection of native azaleas and hybrid azaleas as well. The original horse stables now house a bakery, ice cream parlor, Cafe, confectionary shoppe and gift shops.

From the main Estate, you can walk to the South Terrace and continue on to the various gardens. View walking from the main house to the South Terrace area.
There is a lot to encounter while at The Biltmore. So, next time you're in the Asheville, NC area make sure to stop by and spend the day enjoying historic architecture, antiques and amazing gardens.

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