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Caroline

Ashevillle and the Biltmore Estate

by Caroline »

One of the biggest attractions to the Asheville, NC area is the Biltmore Estate.   Whether it is in the Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter or the marvelous Christmas season, the Biltmore Estate has something to offer.  There's the House and Gardens, the winery, the inn and a site for weddings.  George Vanderbilt originally built the Biltmore House to 'get away from it all, and I believe he definitely achieved his mission.   At Christmas at Biltmore House is absolutely incredible.  Everything's special, but there is a list of Special Events too.

There are so many other things to do while in the area. You can get on/off  the Blue Ridge Parkway at Asheville, it's not far to the Great smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Thomas wolfe House, fabulous Grove Park Inn and much more in nearby areas.  During the summer months, one of the things people keep in mind is the refreshingly cool evenings in Asheville and the surrounding area and lots of sports activities are available.     

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KaraJane

RE: Ashevillle and the Biltmore Estate

by KaraJane »

Totally agree! Visited there several years ago and it was stunning. Biltmore was the highlight of my trip.

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Mango

RE: Ashevillle and the Biltmore Estate

by Mango »

I'd say give at least four hours to touring the Biltimore. Truly, it's like the American Versailles. Just an amazing home. You're going to want to linger in the gardens. 

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Caroline

RE: Ashevillle and the Biltmore Estate

by Caroline »

Four hours isn't enough IMO.  I've been there many times and I don't recall ever making it out in four hours, but then everyone goes at their own pace. 

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Caroline

RE: Ashevillle and the Biltmore Estate

by Caroline »

IMPORTANT NOTE:   Anyone planning to take the Blue Ridge Parkway at this time needs to first check the National Park Service website for areas where the road is closed due to mud slides.  The evening news today said there are multiple places where the Parkway is closed and from what they showed it looked like it would take a lot of work to get it passable again.  However, there are many on and off ramps along the parkway, so they can tell you where it is safe to travel.   

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