If you’re tired of your oh-so-ordinary and busy life, and are looking for a nice little time to spend away from it all, you’d love the Biltmore Estate. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II of the prominent Vanderbilt family, the Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the US, and is also one of the most gorgeous places you can ever go to.
Spread across an area of 10.86 square miles, this Château-style mansion has 250 rooms, and stands as a shining example of the Gilded Age. There are plenty of things to do here: You can go on any of the guided tours of the estate, or do some exploration of your own in the grounds, the estate garden and the mansion itself.
The Biltmore Estate has something to suit every taste and need, and every age. For instance, if you’re a connoisseur of good food, you can dine on the wide variety of eateries, ranging from upscale restaurants to cafes to snack on. You can also visit the state-of-the-art winery. Animal lovers can spend their time on the estate farm, while outdoor enthusiasts can pursue a variety of activities, from walks to drives and much more. History buffs (or the naturally curious) can go on the audio tour which shows the history of the estate. The Biltmore Estate also hosts seasonal events, such as the Festival of Flowers, as well as major festivals such as Christmas.
Address: 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803, USA
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