We had the chance to go back to the French Renaissance chateau, the Biltmore in Asheville, NC last week to tour the house and gardens and enjoyed it so much. The house officially opened in 1895 as a summer retreat for George Vanderbilt and family. I’ve been a few times before, but it’s been a few years, so when they sent me an invitation to come back for Biltmore Blooms in the gardens this year, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go with Mark. He hasn’t been to the Biltmore since the 1970’s. I knew we would enjoy a couple of days in Asheville and we couldn’t have had better weather, mid-70’s and sunshine both days. We took Daisy with us too and stayed in a B&B. I’ll tell you about that later on as well as where we ate and some antiquing we did. It went well for her first road trip and the B&B was perfect for pet owners. I’ll share all that in a later post.
Note: The Biltmore PR group comped tickets for Mark and I to tour the house and gardens and I appreciate that so much. It was the perfect opportunity for another visit.
Biltmore blooms runs from April 1 to May 27. I’ll be doing another post just on the gardens. And I’ll do the post of the house in two parts since I took so many pictures. You can definitely spend hours if you wish at the Biltmore Estate with so much to see and do inside the house and outdoors in the gardens. I saw people with picnics set up on the beautiful green lawns surrounding the gardens.
We went to the Biltmore in the morning that day. You have to make reservations now to tour the estate, since Covid restrictions are still in place. I will say that mask wearing is highly enforced in NC as well, so be aware of that if you go. We showed our tickets at the front check-in and started our tour. I was so happy with how my iphone 11 pictures turned out so I hope you enjoy.
You just have to take a selfie from this spot, the perfect angle to showcase the house. We parked in the parking lot and walked up to the house taking in the expansive green lawn.
There’s a line for you to wait your turn to go in and we had a 10:30 time slot.
The house is breathtaking no matter how many times I’ve toured it.
The craftsmanship and stateliness of this historical Gilded Age estate is just amazing.
Inside the large atrium is the first area you see. It never gets old to see this beautiful glass enclosed room.
I took lots of detailed pics this time with ceilings and woodwork to see. I wanted to capture the hallways and the specialness of the wood and architecture.
One of my favorite rooms is the dining room. How majestic is this view?
Truly a masterpiece of a room. This is where the huge real live Christmas tree goes for the holidays.
The details in the Biltmore are just stunning.
Family dining area.
The music room.
Covered loggia with views outside.
And the views are so dramatic. Nothing like the mountains of NC!
The library is so interesting to look atl.
Can you imagine this many books?
The ceiling looks like a Roman masterpiece.
The tapestry hallway.
The Grand staircase.
Upstairs sitting area
Door going into Mr. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.
You can find out a lot more information on the Vanderbilt website about the house and gardens. The estate is still family owned and they have found creative ways to keep the estate maintained and allows thousands of visitors to see the home and gardens as they were in 1895. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been!
We’ll pick up here in the next post, Part 2 of the Vanderbilt estate. I hope you enjoyed this part of the house, there is a lot more to see! Come back tomorrow for Part 2.