Fall Break getaway — Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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This summer when my grandmother and cousin visited, we had a little time on our hands. We spent most of it watching the entire Downton Abbey series.  Of course, that warranted a trip to the Biltmore Estate!  It was the closest thing we have to the Abbey, after all. 

The Biltmore Estate is located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.  The home was built by George Vanderbilt around the turn of the century.  It’s one of the reasons why I love Asheville so much!  Another reason might be because they have a Trader Joe’s. But that’s a story for a different day.

My husband and I have visited the Biltmore several times. Usually we take houseguests there.  For one thing, it’s only an hour’s drive from our house.  The drive is spectacular; going through the mountains gives you such a scenic view.  If you take the trip during the fall months (especially October) while the leaves are changing, it will take your breath away.  Be sure to have a camera handy!

Fall Getaway - Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC  savingsinseconds.com The house tour is self-guided unless you’re willing to fork out some extra cash for the audio tour…the kind where you wear a little lanyard and carry the speaker around.  We didn’t do it this time, but I think it’s definitely worth it.  There are so many cool details shared in the audio tour that you won’t get from the little pamphlet they give you with your ticket.  For example, in one of the gentleman’s rooms there was a doorway virtually hidden by the decor.  I overheard a woman talking about it and spotted the doorknob.  What a thrill to see it there, a door like Carson would walk through!

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Each room in the Biltmore has such a unique personality.  If you visit, be sure to take your time.  You might feel pressured to rush through with the other tour guests, but I highly recommend savoring the moments in the house.  It’s one of those special places that you just can’t find everywhere.   Be aware that there are many stairs throughout the tour.  An elevator is available for part of the tour, but you should still be prepared for going up and down levels, or walking across uneven landings.

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Plan some extra time during your trip for visiting the rest of the estate. The house is only one facet of the tour!  There is an amazing stable area with restaurants, shops, and wine tastings.  The gardens are simply amazing, especially if you visit during the tulip season.  We once saw the Christmas decorations, the scale of which could not compare to anything I’ve ever seen (except maybe Disney World).  I hope you get to make a trip to the Biltmore to enjoy this beautiful view!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Tamra Phelps says:

    I remember going there once as a kid. It is so beautiful; an amazing home & grounds.

  2. Rose Santuci-Sofranko says:

    I keep getting this when I click on the “Fall Break Giveaway”, yet I don’t see any giveaway? This is supposed to be where the Grand Prize giveaway is?

  3. Rose — it’s because the Fall Break giveaway ended at 11:59 PM on 9/30. Looks like you arrived here just after midnight, but the giveaway had already ended so it landed on the homepage. Sorry for the confusion!

    Tamra — it’s so beautiful. I’m glad you got to visit!

  4. Wow… So lovely! When I saw that second photo (taken indoors, with the plants/greenery) I thought, “Wedding!” What a beautiful estate.
    (And it seems I’m not the only one who has a thing for Trader Joe’s, hmm…? 😉 )
    Thank you for sharing this lovely locale and your reflections on it.
    –Ann

  5. rochelle haynes says:

    This is lovely

  6. I would go just for the scenery – beautiful!

  7. The artwork on the ceiling is so detailed! I would love to see it someday.

  8. What a pretty place! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Does look like a neat place to visit. I’d love to see their tulip gardens.

  10. Melissa Storms says:

    This looks like a beautiful place, the atrium is gorgeous. I imagine decorated for Christmas it is stunning.

  11. (Fall Break getaway — Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC) I sure could use a get-away anywhere right about now. Lately everything and anything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. I am truly sick of it!

  12. Stacy Bennett says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! I would love to take my family there!

  13. Beautiful sence

  14. The Biltmore Estate is breath-taking…so beautiful.

  15. rochelle haynes says:

    Love to visit here looks great

  16. Cynthia R says:

    I went probably about 7 years ago around Christmas, the whole place was so beautifully decorated.

  17. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    All the times that I have been to North Carolina, I have never been to this estate. Will definitely have to check it out the next time that I am there.

  18. Visiting North Carolina is on my wish list, it is such a beautiful state! This mansion looks quite amazing, and it would take quite some time to explore it. What a great way to spend a day!

  19. Julie Waldron says:

    I would love to visit the North Carolina, it looks so pretty. Biltmore is beautiful as well.

  20. Jill Myrick says:

    I have always lived in and around the Asheville area and have been to the Biltmore House twice. The house and surrounding grounds are gorgeous and I highly recommend visiting them as well.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  21. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I like the really nice architecture. I truly appreciate both history and design, so this was a truly great post. I loved the photos.

  22. Jeanine Carlson says:

    I’ve never been there before- it looks gorgeous!

  23. Renee Rousseau says:

    Beautiful pictures of Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. Fall is a great time to visit the Mountains of NC but any season is just as beautiful.

  24. Looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.

  25. John Smith says:

    It would be so great to visit there!

  26. I was never at Biltmore but would love to go there sometime.

  27. This estate looks amazing! It would be fun to walk around, looking at the art work.

  28. I have been to the Biltmore Estate and it was fabulous. Loved the tour. So much to see.

  29. Wowza, this place looks amazing! I’ve heard good things about Asheville and have read a bit too. We live about 10 hours away, but really that’s a pretty short drive for a week long vacation. I also heard its a foodie paradise there, maybe I’ll talk to my wife about visiting there this summer!

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