My family and I arrived at the Biltmore Estate around noon on Monday and, after parking our cars in the parking lot, made the short walk to the house along beautiful shady trails. There is a shuttle option but I highly recommend walking if you’re able, as the trail opens up in front of the house and offers quite an impressive view and lots of wonderful photo opportunities.
We opted for the audio tour of the house which was more than worth it and offered the perfect amount of information about the estate. The device looked like a remote control and we simply held it up to our ears after pressing the designated numbers outside of each room. This allowed us total control so we could listen as long as we wanted, skip around or begin listening to information about upcoming rooms as we walked along the corridors.
I loved the way the tour included stories about the Vanderbilt family and really enjoyed learning more about the traditions and social formalities of the Gilded age. I was shocked to learn that George Vanderbilt was 32 years old and single when he moved into the 250-room mansion and his wife Edith was only 25 when she moved into the Biltmore House. Edith’s bedroom, the room where she and her daughter Cornelia gave birth to their children, the pool and the kitchen were my favorite rooms in the house.
The above picture is the indoor pool located in the basement of the Biltmore house and when the Vanderbilt family wanted to use the pool, they would fill it up and use it for a couple of days before draining it since there were no chemicals in the water. According to the audio tour, the pool would become a “giant biology experiment” after a couple of days. Eek!
It took us about two hours to make our way though the house and once we were done with the tour of the home, we ventured outside to walk around the gardens before driving to the winery on the property.
Ryan and I both said we’d love to come back to the Biltmore Estate for a weekend in the future to hike and take advantage of everything there is to do on the property. The staff was just beginning to bring out Christmas trees and lights to decorate the mansion and I can only imagine how beautiful it is over the holidays!
Our day at the Biltmore concluded at the winery located in the heart of Antler Hill Village.
We spent another couple of hours at the winery, sampling wines (the Biltmore Christmas white wine was my favorite), eating ice cream and lounging in the grass outside listening to live music. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the low 70s and it felt wonderful to spend some time in the sun.
We arrived back at our mountain house a little after 6 p.m. after a very fun and very full day at the Biltmore Estate. I highly recommend visiting the Biltmore Estate if you are ever in the Asheville area. It absolutely lives up to the hype and we had a wonderful time!