What a fantastic place the Biltmore Estate is! We spent Christmas week there and wow, what a delight of beauty, music, sights and sounds, Christmas the “old fashioned” way and incredibly wonderful food! It is surely a place to revisit in the spring when the Azaleas and Roses are in bloom. Perhaps another stay at the “Inn at Biltmore” or even a quaint Victorian B&B? Next time around, antiquing and shopping in and around Asheville proper.
In the Oct/Nov edition of TeaTime Magazine, the had a really nice article on the Biltmore Estate. Did you know? Biltmore “the house” itself hosts 250 rooms, 35 guest and family bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 15 workrooms and pantries, 4 acres of floorspace, 3 kitchens, 3 laundry rooms, 65 fireplaces, 102 steps on the grand staircase, 10,000 or more books currently housed in the library (out of an original collection of over 20,000), 2,000 sq. ft. covered by ceiling painting in library, 2,300 roses in the rose garden, 250 acres of landscaped gardens, 200 tons of grapes that are handpicked each year in the vineyards and more. Now that is a “house” to be sure. It is actually a “Château” (or mansion, palace) of the finest quality and design and preserved as it was when the Vanderbilt’s lived there. It is truly a must-see, must-do place for travelers looking for a truly wonderful vacation experience.
We photographed hundreds of photos of the Estate, however, pictures within Biltmore House are not allowed except for those taken by the professional photographers at one point in the tour for a price of $22 for one portrait which is an excellent price for the fantastic portrait they take and include it packaged for you.
The gardens are not in bloom during the Christmas season but the decorations inside and out made up for it. The entire mansion was draped in over 400 wreaths and bows, 700 poinsettias, a 35-foot Christmas tree and beautiful candlelight’s. The other buildings, restaurant and Inn were likewise decorated to the “hilt” in glory. Just fantastic. A favorite for me was the glorious library in the “the house”! Another favorite was the “Library” at the Inn at Biltmore where we had Tea and Dinner and especially the “center tree” with “Wizard of Oz” decorations underneath.
I purchased the “Bounty of Biltmore Cookbook” and will post a few recipes this week as well as several others from my collection of “must share” recipes and more pictures. Until then, bon appetit and stop over at Biltmore online and perhaps it will encourage you to go for a visit soon.