Take a Scenic Drive to Biltmore

Biltmore Estate, sunset through the greenhouse

The conservatory at sunset

If you are visiting our North Carolina cabins from out of state, you may want to consider a scenic drive to one of North Carolina’s gems – Biltmore Estate, in Asheville. It is a bit of a drive, to be sure (just under three hours), but the route is lovely and the estate fantastic.

The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. The mansion is one of the largest private homes ever made in this country, and its luxury and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. The grounds of the 125,000 acre estate were designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

One of the first forays the Estate took in order to remain self-sufficient was into the world of wine. Today, the wines of Biltmore are award-winning, and tasting wine is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a visit to the estate. Two events are held daily, and free with admission. At 2pm, learn why wine and chocolate are a heavenly match (bring your tastebuds). At 5pm, enjoy a tour and see how and where these fine wines are made.

So if you have a day to spare during your stay at our Blue Ridge Parkway cabins, meander on down to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. Stroll the grounds, tour the mansion, and taste some wine. You will find it well worth the trip.

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