Biltmore is the lavish Vanderbilt house and gardens in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville. The mansion attracted over a million visitors, with 1,038,348 visiting the house and gardens during 2009. The attendance declined only slighty from the 2008 attendance of 1,070,900.
"A visit to Biltmore is an extraordinary experience and an escape from everyday life," said Julie Hanser, Vice President of Attraction Marketing for Biltmore. "We believe those qualities have really resonated with people even during these tough economic times."
Called 'The World's Largest Home,' Biltmore is a historic property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Biltmore House, with 250 rooms of art and antiques, is a historic property with gardens, a farm and activities year around. Whether a guest's interest lies in food and wine, gardening, history, agriculture, family activities or just escaping the everyday, Biltmore has an event or activity suitable for the entire family.
History buffs can spend hours exploring Biltmore House and enjoying the glimpse it provides into life during the Gilded Age. Guests can take tours of the historic Biltmore House that offer insights into the Vanderbilt family and their style of living.
For people interested in learning about the agricultural heritage of Biltmore, there is River Bend Farm. The farm communicates the rich farm lift that supported the estate for more than a century. Guests can explore the Kitchen Garden, displays of historic farm equipment and farm animals. The Farmyard is the place to meet draft horses, calves, lambs and chickens. On select dates, the Farmyard holds events with mountain music and artisans, including a blacksmith and woodworkers
Biltmore's walking trails are a testament to Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted's belief that the landscape should be enjoyed and admired by guests. Each path provides a new opportunity to discover nature and the estate's wildlife and bird community. Guests can walk along what was once the main carriage drive on the Glen Road, or explore the estate's rustic side with the Bass Pond and Creekside Trails and enjoy seasonal wildflowers.
Biltmore is a historic estate in North Carolina that offers guests a glimpse into the Gilded Age and the Vanderbilt family. See the Biltmore website for information on accommodations, tours and special activities on the property.
Written by Christine Nyholm