Andrew and I both grew up in North Carolina but neither of us had ever been to the Biltmore Estate! Andrew is a history buff and always wanted to go to the Biltmore so I made sure we went while back in North Carolina.
The tickets were a bit pricey but parking was included. The gardens and grounds were also included in the ticket pricing as well as the winery! They also offered a small military discount which was nice.
The Biltmore House began in 1889 which took over a six-year period to complete. "George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. As our guest, you’re invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted."
Our tour included a self-guided tour of three floors and the basement in the Biltmore Estate. We saw displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more that tell stories and illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees.
After our tour of the Biltmore House, we went to the gift shop area to grab some ice cream to take with us as we explored the grounds of the estate. We enjoyed a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, and the open meadows of Deer Park. We strolled about 2.5 miles on trails in the manicured grands and went through all of the green houses.
We spent the entire day at the Biltmore Estate. There was just so much to see and so much to learn about. As we were leaving we saw horse trails, fields of daffodils, and more of the Biltmore Estate which included a winery, hotel, and inn.