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Biltmore Estate: House, Gardens & Winery, Asheville, NC

 

Curtis Loftin Family
07 June 2004
 
Curtis had been to the Biltmore Estate (also known as Biltmore House & Gardens) in Asheville, NC, numerous times during his 30 years of teaching 8th grade, but Carolyn had never seen the grand estate. So, on 07 Jun 2004, as part of an anniversary surprise, they headed out for a day of fun. Carolyn loves surprises - especially loved to give them - but on this occasion Curtis thought he'd give her one in return. When she got in the car, she was promptly blind-folded as Curtis drove them to their destination. She did pretty good at figuring out which way they were going as a result of the direction the car turned, so Curtis put in a few extra turns and even some circles just to confuse her. He didn't make her stay blind-folded for the entire trip, however. The mountain drive was beautiful and he didn't want her to miss out on that part of the trip.
 

 
The Biltmore Estate is a large (6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles) private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space. Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.
 
 
 

THE ESTATE

 

 
Entrance to the Biltmore Estate
 
 
Tickets to the Estate, Gardens & Winery can be purchased at the entrance to the property or online at Biltmore.com and can be quite pricey. Ticket prices vary depending upon the month and season of the year. It's possible to get a discount online when you purchase your tickets 7+ days in advance.
 

Once you park your car, you'll come across this beautiful arbor as you take the trail up to the house

 
Curtis & Carolyn found someone to take their photo together
 
Our first view of the lavish North Carolina mountain house
 
 
The palatial NC Estate of George Washington Vanderbilt II
 
 
The house is open for self-guided tours. You are not allowed to take photos inside of the house but you can take as many on the outside of the house, in the gardens, or around the property as you wish.
 
 
Walking around the outside of the big house
 
 
The Biltmore Estate Carriage House
 
 
A vacation where you can sit and relax is one of the very best types of vacations
 
 
There we plants and flowers everywhere - inside and out
 
 
Carolyn was reluctant to having her picture taken so that meant Curtis was the subject in most of the photos that day
 
But ... she did eventually let him take a "few" photos of her
 
More of Curtis
 
 
A side view of the massive house
 
 
 
 

THE GARDENS

 

 
Looking back at the estate as me move toward the gardens
 
There were many beautiful spots in the garden offering lots of opportunities for photos - including the Biltmore Italian Garden
 
As Curtis sat down for this photo, he almost tumbled backwards into the water. Thus the big smile of "relief" on his face.
 
Large postcard in the Italian Garden
 
 
Large Russian Post Card and topiary similar to the spires of the St. Basil's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
 
The Biltmore Conservatory
 
There are different areas in the garden that are internationally themed with the types of flowers
and other decorations from other countries
 
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy - A Matador in Spain
 
Topiary of a bull reminiscent of the bulls of Spain
 
Beautiful flowers everywhere
 
There was a Japanese garden area
 
Topiary of an elephant in the Indian garden
 
Leaving the garden area
 
A view of the house as we move toward the winery
 
 
 

THE WINERY

 

 
Carolyn posing at several spots around The Winery
 
Grape vines - Honeysuckle -Clematis and many more
 
Time for a little shopping
 
Eiffel Tower of Paris, France - Curtis posing outside the Winery
 
One of many beautiful fountains on the property
 
 
 
 
 
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To learn more about Biltmore Estate go to http://www.biltmore.com