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At the Big House: Doing the Other Stuff at the Biltmore Estate

October 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Sure, the Biltmore Estate in western North Carolina is America's largest home. And it's great to spend a few hours touring the home, trying to wrap you head around what it was like to live there while realizing that you're a have-not.

But besides checking out the Lady on the Hill, the estate's 8,000 acres have a lot more to offer--like booze.

The Biltmore Gardens, designed by one of America's most well known landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted are well worth exploring. Guided walks are available during the spring, and you can learn first hand about the All America Rose Garden which features more than 250 varieties. The estate is also home to one of the country's first managed forests.

If you need a more first-hand experience when it comes to life in the late 19th century, then look no further than the River Bend Farm. Blacksmiths and woodworkers will share their crafts with you in a turn-of-the-century reenactment, and there's usually an old-school bluegrass band on hand.

Finally, don't skip the estate's winery: The eight-sample tasting is included with your admission.

Related Stories:
· Visit Biltmore [Official Site]
· Architecture Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: kjb]

Archived Comments:

Biltmore Estate & Village

Biltmore is definitely a big Asheville attraction to check out if you come to town. You can also stay right in Biltmore Village to get a feel for that section of town and enjoy spending time just walking around the great shops and restaurants. Biltmore Village is kind of like it's own quaint little hub in the middle of Asheville... it's neat to spend time there. Carolina Mornings manages the Biltmore Village Villas, luxury condos right across from the entrance to the estate. (We also have lots of other properties, and provide lots of no-strings-attached Asheville area info on our blog). Happy Asheville travels :) -Kelly Carolina Mornings: Discover Asheville http://carolinamornings.blogspot.com