The Biltmore Estate: Palatial splendor in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Serpentine roads lead to an unexpected sight nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. George Vanderbilt visited Asheville, North Carolina, as a young man and decided that it would be the perfect location to build a country home.

After six years of construction, the Biltmore Estate –the largest private home in the United States–was ready to explore.

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The 250-room behemoth of a French Renaissance Chateau inspires photographers, writers, and other artists to create. One of the latest works I read inspired by Biltmore is Robert Beatty’s Serafina and the Black Cloak, a historical mystery-thriller that is an entertaining read for young and old alike.

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As one who has an affinity for botany and outdoor living, I was especially drawn to the gardens of Biltmore. I also love the fact that one is allowed to take pictures of the gardens. (Taking photos is prohibited without permission within the Estate).

We did not get to see every garden because Grandma was accompanying us, and it was bit difficult traversing the girth of the estate grounds with a wheelchair. I am so happy that she had the opportunity to see the beauty of Biltmore. I especially loved the Italian Garden.

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For those who enjoy modern convenience, wine, good food, and shopping, don’t miss out on visiting Biltmore’s Village!

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So if you’re visiting Smoky Mountain National Park
in Tennessee, take a day trip to Biltmore Estate. You won’t regret it!

Happy trails! 🙂

Petiteloulou

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