Gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly where or how.– Frederick Law Olmsted Source: www.biltmore.com
Close to the town of Asheville, North Carolina, nestled on 8000 acres of Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscaping, sits the Biltmore Estate, home of George Vanderbilt. Opened on Christmas Eve in 1895, the estate enchants visitors from around the world. Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil and her husband opened the estate to the public in 1930 with Asheville leaders hoping to increase tourism following the Depression. The rest is history.
Summer at Biltmore is special. According to the website, visitors are invited to “Explore our 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard and create memories to last a lifetime. Summer at Biltmore offers such fun family-friendly outdoor activities as hiking, biking, stand up paddle boarding and fly fishing. For a more restive pace, enjoy our magnificent gardens, bring a picnic, and relax in a quiet spot. Summer-time savings are available all season long, with $10 off per adult with seven-day advance purchase, and free admission for kids 16 and under!”
The current exhibition in the home features the artistry of great literary works, costume design, and movie making. Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics is based on George Vanderbilt’s love of literature and showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in his collection.
In 2010, Antler Hill Village opened to guests as a place to relax and unwind after a day of House tours and jaunts around the grounds. The village features a large Village Green, an exhibition hall, Biltmore Winery, and more.
Spend a day or a weekend at what I consider one of the most amazing places in the South. Enjoy!
One of my granddaughters views the replica of Cornelia Vanderbilt’s wedding dress on display at Antler Hill Village on the estate.