Visiting the Biltmore Estates is one of my favorite things during the holiday season! The whole house and property grounds are fully decorated for Christmas, making it the perfect place to spend time with the family during this time of the year. The Biltmore House began in 1889 which took over 6 years to complete. “George Vanderbilt’s 250-room château is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore house is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality.”
Our tour included a self-guided tour of three main floors of the house and the basement! We got to admire 56 beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the whole house as well as the Vanderbilt’s art, bedrooms, vintage clothing, and even their swimming pool and bowling alley.
After our tour, which took about two hours to complete, we ate lunch at the Stable Café (recommend making reservations). The atmosphere of this restaurant is so neat. The tables are set up in restored horse stalls that the Vanderbilt’s used to keep their horses in. We then shopped around the gift shops and grabbed a cup of hot cocoa before going out to explore the grounds.
The Estate is surrounded by lush green forests, and open meadows where we were able to spot a ton of deer and a group of 6 bears! There are tons of walking trial, horse paths, small streams, and ponds. As we were leaving at dusk the soft orange glow of the sun shined over the grounds creating a peaceful mountain environment.
We spent the entire day at the Biltmore Estates. There is so much to see and so much history to learn about. As we were leaving the estate we got to see more of the property which included the winery, hotel, and the inn which are on the backside of the estate!