Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

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  1. jamess

    jamess Silver Supporting Member

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    My brother and I are taking a weekend road trip in a couple weeks to celebrate his 50th birthday in the Asheville, Great Smokey Mountains area. One idea that has come to mind is a visit to the Biltmore Estate.

    I see that besides the day use ticket they offer specialty tours and different dining options.

    Any advice for first time visitors? This not to miss, things to pass on?

    Thanks.
     
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    It's been many years, but the place is incredible. I can't help much with suggestions, but I think you'll enjoy the indoor tour very much. I do believe the Peter Sellers movie Being There was filmed there.
     
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    I've done the tour a few times and it's great. Give yourself plenty of time (it's a huge place) and stick around for lunch. The dinner and the wine is just OK....there are much better option in downtown Asheville for food and wine. And beer. There are several breweries in and around Asheville. My favorite is Pisgah Brewing in nearby Black Mountain. They also have great music entertainment just about every night.
     
  4. HammyD

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    Here's a view of Biltmore most people never see....in the dead of night.

    Aron said he shot these in near total darkness exploring the low light capability of the Panasonic camera. I live about 45 minutes away and would love the opportunity to camp out on the ground they way he did.


     
  5. Seth L

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    Biltmore is a fascinating thing to see, but I've only done day ticket. Asheville is a neat little part of the world.
     
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    I strongly suggest doing the tour - moved to NC 3 years ago and my family did the tour during the Christmas holiday season this year...certainly worth a one time trip to say the least no matter the time of year.
     
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    Its really cool and HUGE. Go early.
     
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    Warning traffic at pigeon forge exit has I 40 FUBAR there is a cool microbrewery pub along the riverfront art dist in Asheville
     
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    It is amazing - one of the finest estates in the entire world, and almost certainly the finest in North America.
     
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    That was awesome!
     
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    Definitely do the tour but make sure to leave the time to spelunk Ashville itself. It's a really cool hippy town with a lot of cool shops and restaurants.
     
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    Biltmore can be nice. I've enjoyed walking around the grounds far more than seeing the house. We stayed at the inn a while back. As part of the package, we got meals at the main eatery on the grounds (the name escapes me at the moment) with appetizers and wine included. Spent every night gorging on antipasto and wine. It was great.

    But, if I was just visiting Asheville for a brief time, I'd rather visit the Biltmore, walk the grounds, do the wine tasting, but eat at one of the excellent eateries off the grounds. The Corner Kitchen is excellent for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is located nearby in the Biltmore Village. I try to stop there every time I go through Asheville. I've found it's best to call ahead though. They can get awfully busy these days.

    Also, Limones is a fantastic place for dinner.
     
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    Take the rooftop tour of Biltmore. I think you pay extra for it, as in if you take the regular tour you pay another fee for the rooftop tour, but it's well worth it. They show and explain the architecture of the house, show you all the gargoyles and take you out on balconies and parts of the roof. It's really cool, and seeing the house and grounds from the roof is really cool.

    I've been to the Christmas tours, the regular tour, and gone about the grounds and gardens, but the rooftop tour was my fave.
     
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    definitely do the audio guided tour. I've heard the rooftop tour is cool, too. The gardens/grounds are pretty impressive.
     
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    I highly recommend touring the home and the estate grounds. But definitely save some time to tour Asheville. I recommend eating in Asheville as there are tons of great restaurants covering all types of food. It is one of my favorite places to visit as I am only a two hour drive away.
     
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    Would my son, 16 and my daughter, 11 enjoy seeing the estate?

    They are very well behaved kids and do well at museums...


    We are hitting South and North Carolina this summer on a road trip. Asheville is certainly on the list of places to hit!
     
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    Moog is also in Ashville, you should stop and visit there as well. The Biltmore tour is great also.
     
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    Well, not knowing your kids, but going on your post I'd say yes. The standard tour is very engrossing.
     
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    We were there in September, my 2nd visit. Block out a day for it, take your time, get there early, rent the headphones. Tour the gardens outside, have lunch at the village near the winery. It's an amazing place, Vanderbilt collected art and historical things like he was building a museum. The library is stunning.

    It's kinda like experiencing an American Downton Abbey.
     
  20. jamess

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    Thanks for all the great replies, everyone! I'm really looking forward to the adventure.

    I was leaning towards the additional rooftop tour and you guys have closed the deal. Both my brother and I have done a great deal of home building, remodeling and repair so the architectural aspect of the Biltmore is at the top of our interests. The sights from the roof top sound great.

    We will be heading out from Chapel Hill on a Friday morning driving to Asheville. We have hotel reservations for Friday and Saturday night there. Friday afternoon and night will be in Asheville for dinner, drinks and music. Saturday morning breakfast in Asheville and then off to Great Smokey Mountains NP for a day hike somewhere, dinner back in Asheville or maybe we'll swing by the casino in Cherokee. Sunday breakfast in Asheville followed by several hours at the Biltmore Estate before eventually heading back to Chapel Hill.

    Any input on things to do anywhere along that route is appreciated! Maybe a tasty BBQ joint for lunch on the road?

    Thanks!!
     

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