It’s good to be a Vanderbilt! A guide to visiting the Biltmore Estate.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces in your home? Well then welcome to the world of George Vander bilt and the world famous Biltmore House and Gardens. Built in 1895 and located in Asheville North Carolina, the 250 room mansion is o ne of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Situated on an 8,000-acre estate with beautifully landscaped gardens, a lagoon and a working winery, the B iltmore is the largest privately owned home in the United States. It took six years and 1000 men to build the 175,000 square foot house, which inc ludes three kitchens and a banquet hall, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you wan t to take it all in. But that’s no problem, because the Estate is open to visit ors seven days a week, 365 days a year. So, what will you find as you enter the lives of the rich and famous? * The Biltmore House contains a priceless collection of art and antiques col lected by Mr. Vanderbilt himself during his world travels. The family’s original furnishings have also been faithfully preserved. The House offers self-guided t ours, but you’ll probably want to purchase the audio companion in order to get t he most out of your visit. * Spectacular views are available at every turn with 75 acres of breathtakin g gardens design by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect that d esign New York’s Central Park. The property includes reflecting ponds, a walled garden, a conservatory, a bass pond, and numerous trails and garden paths perfec t for strolling hand-in-hand with that special someone. * Learn the art of winemaking with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Biltmore Estate Winery. Then enjoy a great meal at the popular European-styled Bistro Res taurant. Want to learn a little more? Then take a wine tasting class or sign u p for cooking demonstrations by the Estate’s own chefs. Don’t forget to bring h ome a bottle of the South’s most popular wine as a souvenir of your visit. * The Farm Village provides a glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the Biltmore. The Estate has supported a rich farm life for more than a century. Ki ds will love the opportunity to interact with live horses, calves, lambs and chi ckens. You’ll also find displays of historic farm equipment and see authentic bl acksmiths and woodworkers in action. * A number of entertaining outdoor activities are available for visitors, in cluding horseback riding, biking, hiking, and fly fishing. Make special arrange ments to conclude your visit with a romantic sunset carriage ride, complete with a complimentary bottle of Biltmore wine. You’ll want to add an extra few days to your Smoky Mountain vacation in order to experience the historic Biltmore Estate. And for those who are renting Gatlinb urg cabins or Pigeon Forge cabins, please note that Biltmore is just a short dri ve from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area.