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A beautiful house with breathtaking gardens, a winery, an inn and even a farm located near Asheville, NC. George Vanderbilt had the Biltmore House built as a retreat for himself, his wife and his daughter. The house was completed and revealed in 1895 with 250 rooms including a banquet hall, indoor pool, library, gymnasium and bowling alley. As beautiful as the house is, the gardens are just as astonishing. You pay admission and you can either take a guided tour or a self guided tour. I have always done the self guided tour because you are able to spend as much time as you want in each room. It's a great place to visit if you've never been!! There are shops and restaurants and tons to see and do. You can stay in the inn, visit the winery and enjoy wine tasting, visit the farm, go horseback riding, fishing, hiking or even go on a carriage ride. You can even get married there!! Imagine how ridiculously beautiful and expensive that would be.
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The Biltmore House is sight to see any time of the year. In April and May, they have the Festival of Flowers. You can enjoy acres of gardens carpeted with beautiful blooms, live music, and unique floral displays.
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During the summer, they host many concerts. You can listen to some awesome music with a view of the beautiful Biltmore House and lovely North Carolina mountains in the background. I've never been to a concert there but I have wanted to! They had a christian concert there last year but I wasn't able to make it. I hope I can make one this year!!
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Starting in August, you can see their amazing Flower Carpet. It's basically a huge garden with bright, colorful plants weaved around each other to create a beautiful living carpet on the grounds.
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Then comes the best part! Christmas!!! Christmas at Biltmore is something you just have to see for yourself. You have to get your reservations way ahead of time because it fills up fast. You will see tons of beautiful Christmas trees, decorations, and even a 35 foot Frasier fir. During the evenings in November and December, the house is lighted with warm fires and candlelight while choirs are singing heavenly carols to get you in the holiday spirit. Sound magical doesn't it??
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My first trip to the Biltmore House was in the 6th grade. We visited on a field trip. What fun we had!! When we got back, we watched the movie, The Private Eyes. It is a HILARIOUS movie starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts and was filmed in the Biltmore House. If you haven't seen the movie, you really need to go rent it! You will LOVE it! I have seen it a million times and I never get tired of it and still laugh like crazy at all of the corny jokes.
Have y'all ever visited the Biltmore House?? What was your favorite part?