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My Visit to Biltmore Estate

Biltmore House

George Vanderbilt lived well, I think this is an understatement.  I’ve lived in North Carolina for over 10 years and this is my first time visiting Biltmore Estate, kind of surprised that I didn’t visit sooner because it’s only a bit over an hour drive from us.  I think I have to make it a tradition now to visit a place on April 15th, looking back, last year on this day we visited North Carolina Zoo.

Biltmore House is the home of the Vanderbilts, opened to the public during the depression to bring in money to preserve the estate in 1930.  Today, Biltmore remains a family business.

We are not allowed to take pictures of the inside, but this is the description of the place by their website that I couldn’t have described it better myself…

Explore a Real-Life Castle. Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon’s chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateáu remains America’s largest privately owned home.

Biltmore House

It has been raining a lot lately and I was afraid that I’d miss the tulips in bloom.  We got to Biltmore shortly after 10 AM, and by then the parking lot A and B were already filled and we parked at parking lot C, there was a shuttle bus that dropped us off at the entrance of Biltmore house.  I guess I’m not the only one that wanted to see the tulips or the castle, when we got to the house, there was a line forming, and we moved inch by inch touring the house.  All I can say is that it’s amazing, and my dad is still amazed of how beautiful everything is.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

One main reason that I wanted to visit Biltmore is to see the tulips, when I first saw the entrance, I knew I was in for a treat.

Tulips at Bilmore

Absolutely beautiful garden, rows and rows of tulips.

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

My dad is amazed with the colors of the tulips.

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulip at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

Tulips at Biltmore

This one is called a Magic Lantern, there are more photos of exotic orchids and plants, I’ll have to make another post just for them.  I’ve added photos of Dogwood trees in bloom at Biltmore in this post.

Magic Lantern

A friend once asked me if Ashville North Carolina looks like Laos, I guess in a sense it does with the beautiful mountain view, see for yourself.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

22 thoughts on “My Visit to Biltmore Estate”

  1. i love your photography! beautiful place.. I want to visit it one day…

    was it crowded inside and were you allowed to touch anything and go in every rooms? I just plante tluips in my garden, but they died!! 😦

    1. lady0fdarkness, from surveying the license plates, there were cars from everywhere, as far as Maine.

      It was crowed inside, there is an MP3 tour where you listen to audio of each room that you visit. We are allowed to visit rooms that are open for guests, and they have a walkway that is roped off like the bank. Some of the drapes that are closest to us have glass cases, and some of the walls that are closest to us are also covered with glass panels. We are allowed to touch the fireplaces, doors, etc., but I do have to say that it’s absolutely beautiful inside.

  2. I saw this building for the first time on a magazine. I thought it was some place in England. I was astonished this was here in America.

  3. I have visited Biltmore 3 times, the last being during it’s Christmas period. It is always amazing and beautiful. If you are in the area you need to take the time ( and more than you think) to go.

    1. Hi Davis, since I’m not too far, it’d have been best for me to get a season pass, but I didn’t this time. They’ve a beautiful rose garden that I want to visit, and also the water lily ponds that should be beautiful in the summer months. I’ve also heard that Christmas decoration is beautiful.

  4. You made it to the Biltmore! And what a perfect time to go with all the tulips in bloom. That itself looks like a tulip festival to me. 🙂

    1. Cambree, at first I was shooting for May 3rd, but I was afraid that I’d miss the tulips, so April 15th was good timing, also their 3 new rooms open to the public, absolutely beautiful. The tulips are beautiful, now I want to visit the tulip farm. 🙂

  5. Wow, those are nice photos! It’s amazing that a French Chateau can be found right here in the U.S.

    I would like to visit Asheville, NC now. Summer time must be nice there, when all the summer flowers are in bloom.

    1. Thanks Salat, I’ve read more into the history and the place is amazing. If you do visit, they’ve nice hotels for you to stay, and I’ve seen people hiking and biking, made me want to go there for a vacation. I might go back there again in the summer to see the rose garden.

  6. Once again, you captured such beautiful photos with that camera of yours. Did you go down to the winery for samples? Asheville is a beautiful place.

    1. Hi PaNoy, thanks. We went down to the winery and B sampled some wines and we waited forever for him, I thought he got lost in there. 🙂 The last 2 photos of the tulips are in front of the winery. We also went to the farm, I like their kitchen garden but they don’t have a lot in there yet, the summer should be nicer and I hope to visit again in the summer.

  7. Birgitte told me about this post…I’m so impressed by your pictures! My daughter is starting a culinary externship at the Biltmore next week. I’m pleased she’ll have a lovely place to work!!

  8. i”ve heard of the biltmore house all my life,and how amazing it was i fanily got to go see it.i never dreamed in a million years how it was up closed and in person,till i went,it was like seeing something in a fairytail book.my mind still wonders what it would it would have been like to live in something so elaborant and magical hope to visit the gardens in the spring.i”ll never forget the experince of seeing the beauty biltmore castle.

    1. Hi Shelia Sims, Biltmore is a nice place to visit, I’ve been there several times and still like to continue to visit on a regular basis, so I’m getting a season pass for next year. I can’t even imagine what it’d be like to live there, but I’m sure I’d love it. 🙂

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