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.
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.
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.
Absolutely beautiful garden, rows and rows of tulips.
My dad is amazed with the colors of the tulips.
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.
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.