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The Ultimate Guide to a Girlfriends Getaway in Asheville

A Three-Day Itinerary for a Fun-Filled Trip to Asheville Mastering the perfect girlfriends getaway is a bit of an art. A mix of personalities means that the ideal destination needs to have a range of activities and dining options for everyone.  Lucky for you, Asheville has it all! From world-class dining and shopping to outdoor adventures and spas that make you say “ahhhh”,

Christmas Candlelight Evening

Christmas at Biltmore Estate

Holiday Traditions at America's Largest Home Christmas Eve 1895, and Biltmore House was bustling with activity. In just a few hours, George Vanderbilt would officially open his new home in Asheville, N.C., to family and friends with a lavish party. From the kitchen came rich smells of holiday food. Among the palms in the Winter Garden were bright exotic botanical poinsettias, and the faint

Biltmore Blooms

Biltmore Blooms

Biltmore Estate Events for Spring 2018 Welcome spring in high style with more than 130,000 flowers, blooming in gardens fit for a Vanderbilt. At Biltmore Blooms, the estate's annual festival of flowers, the color and fragrance of orchids and thousands of spring bulbs steal the show. When George Vanderbilt decided to build his 250-room family home in the mountains of Western North Carolina , he

Biltmore & Italian Gardens

Visit Biltmore: A True American Treasure

Discover an American fairy tale, complete with a castle. Asheville’s crown jewel, Biltmore , was created by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a retreat reminiscent of the grand castles and estates of France and Britain. Vanderbilt fell in love with the North Carolina mountains after visiting with his mother in the late 1880s and immediately began acquiring land. By late 1889, he was ready to

Grayline Asheville Trolley Tours

5 Awesome Ways to Explore Asheville’s Rich History

Unlock the Secrets to Asheville’s Storied Past Hidden among the tree-lined streets of Asheville lies a rich history waiting to be discovered. Take a trip back in time with local historians to learn how our thriving mountain town came to be, and about the amazing people who helped shape it along the way. Whether you prefer traveling by foot or by bus, in a group or solo, these are five of the

6 Things You Didn't Know About Biltmore Village

6 Things You Didn't Know About Biltmore Village

Street cars, fancy fast food and what's coming next When George Vanderbilt and his team of architectural experts built the 250-room mansion and developed the (then) 120,000-acre estate that became Biltmore , they did so with a broad vision for the role the estate would play in the local community. Beginning in the 1890s, architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape designer Frederick Law

City & County Buildings Reflected

How Asheville's 50-Year Debt Paid Off In Architectural Treasures

  • July 21, 2015

Built For the Ages Asheville is a city where architecture has stood still for several generations. Prior to the stock market crash of 1929, Asheville was a boomtown. It served as a home for the Vanderbilts, a resort for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and other historic luminaries, and a mecca for rising young architects following in the footsteps of one of the masters, Richard Morris Hunt, who built

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