The Biltmore Estate is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. The estate features the largest single family home in the United States, and is a major attraction in Western North Carolina that receives over 1 million visitors per year. The entrance to the estate is located in Biltmore Village just south of Asheville on Hwy. 25.
The Biltmore Estate includes the largest single family home in the country, and was built by George Vanderbilt II between 1888 and 1895. The Vanderbilt family made a fortune in the steamboat and railroad businesses, as well as other ventures.
The house was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, and the grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The house includes a 70,000 gallon heated indoor pool, a private bowling alley, a two story library, and many other grand amenities that were state of the art when the house was built in the late 1800s.
The estate also features gardens, a working winery, a 4 star hotel and various restaurants.
The Biltmore House is open to guests as a museum house and has guided tours available.
The Gardens at the estate are worth the trip by themselves. Designed by America's foremost landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted, the gardens are expertly cared for and a tribute to Olmsted's genius.
The Winery has been operational since 1985 producing award winning estate wines, with wine tasting and a store on the premises.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers award winning lodging right on the estate premises. It has been awarded Four Stars by Mobil Travel Guide, Four Diamonds by AAA, and is on Condé Nast Traveler's 2007 Gold List.
Restaurants and Dining options are excellent at the Biltmore Estate, with a few places to choose from.