My husband and I spent last weekend in Asheville, NC on a brief “baby moon” (we’re expecting a little one in January!) It was a gorgeous time of year to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains, perfect weather and clear skies!
On Saturday we spent the day touring the Biltmore Estate. And when I say the day, really, it was several hours. The house tour itself is amazing; built by George Vanderbilt between 1889-1895. It is opulence defined. It takes almost 2 hours to tour the whole thing. Then we had to save time for the gardens, and for historic exhibits and tours of the winery (they produce loads of wine on the estate, though sadly I didn’t get to try any!)
The landscape was designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmstead and features several very formal areas; the Italian Garden, the Walled Garden and the Rose Garden. Most impressively, though, is that the more natural landscape was also designed by Olmsted. The surrounding forest was managed to create beautiful views and vistas from the house.