Biltmore – Asheville, NC

Biltmore, the largest private home in America, was amazing. The house was grounds and gardens (even in the rain) were beautiful, the home was overwhelming and furnishings were exquisite. The estate was decorated for Christmas – and that was truly over the top. I can’t tell you how many trees there were – one in each room, some with two or three! Along with the self-guided tour of the house, there was also the arboretum to visit, along with a winery and an historic barn area. The day was cold and rainy, but that didn’t seem to stop any of the crowds! I took some pictures, but they really don’t capture the majesty of the estate, so if you want to see what this place looks like, please check out their website.
My one complaint – it was a VERY Expensive day. The cost for the self-guided tour is a whopping $39.00. That does include the arboretum, winery and historic barn. It also includes a small pamphlet which very briefly describes each room. There is an audio tour (headset, etc.) that is an additional $7.00. Or there is a hardback guide book that was around $14.00 (and of course there are other guided tours that all involve more $$). So, while it was an amazing place, I did feel like they took advantage a captive audience, not to mention pricing it out of the range of a good many people that would like to see it.

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  1. The Hearst Castle is cheaper. I think $14 per person, and that’s with a tour. It’s totally cool.

    You guys are never going to make it to California at this rate.

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