My mom and I stepped back in time for our annual mother-daughter outing last year and visited Biltmore Estates nestled in the lushness of Asheville, NC. This historic, 8,000 acre estate in the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains was built by George Vanderbilt as an escape from city living- he was from Staten Island, NY.
Not only was I fascinated by the history of this huge estate but I was equally fascinated by the spaces like the indoor pool, bowling alley, the florist room, the servant’s quarters, the meat kitchen, the regular kitchen, an original working elevator (we were brave enough to get on) and so many parlors within the 250 rooms in the estate.
The Biltmore House was opened to the public in 1930 to help increase tourism in in the area and to help preserve the estate. The grounds of the Biltmore are impeccable along with many flower gardens but my favorite were the 80,000 tulips in bloom with wisteria, azaleas, daffodils, snap dragons and more. There is also a world class winery, hotels, shopping, eateries and exhibits.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition from the hit television series was on display and definitely worth the walk through. It was surely a wonderful experience and I got to spend memorable time with my mother!
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