The Biltmore House was built by George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914). The estate includes 8,000 acres and centuries of history. It was officially opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. Today, it remains the largest privately owned home in the United States. The house opened to the public in 1930. Each year from about Thanksgiving to New Years, the house is lavishly decorated for Christmas.
Touring the 230 some room home is an amazing experience....though of course it doesn't include every room! You too can visit this piece of history by joining my Great Smoky Mountain Quilting Tour in Aug. 2010. Click on the link at the upper right for tour information....I encourage you to sign up quickly......this tour has a limited number of spaces. We will be spending 2 days at the Biltmore Estates, with 2 nights of accommodations at the Inn at Biltmore (FABULOUS) where we will be having our farewell dinner!!
No photographing is allowed in the home.....so during our visit there this past Friday.....I documented some of the other many sights you'll see while visiting the estate.
Walking paths abound.....this one led to the conservatory.....where along the way you are greeted with unexpected views of nature. I loved this tree......doesn't the trunk remind you of elephant feet??
Inside, the huge conservatory the smallest details are thoughtfully displayed.....enjoy these photos.....
Of course shopping is plentiful too...... I got a kick out of these two beaded wire creatures.
Be sure to visit Traveling Together to obtain all the tour information (click on quilting tours) .....and register to join me!!