Asheville, NC regularly appears in national lists as one of the top cities in the arts, business, outdoor recreation, retirement, and quality of life, and has a long list of recognition and accolades. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has added to that list of recognitions, dubbing Asheville’s Biltmore Estate the “King of Castles”.
Built in the 1890′s, the Biltmore Estate, situated on 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1963. Boasting 250 elaborate rooms, the article says of this French château style mansion that “Among the domestic castles of the American Gilded Age, it reigns supreme, outshining the mansions of Newport and the estates of South Florida.”
The original owner of Biltmore, George Vanderbilt, unveiled his new home to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895 and the holiday season continues to be a special time of celebration at Biltmore. The mansion is decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, evergreen garland, thousands of ornaments, and hundreds of wreaths and bows. A variety of musical and dance performances take place as part of the season’s festivities as well, and this year Biltmore is host to a beautiful Tiffany glass exhibition featuring 45 stained glass lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Self-guided tours of Biltmore take place throughout the year, but Christmas is a particularly magical time to visit this “King Of Castles” at Biltmore Estate.
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