One of the attractions that Tammy and I enjoyed during our fall visit to Asheville, NC was the Biltmore Estate. The first phrase that comes to mind when I attempt to describe Biltmore is "jaw dropping". The place is huge - the house is 175,000 square feet with 255 rooms, and the land encompasses 8,000 acres. It is the largest privately held home in the United States.

Arriving at the estate is somewhat like arriving at a large theme park - except that it is immensely prettier. You are directed to one of several parking lots and then ride a shuttle bus to get to the front door. All along the route to the home, however, you are passing through cultivated farm land, or forest with subtle hints of planning, such as a raised bed of flowers nestled back in what would otherwise be a natural stand of trees.

We toured the inside of the house, and saw the grandeur of the place, as well as portions that were the behind-the-scenes support for the household - kitchen, servants quarters, laundry, etc. They have rules against photography inside the house, so your image of the place is going to have to be built from photos found on the official Biltmore website.

Luckily they do not have any rules against photography outside of the house. There you will find plenty of subjects to keep your photographic attention.

Stone Figure

Stone Figure

Stone Face in Sun

I am thinking of getting downspouts like these installed at my house ;-)


Besides the immediate vicinity of the house, there are several trails you can wander to explore the manicured grounds.

Fly on Flower

Grand Tree




All things considered, the Biltmore Estate was a fantastic way to spend a day.


HANNIBAL said...

All I can say is...WOW! Loved the daisy/bee photo!

troutbirder said...

I think you made the right decision coming back to your blog, whatever time you have available. I say this because I took the time to look back at many of your previously posts. They are very interesting and well done. I liked the bird and nature photography especially well. My spouse and I traveled the Blue Ridge several years back and I can definitely say now we made a mistake skipping Biltmore.