George Vanderbilt opened the doors of this grand ‘home’ to his family on Christmas Eve, 1895…and 117 years later, you and your family can make new memories by touring this grand ‘family home,’ yourselves in Asheville!
Brenda Matthews here, and my husband Kenny and I were lucky enough to do just that last Sunday. This was our first visit, but it won’t be our last! We walked around, as most do, with our mouths wide open, amazed by the beauty of this building, this structure, this once-private family home, now decked out in it’s holiday finery. We arrived around 9:30 am, when crowds were light, but this beautiful place can also be toured at night during “Candlelight Christmas Evenings,” but you might want to think about purchasing your tickets early, as they ‘sell out’ quickly.
Your tour, this holiday season, includes the 7-story tall Banquet Hall, where the Vanderbilts could entertain and dine with 38 at the magnificent dining table with velvet covered chairs. On one side of the room, you’ll hear the haunting sounds of the pipe organ, on the other a roaring fire to warm, and on the back wall Flemish tapestries from the mid-1500′s to warm up the room and to amaze the eye. During the holiday season, as you see in the picture, a 35 foot Christmas tree is the star of the room!
Everywhere you look, there’s a little hint of Christmas, done tastefully and within the period. You’ll marvel at the garland, wreathes, poinsettias, trees decorated with vintage and period ornaments, the same that the Vanderbilts marveled at! Your tour also includes family bedrooms, the grand library (below), the bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, kitchen and food prep and storage areas, and servant’s quarters.
Your admission this holiday season includes self-guided tours of the breathtakingly beautiful Biltmore House & Gardens, the Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.
And, guess who’s waiting to hear your Christmas wish-list at Antler Hill Village?
Make memories with your own family this holiday, and maybe even start a new family tradition! Visit the Biltmore this holiday. For special holiday savings, buy advance tickets on-line at Biltmore.com.
Also – listen to win your tickets from me, Brenda Matthews, every day this week, (Nov. 12-16) between 10-2pm!