|The Colors of Autumn|
Because of the rain, however, my wife Dianne and I decided that a little more indoor time might be appropriate. George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House proved the perfect escape from the tedious raindrops.
The landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the chief architect, Richard Morris Hunt, conspired to keep the French Chateau inspired house from view until a visitor was almost at its doorstep...this increasing the suspense and awe. It works! You round the last turn, enter a portico and just off to the right is this magnificent "home". Incidentally, it happens to be the largest privately owned residence in the US at 178,926 sq. ft. (16,623 sq. m).
|Vanderbilt's Biltmore House|
Biltmore has 252 rooms including 33 bedrooms for family and guests, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces and three kitchens. The most impressive of these is the Banquet Hall. It is seven stories tall, is lined with mid-1500's Flemish tapestries, has a triple fireplace (in which most people could easily stand, as long as there were no fire!) From about the third story, it is overlooked by an organ loft housing a 1916 Skinner Pipe Organ. (I'd love to show you some pictures of this but photos are not allowed in the house!)
You have to see the house to fully appreciate it!
|Our Winery Tasting Server|
Best advice: plan for at least a day at the Estate and the grounds. Heading into the holidays there are decorations (they were putting up the Christmas trees during our visit) and events to consider. Reservations are recommended. For more information see the Biltmore web site.