The Biltmore Estate and Gardens…Simply Gorgeous!


The Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina surpassed my expectations!  I arrived at 8:30am to take photos of the gardens before the sun was up too high.  It was freezing out…but I was so excited…I forgot my gloves.  The estate is located on 8,000 acres and has 250 rooms!  They employ 1800 employees!  Some of the other offerings are–a winery, restaurants, a hotel and spa, and a variety of outdoor activities.

This is the greenhouse…

Walking through the gardens…snapping photos like a wild woman…I was amazed at the profusion of color!  I had talked with a local the night before and she had said there wouldn’t be much to look at in the gardens…hah!

Most of my photos don’t have any people in them.  That’s another reason to get an early start!

I arrived in Asheville yesterday and stopped at the Visitor’s Center to pick up maps and information.  A representative from the Biltmore was there, so I bought a ticket for $49 ($10 less than at the door) and she talked me into purchasing a ticket for a self-guided audio tour that was $10 extra.  It was worth it.  Most likely I’ll never go back…too many new places to see!

The vistas were beautiful!

After touring the gardens and the “mansion” (where you’re not allowed to take photos), I hopped in my car and kept pulling over on the side of the road to get out and take photos.  There were so many interesting paths and beautiful spots!  Luckily, it wasn’t very crowded because of the weather the day before!

This is the “bass pond”…

I didn’t expect to see a waterfall!!

And finally…a back view of the hotel!

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did!

33 thoughts on “The Biltmore Estate and Gardens…Simply Gorgeous!

  1. Pingback: Biltmore Estate | Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine

  2. Wow a great tour… the local told you there wasn’t much to see…. wonder what it looks like when they think there’s more to see… those gardens are magnificent, the building wow what can one say… but one thing that fascinates me in a lot of these older places one is not allowed to take photos… I wonder why???

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  3. This is probably my favorite mansion or place to visit on the east coast. I’ve been there like five times. I used to love that period…the Victorian era and Industrial Age. Probably I should have studied that in college, I could give you a walking tour of all the rooms n gardens. Thanks for pics, it has been awhile.

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  4. I’ve never been to the Biltmore Estate and would love to go someday. I’ve only heard positive reviews. The town of Asheville is supposed to be fun and hip, can’t wait to hear what you do and where you go!

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