Biltmore House – Asheville, NC

Let me start out sharing with you, one of my favorite trips of all time. The sights were beautiful enough, but the fact that made this trip one of the best was that I was able to share it with my Mamaw.

A few years back, needing a break, I decided to take an impromptu road trip. Not wanting me to travel by myself, Andy insisted I take someone with me as he was unable to get away  on such short notice. The only person who had the flexibility in her schedule to up and leave at the drop of a hat was my 65-year-old Mamaw. On a Tuesday, I put in my vacation request for Friday and Monday, by Thursday night, we were off! No real plan, I drove into the night until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. We checked into the first hotel we came across and hit the road again, early, Friday morning.


I knew I wanted to explore South Carolina, but the rest was up in the air. Due to a random stop at the North Carolina welcome center, we decided our country’s largest privately owned residence, Biltmore House, was a definite must see attraction for us.


It took six years (1889-1895) to build the 250-room French Renaissance chateau so we knew the house would be massive, but I don’t think either of us were prepared for the meticulous detail that was spent in crafting such a magnificent home.

The attention to detail on such a massive scale left both, my Mamaw and me, rendered speechless for most of the self-guided tour. The magnitude of the seemingly simple items, like lamp posts and pottery, gives a glimpse as to the grand scale this home is built on.

From the grounds to the architecture, the scrupulous planning that has gone into this stunning property overwhelmed us with awe.

Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, you’ll be hard pressed to find something equally as striking.

Have you ever heard of Biltmore House? What are your favorite North Carolina destinations? Share below the top places on your Bucket List Travels checklist!

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