Biltmore in Asheville, NC

April 26, 2011 at 10:34 am EST
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Asheville's famous Biltmore is many things: a National Historic Landmark, America's largest home, a renowned winery, a world-class luxury inn and even more.

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Biltmore House took six years and 1,000 men to build. It has more than 11 million bricks, 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, 34 bedrooms, and three kitchens stretching over four acres of floor space. A stone spiral staircase that rises four floors has 102 steps. Through its center, an iron chandelier weighing 1,700 pounds hangs complete with 72 light bulbs.

At its completion, Biltmore House was one of the most innovative and technologically advanced homes in the world, with indoor hot and cold running water, elevators, indoor heating, a fire alarm system, refrigeration, electric lightbulbs, and 10 telephones.

Today, visitors can tour the home for a revealing look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home.

Also open to tourists are the Biltmore's 8,000 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as Antler Hill Village, a hub for dining, shopping, historical exhibits.

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The mountains and the changing seasons make this one of the most beautiful areas on earth. That’s probably why the restaurants here are so good. Great scenery, great attitude, great food.

Kevin Schwartz, resident