ATC Biennial – An excursion to Biltmore Estate?

Biltmore Estate - for the ATC biennial

What would I want to give air time to Biltmore Estate? America’s largest home does very well for itself without my blogging about it.

I’m going to offer a visit to the Biltmore Estate as an excursion for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial in 2013 so I wanted to check it out.

Today I took two Australian friends to Biltmore Estate, the most visited attraction around Asheville. I don’t think they count the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Smokies when they say that.

We got there early so we could go through the stately home without long lines. George Vanderbilt, one of Commodore’s grandsons, built this chateau in 1895. You can walk through the various dining rooms, sitting rooms, guest rooms and even see one of the 43 bathrooms they have. This was at a time where many homes didn’t have one indoor bathroom.

Then the gardens. No matter what season, the gardens are spectacular. We went through the azalea gardens and down to Bass Lake. We drove to Antler Hill, commercial part of Biltmore. This is where they have the wine tasting and the creamery.

So the question is: would you be interested in going to Biltmore Estate when you come out to the ATC Biennial in 2013? It would cost about $50, maybe a little more.

Let me know.

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