To start my fall vacation, I woke at 2:30 am to get to the airport for a 6:30 am flight. Recently got TSA Pre✔️ and still got pulled to a scanner. At least I didn't have to take off my hiking boots! We arrived 30 minutes early to Asheville, but my rental was nowhere to be found. I waited about 30 minutes for someone to return their car, so there went the time Allegiant gave to us in the air. I finally got a car, a Chevy Malibu with over 44K miles on it. It was so dirty on the inside, as they obviously skipped cleaning it to get me out the door. As I was headed to the Biltmore, I quickly realized that the car had a hum coming from the tires and it couldn't drive over 60 mph without shaking. Nothing like have California plates (no offense to anyone from CA), and not being able to drive over 60 mph on the highway! People seemed a bit displeased with me.
I finally arrived at the Biltmore and I was clearly tired from traveling. Almost instantly, a young couple asked if I would take their picture and the girl took this one of me too. It's not bad, if your short and like only half your torso in the shot.
Biltmore Estate There wasn't any fall to see except for this one tree up on the hill, so you know I went there. As you can see, it was an overcast day and I had a fine mist like rain on and off during my entire visit.
Biltmore Estate I only had a few hours to see as much as I could and I had a scheduled house tour at noon, so I had some time to walk the gardens first. I actually locked my backpack into a locker. I had made the decision to just take cell phone photos, as the property is huge and my backpack is heavy and bulky. I really didn't make a dent of this 8,000 acre property. I made my way through the gardens and down to the Bass Pond and Boathouse. That walk was much further than I thought, but the paths are very pretty through the Azalea Garden. I bet it's beautiful in spring.
Azalea Garden Path to Bass Pond Bass Pond Bass Pond Bass Pond Bass Pond Boathouse I also took a quick walk through the Walled Garden before my house tour. I did not have time to walk through the Conservatory. Just so you know, you easily need to plan a full day, maybe even two days, to see everything.
Walled Garden Walled Garden Walled Garden
The rest of the photos are from inside the house, so you can see those in the photo gallery. They had started setting up for Christmas, so you will see some rooms already decorated with Christmas trees and such. I've titled every photo in this gallery, so you will know what you are looking at. I would like to go back sometime and maybe stay on property. There are lots of hiking trails and I didn't even get my free wine tour, which was included with my ticket. Below is the link to the gallery. I hope you enjoy my brief visit and tour of this amazing piece of history.