The Biltmore Estate is amazing. A pleasant woodsy drive that leads up to an enormous mansion, complete with gardens, a pond, a small farm, and several shops makes for a full afternoon of sightseeing. There are several options for tickets, and a military discount is offered. My party did the self-led tour, which took about an hour to complete. We did not linger in any one area of the mansion as it was very crowded.
After viewing the mansion, we ambled about the grounds and gardens. The views are breathtaking, and the cool mountain air was a wonderful change from the heat. We skipped the winery and bought nothing at the over priced shops. The estate was expensive enough to enter, but there are about 1700 employees to provide for.
The Biltmore is truly an American treasure, showing what can be earned when one works hard enough and smart enough. Perhaps that is why it is so popular.
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