Asheville, North Carolina is home to a wonder of a home that was built by George Vanderbilt. The home sits on 8,000 acres that have been stunningly transformed into an unforgettable experience. Your first view of the home is mostly taken up by the size and grandeur of the estate. Vanderbilt had the estate set up so that it blended into the surrounding countryside and mountains. The result is a fantastic journey into the past that is as amazing on the outside as it is on the inside.
As you go on a self-guided tour through its numerous rooms, you will see paintings done by some of the most influential artists in history, a chess set owned by Napoleon, gorgeous woodwork and items from all over the world. The structure itself is fascinating in its technology and innovation for the time. Trained docents are available at strategic points to answer any questions that you might have about the home, and you can also rent a player that will explain the home’s history to you as you go through it.
One of the best times to visit is during the holiday season, as the home is decorated to the hilt for Christmas. A huge Christmas tree sits in the grand entrance hall and you are greeted by the sounds of carolers dressed in period clothing. You can stay at an inn that has been built on the site, sample wine produced at the estate winery and sample food grown right on the property as well.
The experience requires at least a good day, or more if you have the time. There is a lot to take in with the gorgeous art, interior furnishings, indoor garden and just the house and grounds as a whole. There is no better way, though, to take a break during the holidays and unwind than at this gorgeous estate. They offer reasonable packages for couples and families, which makes it affordable to go.