“What?! $50 to go see a house?” We had finally made it to Asheville to tour the Biltmore House and were suffering from a bit of sticker shock. But we hadn’t come all this way to not see America’s Largest Home, so we took the plunge and purchased our tickets even though there were only a couple of hours left to enjoy the property.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was pretty blown away. Not only was there the mansion (with indoor plumbing! just before the turn of the century!) but there was a winery, restaurants, horseback riding, lodging…it was like a fancy version of Disneyland. I only wonder what George Vanderbilt would think about his home turning into a theme park.
250 rooms and 43 bathrooms later, I still don’t think I can ever understand how big old money really is. Imagine having the Great Smokies as the view from your backyard. And I might have complained about the admission fee, but it included a free wine tasting, which was actually pretty decent!
By the time we made it into downtown Asheville, the sun had set and we were ready to grub. I couldn’t resist and had to get some buttermilk fried chicken. Mmm mmm good.
Some photos from our afternoon in Asheville: