Biltmore and the Smoky Mountains

Leaving Charlotte, we went to Asheville and visited Biltmore House. Built by the Vanderbilt family, it is the USA’s largest privately owned home. Over several hours we toured the house, gardens, exhibits on the family and winery (free tastings were good!) Sadly we were not allowed to take photos inside the house, but it was stunning. It was built just before 1900 and had some cool features – an indoor bowling alley and swimming pool were two incredibly modern features that were in place. The gardens were beautiful – the house is set on a massive 8,000 acre estate and looks out to the Smoky Mountains.

View of the house

 

Beautiful views
Reuben in the gardens

 

Karen in the gardens

 

Reuben relaxing

After we left the estate we drove up to Fontana Dam, a tiny settlement in the Smoky Mountains where we pitched our tent at a campsite attached to a resort – meaning that we were camping a couple of miles away but could go up to the main resort and use their pool, campfire etc. We had two nights there relaxing and swimming and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Sunset in the Smoky Mountains

 

Early morning mist by the river

 

Fontana Dam

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lachlan says:

    Lovely! This is quite reminiscent of ‘Breakers’, the Vanderbilt’s summer holiday home in Newport, Rhode Island, which Nicholas and I visited in October: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150366953407017&set=a.10150338021612017.347588.536672016&type=3&theater
    Its opulence was quite excessive!

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  2. Julie Bunnell says:

    The Smoky Mountains look lovely… always wanted to go there, never quite managed it. Maybe someday.

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  3. Kate says:

    Oh wow, it looks amazing there! Such pretty pictures.

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