A Biltmore Daytrip

By Darryl Payne
Posted on April 16, 2012

While staying in one of our Gatlinburg chalets will give you handy access to a ton of Smoky Mountain fun and exploration, don’t forget that there are some other great destinations nearby that you can work in as a quick daytrip. One of the most popular is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, just a short hop from Gatlinburg via Interstate 40.

This early-20th-century home of George Vanderbilt is nestled on 8,000 immaculately scenic acres near the city. As you go from room to room of the mansion, you’ll get a glimpse of how America’s wealthiest people lived in state-of-the-art luxury at the turn of the 20th century.

This spring, Biltmore Estate’s 2th Annual Festival of Flowers runs April 7 through May 20, featuring more than 100,000 tulips in full bloom. Guests won’t want to miss the vibrant colors in the 20-acre azalea garden and cascades of native and exotic blooms in the natural gardens and along the walking trails.

The family-owned, self-sustaining tourist attraction features tours of not just the home and its gardens but the stables, surrounding acreage and an on-site winery. There’s even an upscale inn on the property for those who choose to stay in the middle of things.



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About Darryl Payne

Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.


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