Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC – Getting There

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Getting there is actually quite easy. I flew from SFO and and took the red-eye. I’m a huge fan of these flights because you have the entire day when you land. You may be a bit tired but suck it up, get a XXL coffee and head over to the rent-a-car agency.

The next piece of advice I’ll give is take your time. The countryside is gorgeous so my recommendation is to get off the main roads as quickly as possible. Once you get your rent-a-car I would recommend the following route (note map below). Take I-85 south to I-74 West; then I-64 north/west. There will be a smaller road you’ll want to look for called the I 64/74 north/west (toward Lake Lure and Fairview). This will get you off the main highway and will take you through some beautiful countryside. Lake Lure is gorgeous and if you have time you should stop for lunch. You may want to try the Historic Lake Lure Inn and Spa or get a picnic lunch and relax down by the water. (It was actually pouring down rain when I got to the hotel so I shot a photo of the hotel through my car window.)

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After lunch, follow the road up to Asheville and you’ll see signs for the Biltmore. Along the way you’ll see cattle grazing in the hills. It was raining the day I arrived which gave the countryside a beautiful, ghosted beauty.

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A few travel tips:

GPS location for the Inn on Biltmore Estate: 1 Antler Hill Road, Asheville, NC 28803

Closest large airport to Asheville is the Charlotte / Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (Asheville has a smaller one too)

Here’s a map showing the scenic route: The next post will include information on the Biltmore Estate! Have you made your flight reservations yet? 🙂

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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC – Introduction

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About three years ago I stumbled upon information on a “castle” located in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The first time I saw a photo of this estate I thought “I want to go!” This American castle, also known as the Biltmore Estate, is located in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Biltmore is a National Historic Landmark with America’s largest home, gardens, winery, and world-class luxury inn.  The summers can be HOT (and very humid) so one of the best times to visit is the in spring.  Needless to say, everything is in bloom and the appletree flowers float down around you like spring snow.  With spring just around the corner, I wanted to tell you about it so you’ll have enough time to make your reservations. And yes, you can do this trip alone. I’ll give you some tips that will help ensure you pull the trip off with success. Over the next week or two I will post a series of blogs that will cover the following:

– How to get there (I found a beautiful back-road that will get you off the beaten path and give you some incredible views as you drive from the airport to the estate)

– About the Biltmore Estate

– Where to stay including information on the world-class luxury Biltmore Inn (located on the grounds)

– What to do (and what not to do)

– Where to eat

– Where to drink (There is a winery so wine tasting is a must)

– In addition I’ll include some tips for the solo traveler to ensure you have a fabulous time

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