A Fly Fishing Lesson

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More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

A few weeks earlier, learning to fly fish seemed like a great idea on the eve of turning 40. Something new and adventurous, something novel and romantic. But now I’m doubtful. My vision of whipping S-curves through the air suddenly seems far-fetched. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Biltmore Industries

Photo courtsey of Grovewood Village

When Biltmore’s first lady, Edith Vanderbilt, approached Fred Seely, visionary of The Grove Park Inn, about buying Biltmore Estate Industries in 1917, she asked that he “continue its educational features and develop the arts.” more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

12 Days of Christmas

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Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Away up there

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Southern Appalachia’s latest crop of guest retreats deepen the experience of some of the region’s most popular destinations—from the glitz of Dollywood and Biltmore Estate to the rugged allure of Pisgah National Forest and Lookout Mountain. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features


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Asheville author Robert Beatty sets his new historical-fiction children’s book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, against the backdrop of the 250 rooms and 125,000 acres of forestland of the Biltmore Estate in the 1890s. more

Nov 5, 2015 10:50 AM Good Reads

When I was 11, a family road trip brought me to North Carolina’s Sapphire Valley. One afternoon, while panning for gems at one of the area’s tourist mines, I spotted a crystalline rock about the size of a thumbnail. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Blog

Christmas at Biltmore

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Décor will create a sense of the Gilded Age, while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina in “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration” at the Biltmore Estate this year. more

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey,” showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore. more

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

Cornelia's birthday

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A parade of more than 200 costumed partygoers mingled at Asheville’s Biltmore House on the evening of August 23, 1921, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Cornelia, the daughter of George and Edith Vanderbilt. But where was the Vanderbilt’s only child? more

Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Biltmore at Christmas

Photo courtesy of Biltmore

Historic Biltmore Village is a destination unto itself with its shops clustered together in the walkable, family-friendly community that arose to support the most ambitious undertaking in the history of American residential architecture at the time. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Departments

Horseback at Biltmore Estate

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Out in an open field on the Biltmore Estate’s property, firearm instructor Dale Klug coaches me through the first steps of learning how to follow a moving target. “Have you ever missed something you’re trying to point at,” Klug asks. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer