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“Silver Lining of the Carolinas”

Biltmore House Tour/Lunch

Biltmore House Tour?

On Christmas Eve of 1895, George Vanderbilt opened the doors of his Biltmore House to guests for the first time. The House, consisting of 250 rooms, contained many amenities, including central heat, mechanical refrigeration, electric lights and appliances, and indoor bathrooms. These necessities, as we would now consider them, were unheard of luxuries at that time.

In the halls and galleries of the House, you?ll discover priceless works of art and furnishings collected during George Vanderbilt?s world travels. Downstairs you?ll see how eighty servants ran the day-to-day operations of the House. You?ll also see how guests spent their indoor leisure hours exercising, bowling, and swimming.

You Will Experience the Gardens?

To create the gardens and grounds for Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, whose brilliant landscape designs also include New York City?s Central Park. You will enjoy seven different gardens and the conservatory.

Next is the Winery?

The Winery, opened in 1985, follows George Vanderbilt?s original concept of a self-supporting European estate. The 90,000 square foot facility is located in buildings originally designed by Richard Morris Hunt as part of the dairy operation. You?ll be able to sample the award winning wines in the “tasting room” and purchase your favorite from the winery gift shop.

During the day you will enjoy an Elegant Buffet Lunch at the Biltmore?s Deerpark Restaurant.

Sunday, June 13, 1999

7:30 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m.

$78.00 per person. Seating is limited! Tour includes all entrance fees, self guided tour, lunch, round-trip transportation (chartered luxury motorcoach) and a professional escort.

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