Situated in Buncombe County in the western part of the state, Asheville is one of the biggest cities in North Carolina. It's actually the biggest city in all of Western North Carolina, making it a key cultural, transport, and economic hub for the region, and is nicknamed 'Land of the Sky'. Spread out across 45 square miles of land, Asheville is home to around 90,000 people, with over 420,000 in the full metropolitan area. The city has a very rich history dating back several centuries, with the first settlers arriving in the area in the late 1700s. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Wilson's Riverfront RV Park
3.Rutledge Lake RV Resort
4.Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground
3 Best Asheville, NC RV Parks
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- Wilson's Riverfront RV Park, Photo: Mat Hayward/stock.adobe.com
- Rutledge Lake RV Resort, Photo: Andrey Armyagov/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground, Photo: Gilles Paire/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville
Located on the magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the Inn on Biltmore Estate is a beautiful four-star Inn that offers a timeless and luxurious getaway. Set in George Vanderbilt's 19th-century manor house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn on Biltmore Estate is an oasis of service, style, and charm.
Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate offers guests the opportunity to experience the gracious and legendary hospitality of America’s largest home. Boasting refined guest accommodations, gourmet dining, luxurious amenities, spa treatments, and superlative service, the Inn on Biltmore Estate promises nothing less than a truly unforgettable stay.
The Biltmore Estate is a private estate established in the 19th century by the Vanderbilt family. The Estate is home to Biltmore House, a beautiful Renaissance-style chateau built by George Washington Vanderbilt in 1889 and one of the last remaining examples of the glorious architecture of the Gilded Age. Still owned by one of the Vanderbilt’s descendants, the 250-room Biltmore House is the largest privately owned house in the United States and one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. The mansion’s wondrous interiors are filled with rare furniture, including a 64-seat banquet table, tapestries, art, and books, and novelties such as a 19th century-built indoor swimming pool and bowling alley.
The French Broad River runs through the Biltmore Estate’s 8000 acres, which is surrounded by pristine woodlands and mountain forests. The Estate has over 75 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, the nation’s most visited winery, the Biltmore Winery, the beautiful Inn on Biltmore Estate, and an array of attractions and activities, including hiking trails, estate tours, shopping, and dining.
Designed with Biltmore’s legendary hospitality in mind, the Inn on Biltmore Estate offers a choice of 210 luxurious guest rooms or suites, all of which feature elegant décor, fine furnishings, and rich fabrics. Beautifully appointed guest rooms feature double, queen, and king size beds dressed in imported linens, en-suite bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens or downtown Asheville. Guest room amenities include flat screen televisions, free wireless internet and custom-made bathrobe, slippers, and deluxe bath products.
Nine guest suites are larger and more refined, with four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms with jetted tubs, fully-equipped kitchenettes and spacious living and dining areas. Custom-made bathrobe, slippers, and deluxe bath products can be found in the bathroom, while other deluxe amenities found in the guest suites include flat screen televisions, Bose sound systems, Keurig coffee machines, wet bars, and complimentary wireless internet.
Additional hotel amenities include a personalized concierge and valet service, floral services, an amenity menu featuring custom cakes, fruit and cheese plates, and custom-made food baskets, laundry and dry-cleaning services, complimentary bottled water, and nightly turn-down service.
Indulge in delicious regional cuisine, freshly harvested from the estate, along with world-class wines, breathtaking views and superlative service at one of three restaurants and bars at the Inn.
The Dining Room presents an unforgettable fine dining experience at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, specializing in regional cuisine, created from locally sourced ingredients from the Estate. Crisp white linens, Vanderbilt china, and glinting crystal greet diners on arrival at The Dining Room, creating the perfect environment in which to savor the exquisitely executed menu. The estate runs a unique farm-to-table program whereby the ingredients used in the kitchens are sourced directly from the estate, such as estate-pastured beef and lamb, as well as eggs from chickens and quail, vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
Made from the season’s finest local and estate-raised ingredients, meats, seafood, and hand-crafted pasta, the award-winning cuisine is accompanied by the estate’s finest wines and presented with gracious service. The estate vineyard produces a variety of award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, which are presented by expert sommeliers.
In-room dining is available to guests around the clock with special breakfast, all-day, dinner, and overnight menus featuring signature dishes and specialties of the house on offer. Private receptions in guest rooms and suites can also be arranged in advance.
The Library Lounge offers a casual, yet elegant setting in which to enjoy a quiet drink, laid-back lunch, or intimate dinner. The relaxed setting of the Library is ideal for escaping with a good book or soaking up the breathtaking views of the estate over a glass of wine.
Traditional afternoon high tea is served in the Library Lounge, complete with cucumber sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream, and sweet tea pastries. The lunch and dinner menu offers small plates, starters, salads, sandwiches and other seasonal delights made with fresh estate ingredients.
Head to the Lobby Bar for a drink before or after dinner, which presents an elegant, yet relaxed environment with plush décor and soft lighting in which to enjoy an aperitif. Sip a handcrafted cocktail expertly created by the mixologist or a glass of the world’s finest bubbly, and watch the sun sink over the estate grounds. Savor a rich malt whiskey or freshly brewed coffee after dinner.
The luxury and elegance of this award-winning Inn continues in the exclusive onsite spa and wellness center. The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate offers an array of indulgent massages and pampering body treatments to create a unique, rejuvenating, and sublime Biltmore experience. Spa services include an array of skin treatments, manicures and pedicures to massage specialties, beauty services and enhancements.
Special Estate Exclusives range from the decadent Signature Estate Experience that includes a gentle full body exfoliation and warm botanical body wrap enhanced with heated stones and an aromatherapy scalp treatment to the vitalizing River Rock Estate Experience which consists of a full body exfoliation and healing body wrap enhanced with a therapeutic scalp treatment and foot reflexology.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate also features a fully-equipped fitness center, complete with treadmills, stationary bikes and a free weights section, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Bicycles are available for hire to explore the estate and its beautiful gardens.
Exemplifying the Vanderbilt’s legacy of relaxed elegance and hospitality, the Inn on Biltmore Estate offers several beautiful venues for weddings, receptions, social events, and other special occasions. Boasting unrivaled convenience, gourmet dining, and award-winning service, the Inn has several venues for every occasion.
The Vista offers a tranquil outdoor setting for 10-120 guests with panoramic views of mountains and forests. The beautiful Vanderbilt Room exudes charm and elegance accentuated by four grand crystal chandeliers, while the Hunt and the Olmstead Rooms are perfect for small intimate gatherings of up to 50 guests. Belvedere’s lovely open-air porch is ideal for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the Gallery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows embracing the magnificent mountain views.
Spread over 8,000-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with meticulously preserved woodlands, rolling lawns and breathtaking views, Biltmore is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
The massive estate offers an array of recreational activities and attractions for every taste from cycling, horseback riding, carriage-riding and clay-pigeon shooting to Land Rover adventures, fly-fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, and Segway Tours. An Outdoor Adventure Center is located in the heart of Antler Hill Village and offers adventurous entertainment for the whole family on rainy days.
The Biltmore Estate offers a variety of things to see and do from food and wine tastings, art, architecture, garden and historical tours, and various outdoor adventures for the whole family. Start in the quaint village of Antler Hill, which provides a relaxing place for dining, shopping and learning more about Biltmore history.
Pay a visit to The Barn, one of Biltmore’s most historic facilities, which was designed in 1900 as the estate’s agricultural center. Experience an in-depth look at historic Biltmore and the family who created it with The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition at The Biltmore Legacy before heading to the Biltmore’s historic winery for complimentary cheese, truffle, and wine tastings.
Explore the estate’s historic gardens which were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted of New York’s Central Park fame and feature informal and formal gardens including the beautiful green Tennis Lawn, the Pergola and Shrub Garden and the Conservatory. For a longer walk, head to the Bass Pond and the Boat House, which offers a secluded and romantic spot to escape to in the summer months. During the spring and summer, the Meadow Trail is full of wildflowers and grasses, while the Woodland Trail is ablaze with azaleas in spring.
Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-lovers can enjoy an array of activities from cycling, Land Rover Driving Adventures on exciting off-road courses, Segway tours, and river-rafting on the French Broad River. The Antler Hill Farm is perfect for the little ones who can explore farm life with chickens, roosters, goats, horses and sheep. More ideas: 15 Best Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Biltmore Estate hosts a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year ranging from flower shows and wine tastings to art exhibitions and architectural tours.
1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803, Phone: 828-225-1600
More Ideas: Thomas Wolfe Memoria
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville, NC is the childhood home of world-renowned American Novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938).
Hailed as one of the masters of 20th-century American literature, Thomas Wolfe’s childhood home was immortalized in his iconic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel, in which he portrays his hometown of Ashville as “Altamont” and the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse as “Dixieland.”
This novel earned a place for the charming Victorian period house as one of American literature’s most famous landmarks. Located 52 North Market Street in the Downtown Asheville Historic District, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, also known as the Thomas Wolfe House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a designated National Historic Landmark.
Built in 1883 by prosperous Asheville banker Erwin E. Sluder in the Queen Anne style of architecture, the wooden two-story frame house began life as a boarding house known as the ‘Old Kentucky Home,’ which was run by Wolfe’s mother and where he lived until he went to university in 1916. The sprawling boarding house was originally built with only six or seven rooms and a front and rear porch, but by 1889 many renovations and additions had more than doubled the size of the original house, but managed to retain its architectural style.
Heavily influenced by his childhood in Asheville and his life in the boarding house, Wolfe used these early years as inspiration in his writing, and the boarding house was used as the setting for Wolfe’s first novel which he wrote in 1929, Look Homeward, Angel. In this autobiographical fiction, Wolfe changed the name of the boarding house to ‘Dixieland’ and includes highly realistic portrayals of life in Asheville and his own experiences among family, friends, and boarders into the book, which caused it to be banned from the local library.
Considered by many to be one of the most autobiographical novelists in American Literature, Thomas Wolfe wrote four novels during his short lifetime, namely Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, The Web and the Rock, and You Can’t Go Home Again. He also wrote numerous shorts and plays, articles, novella, and scripts.
Wolfe died at a relatively young age from tuberculosis and later, after his mother’s death, the 29-room house became a memorial to Wolfe and was opened to the public in the 1950s. The house was set alight by an arsonist during the Bele Chere Street Festival of 1998 and more than a quarter of the house’s original artifacts and pieces of furniture were destroyed. In 2004, the State of California spent over $2 million restoring the house to its former glory and its stands today as it once did more than a century ago.
The historic Old Kentucky Home is now operated as a North Carolina State Historic Site and boasts a modern visitor center with an exhibit hall filled with informative exhibits depicting Wolfe’s life and literature. The exhibition hall also features a display of art inspired by the writings of Thomas Wolfe and an audiovisual presentation about the author’s life and works.
Other facilities at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial include the Wolfe children's playhouse, beautifully manicured heirloom gardens around the boarding house, modeled on the flower and vegetable gardens of Julia Wolfe, Thomas’ mother, walking paths and trails and several outdoor monuments and exhibits. A small gift shop is located in the visitor center and offers a selection of souvenirs, memorabilia, books and other items relating to Thomas Wolfe, his literary works, and the famous boarding house.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial offers a range of educational programs and group activities for visitors, as well as guided tours of the house and property. Annual programs include “A Day in May, 1916”, which showcases what it would have been like to live and work during that time in history, and a “A Walk Through Dixieland”, which is a literary program that explores the life and works of the author. Guided tours of the historic home are offered daily at the bottom of each hour and need to be reserved in advance.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed on state holidays. Guided tours of the house are offered on a daily basis at half past each hour and explore the life and times of the famous author and how this beautiful home played such a central and vital role in his work.
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52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828-253-8304