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Visiting the Biltmore Estate

Being flexible pays off.  We wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate on Wednesday afternoon, but remnants of Hurricane Ida kept that from happening.  On Thursday morning we awoke to clearing skies in Asheville.  So, instead of leaving first thing for Nashville, we hung out at Biltmore for a few hours.

Biltmore is situated on 8,000 acres.  Completed in 1895 for George Vanderbilt II, the French-style chateau has 250 rooms (175,000 square feet) and is the largest privately owned home in the US.  The bad news – it costs $60 per person to get into Biltmore whether or not you tour the home.  The good news – dogs are free, and the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed grounds are dog friendly.  And just a note … kennels are available in parking lot C, so you can tour the house sans doggies and walk the grounds with them later!

Ty at Biltmore

Welcome to my humble abode.

Ty and Buster at Biltmore Estate

No Ty, you were supposed to remember the ChuckIt!

Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC

Hey Dad, this is the off-leash dog park, right?

We meandered around the grounds and gardens and then hiked the Deer Park Trail, a 2.4 mile round trip jaunt.  Great exercise for Ty and Buster.

Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC

At the bass pond overlook.

Tonight, we are staying at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville – the only no-fee, pet friendly hotel in the area.  And we got upgraded to a suite … sweet!

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  • MaryAnn Barnes says:

    It was so nice to meet the 4 of you at the Biltmore on Thursday. Your site here is wonderful and I’m sure we will be using it when we travel again.I hope you all enjoyed the Biltmore as much as we did. I love the picture of Ty on the wall in front of the house. Thanks also for the map, it was a great help!

  • Leila Coe says:

    I had no idea Biltmore was pet-friendly, and we visit relatives outside Asheville multiple times each year!
    Thanks for the post – I’m looking forward to taking my dog there this holiday season. The house and grounds are supposed to be spectacular during Christmastime.

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