Biltmore Estate in Western North Carolina Announces Major Expansion

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Just Another Great Reason to Make the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau
Your Family’s Vacation Destination

Located a short, scenic drive from all of the breathtaking mountain views, fine dining, and one-of-a-kind shopping adventures that the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in North Carolina has to offer – Asheville’s renowned Biltmore Estate is making headlines. Originally constructed as a country retreat for one of the wealthiest men in the country, George Vanderbilt – Biltmore Estate took 6 years and a veritable army of craftsmen to build. It was opened up to friends and family for the first time on Christmas Eve 1895. Designed to reflect the style and grace of a French Chateau by world famous architect, Richard Morris Hunt, the home itself is an absolute architectural marvel and continues to draw more than one million visitors each year. Its celebrated gardens and surrounding grounds were masterfully created by the famed Fredrick Law Olmsted – designer of Central Park in New York – who is considered the “father of modern landscape architecture.” 

As it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary of the popular Biltmore Winery and welcomes thousands of visitors to its Festival of Flowers event, Biltmore Estate will unveil an entirely new addition to its sprawling property. The 15-acre multi-venue Antler Hill Village and visitation site will include an ice-cream shop, tavern, retail shop, and new exhibit hall – The Legacy Building. The Village will also consist of a new entrance to the estate Winery, Outdoor Adventure Center (rent segways, take a carriage ride, etc.), village green with bandstand for live entertainment and tours of Antler Hill Farm (including demonstrations and exhibits relating to blacksmithing and farming at the turn of the 20th century). Biltmore plans to open the new $18.6 million addition to guests in late March, with a special Grand Opening scheduled for May.

The Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Biltmore expansion represents one more reason you should make plans today to spend part of your Spring or Summer 2010 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. George Vanderbilt was so inspired by a vacation to this place of unsurpassed beauty, that he chose to leave a legacy here that was not only enjoyed by his friends and family – but by millions of families for years to come. The towns of Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway and the historic village of Cashiers offer the ideal blend of a peaceful mountain escape and amenity-rich family adventure – all within a quick day trip to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. Your family’s Highlands-Cashiers Plateau vacation could include tranquil days on a mountain lake one day, hiking through an ancient wood to a mystic waterfall, shopping and dining in a quaint resort village, golfing some of the United States most beautiful courses, touring the home and grounds of the famed Biltmore Estate, and so much more. The only limit to your Western North Carolina vacation is your imagination.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to drop by our website for more helpful information about local accommodations, dining and shopping. Once you’ve visited this unique corner of the world and felt that same strong draw that George Vanderbilt felt over twelve decades ago, Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to aid you in your quest for your family’s mountain retreat. We can help you locate the perfect lot on which to build YOUR family’s legacy estate, or assist you as you tour existing and new homes available for sale in the region. Getting started is easy! Simply call us TODAY at 828-743-1999 or e-mail any questions/requests you may have to info@ncliving.com. Please feel free to pop by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

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