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Biltmore Estate

This summer, my dad’s side of the family had a reunion in North Carolina. I know most people cringe when they hear the phrase “family reunion,” but I love our family reunions! We always have a blast, and everyone in my family is so much fun, and such wonderful people, that I would want to be their friends even if we weren’t related.

This year’s reunion was no different, and I had an amazing time. Here’s where we stayed:

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Just kidding! This is Biltmore, an 8,000 acre estate owned by the Vanderbilt family. Isn’t it pretty? I’m thinking I was born into the wrong family!

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During one of the days of our trip, my parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandma decided to visit. The grounds are massive! You need a car just to travel to the different buildings on the estate!

This is Biltmore House, the focal point of the property:

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You can tour the inside, and see what it was like to be a Vanderbilt.

This is the winter garden, because obviously every home needs one.

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The library is one of my favorite rooms.

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And I love this chandelier.

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The banquet hall is also a really neat room, and made me want to host a medieval-themed party!

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But the true beauty of the home lies in its views.

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(As a side note, I told my family to dress “photo ready” for the visit, since I knew that I would be blogging about it. Turns out “photo ready” to my dad means “as much American pride as possible!” A bald eagle and an American flag? It doesn’t get more American than that!)

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From the house you can see the Smoky Mountains rising in the distance. In fact, the Vanderbilt property used to extend all the way to the mountains!

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Can you imagine waking up, looking out the window and seeing this every day?! We’re not in New York City anymore!

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In addition to the main house, you should absolutely visit the gardens while you’re there.

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They are beautifully maintained, and have flowers and trees from all over the world.

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The views are just lovely, and once you’ve had your fill, you can visit the property’s winery where Biltmore makes its own wine!

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To find out more information on visiting the Biltmore Estate, click here.

Ok, I don’t really think that I was born into the wrong family. My family is amazing! But if I had to choose a second family…

Vanderbilts, here I come!

~A

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