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August 18, 2013

Biltmore

Filed under: Travel — Lesli Peterson @ 8:04 am

Asheville Biltmore Kids

 

{{This article is part of our Asheville With Kids series.}}

Biltmore

Tour the 250-room home of George Vanderbilt, American’s transportation tycoon.  This behemoth is the largest home in America and often-dubbed “America’s Downton Abbey.”  Want to go but feeling hesitant about bringing the kids? Not to worry! Biltmore caters to kiddos; they will have a blast. Homeschool Day is a very popular experience with homeschool families around the south.  Biltmore is also working on a new Homeschool Workbook, which will be available shortly.  (When it is, we will let you know via Facebook, and add a link here!)

We toured the home at our own pace, which took a few hours.  My teenagers loved the audio tour, as expected, but I was unsure my energetic kindergartener would hold up. Boy was I surprised! He adored the scavenger hunt that Biltmore made available for younger ones, but only part way through he had commandeered by audio tour and was engrossed in the rich history of each room.

After an inside tour, don’t miss a walk around the grounds of the mansion.  There are over 22-miles of trails.  Younger kids will enjoy the three ponds of the Italian Garden; the lily pads and Kio will mesmerize them.  Keep walking through the Walled Garden and down to the Conservatory; they can get the wiggles out and you can admire the gorgeous backdrop.  If you have older kids then consider extending your walk into the Azalea Garden, or out into the woodland trails.

Stable Café, beside the main house and garden, is the perfect lunch spot for a family.  My son indulged afterwards at the ice cream shop before our group piled back in the car and headed a few miles (still on the 8,000-acre property) to Antler Hill Village and Winery.  We felt very comfortable bringing the kids on the 30-minute wine tour; they enjoyed seeing the old clock which is still hand-wound today, and Lady Vanderbilt’s 1913 “C-Six” touring car. At the end the kids even had some sparkling grape juice while we indulged a bit at the complimentary tasting at the tour’s end.

After the tasting, we walked to the Village. This is a gathering space with gardens, restaurants, a new playground, a farm and petting zoo, and a plethora of outdoor adventure options.

Treasure Hunt Biltmore Kids

Biltmore Gardens Kids

 

 

 

Antler Hill Village Kids Biltmore

Disclosure: Thank you to the city of Asheville for assisting us on our family adventure. Thank you, also, to Asheville Treetops Park, Biltmore, Tupelo Honey Café and Doubletree Hotel for their complementary contributions to our Asheville adventure.   While we appreciate their kindness, it never deters us from reporting our honest opinion. Find Lesli on Google+.


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