Late Autumn on the Biltmore Estate

After spending four days at The Inn at Biltmore Estate, I have a new appreciation for the work of art created by George Vanderbilt in Asheville, North Carolina. The chateau, above, is just part of the over 8,000 acres that still remains in the loving hands of the Vanderbilt descendants. The house is located just twenty-three miles due west of my house.

A salmon sunrise greeted me outside my suite with the City of Asheville in the distance. From the hotel, the only things you can see are trees and animals. Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of American landscape architecture, worked closely with Vanderbilt, and with the chateau’s architect, Richard Morris Hunt, to create the perfect environment for America’s largest private residence.

Millions of trees and schrubs were meticulously planted to look as though they were naturally there. It has taken 117 years for Olmstead’s vision to be finally realized. Constant attention to his original plan ensures that the “Gardens” will delight and amaze for years to come.

Lakes, streams, meadows, and farmland, blend seemlessly to produce a nature lover’s paradise.

Sugar Maples were chosen specifically because of their late season explosion of color.

The tallest Bald Cypress I’ve ever seen just stopped me in my tracks.

When Olmstead designed Bass Lake, he knew exactly which trees would reflect in its mirror like waters.

A late season azalea garden hugs the shore of the lake, with just one of many springs feeding into the lake.

Vineyards dot the rolling hills where award winning herds of Black Angus graze unmolested. Biltmore’s Winery produces many varieties of wine, which can be tasted and purchased on the Estate. White Tailed Deer run free, and Wild Turkey raise their broods in the woods. Today, over half of the remainning 8,000 acres is still total wilderness.

A Japanese Maple maintains its electric reds well into winter, with the chateau never very far from sight. A nearby formal garden is replanted with each season, and a series of heated greenhouses at The Conservatory make tropical plants available to the main house all year long.

Olmstead sited a formal Italian Garden just south of the main lawn below a ten foot stone terrace.

From the hotel veranda, the Blue Ridge Mountains make the perfect backdrop to fertile farmland.

A snow covered Mt. Pisgah is the tallest peak visible from the hotel. The Biltmore Estate originally encompassed over 120,000 acers, which included Mt. Pisgah. In 1920, George Vanderbilt’s widow, Edith, sold most of the estate to the United States government, creating Pisgah National Forest.

Working together, Vanderbilt, Hunt, and Olmstead created one breathtaking view after another.

From the lake below the chateau, you can marvel at this spectacular creation. Below is a 45 second video showing a Corvette rally passing over the Bass Lake Bridge. It seems a fitting end for my visit to Biltmore Estate in late fall. Remember, you can click on any photo to make the scene fit the window.

8 thoughts on “Late Autumn on the Biltmore Estate

  1. Brenda’s Home Sick for Biltmore noe after viewing the photos. My Grandfather used to say Fall is over when theres snow on Pisgah ( Pes-gie ) as he pronounced it !!!!!! Great Photos Kuzin !

  2. One breath taking view after another! Must say though the ones of the sugar maples & the big cypress were my favorite. Another place for my bucket list, I’ve a long time friend who doesn’t live far from there & she’s asked me several times to visit. So glad, you must have had a wonderful time there

  3. Thanks. I very much enjoyed that. Sad to think that the title of America’s largest residence might devolve to the hideous monstrosity rising on the south shore of the lake I live on. Called Versailles, it is a pale tacky knockoff of the French original. There is a movie about it called “The Queen of Versailles”.

    >________________________________ > From: Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog >To: >Sent: Monday, November 5, 2012 9:04 PM >Subject: [New post] Late Autumn on the Biltmore Estate > > > >mountainvann posted: ” After spending four days at The Inn at Biltmore Estate, I have a new appreciation for the work of art created by George Vanderbilt in Asheville, North Carolina. The chateau, above, is just part of the over 8,000 acres that still remains in the loving ha” >

  4. Its amazing that I was fortunate to enjoy many of the same scenes during a recent visit to the Biltmore House. What a beautiful place! Really nice pictures as well.

  5. One of my favorite places. Just throw me in that briar patch. You need to visit during the Christmas event. It’s amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Some of these beautiful pictures look like they may be paintings or drawings instead of photographs. I am particularly interested to know if the one of Mt. Pisgah with the snow on top is a photo or a painting?

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