|We went to the Biltmore today. Although we had been here many years ago and it is very expensive it was well worth the time and cost. First we took a self guided tour of the mansion that with our timed ticket to control the flow of visitors. It was busy but we had plenty of time to see everything. The largest home in the US built in 1895. We took a very long drive from the mansion to Antler Hill village that we did not recall from before. Could be we just didn't go there before as it was a long scenic drive around and through woods to get to it. The entire estate was designed by Frederic Olmstead and is beautiful. They have horseriding and many hiking trails laid out throughout and will be spectacular once the leaves change. We did not stop at the Garden Center but that's another full venue close to the mansion.
Antler village consists of a couple of hotels, the old barn with petting zoo and the winery. There is also a Biltmore Legacy section that was closed for a private event that most likely told more about the Vanderbilts. Anyway we did not take the complimentary wine tasting tour as there was a very long line for it but did walk through the winery itself. We did go to the octagonal barn with exhibits and information about the original dairy operation that was a big part of the original estate. The Vanderbilts were pioneers in developing horticulture in the US. The winery is located in the original dairy barn.
On the way back we passed the Outlet mall and Ray was able to get more under armour shirts.