This past week proved exciting as my family was invited as guests to the Biltmore Estate by a good friend and gracious lady, Susan Holder.
Susan invited us to celebrate her retirement. Our daughter, Jennifer, will be marrying her son Brian, so it was a chance to meet the entire Holder family as well. We were also celebrating the graduation of her niece, Lauren McDonnell, from nursing school. It was a large get-together, and Susan rented a number of rooms at The Inn at Biltmore to accommodate all of her guests. My daughter is blessed to be welcomed by such a lovely family, and a wonderfully great time was had by all. My little granddaughter, Haven, proved to be the life of the party at all the events that we attended together.
The Biltmore estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1885 and 1889. It’s Chateauesque-style mansion, near Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest privately owned home in the United States at 175,000 square feet, and features 250 rooms. It is one of the last examples of the ‘Gilded Age’, and boasts great French and English gardens and landscaping. Some of the guests of the Vanderbilt’s included author Henry Wharton, presidents McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, Nixon, Carter, and Obama.
The Inn at Biltmore, managed by Douglas Hustad, is a truly 5-Star Hotel with sumptuous amenities, top service, great dining, and warm hospitality. The estate offers such pleasures as horseback riding, fishing, skeet shooting, a museum, and tours of the House and Gardens. The Antler Hill Village and winery, at the foot of the Inn, offers shopping, ice cream, dining , and the popular Cedric’s Pub, and more. For those looking for adventure outside the estate there is a McDonalds designed in the motif of Biltmore just outside the main entrance of the estate. Asheville also offers many antique and specialty shops, ghost tours, whitewater rafting, and much more to while away the hours. For a taste of the local cuisine, try Luella’s Bar-B-Que, managed by Lindsay Andrasik, for some out-of-this-world cooking. It is highly recommended by the Biltmore.
This resort is a must-be stopping place for the Hollywood and New York Theater crowd to get away from it all and relax in sumptuous surroundings. It is also an adventure of a lifetime that no one should ever miss. Our many thanks to our gracious host, Susan Holder, for her invitation to this piece of Heaven.
by Joseph J. O’Donnell, Publisher
The Eerie Digest