Holiday retreat: Christmas at Biltmore a great way to celebrate the season

 Commentary CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

Biltmore Estate a great place to visit during the holidays. / Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate

ASHEVILLE — Looking for something different to do with the family this holiday season? If you want to go on vacation for the holidays, but can’t afford a trip to an exotic beach or island, the Biltmore Estate is a perfect retreat.

 George Vanderbilt built the estate after a trip to western North Carolina with his mother, who was enchanted with the scenery. The estate opened its doors for its first family celebration on Christmas Eve in 1895.

 Now, the estate is open for the public and decorates for Christmas every year. Not only do they decorate, but they have candlelight evenings, which puts the house in a more intimate light.

 The 250-room house will enchant not only any child, but their parents, as well. If you’re not into the house tours, there are many things to do outside the house.

The estate has 8,000 acres of land to explore. The gardens, though it’s cold outside, still have beautiful architecture, not to mention the indoor palm house. There are other activities such as horseback riding, bike trails, and you can even go on Landrover tours.

 There’s also entertainment at the house, too. During the Christmas evenings at Biltmore, angelic choirs perform and there are also sets by musical soloists. You’ll also want to come just for the 60-foot Norway Spruce lit up on the front lawn.

 The Christmas at Biltmore celebration will be going on until January 1, 2012, so there is plenty of time to make your way up to the mystical mountains of North Carolina. There is so much to do that you’re sure to get your money’s worth.

 Biltmore estate is the perfect excursion for any family (especially since children 9 and under are free) and will make for a holiday vacation packed with laughs and memories.

 CJ Click is a senior at River Mill Academy and a Teens and Twenties writer.




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