On Christmas Eve 1895, George W. Vanderbilt officially opened Biltmore House.
The Entrance Gate
George and Edith Vanderbilt welcomed their guests to relax and enjoy all the estate offered. Biltmore House was a collaborative effort between Vanderbilt, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, whose combined talents created their greatest project.
Photo's are not allowed into the House. These are the First Floor rooms we viewed ...
The Entrance Hall, Winter Garden, Billiard Room (with custom oak billiard tables made in 1895), Banquet Hall (seated 38 people, has a seven-story ceiling, Flemish tapestries from the 1500s and Organ Loft which houses a 1916 Skinner pipe organ), Breakfast Room, Salon, Music Room, Tapestry Gallery, Library (contains only half of his 23,000 volume collection).
We arrived just in time for lunch and we headed to the Cafe which is next to the House.
The Stable Cafe has great burgers, Carolina BBQ and traditional Southern fare in a restaurant transformed from the 19th-century stables.
The food was out of this world excellent.
So after lunch we went into the other shops in the Stable.
I wanted everything!
There was a special Tiffany at Bilmore Exhibition of 45 stained glass lamps and objects.
Not many gift shops but everything was perfectly displayed.