Visit the Biltmore Estate and go whitewater rafting on the same weekend. When you come to the Asheville area you should definitely check out the Biltmore Estate www.biltmore.com . It is a 175,000 square foot mansion built from 1889-1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II. The Biltmore House is the largest privately-owned home in the United States. The estate is home to many restaraunts, bakeries, and shops. Don’t forget to visit the Winery for a free wine tour. Check out the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Flowers from April 3-May 16, 2010.
After Vanderbilt passed away in 1914, 85,000 of the original 125,000 acres were given to the U.S. Federal government. The land given to the U.S. government became the start of the Pisgah National Forest. If you are looking for a place to stay while in Asheville check out the Inn on Biltmore Estate http://www.biltmore.com/stay/inn/default.asp
While you are in the Asheville area , come out and go white water rafting with us. We are only 35 minutes from the Estate. We will take you down Section 9 of the French Broad River, where you will see beautiful scenery and enjoy the company of our professional staff.