Many moons ago, the first destination ever featured on this little travel blog wasn't Disney, New York, or Paris, but the quirky town of Asheville, North Carolina. MJ and I discovered Asheville on our annual Christmas vacation two years ago, and instantly fell in love with this little mountain town. So much that I was inspired to convert this blog of useless ramblings to one devoted solely to travel.
|The Biltmore Estate after a fresh coat of snow...|
I would share those early posts with you, but trust me, you don't want to read them. They're terrible. I'm talking 2000 words and one picture terrible. Still, it was Asheville that inspired me to write my first hotel review, and yes, take a picture of my food in a crowded upscale restaurant.
|Many 5 diamond restaurants later, still one of my favorite dishes.|
Smoked Salmon Julienne from The Corner Kitchen
While we discovered Asheville to be a foodie and beer lovers paradise, The Biltmore Estate is easily the biggest draw to this corner of the Great Smokey Mountains. The Biltmore was the summer home of George Vanderbilt and is the largest private residence in the United States. The French chateau not only features one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the country, but also a winery and the four diamond rated Inn on Biltmore Estate.
|The Inn on Biltmore Estate|
We timed our visit to Asheville perfectly, because during the holidays The Biltmore Estate is decorated to the nines. Countless trees and wreaths are scattered throughout the home, and at night the estate turns aglow from the light of 65 fireplaces. If you are having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, a visit to the Biltmore Estate will certainly do the trick.
|And if it doesn't do the trick, try this...|
The folks at Explore Asheville are doing their part to help get you into the holiday spirit as well. They're currently running a promotion called "Spice Up Your Holidays" where up for grabs is a trip to Asheville and a host of other prizes. Plus, they have teamed up with yours truly to award one lucky reader a pair of tickets to the famed Biltmore Estate.
Asheville is probably the greatest city you've never heard of, but with amazing history, food, scenery, and beer, perhaps its time you fall in love with it just like we did. Check out the Rafflecopter below and you just might have a great reason to visit...two tickets to the Biltmore Estate!
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Enjoy Your Stay
Special thanks to Explore Asheville for hosting this giveaway. See Rafflecopter for contest terms.