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By Lisa Airy, thewinekey@aol.com | November 8, 2012
It takes a lot to build a legacy. Hard work, vision, long-distance planning, and a tight-knit circle of family and friends to keep it all together. Although America's history is relatively short compared with that of Europe, we've still got a legacy or two. And some even come with a castle. George Vanderbilt's massive Asheville, N.C., estate was fashioned after three French chateaux and took six years to construct 91889-1895) There are 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, and 65 fireplaces covering four acres of floor space.
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By Lisa Airy, thewinekey@aol.com | November 8, 2012
It takes a lot to build a legacy. Hard work, vision, long-distance planning, and a tight-knit circle of family and friends to keep it all together. Although America's history is relatively short compared with that of Europe, we've still got a legacy or two. And some even come with a castle. George Vanderbilt's massive Asheville, N.C., estate was fashioned after three French chateaux and took six years to construct 91889-1895) There are 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, and 65 fireplaces covering four acres of floor space.
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By Wade Rawlins and Wade Rawlins,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 9, 1997
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Consider this planting list: 58,300 tulips, 18,950 narcissus, 800 hyacinths, 1,000 paperwhites, 500 iris, 180 amaryllis. Never mind the 4,000 pounds of turkey manure or 250 pounds of liquid fertilizer mix or 30 dump truck loads of mulch.If spring is a busy time for all gardeners, it rises to the level of a vernal equation at Biltmore Estate: Before the riot of color comes the discipline of dirt work.Gardener Tyler Taylor drags a heavy rake-like tool across a 170-foot-long rectangle of dirt, cutting evenly spaced grooves.
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December 8, 1997
A pair of cable offerings should help considerably when it comes to getting you in the holiday mood.On A&E, "A Judy Collins Christmas at the Biltmore Estate" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m.) features the singer/songwriter performing holiday classics in a concert taped the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Selections include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas."If movies are more your style, try Lifetime, where Mary Stuart Masterson stars in "On the 2nd Day of Christmas" (9 p.m.-11 p.m.)
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 27, 1996
I will be visiting Asheville, N.C., the first week of December. Besides the Christmas goings-on at Biltmore, are there any other worthwhile holiday festivities in the area?Many travelers familiar with Biltmore Estate's extravagant Christmas decorations and candlelight tours are unaware that there are myriad holiday events in Asheville and the surrounding area.A calendar distributed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, (704) 258-6101 or (800) 257-1300, lists some 30 events, including parades, Christmas markets, plays, dances, readings, a Kwanzaa celebration and holiday-themed tours of historic houses.
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May 3, 1992
Blossoms at Biltmore EstateEach spring Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., celebrates its horticultural legacy with a Festival of Flowers. Tulips bloom in the English-style walled garden, and other spring flowers and shrubs create an impressive display. This year's celebration, which continues through May 10, includes an antique carriage parade and an outing in the gardens.The gardens represent the artistry of landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Hired by George Washington Vanderbilt the 1880s, Olmsted's legacy includes elaborate pattern beds, espaliered fruit trees, old-fashioned perennials and naturalistic landscaping.
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December 8, 1997
A pair of cable offerings should help considerably when it comes to getting you in the holiday mood.On A&E, "A Judy Collins Christmas at the Biltmore Estate" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m.) features the singer/songwriter performing holiday classics in a concert taped the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Selections include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas."If movies are more your style, try Lifetime, where Mary Stuart Masterson stars in "On the 2nd Day of Christmas" (9 p.m.-11 p.m.)
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November 15, 2009
There's nothing so lovely as Christmas at the historic Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C. But first you have to get there. Asheville has a regional airport, with connecting flights, but other airports are within a short drive. $190 AirTran Charlotte $291 US Airways Asheville, N.C. $316 Delta Knoxville, TN Restricted roundtrip fees as researched online Wednesday, the day the Travel section goes to press.
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August 9, 2006
Trips to Vermont, Monticello planned The Annapolis Senior Center has announced several trips: Aug. 14-18, Vermont with lunch at Trappe Family Lodge, a cruise on Lake Champlain and a tour of Shelburne. Participants will be staying at Cortina Lodge. Sept. 17-21, the Biltmore Estate and Monticello. Oct. 19, Toby's Dinner Theatre in Baltimore to see Ragtime. Nov. 28-30, Colonial Williamsburg, Norfolk, Va., and Williamsburg Pottery. To register and learn more about the trips, visit the center at 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, or call 410-222-1818.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 11, 1997
On a trip to the Northwest this summer, we would like to see the large home that Bill Gates, Microsoft's founder, has built near Seattle. Can we see it from the street?From George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., to William Randolph Hearst's castle in San Simeon, Calif., the homes of America's rich have long fascinated travelers. But there's no reason to bother Gates' neighbors if you want to gawk at his 37,000-square-foot house, which is estimated to have cost as much as $35 million.
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By Wade Rawlins and Wade Rawlins,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 9, 1997
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Consider this planting list: 58,300 tulips, 18,950 narcissus, 800 hyacinths, 1,000 paperwhites, 500 iris, 180 amaryllis. Never mind the 4,000 pounds of turkey manure or 250 pounds of liquid fertilizer mix or 30 dump truck loads of mulch.If spring is a busy time for all gardeners, it rises to the level of a vernal equation at Biltmore Estate: Before the riot of color comes the discipline of dirt work.Gardener Tyler Taylor drags a heavy rake-like tool across a 170-foot-long rectangle of dirt, cutting evenly spaced grooves.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 27, 1996
I will be visiting Asheville, N.C., the first week of December. Besides the Christmas goings-on at Biltmore, are there any other worthwhile holiday festivities in the area?Many travelers familiar with Biltmore Estate's extravagant Christmas decorations and candlelight tours are unaware that there are myriad holiday events in Asheville and the surrounding area.A calendar distributed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, (704) 258-6101 or (800) 257-1300, lists some 30 events, including parades, Christmas markets, plays, dances, readings, a Kwanzaa celebration and holiday-themed tours of historic houses.
FEATURES
May 3, 1992
Blossoms at Biltmore EstateEach spring Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., celebrates its horticultural legacy with a Festival of Flowers. Tulips bloom in the English-style walled garden, and other spring flowers and shrubs create an impressive display. This year's celebration, which continues through May 10, includes an antique carriage parade and an outing in the gardens.The gardens represent the artistry of landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Hired by George Washington Vanderbilt the 1880s, Olmsted's legacy includes elaborate pattern beds, espaliered fruit trees, old-fashioned perennials and naturalistic landscaping.
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