So here is a summary of how the West Family did The Biltmore Estates.
The Biltmore was the home (completed in 1895) of George and Edith Vanderbuilt. Unlike a lot of historic homes throughout the U.S. the Biltmore is still family owned vs. run by the Historical Society, which I thought was pretty neat.
After we were done touring the house we walked around the gift shops. They have a couple standard gift shops and a few Christmas ones as well since its the Holiday season.
The gardens were huge and they also had a few greenhouses as well. The only things blooming right now were in the greenhouses, there was not much to see outside but the landscape but it was still pretty. I bet in the spring time the gardens would be even prettier!
This was a small little museum/exhibit which took us about 30-45 minutes to go through. It had a nice family tree out front which for visual learners like me made it a lot easier for me to understand the Vanderbilt/Cecil family connections. There was also a video of the history of Biltmore as well which was nice. It was a great way to sum up all the history we learned at the house earlier that day.
You can easily make the visit to the Biltmore into more than one day, there is a lot of different things to do! We did all we wanted to do there in one full day but it really just depends on what you want to do on how much time you should spend there. No matter if you want to spend half a day or a week there I would definitely recommend a visit if you ever are near the Asheville area!