Asheville was nothing more than an outpost in the late 1790’s. A wild and adventurous place, where frontiersmen and famous explorers like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett blazed trails and led expeditions in search of the good life. George Vanderbilt discovered this land for himself in 1888, and shortly after began construction on his dream home. His home would become the Vanderbilt family’s most memorable, Biltmore Estate. Known today by many as “America’s Greatest Castle”.
Designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead and cared for by Gifford Pinchot and Carl Schenck, the lands surrounding Biltmore Estate became America’s first managed forests. The woodlands we know today as Pisgah National Forest is home to the “Cradle of Forestry,” the birthplace of woodland conservation in America. Easy to see why people still refer to Biltmore as “The Legacy of the Land”.
Today, the bullseye of many families on the move is Western North Carolina, and Asheville is still the area’s epicenter. An area showered in national accolades every year. Americas #1 Destination, Beer City USA, Among Best US Foodie Meccas, #1 Coolest Town in US, Among 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South. So bring your family to the NC mountains, you’ll be glad you did!