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Kathy Petrino shares details on a true United States castle

June 22, 2019
Deep within the mountains of North Carolina, steeped within Asheville, N.C. and southern wealth, stands Biltmore Estate -- a tourist attraction yet also private estate stretching nearly 7,000 acres. Writer and travel blogger Kathy Petrino urges visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia to add this destination to their itineraries. Standing bold within Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned house in the United States; an architectural masterpiece built from 1889 to 1895 in a castle-esque style by George Washington Vanderbilt II. This almost-180,000 square foot mansion is still owned by the Vanderbilt family, but welcomes visitors daily each year, including to its blooming gardens, vineyard and blossoming hotels and other attractions. This large estate is the vision of architectural genius Frederick Law Olmsted and Petrino notes a full day -- at the least -- is needed to explore the estate’s history, rooms, offerings and more.