The Grand Bohemian Hotel anchors Biltmore Village, the charming collection of period streets, boutique shopping, and small restaurants originally built to provide housing for the army of workers who built the opulent estate. The grand porte-cochère welcomes guests to the hotel.
With a decor reminiscent of a Tyrolean lodge, the lobby features comfortable seating around a central fireplace.
The reception room of the Grand Ballroom. The room also features an antique Bösendorfer grand piano.
Ellington cheese from Looking Glass Creamery is semi-soft, bloomy rind goat’s milk cheese with a delicate interior.
Rooms at The Grand Bohemian provide a welcome respite from the rigors of sightseeing.
Biltmore House became the official country residence of George W. Vanderbilt, grandson of American industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, on Christmas Eve, 1895. Three years later, he brought his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to be mistress of the manor. Their daughter, Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil opened the house to the public in 1930. The estate is, imaginably, large and gracious; and one of the best examples of homes built during the Gilded Age.
Biltmore images courtesy of The Biltmore Company
The Winter Garden has welcomed guests to Biltmore since 1895 and continues to welcome guests today. It was often used as the site for elaborate breakfasts or luncheons.
The bold palette in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom gives it contemporary appeal.
The Banquet Hall’s walls soar seven stories high and feature 16th-century Flemish tapestries.
In sharp contrast to the grandeur of Biltmore, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial offers a tour of the novelist’s boyhood home, a boarding house owned by his mother. The “My Old Kentucky Home” boarding house served as inspiration for Wolfe’s autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel.
Image courtesy of Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Rockers on the porch of “America’s most famous boarding house.”
The Asheville Art Museum is currently in expansion. Founded in 1948, the museum collection specializes in American art beginning in the 20th century, with a focus on art significant to the Southeast.
Image courtesy of Ennead Architects, LLC, and the Asheville Art Museum
The Wall Street neighborhood of Asheville shows off it funky, artistic side—you’ll find offbeat shops with a young attitude and some great dining.
Made-from-scratch Southern specialties are crafted with local, organic ingredients at the down-home Early Girl Eatery, which is named for an heirloom tomato.
Just down the street from Early Girl is The Market Place restaurant, where local farmers supply chef William Dissen with the ingredients for his refined cooking. Linger over dinner here. I loved this Roasted Corn Cake appetizer.
It doesn’t get cooler than this: Double D’s Coffee and Dessert is housed in a British double-decker bus. The converted interior is homey, and the pastries from local bakeries and organic coffee selections provide a welcome break in the day.
These divine little chocolate bites can be found at French Broad Chocolates in downtown Asheville. Stop in and stock up at this delightful chocolate shop; then enjoy a hot chocolate in the Chocolate Lounge.
Asheville is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provide residents with a constantly changing backdrop of seasonal color. Pick up sandwiches and drinks, and take a leisurely drive along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. The gorgeous Appalachian scenery will astound you, any time of year.
Image courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
You are here
- ‹ Prev
- 1 of 21
Written by Stephen Exel
Photography by Squire Fox (except where noted)
It was a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, to visit the famous Biltmore estate that provided the inspiration for our “Cooking with Wine” story. We shot the story with Adam Hayes, chef at the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, located in Biltmore Village directly across from the entrance to the estate.
For the visitor, Asheville is a delightful combination of grandeur and granola, sophistication and down-home hospitality. There are plenty of opportunities for an intellectual interlude and just as many for a relaxing (and healthy) hike in the mountains or through the downtown boutiques. And the food is great.
Image courtesy of Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau