No matter where you look during the holiday season, there's always something magical to catch your eye. This is, of course, true of most places you go in the United States, however, there's something extra special about certain towns—like Asheville, North Caroline, one of the most festive Christmas towns in the U.S.
You might be thinking, "Why would I go to Asheville when I can go to plenty of other charming small towns?" But the answer is simple: Biltmore Estate AKA America's largest home. Since , this 35 bedroom, 43 bathroom, and 65 fireplace estate has been a cornerstone of American holiday traditions. Decorated annually with massive fir trees and magnificent holiday decor, you're definitely going to want to add a "Holiday Trip to Biltmore" to your bucket list (you can even check it off by booking a trip between November 3, 2018 to January 5, 2019.) In case you're not yet sold, take a look around:
Though 8k acres is no small plot of land, the was originally located on 125,000 acres—four of which are the home itself (measuring approximately 175,000 square feet.) That in the center of the yard, to start, is surrounded by 35 more evergreens.
Around the estate there are an estimated 45,000 lights and 150 candles along with 135,000 LED and mini-lights.
Finding a tree worthy of decorating the largest house in the U.S. is no easy feat, but it's a challenge the crew accepts every year. This tree in the Banquet Hall is the largest one in the mansion and takes approximately .
Christmas is really all about the
red and green at Biltmore. Aside from the more than four and a half dozen Christmas trees inside, the site reports there are actually "58 additional decorated Christmas trees at other estate locations...plus 30 live trees and shrubs in and around other estate buildings."
Which one is your favorite so far?
Decorating the Winery Tasting Room are about 7,000 gold and champagne ornaments, which not-so-accidentally resemble bubbles.
But that's not all, it's estimated that there are another 2,000 of them around the estate.
Challenge: count the lights and luminaries in this village alone.
Unless you're an Asheville resident, this could certainly make you question the phrase "there's no place like home for the holidays."
Have you added Biltmore Estate to your bucket list yet?