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The city's abundant Art Deco architecture adds to its uniqueness, and it has art galleries coming out of its ears, so do not miss Asheville if you are a fan of art! These are very varied- from the Appalachian Craft Centre to the Red Square Gallery of Russian Art and Culture to the Bella Vista Gallery of contemporary art. There is also an Art Museum, along with several other museums.
A landmark of Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, a magnificent mansion on sprawling grounds which was built as an escape by George Washington Vanderbilt II. It is still owned by one of his descendants, and is the largest privately owned home in the US at 250 rooms, 175,000 square feet. The amazing building is a monument to the Gilded Age which followed the Civil War, and the heady social heights which the Vanderbilt family reached thanks to the shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius. We toured the house and gardens of the very impressive residence to get a glimpse of how the other 0.001% live, and it is enviable!
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Microbrewery tours, ghost tours, arts and culture festivals and the beautiful mountains and trails surrounding the city kept us very busy and far from bored during a visit to Asheville!
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