The Vanderbilt’s were really rich. Cornelius V. started it all in one of America’s classic rags-to-riches stories, building a railroad and shipping empire from nothing. His grandson, George, being born into great wealth, had it a bit easier. What to do with all that money and time? Well, on the side he had built what is probably the largest private residence ever in America… a 250-room French Renaissance chateau on an 8000-acre estate outside Asheville NC. You can’t stay there… but… you can stay at the four-star, four-diamond Inn on the Biltmore estate. It only has 210 rooms so it’s really just the guest-cottage, but… nice enough.
And in addition to every other activity you can think of, they also offer… you guessed it… an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing School. They customize their lessons to the experience of each individual within the group, beginning with dry casting instruction and then transitioning to either fly-fishing on their lake from a drift boat, a guided half-day adventure float trip on the French Broad River for Smallmouth Bass, or exciting full-day guided wade trip fishing for trout in one of their local streams. Group size is usually limited to 15 guests at a time, but “arrangements can be made”.
Visit their site at www.biltmore.com