North Carolina
Biltmore Estate’s Victorian Splendor and an Appalachian Mountain Christmas
From Victorian carols to Appalachian music, from “gilded age” decorations to mountain traditions and hospitality, celebrate two legacies of Christmas in historic North Carolina.
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Program No. 10345RJ
6 days
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Take part in a week filled with poetic musings, folktales and Victorian carols as you experience the beauty of the Christmas season at the fabulous Biltmore Estate. Contrast the Estate’s “gilded age” lifestyle and holiday traditions with the heart-warming history and hospitality of the Appalachian Mountain people. Sing favorite Victorian carols and hearken to poetic pleasures as you discuss the music and literature of the era. Consider those who took prominent roles in building the house and laying out the grounds of Biltmore, including Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmstead.
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On Your Feet
Walking 300 yards over inclines, uneven terrain. Many stairs at Biltmore Estate; some areas accessible by elevator. Optional walking or hiking activities.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Feel a sense of childlike wonder and awe at Biltmore, decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland and thousands of ornaments, as you stroll through the house during a candlelit evening and return the next day for viewing in the daylight.
  • Share three centuries of memories and recall a simpler way of life as you experience Appalachian holiday customs, food, games, music, decorations and crafts.
  • Enjoy a tasty holiday dinner at Deerpark Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate.
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Marilyn McMinn McCredie
Born in the Hooper's Creek section of Henderson County, North Carolina, into a family that has held land there since land grant days, Marilyn McCredie grew up steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition. This, plus her own rich experience, is the basis for most of her storytelling. She is a debunker of myths and a dispeller of stereotypes regarding mountain people. Her depth of knowledge and her skillful presentation have led her to be called “a cultural ambassador.”
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