Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall is a short drive from its namesake, the Biltmore Estate, a sprawling French chateau conceived by mogul George Vanderbilt. The palatial home is located within Biltmore Village, an English-style community also planned by Vanderbilt and filled with architectural gems. The Comfort Suites even sells discounted visitors’ packages to the Biltmore.
- Retail therapy: the Asheville Outlet Mall (formerly the Biltmore Square Mall) is adjacent to the hotel
- Get up and at ‘em with a complimentary hot breakfast.
- Crystal clear picture on 40-inch LCD TVs in every suite
- Bring Fido and stay in a pet-friendly room for a fee.
- Dive in to the outdoor heated pool
Asheville, North Carolina: Artsy Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the largest city in the western half of North Carolina, with a population of roughly 85,000. Downtown is an eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries, and art galleries housed in buildings designed in art-deco, Beaux-Arts, and neoclassical styles. Asheville’s premier attraction is Biltmore, billed as the largest residential home in the United States. You can take a self-guided tour of the 250-room chateau, which was built for steamboat-and-railroad tycoon George Vanderbilt in 1895. Be sure to visit the gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—they’re in full bloom in early spring.
While you’re in the area, you can take off on one of the most scenic drives in the country—the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile highway that winds through the mountains. If you want to stretch your legs, hike up to the panoramic lookout at Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest, or amble along a portion of the Appalachian Trail; the famed footpath goes past Asheville on its 2,180-mile journey from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia.