Just a few hours from Southern Serenity you will find the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. This day trip can easily be accomplished during your Gatlinburg stay. The mansion took 6 years to build and the Vanderbilt family first occupied the mansion in 1895. The estate is still owned and run by Vanderbilts.
We visitied the estate about 20 years ago on our first trip to TN and it was quite remarkable. I will be going back for another visit on one of my trips to Southern Serenity. A few things that I remember from that trip; a library that consumed a whole room two stories high, an indoor swimming pool with the first lights ever installed underwater, a bowling alley in the basement, a beautiful display of flowers for the Christmas season, and an on property dairy farm.
- Two Hours From Gatlinburg (southernserenity.wordpress.com)