Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the mastermind of New York’s Central Park, designed the gardens and grounds cradling the 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company.
Condé Nast :: Explore William K. Vanderbilt II's Mansion... a house-guest... Pierre Cartier, the Tiffanys of Oyster Bay, Elsa Maxwell, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charles Lindbergh, and Consuelo, the Duchess of Marlborough—and those are just a few of the glitterati invited to the Vanderbilt Mansion,
What to do: "Rent a boat at the Community Sailing Center and go out on Lake Champlain. After, drive to Shelburne Farms, a former Vanderbilt estate that's now a farm with a petting zoo. Grab lunch at the Farm Cart — the bread and cheese are made on-site. And check out the circus exhibit at the Shelburne Museum, where thousands of mini figures make up a 500-foot display." — LAURA MARLOW LATKA, 32, AUTHOR OF THE BLOG "PREGNANT, NOT FAT" Where to stay: You'll get tons of space at TownePlace ...
Of all Newport's tycoon and robber baron summer "cottages," The Breakers is perhaps the most impressive. This Vanderbilt estate is today a National Historic Landmark run by the Preservation Society of Newport County.