A lot of people don’t equate Alabama with great beaches, but the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area has over 32 miles of uncrowded, wide, white sand coastline. You’ll get more for your money here too as rates are much lower than in the neighboring Florida Panhandle.
Since 1895, when George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith invited family, friends and estate employees into the home’s banquet hall for an annual Christmas party, Christmas has been a special time at the Biltmore Estate.
Inspiration abounds while visiting the Biltmore during the holidays. There are 52 Christmas trees inside the house, with a fresh-cut Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, ranging from 4 to 35 feet tall. There are another 45 more decorated throughout the estate. Add in the 150,000 lights, 5000 feet of white pine and Fraser fir garland, 450 wreaths, hundreds of ornaments and 1200 poinsettias and you’re sure to find some ideas to use in your own home.