Biltmore Village is a small village that is now entirely in the city limits of Asheville, North Carolina and near the town of Biltmore Forest. It is adjacent to the main entrance of the Biltmore Estate, built by George W. Vanderbilt, one of the heirs to the Vanderbilt family fortune. Once known as the town of Best, George Vanderbilt created this village as a "company town" for the estate workers. The community was planned and designed to reflect the qualities of an English country village. The village had its own church, which is still in operation today as the Cathedral of All Souls, an Episcopal cathedral. The village also had a hospital, shops, a school, a railroad depot, and other services available. Biltmore Village was incorporated into the City of Asheville in the early 20th century. and, today, is a commercial district that has an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
While the village has a small-town feel, it still houses some big city shops such as Brooks Brothers, Lululemon, White Black Market, and others. If you're looking for smaller boutique and DIY shops, don't worry! Biltmore Village has it all with small local jewelry and clothing stores as well as Christmas Shoppes. And if you're feeling exhausted by the end of the day, you can treat yourself at one of the spas.
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