Spending an afternoon at Biltmore Village in Asheville, North Carolina, is a pleasant way to visit some village shops and galleries in an area declared a local historic district in 1989. The many historic buildings that actually house most of the shops and businesses today in this area date back to the 1890’s when this classic planned community was originally built at the entrance to the George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. The original community was designed to be a residential prelude to the Estate. It was in this area that people found the train depot, the church, and the entrance to the Estate itself. The Village was designed in the shape of a fan with the focal points being these three main areas.
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Today when one walks through this area, you will find a variety of unique shops, such as the Olde World Christmas Shoppe, to stores selling nature and science equipment like binoculars and telescopes.
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