The Biltmore Estate was fantastic and one of two reasons to go to this town, in our opinion. The estate is amazing and their gardens even more so. We have been to Victoria, BC and we thought these gardens were even better.
Also worth seeing is The Grove Park Inn. This is quite a place. And, if you are a golfer, their course is absolutely beautiful. We had one of our two dinners there and it was good. Expensive, but at least it was pretty good.
When we first arrived, we used one of the recommendations for lunch at a place called Tupelo Honey. Nothing special. So, because we are now getting worried, we decided to check out the other "best bets" including an Italian restaurant up on their popular square, a French restaurant, and a place I believe called Salsa's (?). We made a decision to stick with The Marketplace, which has been there for many years.
The Marketplace is a nice looking restaurant and they are doing lots of interesting things. Not unlike what the other places are trying very haard to do in the town. My wife had the local Carolina Trout and she liked it. I had a pasta dish that was totally devoid of seasoning. The service was great but the star of the meal was a copy of Wolfgang Puck's famous chocolate cake with a melted center. We actually liked the Marketplace's version better.
Its a young person's town for sure. Lots of college kids working at the various restaurants. We sensed a lot of civic pride. Reminded us a great deal of Seattle in certain respects. No way I am going to start arguing with the people who love this town so I end this part of the report right now.....