George Vanderbilt officially opened his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895, and to this day, Biltmore continues the tradition with their Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Modeled after 16th-century chateaux in France, Biltmore, located in Asheville, N.C., features 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate.
Nut Crusted Brie with Cherry Chutney
Greet guests with a sophisticated appetizer of brie, cherry chutney and toasted French baguettes. Biltmore's winemaker suggests pairing this recipe with Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine. Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate.
Located in Walland, Tenn., Blackberry Farm is one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels. Their renowned cuisine wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to Blackberry’s Smoky Mountain heritage. Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm.
Braised Pork Belly With Sweet Potato Puree
Blackberry Farm shares a true gourmet meal for the holidays. Their braised pork belly is served with sweet potato puree, kimchi and candied pecans. Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm.
The Arizona Inn is an historic, resort hotel spread over 14 acres in the heart of mid-town Tucson, Ariz. It has been family owned and operated since its creation in 1930 by Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman. Photo courtesy of Arizona Inn.
Arizona Inn shares a favorite dessert that combines lychee mousse, butter cake and raspberry sauce. Photo courtesy of Arizona Inn.
Britt Scripps Inn
The three-story Britt Scripps Inn is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in San Diego, Calif. It has been completely restored to authentically reflect the craftsmanship and rich heritage of the late 1800s. Photo courtesy of Britt Scripps Inn.
Ham and Artichoke Quiche
At Britt Scripps Inn, breakfast always begins with a freshly baked scone and is often followed by a crustless quiche, a morning favorite. Photo courtesy of Britt Scripps Inn.
The Grove Park Inn
Built from granite boulders hewn from Sunset Mountain, The Grove Park Inn, located in Asheville, N.C., opened in 1913 and is now considered one of the best resorts and spas in North America. Photo courtesy of The Grove Park Inn.
Every year, The Grove Park Inn invites contestants from across the country to showcase their gingerbread masterpieces in their National Gingerbread House Competition® & Display. Photo courtesy of The Grove Park Inn.
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Houmas House in Darrow, La., features a long and storied history, as well as two ghosts. In addition to once being the largest producer of sugar in the country, Houmas House has also been the set of several movies. Photo courtesy of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
Bisque of Curried Pumpkin
Warm up with a favorite soup from Houmas House. Full of Louisiana charm, the bisque combines crawfish and corn with a holiday favorite: pumpkin. Photo courtesy of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast
The Holladay House in Orange, Va., has witnessed over 175 years of American history and is now a bed and breakfast inn. Built in the Federal architectural style, the Holladay House is located in central Virginia wine country amide some of our nation's most historic sites. Photo courtesy of The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast.
Buttermilk biscuits are a staple of any southern breakfast (and often, lunch and dinner). The Holladay House shares their traditional recipe for your holiday gatherings. Photo courtesy of The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast.
Commodore Joshua Barney House
The historic Commodore Joshua Barney House is located in the old mill town of Savage, Md., and sits on over six acres backing up to the Little Patuxent River. Joshua Barney was a Naval War hero in the War of 1812 and also served in the American Revolution. Photo courtesy of Commodore Joshua Barney House.
Grandma Carr's Sugar Cookies
Grandma Carr owned and lived in the Barney house for nearly 40 years in the first half of the 20th century. Each Christmas, the historic Commodore Joshua Barney House Bed and Breakfast bakes and shares her delicious sugar cookies.
Situated on a mountaintop outside Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello, a 5,000-acre plantation, was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. Photo courtesy of Monticello.
Old-Fashioned Fruit Cake
Monticello shares a fruit cake recipe from Mary Randolph's The Virginia House-wife, which is considered the best source of recipes that most likely would have been served at Monticello. Mary Randolph was Thomas Jefferson's daughter Martha's sister-in-law. Enjoy the recipe's old-fashioned charm.