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Land Rover: Experience Driving School

If you are the proud owner of a  vehicle  from the Land Rover family (LR3, Range Rover, etc.) then chances are you have heard of the Land Rover Driving School located at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville,  North Carolina. Here owners of these  vehicles, and other off-road enthusiasts, come to be immersed in vehicle knowledge” and a special way of life “the Land RoverExperience. Taking a vehicle off-road is entirely different from merely driving down the highway, as I learned. This experience teaches owners how to handle their vehicle in not-so-common situations.

As a novice off-road driver, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the actual course. I quickly realized that skill level was less important thanpaying attention to the instructors, who were wonderful! Under their direct supervision, I safely navigated steep, deeply rutted trails and tight hairpin turns with no room for error. It was quite a rush to scale across a side-hill traverse and teeter over a mind-boggling trail with only two or three tires touching land and little traction.

Land Rover Driving School uses purpose-built trails across the scenic property of the Biltmore Estate. And whether you have come for an hour long lesson or a full day adventure, one thing is for sure you’ll enjoy breathtaking views and learn within your skill level. It matters not if you are a Land Rover owner or just want a thrilling experience, I highly recommend this program.

Full-Day Package

Jump start your day with a skill-development session amidst the challenging obstacle course in the lessons training area. Your skill level will be determined at that point and you’ll hit the trails! This is where your adrenaline kicks in and you’ll maneuver your vehicle (LR3, Range Rover, or Range Rover Sport) through various terrains until you come to a secluded, remote area where you’ll be treated to a fabulous picnic lunch.

If You are a Woman

Women ask me all the time if I think they are “capable of handling this kind of driving.” My answer is: “Yes, yes, yes not only can you do it, but you will thoroughly enjoy it!” In fact, I questioned one of the instructors about the teachability of women in these classes and he commented that women tend to listen and follow the instructions better than the male students, often making them easier to teach. So come on ladies! Let’s go off-roading!

About Land Rover

Land Rover vehicles have been around for close to 60 years and with each new model, there are improvements and astonishing new capabilities. In fact, the capabilities are the reasons behind the terrific off-road appeal. On a more personal, everyday note, Land Rover, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport offer a  luxury, comfortable feeling. Each model has amenities that are uniquely Land Rover and yet they are distinctly different.

About the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, once the home of George W. Vanderbilt, whose family fortune came from shipping and railroads. The current-day family-owned mansion sits on some 8,000 acres in the mountainous Asheville, North Carolina.

The Inn on Biltmore Estate is a warm and welcoming place to retreat for a  vacation  or just a quick getaway. A stroll through the gardens is just the ticket for unwinding and taking in some gorgeous scenery. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the most visited winery in the United States and, of course, a wine-tasting to top it off.

The cuisine at the Biltmore is a culinary delight! Guests can choose from a more formal dining atmosphere in the Inn Dining Room or something a bit more casual like the Bistro (HINT: Get the fresh  mountain  trout) down by the winery. Other options are Stable Cafe, Bake Shop, Ice  Cream  Parlor, Creamery, and Deerpark Restaurant.

Fall is a wonderful time to visit (as is any time) during the annual Harvest Home Celebration crafters, music, dancing, and children’s activities are all part of this event. Also, Christmas at Biltmore Estate and Candlelight Christmas Evenings are inviting times to visit as well. During this time, the chateau is transformed into a fairytale-like castle with miles of evergreen garland, hundreds of poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees, and a splendid 35-foot tall live Fraser Fir completely decorated with lights, ornaments, and gifts.

Flights from all over are available to Asheville, NC

For reservations:
Biltmore Estate Inn
One Antler Hill Road
Asheville, NC 28803

For more information on Land Rover Driving School:
Biltmore Estate
1 Approach Road
Asheville, NC 28803

All photos courtesy of Becky J. Beall

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