Biltmore Today

 

Biltmore Estate today is a complex of facilities with a variety of activities. Here’s an overview of what you can see and do on the estate. Everything is included in the admission price except where noted.

 

Biltmore House: The centerpiece of the estate remains the 250-room French Renaissance-style Gilded Age chateau, with self-guided tours offered daily. Open for the tour are most of three floors plus the basement. Allow about 2 hours to see the house. Specialty guided tours and a recorded audio guide also are offered at additional cost.

 

Biltmore Winery: Guided tours of the 90,000 square-foot winery are included in estate admission, followed by a wine tasting (available for those 21 and over, some wines free, premium wines for a fee). On exhibit is the 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-6” automobile owned by George and Edith Vanderbilt. The Winery is in the Antler Hill Village area.

 

Antler Village opened in 2009, with a group of restaurants, shops, barn and displays. There is a small exhibition on the Biltmore history and legacy. At the village are three restaurants (Cedric’s Tavern, Smokehouse and Bistro, and at Village Hotel), an ice cream shop and a wine bar. An area of the village presents farm life exhibits from the early 1900s, a kitchen garden and farm animals. Among the stores in the village are a wine shop, outdoor shop, interior decor and crafts shop and a gift shop. Visits to Antler Hill are included in regular estate admission. In addition, elsewhere on the grounds of the estate are five other shops, five other places for meals and light snacks plus the Deerpark Restaurant.

 

Formal Gardens:  Frederick Law Olmsted designed the 75-acre formal gardens at Biltmore. A rose garden has about 250 rose varieties. There also is a shrub garden, azalea garden, butterfly garden, scented plant wall, spring garden and several garden loops and trails. Apples, pears, apricot and other trees and shrubs are espaliered along the original stone walls of the Walled Garden.  The glassed-in conservatory houses thousands of tropical plants and has areas devoted to orchids and to succulents. A Festival of Flowers is held annually in the spring, with more than 100,000 tulips and other spring bulb plants in bloom. The gardens and conservatory are included with regular admission to the estate.

 

Estate Grounds: You can drive paved roads and walk on unpaved trails around the estate, at no extra charge. Olmsted planted hundreds of thousands of plants and trees. Many of the trees are just now coming to full maturity, and some are over-mature. Among the trees are virtually all native varieties, plus many exotic trees such as a 100-foot tall redwood. Birding is permitted on the grounds. Look for bluebirds (the estate has about 100 bluebird nesting boxes), Canada geese in the lagoon, great blue herons along the French Broad River and migrating hawks in the fall.

 

Inn on Biltmore Estate: (1 Antler Hill Rd., Biltmore Estate, South Asheville, 866-336-1245 or 828-225-1600; www.biltmore.com). This luxury hotel with 210 rooms and suites opened in 2001.  In-season rates start at around $350 and go to over $600, but discounts are available off-season. The hotel has an upscale restaurant (typical entree at dinner is about $28-$40).

 

Village Hotel: (Antler Village, Biltmore Estate, South Asheville, 866-336-1245, www.biltmore.com). Opened in late 2015, the Village Hotel is a new addition to the lodging options on the Biltmore Estate. The four-story property is a more casual and less expensive alternative to The Inn on Biltmore Estate (see above). It is located in the Antler Village near the winery.  The Village Hotel has an outdoor pool (closed in winter), fitness room and casual dining. The bar has a fireplace. Several restaurants at Antler Village are a short walk away.  In high season (summer), room rates are a little over $300 a night, with suites around $425, plus tax and gratuities. Rates lower in the spring and winter and higher in October and at Christmas. Self-parking is free.

 

Activities:  You can take part (most at extra cost) in a large variety of other activities on the estate, including horseback riding and bicycling estate trails, carriage rides, fly fishing classes, Land Rover driving school, guided Segway tours, river float trips and others. Music concerts by national entertainers are held in the summer and fall.

 

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