A must-see in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America. This 250 room home contains original furniture and artifacts from the turn-of-the-century life of the Vanderbilt family. George Vanderbilt’s mansion was at the same time opulent and innovative for the period and to this day remains unique.
Admission to the Estate includes self-guided tours of Biltmore House & Gardens, Antler Hill Village, Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green and Farm. The Estate also offers a multitude of outdoor activities, shopping and 4 restaurants.
The House itself takes anywhere from 2 hours to all day to tour. You can take the self-guided tour with Audio guide included. The Audio guide leads you room-by-room, providing historical information about the former occupants. For an additional fee, add any one of the Specialty Tours.
Tickets Exclusively for Asheville Bed & Breakfast Guests
Accommodations tickets offer our shared guests the opportunity to visit Biltmore Estate at $13/off gate price. Please contact your inn for further details.
Biltmore House Backstairs Tour
Travel back in time as your guide shares the fascinating stories of the people who worked and lived on the estate in the Vanderbilts’ era. Taking you behind the scenes to rarely-seen domestic staff’s areas, this exclusive 60-minute tour gives you an in-depth look at what it was like to work at America’s Largest Home®.
The Biltmore House Rooftop Tour
A truly memorable experience featuring rare photo opportunities, this exclusive guided tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of Biltmore House is areas unavailable on a regular house visit. Imagine yourself a Vanderbilt (or cherished Vanderbilt guest) as you take in stunning views seen only from the house’s rooftop and balconies.
Expert Guided Small Group Tour
A more intimate experience of Biltmore House, this expert-guided tour casts each member of your party in a role of one of the Vanderbilt’s very first guests. Featuring fascinating stories and exclusive “behind-the ropes” entry into rarely accessed areas of the house, you’ll enjoy America’s Largest Home from an entirely new perspective.
Guided Tours on the Estate Grounds
The Red Wine and Chocolate Seminar informs you about the winery and why chocolate and red wine compliment each other so beautifully.
Of course no visit to the Estate is complete until you have strolled the acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The Biltmore horticultural experts continually work to preserve Mr. Olmsted’s remarkable vision for the gardens and grounds. There are nine different garden areas giving birth to hundreds of different plants, flowers and trees and include: The Azalea Garden; Antler Hill Village Garden; The Conservatory; The Estate Entry; The Italian garden, The Spring Garden, The Shrub and Walled Gardens. There are also roses all over the Estate.
During spring the Azalea garden is in full bloom with varieties of Native and Evergreen Azaleas, Red Buckeye, Sweetshrub, Hawthorn, Dwarf Garland Spirea, Weigela, Beauty Bush, Catawba Hybrid, Rhododendrons, Mt. Laurel, Enkianthus, Pink Lady Slippers, Roses and Spring annuals are everywhere. In summer the Estate is blooming with summer annuals, roses and perennials. By mid-September through October hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and Salvias fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. By late October the vibrant fall foliage in all its glory.
Now that you have walked off your breakfast served at one of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inns, there are several dining options that offer the field-to-table philosophy. Enjoy the Bistro, Cedric’s Tavern, Deerpark Restaurant and The Stables.
Estate Outdoor Adventures
If you want to truly explore the 8,000 acres of the Estate you may want to consider visiting the Outdoor Adventure Center in Antler Hill Village. Take in the grounds of the estate by relaxing on a trip down the French Broad River, taking a off-road Segway tour, or a driving lesson in a Land Rover. They offer any number of outdoor activities including: sporting clays, fly-fishing, bike rentals, horseback riding and carriage rides.
You can even bring your own bike and ride the numerous trails. If you have a horse, bring it too and explore more than 80 miles of estate trails, the same trails and paths traveled by the Vanderbilts at the turn of the century. Contact Biltmore’s Equestrian Center for more information.
You have toured the house, roamed the gardens, eaten some lunch, and enjoyed the outdoors now you have to visit the Winery. Believe it or not Biltmore Winery is the most visited winery in the United States. Approximately 1 million guests visit the winery to sample award-winning wines each year. Learn more about Biltmore’s Winery.
When planning your trip to Asheville, check out the Biltmore Concert Series calendar to see what concerts might be happening when you are in town. Listen to award-winning artists from the venues at Biltmore Estate. The outdoor setting on the vista overlooks Biltmore House and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Finally…after a day like this won’t it feel good to get back to the comfort of your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn where you can kick off your shoes and relax.
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