[singlepic id=87 w=320 h=240 float=left] Biltmore Estate provides the ideal location for romance with a century old French Renaissance chateau. George W. Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate with its 250-room Biltmore House, 75 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and the nation’s most visited winery offers plenty of opportunities.
Share the wonder of Biltmore House, the largest privately owned home in America, with a priceless collection of arts and antiques original to the Vanderbilt home. Since the house is a self-guided tour, pay the little extra for the audio companion tour as soon as you enter the house. Excellent guided tours may be purchased to go “behind the scenes” like the Architect’s Tour. After touring more than 60 rooms in the house, stop at the Stable Courtyard for refreshments or a visit to several quaint shops (and one large souvenir shop). The Stable Café is great for sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Allow at least two hours for a house tour.
Spectacular gardens and woodlands are perfect for leisurely strolls. From the house, walk hand-in-hand through gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for designing Central Park in New York City. The lush and beautiful reflecting ponds of the Italian Gardens are a fitting entry into a stunning world of garden paths. A short walk takes you to the four-acre Walled Garden and adjacent Conservatory.
BILTMORE ESTATE WINERY
At the winery, enjoy a guided tour and sample Biltmore Estate wines in the Tasting Room. Browse the Wine Shop. The Bistro Restaurant is an excellent choice for dinner, with its welcoming European atmosphere. Other culinary activities include cooking demonstrations, seminars, guest chef programs, introductory wine classes and daylong cooking classes featuring the estate’s own chefs.
There is much to explore outdoors, including several great hiking trails (free) and a host of paid activities. Read more about hiking and Biltmore outdoors. In Antler Hill Village, you will find Biltmore “Outdoor Adventure Center” where you sign up for an array of outdoor fun including:
- Carriage Rides
- Fly-fishing School
- Guided Segway Tours
- Guided Horseback Trail Rides
- Land Rover Experience Driving School
- Land Rover Ride-Along Expedition
- Kids’ Land Rover Adventure Course
- River Float Trips
- Sporting Clays School
Biltmore Estate Packages
Did you know that we offer Biltmore Estate packages? When you choose this package and stay with us three consecutive nights, you’ll receive 2 two-day passes at half price!