Be sure to stop at Antler Hill Village during your Biltmore exploration. The most popular stop here is the Biltmore Winery for a tour and tasting. In addition, see a fascinating Vanderbilt exhibit, shop, arrange outdoor adventures and enjoy lunch or dinner at Cedric's or Bistro. And don't forget the Creamery for ice cream! The village is about two miles from the house, along the main road through the estate. Adjacent to the village is the Inn at Biltmore hotel.
Antler Hill Village and the Winery are open as part of your daily admission to the estate. Its name comes from Antler Hill, the “fine high ridge,” as noted by Vanderbilt. From the Civil War into the 1930s, the ridge was the site of Antler Hall, a residence and social center for many estate families.
Village Green and Bandstand: The centerpiece of Antler Hill Village & Winery, the Village Green has a gently sloping area perfect for people-watching, listening to live music each afternoon, or relaxing with a snack or picnic.
The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad features never-before-seen treasures from the Vanderbilt collection. This new display focuses on the lives and personalities of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt, located in Antler Hill Village’s Legacy building. Enjoy a close-up look at exotic and rare items they collected throughout their lives, including an extraordinary collection of Samurai armor and an intricate Cartier vanity and lipstick case encrusted with diamonds and jade. A small theater features a film narrated by Dini Cecil Pickering that shares the family story from the Vanderbilts to today. Read more.
Winery: Enter the Winery and walk underground through the old dairy’s original tunnel, designed to immediately engage all of the senses into the winemaking process. See Edith Vanderbilt’s 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-Six on the Winery tour. This rare piece is the only car George Vanderbilt purchased that remains in the estate’s collection. A specialty tasting room and a premium wine tasting paired with food in the Clock Tower offer additional tasting experiences. See our Biltmore Winery Guide.
Farm at Antler Hill Village: The farm offers a glimpse back at Biltmore’s agricultural past. Traditional farming demonstrations take place in the Barn, including authentic blacksmithing by local craftsman Doc Cudd. The Farmyard features animals that children of all ages love, and the Kitchen Garden is a demonstration area showcasing fragrant herbs and vegetables used in Biltmore’s restaurants.
Outdoor Adventure Center: When the Vanderbilt’s entertained their guests in Biltmore House, their guests also experienced all sorts of outdoor and sporting activities such as walking, croquet, hunting, fishing, horseback and carriage riding, biking and hiking, camping expeditions and treks up to Buck Spring Lodge on Mt. Pisgah. The Outdoor Adventure Center carries on the family’s tradition of exploring the outdoors, with Segway rentals, river trips, Land Rover excursions, bike trips, horseback rides and carriage rides.
Children’s Maze: Families can get lost together (if only for a few minutes) in Biltmore’s children’s maze in Antler Hill Village. Based on the traditional English boxwood maze design seen worldwide, Biltmore’s maze is comprised of 500 Thuja, ‘Emerald Green,’ trees and is 120 feet long by 60 feet wide. Fun for children and adults alike, the trees are six feet tall. If no wrong turns are made, the maze takes about 10 minutes to get through.
Pisgah Playground: Opened in 2013, this playground connects each activity to the history of the estate and was designed to stimulate the senses, engage the imagination and to encourage meaningful play in the outdoors, just as nature intended. Favorite features include a ferry, which allows children to cross a small lagoon just as the Vanderbilts crossed the French Broad River, and climbing logs reminiscent of those harvested by students in Biltmore’s forestry school. Climb to the top of the lookout in the center of the playground and rock formations representing Looking Glass Rock. A water pump and sand area provides fun for younger children.
Shopping and Dining
Traditions: Find decorative home accents and local artisans’ work, including pottery and jewelry.
Wine Shop: Browse a complete selection of Biltmore wines, plus gourmet foods and cooking accessories.
The Mercantile: Find Appalachian crafts, dry goods and old-fashioned candy.
Cedric’s Tavern: Named after George Vanderbilt’s beloved St. Bernard, Cedric, this warm, relaxing pub reflects the less formal side of Biltmore dining and entertaining. Specialties include shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Open late!
Bistro: They place a strong emphasis on Biltmore's century-old field-to-table philosophy. Dishes include locally farmed mountain trout, locally sourced meats, local farmstead cheeses, and local honey. Using fresh ingredients from local producers, the menu changes to highlight what is currently in season.
Creamery: A tribute to the original Biltmore Dairy Bar, indulge in Winky Bar sundaes, signature shakes and root beer floats, as well as gourmet coffee and pastries.
The Smokehouse: Located in the Barn, The Smokehouse has smoked pulled pork, beef and chicken; true Southern veggies; bread pudding and other desserts.
Go to the Biltmore Estate Web site to buy advance discount tickets!