Biltmore Village, located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, is home to more than 40 shops (mostly local with some national retailers like Brooks Brothers, Chicos, White House Black Market and Williams-Sonoma) and 10 cafes and restaurants in Asheville. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture (including the Cathedral of All Souls) make the area a delight to stroll through and explore.
New Morning Gallery
Village shops and galleries offer a diverse selection of merchandise, from one-of-a-kind decorative and functional craft items, to original artwork, custom-designed jewelry, clothing, home accessories, antiques and more. Galleries include Bellagio wearable art, Blue handblown glass and handcrafted jewelry and the big New Morning Gallery. The Southern Highland Craft Guild, with headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway opened a new gallery in Biltmore Village in 2013.
Cafes and restaurants at Biltmore Village present a wide variety of dining options, from Starbucks Coffee, Rezaz Mediterranean, Neo Cantina Southwestern, Corner Kitchen and fine dining at the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. This area is the best antique shopping in Asheville with ten 10 stores and malls (with hundreds of dealers) within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. Read more about antique shopping.
To reach Biltmore Village from downtown Asheville, take Biltmore Avenue south two miles. From I-40, take exit 50 and go 1/2 mile north (follow signs toward Biltmore Estate).
There is free parking throughout the Village. Most shops are open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 or 6 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Many businesses extend hours for holidays.
Biltmore Village History
Biltmore Village is a classic planned community, constructed in the late 1890s at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Originally designed as a picturesque residential prelude to the Estate, the Village recreates the quaint atmosphere of an English community. The streets are laid out in a fan shape. Most of the streets are short, terminating at the outer edge of the "fan," giving the Village a geographically self-contained design. The diagonal streets were designed to emphasize depth and create sight lines between focal points of the Village - the depot, the church and the Estate entrance. Construction of Biltmore Village took place between 1897-1905, and the cottages were occupied as rental units beginning in 1900. Biltmore Village was declared a historic area and a local historic district in 1989.
Biltmore Village Art and Craft Fair
The annual Village Art & Craft Fair on the first weekend of August is the area's premier outdoor art and craft fair with 110+ artists representing all media. The Fair draws thousands of eager shoppers from the Southeast to the beautiful tree-covered grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. See our Village Art Craft Fair Guide.
An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival at Biltmore Village
Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village on the first Friday night and Saturday of December. Enjoy concerts, refreshments, horsedrawn carriage rides, and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period. And when dusk turns into evening, white lights outlining the historic buildings will combine with the streetlights to enhance the ambiance. Shops will stay open late with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. Free admission. Friday starts at 6 PM with tree lighting, Saturday 11-7 PM.