How could you spend a winter day at Biltmore? The busy holiday season is over, so it’s the perfect time to consider a quiet and romantic getaway with your valentine to Biltmore in Asheville. During January-March, the magical estate offers a peaceful retreat.
Ticket & Hotel Specials January 9-March 17, 2017
The slowest season of the year at Biltmore brings the best deals:
- Admission: $50/adult weekdays and most weekends. $65/adult on busier weekends. Plus, save $10 by buying tickets on the Biltmore website at least 7 days in advance.
- All guests receive a free audio guide for visits January 9-February 9.
- Hotels: Rooms start at $129 at Village Hotel and $149 at Inn on Biltmore. Check availability.
- 12-Month Passholders receive additional discounts at the hotels and free admission tickets to share.
Winter 2017 Special Events
January 1-8, 2017: Christmas at Biltmore
Take advantage of the quieter season and enjoy the final days of the elaborate decorations inside Biltmore House. Read more about Christmas at Biltmore.
February 10-July 4, 2017: Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics
The third annual costume exhibition inside Biltmore House. See 40+ costumes from popular movies, inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library. Read all about it.
Late January-Mid March: Orchid Talks in the Conservatory
Enjoy a complimentary 45-minute talk at 11 AM on weekdays about their amazing orchid collection. Limited to 15 guests, make reservations on the day of your visit at any Guest Services location.
March 18-May 25, 2017: Biltmore Blooms
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a spectacular display. More than 1,000 orchids start the celebration in late March inside the warm Conservatory and the Winter Garden of the house. They are followed by abundant forsythia and 15,000 daffodils by early April. Read more.
The Perfect Day
During the late 1800s, George Vanderbilt designed the 8,000-acre estate to be a place of rejuvenation and calm, far away from the busy streets of larger cities. That same feeling comes through today, especially during this season, when Biltmore offers a sense of escape and serenity. Here are some ideas for things to do:
Morning: Arrive at the Welcome Center to pick up your tickets. See the orientation video for a great introduction to Biltmore. Drive the two mile drive to the house. The Welcome Center opens at 9 AM every day.
Arrive at the Biltmore House. Enjoy a leisurely self-guided tour of the largest home in America. Sit down occassionally to soak it in. Take advantage of the clear winter days for photo ops and beautiful views from the South Terrace. As always, weekends are busier than weekdays. And check out the interesting guided specialty tours.
Lunch: Rejuvenate with a hearty lunch for two at the Stable Cafe, located beside the house in the restored Stables. The café features slow-cooked rotisserie chicken, fresh salads, and irresistible desserts. And browse the shops.
Afternoon: Stroll acres of peaceful winter gardens designed by America's foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the house, take a maze of walking trails to enjoy the peaceful scenery. Head to the Conservatory (1/2 mile walk from House) and warm up in the tropical paradise! Don't miss the orchid house. If you want to take a longer walk, continue another 1/2 mile to the Bass Pond. Enjoy some solitude in the secluded Boat House.
Return to your car and head toward Antler Hill Village and the Winery. On the way, stop for our favorite photo spot at the Lagoon. Look for the small lake on your left. There is a narrow unpaved road at the far end that crosses a small bridge and takes you around the lake for a stunning view of back of the Biltmore House (photo at top of this page).
Antler Hill Village is a great place to unwind and take in the less formal side of the estate. Dine at Cedric's Tavern or Bistro. Tour the farm. Read more about Antler Village.
While you are at Antler Hill Village, stop at the Winery for a guided tour. Warm up with a free tasting of robust reds, crisp whites and sparkling wines. Specialty wine tours at an additional price include the Red Wine and Chocolate Seminar and the Biltmore Bubbles Tour. Read more about the Biltmore Winery.
Take a magical winter tour on a snow day with this video!
Romantic Proposal: See the best spots at Biltmore to propose marriage to your Valentine.
Hike: There are many well-maintained trails to explore for all fitness levels. Bundle up and explore several trails. Our favorite is the new Deer Park Trail. Read more about hiking at Biltmore.
More Winter Romantic Moments at Biltmore
Here are more ideas to create your fairytale getaway to this 8,000 acre estate.
1. Request a private carriage ride and cuddle under the lap blankets.
2. Enjoy afternoon tea at Inn on Biltmore Estate.
3. Have a fun adventure with the Land Rover Driving Experience School.
4. Stay for dinner. The estate's restaurants celebrate this romantic time of year with delicious menu offerings and an array of savory and sweet chocolate dishes.
5. Indulge in four-star luxury and romance with an Inn on Biltmore Estate romance package.
6. Saddle up for a guided horseback ride across Biltmore's ridges and pastures.
7. Combine your Biltmore visit with other great things to do... see our Top Asheville Winter Outings & Events.