Biltmore Estate Insider's Guide and Special Offers

Biltmore Estate: Insider's Guide 2016

We visit Biltmore Estate many times each year, and always get as excited as my first visit as a child to explore Asheville's castle. So find lots of insider's advice on our many Biltmore pages for things to do. Feel like royalty for a day at this 1895 French Renaissance castle built by George W. Vanderbilt's. Explore much of the 8,000-acre estate, including the 250-room Biltmore House, 75 acres of beautiful gardens, the nation's most visited winery, shopping, dining, four star accommodations, hiking trails and more for a bucket list vacation to remember for a lifetime. Plan your trip with our 20-page Biltmore guide (see links to all the pages below).

Biltmore Ticket Special Offers & Discounts + Event Updates

  • See updated info for Fall at Biltmore and Christmas at Biltmore 2016
  • Buy tickets on Biltmore's web site at least 7 days in advance and save $10
  • Seniors age 65+ save $10 on regular adult daytime admission Tuesday and Wednesday
  • U.S. military saves $15 on regular adult daytime admission with Military ID
  • Stay at top rated B&Bs, cabins and hotels. Most offer two-day tickets for the price of one.
  • New in 2016: Photography is now allowed inside the house with your phone or small point & shoot camera.
  • Looking ahead: Hollywood Costumes return to Biltmore House in 2017.

Biltmore Estate Top 10 Things to Do

Biltmore House

1. Biltmore House: Experience the wonder of Biltmore House, the largest privately owned mansion in America, with a priceless collection of arts and antiques original to the Vanderbilt home. Since the house is a self-guided tour, we recommend getting the audio companion tour as soon as you enter the house. Excellent guided tours may be purchased to go "behind the scenes" (read more). After exploring the house, stop at the Stable Courtyard for refreshments or browse the shops. The Stable Café is great for sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Allow at least two hours for the self-guided house tour. See our exclusive photos from inside: Biltmore House & Biltmore House decorated for Christmas.

Biltmore Gardens

2. Gardens: Spectacular gardens and woodlands are perfect for leisurely strolls. From the house, walk through gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. 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, Azalea Garden and the Spring Garden. See our Photo Tour of the Biltmore Gardens and Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers Guide. And download a PDF Map of Biltmore's Gardens.

3. Conservatory: Adjacent to the Walled Garden is the tropical wonderland all year round, complete with a big orchid collection. Read more about the Conservatory.

Bitlmore Bass Pond

4. Bass Pond: For a longer walk, follow signs to the Bass Pond to find a more secluded (and romantic) area, especially at the Boat House (above). In spring and summer, the Meadow Trail features wildflowers and grasses, while the Woodland Trail is ablaze with azaleas in spring. Get some exercise with your dog in Biltmore’s pet-friendly backyard of many thousand acres.

Biltmore House Rear View

5. Photo Spot: Our favorite view of Biltmore House is along the drive from the house to the winery. Look for the small lake (Lagoon) on your left. There is a narrow unpaved road at the far end that crosses a small bridge for a stunning view of back of the House. It's a great picnic spot and place to take a hike.

Biltmore Antler Hill Village

6. Antler Hill Village: This mostly "new" village provides a relaxing place for dining, shopping and learning more about Biltmore history. It's home to the Winery and Farm (see below). Enjoy live entertainment on the Village Green. Don't miss the special exhibit at the Legacy and tour the historic barn. It's base camp for all outdoor activities. Stay in two hotels, the Inn at Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel that opened in late 2015. Read more about Antler Hill Village.

Biltmore Winery

7. Winery: Enjoy a self-guided or guided Winery tour (both included with your ticket) and sample Biltmore Estate wines in the Tasting Room. Browse the Wine Shop or dine at The Bistro. Check out cooking demonstrations and wine classes. Read more about the Biltmore Winery. See our feature on the Vine to Wine Guided Tour.

8. The Farm: Learn about Biltmore's agricultural heritage at Antler Hill Farm, adjacent to the Village. In addition to displays of historic farm equipment in the impressive 1902 barn, explore the Kitchen Garden and meet draft horses, calves, lambs and chickens at the Farmyard. Watch the blacksmith or woodworkers.

9. Outdoor Activities: There is much to explore outdoors, including several great hiking trails and greenway. Read more about hiking and Biltmore outdoors. At the Outdoor Adventure Center, sign for an array of outdoor fun including biking, carriages rides, fly fishing, segway tours, horseback riding, river trips and more. Go to the Biltmore Estate website for more details.

10. Biltmore Restaurants
There are many options for dining during your visit. Since all of these are located inside the estate, you'll need a ticket to reach them. All are open every day of the week.

Food and drinks adjacent to the Biltmore House in the former stables:

  • Stable Café: Appalachian comfort food for lunch, including burgers and barbecue. Phone: 828-225-6370
  • The Bake Shop has great coffee (opens at 8:30 AM), The Courtyard Market offers quick sandwiches, and the Ice Cream Parlor has picnics to go.

Restaurants in Antler Hill Village:

  • Cedric’s Tavern: Pub with craft beers, full bar and outdoor seating. Lunch and dinner every day. 828-225-1320
  • Bistro: Features estate-raised and regionally source ingredients, including wood-oven pizzas and hand-made pasta. Lunch and dinner everyday. 828-225-6230
  • Village Social: Tucked away in the new Village Hotel, their menu focuses on sustainable seafood with local farm products. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. 828-257-5968
  • Library Lounge: Elegant setting inside the Inn on Biltmore Estate with a full-service afternoon tea. Reservations recommended. 828-225-1699
  • The Dining Room at the Inn at Biltmore: The most elegant dining on the estate with four-star service and menu. Breakfast buffet and dinner. Reservations recommended. 828-225-1699
  • The Creamery: Enjoy ice cream and Winky Bar sundaes.
  • The Smokehouse: Located in the Barn with Carolina barbecue and Southern favorites.

Deerpark Restaurant: Seasonal Taste of the South buffet in an elegant rustic setting for Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch. 828-225-6260

Tips for Visiting Biltmore

  • Take your time exploring during your vacation at Biltmore. Plan to spend the day, or perhaps two.
  • Wear very comfortable walking shoes.
  • Arrive early (9 AM) to avoid crowds and to make the most of your day.
  • Saturdays are the busiest days. The most crowded days of the year are Saturdays in April, May, October, November, and December.
  • Be sure to have an automobile since the drive to the Biltmore House from the entrance gate is three miles. It's another five miles to the Winery
  • Bring a picnic or stop by the Ice Cream Shop outside the Biltmore House to purchase a picnic to go. There are many great picnic spots on the Estate.
  • If you arrive on the estate after 4 PM, your ticket can be validated for the next day at the Reception & Ticket Center. And you can usually add a day for a great rate.
  • The grounds are perfect for walking your pets, but please make sure to keep them securely leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed inside Biltmore mansion or other estate buildings such as the winery, restaurants, and shops.
  • Each guest is assigned a reservation time to tour the Biltmore mansion on busy days.
  • If you plan to visit in November & December, see our Christmas at Biltmore special guide.
  • The Biltmore general information phone number is 1-800-411-3812 (M-F 8-9 & Sat-Sun 9-5)
  • Find current deals and specials on Biltmore's Web site.

Accessibility
Biltmore offers reduced-price admission to guests with disabilities. Parking assistance is available. They have some wheelchairs inside the house for guests at no charge for touring of the first and second floors. At the gardens, park by the Conservatory for wheelchair access to the Walled Garden. Antler Hill Village and Winery are wheelchair accessible. Guests with hearing difficulties can request a Neckloop Telecoil Coupler, a printed transcript, or sign language interpreter. Call them for your specific needs 1-800-411-3812.

Just for Children
At the Antler Hill Farm, explore farm life with chickens, roosters, goats, horses and sheep. For the house tour, ask for the special kid's audio tour. There is no admission charge for children ages 9 and under.

Directions

  • For GPS, use 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803
  • From Interstate 40: Biltmore Estate is located just north of exit 50 on U.S. Highway 25.
  • From Interstate 26: take Interstate 40 East, then take exit 50.
  • From the Blue Ridge Parkway: take the U.S. Highway 25-North exit; Biltmore Estate is approximately 4 miles from the Parkway.

Hours & Tickets

  • Your daytime admission includes a self-guided tour of Biltmore House, gardens, Antler Hill and Winery.
  • 2016 Ticket Prices - See top of this page for current offers. 
  • Save by purchasing a Twelve-Month Annual Pass.
  • The Estate is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Hours vary at places throughout the estate. The House is usually open 9-5 for tours.

Travel Distances Inside the Estate

  • Main Entrance/Ticket Center to Biltmore House: 3 miles
  • Biltmore House to Antler Hill Village/Winery: 5 miles
  • Antler Hill Village/Winery to Main Entrance: 2 miles

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