No trip to Asheville is complete without visiting Biltmore. And with so many fun things to do and see you’ll need more than one day, so consider a seasonal pass. Biltmore is perfect for couples (think romantic dates), families (the farm and creamery are highlights for kiddos), and anyone interested in the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, incredible gardens, and access to miles of hiking trails and biking trails. Plus who doesn’t want to see George Vanderbilt’s stunning 250-room French Renaissance chateau, known as “America’s largest home?” It’s like stepping into a fairytale. You’ll never want to leave!
Biltmore is a little slice of heaven and as any local can tell you, using the annual pass just twice almost makes up its value, plus it comes with so many great perks and exclusive discounts you can’t find anywhere else. Read on for the top reasons to get your annual pass, and find out how to get discounted annual passes, for a limited time.
1. Your 8,000-Acre Oasis
Now more than ever, safety is top of mind, and Biltmore’s 8,000-acre oasis offers peace of mind for safe travel and social distancing. As soon as you enter Lodge Gate, you can relax knowing that your health and safety is a top priority. As a passholder, you can escape the outside world as often as you like and get lost in the beauty of the estate.
2. Surround Yourself with Beauty
Biltmore is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surround yourself with nature and the awe-inspiring Biltmore Gardens set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each season, stunning flowers put on a colorful show. Catch orchids in the Conservatory, technicolor tulips (100,000 bulbs!), and a 20-acre azalea garden in the spring, plus a summer rose garden, and golden sunflowers in the fall.
Deer Park Trail
3. Safe Family Biking Adventures
Bring your family for a fun, safe biking adventure on 20 miles of breathtaking trails, including a flat, paved trail along the French Broad River that’s perfect for a leisurely ride, and for kids, or kick up some dust on the single-track woodland trails. Bring your own bike or rent one at Antler Hill Barn where passholders enjoy a 10% discount on bike rentals for themselves and one additional guest. The trails are great for walking or hiking, too! Read more about Biltmore Outdoors, including trails.
4. Date Night at the Winery
After you’ve strolled the dreamy gardens, pay a visit to the Biltmore Winery for a winery tour and complimentary wine tastings of handcrafted wines including reds, whites, and rosés. Visit the Premium Wine Bar to experience Biltmore's sparkling wine selection, and linger over a glass or two as the sun sets. Passholders get exclusive discounts on bottles of Biltmore wine—bring your favorites home, and to give away as gifts. If you join the Vanderbilt Wine Club you can save up to 25% on Biltmore Wine and get exclusive access to tasting events and receive special wine shipments each season.
5. A House to Rival Any Fairytale
The Biltmore house is an 1895 French Renaissance castle built by George W. Vanderbilt with 250-rooms—earning it the title of “America’s largest home.” Snap your picture in front of the iconic home and imagine yourself a part of the Vanderbilt family. Inside you’ll find a priceless collection of art and antiques original to the Vanderbilt home. Try the audio tour to learn more about this fascinating place, and make special reservations for a rooftop tour. Passholders get a $10 discount on house tickets for guests, and children 16 and under get in for free.
6. Fun (and Free!) for Kids
Children under 16 get in for free with a passholder. At Antler Hill Village you’ll find many family-friendly events. Visit the animals in the Farmyard, talk to expert handlers, and pet some of the favorite animal residents. The Barn hosts a variety of activities including games and crafts, as well as demonstrations by local craftspeople. The Pisgah Playground near the Barn has slides, swings, a sandbox, and more, and you’ll want to wrap up your visit at the Biltmore Dairy Bar with ice cream for the whole family. Don’t miss the Biltmore Gardens Railway, running through February 15, 2021, featuring a botanical model train display of train depots around the country. Read more on our Biltmore for Kids guide.
7. Share the Magic
One of the best perks of being a passholder is sharing the magic that is the Biltmore with your family and friends. After 5 PM, passholders can bring guests to Antler Hill Village & Winery at no charge. Passholders also save on adult admission for family and friends accompanying you to the estate grounds.
8. Gift the Experience
Passholders can bring guests to Sunday Brunch at Deerpark Restaurant without an estate admission ticket by making reservations in advance. And, during Passholder Appreciation, receive tickets that you can gift to your family or friends. With advance reservations, passholders also have the opportunity to bring guests without estate admission tickets to special holiday meals with advance reservations.
River floats on the French Broad River
9. Outdoor Adventure
The Biltmore offers special outdoor adventure and outdoor activities including carriage rides, kayaking, river floats, horseback riding trail rides, sporting clays lessons, a Land Rover experience, and perhaps most surprising of all, falconry—where you can learn how to handle a trained hawk or falcon. Passholders enjoy a 10% discount for these activities, which they can also extend to an accompanying guest. Learn more about Biltmore Outdoors.
10. Exclusive Discounts
As a passholder, you’ll be first in line to purchase Biltmore Concert Series tickets before they’re released to the public, plus get discounted tickets to Candlelight Christmas Evenings, and receive invitations to special events and programs, shopping nights, and dinners. Passholders get discounts on all aspects of Biltmore including ticket discounts for guests, discounts on tours and activities, on dining and shopping, and lodging, including Village Hotel, The Inn, and Cottage at Biltmore.
Biltmore Concert Series
Tips to Get Discounted Passes to Biltmore
- During the Fall Sale, get discounted Biltmore annual passes for $199 plus tax from November 1-December 21, 2020, online only at Biltmore.com/passoffer. The usual fee for an annual pass is $249 plus tax. Biltmore annual pass sales only happen twice a year (once in the fall and once in the spring), so don’t miss this chance to get exclusive, year-round Biltmore access for less! Go to Biltmore’s website to buy now.
- If you only want a day pass you can secure an $8 discount by booking your tickets at least 7 days in advance. If you know a passholder, they can purchase discounted guest tickets online, at the Reception & Ticketing Sales Center, or by calling the Passholder Priority line at 800-413-9787.
- Seniors age 65+ save $10 on regular adult daytime admission Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- U.S. military saves $10 on regular adult daytime admission with a Military ID.
- Get a second, consecutive day on the estate for $25 with access to gardens, grounds, and Antler Hill Village (House admission not included). Purchase on the first day of your visit.
- The lowest rates for tickets are from January to mid-March. There are now 3 ticket experiences to choose from. See details on their website.