Be sure to stop at Antler Hill Village and Farm 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. The estate's second hotel opened here in late 2015, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.
All attractions at Antler Hill Village are included in 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.
New for the Christmas season 2017 is an "enchanted forest" complete with Adirondack chairs in the middle of the lights. Shops, Legacy exhibit and Winery open until 9 PM during the holiday season.
During the Christmas at Biltmore celebration, Antler Hill Village is decked out with many lights.
Winery: Enter the Winery and walk underground through the old dairy’s original tunnel, learning about the winemaking process. Stop in the Tasting Room to sample many vintages (included in your admission ticket) or pay a little extra for a premium tasting. New in 2017 is their Wine Bar by the clock tower. See our Biltmore Winery Guide.
The Biltmore Legacy - Fashionable Romance: See this temporary exhibit that takes you through 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings. The show-stopper is the recreation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s 1924 wedding gown. Also see the veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan for her marriage to George Vanderbilt’s grandson and also by her first cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier for her marriage to President John F. Kennedy.
Farm at Antler Hill Village: The farm offers a glimpse back at Biltmore’s agricultural past with animals to delight children of all ages. Traditional farming demonstrations take place in the historic Barn, including authentic blacksmithing. Also see farm equipment and browse through the Barn Door shop.
Outdoor Adventure Center: Sign up for all sorts of fun! Exploring the outdoors with Segway rentals, river trips, Land Rover excursions, bike trips, horseback rides, carriage rides and more. Read more about things to do outdoors at Biltmore.
Village Green and Bandstand: The centerpiece is the Village Green with a gently sloping area perfect for people-watching, listening to live music many evenings, or relaxing with a snack or picnic.
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 - a must stop for gourmet cooks and those who love to entertain.
- 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. Specialties include shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.
- Bistro: Located adjacent to the Winery, 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, find smoked pulled pork, beef and chicken; true Southern veggies; bread pudding and other desserts.
For more info on the estate, go to our overview, Biltmore Insider's Guide.