In addition to fall color, you'll find many extra events and things to do at Biltmore in September and October. Explore the estate that is heavily forested with some of the region’s oldest and most beautiful trees. Fall garden plantings include thousands of colorful mums. Peak leaf color is usually the last half of October, but the many special events begin September 1st.
The gardens herald the season with thousands of vibrant chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips.
Learn about bee-friendly wildflower gardening at a free demo in A Gardener's Place beneath the Conservatory, 1 PM every day through Oct 13.
Celebrate the Bounty of our Harvest
Find many extra food and wine events and experiences in September and October. Enjoy feasts in unexpected settings across the estate, try special wines, join culinary events and tours and more. Here are some highlights:
- At the Winery, sample reserve wines in addition to the complimentary "standard" tasting of 20 wines (included in admission).
- On Fridays and Saturdays September 8-23, mingle with estate chefs and local food purveyors at the Culinary Showcase at the Winery Shop, 3-6 PM, included in admission.
- The special West Range Tour on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 9-30, takes you to the west side of the estate to see forestry, agricultural and sustainability. $25/person
- A rare treat of Barrel Tastings includes a behind-the-scenes winery tour, $25/person.
- The Vine to Wine 2.5-hour tour takes you to areas on the estate not normally seen by guests, including a trip to the vineyards, tastings and a walking production tour. Saturdays (1 & 3 PM) and Sundays at 1 PM. Read more about the Vine to Wine Tour.
Some of the special feasts include:
- Harvest Prix Fixe Lunch & Dinner every day in Sept & Oct: Order a special 3-course lunch ($29/person) or 5-course dinner ($45-49/person) with advance reservations at Bistro, Cedric's Tavern, Village Social and Stable Café.
- Sept 3: Labor Day Celebration Dinner at Antler Hill Bar $99/person
- Sept 8: Field-to-Table Dinner with Chef Vivian Howard in Cedric's Garden. $150/person
- Sept 9: An Evening with Guest Chef Vivian Howard $175/person
- Saturdays: Chef's Table Lunch at Bistro, Noon, $39/person
- Sept 23: A Shakespearean Fest, $175/person
- Sept 30: Wine Dinner in Champagne Cellar, $150/person
- Oct 13: Grand Tasting with Biltmore's Chefs, Farmers and Winemakers, $89/person
- Oct 14 & 21: Guided Rooftop Tour & Hors d'oeuvres Reception at 5:30 PM, $98/person
- Oct 21: Vineyard Harvest Celebration, 3-5 PM, $35/person
Go to the Biltmore Web site for a long list of fall 2017 events and buy sign-up before events sell-out.
Live After Five in the Village
On Friday and Saturday evenings in September and October starting at 5 PM., enjoy Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with live music on the Village Bandstand. Tour the farm, complete with friendly resident goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other small animals. See antique tractors and wagons and watch blacksmith Doc Cudd demonstrate his craft.
Fall Biltmore Ticket Deals
Save $10 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior. Save $5 when you buy online within six days. Go to the Biltmore Estate Web site to buy advance discount tickets.
Best Fall Photo Spots at Biltmore
1. The Rooftop of Biltmore House: The Architect’s Tour provides you with a bird’s eye view after a climb up the Observatory’s spiral staircase and onto the balconies and rooftop.
2. Top of the Rampe Douce: This wide, graduated stairway across the wide front yard from Biltmore House allows for fitting the entire front of the house inside your viewfinder.
3. Statue of Diana: Our favorite photo spot is beyond the Rampe Douce and up the hill at the statue of Diana. Capture a majestic view of Biltmore House with sky and mountains in the background (see pic below).
4. The South Terrace Tea House: The wide open terrace gives you long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At its edge perches a limestone teahouse with panoramic views of the deerpark, Lagoon and Mount Pisgah.
5. The Loggia: Located on the back of Biltmore House, it is accessible on the ground floor right off of the Music Room. This open-air porch overlooks the deerpark with views of the carriage ride trail across the fields.
6. The Lagoon: The photo at the top of the page was taken by the Lagoon along the main road through Biltmore. Most folks drive right by the one-lane road and bridge that takes you to a very idyllic spot.