There are many spots on Biltmore Estate to get away from the crowds and enjoy some special time together. Here are our 10 favorite extra special places on the estate to enjoy an outing with your sweetie:
1. In a Horse-Drawn Carriage: Couples wishing for some privacy may take one of our horse-drawn carriages for a gentle journey through the forests and pastures, stopping at the top of a hill that features a stunning view of the back of Biltmore House.
2. At the Statue of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt: After an easy hike to the top of the hill where The Statue of Diana stands, catch your breath and take in the majestic view of Biltmore House with sky and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.
3. In the South Terrace Tea House: With its gorgeous sunset views of Mount Pisgah, near the southern end of Biltmore House, the Tea House is an open-air gazebo.
4. On top of Biltmore House: The guided Architect’s Tour takes you to the roof for up-close inspections of the home’s structure and intricate carvings. Don’t let the gargoyles and grotesques scare you. They’re there to protect you!
5. Gardens: There are many secluded, beautiful locations in the gardens and natural areas on the 8,000 acre estate. The bridge over the dam at Bass Pond is very romantic with the sounds of the water cascading. You can park nearby since it's only a few steps from the road. It's especially beautiful in springtime or during the fall colors. Or for a more secluded spot, go to the boat house along the trail around Bass Pond. You can walk from the Walled Garden.
6. Dinner: During a candlelight dinner at Bistro at the Winery or the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. The estate chefs create incredible meals using fresh ingredients grown right on the estate. Ask your server to help with the special moment (including bringing out Biltmore sparkling wine for a toast).
7. Verandah: While gazing at the mountain view from your rocking chairs on verandah at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, pop the question during a romantic getaway to this four diamond hotel with exquisite dining and a spa.
8. Pergola: In the spring, wisteria is in full bloom under the Pergola next to the South Terrace near the Biltmore House. And 100,000 tulips bloom the same time during the Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers.
9. Italian Gardens: The reflecting pools full of lilly pads and other exotic blooms set a wonderful tone for an early summer evening proposal (photo at top of page). You'll find some benches for private moments, especially late in the day after most visitors are gone. Take a garden tour.
10. Outdoors: If you like to bike or hike, you can pack a picnic, rent bikes or take one of the many hiking trails for an exciting adventure. Stop at the Lagoon to picnic and or enjoy a sunset toast.