Spend a day at Biltmore in Asheville
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March is a great time to visit Asheville. Winter is on its way out, and you can practically smell spring in the air. Mild daytime temperatures and a lull in activity before the official travelers’ season starts make for an especially pleasant time to explore all the city has to offer, but it’s an especially good time to visit America’s Largest Home®, Biltmore.
Less than a quarter-mile from The Residences at Biltmore, the estate offers several days’ worth of activities. We’ve compiled a full day’s itinerary just for our guests to enjoy the best the Estate - and our suites - have to offer.
First Things First: Breakfast at Azalea Bar & Kitchen
It’s the most important meal of the day, so we suggest grabbing Southern-inspired breakfast at our on-site restaurant. Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared omelets, Benedicts, pancakes, and more - without having to fight traffic or large crowds. If it’s a nice day, enjoy your breakfast in our outside seating area, or even get it to go and eat while you’re getting ready in your suite.
Insider tip: Be sure to wear comfy shoes, because you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
Morning: Arrive at the Estate
If you’ve already bought your tickets, drive on through the entrance to the parking lot and start your Biltmore adventure. If you haven’t bought your tickets, head over to the Ticketing Sales Center to buy them.
Your first order of business after parking should be touring the house. Make sure to check the house’s website for important updates on other requirements for guests, including current mask mandates and what you can - and can’t - bring with you.
Plan for at least 2 hours to see the entire house. The cost of standard admission covers a self-guided tour, during which you’ll see several stories of the house - including the basement. You’ll have the option to purchase an audio guide to accompany your visit, and we strongly suggest that you do since you’ll likely want to know the history and details about the house and its rooms. Knowledgeable house “interpreters” are stationed in most rooms to answer questions as you move along.
Insider tip: Use the restroom in the stable area before entering the house, because there are no public restrooms once you’re inside.
Leaving the house doesn’t mean your day is over! There is so much to do on the 8,000 acres of grounds. Grab a snack at one of the cafes in the stable area, then head over to the garden and marvel over the rows and rows of beautiful flowers on display. Every spring, Biltmore Blooms is a delight to the senses, when the gardens and Conservatory erupt in color and seasonal flowers like tulips, roses, and dogwood and redbud trees.
Afternoon: Get Active
After a stroll through the gardens, walk or drive to one of the numerous trails on the property. We suggest a trip to the Bass Pond where you can rest and watch the ripples on the water. If you’re up for a hike, there are nearly 22 miles of trails throughout the rolling hills and green landscapes of the Biltmore Estate. Each trail has its own natural wonders to behold, but the Lagoon Trail offers a magnificent view of the back of the house, as well as another relaxing spot for resting or picnicking around the lagoon or the French Broad River. There are even parking spots, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Want a closer view of the house from the back? From the Lagoon Trail, navigate to the Deer Park Trail. You’ll end up just behind the gardens. Taking the Lagoon Trail in the opposite direction leads to Antler Hill Village, where the winery, shops, farm, and Outdoor Adventure Center are located.
If you’ve still got time on your hands, the Outdoor Adventure Center offers numerous experiences for you to reserve, like sporting clays lessons, falconry, fly-fishing, guided trail rides, and more. There’s even a Land Rover off-roading adventure you can take. The Farmyard offers up-close and hands-on interactions with animals such as chickens, goats, lambs, and more. It’s a great place for the kids, and not far from the Pisgah Playground, where kids can run off some energy and have creative play.
Insider tip: Ask the concierge at The Residences at Biltmore for information about a 10% discount on a Land Rover Experience.
Evening: Wind Down
No visit to Antler Hill Village is complete without a tour of Biltmore’s winery and a stop in the tasting room for samples. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of live music at the Bandstand, or do some people-watching while you relax on the lawn of the Village Green.
After a long day of living like the Vanderbilts, be sure to ask our concierge to make reservations for dinner at one of Asheville's numerous award-winning restaurants, like Curate. Wrap up your evening with a nightcap at Azalea, then retreat to the comfort of your suite. Cuddle up by the fireplace, take a long soak in one of our Jacuzzi baths, or break out some board games to play with the family. Then have sweet dreams as you drift off to sleep with the memories of a day at Biltmore fresh in your mind.
Are you ready to book your spring getaway to Asheville with us? Call for more information: 1-888-786-3648