First-time visitors to the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and even some who visit regularly, may be surprised to learn of all the different things you can do during a summer vacation to the estate. Here are some insider tips to enhance your visit America’s Largest Home this summer.
• Visit the Antler Hill Farm barnyard animals and their babies for a chance to pet baby chicks, baby goats and lambs.
• Enjoy a Winky Bar Sundae from the Creamery in Antler Hill Village. This treat is made from the original Biltmore vanilla ice cream
• Pack a picnic and enjoy it at the lagoon where the reflection of Biltmore House shimmers on the water.
• Meet Doc Cudd, Biltmore’s resident blacksmith at Antler Hill Farm. He might even play the anvil for you!
• See the estate from an awe-inspiring location: the top of Biltmore House! The guided Architect’s Tour takes you up to the roof for a close look at details of the structure… and long views of Mount Pisgah. Read more about special guided tours.
• Stop by the Historic Rose Garden, planted exactly as it was when George Vanderbilt lived at Biltmore. It’s filled with thousands of roses in more than 50 varieties. Peak blooming time is end of May/first week of June and September. See more about the Gardens at Biltmore.
• Hike to the top of the Vista across from Biltmore House where the view of Biltmore House is picture-perfect!
• Feel like you’re in France’s Versailles with a stroll through the Italian Garden. Statuary and lilypad-filled reflecting pools conjure a European atmosphere.
• Teach your child how to go “off roading,” – or off the training wheels on the Biltmore bike paths.
• Get some exercise with your dog in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre backyard.
• Explore a mile-long sunflower patch where the sunflowers grow up to 7 feet tall! (late summer).
• Cool off with a refreshing wine tasting in the Biltmore Winery.
• Go to one of the fabulous outdoor summer concerts, held at sunset beside the Biltmore House.
Special pricing is available on select dates through summer:
• If you buy tickets online at http://www.biltmore.com/ at least seven days in advance, admission price is $15 off the regular gate admission price.
• Kids 9 and younger get in FREE while youth ages 10 to 17 will be admitted for $5 May 27 through Sept. 5 with a paying adult, starting Memorial Day weekend.
• Dad receives free estate admission with the purchase of adult or youth admission on Father’s Day, June 19. Pick up your free tickets at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticket Center.
• Guests 65 or older save $20 on admission on Tuesdays through September. Tickets may be purchased at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticket Center with valid photo ID. Not valid with any other offer.
• The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering three nights for the price of two on select dates through June.
To plan your visit to Asheville and Biltmore, go to our comprehensive Biltmore Vacation Guide.