Instead of allowing that post-holiday cooped-up feeling give way to a long winter’s nap, refresh and warm up in the great indoors at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, with an escape into a bygone era with rare artwork and inspiring architectural details. January through March is typically a quiet time on the estate, giving guests time to discover all the extra touches throughout the home and elsewhere on the property. And it is the least-expensive time to visit with great specials at Biltmore Estate.
After exploring Biltmore House, more indoor enchantment awaits in the Conservatory, a soaring greenhouse designed by Richard Morris Hunt, architect of Biltmore House. The Conservatory – possibly one of the warmest spots in western North Carolina during winter – is filled with thousands of tropical plants, and Biltmore’s expansive orchid display.
A stop at the Winery offers guided tours about the history of Biltmore’s vineyards and the art and science of winemaking. Warm up with a free tasting of robust reds, crisp whites and sparkling wines. Antler Hill Village is just steps away from the Winery and offers the Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad exhibition highlighting archival letters, documents, personal items and exotic treasures the Vanderbilt family collected around the world for their home.
Through March 20, 2012, estate admission begins at only $35/person if tickets are purchased online seven or more days in advance. Tickets are $45 at the gate. Each ticket includes a complimentary audio guide of Biltmore House ($10 value), featuring stories of life in America’s largest home. Children 16 and younger are admitted free with adult admission.
Winter rates at Inn on Biltmore Estate, their award-winning hotel, are extra fabulous as well. January rates start at $129 on weekdays; and $169 on weekends. February rates start at $149 on weekdays; and $189 on weekends.
For plenty of ideas of things to do at Biltmore in Asheville during the winter months, go to www.romanticasheville.com/Biltmore_winter.htm.