Known as the largest home in America, the Biltmore Estate is a must-see attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. This 178,926 square foot mansion was constructed by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800’s and features 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley. It also sits on 8,000 acres of spectacular gardens and grounds. Whether you’re interested in history, dining, shopping, or outdoor recreation, a trip to the Biltmore should be on your bucket list! Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
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Spend a Day at the Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate offers a wide range of guided and self-guided tours for guests to enjoy. From the main house and winery to the sprawling estate grounds, each tour will immerse you in the history and atmosphere of Biltmore. All guided tour prices are in addition to estate admission. For additional information and reservations, call (800) 411-3812 or stop by the Guest Services location onsite.
Did you know there are more than a dozen dining options at the Biltmore Estate? The menus even feature fresh produce, meat, and wine from the estate itself! Feel free to grab lunch at the Conservatory Cafe, or stop by The Bake Shop for coffee and something sweet. You can also make reservations for dinner at a romantic bistro or tavern. Whatever you choose, we promise your Biltmore culinary experience will be unforgettable.
If you want to know what it’s like to have an 8,000-acre backyard, now is your chance to find out! Carriage rides, horseback riding, and river float trips are just a few of the outdoor activities offered at the Biltmore. There are also a variety of activities that don’t require reservations, including one-hour bike rentals and Land Rover adventures. Guests may embark on their next adventure from the Outdoor Adventure Center at Antler Hill Village. Call for details and reservations.
Top 10 Places to Stay Near The Biltmore Estate
1. 1889 Whitegate Inn & Cottage: Located just minutes from the Biltmore Estate, this Asheville bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. Amenities include two-person Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, award-winning gardens, and more.
2. Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast: The Andon-Reid Inn is a restored 1902 home in Waynesville with four suites and three guest rooms. Guests are treated to a freshly prepared breakfast and homemade afternoon dessert each day.
3. Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill: Tiffany Hill was the first B&B inducted into the Southern Living Hotel Collection and is situated between the towns of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard. In addition to comfortable accommodations, visitors can enjoy six acres of gardens and walking trails.
4. The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant: Guests of this Chimney Rock B&B enjoy amenities like king and queen-size beds, private baths, WiFi, and an outdoor jacuzzi and spa. When it’s time to dine, visit the onsite restaurant and indulge with the finest food in Western North Carolina.
5. Lodge on Lake Lure: The Lodge on Lake Lure is located at the entrance of Hickory Nut Gorge and is a short distance to Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville. The building is a historic 1930’s lodge and the only waterfront inn on the lake.
6. The Orchard Inn: This Saluda, NC inn is known for its fine dining, gardens, and vineyard. The guest quarters at Orchard Inn are furnished with period pieces and antiques, and cottages feature fireplaces, whirlpools, and private decks.
7. 1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant: Tranquility and relaxation await in any of the 32 rooms, suites, or private cottages at the Pine Crest Inn. This distinctive retreat is located just south of Asheville.
8. Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast: Black Walnut was named the best downtown B&B in Asheville and was even featured in “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”. Located on Montford Avenue, the inn is just minutes from many attractions in the city and surrounding area.
9. Albemarle Inn Bed & Breakfast: A classic turn-of-the-century Southern mansion, the Albemarle Inn offers elegance in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The rooms at this Asheville B&B are appointed with antiques, fresh flowers, and cozy robes.
10. The Swag: At an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag is the highest mountaintop inn in the eastern United States. It features 250 private acres that border Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is just an hour from the Biltmore Estate.
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