Make Biltmore in Asheville, NC Your Next Vacation Destination

As some of you may know, last year I was pregnant with Sissy and had suffered from hypermesis. I had a PICC line installed in my arm at eight weeks and it remained with me until I was 24 weeks along. I was on the Zofran pump the entire time with an additional four weeks. Once I was 30 weeks, I needed to get out of town and had the doc’s go ahead…
So, we headed down to Asheville, NC {with my mother-in-law…} and took a seven hour drive to the Biltmore Estates. While on the premises, we headed to get all the info. We didn’t have a place to stay and planned to just “wing it.”  But as my hubby was talking with Guest Services, we quickly realized that we would save money by getting a hotel along with our tickets {SCORE!}. We saved about $150 doing it this way!
So, we headed 15 minutes down the road and found our hotel. We were good since it had an indoor pool that Mini Me could take advantage of!  The evening we arrived, we unpacked at the hotel and headed over to the Biltmore’s grounds.  While it had just finished raining, we still were able to drive around and enjoy each other’s company.  Then, we headed back to the hotel to do a little swimming and get some rest!
As we arrived the following morning, after our continental breakfast, we walked through the woods {literally!} to…the Biltmore! As we walked up the plush green lawn, we took advantage of the photo op at the water fountain in the center of the front lawn. I was in awe of the massive property that I was standing on!  It was simply breathtaking.  I still can’t believe that this was a home that was completed in 1895. George Vanderbilt was the man responsible and the history is simply amazing.  {I’m a history geek like that and that’s also the reason I love all things antique!}.  For one man to have that much power and money, and know how to build something like that even blows my mind today.  Did you know he built his own railroad so that he could get the workers onto the property to build his dream?
Before heading into the home, we all had a potty break and headed on in…
Once we walked in, we were asked to put away our cameras.  I was a little disappointed, but I totally understood. We gathered our earphones and placed them on our heads for the audio guided tour.  As we toured the home, we were told about each room, a brief history and so on.
Over the course of three days, we toured the Biltmore Estate, the gardens, the winery {wine tastings are FREE for most samplings…just sayin’!}, walked through Antler Village and the barn where we even got to pet a few goats and horses!  I must say a tour through the Biltmore Estate shouldn’t be rushed!  We did take Mini Me with us and she was three at the time.  While she enjoyed spending time with Mommy, Daddy and Mama Judy, the tour was a little long for her.  But, we did get through the house peacefully and we all truly enjoyed every moment of it.  Once we got into the kitchen, she did get a little excited! At the time, we were told we couldn’t bring any strollers in.  However as we continued our tour, we did see several umbrella strollers.  So, be sure to bring those if needed.
When you visit the Biltmore YOU.MUST. head to the Gardens and bring your camera. You’ll be astounded at over 8,000 acres of pure beauty.  I don’t think we even got to see a quarter of what the property has to offer. With the history of the grounds, I’d love to hear more stories from the family {they shut down the property to have a family Christmas at the estate – wonder how I can get an invite?!?}. When you are touring the 125 rooms you’ll notice some may be shut down as they take pride in preserving the history or they are part of a separate tour.  You will be simply amazed at the textiles, bedding and the cleanliness of the 117-year-old home.
There’s honestly no reason to even leave the Biltmore. You can stay at the hotel on the property, eat dinner {HIGHLY recommend the Bistro! Their bread is sooooo good.}, cool down with an ice cream cone and even have a night cap, if so desired.  There’s so much to do and you’ll need a good three days to even get started.


We all like to save money, right?  You can purchase your tickets online and save up to $15. You’ll also wanna check out the website’s “Special Offers” section that changes often and the “Group Packages” section. Now through September 3, kids (ages 16 and under) receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.  Here’s another hint, it’s cheaper if you go Sunday-Friday and with tickets starting at $44 you can purchase your second day for only $10.
The Hubs and I can’t wait to go back by ourselves and do a few of the guided tours! Hopefully, we can stay at a bed and breakfast and have a weekend all to ourselves {anyone wanna baby-sit?!?}.

Have you visited the Biltmore? What was your favorite activity?

Comments

  1. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    I have a friend who lives in asheville. We went to the biltmore when I was little and haven’t been back since. I would love to take my kids there someday because I remember how fun it was to go through it.

    • Alex, my daughter LOVED the barn. She couldn’t stop giggling at the silly goats! While we didn’t have time to explore Asheville we do plan on going back sooner than later and taking some of the tours. It’s a place our family will keep visiting! If you can make it before Labor Day the rugrats children get in FREE! Now that’s a deal you can’t beat.