After our wedding we decided to take out parents to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. It is about 40 minutes from our house and is definitely worth the trip. The estate is basically an American castle built by the Vanderbilt family and maintained as a historical landmark. We took a tour of the house and were blown away by the art and opulence of the rooms. The house was decorated for Christmas with gigantic Christmas trees in many rooms and a beautiful nativity on display. After seeing the Biltmore, Jason decided our next house is going to be castle because what girl doesn’t need her own castle!
While it was the wrong time of the year to visit most of the gardens, the Conservatory is something that can be seen year round and is definitely great for getting out of the Fall and Winter chill. We are looking forward to going back to see the gardens in the spring. I have also heard that the place is absolutely magnificent at Christmas time if it has snowed. Like something out of a movie.
There are many more things to do at the Estate besides tour the house and gardens. They also have horseback riding, fine dining and lodging, Segway tours, a winery, an ice creamery, hiking trails, electric bike tours, fishing, river float trips, falconry, biking trails, carriage rides, and so much more. They also have special musical events and historical events that take place on special occasions.
Admission to the house and gardens is $70 for adults and $35 for children. It also includes a complimentary wine tasting at the winery. If you live near the area and plan on visiting more than once, it is much more cost effective to purchase an annual pass and then get your guests discounted tickets. Annual passes are $119 a person.
While this is definitely one of the more costly things to do in our area, it is definitely a must see at some point if you live in the area. Maybe save it for special occasions and events, or only go once a year till you have seen it at all seasons.