ASHEVILLE NC – Vacations are front and center as summer is officially in the air and heralding the busy travel season. First-time visitors to Biltmore, and even those who visit regularly, may be surprised to learn of all the different things to do during a summer trip to the estate. Biltmore offers these insider tips to enhance your experience while visiting America’s Largest Home this summer.
• 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… and long views of Mount Pisgah.
• Explore a mile-long sunflower patch where the sunflowers grow up to 6 feet tall. Enjoy three blooming times this year – early June, early July and early September.
• Dance the night away at a new event in Antler Hill Village and Winery — “Fridays After Five” every Friday evening through the end of July. Live music, Biltmore crafted wine and beer, and fun for kids with our popular Grape Stomp make for lively evenings for the whole family. Bring a picnic and take in the sunset or choose from dinner menus at elegant estate restaurants.
• Visit the Antler Hill Farm barnyard animals and their babies for a chance to pet chicks, roosters, goats and lambs.
• Enjoy a Winky Bar Sundae from the Creamery in Antler Hill Village. This treat is made from the original vanilla ice cream recipe from the historic Biltmore Dairy.
• Attend summer concerts by award-winning artists. Concerts are held on Biltmore House’s South Terrace and at Diana at Biltmore, an intimate setting on the vista overlooking Biltmore House. Stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains from each site offer a perfect place to see a show under the stars. Go to Biltmore.com for performers and dates.
• Pack a picnic and enjoy it at the lagoon where the reflection of Biltmore House shimmers on the water.
• Stop by the Historic Rose Garden, planted exactly as it was when George Vanderbilt lived at Biltmore. It’s filled with roses in more than 50 varieties.
• 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.
• Get some exercise with your dog in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre backyard.
Special pricing is available on select dates through the summer season:
• Kids ages 16 and younger get in FREE with a paying adult this summer (valid through Sept. 3).
• Admission is $15 off the regular gate admission price if tickets are purchased at least seven days in advance (valid through Sept. 3).
• Guests ages 65 and older save $10 on admission every Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets may be purchased at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticket Center with 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 this summer.
• Enjoy a second, consecutive day for only $10. Upgrade on your day of visit at any of the Guest Service locations on the estate. Includes access to Biltmore House, Gardens, Antler Hill Village & Winery, and all shops and restaurants.