Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate.
Activities & Interests
The Biltmore Estate: Explore Historical North Carolina
The historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina remains America's largest privately owned home and one of the state's most enduring attractions. The estate boasts a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, acres of gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery and luxury inn.
In 1888, George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, was captivated by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and decided to build a country retreat in Asheville. The retreat he envisioned grew into a 250-room home surrounded by a pleasure park and formal gardens. Vanderbilt called his estate "Biltmore" and invited family and friends to stay as guests.
Recent Biltmore Estate History
More than a century later, Biltmore House continues to welcome guests year-round. Guests enjoy a self-guided tour of more than 60 meticulously restored rooms. Priceless treasures such as 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, paintings by Renoir, and antique furniture demonstrate Vanderbilt's love for beauty and his frequent world travels.
The estate's grounds consist of 8,000 acres and are a living tribute to Frederick Law Olmsted, their creator. The Rose Garden, Walled Garden, Shrub Garden, Spring Garden, and Azalea Garden are filled with blooms in the warmer months and have trails and walking paths. Palms, ferns, orchids, and other plants fill the glass-roofed Conservatory year-round.
Visit Biltmore's Acclaimed Winery
Enjoy Antler Hill Village & Winery where state of the art winemaking is showcased with a guided tour and free wine tastings, exhibition hall and theater, and Farm where hands-on fun reveals the agricultural legacy of the Biltmore Estate. In addition to walking the estate grounds to see the gardens and farm, outdoor experiences at the Biltmore House also include carriage rides, guided trail rides, biking, hiking, horseback riding, river float trips, fly-fishing, guided Segway tours, and the Land Rover Experience Driving School.
Those interested in shopping and dining can explore eight gift shops and sample five restaurants. For overnight lodging, reserve a room at luxurious Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Events at the estate include the spring Festival of Flowers, Tiffany at Biltmore, Concert series, Christmas at Biltmore, and Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
Biltmore House Hours of Operation
Biltmore is open year-round, seven days a week. See website for seasonal hours and more details.
Bltmore Estate Admission Fees
Ticket prices vary seasonally. Contact directly for most current information.
From Interstate 40 East: Take I-40 east to Asheville. Take exit 50 (US Highway 25), then turn left at the traffic light after exiting. Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From Interstate 40 West: Take I-40 west to Asheville and take exit 50B (US Highway 25 North). After exiting, stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway: Take the U.S. Highway 25 North exit; Biltmore is approximately 4 miles from the parkway.
One Approach Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Beyond The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore House is not the only amazing experience found in the North Carolina Mountains. Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, historical sites in North Carolina, and other exciting things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- The History Center at the Smith-McDowell House (1 mile)
The restored Smith-McDowell House is the oldest surviving house in Asheville and a superb example of brick antebellum architecture.
- Southern Appalachian Radio Museum (1 mile)
The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum in Asheville, NC traces the history of radio from the early days through the 1960s.
- YMI Cultural Center (2 miles)
The YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, NC is the most celebrated African-American cultural institution in the region.