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Biltmore Estate and Wine Tasting from Charlotte
Ranked #1 of 199 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: George Vanderbilt's historic country estate in Asheville, NC; Biltmore includes Biltmore House--America's largest home--plus gardens, winery, Antler Hill Village, historic farm, 4-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, shops, restaurants, branded products, and outdoor adventures. This National Historic Landmark is an amazing destination offering a wide range of activities for all ages.
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Nice tour of a wealthy home full of nice collections, art and decorating. Interesting family history, especially the Winery and Vanderbilt museum.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

My fiance and I recently visited Asheville, after being told for years that we needed to go, and the only thing I knew for certain that I wanted to do was spend a day at the Biltmore. We went in January, on a Wednesday afternoon, when it was bitterly cold and started snowing halfway through our visit...and it was still spectacular!

We couldn't get over the size of the estate, just the drive in was unbelievable. The walking tour of the home was fascinating, and the complimentary audio guide was interesting and easy to follow. We did the walking tour of the home in about 2 hours, then got a snack from the food/shopping area set up in the stables. When decided to walk through the gardens, which are pretty barren in the winter, but the conservatory was full of colorful and fascinating tropical plants.

We did visit the Village, thoroughly enjoyed lunch at the Bistro, and loved the wine tasting at the Winery. I am absolutely looking forward to going back in the warmer months to see the gardens in their full splendor, and one of these years I want to see the Estate dressed up for Christmas. This is a fascinating place, and a great visit.

Some things to note: tickets are about $50 a person for a day pass, though they did give both me and my fiance a military discount. Parking is free, and there are shuttles to take you right to the front door of the house itself, though it wasn't a very long walk from the front parking lot. The house has lots of stairs, and it is a lot of walking, so plan ahead if you are bringing children.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Kinda pricey, but I was not disappointed. It's the kinda thing that you should definitely see at least once if you live anywhere nearby, especially if you like architecture. The scale of the house is just mind-boggling, its actually a pretty surreal experience. Just trying to imagine what life in that place would have been like at the turn of the century, the place was totally state of the art if you think about it, and just the amount of resources and time involved in it's construction is quite interesting to see. Even the drive in is pretty wild since the property is so large the private access road is miles and miles long.

If you do do the house tour, go ahead and spring the extra $10 for the walky talkies that tell you about each room. There is so much information on those things that aren't on the various signs and brochures throughout the house. They really go into intricate detail about the house, it's construction, what day to day life was like, and also a lot about the life of George Vanderbilt and his various entertaining as well.

My favorite parts were the 6 story dining room, the basement swimming pool (that was heated by steam mind you), the bachelor's wing, the grande spiral staircase, the solarium, the plethora of hidden doors and passageways, and the Library. Definitely make sure to check out all of those things at a minimum, but there are so many interesting architectural features I'm sure I missed plenty of other neat stuff. I was there around Christmas so the Gardens didn't have a whole lot going on, but I hear they are incredible in the spring and summer. There is tons of grounds that would be fun to explore another time.

Don't be too concerned with the winery on the way out unless you are going for a free tasting or are planning on picking up some bottles anyway. It just seemed a little.... tacky.... to me, in comparison. There is a cool old car there on display though that was owned by the Vanderbilts and they also offer a short tour of the winery every several hours. Just not a highlight of the visit, for me anyway.

Thank Abraham H
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

The typically beautiful Biltmore Estate is absolutely spectacular at Christmastime. This amazing home with its elegant furnishings is aglow with white lights, adorned with red bows while perfect poinsettia plants are neatly scattered all around. As is usual, parking for the tour is well organized and you don't have to wait long for the next shuttle to come along to take you to the main building where, typically, if you've made reservations as you should have, lines to enter the house move fairly quickly. Once inside, soft yuletide music plays and you may move through through the procession with the masses or at your own pace, taking all the time you wish to admire the gorgeous tapestries, original furniture and other treasures. If you want to read about everything you are seeing, plan to spend three to four hours inside. For the majority of us, thirty minutes to an hour should suffice. There are plenty of stairs and a few, small elevators and as usual, bathroom facilities for women are never enough to keep up with demand. But that won't matter. You will be too busy "oohing and ahhing" to remember. NOTE: If you have the time, plan to have dinner at the Biltmore's stables (restaurant is located to the right of the house). There you'll experience wonderful service and good, freshly prepared, local cuisine. And be sure to visit the charming little shops where you can buy everything from cookbooks on Southern delicacies to old-fashioned candies to the Biltmore's very own wine. The Biltmore Estate produces many fine vintages grown direct from the vineyards located there on property.

Thank mybeezer
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

amazing food and winery. do bistro for lunch and stables for dinner. deerpark for dinner is always another good option for a good meal. all of the upgrades they have done make the whole property a much more involved place to be. if you have the money stay at the inn at Biltmore.

Thank Flatraveler81
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