I had the great privilege of escorting a handicapped family member and two care workers to Biltmore Estate. I did not purchase 7-day advance (weekday) tickets --- but-- 2 discounted tickets ( for my relative and 1 worker)$44 and 2 full-price tickets $49. (I did expect a larger discount for family member with local state employees. I did call ahead to get info and that was the current policy :(
Valet parking: $15 --- worth every penny to pull the car in front of the house and unload the wheelchair and roll. Valet people were ROCK STARS as we needed the car several times for supplies and they were understanding and on top of their game.
Note: there is no air conditioning in the house. I don't think it matters, it was a July day and not hot in the house at all.
Restrooms: The only restrooms are outside the home @ the stables. Think cobblestones. No one complained.
As we toured the first floor I was amazed at how rude ( the other guest) were to a person in a wheelchair. ( standing/moving in front etc.) It was an education.
There is an elevator to the 2nd floor. Cool experience. Elevator Attendant is so informative.
After the 2nd floor there is a "movie room" for handicapped visitors to watch an estate movie while the rest of their party visits the rest of the house. (I can see no appropriate means to open this area to a larger audience as it is a tiny stairway. Back down the elevator again, we sat outside under the wisteria, and enjoyed the view, while our group toured the "basement" areas.
We had lunch at the Stable Cafe: WOW-- The seating arrangement allowed us to transfer from a wheelchair to a dinning chair and the kitchen staff actually "ground" the menu items up and brought the food to my antsy family member immediately. How AWESOME is that?
We did buy a picture. It was expensive and worth it for posterity.
We closed the day out with an ice cream from The Ice Cream Parlor.
It was truly a perfect day..
We did not visit the gardens, nor the winery this visit ( the winery is certainly handicap assessable).
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