Situated deep within the lush forests of Asheville, North Carolina, the historic Biltmore Estate has captivated guests since its completion in 1895. The 250-room, European-inspired chateau, envisioned by George Vanderbilt and designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, sits on 8,000 landscaped acres—including gardens designed by acclaimed American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Today, the Biltmore grounds are home to Antler Hill Village, which features a multitude of dining, shopping and lodging options for guests to enjoy, including the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, the award-winning Biltmore Winery, Antler Hill Farm, the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate and an equestrian center.
While crowds often flock to the Biltmore grounds for guided tours and seasonal events, that doesn’t mean the destination isn’t for adventure-seekers; in fact, the Biltmore also offers an exclusive Land Rover Experience that’s as heart-pumping as it is entertaining. With the help of an experienced instructor, guests of all skill levels are invited to navigate the property’s winding hills and off-road obstacles behind the wheel of a Land Rover vehicle.
Participants will have the chance to pilot one of four models: the Defender, Range Rover, Discovery and, Land Rover’s newest addition, the Range Rover Velar, a premium, mid-size SUV offering sleek design, luxury finishes and all-terrain capabilities. Drivers can explore the Velar’s newly debuted InControl® Touch Pro™ Duo infotainment system and put the comprehensive restraint system, all-wheel drive and advanced driver assistance systems to work.
Choose from packages ranging from a quick one-hour session to a full-day experience complete with a picnic lunch, two official Land Rover souvenirs and a framed certificate of completion. Each experience offers the chance to tackle steep ascents and descents, rock crawls, side tilts and log crossings, with more advanced lessons including navigation, expedition planning and winching.
After a day of off-roading, indulge in a little R&R with a luxurious treatment at the Inn on Biltmore Estate’s spa and order in-room dining, which is available 24 hours a day. Or, cap the evening off with a winery tour and an elegant dinner at The Inn’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, The Dining Room, which features regional cuisine sourced directly from the Biltmore Estate.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed adventure, a stay at the Biltmore property won’t disappoint.
Seasonal Events at the Biltmore Estate
Chihuly at Biltmore
Through October 2018
Explore Dale Chihuly’s iconic and monumental glass sculptures during Chihuly at Biltmore, a temporary art exhibition on display throughout the Biltmore grounds, gardens and in the house’s Winter Garden. See the exhibition lit up at night during Chihuly Nights at Biltmore, where guests can also enjoy live music and a wine bar in the gardens.
Christmas at Biltmore
Every Winter, November through January
An annual tradition dating back 120 years, Christmas at Biltmore is a magical yuletide experience where guests can enjoy the Biltmore House all decked out for the holidays, with trimmings including a 35-foot Fraser Fir, more than 100 hand-decorated Christmas trees and a poinsettia-filled Conservatory. Visitors can also enjoy the Biltmore House illuminated by candlelight and firelight during Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
Explore the Biltmore Estate in full bloom during Biltmore Blooms, an annual celebration of acclaimed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted’s final project, the Biltmore gardens. Guests will enjoy live music and expert presentations daily at the Conservatory, as well as complimentary spring wine tastings at The Winery.