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Biltmore’s Big Cool-Off

ASHEVILLE NC – After the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in U.S. history since modern record-keeping began in 1895, we’re all ready for a big cool down… and Biltmore’s a great place to experience the changes of the season.

When Biltmore’s trees shift from summertime deep greens to hues of yellow, bronze and red, the air grows crisper and temperatures dip. And from what we’ve seen this year in terms of rainfall, 2012 should not disappoint leaf peepers who love a colorful show, says Parker Andes, Biltmore’s director of horticulture.

“We’ve had plenty of moisture through mid-summer. That means healthy trees,” says Andes.

Biltmore’s Walled Garden transitions from a riot of tropical plants to chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones, laid out in symmetrical patterns. The estate’s forests become a tapestry of ruby, amber, gold and amethyst.

Starting in mid-September, Biltmore website visitors can check for weekly updates from Andes on how things are coloring up on the estate at www.biltmore.com.

Music, food, history

In addition to taking in nature’s colorful show, Biltmore offers several special events during fall.

The annual Biltmore Concert Series

The series kicked off in August and continues with live performances by The Lettermen (Sept. 28), David Cassidy (Oct. 5), Mary Wilson (Oct. 12) and the Gatlin Brothers (Oct. 19).  The shows take place at Diana at Biltmore.  www.biltmore.com/concerts

Music and Wine Weekends

Join us as we celebrate NC Wine month with live music, grape stomps, culinary demonstrations and barrel tastings at Antler Hill Village & Winery. This event is included in estate admission. Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 7-30. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/wine-weekends.as

A Moveable Feast

Enjoy an outdoor feast inspired by the bounty of the land on Oct. 13. Our Hunter’s Harvest Dinner will be held on the lawn of the Rampe Douce, with spectacular views of Biltmore House. Tickets are $185 per person and include tax and gratuity. Rain date is Oct. 14. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/moveable-feast.asp

For reservations, call (828) 257-5995.

“The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

Experience an intimate look at historic Biltmore and the family who created it in our exhibition, “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad.” Included in your Biltmore admission, this exhibition in the Legacy building at Antler Hill Village sheds light on the time the Vanderbilts spent together as a family at Biltmore and beyond. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/legacy-exhibition.asp

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Indulge in special Labor Day Weekend packages and Concert Series packages in which you “stay over” after a day on the estate. www.biltmore.com/stay/

Ticket specials

Value for Two: Save 20 percent when you buy two admission tickets to Biltmore, two audio tour guides and a lunch dining voucher for $145 Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. The dining voucher is for a meal at The Stable Cafe and covers two lunch entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. This is a $38 savings based on original retail value of $183.

Ticket specials are available for early bookings via the Biltmore website at www.biltmore.com.

Tickets may also be purchased on-site at the Welcome Center.

Seniors receive $10 off gate pricing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. www.biltmore.com/buy_tickets/admission.asp


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