ASHEVILLE NC – This winter at Biltmore, the Vanderbilts and the Crawleys meet for the first time when Biltmore House becomes the canvas for an exhibition of 40 elaborate costumes from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”
The “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” gives more reason to enjoy Biltmore’s great indoors during the winter months. Opening Feb. 5, the exhibition juxtaposes elements of the fictional TV show and the real lives of the Vanderbilts who lived in Biltmore House. The costumes will be staged throughout Biltmore House. The exhibition is included in admission, and closes on May 25.
In addition to the exhibition, Biltmore offers additional warm indoor attractions to make a wintertime visit at Biltmore one to remember for long after your visit.
Orchids Talks in the Conservatory
The toasty warm Conservatory is filled with thousands of tropical plants this time of year, including an expansive orchid display at its showiest peak in March. “Orchid Talks in the Conservatory” will be offered weekdays at 11 a.m., Jan. 26 through March 19. Expert gardeners will discuss orchids currently blooming, Biltmore’s heritage orchids, the history of orchid cultivation, details about the Conservatory and growing tips. The talks are free with the price of estate admission.
Warm up at the Winery and Antler Hill Village
Spend a chilly winter afternoon in the Winery, where free guided tours of the production facility are offered, along with complimentary wine tastings. Specialty wine tours at an additional price include the Red Wine and Chocolate Seminar and the Biltmore Bubbles Tour.
Antler Hill Village is just steps away from the Winery where “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition is staged in the Legacy Building. It highlights the Vanderbilts’ letters, personal items and exotic treasures they collected during their world travels.
Biltmore guests can take advantage of the lowest admission prices of the year Jan. 13 through March 19. Estate admission begins at $39 when tickets are purchased seven or more days in advance. Regular tickets are $49; kids 10 to 16 are half the adult ticket price; and kids aged 9 and younger are free. Tickets include free audio tours of Biltmore House (through Feb. 4).
Winter rates and packages at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate has special winter pricing with savings up to half off, with rooms starting at $149 per night. Stay packages include the following:
NEW! The Dressing Downton Package
Feb. 5 – May 22, 2015
The Dressing Downton Package is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition in Biltmore House. The package includes accommodations, chef’s breakfast buffet daily in The Dining Room, Afternoon Tea in the Library Lounge, Biltmore House and estate daytime admission valid for length of stay, audio guide to Biltmore House, Biltmore souvenir guidebook, valet parking at the Inn and complimentary estate shuttle service.
NEW! Girls Getaway Package
The Inn recently introduced the new Girls Getaway Package, perfect to indulge in with your best friend, your mom, your daughter. The package includes two nights’ guest room accommodations; ‘Welcome” cocktail in the Library Lounge; Chef’s breakfast buffet daily in The Dining Room; Biltmore House and estate admission for length of stay; Audio Guides to Biltmore House; $100 Spa credit, per adult; Movie Night Amenity—an in-room movie of your choice, tasty popcorn, candy and soft drinks; Red Wine & Chocolate Seminar at the Winery; and valet parking at the Inn.
The Biltmore for Two Package
Jan. 4 – March 31, 2015
A great package for a romantic getaway with your sweetie, or a fun girls-only weekend. This package includes guest room accommodations; chef’s breakfast buffet daily in The Dining Room; three-course dinner in The Dining Room nightly with a champagne toast; valet parking at the Inn; complimentary estate shuttle services; and a 10-percent per person discount on couples massages and/or couples facials.
Valentine’s Day Package
Feb. 1 – 14, 2015
Get away with your valentine and escape to warmth and romance. Package includes
guest room accommodations; a dozen red roses; Biltmore red wine and chocolates delivered to your guest room; chef’s breakfast buffet daily in The Dining Room; a three-course dinner nightly in The Dining Room Estate; daytime Biltmore House and estate admission for length of stay; audio guides to Biltmore House; valet parking at the Inn and complimentary estate shuttle service.
Save up to 50 percent on room-only rates
Room-only rates* include access to estate gardens, Winery and Antler Hill Village. Enjoy a peaceful retreat at the Inn with these winter savings. In January, rates start at $159 weekday and $199 weekend; February, $169 weekday and $199 weekend; and March $179 weekday, and $229 weekend. *Does not include Biltmore House admission. Upgrades are available.
For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.