ASHEVILLE NC – From March 21 through May, Biltmore Blooms promises varying degrees of gorgeous as the estate awakes from winter with a steady progression of floral color and a succession of blooms. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore celebrates the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project – George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens.
This festival of flowers begins with the bright golden yellow of daffodils and forsythia in the gardens, coinciding with an opulent display of potted tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. The season continues with a massive tulip bloom across the estate, multi-colored azaleas, rhododendron and roses in the Historic Rose Garden.
As an added treat, a new guest experience will be introduced inside Biltmore House. Visitors will be able to step into the Winter Garden, normally roped off, to enjoy a display of exotic orchids, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species plants that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894.
The Winter Garden’s existing tropical foliage will be enhanced, creating a lush green background. Unusual and beautiful orchid specimens will be displayed on tiered plant stands, in urns and on pedestals with fine leafed ferns and other foliage.
“Orchids will typically experience their peak bloom during this time frame, so we wanted to give our guests a chance to see these unusual and colorful blooms in the same way the Vanderbilts enjoyed them – in the Winter Garden,” said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s Floral Displays Manager.
Floral displays throughout the House will repeat the rich jewel tones found in the orchids. Foliage will be showcased in glass domed cloches and reproduction Wardian Cases, which look like miniature greenhouses. The Winter Garden will close to guest traffic on April 7.
Designer and expert presentations
Guests can see how green their thumbs can be as Biltmore’s gardening experts lend tips, tricks and techniques. Weekend “Ask a Gardener” stations in the Walled Garden allow guests to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Daily seminars will be held in A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory on the following topics: Smell-Good Plants, 1 p.m.; Terrariums: Gardening Under Glass, 2 p.m.; and Organic Fertilizing, 3 p.m.
Live music will be offered daily in the Conservatory and Biltmore House. Weekends will feature bands in Antler Hill Village starting on April 1.
The Winery will offer daily tastings of its Biltmore Spring Seasonal Wine (a rose? of Pinot Grigio) and wine seminars. An exhibition, “The Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad,” featuring rarely seen objects in the Vanderbilt collection continues in the Biltmore Legacy Building in Antler Hill Village. Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings with outdoor activities such as sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, March 31, on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Enjoy children’s music and stories, magic shows, games and take photos with the Easter Rabbit. Hunts begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration begins two hours before each hunt, and closes 15 minutes before each hunt.
From March 21 through May, youth estate admission is half the price of adult admission. Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of your visit and receive $15 off; $10 off if purchased one to six days in advance. In addition to Biltmore House and gardens, estate admission includes entry to the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Antler Hill Farm and Barnyard, specialty gift shops and restaurants. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering special pricing, including mid-week rates starting at $179.
Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
ASHEVILLE NC – See a show under the stars during Biltmore’s 16th annual concert series, kicking off on Aug. 9. A mix of Grammy-winning and contemporary Christian artists highlight the series, with views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains as an unforgettable backdrop. Performances will be staged on the South Terrace of Biltmore House and Diana at Biltmore. All concerts start at 8 p.m.
• Steve Miller Band, Aug. 9 on the South Terrace
• Peter Frampton, Aug.11 on the South Terrace
• KC and the Sunshine Band and Village People, Aug. 18 on the South Terrace
• Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Aug.24 on the South Terrace
• Chris Tomlin, Aug. 25 on the South Terraces
• Foreigner, Sept. 1 on the South Terrace
• The Lettermen, Sept. 28 at Diana at Biltmore
• David Cassidy in Concert, Oct. 5 at Diana at Biltmore
• Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Oct. 12 at Diana at Biltmore
• Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Oct. 19 at Diana at Biltmore
A variety of ticket, dining and accommodations packages are available for all of the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change. Biltmore Twelve-Month Passholders receive a discount on general admission and reserved seating. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.biltmore.com/concerts, or call 866-336-1255.
ASHEVILLE NC – “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” grand opening set for April 7, 2012. When a new exhibition of rarely displayed treasures collected by the Vanderbilt family opens this spring, visitors to Biltmore will have the opportunity to learn more about the intriguing family who lived in Biltmore House, America’s Largest Home, at the turn of the 20th century.
Through archival letters, documents, personal items and exotic treasures, “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” explores the personalities of George and Edith Vanderbilt, and their only child, Cornelia. The exhibition opens April 7, 2012, in Antler Hill Village at Biltmore.
Starting with the Vanderbilt family tree, dating back to industrialist Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, George Vanderbilt’s grandfather, visitors will take in details and descriptions of the Vanderbilt courtship and wedding; Cornelia’s birth; grand parties at Biltmore House; and travels through Europe and the Far East. Milestones are portrayed through archival photos, many of the pictures taken by Edith Vanderbilt, an avid student of photography. The fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic is also told in this exhibition.
Some of the family’s cherished possessions to be displayed include:
• An extraordinary collection of Samurai armor and weapons and an intricate Cartier vanity and lipstick case.
• A 12-sided Tiffany & Co. coffee pot given to George and Edith Vanderbilt by President Theodore Roosevelt’s sister, Anna Roosevelt Cowles, for their 1898 wedding.
• The Holland House books, a set of gilded volumes collected originally at England’s Holland House, a gathering place for more than 200 years of some of Britain’s most famous thinkers, leaders and philosophers. The books contain letters, prints, etchings and drawings spanning British history from the mid-1500s through the late 19th century, including correspondence from Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Lafayette and Lord Byron.
Entry into the exhibition is included in estate admission. For more information, please visit www.biltmore.com.
About Biltmore Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
When the holidays have come to a close and summer is still out of reach, it’s the perfect time to consider a quiet and romantic getaway to Biltmore. In the early months of the year, the historic property offers a peaceful retreat following the hectic pace of the holidays. Winter specials include lowest admission of the year, beginning at $35 purchased seven days or more in advance online or over the phone. Tickets include a free audio guide of Biltmore House, and for a limited time, access to additional rooms in the house. Kids 16 and younger also get in free with an adult admission.
New at Antler Hill Village
The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad – featuring never-before-seen treasures from the Vanderbilt collection
Opening April 7, 2012
The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad, a new display focusing on the lives and personalities of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt, takes center stage in Antler Hill Village’s Legacy building. The exhibit offers a close-up look at exotic and rare items they collected throughout their lives, including an extraordinary collection of Samurai armor and an intricate Cartier vanity and lipstick case encrusted with diamonds and jade. An early Harley-Davidson motorcycle representing the Vanderbilt’s love of motorized transportation will be displayed. The fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic will also be told.
27th annual Festival of Flowers
April 7 through May 20, 2012
Thousands of tulips will herald the start of Biltmore’s 27th Annual Festival of Flowers on April 7, continuing through May 20. The stunning floral displays across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering a commemorative Festival of Flowers wine and wine seminars.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 8, 2012
The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s Front Lawn on Easter Sunday, along with special children’s entertainment including magic shows, music and storytelling. Highlighting the day are the grand Easter Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Children from ages 2 to 9 may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult. Day-of registration is required. Bring your own basket or bag to collect eggs.
14th annual Biltmore Concert Series*
August through October 2012, select evenings
Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains serve as backdrop for amazing musical experiences during Biltmore’s annual concert series. Concerts will take place on the South Terrace of Biltmore House as well as Diana at Biltmore. The series offers guests an incomparable setting for enjoying an eclectic variety of music under a canopy of stars. Reservations are required. The concert line-up will be announced this spring.
36th annual Christmas at Biltmore
Nov. 3, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013
Holidays arrive at America’s largest home in style. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose this magical season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. On Christmas Eve 1895, he opened Biltmore House’s doors for a regal yuletide celebration. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with dozens and dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights and inspirational holiday demonstrations.
29th annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore*
Nov. 9 through Dec. 31, 2012
As daylight fades into dusk, candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor, accented by live entertainment and outside illuminations. Biltmore House glows with holiday spirit, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. Carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds. Candlelight Christmas Evenings tickets are available by reservation only, and include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens, Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery. Advance reservations are required.
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ASHEVILLE NC – Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore is set to begin on Nov. 4, 2011, and will run through Jan. 1, 2012. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place Nov. 11 through Dec. 31.
Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will center on the many countries George and Edith Vanderbilt visited at the turn of the century. The couple enjoyed taking journeys together to learn, explore and collect art, furniture and other items for their home. Rooms in Biltmore House will feature the traditions and folklore of France, Germany, India, Egypt and Italy with elements of the Vanderbilt family’s own Christmas traditions mixed in.
On Christmas Eve 1895, Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. In subsequent years, the couple welcomed family, friends and the estate’s employees into the Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas party. Each child who lived on the estate at that time received a gift from the Vanderbilts.
Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas, with an elaborately decorated, 34-foot tall Fraser Fir dominating the Banquet Hall. Guests will see 57 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team. Miles of fresh garlands and wreaths create a yuletide scent throughout the House, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.
Guests can pick up Biltmore decorating secrets during free seminars offered at A Gardener’s Place in the lower part of the Conservatory, near the Walled Garden. Classes are offered four times daily: “Making Woodland Christmas Wreaths” (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); and “Making Heritage Kissing Balls” (1 and 3 p.m.).
In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 5 thru Dec. 18, and the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours and enjoy free wine tasting. Special seasonal seminars are also available. Christmas at Biltmore during the daytime includes tours of Biltmore House, the gardens and Antler Hill Village.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 11 through Dec. 31
Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, even an air of mystery, creating a unique holiday experience for guests. Local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden will perform music of the season as guests enter Biltmore House. String quartets and other musicians will perform throughout the house as guests wander among the decorated rooms. The front lawn will glow with a 55-foot Norway spruce, lit by 45,000 tiny white lights.
Guests may also visit Antler Hill Village when they attend Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
Holiday dining and lodging on the estate
Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year’s Eve packages. Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; BiltmoreFor Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Biltmore Company in Asheville, N.C., has launched Biltmore Inspirations, a new home party business inspired by America’s largest home and its legacy of entertaining and hospitality.
Biltmore Inspirations offers consultants the opportunity to build their own business by selling an exclusive collection of tableware, home decor, wine accessories and chef-selected foods, all influenced by the unique beauty of Biltmore, the 250-room French Renaissance chateau located in western North Carolina that was once home to George and Edith Vanderbilt. Consultants share the products in a home party environment.
“This is a truly special line of products, developed specifically for Biltmore Inspirations,” said Tim Rosebrock, vice president of Biltmore’s home products division. “These products, suitable for everyday use, are directly tied to the Biltmore experience, and reflect the quality and craftsmanship that our customers expect.”
Products include easy-to-prepare specialty foods selected by chefs from the estate’s restaurants, versatile serving pieces and decor items based on the art, design and architecture of the Chateau and Gardens, and stylish wine accessories inspired by the award-winning Winery and Biltmore’s wine-making heritage.
Biltmore Inspirations is the latest branded product venture for The Biltmore Company. For over 20 years, the company has produced products under the Biltmore brand name, including Biltmore wines, licensed home decor furnishings and garden accessories.
As the first home party business to be associated with an historic destination property, Biltmore Inspirations is unique to the growing direct selling industry, which, according to the Direct Selling Association, generates almost $30 billion in business annually for more than 15 million people working in the field across the U.S.
“Biltmore Inspirations is an ideal opportunity for our consultants to build a business with an established brand,” said Ann Ashley, president of Biltmore’s home products division. “And it is another way for our company to expand based on our brand and our focus on quality, hospitality, entertaining and community service.”
Biltmore Inspirations launched in July 2011 and has consultants in 42 states. Visit www.biltmoreinspirations.com for information about Biltmore Inspirations and to learn how to become part of the Consultant Team.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the 250-room French Renaissance chateau is America’s largest home. On exhibit is the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. The estate is a National Historic Landmark and encompasses 8,000 acres of renowned gardens and grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Under leadership of Vanderbilt’s great-grandson, Biltmore has grown to include the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, Antler Hill Village, its award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm. In addition to the historic attraction, the company includes a home products division featuring Biltmore For Your Home and Biltmore Inspirations; and Biltmore Wine Company, which produces 170,000 cases of wine distributed in 26 states. To learn more, visit www.biltmore.com.
ASHEVILLE, NC – With all signs pointing to autumn’s imminent arrival, leaf enthusiasts everywhere are in search of the prime location for fall color. This year, Biltmore offers the best of a Blue Ridge Mountain, fall-in-one convenient location.
A great year for fall color
Biltmore will be alive with color, and leaf-peeping will be easy with more than 8,000 acres of rolling hills, manicured gardens and lush woods. Parker Andes, director of horticulture, predicts a spectacular show for 2011. “We have all the factors for a memorable fall in place. A slightly dry spring followed by cooler temperatures in mid-August created the perfect environment for vibrant foliage,” said Andes.
Starting in mid-September, Biltmore website visitors can check in weekly for updates from Andes on how things are coloring up on the estate at www.biltmore.com.
Vibrant color inside and out
Biltmore’s Walled Garden heralds the season with thousands of vibrant chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones. The pattern beds are planted in the shape of dragonflies as a tribute to Tiffany at Biltmore, an exhibition of Tiffany lamps currently on display. Each dragonfly bed spans 32 feet and contains more than 10,000 plants. Those who want to experience more of Tiffany’s grand craftsmanship can view 45 original Tiffany lamps in the Biltmore Legacy exhibition hall in Antler Hill Village.
The expanse of color continues outside as the estate’s hardwood forests transform into a tapestry of ruby, amber, gold and amethyst hues. Take a walk along the manicured trails that weave through the estate’s gardens, or enjoy a bird’s-eye view with Biltmore House’s Architect’s Tour. This 60-minute guided tour delves into the design of Biltmore House and promises picture-perfect panoramic views from the house’s rooftop and balconies.
Outdoor fun for all ages
Adventurous souls searching for a new way to experience the season can sign up for activities that provide access to areas normally off-limits to guests. Trail rides, off-road Segway tours, off-road driving lessons in a Land Rover and fly-fishing are just the beginning. At Antler Hill Village, wagon rides to the French Broad River and a collection of friendly farm animals keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.
Delicious seasonal dining, and the new Moveable Feast
The peak of fall color also coincides with harvest time in the mountains. The Winery is bustling with the energy of the local grape harvest, allowing guests to see the process involved in making our award-winning wines.
Meanwhile, Biltmore’s Kitchen Garden and local farms are at their peak and provide estate chefs with a cornucopia of fresh ingredients. Biltmore’s Field to Table Program ensures every estate restaurant serves an exciting menu reflective of the season.
Those looking for a gourmet experience can make reservations for our Moveable Feast on Sept.17. This outdoor dinner provides stunning views of Biltmore House, the French Broad River Valley and Mt. Pisgah. Guests will dine family-style on a seven-course Italian meal paired with Biltmore’s finest wines.
Inn on Biltmore Estate – a spooky treat!
Now through October, Biltmore’s four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering package pricing in conjunction with the Biltmore Concert Series (see line-up below). Also, as an added treat, guests staying at the inn on Oct. 29 will have the chance to decorate their own pumpkin on the Grand Terrace. That night, we’ll have our annual Lighting of the Pumpkins event outdoors along the inn’s lower level for our guests to enjoy. Weekend rates apply.
Live music with the Biltmore Concert Series
The al fresco fun continues with the Biltmore Concert Series at Diana at Biltmore. This unique location provides an intimate listening venue with stunning views of Biltmore House in the background. Performances include Eddie Money on Oct. 7; The Fab Four–The Ultimate Tribute with Ed Sullivan on Oct. 14; and The Chairmen of the Board and the Embers on Oct. 21. Tickets and getaway packages are still available for this exclusive concert experience.
For the latest details on fall color and estate events, visit www.biltmore.com.
ASHEVILLE, NC – Inn on Biltmore Estate has been named one of the Top 50 Resorts in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine, as determined by a readers’ poll.
The inn ranked # 20, and has made the rankings in Travel + Leisure’s poll several times during recent years. The inn shares a spot on the rankings list with several hotels and resorts around the Southeast.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and readers of Travel + Leisure as one of the top hotels in the country,” said Douglas Hustad, the inn’s vice president and general manager. “Our mission is to continue the legendary world class hospitality and service that George Vanderbilt was renowned for.”
Biltmore’s founder, George Washington Vanderbilt, was the consummate host, and to this day, Biltmore strives to carry on the tradition. The inn opened in 2001, and extends Vanderbilt’s vision, offering an inviting and gracious experience, much like that enjoyed by his guests when they visited the estate and stayed at Biltmore House.
Guests arriving at the inn are met with 165,000 square feet of amenities, including a variety of guest rooms and suites; fine dining in The Dining Room; the Spa at Biltmore; the library with a view of Biltmore House; lobby bar; exterior swimming pool; and fitness center. Guests may also enjoy activities reminiscent of Vanderbilt’s day – walking and hiking trails, carriage rides, horseback riding, fly-fishing, boating and biking.
In addition, the inn has received Forbes Travel Guide’s Four-Star rating, Four Diamonds from AAA and a spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List for several years running.