ASHEVILLE NC – Unwinding from the daily routine can mean many things at Biltmore: romantic garden strolls, wine tastings, farmyard visits, scenic bike rides, and live music under the stars. Not to mention exploring the castle-like, 250-room Biltmore House. Imagine the possibilities on vacation at Biltmore this summer, running now through Sept. 7, 2015.
Biltmore’s great outdoors
Acreage surrounding Biltmore House offers a dynamic variety of activities for fans of the great outdoors. Meander through the colorful and ever-changing manicured gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, or explore miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through wooded areas and open fields. Take in mountain and Biltmore House views from the back of a horse, while floating down a lazy river, on a Segway, or on a carriage ride. Try your hand at fly-fishing, sporting clays or get behind the wheel of a Land Rover.
Music under the stars: The Biltmore Concert Series
Dance under the stars on select summer nights during Biltmore’s Concert Series, staged on the South Terrace next to Biltmore House. Kicking off Aug. 7, the 2015 line-up includes Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson; Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with Citizen Cope; ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke; Chris Tomlin and MercyMe; Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Blues Traveler; and The Four Tops and The Temptations. Visit www.biltmore.com/concerts for dates and details.
NEW! Free cooking demonstrations by Biltmore chefs
Biltmore’s chefs will share their knowledge in a series of free cooking demos, set for dates in June, July and August. They’ll demonstrate techniques and share basic Biltmore-inspired recipes for the home kitchen. Select events also include a three-course lunch featuring highlights from the class (additional price). Advance registration is required for each demonstration, and seating is limited. http://www.biltmore.com/events/cooking-demonstrations
Month of June: Chef Mark DeMarco – Cedric’s Tavern
June 12, 10 to 11 a.m.: Pickling Summer’s Bounty
June 19, 10 to 11 a.m.: Making Fresh Sausages at Home
June 26, 10 to 11 a.m.: Seasonal Jams and Preserves
Call 828-225-1320 to reserve. Please tell the reservationist if you plan to stay for lunch ($24 per person).
Month of July: Chef Kirk Fiore – Lioncrest
July 16, 10 to 11 a.m.: Fresh Salsas with Summer Fruits and Vegetables
July 23, 10 to 11 a.m.: Hand-made Vinegars with Fresh Garden Herbs
Call 828-225-6260 to reserve.
Month of August: Chef David Ryba – The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
Aug. 6 and 13, noon to 1 p.m.: The Edible Garden, featuring heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs and salads. Call 828-225-1699 to reserve. Please tell the reservationist if you plan to stay for lunch ($30 per person).
Fun in Antler Hill Village and Farm
Admission to Biltmore includes access to Antler Hill Village Farm and Barnyard. The Barnyard is home to blacksmiths, woodworkers and other craft demonstrations. “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition is housed in the Legacy building and sheds light on the time the Vanderbilt family made Biltmore House their home, and their world travels. Summer evening weekends feature Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with musical performances by area musicians on the bandstand at the Village Green. On-site culinary options are available, and Cedric’s Tavern, the Bistro, and the Creamery will be open.
Admission offers entry to Biltmore Winery, with complimentary tastings and a production tour. Specialty tours such as the Vine to Wine Tour, Biltmore Bubbles Tour and the Red Wine and Chocolate seminar are available at an additional cost.
Stay over at Inn on Biltmore Estate
Summer 2015 vacation deals at Biltmore
Kids 16 and younger receive FREE admission now through Labor Day, Sept. 7.
Dads receive FREE admission on Father’s Day, June 21, with purchase of an adult or youth ticket.
Save $12 when tickets are purchased seven days in advance.