ASHEVILLE NC – A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore’s fall calendar starting in September.
Biltmore’s autumn landscape presents a prime opportunity for fans of changing leaf color. In addition to tours through the 250-room Biltmore House, “leaf-peepers” can explore the estate’s mum-filled gardens; miles of hiking and biking trails; craft demonstrations and friendly farm animals at Antler Hill Farm. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips. No matter your selection of activities, Biltmore’s panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes for an ideal immersion in vivid fall color.
“Taste of Biltmore” in September
This September, food and wine takes center stage as we celebrate NC Wine Month with “Taste of Biltmore.” Interactive culinary events showcasing the estate’s winemakers, chefs and farmers include tours, demos, tasting events and grand dinners. Beginning August 1, find the complete event schedule online and make advance reservations.
Go behind-the-vine with complimentary and exclusive winery experiences, such as the Vineyard Tour which takes guests to the estate’s vineyard to sample wines and learn about Biltmore’s North Carolina grape-growing and winemaking program. Also available is the Winery Production Tour for a behind-the-scenes peek at production areas, including fermentation and barrel rooms, along with the bottling line. Guests will discover how our award-winning wines make the journey from the grape into the glass. Reservations required for select events.
Guests can stop by an Artisan Food Tent in Antler Hill Village for tips, insights and quick demos of the season’s bounty. Complimentary, hands-on chef’s workshops are being offered on various topics such as handmade pasta and fresh sauces using estate tomatoes, and professional grilling techniques with tips on marinades and grilling meats and vegetables, highlighting estate-raised beef, lamb and freshly harvested produce. Reservations required for select events.
Savor Biltmore’s handcrafted wines with multiple complimentary or a la carte tastings. Enjoy regular Village Wine Strolls including estate wine paired with small plates. Taste and compare different oyster varieties from coast-to-coast along with sparkling and white wine during a special Oysters, Sparkling & White Wine event with Chef Mark DeMarco and Winemaker Sharon Fenchak. Reservations required for select events.
Signature feasts are being hosted in beautiful outdoor locations throughout the estate in many sites where guests have never visited. On Sept. 12, Biltmore will host a Moveable Feast wine dinner on Dry Cow Hill. Estate Chefs Kirk Fiore and Paul Klaassen, along with Winemaker Bernard Delille, will prepare a multicourse dinner including wine pairings. A Beermaker’s Dinner on Sept. 19 features a collaboration between Biltmore Chef Mark DeMarco and Master Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing Company. On Sept. 25, meet and greet with Biltmore’s winemakers, chefs and farmers at the Taste of Biltmore Grand Finale: A Roaming Tasting, featuring chef-manned stations with Biltmore wines and Biltmore Cedric’s beer pairings, as well as live music. Reservations required.
Live After Five
On Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5 p.m., Biltmore hosts Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with live music on the Village bandstand. Families will enjoy the nearby farm, where kids can run off energy, play at Pisgah Playground and visit with the farm’s friendly resident goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other small animals.
Fall and Halloween at Inn on Biltmore Estate
The Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering specials throughout the fall season. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at www.biltmore.com/stay.
• Labor Day Celebration Package (Sept. 5-7): Includes celebration dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music, games, a bonfire and fireworks.
• Fall Celebration Package (Oct. 30-Nov. 1): Coinciding with the Inn’s Halloween Weekend, this package includes dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music, games and a bonfire on Oct. 31. Additional Halloween activities during the weekend include a pumpkin carving contest (the winner receives a two-night stay next year on the same weekend) and the “lighting of the pumpkins” on the Grand Terrace. A candy bar in the Inn’s lobby will offer Halloween treats.
Fall travel deals at Biltmore
Save $10 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior to visiting. Book within six days of visiting and save $5. Children ages nine and younger are FREE. Youth ages 10 to 16 are half-off the adult admission price beginning Sept. 8. Visit www.biltmore.com for more information.