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Historic Biltmore Village Brochure Cover Design Contest

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Calling All Artists Historic Biltmore Village is looking for a new cover design for our brochure.  The winning design will be used on the cover of our next brochure along with our Facebook and twitter pages.  Credit and a brief bio of the winning artist will also be included.

Historic Biltmore Village prints 60,000 brochures a year and is distributed throughout Western NC.  This opportunity will allow the winning artist to have their painting seen by locals and tourists alike.

The painting needs to be a reflection of Historic Biltmore Village and the HBV logo will be added to the winning painting prior to brochure printing.

Rules for the contest are:

  1. Paintings must be created in physical media (no digital “paintings”)
    (i.e. Oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, etc. Note – we have nothing against digital mediums – but we don’t want to judge them against physical paintings.)
  2. Paintings sizes are not important. You may upload whatever image size you are comfortable sharing.
    (We suggest a minimum of 600-1000 pixels on the longest side so the judge has enough resolution to discern details) jpeg format only please.
  3.  Your painting must be your own original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material.
  4. ALL entries (not just winners) will be displayed on the Historic Biltmore Village website. Each entry becomes part of the public, historical online contest catalog and will not be removed at a later date.
  5. All submissions must be made using the following email address.  [email protected] See Website for more contact information. Physical submission cannot be accepted.
  6. By entering this art competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of your artwork
    (on this website, brochure, social media and in our newsletters…with credit and links to you, of course). No other use will be applied without your consent.
  7. Artworks may be submitted until midnight, September 15, 2015

The winning artist will receive:

A $250 cash award

1 night stay at the DoubleTree Biltmore Hilton Hotel

Gift Certificates from:  The Cantina, Village Wayside, Corner Kitchen

Gifts from Lilly Pulitzer, Jos A. Bank, Talbots and MTN. Merch.

In addition to this, the winning artist’s work will be hung and made available for sale at Southern Highland Craft Guild, if you so desire.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging. It’s the perfect night out for foodies, brews and friends.  It’s a must see site for history buffs and architecture aficionados.  In short, it’s a destination like no other.

Experience Food, Wine and Fall Foliage at Biltmore

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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.

• Tours
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.

• Demos
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.

• Tastes
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.

• Feasts
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.

Unwind at Biltmore this Summer

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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.

The Winery

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

Extend your visit with an overnight stay at the award-winning Inn on Biltmore Estate or with our local accommodations partners and take advantage of packages on select dates this summer.

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.

More information is available at 866.336.1245, or by visiting www.biltmore.com. View suggested itineraries for more family travel ideas.

 

Biltmore’s Concert Series Heats up the Month of August

Friday, May 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Summer nights are set to sizzle at Biltmore when the estate’s 19th annual Concert Series begins Friday, Aug. 7. Ticket sales begin May 6, 2015.

Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop vocalists Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson kick off the series on Aug. 7 on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The South Terrace venue features expansive sunset views of the 250-room Biltmore House in one direction, and Mount Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the other.

The 2015 Biltmore Concert Series line-up:

Aug. 7       Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson

Aug. 9       Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with special guest Citizen Cope

Aug. 16     ZZ Top with Special Guest Blackberry Smoke

Aug. 21     Chris Tomlin and MercyMe

Aug. 22     Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Blues Traveler

Aug. 28     The Four Tops & The Temptations

On-sale dates

Tickets for Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson; Counting Crows and Citizen Cope; ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke will go on sale May 6.

Tickets for Chris Tomlin and MercyMe; Bruce Hornsby and Blues Traveler; and the Four Tops & The Temptations go on sale May 13.

All tickets may be purchased at www.biltmore.com/concerts; by calling 866-336-1255; or in person at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticketing Sales Center.

A variety of ticket, dining and Inn on Biltmore Estate packages will be available for the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change.

About the artists

Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson
8 p.m., Aug. 7

Natalie Cole is one of our time’s best R&B/pop vocalists, with 21 albums selling more than 30 million copies, and winning nine Grammy awards. Her hits include “This Will Be,” “Miss You Like Crazy,” and “Unforgettable.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson, whose career has spanned from the mid-1960s, has amassed critical acclaim with hits including “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again,” “Can You Stop The Rain,” and “Missing You.”

Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with special guest Citizen Cope
7:30 p.m., Aug. 9

Counting Crows have sold more than 20 million albums after exploding onto the music scene after their 1993 release “August and Everything After.” The band released its seventh studio album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” in 2014. Their hits include “Mr. Jones,” “Hanginaround” and “A Long December.”  Citizen Cope is an American songwriter, producer and performer. Touring professionally for 10 years now, his music mixes blues, soul, folk and rock. His hits include “Son’s Gonna Rise,” “Let the Drummer Kick,” and “Sideways.”

ZZ Top with Special Guest Blackberry Smoke
8 p.m., Aug. 16

ZZ Top’s music is instantly recognizable and 100 percent Texas American. Their hits include “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’.” The band’s three original members still perform together after more than 40 years of rock, blues and boogie.  Blackberry Smoke’s mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country is further elevated by the band’s three-part vocal harmonies and arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion. Their newest album, “Holding All the Roses,” includes such songs as “Too High” and “Rock and Roll Again.”

Chris Tomlin and MercyMe
8 p.m., Aug. 21

Grammy winner Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. With 11 albums, selling more than 3 million copies, his hits include “Your Grace is Enough,” “Our God,” and “At the Cross.”  Contemporary Christian rock group MercyMe has released eight studio albums, garnered 26 No. 1 Christian radio singles, and four mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me,” “Homesick” and “So Long Self.”
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Blues Traveler
8 p.m., Aug. 22

Bruce Hornsby has focused on projects that sparked his creative interest during his two-and-a-half decade recording career, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck, and Bonnie Raitt. Hornsby’s performance with his six-piece band The Noisemakers will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.  Over the course of their 25-year career, Blues Traveler’s 11 studio albums have sold more than 10 million copies. They received a Grammy Award for the hit “Run-Around.” Other hits include “But Anyway,” “100 Years,” and “Hook.” Their latest album, “Blow Up the Moon,” features collaborations with Hanson, Dirty Heads, Jewel and more.

The Four Tops & The Temptations
8 p.m., Aug. 28

In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Some of their biggest hits include: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”  For more than 40 years, The Temptations have prospered, and over the course of their career have had 83 charted Billboard U.S. singles and 44 Billboard Top 10 Hits including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.”

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; 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.

Biltmore Winery Reaches Milestone 30th Anniversary

Monday, April 6th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Biltmore Winery in North Carolina celebrates a milestone this year with its 30th anniversary. Since first opening its doors on May 11, 1985, Biltmore Winery has ascended to the unique position as America’s most visited winery and is widely regarded as one of the most prominent American wineries east of the Rockies. To commemorate the accomplishments of the past three decades, Biltmore will host celebratory anniversary activities on Saturday, May 16, including the release of a commemorative 30th anniversary wine – a full bodied red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Fine wine: an essential ingredient of the Biltmore experience from the beginning

Wine has been an integral part of Biltmore’s history since the very beginning when George Vanderbilt founded his now iconic estate in the late 19th century. George enjoyed wine and he brought wine from his travels home to Asheville. Estate archives reveal that wine was part of the fabric of the Biltmore experience, playing a prominent role at grand celebrations as well as everyday meals.  Vanderbilt’s legacy for gracious living extended to locally grown food as well. He created an extensive agricultural program on his estate and instilled in Biltmore a culture of self-sustainability.

While Mr. Vanderbilt introduced the pleasures of wine to Biltmore, it was not produced on the property until his grandson, William A.V. Cecil, had the vision and determination to take Biltmore’s agricultural tradition and re-imagine it as vineyards and a winery at Biltmore in the early 1970s.  At the time, wine grape growing in North Carolina was almost unheard of given the area’s climate. Despite this, Mr. Cecil was determined to make Biltmore Winery a reality.

Pioneering a new winemaking approach in North Carolina

The first generation of winemaking at Biltmore was a decade of viticultural experimentation to determine how to grow grapes in our unique Western North Carolina climate. Along the way, Mr. Cecil sought out some of the best academic minds in viticulture, first in California and later in France.  A milestone was achieved with the hiring of Phillipe Jourdain, a seasoned French winemaster. Together, Cecil and Jourdain pioneered the planting of vitis vinifera, the wine grape species of France and other European fine wine regions. The decision paid off!

In 1984, more than a decade after Biltmore’s initial wine trials, its first wines were bottled, the 1983 vintage Chateau Biltmore Merlot and Chateau Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery officially opened its doors in May 1985 and the rest, as they say, is history.

A determination for excellence that spans three generations

Another French winemaker, Bernard Delille, joined the Biltmore team in 1986, bringing his considerable talents to bear on an increasingly diversified winemaking program.  With Jourdain’s retirement, Delille assumed the mantle of winemaster in 1995, a position he has held for the past 20 years. As demand for Biltmore wines continued to climb, Delille added winemaker Sharon Fenchak to his team in 1999.  Today, this dynamic duo have almost 40 years of  collective Biltmore winemaking experience, a distinction few wineries can boast and one which translates into exceptional wine quality and a portfolio of more than 40 different wines.  Given the consistently high consumer demand for Biltmore wines, their winemaking efforts have extended beyond North Carolina to include some other pre-eminent American winegrowing regions, notably California’s Sonoma County and Napa Valley. They also produce an everyday collection of wines bearing the American appellation as well as its hallmark sparkling wines from both North Carolina and California.

In its first 30 years, Biltmore Winery has grown into its own, now producing 150,000 cases annually – far exceeding Mr. Cecil’s original expectations – and winning over legions of loyal Biltmore wine drinkers along the way. Biltmore wines are now sold on the estate, online, and distributed via retailers regionally. With the volume of visitors (over 1 million per year) engaging, experimenting and tasting wine at this iconic estate, it is hard to ignore Biltmore’s impact on the North Carolina wine industry and on the general public’s appreciation of fine wine – now and into the future.

Biltmore Winery 30th Anniversary Events

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Winery Celebration Day Tastings
Included with estate admission; all-day event
Discover our different growing regions by visiting special tasting stations in Biltmore Winery featuring Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling.

Anniversary Wine Release
$15 per person; 5–6 p.m.
RSVP by calling 800-411-3812
Enjoy a first taste of our 30th Anniversary red wine & light bites at the Winery Clock Tower. Mingle with the winemakers & take home a complimentary 30th Anniversary wine glass. Tickets go on sale April 10.

Sip & Stroll
$29 per person; 12–4 p.m.
RSVP by calling 800-411-3812
Enjoy small plates paired with wine at three different estate restaurants: Bistro, Cedric’s, & Winery Champagne Cellar. Tickets go on sale April 10.

Village Green Celebration
Included with estate admission; 4–10 p.m.
Enjoy live music on the Village Green outside Biltmore Winery, plus grape stomps and more. At 8 p.m., enjoy complimentary Biltmore wine ice cream (must be 21). At 9 p.m., toast with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine followed by fireworks.

About Biltmore Wines

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. Among the many attractions on the estate is the nation’s most visited winery, started in 1985 in a converted dairy barn. In keeping with the Vanderbilt tradition of entertaining in style and embodying the agricultural legacy of its founder, Biltmore produces award-winning wines using fruit harvested from its own vineyard as well as from partners in N.C. and other premium growing regions including California.
Biltmore ranks in the top 1% of the U.S. wine business and produces approximately 150,000 cases of wine annually. To learn more about Biltmore Wines and to access a regional wine-buying guide, please visit www.BiltmoreWines.com.

Biltmore International Rose Trials Competition

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The judging and awards ceremony for the third annual Biltmore International Rose Trials competition is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2015. An international jury will select the winning roses in 12 categories.

Since 2011, Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has been home to the trials in which more than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, the international and permanent juries will conduct the final round of judging for the trial group of 29 roses planted in 2013.

Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years prior. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the U.S.

The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner. New rose varieties will be planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom.

Guests visiting Biltmore’s gardens may view the roses currently on trial in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the historic Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmore’s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September.

Biltmore International Rose Trials event details

Several ticket options are available for guests interested in attending competition events.

-Welcome Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 29 in the Conservatory Rose Garden. Tickets are $65 each. Call 800-543-2961 to purchase.

-The Rose Trials Ticket Package includes attendance at the Welcome Reception in the Conservatory Rose Garden at 6:30 p.m. on May 29; competition day on May 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with judging and garden tours; a self-guided tour of Biltmore House; access to the grounds and the awards presentation and lunch at 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the estate’s Lioncrest. Guests may also enjoy Biltmore’s Winery and “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition in Antler Hill Village. Tickets are $175 per person for the package (non-pass holders); $132.20 for pass holders. Call 800-543-2961 to purchase.

-The Inn on Biltmore Estate Package includes accommodations for two at the award-winning Inn on Biltmore Estate, attendance at the Welcome Reception in the Rose Garden; entry into competition day on May 30 in the gardens; a self-guided tour of Biltmore House; access to the grounds and the awards presentation and lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the estate’s Lioncrest. Also included is the chef’s breakfast buffet each morning in The Dining Room; audio guides to Biltmore House; valet parking at the Inn; and complimentary shuttle service around the estate. Guests may also enjoy Biltmore’s Winery and “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition in Antler Hill Village. Package price starts at $1,168. Call 800-858-4130 or book online at www.biltmore.com.

-Select area hotels are offering special Biltmore International Rose Trials rates. For ticket and hotel information, call 800-543-2961 or book online at www.biltmore.com.

More information about the Biltmore International Rose Trials may be found here; http://www.biltmore.com/events/international-rose-trials-1

Ring in Spring with Biltmore Blooms

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The sight of sunny daffodils popping up at Biltmore’s entrance gate is a sure signal that the estate’s annual springtime celebration – Biltmore Blooms – is about to begin.

Biltmore Blooms starts on the first day of spring, March 20, 2015. Biltmore’s gardens and grounds will flourish as a progression of colorful blooms marches across the estate, paying homage to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project – George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore gardens. Biltmore Blooms runs through May 25, 2015.

Quickly following the daffodil bloom, thousands of tulips will begin popping up, with a concentrated bloom occurring in the Walled Garden pattern beds. The tulips this year will feature shades of purple, pink white and orange. Later in the season azaleas in the Azalea Garden and all around the property will flower, as will rhododendron, roses and vibrant annuals and perennials. For planning vacations during Biltmore Blooms, stay up to date with the weekly bloom report from Parker Andes, the estate’s director of horticulture at www.biltmore.com/bloomreport, starting March 2, 2015.

“Dressing Downton” exhibition

Adding to this year’s celebration, Biltmore House is the site of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times,” an exhibition of 45 costumes worn by the actors in the popular PBS Masterpiece series, “Downton Abbey.” The elaborate costumes are grouped in rooms throughout the House and give guests a sense of what it must have been like when the Vanderbilt family lived in the house. Exhibition runs through May 25.

Orchids highlight the early days of spring

At the start of Biltmore Blooms, spring sights are abundant inside Biltmore House. From March 20 through April 12, guests may step into the glass-domed Winter Garden to enjoy hundreds of fragrant exotic orchids on display there. This room is typically roped-off to guests, but will be open for a limited time.

Guests will want to take note of the elaborate fresh flower arrangements within the rooms of Biltmore House this spring. The estate’s floral team created original designs inspired by the costumes on display, as well as the era depicted on “Downton Abbey.” The Entry Hall welcomes with a towering French wire basket arrangement of green and purple hydrangea, purple and lavender stock and green and purple roses. A dramatic fabric in the same colors drapes down from the ceiling.  The drape and floral palette was chosen to complement and suggest Violet Crawley’s purple print day dress on display in the Morning Salon.

Garden-related activities and events complete Biltmore’s spring offerings:

Learning in the gardens

-The Conservatory is the site of “Orchid Talks,” conducted by estate gardening experts. The 45-minute session discusses Biltmore’s history with orchids and details about the plants displayed in the building’s special orchid room. 11 a.m. weekdays. Included in admission.

-“Ask a Gardener” stations set up in the Walled Garden give guests an opportunity to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Included in admission.

-Gardening and floral demonstrations are offered daily at A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory. The sessions are “Exquisite Orchids for Beginners” at 1 p.m. and “Nurturing Treasured Houseplants” at 2 p.m. Included in admission.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunday April 5

The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 to 9 takes place on Easter Sunday, April 5, on the front lawn of Biltmore House.  Entertainment includes music, storytelling, magic shows, games, crafts and 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 prior. Parents should bring their own baskets for children to collect eggs. Included in admission.

Mother’s Day Mom Gets in Free

Treat Mom to a day at Biltmore on Mother’s Day, May 10. All mothers receive free admission with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket.

Special Dining Experiences

-Easter Sunday Brunch: Served at Deerpark and the Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate on Easter Sunday, April 5. Reservations are recommended.

-Cedric’s English Sunday Brunch: Served at Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village, Sundays through May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Winery

Biltmore Winery will offer daily tastings of its Limited Release Spring Seasonal Wine in addition to other complimentary tastings and a production tour, included with the price of admission. Specialty tours such as the Vine to Wine Tour, Biltmore Bubbles Tour, and the Red Wine and Chocolate Tour are available at an additional cost.

Antler Hill Village and Outdoor Activities

-Weekends will feature live music in Antler Hill Village and Grape Stomps at the Winery entrance for children Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the nearby farm and visit with the friendly resident animals and their spring newborns such as baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies.

-Biltmore’s Outdoor Adventure Center is located in the village and offers Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.

Stay at Biltmore

Expand your Biltmore Blooms visit with a stay at the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate. Enjoy the same gracious hospitality experienced by George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests. The Inn is offering a variety of packages this spring, including a Dressing Downton package.

Special Spring Savings

-March 20 through May 21, youth estate admission is half the price of adult admission.

-Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of your visit and receive $10 off.

-Moms receive free admission with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.

Visit www.biltmore.com for ticket, reservations and visitor information. Or call (800) 411-3812.

About Biltmore

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.

 

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Biltmore’s newest lodging offering – Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate – will begin accepting reservations starting March 2, 2015, for stays beginning in late 2015.

Village Hotel joins the Inn on Biltmore Estate to provide a range of options for guests who want to stay overnight on the estate.

Village Hotel will be centrally located in Antler Hill Village, a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music and outdoor activities. It offers a casual and inviting atmosphere, inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farm homes that dotted the property when George and Edith Vanderbilt lived here.

Village Hotel’s location is set in a lively atmosphere, while the Inn offers a luxurious private, hill-top setting, with elegantly appointed surroundings.

Each of the hotel’s 209 guest rooms and suites offers a cozy cottage setting with a window seat, 400-thread count linens, a 42-inch LCD-screen TV, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and walk-in shower.

Dining at Village Hotel will feature The Kitchen, a quick and easy stop for freshly prepared breakfast items and on-the-go lunches and picnics. The Village Social is the hotel’s casual restaurant and bar serving light breakfast, lunch and dinner emphasizing a small plate tasting menu featuring seafood, Biltmore Wines, craft beers and signature cocktails.

Hotel amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool and complimentary shuttle service around Biltmore estate.

Starting March 2, reservations may be made by calling 866-851-4668, or visiting www.biltmore.com/stay.

Biltmore’s 2015 Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Winter at Biltmore – Jan. 12 through March 19, 2015
In the early months of the year, Biltmore offers a peaceful retreat following the hectic pace of the holidays.  Winter specials include lowest admission of the year, beginning at $39 purchased seven days or more in advance online or over the phone. Tickets include a free audio guide of Biltmore House and kids 9 and younger also get in free with an adult admission.

Orchid Talks in the Conservatory – Jan. 26 through March 19, 2015
Enjoy a complimentary 45-minute guided tour about our beautiful orchid collection this winter. This tour is offered at 11:00 a.m. on weekdays and capacity is limited to 15 guests daily.  Reservations can be made during the day of your visit at any Guest Services location. Tour meets inside the center front doors of the Conservatory.

 

 

Dressing Downton; Changing Fashion for Changing Times – Feb. 5 through May 25, 2015
We welcome an exciting new exhibition exploring fashions of the early 1900s featured in the hit PBS series Downton Abbey. Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times includes more than 40 costumes from the series showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House. The groupings are inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, with stories from the estate during the time period woven throughout the exhibition.

Biltmore Blooms – March 20 through May 25, 2015
Biltmore’s gardens are alive with color as spring arrives. Stunning floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – 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 wine seminars.

Easter Egg Hunt – April 5, 2015
The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s Front Lawn on Easter Sunday. Highlighting the day are the grand Easter Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.  Children ages 2 to 9 may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult.

19th annual Biltmore Summer Concert Series – Selected dates
Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains serve as backdrop for amazing musical experiences during Biltmore’s annual concert series. Concerts take place on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The concert line-up will be announced in spring 2015.

41st annual Christmas at Biltmore – Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, 2016
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.  This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights.

32nd annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore – Nov. 6 through Jan. 2, 2016
Candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor during these nighttime tours. The house glows, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. Candlelight Christmas Evenings include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens, Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery.

“The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” Exhibition – Open daily
“The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” focuses on the lives and personalities of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. This close-up look at exotic and rare items the family collected throughout their lives features an extraordinary collection of Samurai armor, and a display detailing the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic.

 

Biltmore Property Group Opens New Retail Location

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Biltmore Property Group has just put the finishing touches on a new retail location conveniently located to Historic Biltmore Village.  55 Sweeten Creek Road is the latest construction project to add to the BPG portfolio.

Biltmore Property Group redesigned and repurposed  an underutilized  building to meet current commercial  codes.   The infra-structure has been upgraded to support multi-tenant operations.  1600 square feet remains available for lease.

“We are extremely pleased to  announce  that three new tenants  have now opened at  55 Sweeten Creek”, said Curtis S. Williams, Director of Leasing and Acquisitions.  “Sherwin Williams, Old School Subs & Deli  and Asheville Phoenix Properties will diversify the merchant line up for this area.”

Grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled with the Asheville Chamber for Thursday, February 26 at 11:30 AM.  The public is invited.

About Biltmore Property Group, LLC

Based in Asheville, NC, Biltmore Property Group is a fully integrated privately held Real Estate Company with offices in Asheville, Knoxville (TN) and New Orleans.  It has more than 20 properties across several real estate platforms: retail, warehouse, office and mixed-use. BPG is one of the most active developers in the Southeast and the largest real estate owner in Historic Biltmore Village (Asheville). Additional information can be found at www.biltmorepropertygroup.com.

About Asheville Phoenix Properties/Keller Williams Biltmore

Village:  The entire team of this outstanding organization takes great pride in a long history of full service property management and sales of single family, multi-family residential and homeowner’s associations in Western North Carolina.  As lifetime residents of Asheville, co-founders, Pat Puckridge and Donna Prinz know and love the area.  Together they have over 75 years business experience and, with their team of 17 experienced agents and staff, like to say they are “All About Real Estate”.  This Keller Williams Biltmore Village office is the first Mega Agent Office in the Asheville area.

Visit www.ashevillephoenixproperties.com and www.patanddonnateam.com for more information. 

About Sherwin Williams:  ASK SHERWIN-WILLIAMS™   Through its more than 4,000 stores and 2,400 sales representatives, Sherwin-Williams provides fast, flexible, responsive service and personalized, expert advice to meet the coating and color needs of builders, designers, specifiers, property managers and contractors. As North America’s largest single-source supplier of high-quality paints, stains, masonry coatings and brand-name wall and floor coverings, Sherwin-Williams is proud to have earned the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its innovative acrylic alkyd technology.

More information is available at www.sherwin-williams.com

About Old School Subs:  Old School Subs & Deli is a family owned and operated classic sub shop. What once was a take-out/delivery establishment will now be able to offer inside dining as well.  In addition to traditional sub-fare, they offer local bread, meat, eggs and produce.  Dressings, condiments, and soups along with many other items are freshly made in house.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 11-3.