George Vanderbilt was as meticulous about his gardens as he was about everything else. It only makes sense that he would hire Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, to create a truly spectacular experience.
Your First Day
Start your visit at our four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, which is set in the midst of its own beautiful grounds and woods. Arrive the night before your visit begins so you can get an early start the next morning.Make your first stop at Antler Hill Village. Take advantage of the cool morning temperatures and see why our stunning gardens have been included in the Top Ten Botanical Gardens of the World by Travel + Leisure.
Then, enjoy coffee and pastries at the Creamery.
Soak up the ambience of this charming 15-acre village full of beautiful container gardens, new and historic trees, and plenty of perennials.
Experience an intimate look at historic Biltmore and the family who created it with The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition at The Biltmore Legacy.
Your next stop should be the Winery for a guided tour and complimentary wine tasting.
Return to the Inn for an elegant dinner in The Dining Room, which features fresh and creative culinary favorites along with world-class service.
Enjoy another peaceful night’s sleep at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Your Next Day
Get an early start on your Biltmore House & Gardens visit. Be sure to admire the Approach Road as you travel toward the house. Each twist and turn was carefully planned to bring visitors a sense of leaving the city behind them and moving farther into the woods.Look for stands of bamboo lending a tropical feel to the road. According to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, “People coming from New York to Biltmore in the winter or spring must be made to feel that they are decidedly closer to the sun.”
When you arrive, enjoy delicious breakfast pastries and fair-trade coffee at the Bake Shop in the Stable Courtyard at Biltmore House.
Purchase our Audio Guide to Biltmore House, which covers all rooms open to the public in America’s largest home. Look for fresh floral arrangements and live plants inside the house and at the front entrance. Many exotic plants are brought in from the Conservatory, and you may even catch a glimpse of our Floral staff at work.
Experience Our Historic Gardens
Immerse yourself in the “outdoor rooms” designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. From the Library Terrace to the Bass Pond, experience a series of formal and informal gardens – each with its own story to tell.
Savor the beautiful green Tennis Lawn bordered by the Pergola and Shrub Garden. Rolling Blue Ridge views to the south complete this picture-perfect setting.
The Conservatory is a great example of a functional, beautiful space. Stroll through the exotic blooms and buds that thrive under its expansive glass roof.
Just below the Conservatory, take advantage of some great shopping at A Gardener’s Place. This unique shop offers both gifts and plants – many of which are exclusive to Biltmore – and also has daily complimentary “how-to” seminars (open from late March through December 31).
Continue through our gardens, including the Spring Garden – which, despite its name, is equally lovely in every season.
As you visit the Azalea Garden, imagine yourself in the role of “azalea hunter,” collecting rare specimens like Biltmore’s Chauncey Beadle did for nearly 60 years.
Look for historic and champion trees such as China firs and the second generation of Cornelia Vanderbilt’s “baby tree,” a cucumber magnolia planted in honor of her birth in 1900.
Continue all the way down to the Bass Pond, observing how the landscaping becomes more informal and naturalistic as you move farther away from Biltmore House.
On your way back to the Inn, enjoy a leisurely dinner at the Bistro in Antler Hill Village. This restaurant features estate-raised and locally sourced products.
Your Last Day
As a guest at our Inn, indulge in our Chef’s breakfast buffet. Check out The Spa and treat yourself to luxurious treatments such as a Rose Petal Facial and Rose Petal Pedicure, inspired by our historic gardens.
Return to Biltmore House for the Guided Legacy of the Land Tour. In this informative and comfortable motor coach tour, travel across the estate, learning more about the history of the land itself and George Vanderbilt’s vision for Biltmore.Following your tour, make time for lunch at Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village.
As you leave Biltmore, stop by the Gate House Shop for a last look at Biltmore wines and collectibles.