Winter Mindfulness Walk

This gentle afternoon walk experience invites you to clear your mind and set intentions for the year ahead. Our most peaceful season, during which days are cool and bright, the Blue Ridge Mountain air crisp and invigorating, winter is a perfect time to reflect, refresh, and recalibrate. Your guide will provide simple focus prompts that encourage the full engagement of your senses as you move mindfully within the natural beauty of Biltmore’s great outdoors.

Maximum of 8 participants.

Cocoa & Croquet

With a hot drink in one hand and a croquet mallet in the other, you’ll discover one of the most authentic Vanderbilt-era activities Biltmore has to offer! Your experienced Outdoor Adventure Center guide provides croquet equipment, course setup, plus coaching, captaining, or simply supervising teams as they navigate the course. Regardless of experience or skill level, all will delight in the fun, friendly sport enjoyed by the Vanderbilts and their guests more than a century ago.

Game-Time Beverage from the Creamery included. Croquet equipment provided for use.

Maximum of 8 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Participants are encouraged to bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Guided Trail Ride

Returning Spring 2023

Enjoy a western-style, one-hour guided ride on a horse chosen to match your skill level. Travel with up to 10 fellow guests along beautiful trails through the woodlands and meadows of the estate.

To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Available to guests ages 8 and up.

Expert-Guided Small Group Tour

A more intimate experience of Biltmore House, this expert-guided tour invites your party to explore the house from the perspectives of the Vanderbilts’ very first guests! Featuring fascinating stories about these distinguished personalities, as well as exclusive “behind-the-ropes” entry into rarely-accessed areas, this tour is an opportunity to enjoy America’s Largest Home® in an entirely new way.

Available only with Expert-Guided Visit Plus ticket option. Guests must be 10 years of age or older for Expert-Guided Visit. Tour includes multiple flights of stairs with no elevator access. Wheelchairs, strollers, and baby backpacks are prohibited. Backpacks are not permitted on guided tours; guests are required to store backpacks in a locker or in their vehicle. 

Limited Capacity: 8 Guests per Tour

Intro to Nature Sketching

Discover the artist within with this introductory experience focused on fun, a love of nature, and the joy of capturing Biltmore’s great outdoors on the pages of your very own nature sketchbook! Encouraged by one of our experienced Naturalist Guides, you will develop observational drawing skills as you learn the basics of sketching two of the most common, easy-to-draw elements in nature: leaves and trees. A relaxing activity that stimulates creativity, nature sketching also enhances your appreciation of the estate’s beauty.

All art materials provided, including take-home nature sketchbook.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Participants are encouraged to bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Guided Bike Ride

This relaxing, easy-paced adventure takes you along the French Broad River and the estate’s lush agricultural fields. Your three-to five-mile spin over a combination of flat paved trails, gravel-packed roads, and dirt trails includes occasional stops where your guide will share intriguing tidbits about the Vanderbilts, their guests, and the estate’s natural history.

Advance reservations are required. To make reservations for this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or an overnight stay booked at Village Hotel, The Inn, or Cottages on Biltmore Estate.

Mountain & Comfort Bikes are available. A limited number of trailers and tag-alongs are available for younger children.

Falconry

Discover the ancient art of falconry on Biltmore’s historic grounds. Learn how to handle a trained hawk or falcon, then experience the inimitable thrill of a raptor flying to and landing upon your gloved hand. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with one of these majestic birds of prey.

Maximum of 6 participants.

To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Guests under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Guests encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Discover why chocolate and red wine are a match made in heaven! Featuring locally produced artisan chocolates from French Broad Chocolate, and an opportunity to taste and experience the tactile attribute of a raw cacao bean, this tasting provides information about wine production at Biltmore and its effects upon the finished product.

Limited Capacity: 20 Guests per Tasting

Winter Birds & Waterfowl

Part of George Vanderbilt’s vision for Biltmore was that its land would serve as a protected habitat for waterfowl and game birds. This exclusive bird-watching tour offers you a unique opportunity to learn about the winter birds and waterfowl that call Biltmore home, as well as those that migrate through our area. You’ll enjoy a van ride to some of Biltmore’s most iconic bodies of water—the Bass Pond, the Lagoon, or Long Valley Lake—where you’ll observe these intriguing creatures within their natural habitats.

Tours led by professional guides from Asheville’s Ventures Birding and with support from Biltmore’s Outdoor Adventure Center guides.

Maximum of 12 participants. Tour stop locations vary and are subject to change. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Intro to Nature Journaling

Join generations of everyday travelers (and literary giants!) who have described the resplendent natural beauty of George Vanderbilt’s magnificent estate for more than a century. Taking place at one of Biltmore’s many scenic locations, this class explores the process and power of creative self-expression.

Nature journal included.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Participants are encouraged to bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.