Save it for a rainy day

More From Biltmore 07/21/15

Written By Jean Sexton

Biltmore is open year-round so our guests can enjoy visiting America’s largest home and historic gardens, discovering our 8,000 acre “back yard,” and so much more.

Even at Biltmore, however, there are rainy days—what’s the best way to enjoy all the estate has to offer when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating?

In George and Edith Vanderbilt’s day, you could curl up in the Library with a good book, enjoy the indoor Swimming Pool, get a workout in the Gymnasium, or spend the afternoon bowling—all without ever leaving Biltmore House!

Rainy day reflections of Biltmore HouseFor today’s guests, here’s a list of our five favorite rainy day activities:

The Conservatory

This glorious garden-under-glass is a fascinating place to explore in any weather, but it’s especially nice to enjoy all the benefits of a lush garden full of tropical plants without getting drenched in a downpour!

Biltmore House Specialty Tours

Let the rain fall while you experience a different side of Biltmore House and its surroundings. Specialty tours such as the Guided Upstairs – Downstairs Tour offer a behind-the-scenes look at the ways the Vanderbilts, their guests, and their staff spent time on the estate.

Girl with umbrella in rainy Biltmore rose garden

Garden spots

If you’re strolling in our historic gardens, there are a couple of great spots to take shelter from the rain: choose the Library Terrace with thick vines overhead to protect you from getting wet while you relax on the benches, or opt for the vine-covered Pergola below South Terrace.

The Biltmore Legacy

Antler Hill Village is home to The Biltmore Legacy, an exhibition space which features a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Vanderbilt family or showcases special displays of Gilded Age treasures from notable artists and designers of the period.

Biltmore Red Wine & ChocolatesAmerica’s most-visited winery

Stormy weather? Let it pour outside while you enjoy the “pours” inside at America’s most-visited winery! This original estate dairy barn was converted to a winery in 1985, and you can experience everything from our complimentary tour and tastings to special activities like our daily Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting and other delicious offerings!

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