Top 5 Winter Activities for Overnight Guests

All Things Biltmore • 11/13/19

Written By Amy Dangelico

While winter is Biltmore’s most peaceful season, it still offers plenty to do for overnight guests! Whether you’re interested in escaping the cold or exploring the estate, here are our top 5 winter activities:

Biltmore Red Wine & Chocolate tasting setup
Biltmore gift cards can be used for specialty experiences like a Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting

5. Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting

One of Biltmore’s most popular Specialty Wine Experiences, our Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting is a lovely opportunity to stay warm. Sip your way through a number of our red varietals paired with locally produced artisan chocolates from French Broad Chocolate and discover why each is a heavenly match.

Afternoon Tea setup
Afternoon Tea is served daily from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

4. Afternoon Tea

Another way to chase away the chill is with the elegant charm of Afternoon Tea at The Inn. Inspired by Vanderbilt family traditions, this lovely experience offers a welcome moment of leisure spent enjoying a delightful assortment of teas, English finger sandwiches, scones, fruit, cheeses, and tea pastries.

West facade of Biltmore House in snow
Guided Hikes take place Thursday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

3. Guided Hikes

If you’re feeling adventurous despite the lower temperatures, bundle up for one of our Guided Hikes—offered exclusively to overnight guests. Choose from the moderate to fast-paced Trail Blazers or the more relaxed River Stroll and spend time enjoying the long-range views that winter brings to Biltmore.

Biltmore Blacksmith at work
Blacksmith Demonstrations are offered Thursday–Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Blacksmith Demonstrations

While strolling through Antler Hill Village, be sure to make your way to the Barn to see our incredible Blacksmith Demonstrations. Not only is it fascinating to watch our blacksmith work—it’s also quite cozy in the Smithy Shop. For a memento of your visit, check for hand-forged items at The Barn Door shop located next door.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition at Biltmore
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is open daily from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

1. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

And finally, the must-see event at Biltmore this winter is Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Showcased in two estate locations, discover multimedia presentations, interactive elements, and multiple sets from the series, as well as a stunning display of more than 50 costumes from the series’ six-season run.

Stay overnight at one of our distinctive properties to ensure you have enough time to experience all of the top activities the estate has to offer this winter. For the ultimate escape, consider one of our special overnight packages.

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10 months ago

I would love to see The Downton Abbey Exhibition but will not be able to make plans until I return from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the month of March, 2020. I do appreciate your emails to let me know the latest offers you have including such things as winter hikes. Thanks, Bob Akins

10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Akins

Thanks, Bob! We’re glad you’re enjoying your communications from Biltmore and hope you can take advantage of all the estate offers when you return to the U.S. Safe travels!

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