Early signs of spring for Biltmore Blooms
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 2017)
Asheville is enjoying more spring-like days due to a trend of warmer than average temperatures, prompting Biltmore’s gardeners to prepare for an early flowering season for Biltmore Blooms, the estate’s annual spring celebration. Biltmore Blooms begins March 20 and runs through May 25, 2017. Expect the showstopper of more than 50,000 tulips to kick off this year’s celebration, blooming in mid to late March in the Walled Garden pattern beds in hues of yellow, white, orange and purple.
A progression of flowers takes center stage all spring with lavish displays inside Biltmore House and thousands of spring bulbs blooming in magnificent gardens designed at the turn of the century by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Crocus, forsythia and daffodils are among the first blooms in the gardens. After March’s grand tulip show, April and May promise irises, roses, and acres of azaleas, with mountain laurels and rhododendrons close behind. The estate’s bloom schedule continues into summer.
For trip planning, stay up to date with what’s currently flowering with weekly reports from the estate’s Director of Horticulture Parker Andes at Biltmore.com/bloomreport.
“Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” special exhibition
This spring visitors have an additional reason to visit Biltmore House: a new special exhibition, “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.” Inspired by George Vanderbilt’s love of literature, “Designed for Drama” showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in his collection. The exhibition runs through July 4, 2017 and features elaborate costumes from 14 recent films that bring literary characters to life, from the entertaining detective duo of Holmes and Watson in “Sherlock Holmes” to the creation of the Peter Pan story in “Finding Neverland.” The grand fashions of 19th century Russia are strikingly portrayed in “Anna Karenina,” while the simpler attire of Jane Austen’s characters in “Pride and Prejudice” portrays one of the BBC mini-series’ most memorable scenes.
Seasonal activities and events
• Annual Easter Egg Hunt: April 16
The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s front lawn Easter Sunday. Grand Easter egg hunts are at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Children 9 and younger may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an Annual Passholder or a ticketed adult.
• Gardening tips
Saturday and Sunday ‘Ask a Gardener’ stations in the Walled Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offer guests the opportunity to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Daily free demonstrations on creating spring arrangements are offered at A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory: “Orchids for Everyone” takes place daily at 1 p.m. and “Creating a Butterfly Garden” daily at 2 p.m.
• Live music
Find live music daily in the Conservatory in the Walled Garden and in Biltmore House. Weekends feature bands in Antler Hill Village.
• Wine tastings
The Winery offers daily tastings of its Biltmore Spring Wine and other wines in its newly remodeled tasting room. Wine specialty tours and seminars are available with reservations.
• Spring break adventures
The Outdoor Adventure Center offers a great way to see Biltmore’s 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains from a different perspective. Guests may register for a session of sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, hiking and biking trails, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.
• Farmyard fun
Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings with a visit to the Farmyard in Antler Hill Village. Just like clock-work, the animals that call Biltmore home welcome cuddly youngsters every spring as the farmyard comes alive with baby goats, lambs and chicks.
Spring dining experiences
• Spring Wine release: March 24
The first release and a tasting of the 2017 Spring Wine takes place Friday, March 24. The rosé wine features fruit-forward notes of persimmon and blood orange. Meet this year’s artist who designed the wine label and savor a selection of light bites paired with this special wine and take home a wine glass souvenir. Cost is $20 per person in addition to estate admission.
• “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” tea series
The Inn on Biltmore Estate is the location to celebrate Biltmore’s “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” exhibition with an exclusive tea series. Enjoy themed menus, lively entertainment, and imaginative décor that bring the literary classics to life. Cost is $85 per person.
Sunday, March 26: “Beauty and the Beast”
Saturday, April 15: “Far from the Maddening Crowd”
Saturday, May 13: The Works of William Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night”
• Easter Sunday Brunch: April 16
A special Easter Sunday brunch is served at three estate restaurants: The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Deerpark and Bistro.
• Mother’s Day Brunch: May 14
A special Mother’s Day brunch is served at three estate restaurants: The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Deerpark and Bistro. Bring your camera for estate photo opportunities, and if dining at The Inn, capture this memorable day in front of a floral photo display embellished with roses and peonies in various shades of pink.
• Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of a visit and receive $10 off.
• On Mother’s Day, May 14, mom can visit for $25 with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket. Biltmore Annual Passholders may bring mom for free.
• Stay at the estate’s newest hotel, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate March 17 through April 30, 2017 and extend your stay. Get three nights for the price of two for arrivals Friday through Tuesday.
• Stay two nights at the four-star The Inn on Biltmore Estate and enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning in the elegantly appointed Dining Room.
Purchase tickets in advance at Biltmore.com, by calling 800-411-3812 or visit the Reception and Ticketing Sales Center at Biltmore.