girls weekend at Biltmore

Girls Weekend at Biltmore in Asheville, NC

Spend a day at a spa or discovering downtown Asheville then allow yourself a full day to explore Biltmore Estate. There is plenty to see and do here. The House takes about an hour to an hour and half to tour. Count on a little longer if it is busy or if you are doing the audio tour. You can tack on additional tours too.

You'll also want to make sure you leave time and room for enjoying ice cream in the Stable Courtyard or lunch at the Stable Café , Deerpark Restaurant (a buffet) or the Bistro, located adjacent to the Winery or Cedric's Tavern in Antler Hill Village. This area houses a restaurant, video theatre, outdoor entertainment area and more. You'll have to see it for yourself! Visiting the winery and Antler Hill Village can take as long as you would like. You might find yourself spending an entire afternoon on the lawn with wine in hand and friends close by.

The biggest mistake you can make when visiting Biltmore is not leaving enough time to see and do everything. Plan your visit wisely.

Shopping and Dining options are plentiful and can be found in nearly all areas of the Estate.

Biltmore Gardens

If you are visiting during any time except winter, make sure you take time to enjoy the extensive gardens. You can walk from the House down through the Walled Garden and down to the Bass Pond or you can drive through the Walled Garden and park near the Gardener's Cottage shop and walk to the Bass Pond or Azalea Garden from there. Here's what you can expect to see blooming during your visit.

  • April: The Walled Garden is the place to go to see tulips, poppies, snapdragons, pansies, forsythia, dogwoods and redbud
  • May: Explore the Azalea Garden just below the House and take in the Bass Pond trails and Walled Garden for border plants
  • Late May - Oct: Roses and Perennials
  • June - July: native rhododendron, yarrow, sedum and lavender
  • July - Aug: salvia, marigolds, cannas, impatiens and assorted annuals
  • Sept - Oct: Mums
  • Mid - Late Oct: Leaves, leaves and more leaves adorn the forests and surrounding forests.

Biltmore Winery

Let's face it, this is what you really came for and Biltmore's Winery won't disappoint. First, learn about winemaking during a self-guided tour of the cellars and see how wines are aged to perfection then visit the Tasting Room to sample. Aftewards you can purchase wine to take back to the hotel or home to friends or simply enjoy a glass or two in the outdoor courtyard.

Winery Dining

  • Wine Bar - located just outside the Wine Shop, grab a cheese plate and a glass and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends
  • Bistro - Just beside the Winery you'll find fresh produce from the gardens and farm. You'll also find wood-fired pizzas and heavier fare if you are dining for dinner.
  • Arbor Grill - Al fresco dining in a casual outdoor spot. On most weekends you can enjoy live music as well.
  • Antler Hill Village offerings including Cedric's Tavern

Outdoor Activities at Biltmore Estate

River Bend Farm - More than a century ago, this area was the center of Biltmore's farming community. Today it features skilled crafters and artisans, gardeners,livestock and baby animals.

  • River Bend Barn - exhibits and antique farm equipment
  • Farmyard - meet chickens, goats, Belgian draft horses and others
  • Kitchen Garden - tour the garden that provides fresh produce for the Field- to-table program at Estate restaurants.
  • Shopping - shop the Mercantile for souvenirs and helpful kitchen items

At the farm, several tour options are available.

Reservations are suggested for activities. Call 800-411-3812 for reservations. You must purchase a Biltmore admission ticket in addition to the passes below.

Biltmore Concert Series

Watch live performances on the South Terrace lawn of Biltmore House or at the statue of Diana during the Biltmore Concert Series. Concerts offered various times throughout summer and fall.