No visit to North Carolina would be complete without exploring the Biltmore House. If you find yourself visiting my home state, be sure to make the effort to get to Asheville and explore the US’ largest privately owned home which comes in at 175,000 square feet (16,300 square meters) and features 250 rooms. I might even accompany you because the Appalachian Mountains are some of the oldest and, in my opinion, most beautiful mountains in the world. In just a bit, I’ll provide you with my 8 tips for visiting the Biltmore House!
Of course, I’m pretty sure every room in the house is not open to the public. In fact, it doesn’t feel like you walk around 250 rooms. In any case, enough of the house is accessible that you get a feel for what it’s like to live in such a magnificent place with its indoor pool, music rooms, dining hall, smoking room, parlor, library, servants quarters, and huge kitchen among other things. It’s easy to get caught up in it all and then, suddenly, you look around and wonder what all those people are doing in your house.
—-that’s just me.
When you go, you should probably spend the better part of a day in this unique world as there is plenty to do. The Biltmore is quite an overwhelming experience if you don’t do a little planning ahead of time. So take these things into account…
1) Know When To Go
The Biltmore Estate has different things to offer at different times of the year. If you are a garden enthusiast, you might think of going in the Spring and Summer season. Now, if you are more of outdoors lover and want to participate in outdoor activities, go anytime from Spring to Autumn. One of the most magical times to is when the estate is all decked out for the holidays. To have the Biltmore Christmas experience, you should go from November to December. Most importantly, I wouldn’t suggest going in the off-season which is when the only real activities all revolve around being indoors. It greatly reduces the fun…so avoid visiting between January to March.
2) Prepare For Crowds
The Biltmore is quite the popular attraction and, as such, you will always encounter crowds. If you want to avoid this, go in the middle of the week and get their early. Even so, you might still encounter substantial crowds of people. The house and the grounds are large enough that this usually doesn’t cause an issue though.
Entry to the house is capacity-controlled meaning once a certain number of people are inside, no one else can go in until some come out. There isn’t usually too long of a wait though. You can make this process quicker by purchasing your ticket ahead of time. Another perk of buying your tickets early is savings! If you purchase your tickets up to a week before, you’ll save $15 and even the day before helps you save $10.
4) Enjoy the Grounds
The house is obviously the main event at the estate but the grounds are huge. At one point, the estate consisted of a sprawling 125,000 acres. It’s great reduced now but still no kiddie park. There are gardens, hiking trails, and beautiful river banks to enjoy. Spend some time outside if you can enjoy the beauty of the Appalachians.
5) Prepare for Comfort
You are going to walk a lot so make sure to wear comfortable shoes to avoid leg fatigue. Food is rather expensive within the estate and if you’d like avoid spending too much, pack a picnic lunch. Make sure to pick up a map and prioritize the activities you plan to do. All of these things will help make your experience much more fulfilling.
6) Take Part In The Included Activities
Your ticket includes a vintage car display, a farmyard visit, living history displays, and a wine tasting. Try to do all of those things because the ticket isn’t cheap and you should take advantage of all of it.
7) Visit The Gift Shop
The house itself has a gift shop filled with lots of goodies. Go in and check it out. There are plenty of samples to taste as well! There is also a garden shop on the grounds if you’d rather take home something for your lawn.
8) Enjoy The Experience
Most importantly enjoy touring this magnificent estate among the Appalachian Mountains.
So take a trip to the Appalachian Mountains, explore the quirky city of Asheville, and enjoy the luxury of the Biltmore Estate. It’s one of the grandest houses in the US! There’s so much to do in this city but if you’re looking for a great place to grab coffee, and you’ll need it for a full day of exploring the Biltmore estate, check out these coffee shops!
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