We have a confession, not everything on this trip has been spontaneous. We knew ahead of time that one place we wanted to visit was the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, so when we arrived Friday it was one of the first things I checked into – and I’m glad I did.
First, a ticket to the Biltmore is going to cost about the same price as a day at a theme park. It was pricey!
Second, tickets are timed entry. So when I looked on Friday night, the first available morning entry I could find was for Wednesday.
Entering the Biltmore feels like a cross between entering the set of Downton Abbey and experiencing an American version of a castle. It’s full of high ceilings, amazing stone work and artistic detail in every room.
The self guided tour takes about 90 minutes to complete, but you can spend the rest of the day on the estate grounds.
The entrance ticket also includes the gardens, Deerwood Park and Antler Hill winery. Deerwood Park has different exhibits rotating through the year. We enjoyed an interactive exhibit about Monet and other Impressionists. (Sorry, no pictures allowed.). Antler Hill has a free wine tasting plus restaurants and activities for the family.
Biltmore Estate is large and gorgeous. We entered at 10 AM and stayed until after 3 PM. We could have stayed longer but we were exhausted!