Prices Per Person
$429 Triple . . . $409 Quad . . . $ 579 Single
Upgrades & Options:
- Full Service Hotel upgrade $20 per person, America’s #1 Holiday Inn at Asheville East
- Add-on a Monday Night in Pigeon Forge and enjoy a Speakeasy Dinner
- Add-on Thursday Night and stay at the Caesars Cherokee Casino.
Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tour Managers are available.
Day 1 – Tuesday – Private Gilded Age Evening at the Biltmore Estate
This evening’s dinner at the Deerpark Restaurant is one you will remember for years to come. A Butler will greet your coach on arrival and explain the evening agenda. It is a casual relaxed night in an elegant setting that is not to be rushed but rather savored.
The Deerpark is in a peaceful, natural setting with plenty of rustic charm and sweeping views of estate pastures. A wall of windows overlooks an interior courtyard where a Jazz Band sets the mood while the light of day twinkles less and less beyond the distant Blue Ridge providing a warm and wonderful moment for enjoyment after your meal.
After dinner your group will be dispatched to the Mansion House. Winding your way along the Approach Road, the Estate will suddenly appear as the sun sets beyond the mountains. The lights will twinkle in the autumn night and the Butler will open the entry doors for a Candlelight Tour of this 250 room home. As you stroll through you will find docents to describe the décor and history of things, and musicians who add yet another dimension to the enchantment.
We have the Estate reserved exclusively for the evening, providing you an opportunity to experience The Mansion as the Vanderbilt’s may have during the Gilded Age. (D)
Day 2 – Wednesday – Biltmore Estate Tours – Roaring 20s Evening with Zelda Fitzgerald
Start with the historic tour of the Biltmore House. Step into a world of beauty virtually unchanged for more than a century. The main house on the estate, is a Chatequesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space and is still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, standing today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the “Gilded Age.”
After touring the house, you will have time to visit the gardens, stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking trees in America’s first managed forest, to the Rose Garden with more than 250 varieties.
Then visit the Biltmore Winery where you delight in free wine tastings and a redesigned self-guided tour to learn how to make award-winning wines.
You also have time to browse Antler Hill Village. Stepping into the everyday lives of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops and working at Biltmore Dairy in the 1890s. The Barn in Antler Hill Village – once the social and work center for these families – is alive again with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craft demonstrations. The Barn Door features a unique selection of American made arts and crafts items and a Smokehouse offering Carolina barbeque, quick sandwiches, and other Southern favorites.
Another private event awaits, it’s a fashionable Evening with Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Known for her beauty and high spirits, she is an icon of the Roaring 20’s, a time of social and political change. In this era women won the right to vote. They began to exercise newfound freedoms, smoking in public, dressing dangerously in short skirts, drinking and dancing to the new Jazz Music; and Zelda led the way. She was dubbed by her husband to be “the first American Flapper. She was the inspiration for the character of Daisy in her husband’s novel “The Great Gatsby” and we use that character to bring whim and frolic to the night.
Zelda will meet groups on arrival and pose for photos, a Jazz Band will be playing and champagne flows freely during the reception. A cash bar continues. Dinner is a nicely prepared Cordon Bleu with traditional accompaniments of salad and dessert. Entertainment follows through the night and dancers will cavort with guests in the subdued light of our ballroom. There will be lessons on how to dance The Charleston and The Lindy. As the evening draws to an end we will sponsor a costume competition with prizes in several categories. We encourage patrons to dress in the period clothing. (B,D)
Day 3 – Thursday – Departure
This morning you depart for home. Groups who need help with lodging enroute and the inclusions of additional days need only ask for advice. It should be easy enough to package Pigeon Forge, Cherokee or the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad to this trip. (B)
Marketing Tips For Group Planners:
- ABC Television will air a 10 episode series, titled “The Gilded Age” in the winter of 2019. It is written by the author of Downton Abbey and should add interest for this event to your audience. This series relates to the Biltmore Estate in as much as the story revolves around the wealthiest America’s wealthiest families in our Gilded Age.
- The Roaring 20s will also become a marketable phrase in 2019 as America nears the 100 year centennial (2020) of that era. There is a logic to this multi-generational tour especially as The Biltmore Mansion was continuously occupied in both times.
- Another fun coincidence, F. Scott & Zelda took a suite in New York City’s Biltmore Hotel, on Vanderbilt Avenue for their honeymoon.