Prices Per Person
$399 Triple…$349 Quad…$649 Single
“Chihuly Nights at Biltmore” an additional $75 per person
The Biltmore House & Gardens will also be open to groups for special evening viewings. As the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains there is live music in the gardens and a wine bar making the experience glamorous and enticing. “Chihuly Nights at Biltmore” is your opportunity to see these stunning glass sculptures with dramatic lighting, towering against the night sky. It is sure to be an enchanting experience; luminous, graceful and refined.
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Day 1 – Arrive in Asheville, NC for a three night stay. Dinner is included this evening at Stone Ridge Tavern. The restaurant features an enormous rustic fireplace framing a beautiful wood covered dining room. Large cedar trees shadow over the restaurant with two large waterfalls that come alive with turtles, frogs, and fish. It’s warm, cozy, mountain lodge atmosphere will make you feel at home as you dine.
Day 2 – After breakfast, meet your local guide for a day on the Parkway. This tour will include visits to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Heritage Center, and an incredible drive on the Blue Ridgeway Parkway where you drive thru nine tunnels as you climb to the top of Mount Pisgah Inn at 5,000 feet.
You will also have time to visit the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market. Selections change weekly as the harvest changes, but produce is always fresh. Mountain crafts and locally made pickles, relishes, and other food specialties are always available, as are farm fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, and baked goods.
Tonight, dinner is included at the Moose Café, a favorite of locals. The Moose Cafe is located next to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market. Its unique location allows the Moose Cafe to feature fresh, local vegetables daily. Warm, scratch made biscuits are there to greet every customer along with their signature apple butter.
Day 3 – Following breakfast at the hotel, you head to the Biltmore Estate. Start with a tour of the Biltmore House, America’s largest privately owned home. Step into a world of beauty virtually unchanged for more than a century. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Chatequesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II Between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space (135,280 square feet living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the “Gilded Age.”
New at Biltmore in 2018 is an exhibit featuring the work of multi-media artist Dale Chihuly’s monumental glass sculptures. Opening on May 17, 2018 and running through October 7, 2018, the exhibition will be set throughout areas of Biltmore House, gardens, and grounds. The exhibition will display Chihuly’s sculptures in the Winter Garden of Biltmore House, and throughout the estate, including the Italian Garden and Walled Garden.
Then you 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 will also have time to browse Antler Hill. Step 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 featuring a unique selection of American made arts and crafts items and a Smokehouse offering Carolina barbeque, quick sandwiches, and other Southern favorites.
Enjoy dinner this evening at Pack’s Tavern. Located in the beautifully renovated Hayes & Hopson building, Pack’s offers outstanding service and a large eclectic menu with everything from signature salads to burgers, wonderful appetizers, pizza and grinders from a wood-fired oven and all in a friendly, hospitable atmosphere.
Chihuly Nights at Biltmore Option $75 per person – Biltmore House & Gardens will open to the public for special viewings of Chihuly’s stunning large-scale glass sculptures after dark. Chihuly Nights at Biltmore—by reservation only—is an enchanting opportunity to witness the effects of dramatic nighttime lighting upon the luminous colors and graceful forms of these spectacular installations. Sunset over the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, live music in the gardens, and a wine bar make the evening experience all the more enticing. Chihuly’s towering works of art illuminated against a night sky surrounded by the timeless beauty of Biltmore House & Gardens: a truly moving, memorable experience.
Day 4 – After breakfast, depart for home.