Make a Break for Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC
While Asheville, N.C.’s Biltmore Estate has been a tourist hot-spot for decades, it’s also become one of the South’s most unrivaled romantic getaway destinations, boasting equal parts relaxation and recreation. The estate itself, which spans four acres and showcases 250 historic, elegantly decorated rooms, is only one of the many breathtaking draws to the Biltmore property.
Nestled among a panoramic backdrop of the rolling Blue Ridge mountains, the Biltmore Estate property spans a whopping 8,000 acres of lush, manicured grounds designed by the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, who is widely known for designing New York City’s Central Park, along with several Atlanta-area cities and parks. Lazy rivers and streams trickle throughout the property, framed by lush gardens, wherein guests are invited to take part in fly-fishing, biking, Segway tours, off-roading Land Rover driving lessons, river floats and more, all offered by the property’s Outdoor Adventure Center.
For an equally exciting experience with a more charming, small-city appeal, check out the newly opened Antler Hill Village and Winery. This section of the property houses several restaurants—including Cedric’s Tavern, Bistro and Arbor Grill—along with the famed Creamery, several retail stores and the winery, where guests receive complimentary tours and tastings. Visit the wine shop to purchase souvineer bottles of your favorite varieties.
Of course, a visit to the Biltmore is incomplete without a tour of the mansion itself—the largest privately owned home in America. Couples who prefer to explore the home at their own pace can embark on a self-guided tour (audio guide optional), which is included in the property admission fee. The tour features viewings of more than 40 rooms, including the library, indoor pool and bowling alley, kitchen, guest rooms and the lavishly decorated bedrooms of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Guided tours and behind-the-scenes tours are also available for additional fees.
After you’ve explored the grounds and are ready to relax, check in for a stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, the property’s luxury hotel with accolades that include Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide and Four Diamonds by AAA. The Inn has also been included in “Condé Nast Traveler's” Gold List for seven straight years—and rightfully so. Amenities include premier dining (featuring ingredients grown on the property), a full-service spa, a library and an outdoor pool and hot tub, all surrounded by a serene, 360-degree view of the surrounding hills and mountains.
If you seek to splurge on a more romantic, private experience, consider staying at the Cottage on Biltmore Estate. A personal butler and a chef are just a couple of the perks you’ll enjoy when staying in this two-bedroom, two-bath private cottage.
Whether you stay at the Biltmore for the day, or expand your visit to a weekend or longer, rest assured that you and your partner won’t be at a loss for relaxation, recreation and a little romance.
Photo courtesy of the Biltmore