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Luxury Travel – Biltmore Estate and the Inn on Biltmore Estate Review

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is one of the largest privately owned estates in the world. The daily admission fee includes self guided tours of the Biltmore’s house and gardens, winery, Antler Hill village and farm. Touring the Biltmore House and Gardens can take an entire day although a thorough trip can easily be spread out into several days.

The Vanderbilts were one of the oldest and best-known families in America. George Vanderbilt created this 8,000-acre estate as an escape from everyday life. Biltmore is more than a magnificent chateau in a picturesque mountain setting. It is the spirit of the people who envisioned its splendor and then lived, worked, played, and entertained here.

LODGING

The 213-room Inn on Biltmore Estate offers exquisite accommodations, relaxed elegance, luxurious spa services, and fine dining in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Inn has been awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide, Four Diamonds by AAA, and has been on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for seven years running.

The Inn at Biltmore is home to spacious, luxurious rooms. Enjoy afternoon tea in the library or relax with a glass of wine on The Rocking Chair Terrace. The Inn has a full service spa ready to indulge total relaxation. Every guest room includes nightly turn down service with chocolate, in room movies, high speed internet, custom robes and slippers and shuttle service around the Biltmore estate.

Looking down at the former stables at the Stable Cafe

DINING OPTIONS

The Stable Cafe offers traditional southern fare and Carolina barbeque. The Stable Cafe is located inside a comfortable restaurant transformed from 19th century stables and is open daily for lunch. Cedric’s is located at the Antler Hill Village and Winery. Cedric’s offers tavern fare and is open daily for lunch, dinner and offers late night entertainment. The Bistro is also located in Antler Hill Village. The Bistro’s offerings are delicious wood fire pizzas, seafood, steaks and lamb.

THE WINERY AND WINEMAKERS

America’s Most Visited Winery is comprised of vineyards established in 1971 and is available for guests who simply want to enjoy a wine tasting or learn more about the art of wine making. Guests can stroll through the historic wine cellars and head to the tasting room where Biltmore hosts are on hand to make sure guests have a memorable wine tasting experience. Upon exiting the winery stop by the Wine Shop to find hard to find wine accessories, gourmet foods and of course, Biltmore wines.

ANTLER HILL VILLAGE AND SHOPPING

There is no shortage of shopping at the Biltmore Estate. There are a wide variety of treats to discover such as sweet treats at the confectionery, toys at the Toymakers or a one of a kind Christmas ornament at the Christmas Past.

Antler Hill Village which connects the estate’s present and past, provides a relaxing place for dining, shopping, historical exhibits, and new ways to experience Biltmore’s hospitality. There are three restaurants, three places for lighter fare and four stores. The village’s name comes from Antler Hill, the “fine high ridge” where the Inn on Biltmore Estate is located. From the Civil War into the 1930s, the ridge was the site of Antler Hall, a residence and social center for many estate families.

A short drive away is the eclectic downtown Asheville area complete with a mix of stores ranging from art galleries to clothing stores and more.

THE LAND ROVER EXPERIENCE DRIVING SCHOOL

Consider the Land Rover Experience Driving School where guests can learn to navigate a Land Rover or Range Rover on a specially mapped out / designed course with a highly trained driver navigating you over broken bridges and over large boulders plus other unbelievable obstacles.

We set out on this early morning adventure and it was a surreal experience to say the least. Our guide took us through a brief overview of what to expect and then we set out in our fully equipped Range Rover.

Several times throughout the course I was suspended in the air only being held in by my seatbelt while the Range Rover was up on two wheels with one wheel as high as six feet in the air.

Check out the video taken by James of Mantripping of my husband driving a Range Rover on the Land Rover course:

The Biltmore Estate has lots to offer for fun family adventures, romantic getaways and wine enthusiasts. Whether romance or relaxation is on your mind, you can visit Biltmore by bike, river, horseback and/or carriage.

DISCLOSURE:  My husband and I were invited to visit the Biltmore Estate and stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.

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Stacie Haight Connerty, a social media consultant, is the Editor's Pick for Most Influential Southern Blogger from Circle of Mom's one of Cision Media's Top 10 Most Influential Mommy Bloggers and one of the HERoic: 10 Mommy Bloggers Who Rule Social Media.

Stacie is the About.com Travel Expert for Vacation Rentals and Shares and a contributor to iBlog Magazine. Stacie founded Social Media Chicks, a collaborative social media consulting company and Georgia Social Media Moms, a group of 350+ social media/blogging experts in her home state.

An Atlanta resident and lifelong writer, Stacie is the mother of three children (11 & under), leader of two Girl Scout troops, an active PTA member and married to the love of her life. She is always planning the next epic travel adventure for her family.



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  1. NancyB
    August 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    I love Biltmore and haven’t been in years. We will definitely stay at the Inn the next time we go. I didn’t even know they had lodging on the property and we have been at least ten times.

    • August 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm — Reply

      The Inn was a fabulous discovery on this trip. I never even knew it was there and our stay was wonderful.

  2. August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    We haven’t seen Biltmore in years.

    Thanks for the reminder about this great place!! Time to go back.

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm — Reply

      I live so close (about three hours away) and it had been years since we visited. We discovered so many new things on this trip!

  3. Lisa from Life with Lisa
    August 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Hoping to get to go out there this spring. It looks amazing, thanks for sharing Stacie.

    • August 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm — Reply

      Thanks! It really is an amazing place. There is so much to do.

  4. February 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    What a gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing.

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm — Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Virginia!

  5. February 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Wow, I’ve never been but it looks and sounds like an amazing place!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm — Reply

      It really is a wonderful place. Even better at Christmas time!!!

  6. February 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    Wow that looks amazing! I want to go!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm — Reply

      You should definitely visit!

  7. February 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    It’s been years since I’ve been to the Biltmore! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’d love to go spend a romantic weekend there with my husband! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful perks!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm — Reply

      The Inn is the perfect place for a romantic weekend. Hint hint. ;)

  8. February 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    I love the Biltmore. I’ve been numerous times. However only recently, after all my visits did I realize they have so much more to do than just tour the mansion. Very fun!

    Lee

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm — Reply

      The Biltmore really is a great place to visit!

  9. Melissa
    February 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Wow! That looks gorgeous! I would like to go there now! The Land Rover course looks like so much fun!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm — Reply

      The Land Rover Course was AMAZING!!! I was so scared to drive but I had such a great time.

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  11. Shasta
    February 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    Wow! It looks like an amazing place! Can you believe I am from NC and have never been? I will have to make it a priority on my next visit!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm — Reply

      We are the same way with things here in Atlanta. We don’t visit them.

  12. February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    Oh wow that place looks amazing! Wow your video is amazing too, was that taken on the property!

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm — Reply

      Yes. The video was taken on the Land Rover course which is right on the property.

  13. February 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    I wouldn’t of believed that this is in North American if I hadn’t of read it here. It looks so European. What an amazing place to visit!

  14. ellen
    March 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    We took a road trip a few years ago & went by the Biltmore and I begged hubby to go- I am going to show him the range rover video :) It is so gorgeous on the East coast & we love that area of the country!

  15. July 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    I have always wanted to visit the Biltmore. Thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously. ;)
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