A weekend at the Biltmore Estate, pt. 1
Friends, if I’ve ever been the most excited to write a blog post, it’s today. Sharing what feels like our very own time-traveling getaway- the beautiful Biltmore Estate. My mom gave us her love for this place first, teaching us the best kept secrets of a perfect visit, and somehow it continues to be a new adventure no matter how many times we drive up to these 8,000-acres of North Carolina mountains. And this time Christian and I experienced a whole new world of magic the Biltmore has to offer. So, I hope you’re ready to pack your bags after this :)
We drove up Thursday afternoon and checked into The Inn on Biltmore Estate, and from the moment we stepped out of the car, the gracious hospitality was overwhelmingly kind. Every detail taken care of for you, and every interaction making you feel especially important to them. Christian and I kept looking over at each other smiling, thinking to ourselves “Is this place even real?!” The Inn sits at the top of a large hill overlooking Antler Hill Village & Winery, with restaurants and shops and live music on the green. So after changing we walked down the hill into the village for dinner and drinks at Village Social, and ended the night listening to a folk musician play in the lounge. (30-minutes later Christian had a new best friend and had bought his CD, because of course).
Friday morning we ordered breakfast to our room, because there’s nothing quite as honeymoon-esque as sipping coffee in your matching robes and slippers while you chat about the day’s adventures. We hopped onto the shuttle, which takes you all over the estate if you’re staying at one of the on-site hotels (and even into downtown Asheville on Fridays and Saturdays). And stepped out to the breathtaking front entrance of the Biltmore House, with blue skies and sunshine. And you guys, the gardens! We spent so much time wandering through the flowers and Conservatory this time, because as you’ll see every corner was worth a picture. Glorious.
After an hour soaking up the gardens we made our way to the house for a behind-the-scenes guided tour called “Biltmore House Revealed,” where we got a glimpse of the Archives and unrestored rooms, seeing a whole other side of the house we’d never gotten to step into before. We’ve visited so many times, so this was exciting because it was a totally different perspective. And learning about the character and personalities of the Vanderbilt family gives a depth to your experience of the estate that’s really admirable. (We didn’t get to take any photos or video since you’re taken through rooms that aren’t open to the public, but we want everyone to go because it was so special!!).
A few more posts are on the way, with more on the house and the winery and even the perfect weekend itinerary for you to use the next time you visit. I hope you’re already falling in love with this place the way we’ve been :)
Until then, re-live this trip via my Insta-Stories Highlight!
I have been hosted by Biltmore for this post, but my opinions are my own.