History, art, architecture, and natural beauty all culminate in one spectacular experience when you visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, just a half-hour drive from Oak Hill on Love Lane Bed & Breakfast. Built by the famous George Vanderbilt II, the 250-room mansion was erected in 1895 but is still just as mesmerizing today as it was then. Read on for a rundown of all the exciting things to see and do at this premier destination.
A self-guided tour will allow you to explore three floors and the basement of the house. Learn the rich history of the property as well as the stories of those who lived there – the Vanderbilts themselves, their guests, and their employees. Included in the house are countless items from George and Edith’s original collection of furniture, art, tapestries, books, and more. Make sure to check out original artwork from Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent during your visit.
Garden & Grounds
The Biltmore Estate is located on 8,000 acres of sprawling forest, meadows, and gardens. You could easily spend a day just experiencing the natural wonder of the property. There are bikes to rent and miles of trails that will take you along the French Broad River and throughout the property. Take a horseback ride, wander through the carefully designed and curated gardens, or, for an extra thrill, take an off-road course in a Land Rover with a knowledgeable instructor.
Your daytime admission pass will entitle you to a free wine tasting. Enjoy reds, whites, and rosés from the property’s vineyards and indulge in perfect pairings of locally-made truffles and charcuteries at the wine bar. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour is temporarily suspended, but you can still sign up for the Red Wine and Chocolate Tasting.
Antler Hill Village
George Vanderbilt wanted the property to be self-sustaining, so Antler Hill Village gives you the opportunity to see how that may have looked during George’s time. Visit the farmyard to meet chickens, goats, calves, and horses. Stroll through the village and watch local artisans as they create fiber art, blacksmithing, and woodworking. When you’re ready for a meal or want to take a break from other activities, Antler Hill Village offers several restaurants, shops, and exhibits.
Christmas at Biltmore is a beautiful Asheville tradition that offers an abundance of ways to celebrate the season. Visit during the day to see the beautiful decorations throughout the property or visit at night to see the illuminated pathway approaching the property and gorgeous twinkling lights and ornaments inside. It’s Biltmore at it’s best!
When you stay at Oak Hill on Love Lane Bed & Breakfast, you get a small-town feel with big-city amenities like the Biltmore Estate. Take a look at our suggested itineraries for ideas to plan your perfect North Carolina getaway and book your stay today!