Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings

About Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Biltmore’s Candlelight Evenings is a very popular annual event. Guests are welcomed into the Biltmore House during evening hours to explore it with lights ablaze on the Christmas trees, carolers in many of the rooms with story-tellers in others. The period decorations complete the experience of a true Vanderbilt Christmas.

Ticket Pricing
To attend Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings, you must first purchase standard daytime tickets (good for two consecutive days on the estate) through Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. Daytime ticket prices are $60 per person (Thursday – Saturday). Book a two-night minimum stay Sunday through Wednesday to take advantage of our discounted ticket price of $50 per person. The Candlelight Evenings tickets require a 48 hour advance reservation, which we will make for you. The upgrade price is $10 per person. The Candlelight Evening tickets are non-refundable.

Dates and Hours
Candlelight Christmas Evenings begin November 9, 2012 and extend through December 31, 2012. They not available on the following dates: Tuesday, November 20; Thursday, November 22; Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25th. Entry times for upgraded tickets are available as early as 5:30 PM. They are not available at 7:00 and 7:30 PM.

Book your stay at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins and let us help with your itinerary
Book your stay with us today and be sure to let us know you would like to attend Biltmore’s Candlelight Evenings. Tell us which day you would like to attend and a time range for your evening visit. Please indicate if you would prefer before 7:00 PM or after 7:30 PM. We can also book a dinner reservation for you for any of the restaurants on the estate. We will confirm with you when we receive confirmation from Biltmore. Please note: Once we receive a confirmaiton, your Candlelight Evening tickets become non-refundable.

We look forward to making your stay with us a memorable one!

Tips for Visiting Biltmore Estate – Part 2

Part 2 of our Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate covers touring the Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village and Winery.

Touring the House

Leave plenty of time to tour the house. A self-guided tour can 2-3 hours, depending on your interest level.

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  • To the right of the main entrance to the house is the building that originally housed the stables. There you will find an outdoor courtyard with food vendors, the Stable Shops and the Stable Cafe, a full service restaurant. You will also find the only public restrooms there.
  • Be prepared to consume all food and beverages before entering the Biltmore House. These items cannot be taken inside.
  • There are countless photo opportunities outside of the house, but photography is not allowed inside.
  • We recommend purchasing the optional self-guided audio tour. The history of each room and “back stories” are fascinating and well done. The equipment can be rented at the Guest Services desk immediately to the right as you enter the foyer.
  • There are additional guided tours available. The Behind the Scenes Tour is a favorite because it gives you a closer look at the design and construction of Biltmore House by going into areas not on the regular house visit. You will also enjoy the stunning views and photo opportunities from the rooftop and balconies.

Touring Antler Hill Village and Winery
Antler Hill Village and Winery is located five miles from the Biltmore House. To visit, you will have to drive your car there. The shuttle busses do not provide transportation from the Biltmore House to Antler Hill Village.

As you drive to Antler Hill Village you might want to stop to enjoy the most dramatic view of Biltmore House. When you pass Bass Pond, look for the Lagoon on your left. There is a narrow unpaved road at the far end that crosses a small bridge and takes you around the lagoon for a stunning view of the back of the Biltmore House.

  • History buffs will not want to miss The Biltmore Legacy building located in Antler Hill Village. The exhibits change periodically. Currently, the exhibit is The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad. This exhibit gives you a fascinating look at the lives of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. See rare objects from the Vanderbilts’ personal collection. Entry to the exhibition is included in estate admission.
  • Your admission ticket includes a guided tour and tasting at the Biltmore Winery. This is a must for anyone interested in the art and science of winemaking, or just tasting wine.
  • Also on display is the Vanderbilts’ car, a rare 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-Six seven-passenger touring car. This car is the only car in the Biltmore Company’s collection that was purchased by George Vanderbilt. It is believed to be one of only 10 models existing today.

Dining on Biltmore Estate
There are five restaurants on the estate: The Stables Cafe, The Bistro, Cedric’s Tavern, The Smokehouse and The Dining Room (in The Inn on Biltmore Estate). Biltmore embraces the “farm-to-table” concept. Much of the food served in the restaurants is grown or produced right on the estate. Our favorites are: Stables Café (located next to the house), The Bistro, and Cedric’s Tavern (both located in Antler Hill Village). The Bistro is the most upscale of the three. The Stables Cafe is bustling with families during the day. Cedric’s Tavern is casual and has outdoor seating in the warm months. For a quick snack while touring the house, the courtyard outside the Stables building has “quick serve” food and beverages, including gourmet pizza, a coffee shop and bakery, and ice cream. There is plenty of seating in the courtyard.

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Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate – Part 1

The Biltmore Estate is a popular destination for visitors coming to Asheville. The Biltmore house is the main attraction, but there are many other things to do on the estate. Biltmore’s lodging partners sell two-day passes to the estate, almost always at or below the gate prices. If you stay at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins, we suggest that you purchase tickets through us rather than purchasing them on the Biltmore website or at the gate. Our tickets allow you to explore the estate without feeling rushed to see and do everything in one day.

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Planning Your Visit

These tips are written for visitors who have purchased tickets through one of Biltmore’s lodging partners with two-day passes.

  • During peak tourist season (Memorial Day through New Year’s Day), you might have to reserve a time to enter the house. If you have purchased tickets through us, you will avoid the lines at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.  We recommend that you arrive early and get your reservation at either Guest Services desks located in Antler Hill Village and in front of the Biltmore House. If there is a long wait, you should consider touring the gardens first.
  • During summer months, visit the estate early in the day while temperatures are cooler. The house is not air conditioned. In cold weather, spend the warmest part of the day outside, perhaps at Antler Hill Village. Save the coldest part of the day for touring the house.
  • During peak tourist season (Memorial Day through New Year’s Day), you might have to reserve a time to enter the house. We recommend that you arrive early and get your reservation at either of the Guest Services desks located in Antler Hill Village and in front of the Biltmore House. If there is a long wait, you should consider touring the gardens or conservatory first.

Entering the Estate

  • Just outside the main entrance to the estate is Biltmore Village. George Vanderbilt designed this it to provide housing for employees who were married. He also wanted to create a quaint village for his guests to see as they traveled from the train depot onto the estate. The original cottages are now shops and restaurants.
  • You will enter the main gate on Approach Road. As you drive, imagine you are traveling in a horse-drawn carriage as guests did over 100 years ago. The 15 minute drive to the house took two hours by carriage! This road was designed specifically to build anticipation. Visitors approaching the house cannot see it from any vantage point along the road.
  • When you approach the Welcome Center,  the guard will scan your ticket and direct you to the parking areas at the Biltmore house.
  • There are five parking lots that are a short distance from the house, all with shuttle service. There are also walking paths that will give you the experience of approaching the house from a scenic vantage point.

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Touring the Biltmore Estate.

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Mini Class Reunion at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins

Honey Hill Inn and Cabins recently hosted a mini high school class reunion. Seven women, all alumnae of St Mary’s Academy Bay View in Riverside, RI converged on Honey Hill for a long weekend of reminiscing, catching up on each others’ lives, eating, drinking and laughing (a lot).

I (Cheryl) am also a Bay View alumna, so it was very special for me to be able to host this reunion. My Bay View sisters filled the entire Inn for three nights. It was perfect for a group event. They were free to relax on the second floor sitting room or in our spacious living room without any worry of disturbing other guests. As I do with all groups, I helped plan their stay with things to do in Asheville, places to eat, and a recommendation for a sightseeing tour. Fortunately, Gretchen was “on duty” all weekend so that I could spend time with my peeps.

We had dinner one night at Strada, a new Italian restaurant in downtown Asheville and one of our favorite restaurants. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Wine flowed, conversation never slowed, and everyone had a great meal.

The next day, the group decided on my recommendation to take the LaZoom comedy tour of Asheville. 

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Our tour guide was Miss Augusta Wind, a nimble, brash, young lady with an attitude! This is our Bay View alumnae group with Augusta Wind. Yours truly is lower right in the photo.

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Mr. Kitty – Ever Vigilant

Mr. Kitty, as he is known around here, has taken up part-time residence in our barn. He does a wonderful job keeping the “varmint”population down, while at the same time, popping up in the most picturesque locations.

Here is is lounging on our rustic bench across from the barn, hoping to score a free breakfast. (He got lucky.)

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Clean Freaks!

Gretchen and I have become hooked on the reality TV show Hotel Impossible. If you haven’t seen it, the hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri rescues hotels in danger of closing their doors. As you might imagine, the typical problems always include cleanliness issues. Viewers follow Anthony as he exposes the culprits (staff, management, guest rooms, etc.).

We have always received stellar reviews from our guests on the cleanliness of our cabins and guest rooms that has always been because of the dedication of our staff. Recently, during a staff meeting, we used a clip from Hotel Impossible as a training tool. It was meant to be an example of the importance of cleaning standards, seeing things from a guest perspective (“guest visuals”), and proper guest interactions.

As a result, our housekeepers now watch Hotel Impossible every week. Highlights from the episodes have become “water cooler” discussions. They have become crazy clean freaks – scrutinizing and sanitizing everything in sight! What started with a discussion about sanitizing TV remote controls has turned into an all-out cleaning frenzy! Germs beware!

Our housekeepers, Karen and Sharon, would pass an Anthony Melchiorri inspection with flying colors. Thank you, ladies!

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Hike Mountains to Sea Trail to Rattlesnake Lodge

Rattlesnake Lodge was a summer home of Asheville physician Chase P Ambler and a retreat until it was destroyed by fire in 1926. Today the stone foundation remains, as well as remnants of other artifacts like the outline of an in-ground pool.

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a 6 foot leash.

The hike to Rattlesnake Lodge about 2.8 miles round trip from Ox Creek Rd.

Directions from Honey Hill Inn and Cabins

Take I-40 east to I-240 (toward Asheville). Take Exit 4A, US 19/23 north, toward Weaverville. Drive 6 miles and take exit 21/New Stock Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn right and immediately turn left. Drive 8/10 mile. At the stoplight, turn right onto Reems Creek Rd. Drive 4 miles and turn right onto Ox Creek Rd. Go 3.7 miles and arrive at the parking lot (on left).

The Hike

From the parking lot, follow the trail for a short distance to where it intersects with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Turn left on the trail and start up the switchbacks for 1.4 miles to the lodge site.

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Christmas at Engadine

The Holidays are a wonderful time at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. Engadine, our 1885 Queen Anne Victorian mansion is decorated from top to bottom for Christmas! This year, we have two gorgeous trees adorning the first floor. The largest, a nine foot tree, is in our formal parlor. We also have a smaller tree in the dining room for guests to enjoy during breakfast.

The the cover of our 2011 Christmas cardfeatures our historic barn, which was built in the 1940s by Glenn Howell for his livestock. It stands where Captain John Keais Hoyt once had his Engadine Vineyards winery where he made his famous Engadine wine. Today, the barn is still in use, even though there are no farm animals. Our nearest neighbor, Mr. Kitty, occasionally checks in for the evening to dine on small critters.

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This year we have two trees in the mansion. A 9 foot tree graces our formal parlor.
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Guests can also enjoy a tree in our spacious dining room.

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This year Christmas weekend promises to be busy at Honey Hill. Our cabins are fully booked, but there are still a couple of rooms left in the mansion. Gretchen and I will be working and enjoying every minute of our second Christmas at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins!

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There’s a Chill in the Air!

It has been a while since I posted anything to this blog. We had a very busy October and November and the weather was fantastic. But before we knew it, there was frost on the pumpkin (an old New England saying).

Dolly, our 10 month old Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix, is pictured here. While she enjoys a warm fire, she happily suits up to go for a walk with the rest of the pack (Gretchen, Oliver and me). In case you are wondering, Miss Dolly is sporting a corduroy ‘double-breasted’ Woolrich jacket! 

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Sweet Bird’s Nest

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most beautiful. This is a tiny birdhouse attached to the front of one of our cabins. I’m not sure if our groundskeeper placed the nest there, or if it was the work of a mother bird. I’d like to think it was the mother bird!


Photo courtesy of Charles Nickels, NY, NY

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20 Romantic Outings in Asheville

I was just doing a websearch for a guest who is interested in a carriage ride in Asheville, when I discovered this great article on www.sheknows.com. Not only did the article provide information on carriage rides on the Biltmore Estate, but gave an additional 19 ideas for romantic, fun things to do in the area – both indoor and outdoor activities.

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Here is a link to the article: http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1594/20-romantic-outings-in-asheville

Note: Unfortunately the links in the article do not work, but you should get some good ideas for things to do during your visit to the Asheville area!

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Late Afternoon Light at Honey Hill

Sometimes it’s the little things that take your breath away. We caught some gorgeous afternoon light that created a cherub silhouette against the front steps of the mansion.

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Meet Biskit – Honey Hill Inn and Cabins’ New Critter

The other day, Gretchen was up on Honey Hill tending to the wildflowers when she found a box turtle. She immediately called our friends to tell them. “How big is it?” they asked. “About the size of a biscuit,” she replied. Well, she’s more like the size of a Big Mac, but Biskit sounded better!

Here is Biskit relaxing in her water dish. Welcome to Honey Hill!
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DuPont State Forest Waterfalls

Gretchen and I don’t get out very often, but this year we decided to take the Tour de Falls, hosted by the Friends of the Dupont State Forest. The Tour de Falls is held twice a year, in May and September. It is a great way to see the waterfalls in a short amount of time. We saw three waterfalls and a lake in the forest, all by bus with the assistance of a tour guide. Visitors on the tour can hop off the bus and visit each waterfall at their leisure. When you are ready, you can get on the next bus and go on the the next waterfall.

Of course we had our camera handy!

This is Gretchen at High Falls.

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Take a look at our new road sign!

We finally have our new road sign and it is a beauty. No more getting lost, no more wrong turns! We are proud to report that one of our guests who is a professional sign maker designed and made the sign for us. Her name is Norma Jeanne Maloney and her business is Red Rider Studios in Austin, TX.  She shipped the sign from her studio in Texas and it arrived in perfect condition. A local artisan, Gene Monson, designed and built the framework. Gene also did the installation and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Everyone did a fabulous job!

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What’s Buzzin’ at Honey Hill

Welcome to Honey Hill Asheville’s new blog!

The staff has been working like busy bees to prepare for the 2011 season. Gretchen and Sharon have been doing a lot of gardening. They planted wildflowers up on Honey Hill, tended to the flower gardens and have planted vegetable and herb gardens outside our kitchen. We embrace the “farm to table” concept at Honey Hill. Gretchen uses fresh herbs, vegetables and berries in her breakfast menus – picked fresh from our gardens, of course!

The Mary Hoyt room and the Howell room recently got makeovers. Gretchen and Cheryl stripped wallpaper, painted, varnished, and redecorated. Both rooms look fabulous!

Here is the Mary Hoyt room. We uncovered this lattice board in the alcove by accident. The lattice and the wallpaper in the alcove were covered by a layer wallpaper that was beginning to peel. In the process of removing the “old” wallpaper, we discovered this beautiful lattice and lovely wallpaper in the alcove. Nice surprise!
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The Mary Hoyt Room

This is the Howell room. We updated it with different wall color, new bedding, and new window treatments. This is a dramatic change from the dark rose walls and lace curtains!

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Extras for your Room or Cabin

Delivered to your room or cabin

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One dozen roses – $40

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Six fresh strawberries, hand-dipped in milk and white chocolate (in season) – $25

Individual Massage or Facial

$95

Full Body Massage
Our Spa Technicians use pure essential oils derived from plants, flowers, and trees to balance and restore the natural energy of the body, mind, and spirit during this one hour massage (Couples massage available).


Anti-Aging Lymphatic Facial
This is a wonderful result-oriented treatment that offers far more than a traditional facial. Includes a lymphatic treatment which stimulates blood and oxygen, eliminating toxins and undesirable fluid retention as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A reflexology color therapy mask is applied. As your skin rejuvenates, you enjoy a relaxing hand and arm massage.

Ahhh-Spa All Inclusive Package

$245

Treat yourself to our luxurious Ahhh-Spa Package – an all-inclusive spa treatment that combines the following for a cleansing experience for mind and body.

Anti-aging Facial
This is a wonderful result-oriented treatment that offers far more than a traditional facial. Includes a lymphatic treatment which stimulates blood and oxygen, eliminating toxins and undesirable fluid retention as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A reflexology color therapy mask is applied. As your skin rejuvenates, you enjoy a relaxing hand and arm massage.


Foot Reflexology Treatment
A pressure point treatment of reflex zones of the feet that correspond to specific organs and body structures, leaving you composed, relaxed and in balance.


Full Body Massage and Lymphatic Body Therapy
Our Spa Technicians use pure essential oils derived from plants, flowers, and trees to balance and restore the natural energy of the body, mind, and spirit during this one hour massage treatment.

Couples Spa Renewal Package

$245

Our Spa Renewal Package includes two treatments – one for each of you to select.

Full Body Massage
Our Spa Technicians use pure essential oils derived from plants, flowers, and trees to balance and restore the natural energy of the body, mind, and spirit during this one hour massage.


Signature Spa Treatment
This treatment is designed to leave you pampered, relaxed, and refreshed. It includes:

  • An anti-aging that is customized with nourishing botanicals and aromatherapy for your individual needs.
  • A lymphatic drainage face treatment which stimulates blood and oxygen, eliminating toxins and undesirable fluid retention as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • A 30 minute upper body massage
  • Foot reflexology treatment – a relaxing and balancing pressure point treatment of reflex zones.

Military Discount

We appreciate the men and women who have served our country in the past and who are actively serving. To honor them, Honey HIll offeres a 10% discount off any room or cabin rate to active and retired members of the military including Reservists and National Guard members. A valid Military ID card must be presented at check-in. This special offer cannot be combined with other specials or packages and is based on double occupancy. Can only be used for stays of two nights or more. Not valid during the month of October or on holiday weekends.

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