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Biltmore Wine Events and Holiday Update

August 24th, 2013 by Honey Hill

Biltmore is celebrating North Carolina Wine Month in September. There are a number of interesting events going on, including a Movable Feast, a Wine Pairing Dinner and live music on the patio at the Wine Bar.

Don’t forget to check out our Biltmore Package to save on two-day passes!

Christmas at Biltmore


The holidays are fast approaching and Biltmore is already preparing. Their legendary 30′ live Christmas tree will be delivered and decorated the first week of November, launching Biltmore’s busiest season. Even if you have visited Biltmore during other times of the year, Christmas is a must-see tradition. Stay tuned for more information on the 2013 Christmas season at Biltmore!


Beat the Heat at Biltmore this Summer

June 5th, 2013 by Honey Hill

There is so much more to do on the Biltmore Estate besides touring the fabulous Biltmore House. With one of Honey Hill Inn’s two-day passes to the estate, you can enjoy activities that will keep you cool during the heat of the day and into the evening.

  • Guided Raft Trips: Take in the amazing views as you follow the gentle currents on the French Broad River as it winds through the estate during this 2 hour experience.
  • Self-guided Kayak Rentals: Enjoy a 3-mile, 2-hour float trip down the French Broad River in a single or tandem, sit-on-top, kayak. kayak_raft_closeviewCMYK
  • Shady spots on Hiking Trails: Hike miles of magnificent trails wind throughout the estate. Follow the Creekside Trail alongside the stream through a cool grove of hemlocks, pines, beech, rhododendrons, and bald cypress. The Woodland Trail follows an old farm wagon road, passing through deciduous woodlands. A wooden bridge arcs over the spring-fed brook and provides a spot for quiet meditation.
  • Ice-Cream! Savor a scoop or two at the Ice Cream Shoppe in Stable Courtyard, or at the Creamery in Antler Hill Village.
  • Visit late! Visit the winery and Antler Hill Village during the evening after it’s cooled down. Guests can enter the estate up until 10:00pm.

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings

December 14th, 2012 by Skyla Grimes

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

September 18th, 2012 by Honey Hill

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.


  • 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

September 14th, 2012 by Honey Hill

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.


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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