Biltmore Thanksgiving Steeped in Tradition

Spellbinding Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, swaths of vibrantly colored mum flowers, and a healthy helping of history. Head to the Tar Heel State to enjoy an enchanting Biltmore Thanksgiving.

Follow along to uncover the best ways to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Biltmore.

From where to make reservations for a mouthwatering Thanksgiving dinner to what tours are available of America’s largest home, our guide to Thanksgiving at the Biltmore has got you covered.

Revel in moments of quiet tranquility as you tackle miles of mountain trails, or unleash your inner epicurean when you devour a traditional meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing.

Savor sips of Pinot Noir at the winery, or give thanks to the unparalleled taste of George Vanderbilt when you participate in an immersive house tour.

Ready to kick off your holiday celebrations in this charming 250-room castle? Read on…

Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

Typically, North Carolina achieves peak fall foliage by the end of October and early November. However, this doesn’t mean you should strike a Thanksgiving at Biltmore experience from your itinerary. Turkey Day in Asheville means clear, cool, crispy weather, making it the ideal time to explore the great outdoors.

Be sure to pack a light winter jacket and plenty of cozy cable knit sweaters, as temperature highs will hover around 58 degrees and hit lows of 38 degrees. Enjoy rooftop tours, guided bike rides, hikes, and more when you commemorate Thanksgiving in Asheville. 

From brewery visits to high-flying helicopter tours, there is unlimited excitement to discover. Capture rugged mountain scenery, waterfalls, and wildlife with a professional photography experience. Or, make a pit stop in Raleigh for a picnic at Pullen Park, and attempt to snag a prime seat to the Holiday Parade. Don’t forget to carve out ample time at the Biltmore House.

Located in the Asheville area, this US landmark sits on 8,000 acres of exquisitely kept grounds. Treat yourself to an elegant and unconventional Thanksgiving when you explore this emblem of American wealth and power. Unearth the fascinating legacy behind the luxurious domicile of George and Edith Vanderbilt through displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more.

*Holiday Express event is currently unconfirmed for 2024.

View over the trees and mountains during sunset at Richland Balsam Overlook in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
photo credit: Johan Håkanssonvia Facebook

Biltmore Thanksgiving

Made the decision to spend Thanksgiving Day surrounded by the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Before you dig into the Thanksgiving at Biltmore meal of your dreams, you’ll be delighted to observe the lush botanical life in the conservatory gardens or gander at Vanderbilt’s esteemed art collection.

From the breathtaking Banquet Hall featuring 70-foot ceilings to original works by Renoir, there are endless gems to admire. Take your Thanksgiving Biltmore weekend plans up a notch when you decide to stay onsite and indulge in accommodations at the Inn, Village Hotel, or Cottage.

Create even more unforgettable memories when you purchase a special overnight package. Guests can indulge in a Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration Package. This special bundle includes a lavish Thanksgiving feast, reservations for Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Chef’s Breakfast Buffet in The Dining Room, valet parking, and more.

Guests can choose to enjoy Turkey Day dining in the Dining Room or the Vanderbilt Room. To pursue the full array of accommodation packages and special offers, click here.

beautiful red orange trees outside biltmore estate during fall autumn seasonBiltmore Thanksgiving Dinner 

Whether you are craving a well-mixed cocktail or the soothing sounds of Christmas carols, restaurants on the Biltmore Estate bring plenty of festive flair to a Biltmore Thanksgiving dinner. While you might not find your grandma’s green beans on the menu, a Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving is guaranteed to dazzle.

Biltmore property guests can give thanks in the Dining Room or the Vanderbilt Room. While those staying offsite can savor cider-glazed turkey, stuffing, and more at a variety of Biltmore Estate Restaurants.

Stomach already rumbling? For a full rundown of dining at Biltmore on Thanksgiving, read on:

Psst..looking to surround yourself with more of Asheville’s sublime natural beauty and Southern charm? Round out your North Carolina adventure when you add even more Asheville Things to Do to your list!

close up of Thanksgiving tablescape with pumpkin pie turkey soup and sunflowersBiltmore House Dining Room

Fine china, crystal, and white tablecloths. Yes, please! Those on the lookout for a fine dining experience at Biltmore need only head to the Dining Room. While all the food at Biltmore is above reproach, come November 23rd,* their four-star eatery pulls out all the stops.

This over-the-top feast is only available to guests of the Inn or Cottage and promises a delicious four-course supper in an enticing atmosphere. Don’t forget to document the resplendent fireplace in the Library Lounge Biltmore or sing along to the live holiday music.

*Depending on your accommodations, you can choose to book the Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration anywhere from November 19th through November 25th. Please call 828-225-1699 for more information.

wideshot of dining area with large table and chairs, christmas trees, and chandelier and wood carvings on walls at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
photo credit: Biltmore

Vanderbilt Room (The Inn)

Those who book the Inn’s Thanksgiving Package can dine on a Thanksgiving Buffet. Guests will be mesmerized by the celebratory atmosphere, unique decorations, and of course, traditional Turkey Day fare. For more information on this bountiful supper package, call 866-336-1245.

The Village Social and Bistro

Biltmore Hotel guests can take their pick of a mouthwatering Multi-Course Thanksgiving plated meal at Biltmore Village Social or Bistro. Enjoy creative spins on traditional Turkey Day favorites as you leave the cooking to the experts.

Curious about the farm fresh ingredients and inspired preparation of the Bistro? Take a gander at the regular Bistro at Biltmore Estate Winery menu here. The Village Social will be serving a normal menu with modified Thanksgiving items. 

Need comfy accommodations for your post-Turkey Day nap? Sprawl out in a cozy cabin or quaint inn when you book any of Asheville Hotels.

interior of The Village Social and Bistro with set wooden dining tables and chairs and wooden floors with rug at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
photo credit: opentable

Cedric’s Tavern

Not staying on the Biltmore grounds*, but still don’t feel like turning on that oven? Then, give gratitude for a homespun menu of holiday favorites and traditional pub fare at Cedric’s Tavern. Non-overnight visitors can tuck into a sublime three-course meal here or order a la carte off the menu**. We suggest you call ahead at 828-225-1320 as Biltmore Dinner reservations are in high demand.

*Please note that to dine at Cedric’s or any of the other Biltmore properties you must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or be a guest at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

**At this time Cedric’s has yet to confirm their holiday menu.

Christmas at Biltmore

Here those jingle bells? Santa’s coming to Biltmore, and there’s no better way to welcome in the Happiest Season than with a visit to America’s most beloved estate. Watch your loved ones eye’s light up with glee as they admire thousands of twinkling lights and crimson Poinsettia trees that adorn the property.

Garlands, ribbons, bespoke ornaments, and an entire floral department create an enchanting atmosphere. Since 1895, the Vanderbilt House has been home to a resplendent Christmas tree. Today, visitors from all over the world can participate in one of two unique Christmas events:

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration

From November 3rd through January 7th, 2024, escape to a winter wonderland of tinsel, trees, and wreaths. The Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration is the ideal entry into holiday cheer. Stroll from the Biltmore House to Antler Hill Village as you take in glittering ornaments, the fresh scent of evergreens, and sumptuous seasonal flavors.

Excite your palate with the perfect wine pairing, or behold the mahogany and red sofas of George’s glorious library.

Angling to inject your holly jolly plans with some romance? Consult our guide to the most Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Asheville, NC, for Couples for some date night magic. 

outside biltmore estate with lights on trees in Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

More of a night owl? Whet your appetite for the Christmas season when you reserve your spot with the Biltmore’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings. As the day melts into dusk, guests will be rewarded with a riot of lights, candles, and festive displays. Gaze in awe at a towering Norway spruce, or warm your hands from the fireplace’s glowing embers.

Snap a photo in front of one of the estate’s iconic lions, or stroll through the illuminated tunnel that goes from Antler Village to the winery.

Showstopping gardens awash in autumn splendor, a leisurely stroll along the sparkling French Broad River, and curling up with a piping hot cup of cocoa. November at the Biltmore Estate conjures up all the fall feels.

From admiring the legendary landscape design of Frederick Law Olmsted to enjoying a buttery Biltmore Chardonnay at the wine bar, travelers of all ilks will find much to celebrate on Thanksgiving.

Devour a Thanksgiving table full of popular dishes from 1904, or return after nightfall to witness the ravishing lights and decorations of a Candlelit Christmas.

However you commemorate your day of family, friends, and gratitude, the Biltmore Estate makes the perfect Thanksgiving escape.

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

4 comments about “Biltmore Thanksgiving Steeped in Tradition”

Michael P. Bower

October 12, 2021 at 10:48 pm

Biltmore wintery in above paragraph? Should this read winery? Wintery may be something I missed.


October 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Keeping us on our toes! Love it! 😉 Updated the spelling error. As far as we know there isn’t a Biltmore wintery. But it sounds kind of fun!

heather doddy

January 28, 2022 at 7:54 pm

Thinking of booking Thanksgiving dinner for my family of 4. Any suggestions?

Ann jolly

September 24, 2023 at 12:51 pm

I have wonderful memories of special buffets (Thanksgiving & Easter) at Deer Park Restaurant, with its garden setting.
Any plan to re-open Deer Park for this wonderful experience?
Ann Jolly, long-time pass holder

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