Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Gatlinburg. The area celebrates with Harvest Festivals, special events, and of course, the area is ablaze with color as the fall foliage turns bright oranges, yellows, and reds. One of the best places to experience the splendor of fall is at Biltmore Estate. Located a short drive away in Asheville, North Carolina, the massive estate becomes even more enchanting painted with autumnal color. What should you do during fall at Biltmore Estate? Follow this list to create the perfect fall day.
5 Reasons Fall at Biltmore Estate is the Best
1) Scenic Views
There are fabulous scenic views of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the Estate, but the best are viewed from the back terrace. A rolling back lawn leads to mountain peaks and forest groves. As a result, the views here are vibrantly alive with the signs of autumn.
2) Estate Gardens
The estate gardens offer gorgeous sights, with thousands of colorful mums as far as the eye can see. Likewise, the bright, floral colors of fall set the scene as do the seasonal pumpkins and gourds.
3) Tasty Autumn Events
Labor Day Celebration Dinner
To kick off the delicious fall events, Antler Hill Barn will host a Labor Day dinner on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Guests can enjoy a mouth-watering traditional Southern buffet dinner with dishes like Texas-style brisket and a North Carolina Seafood Boil. Additionally, guests can participate in games for all ages as well as enjoy live musical performances, Biltmore Estate wine selections, and more. The evening concludes with an impressive fireworks display over the grounds. Call 866-336-1245 to reserve in advance since space is limited. Admission costs $125 per adult or youth and $60 per child, plus tax.
Fall Movie Night Under the Stars
Throughout October, Antler Hill Barn will show classic Halloween movies accompanied by lawn games, and authentic Carolina barbecue and snacks available for purchase from The Smokehouse. Make sure to arrive early so you can find a good seat! Note that movies start at 8:30 pm.
In addition, entry is included with estate admission via the Biltmore Annual pass or by staying at The Inn, Village Hotel, or Cottage. Guests staying at The Inn and Village Hotel can access reserved seating until 7:45 pm. For more information, call 1-800-411-3812.
Vineyard Harvest Celebration
Returning this fall, is the fan-favorite Vineyard Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 19, 2019. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, guests can listen to live music, sample Biltmore’s handcrafted wine, participate in yard games, and more. This delightful autumn event is $50 per person, plus tax, and requires advance reservations. Call 800-411-3812 option #3 to reserve your spot. All guests must be 21+ to participate.
4) Outdoor Activities
Get up close to the autumnal colors on display during fall at Biltmore Estate with the array of outdoor activities available. Guests can go horseback riding, cycle around the grounds, paddle a canoe, and take to the trails for a hike. And, that’s only a handful of the outdoor experiences offered. Overall, the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate provides the perfect autumn playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
5) Wine Tours
Explore how Biltmore grapes become award-winning wines. Likewise, visit areas of the estate not normally seen by guests, including a trip to the vineyards and a walking production tour. The Vine to Wine Tour allows visitors to sample wines throughout the tour and concludes with a grand tasting. As a rule, visitors must purchase tickets by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the tour. Available Saturdays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm. Tours are $85 per person. The Vine to Wine Tour is available through October 27, 2019 only.
To reserve your spot, register at the Biltmore Winery entrance in Antler Hill Village, at any Guest Services station, or call 1-800-543-2961 in advance.
In addition, the Vine to Wine Tour isn’t the only wine tour available at Biltmore Estate! Other beverage tours this fall include:
- Celebration of Sparkling Wine: 45-minute tour, $25 per person, ages 21+
- Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting: 45-minute tour, $25 per person, ages 21+
- Behind-the-Scenes Winery Tour & Tasting: 60-minute tour, $10 per person, no age restrictions, guests must be 21+ to sample wine
- Wine & Cheese Hour: 60-minute social hour, $25 per person, ages 21+
Experience Fall at Biltmore Estate this Year
Your Biltmore Estate tickets include access to the Biltmore House plus all-day access to the gardens, the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm, as well as shopping and dining, and free parking. Purchase your Biltmore Estate tickets today and get ready to experience the best fall foliage, wine tours, and events in Asheville!
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