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
The autumn season is filled with delicious events at Biltmore Estate. To start the season off, the Chihuly exhibit continues until October 7, 2018. Choose from a daytime or nighttime experience, which allows visitors to roam the grounds and view these intriguing and vibrant glass sculptures.
On September 28, 2018, attend “The Effect of Glass on Grape: Riedel Tasting” at Biltmore’s award-winning winery. This wine event teaches guests the impact wine glass shape and size has on your favorite wines, as well as why Riedel is known worldwide as “the winemaker’s choice.” Of course, wine sampling will occur! The event is $95 per person and requires advance registration. A limited number of event tickets are available. Dial 800-411-3812 option 3 to reserve your spot! Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Returning this fall, is the fan-favorite Vineyard Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 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 $45 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 28, 2018 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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