Biltmore Offers Summer Opportunities
With the addition of Antler Hill Village, Biltmore visitors can easily stretch their summertime visit into a two-day exploration — or more.
“We’ve even added a new tour at Biltmore House, chock-full of fascinating and revealing details of George Vanderbilt’s family and their friends who came to visit them at America’s largest home,” says a spokesman.
Special events this summer include the continuation of the Biltmore Concert Series and the third annual Flower Carpet.
Set in the valley below the Inn on Biltmore Estate, Antler Hill Village encompasses the estate’s present and past, providing a relaxing place to explore new historical exhibits plus venues to experience Biltmore’s hospitality. In addition to the new Village Green, which features daily entertainment, the village also offers shopping and dining, and includes Biltmore’s award-winning winery and farm. Antler Hill Village is open to guests as part of daily admission to the estate.
Any time of the year, there’s something blooming in Biltmore’s 80-plus acres of surrounding gardens. From the formal beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking presence of ancient trees in America’s first managed forests, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to its designer, Frederick Law Olmsted.
“For a true summertime treat — in late July and into August, you’ll see spectacular sunflowers growing along the bicycle paths,” says the spokesman.
Late summer is when 100,000-plus petals bloom to create a Flower Carpet on the South Terrace lawn of Biltmore House. The 14,400-foot carpet dazzles with its cornucopia of color. This year’s carpet will feature a design inspired by stained glass windows created by innovative artist and interior designer John La Farge in the 1880s. Three La Farge windows, part of George Vanderbilt’s vast art collection, are now on display in the Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village. Flower Carpet visits are included in daytime admission to Biltmore.
Special Flower Carpet Evenings will feature live jazz in the Tea House on the terrace (separate admission required).
A mix of Grammy-winning artists, “American Idol” favorites and contemporary Christian artists highlight Biltmore’s annual concert series this year. Each show features a beautiful night sky with the mountains and Biltmore House as the backdrop. Food and beverages will be available onsite. For ticket information, visit www.biltmoreconcerts.com, or call (866) 336-1255.
Scheduled to perform are Mary Chapin Carpenter (July 22); Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard (July 23); The Steve Miller Band (July 29); The Temptations (July 30); Christopher Cross (Sept. 24); and Kathy Mattea (Oct. 1).
This summer children ages 16 and under get in free with an accompanying adult. Tickets are discounted if purchased online.
“If one day is not enough, purchase a next-day upgrade for $10 at one of our guest services locations on the day of your visit,” says the spokesman.
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