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12 Tips for Visiting the Biltmore

I was lucky enough to see the Biltmore house while I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is hands down my favorite city in the U.S. and Asheville, location of the Biltmore, is only a couple hours away. I’ve listed 12 tips for visiting the Biltmore below. It’s pretty straight forward, but for a first time visit I think you’ll find them very helpful.

You’ll recognize this mansion for sure… it’s been in many movies!

The Biltmore is a private house, turned tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Visiting is pretty cut and dry but I have some extra advice for you. The house took the Vanderbilt’s 6 years to built, starting in 1889 and is 178,926 square feet, having 250 rooms throughout.

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Furniture was shipped in from his trips all over Europe. Presidents McKinley, T. Roosevelt, and Wilson visited here, as well as prominent authors and Princes. Richie Rich was filmed here as well as scenes from the Hannibal and Forest Gump.

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Although I found the museum within the home a bit boring, the grounds were beautiful. It’s a very historic old home, filled with the finest furnishing. You can imagine as you walk through the important people who met here over the years… they literally tell you all the names of those important people. The views from the top over the Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking. It’s hard to imagine someone having been rich enough to build this place!

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biltmore, charlotte, north carolina, sightseeing, mansions, biggest house in america, richie rich

biltmore, charlotte, north carolina, sightseeing, mansions, biggest house in america, richie rich

12 tips for the Biltmore

  1. Spring is a wonderful time to go. The flowers are all in bloom.
  2. Avoid going on the weekend. Even on a weekday it was full, so I can’t imagine what a weekend would look like.
  3. Arrive early in the morning to miss the rush. The website says to allow “2 full days” to see the property. That is just preposterous. A half-day is enough, unless you take part in the activities. Even then, a day is enough.
  4. Take time to see the winery, as well as the rest of the grounds. The mansion itself isn’t all there is to the attraction. You can bike, hike, and horseback ride.
  5. Be prepared to pay a lot for snacks! There are pizza places and such outside the mansion, but like most tourist attractions you’ll pay extra for convenience.
  6. You can eat a real meal at Cedric’s Tavern, the Bistro, or Deerpark
  7. You can take your dog! As long as he’s on a leash and you clean up after him or her. The dog cannot go inside the mansion. Actually, you can even bring your own horse.
  8. There is a lot of beauty in the nature surrounding the Biltmore that you can photograph, but don’t take photos inside the mansion.
  9. Buy tickets in advance on the website and save 15 dollars. Tickets will then cost you $59 or $29 for kids.
  10. You can stay at the Biltmore Inn or the historic cottage (not in the actual mansion) and there is a spa available for anywhere from 300-600 dollars a night depending on day and season.
  11. You can even get married at the Biltmore!
  12. It’s 10 dollars extra for a headset to gain access to the audio tour.

 Get more information at the Biltmore’s website. 

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

11 Comments

  1. Veena July 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I am actually visiting the Biltmore next week, so this post was perfect timing. Thanks especially for the heads up about buying tickets in advance!

  2. Kendra (the Escapologist) July 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I love the Biltmore! It is incredibly beautiful, especially when it is decorated for Christmas (but it is also very busy around the holidays). I’m from Raleigh, so the Biltmore was a common family vacation spot.

    • Rachel Jones August 1, 2014 at 4:31 am - Reply

      would love to see it decorated for christmas! I bet it’s lovely.

  3. globescapades August 1, 2014 at 2:21 am - Reply

    The hometown of my favorite sportsman Michael Phelps ♥ and therefore necessarily without meaning to, I also attached to Baltimore :D

  4. Agness August 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Great tips! The whole place looks so charming and wonderful! Super relaxing!

  5. Renuka August 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Cool tips! Biltmore looks like a lovely place. :)

  6. Heather August 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to the Biltmore, though I love old estates like this. Your pictures are beautiful! Seems like a great place for a quick weekend escape from Washington, DC. Maybe we’ll try to hit it late spring when flowers are in bloom.

    • Rachel Jones August 5, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

      That would be a perfect trip from DC, Asheville is one of the quirkiest, coolest cities in the US!

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