Written by Sara Kendall
This Christmas season, indulge your family with a trip to see America’s largest home, The Biltmore Estate, beautifully decked out for the holidays. The Biltmore House is an impressive 250-room French Renaissance chateau tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Christmas comes around, Biltmore gets ready in a grand way. Dozens of decorated trees, thousands of ornaments, and endless evergreen garlands grace the interiors of this national treasure. A day trip to this magnificent place will not disappoint your family.
Inside the Biltmore House
Built in the late 1800’s by George Vanderbilt, it is a phenomenal place to see beautiful architecture, fine furnishings, and stunning mountain views. It is truly a grand place from a more refined era. Amazingly, the Vanderbilt family still own and run this magnificent estate as a family business.
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Your kids will love seeing the Winter Conservatory, the indoor bowling alley, an indoor pool, and the Halloween Room. They will be in awe of the gilded elevator and the dumbwaiters that haul meals up to the different floors.
Self-guided Audio Tour
Touring inside the estate is the main attraction. Sure, you can walk around and simply take in this grand home, but adding on an audio tour will enhance your experience. You can choose between kid’s or adult’s versions to learn about what you are seeing as you enjoy your tour.
Cedric, the Vanderbilt’s Saint Bernard, narrates the kid’s version. Kids will learn about the trap door in The Winter Conservatory that leads to the basement, the dining room table that when stretched out is longer than a school bus, and that you would have to stack four 17-foot giraffes to reach the top of the ceiling in the Banquet Hall plus many more fun facts.
Daily Holiday Demonstrations
Visitors can enjoy free daily holiday demonstrations on decorative wreaths and decor at A Gardner’s Place Gift Shop. Stop by at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm to join in this holiday festivity. It’s included with estate admission through January 11.
Kids Can See Santa
Check off this must-do annual family tradition, seeing the Big Man. You can visit Santa in Antler Hill Village on Saturdays and Sundays until December 21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. You’ll find Santa in a beautiful setting, sure to please everyone.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
For a more intimate and cozier experience, take in the Biltmore house by candlelight and roaring fires during the holiday evenings through January 3. You will be serenaded by carolers and musicians while you stroll through the house.
Dining Around the Estate
Selectively placed throughout the estate, there are plenty of places to have lunch, sip some estate wine, or enjoy an ice cream cone. Located adjacent to the Biltmore home, inside the 19th century stable is a kid’s favorite restaurant, The Stable Café. Ask for a booth, and then your family will be dining in one of the horse stalls.
Experiencing the Biltmore Estate can be an incredible one-day experience. There is so much to see and do, you might consider making a weekend of a fun step back into time. Stay on the property at the Inn on Biltmore Estate to give you more time to enjoy this truly special place in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For more information, go to biltmore.com.