Spending a day at Biltmore never gets old. I love how the Estate routinely changes the house tour, hosts seasonal events, and includes activities for family members of all ages. Last weekend, we had family in town, so we all visited the Biltmore Estate on Saturday. It’s fun to visit with people who have never been. It’s like seeing it for the first time yourself. There’s absolutely nothing like seeing this one-of-a-kind destination in person. Every aspect is breathtaking.
Each time we’ve visited Biltmore in the past year, we’ve focused on something different. We always do the house tour but sometimes we focus on an event (i.e. Christmas at Biltmore) and other times, we focus on a section of the Estate (the gardens, Antler Hill Village, the Winery, etc.).
Since our toddler was born, we’ve been able to carry him in a carrier or put him in the stroller when touring the house, but this time he wanted to walk like Big Brother and well, you can imagine how that went. He was more concerned with crawling up the stairs on all fours or jiggling the poles holding the velvet “keep back” rope than he was learning about the exercise regimen of the time or the definition of a dumbwaiter.
While our out-of-town family took their time at the house, my family hurried through it so we could get to the Winery and Antler Hill Village. I’ve done the complete winery tour before with my mom and sister, and it is so much fun. Because we had two little boys with us, we merely participated in a wine tasting that was going on outside of the winery. With that being said, if you’re at Biltmore without little ones in tow, I would definitely recommend the winery tour. It is a very interesting and memorable experience.
As much fun as the winery is for the big people in the group, Antler Village is just as much fun for the little ones. Our boys love getting ice cream at The Creamery, seeing the animals, frolicking around the blacksmith and woodworking shops, and playing on the old buggies and tractors. They now have a new playground at Antler Village which which is also fun for children.
This section of the Biltmore Estate has really grown in the past several years. When I was young, it wasn’t open to the public, but now it’s a thriving section of the Estate. Along with all of the family-friendly activities, there are a number of delicious restaurants located in Antler Hill Village. Further, there’s the Outdoor Adventure Center where you can learn about hikes, trails, bike rides, carriage rides, and Land Rover expeditions. How fun would that be?
I can’t say enough good things about the Biltmore Estate. It is truly a magical place, a perfect blend of historical beauty and modern-day fun. Each season holds new adventures for your family, so if you’ve never been or haven’t been in a long while, what are you waiting for? You will make memories that will last a lifetime.
In compensation for this review of the Biltmore Estate, I was provided with one free day pass. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.