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Our trip to the Biltmore Estates

January 8, 2018

How was your Christmas Holiday? Mine was spent at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC. I decided to spend the holidays in NC at the Biltmore because I wanted something that was easy to drive to and I also wanted to relax with some wine. Why not kill two birds with one stone!

We had to make reservations since it was Christmas Day. On busy days they ask that you make reservations to keep the crowd down. Our reservations were at 10:30 but we arrived at 10am. It was brisk…..let me rephrase that it was cold as hell. Layer up if you are going to the Biltmore in the winter. You need to look like an abominable snowman. I was not properly dressed but I had a feeling it would be cold so I made sure my kids were. The place was not as crowded as I thought probably because they had time blocks. The drive into Biltmore was long but it moved quick.

They have a recorded audio guide that you can pay extra for to get the history of each room you go into. Make sure you get that so that you won’t be lost. Let me say this…..Biltmore Estates is not for kids. Unless they are interested in History they won’t know whats going on. They have the areas roped off so that no one touches anything but my kids were bored after the first 10 minutes. They complained about the walking and more stairs and OMG why is the bed so little. They can’t even live in my era much less the era of when the Biltmore was first established. They don’t know anything besides electronics….sad really but times are different. I enjoyed the Biltmore because I love the pretty trees and I love to know the history of things. We only saw about 5 kids total there so don’t pay for them to come.

The scenery was gorgeous! The kids were awing and oohing over the trees and the lights. That excited them!

Here are a few tips

  • Do not wear heels! Wear comfortable shoes
  • Buy the audio…..or you will be lost
  • They have areas roped off so you won’t be able to touch anything
  • You are allowed to bring your camera. More people were taking pictures than actually looking at stuff. I took a few pics and then put my camera up to enjoy the scenery
  • It’s a self-guided tour
  • Each room is unique and different. You will appreciate the history and details of the room
  • Get background info before you go and check the weather for the area
  • Pay for Valet….trust me when I say this you don’t want to walk around the Biltmore and then walk more to get to your car. If you love walking then by all means walk
  • Pay for your tickets in advance and keep your ticket on you. I printed my tickets just in case my phone didn’t work

My favorite room was, of course, the library. I wanted to touch those books but they were roped off. It looked like the library from Beauty and the Beast!

I asked my daughter what her favorite part was and she said the pretty lights and the Fireplace.

I asked my son what his favorite part was he said the kitchen…of course that’s his favorite part. Anything that has to do with food.

Now let’s talk about my favorite part…..the wine tasting. It comes with each ticket. I practically ran to the wine tasting after having to cuss the kids out a few times

The wine tasting part is a drive so after you leave the tour hop in your car and drive over to the wine tasting part. They let you taste up to 5-6 different wines. I tasted 4 and found 2 that I purchased. I am also a cook so I purchased more than just wine. I loved the wine tasting because I got to meet various people and taste before I bought. I am usually a white wine person but I bought a sweet red wine that was very good. You will have to taste test to see which one you like.

Here are a few more tips

  • Don’t stay on site if money is tight. It’s expensive and there are other places you can stay like the Asheville Cottages. This is where we stayed!
  • Deerpark is a place you can eat at. I would suggest you eat there. The food and atmosphere was very nice
  • Don’t just visit the Biltmore while in Asheville. Make sure you plan accordingly and do other things. Tour the area and be a tourist
  • Always get a keepsake of your time at the estate. My friend opted to buy a picture her and her son took. I opted to get a mug because I love mugs

It was a short drive for us 3 hours from Atlanta so that wasn’t bad at all. We loved the trip and the history. If you have any questions feel free to ask away! Where did you spend the holidays? Would you visit Biltmore?



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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    January 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve heard of the Biltmore Estates but have never been. It looks like their Christmas decorations were beautiful!

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    Amber Myers
    January 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    What a gorgeous estate! I love history and so do the kids, so we’d have a blast here. I’m a fan of all the decor. I love that library too–reading is the best!

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    Alli Smith
    January 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never visited The Biltmore. I’ve been to Asheville so many times. I think all of my grown kids have been. I imagine it was magical over the holidays.

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    Tomi C
    January 8, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Gorgeous… simply gorgeous. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time. I’ve never been to Biltmore Estates but my kids have always wanted to visit the conservatory there.

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    January 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Wow this place is gorgeous! I am also not a red wine kind of girl but a sweet red I can do! Glad you had such a great time!

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    January 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    So excited for you to visit. This is one place I have read about and wanted to visit for a long time. Love looking at all your photos. So do tell what is in the bag?

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    January 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    The place looks gorgeous! I didn’t even know a place like that existed in the USA. I definitely need to take a trip that way and I hope to at some point in the future.

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    January 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I have always wanted to travel to Biltmore Estate. A friend of mine lives nearby and has been. It sounds and looks like a lovely place.

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    Crystal Nicole
    January 8, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    What a beautiful place, and did you say wine? I’m here for it simply for the wine lol!

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    Sapphire Kharyzma
    January 8, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Biltmore Estates sounds very exciting and eventful! You and your kids look like you had so much fun! I want to start doing more family oriented ventures with my kids for the new year!

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    Sarah Bailey
    January 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Oh wow it sounds like you had an amazing Christmas and how beautiful is the Biltmore Estates, I always love looking around old buildings and wondering who has walked the floor before me.

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    January 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I always love reading your recaps because I am guaranteed to laugh out loud at LEAST twice while doing so. Biltmore reminds me a little of Downton Abbey and I want to visit that so badly! I’ll be happy with something in the country that I live in first though – and I’ll only go with a friend or my husband – NO KIDS!

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    Lisa Favre
    January 8, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Looks like you had such a wonderful time with the fam. Definitely looks like you had so many picture-perfect opportunities – good on you for taking advantage of them!

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    Kelly Reci
    January 8, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I agree with your daughter… that fireplace is something else! What beautiful photographs you took of your trip… can we just talk about how amazing that Christmas tree is as well?!

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    Lia World Traveler
    January 9, 2018 at 12:02 am

    What a great trip and great pics to match. This will definitely be on our hit list the next time we are in NC.

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    Mimi Green
    January 9, 2018 at 12:46 am

    The trees and lights are indeed gorgeous. Lights are the highlight of my Christmas. Great tip on not bringing hte kids, their complaining ruins everything. Yes to a wine tasting that is a nice way to find off your visit.

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    January 9, 2018 at 1:15 am

    We loved the Biltmore when we went there years ago. It’s so cool to learn the history of the place.

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    rosemary palmer
    January 9, 2018 at 2:50 am

    I’ve never been at Christmas but really want to. I enjoyed our visit a few years ago and enjoyed not only the house but the grounds. I would love to see all the Christmas decor.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    January 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Biltmore Estates looks like an ideal place to head to during Christmas. It sure looks cold but beautiful and must be a great place to soak in the Chritmas spirit with some wine.

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    Farrah Less G.
    January 10, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I went t Asheville ones but didn’t make it to Biltmore line is so long . We do not have much time we are planning to go back soon. Do you know where to get cheaper ticket?

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      January 10, 2018 at 1:49 am

      I think they are only online for now. They keep the tickets just at Biltmore. They may have discounts through travel agencies try them!

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    January 10, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for your honesty. Looks like this place is better for when Mr. M and I need a quick , romantic getaway from the kids.

    I’m glad y’all enjoyed yourselves!

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    January 10, 2018 at 3:44 am

    This looks like a cool place to visit. Your children have beautiful smiles and looked like they enjoyed it 🙂

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    My Teen Guide
    January 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I wish to be there too! Everything looks so grand. Oh my, the library! And all that wood. Thank you for the virtual tour of the Biltmore Estates. Hopefully I can visit someday too. Oh, and I don’t have small kids that would get bored so that’s one less thing for me to worry about. 🙂

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    January 10, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I pinned this Kita. I definitely would love to visit the Biltmore Estates come this upcoming Christmas looks so whimsical of holiday beauty!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    January 10, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Looks like an enjoyable holiday trip for your family! Never been there yet but hopefully someday, we can.

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    January 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    You are seriously making me want to visit NC with this and the cottages. Looks like a really great time.

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    January 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    So cool! I went there as a kid on a school trip. I may have to take the kids there to check it out one day.

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    January 10, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    This could be the perfect staycation. You also had me at WINE. I’ve been getting into wine bars when I visit new cities lately and it’s super fun. I’m also the person that is obsessed with lights and pretty Christmas trees because I never had one growing up. Glad you all were able to enjoy such a beautiful spot that wasn’t too far from your home!

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    January 10, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Oh this looks like an awesome place to visit. I’ve never been to NC before, but I need to go!

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    January 10, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve never been to Biltmore, but I’d love to go based off your experience!! Looks so fun!! I Didn’t travel for the holidays last year, but I will this year!!

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    Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge
    January 11, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Sounds like an awesome place to stay. I’m making a 2018 travel bucket list, so I’ll be sure to include this on my list.

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    Tiffany Haywood
    January 11, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I think I would love to visit Biltmore for an Anniversary or even Valentine’s – but definitely without the Kiddies.

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    January 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This looks like a fun place to visit. Putting it on my list.

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