Spring: Biltmore Blooms!

20160401_153447ew titleI hope your weekend was as enjoyable as ours was. Our weekend started on Friday with a delightful visit to the Biltmore Estate with friends.  I’ve written several times about the wonderful Biltmore Estate in Asheville. We live 35 miles from Asheville, and enjoy visiting the estate often.

The Biltmore house is, of course, an amazing architectural and historical treasure. However, the 8000-acre estate has much more to offer. Landscape architect, Frederick Olmsted, who also was responsible for the design of Central Park in New York, designed the landscape of the entire estate property, so just driving through the estate is a scenic delight. There are also hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, ponds and streams, not to mention amazing mountain views to enjoy.  There are several restaurants, a winery, several shops, and two hotels on the property.

20160401_153505ewOne of my favorite Biltmore features is the gardens, both formal and informal. The formal gardens are replanted 4 times each year, and I make it a point to visit during each blooming season. We visited Biltmore a few weeks ago but at the time the flower gardens weren’t yet blooming. So, when fellow St. Augustine snowbird friends contacted us last week and said that they would be stopping in Asheville on their journey back home to Massachusetts, we were thrilled to join them to tour Biltmore last Friday.

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After touring the house, we had a leisurely lunch in the Stable Cafe, one of the on-site restaurants. Then we moved on to enjoy the gardens. First we walked through the Greenhouse Conservatory. The Conservatory includes a wide variety of plants including some beautiful and unusual orchids.

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and lilies…

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…gardenias, begonias, kalanchoe, azaleas, and assorted green plants

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20160401_151009e 20160401_151023e One room of the Conservatory has only cacti and other succulents.

succulent Collage wAfter the Conservatory, we walked through the Walled Garden which is planted in thousands of vibrant blooming spring flowers: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and pansies.

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20160401_153128ewThe colors in the garden were spectacular! We thoroughly enjoyed the sensory experience of our time in the garden.

After we left the gardens, we drove to another part of the estate, Antler Village, where we visited the winery, the Biltmore Legacy exhibition hall, and the gift shops there. Finally, we got some ice cream and sat at an outdoor table listening to live music in the courtyard of Antler Village until dusk. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with our friends enjoying the special treasure that is Biltmore Estate.

If you are interested in visiting the Biltmore Estate, check out the details of all it has to offer here. If you purchase tickets 7 days in advance you save $10 on the admission. And, right now there’s a special (40% off regular price) on the purchase of an annual pass which allows you unlimited daytime admission to the estate and discounts on a variety of services and purchases, so if you visit twice in the year, you would already have saved money by purchasing an annual pass.

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

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10 Responses to Spring: Biltmore Blooms!

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  2. Linda says:

    Those are amazing gardens. Maybe someday a visit is in store. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

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  3. They’d have trouble getting me to leave this place, it’s wonderful!

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  4. Wow, those flower fields must be amazing in person!!
    Jenna

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    • carolyn says:

      They are indeed Jenna! Standing on the road at one end of the garden you can look down on the entire garden and it is amazing! My photos were taken with my cell phone because my camera is in for repairs.

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  5. downtothemoon says:

    Any chance I can entice you back to visit with me and the babies this week?

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