After our self-guided audio tour inside of the extravagant Biltmore House (photography is strictly prohibited), we returned to the tranquil gardens for some more outdoor exploration. In my personal opinion, if you wait until later in the day, the crowds at the Biltmore Estate will dissipate greatly. Who can say they do not want America’s largest house all to themselves?
We could not believe just how many flowers were still in bloom, since winter was right around the corner. I would have loved to have photographed them for hours, however the light was beginning to fade and thus we returned to get one last glimpse of the house before night enveloped us.
A lot of people hesitate to visit the Biltmore Estate, because the entrance ticket is so expensive. If you plan to spend most of your day there taking advantage of everything that it has to offer, then I think it is worth every penny. This was probably my fourth time visiting and I still found myself in awe of its magnificence.
Before we checked into our room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, we made a quick stop at the winery. Each guest is invited on a complimentary tour and tasting during their time on the estate. The building that houses the winery today was once the home of Vanderbilt’s 1000’s prized cows. Since its grand opening in 1985, the winery has become the center of all of the Biltmore wine production.