Biltmore Trip Detailed Itinerary and Information - Monday, August 23rd, 2021
BILTMORE Outing -- Detailed Itinerary (subject to change)
UPDATE: Biltmore has eased their personal bag policy and no longer require a clear bag. On their Estate Policies web page (https://www.biltmore.com/visit/visitor-information/policies/), it says "Guests may bring a personal bag no larger than 19″ x 14″ x 9″ into Biltmore House."
Please note that the following are prohibited in Biltmore House:
- Food and drink
- Pets (except service animals)
- Bags larger than 19 x 14" x 9″
- Wheeled bags
- Video recording and sketching
- Photography and cell phone use that interferes with the enjoyment of other guests.
For your safety and the protection of this historic home, all guests must enter through a security scanner for each entry to the building.
Face coverings are only required on the shuttle if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, they ask that you wear a mask inside the House and all buildings.
If you plan to visit the Winery (not available for bus riders), bring your drivers license in order to sample the wine. You will also need a reservation to participate in a wine tasting. Reservations must be made on that day. Use your mobile device to scan a QR code on signs posted throughout the estate, or visit any Guest Services location, including our Reception and Ticketing Sales Center, Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village, and our Winery.
Useful Biltmore Links:
For lots more information, photos, maps, etc, visit www.biltmore.com
Estate Map: https://www.biltmore.com/estate-map/
Biltmore Gardens Railway: https://www.biltmore.com/event/biltmore-gardens-railway/
8:00 - 9:10 a.m.: Continental breakfast ~ Renaissance Grand Ballroom (Assortment of gourmet muffins, scones and danish, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt parfaits, OJ, coffee, hot teas)
9:15 a.m.: Elliot's Lecture #2 - The Vanderbilts: All Of Them! ~ Renaissance Grand Ballroom
10:15 a.m.: break. Get ready for our outing to Biltmore Estate!
10:30 a.m.: If riding the bus, meet in lobby to board buses
10:30 a.m.: Car drivers leave for Biltmore Estate (more information for you below)
10:45am: Buses leave for Biltmore Estate
11:30 a.m.: arrive at Stable Cafe for lunch
We will be ordering from a menu which is marked for vegetarian and gluten free options, but those with food restrictions might want to let the servers know. The chef has already been notified by Darian.
11:30-12:30: Lunch at Stable Cafe (Menu subject to change)
Appetizer: Mixed Greens Salad (GF, VEG) mixed greens with shaved carrots, cucumbers, and heirloom tomatoes with a lemon vinaigrette
Spiced Rubbed Springer Mountain Chicken (GF) slow roasted, local all-natural chicken with Biltmore Spicewalla dry rub, local cheese grits, grilled baby carrots and Alabama white sauce
Smoked Brisket Plate (GF) smoked maple glazed brisket, blackberry BBQ sauce served with charred baby carrots and local cheese grits
Appalachian Pulled Pork Sandwich 16-hour smoked Appalachian-style pulled pork with blackberry BBQ sauce, served with chips
Vegetarian BBQ Plate (VG) local cheese grits, roasted baby carrots, pimiento cheese hush puppies, Alabama White Sauce
Pan Fried Sorrel’s Creek Trout chili and cornmeal dusted local trout with local cheese grits, charred baby carrots and sorghum butter
Dessert: Buttermilk Pie
As you finish lunch, Darian will provide you with your ticket to get into the House.
1:45pm: Enter Biltmore House for self guided tour
If we have spare time until we can enter, enjoy the gift shop, linger in the courtyard area, or walk around the outside of the house and enjoy the gardens. Darian will be outside the house to take your photo if you like! PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE for your entry time. Be sure to pick up a self-guided tour booklet inside the house entrance. You can also purchase an audio tour for an enhanced experience.
Plan on an average of 1.5 to 2 hours touring the House, although you can stay as long as you like!
For our guests who cannot walk stairs, you will be able to access two of the four floors on the tour, as there is an elevator between them. There is a room available on the second floor to rest and watch a video of the rooms you are missing. Wheelchairs are available at the entrance, free of charge, on a first come first serve basis.
Rest of afternoon: enjoy the House, Gardens, Conservatory, Gift Shop, and all the beauty around you!
The Gardens and Conservatory, located to the left of the Biltmore House (if you are outside looking at the front of the house) are beautiful but if you have limited mobility the walk may be difficult for you. It is primarily downhill from the house, so it’s an uphill walk back. There are some stairs on the walk. It will take you 15-30 minutes each way at a leisurely pace.
**Good news! There is now a shuttle available from the House to the Conservatory and back. Now you have no reason to miss the beautiful Conservatory! I don’t know anything about the frequency or speed of the shuttle, so be sure and leave plenty of time to get back and catch the bus.
The Conservatory is featuring the Biltmore Gardens Railway during the time we are there: a beautiful display of building replicas (including the House) and an intricately constructed model train. For more information, click here: https://www.biltmore.com/event/biltmore-gardens-railway/
If you are a bus rider, you will not be able to visit Antler Hill Village & Winery. It is a distance away from the House and Gardens and there is currently no shuttle available. If the Winery intrigues you, consider driving your car or taking Uber, Lyft or Taxi back to the hotel instead of our buses (see below). The winery will be open until 7pm that day. You will need a valid driver’s license and a reservation to sample the wine. Reservations must be made on that day. Use your mobile device to scan a QR code on signs posted throughout the estate, or visit any Guest Services location, including our Reception and Ticketing Sales Center, Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village, and our Winery.
4:30pm: be outside the front of the House to board the buses back to the hotel
I will not count heads on the bus, so please be on time.
If you need to reach Darian, her cell phone number is 919-387-8816.
Just in case, Bob’s cell phone number is 919-418-0056.
If you are having so much fun you want to stay longer, you can let the buses go without you and catch an Uber, Lyft or taxi back to the hotel! They are welcome on the Estate and can be directed to pick you up anywhere on the Estate.
On our day, the House closes at 5pm, the Conservatory closes at 6pm and the Winery closes at 7pm.
Additional information for those driving in cars:
Darian will give out estate and lunch tickets right after the morning lecture before anyone leaves for the break.
Leave by 10:30am to arrive at Stable Cafe by 11:30. BE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR ESTATE TICKETS WITH YOU as you need them to get onto the Estate.
After turning into the Estate entrance, you will be stopped after about ¼ mile at the Admissions Gate, where you will present your ticket to be scanned.
After going through the Admissions gate, you will be directed to the closest parking lot where you will have to walk to the House and Cafe. The walk is estimated at 8-10 minutes.
If you have mobility issues, drive straight to lot B1 and tell the attendant, and they will get you on a special Accessibility Shuttle straight to the house. When you're ready to leave, you can get the same shuttle back to your car (any attendant there can direct you).
If you arrive after we have been seated, tell the host/ess that you are with the Authors Ink group.
If you wish to visit the Conservatory (please do!), you can either walk or utilize the shuttle from the House and back, or if you choose to drive, there is parking available. It is open until 6pm.
If you wish to visit Antler Hill Village and Winery (please do!), I would recommend you do so on your way out, after picking up your car. There is plenty of parking there. The Winery is open until 7pm. You will need your driver's license and a reservation to participate in a wine tasting. Reservations must be made on that day. Use your mobile device to scan a QR code on signs posted throughout the estate, or visit any Guest Services location, including our Reception and Ticketing Sales Center, Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village, and our Winery.