Winter at the Biltmore Estate

So you missed the Candlelight tour at the Biltmore? That’s OK, really, because you now have the opportunity to save a bunch of money and buy the winter tickets. You can stay at Cloud 9 Relaxation Home, close to Asheville, just 11 miles away as a get-away. Between January and the end of mid March, (March 19st to be exact), you can pick up a ticket for $39 which saves you $40 from the peak of the summer season. Kids, 10-16 are half price.

Let Cloud 9 be your concierge to plan this trip because we can get further discounted tickets and tell you the best times to visit. For instance, if you don’t like to be on a schedule, avoid Saturdays in the winter because so many take advantage of the good prices that it’s a crowded day and there are only timed entries into the Biltmore house itself.

What’s really cute is that for kids under 10, not only is admission free but there is an entertaining, 90-minute head set tour by dog, Cedric, the Vanderbilts’ Saint Bernard. As a kid at heart, we want to get that audio tour instead, too!

The self guided tour is always free, but other tour specials that are discounted until February 4, 2015 this winter are:

The Butler’s tour (2 people for $17) where you see how Biltmore House functioned, past and present, and learn about the work of the domestic servants including unrestored rooms and mechanical areas not open to the public on the regular house visit.

The Legacy of the Land Tour, (2 people for $19), which takes you on a motor coach tour of the estate and learn about the history of the land, structures, and former residents. You’ll visit areas not usually open to guests.

We’d also recommend the romantic Red Wine & Chocolate Seminar which is just what it sounds like. Cost: $20 per person.

The Biltmore Bubbles Tour is 45-minute program where you tour the champagne bottling room, learn about the sparkling wine making process, and taste all six of Biltmore’s sparkling wines. Cost: $18 per person.

Winter visits to Asheville and Cloud 9 Farm help you to truly see the Blue Ridge Mountains in all their glory with panoramic views from our mountain vacation home. And, for the best dollar value, it’s a good time to visit the Biltmore Estate.