Asheville, rich in history and fun experiences, is a bustling foodie city with so many new places opening all the time. For those looking for a more peaceful oasis just outside the city centre, Biltmore Village offers an entrance to a more luxurious escape.
From arrival at the Biltmore gate the customer service astounds. You receive a custom certificate with your name on it and directions to the inn. The road to the inn winds through fields, trees, lakes and bamboo, transporting you to another land. It’s as if you are in a fairy tale and you are the star.
When we approached the inn the staff were eager to assist us with our bags and get us checked in as soon as possible with all that extra Vanderbilt care. The lobby and dining room are quite grand. The view is even better. The time of day and the changing seasons make it a great view whenever you go. Besides the other people staying at the inn, the hotel is very private from the rest of the world. There are miles of grounds (8,000 acres) you can explore on foot, by bike or car.
The inn is nestled near a small village, Antler Hill, that consists of restaurants, a petting zoo, a winery and shopping. As if all this is not enough, you can also tour America’s largest private residence, the Biltmore Estate. A tour of the winery and complimentary wine tasting included with Biltmore Estate admission, which I highly recommend.
If I lived closer I would definitely buy an annual pass to the grounds. I would enjoy seeing the sunflowers bloom, the corn growing and the leaves changing. I saw just a moment of time in the late summer season and I know it would be amazing year-round.