Try This: Experience the perks of being an Annual Passholder at Biltmore

Biltmore’s grandeur really must be seen to be believed | Photo by the AVLtoday team

Do you ever just want to get away? AVLtoday City Editor Brook here, and I managed to experience that revitalized feeling without venturing far during a recent visit to Biltmore (~1-hour drive from Greenville). Maybe best of all, I discovered all the perks of being an Annual Passholder — just in time for the holidays.  

What we tried (with pricing): 

These dazzling seasonal mums outside the Conservatory took my breath away I Photo by the AVLtoday team

The Walled Garden was full of thousands of multi-hued mums that practically glowed. One perk of being an Annual Passholder is access to the estate before and after regular opening hours, so I didn’t feel rushed while exploring.

There’s an astronomical number of flowers and plants inside the Conservatory I Photo by the AVLtoday team

The Conservatory brimmed with lush plants + flowers, and I was positively enthralled. As an Annual Passholder, I get unlimited daytime visits to the estate year-round, so I can return anytime I want without paying the $66 daytime admission fee. Pro tip: Annual Passes (normally $249) are on sale for $199 through Dec. 21. (Hint: These make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift.) 

What not to miss:

The magical entrance to the Winery | GIF by the AVLtoday team

Antler Hill Village and its restaurants + shopping options. Oh, and, of course, the Winery. In addition to being picturesque, this literal village boasts a hotel (with spa access), shopping, and seven different spots to eat.

Couple dining at Bistro in Antler Hill Village | Photo provided by Biltmore

Annual Passholders can bring guests to Antler Hill Village without estate admission after 5 p.m. (just in time for happy hour). Bonus: Passholders also receive discounts on wine, spa services + other purchases.  

Make reservations to enjoy complimentary wine tastings at The Winery | Photo provided by Biltmore

What we’re still talking about: 

The Bass Pond at Biltmore | Photo by the AVLtoday team

The Bass Pond. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or just to watch the brilliant surroundings dance atop the water, this secluded little spot is gloriously peaceful. Plus, there’s wildlife galore (I saw many birds frolicking while I was there) — and a waterfall nearby with trickling sounds that are just delightful. Bonus: Annual Passholders have free access to estate biking + hiking trails to see even more nature throughout the estate. 

How you can experience this: 

Sign up to become an Annual Passholder

GIF by the AVLtoday team

Things to know if you go: